architecture

Hutong extensions

Through a series of renovations and new insertions, Chinese architect Zhang Ke has transformed some of Beijing’s ageing hutongs into hubs of activity.

Zhang Ke and his studio ZAO/standardarchitecture embarked on the Micro Hutong Renewal project to highlight the potential in these hutong neighbourhoods – which are largely unique to the Chinese capital, but are gradually being demolished.

The aim is to show how the traditional courtyard properties can be adapted to create resources for local communities, ranging from children’s play areas to co-working spaces.

source : Dezeen

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Penda proposes green-filled sky villa residences in India

Penda has shared the latest development for his Magic Breeze project in Hyderabad, India with the proposal of a residential idea of a ‘house with a garden’ to complement the maze-like garden landscape. The 450,000 square foot development is composed of 127 units; designed as duplex sky villas with each unit divided from its neighbor by a double-height, private garden. these green ‘in-between spaces’ create a sense of openness and vitality to the compound and loosens up the density a tenant would experience in a common condominium building. source : designboom

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Haute Couture Facade for Dior, Miami

Paris-based Barbarito Bancel Architects was commissioned to add a façade to a Dior boutique located in Miami, whose interiors were designed by Peter Marino. The principal stake of the project was to create a skin for the building that would reflect Dior’s image and identity, finding values where haute couture and architecture could meet and blend.

source : designboom

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Chanel’s Glass House

MVRDV has used a pioneering glass technology to replace the brick facade of a former townhouse in Amsterdam with a transparent replica, more suited to the building’s new use as a Chanel boutique.

Described by the Rotterdam studio as the first of its kind, the innovative facade of Crystal Houses Amsterdam uses glass bricks, windows frames and architraves to recreate the city’s traditional architectural style. source : dezeen

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Seashore Library facing the East China Sea

Beijing studio Vector Architects built the aptly named Seashore Library on the white sands of a beach in Nandaihe, a coastal region in eastern China. The 450-square-meter structure is divided between two levels with the ground level comprising a reception, a bar, a resting area and a reading lounge while the first level hosts a meditation space, an activity room and a balcony.

source : dezeen

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Elias Rizo Arquitectos breathes new life into the 1960’s Casa Ro

The history of ‘casa ro’ designed by Mexican studio Elias Rizo Arquitectos begins at its original construction in the early 1960’s in a well established residential district of Guadalajara, Mexico. The existing structure was renovated to better suit the new small family that now calls it home, redefining spaces and construction techniques while maintaining vestiges of the international style that once defined it. The open floor plan interior is flanked by two new features that define the front and rear sections of the home.

Source : designboom

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Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass House

Though now part of the fashionable suburb of Morumbi, the Glass House once hovered over the remnants of the original rain forest, the mata Atlãntica, with its dense, exuberant fauna and flora. Suspended high above a sea of green, the building resembles an International Style treehouse. A swaying metal staircase connects the winding path to the living spaces above, its seeming instability in keeping with the adventurous atmosphere of the house, which seems to anticipate Italo Calvino’s 1957 tale, The Baron in the Trees. The Bardis lived surrounded by armadillos, opossums, sloths, and wildcats; tropical birds flashed intermittently amid the foliage. Their house was virtually a belvedere. Great swaths of unspoiled vegetation had already been cleared in 1950, when the new road was cut. An environmentalist long before the term existed, Bo Bardi had the forest replanted around the building. Even though the entire area is now built up and the wildcats are long since gone, the lots are large and densely planted, and the Glass House is almost invisible from the road, concealed by a thick screen of vegetation. Though Bo Bardi would later challenge the opposition of nature and culture, the contrast between the abstract aesthetic of steel and glass and the lush green of the forest was an important element of her parti from the start. source : Harvard Design magazine

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Another gem by MK27, Sao Paolo

In the Brazilian city of São Paulo, Studio MK27 has completed the design of ‘Ramp House’, a residential dwelling connected — as the name suggests — by a 25 meter incline. A sloping walkway links the living room at ground level with the bedrooms on the story above. This gradient also forms what the design team refers to as an ‘architectural promenade’ and allows the adjacent space to be observed from a number of different perspectives. SOURCE : Designboom

 

Tlp House

The ‘tlp’ house is located in a residential neighborhood on the upper part of a hill in tijuana. the dwelling is composed of three volumes that contain the main living spaces. the shape of these three volumes, trapezoidal prisms, respond to the irregular shape of the plot.

T38 Studio is a new york-based architecture firm that started their practice in Tijuana, Mexico.

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016 at the Barbican, London

Charles and Ray Eames are among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Enthusiastic and tireless experimenters, this husband and wife duo moved fluidly between the fields of photography, film, architecture, exhibition-making, and furniture and product design.

The Eames Office was a hub of activity where the Eameses and their collaborators produced an array of pioneering designs, communicating their ideas with a boundless creativity that defined their careers. The Eameses embraced the joy of trial and error and approached design as a way of life.

From personal letters, photographs, drawings and artwork, to their products, models, multi-media installations and furniture, The World of Charles and Ray Eames includes not only the designs for which they are best known, but provides an insight into the lives of the Eameses, the Eames Office and the breadth of their pioneering work, bringing their ideas and playful spirit to life.

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Belle Epoque cottage in the hillsides of Nice

Though largely built-up, the hillsides of the French Riviera town of Nice are still dotted with beautiful 19th-century manor homes, with lush grounds and tranquil views of the sea. It was on one such estate where a secluded Belle Époque cottage caught the eye of a young creative couple, who began hatching plans for updating the property the moment they stepped onto the grounds. source Lonny

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Minimalist swimming lane in the garden of a home in Nice, designed by Italian architect Piercarlo Dondona.

London Residence by David Chipperfield

This private house in Kensington  was designed by David Chipperfield. The house occupies the former site of a Victorian house and features a single storey annex and garage. The project achieved planning permission in 2009 following several months of consultation with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s planning committee, the Architectural Advisory Panel, and English Heritage. The visible concrete has been colored to match the bricks and has an exposed aggregate finish. All exterior door and window frames are generous in size and made of bronze. The main materials inside include travertine floors, oak doors and fittings, and polished plaster walls. source : trendland

Pod from the Sixties : Retro Futurism

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Over the next year, the turquoise fiberglass structure—designed by Finnish architect Marri Suuronen in the 1960s and recently restored by artist Craig Barnes—will be open up to the public for performances, talks and events on the roof of the Central St. Martins Campus in London.

When Suuronen designed the Futuro House in 1968, it was originally conceived as a mountainside cottage ideal for its simple transport, with low maintenance needs and sloped sides that could shed snow easily. source : fastcodesign.com

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Sardinia House by Ramon Esteve

Sardinera House hovers on a cliffside over the Mediterranean Sea in Jávea, Spain, between El Portixol and Cala Blanca, with its panoramic views and magical outdoor living. Designed by Ramón Esteve with concrete walls that shift allowing for a change in views. Sections of the house extend out towards the ocean creating patio spaces in between. source : designmilk

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Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid Architects

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the ‘Dominion Office Building’ is among the first realized structures to be built for Moscow’s emerging Yuzhnoportovy district. Internally, the scheme is conceived as a series of vertically stacked floorplates arranged around a atrium, which rises through the building. balconies at each level correspond to the displacement of the outer envelope, while a series of staircases interconnect through this central void. source : designboom

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EKOUIN NENBUTSUDO –  BUDDHIST TOKYO TEMPLE VEILED IN TREES BY YUTAKA KAWAHARA.

This intimate and reflective building enables congregation and prayer, while also providing accommodation and training facilities for region’s buddhist monks. The structure is veiled with bamboo plants, protecting occupants from the pollution and the noise from the adjacent street. The “bamboo forest in the sky” is interspersed with glass crystal screens made of 108 Swarovski pieces, symbolic of a Buddhist rosary. (The number 108 is also a symbol of material temptation in Buddhism.)

Source: http://www.yellowtrace.com.au/ekouin-nenbutsudo-yutaka-kawahara/

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Dubai’s first 3D printed office building

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Dubai’s newest office building will not be a traditional construction project. The United Arab Emirates has partnered with WinSun Global—a joint venture between Chinese 3-D–printing tech company WinSun and architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Tomasetti, and Syska Hennessy—to 3-D–print the structure. The office will stand in front of the ring-shaped Museum of the Future, now under construction, and will serve as temporary headquarters for its staff.

Made with a combination of reinforced concrete, glass-fiber-reinforced gypsum, and fiber-reinforced plastic, the office building’s parts will be printed in thin layers by a 20-foot-tall industrial printer and then assembled on-site. The entire structure, including the furniture, will be printed, making it one of the most intricate and advanced 3-D–printed buildings to date. It will take only a few weeks to construct, and is set to open in October. source : AD