November 26, 2008

Architect Steven Holl inserts space into a NYU stairwell. The project for the Department of Philosophy at the New York University continues the architect's preoccupation with porosity this time as a means to invite yet preserve the building's historic exterior. The solution interacts without altering the façade of the 1890 building. The project brief included faculty and graduate student offices, seminar rooms, a periodicals library & lounge and a ground floor 120-seat cork auditorium.

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November 25, 2008

56 Leonard Street

56 Leonard Street from david basulto on Vimeo.

Proposed residential
tower in NYC by Herzog de Meuron.

Video and visualisation by Tronic Studio

November 21, 2008

a new architectural movement?

The Hinged walls of Steven Holl, most notably the Storefront for Art and Architecture, Tom Kundig moving prototypes, Klein Dytham and Calatrava winking eyes, not to mention the twisting torsos - it seems like recent architecture is all about movement

November 20, 2008

This dynamic facility is an extension to the courthouse in Arezzo, Italy by Architect Manfredi Nicoletti. The new structure contains the main courtrooms whilst maintaining access to the restored neo-classical building for offices and archives. The extension is enclosed by a volcanic stone wall on the North and an undulating aluminium sunscreen to the South.

thanks n3lla

November 18, 2008

open books: Bibloteca Comunale di Nembro

Bibloteca Comunale di Nembro is the conversion of a former century old primary school into a dramatic community library by Italian atelier Archea . The facade of terracotta elements glazed in carmine red are meant to recall the many books open to the public, and simultaneously reflected as filtered light pours on the interior casting shadows of the books over carrels.

November 15, 2008

fan club?

High-resolution (print-quality) posters of 56 World Architecture Awards Winners are now ready for you to download, print in any size you wish, and decorate your workspaces.

November 12, 2008

House TTN

This multi family residence in Tokyo, Japan by Miyahara Architects aims to
"have more than one nuclear family live together as one"
Each family however has a seperate kitchen unit and bathroom, but they share a common ground floor area with an extenal deck.

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November 11, 2008

planes, trains and automobiles

A moving abode...

November 8, 2008

no2self has recently dropped commentary about the recent free running competition - a sporting event that is highly dependent on the structure of the environment. Interestingly he cites an emerging opportunity for the architect as "courses," the typical urban spaces that have ordinary uses turn special for the event, could be designed space as one could
"rebuild seminal spaces from urban topographies around the world."

Whilst the later approach may be lacking a desired critical interpretation (read corny and disney-fied), it recalled a recent book store (bookophilia) visit and perusing LA Climbs: Alternative Uses for Architecture. The publication had a series of buildings analyzed not for architectural merit - but using a similar language of diagrams, rather how one might interact with the structure and space as field of unfolding sequences by someone running, hopping, climbing, etc as one would in Pakour or Free running.

November 4, 2008

"oh my island in the sun"

Microcoasts is a series of man made islands designed by Spanish architect Vincente Gullart. Located on the east coast of Spain, the adjustable geometric wooden structures allow users to enjoy the coast's rough terrain thereby extending the shoreline.

The Danish Pavilion EXPO 2010

This is the Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Expo in China, by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

November 3, 2008

Frank Gehry is no stranger to furniture, but his pieces are rarely meant to be stand alone features like works of art. He has created a seating sculpture on the ground floor of Japan's largest fashion house, the World Company building in Tokyo.

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