June 30, 2010

House of the Week 76: House on Cluny Hill

The house on Cluny hill by K2Ld is described by architects as visually & phenomenally transparent, as created by the layout of the spaces inside and out and through the abstraction of its forms and use of materials.

more houses by the architects

June 29, 2010

new work ::: Granada Science Park

The project is an extension to the Granada Science Park in Spain designed by the collaborative efforts of architects Carlos Ferrater & Jiménez-Brasa (Eduardo Jiménez & Yolanda Brasa). The scheme is defined by a large roof covering the terrain, suggesting a new topography and connects over 48,000 m2 of different programmatic pieces (laboratories, health sciences, auditoriums and exhibition spaces).

June 27, 2010

blog wunderlust : 28th June 2010

The blog wunderlust is a weekly round up summarizing the architectural highlights, news and web links, that don't otherwise fit the format of this blog. If you have any to share feel free to drop me an email

Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture | 2010 Irish Architecture Awards Winners | 1:1 | modelling the enemy | DOGone dog houses | World Cup origami | the modern side of Paris | Top 5 Stunning Green Sports Stadiums in South Africa | the museum of Play | Performative Organic Machines | a floating hiding place |
A city is about diversity, so shouldn't its architecture be, too?

June 25, 2010

Bjarke bikes


Mosque & Islamic Culture Centre

The Paolo Portoghesi designed Mosque & Islamic Culture Centre

June 24, 2010

Join us for the inaugural Pecha Kucha Kingston where we will celebrate and exhibit the diversity of creative individuals from painters, architects, sculptors, satirists, photographers, models as well as curators of social media.

on the boards: San Antonio de Chépica, Chile

The original San Antonio de Chépica in Chile was built in 1876 but was destroyed in the February 2010 earthquake. Hong Kong based architects cheungvogl (Judy Cheung + Christoph Vogl) have proposed a new church on the site of the remains, with a spatially dramatic design to demonstrate courage and strength in light of the devastation.

on the boards: Waingels College

Architects Sheppard Robson has completed designs for the £27m Waingels College in Wokingham, UK. The proposal is to provide the structure using load bearing laminated solid timber panels made from sustainably managed forests, to allow internal areas to be open, flexible and adaptable space enough for 1,500 pupils and 172 teaching staff.

on the boards: Housing in Massena Chevaleret

A proposal for a multi-story urban housing scheme in Massena Chevaleret, Paris by Pangalos Dugasse Feldmann architects. The design proposes 47 housing units & 1 commercial space.

More on the architects

June 23, 2010

House of the Week 75: Vacation home in Pyranèes

Located on a remote site in the Pyranèes, Spain lies a modest vacation home designed by architects Eduardo Cadaval and Clara Solà-Morales (CA-SO). The design makes critical notions towards history, responding to the vernacular of the area in a contemporary structure.

Follow the link to preview drawings and read an interview with the architects

June 22, 2010

Interiors : Vasken Demirjian Salon

The Vasken Demirjian Salon in New York designed by the MSK group is finished in a clean white corian surface. The ceiling decidedly provides the drama with red lampshades amongst the sea of white providing spotlights overhead and designed to preserve the internal height and doubles as a soundproof barrier.

landscape ::: Curtis Hixon Park

Designed by landscape architects Thomas Balsley Associates, the 9 acre Curtis Hixon Park is the promenade to the Tampa Museum of Art and Glazier Children’s Museum. Conceived as nucleus of the downtown waterfront revitalisation the park fuses recreation, urbanism, culture, heritage, and entertainment.

June 21, 2010

blog wunderlust : 21st June 2010

10 Architectural Wonders of Expo 2010 Shanghai | RIP William Mitchell | Original & derivatives | Architects on stage | futuristic mega-projects | one $500 house - 5 architectural experiments | EU architects will soon be able to practice in St Kitts-Nevis | ruler pen | world's most stunning Presidential palaces | extra / ordinary

The house becomes the disguise for spaces that vary according to function and use
Jose Paulo dos Santos

June 18, 2010

Studio Banana Tv ::: estudio Entresitio

Studio Banana TV interviews [translated studio in-between], architects of the San Blas health centre in Madrid


Radiance from the design-build collective PROJECTiONE

June 17, 2010

on the boards: Comparto Cultural District master plan

Architects -scape have proposed a 70,000 m2 master plan for new housing, offices, hotel and shopping facilities for the Comparto Cultural District located in the Kenzo Tange designed Bussiness District in Naples, Italy.

on the boards: Landmark Project in Sweden

A proposal by 3XN for a 13,000 m2 mixed use structure marking the entrance to the Vällingby Parkstad, Sweden. The curved design with lively shaped balconies embraces the area, in contrast to the traditional buildings surrounding the site. The dense city structure at the base adds activity at eye level and creates a close relation between work life, housing, and leisure.

images courtesy of 3XN

Also check out this article on a new mixed-use in California seeking LEED certification

on the boards: Bergen University College

A 51,000m2 new academic facility Bergen designed Cubo Architects & HLM for University College will be situated in an old industrial site just south of downtown Bergen, Norway. The new building will house 6000 students and 600 academic and administrative staff with completion expected in 2013.

June 16, 2010

House of the Week 74: Origami House

Formwerkz, a Singapore based practice have recently completed this detached residence for a small family called the Origami House. The folding planes of the house inspired the title as well provides its structural properties and spatial dynamic.

June 15, 2010

Interiors : Tool Box

The design and layout of a professional incubator in a former industrial space in Torino, Italy called Tool Box by architects Caterina Tiazzoldi / Nuova Ordentra. The approach was to create a cohesive concept despite the diversity of the group, created through a modular volume with different finishes including cork and rubber.

June 14, 2010

blog wunderlust: 14 June 2010

the house next door | Like Living in a Giant Jenga Game | the International Style | Hip-hop’s view of Chicago architecture | crazy floor plan porn | manifesto for the Gulf | Abandoned Theme Parks Open for Exploration | furthest leaning tower | Town comes to life with digital graffiti | Cardboard Fort Architecture: A Critical Analysis

also check out the Fresh Air Fund an organisation that arranges host families to exposes inner city children to life in the country.
To be a good architect you must love people; architectural designs, after all, are not isolated pieces of art - they are frameworks around people's lives, and if, deep down, you don't really care about people, of course you can't create good architecture
Ralph Erskine

June 11, 2010

Studio Banana TV: José María García Sánchez

Studio Banana TV interviews José María García Sánchez architect for the sports activities centre in the Tajo river basin, Caceres, Spain.

the Highway's Church

the Highway's Church in Florence, Italy by Giovanni Michelucci

Penn Station

The Futures Channel presents the design of the Grand Central Penn Station entrance

June 10, 2010

on the boards: Kindergarten & Primary School

Autrian architects feld72 have revealed plans for a €5 million Kindergarten and Primary School on adjoining sites.The dissimilar buildings relate to their immediate context but are married by the textural treatment.

on the boards: Museum of Agriculture

Architects a10studio were selected as one of the finalists for a competition inviting proposals for a new Museum of Agriculture in the city of Culiacan, Mexico.

on the boards: the Paineiras Hotel

A collective of São Paulo based architects (Alexandre Hepner, Denis Cossia, João Paulo Payar, Rafael Brych, Ricardo Gonçalves, and environmental design consultant Ricardo Messano) have proposed the Paineiras Hotel complex, a project that seeks to harmonize with the existing context without denying a contemporary character.

June 9, 2010

house of the week 72: Lifeguard Tower

Design-Build practice Lazar has recently completed a 5,000 ft2 residence in Hermosa Beach, California. Dubbed the “lifeguard tower” the house is a contemporary interpretation of the lifeguard stations of Cape Cod, seen in the rooftop lounge with panoramic views.

all photographs courtesy of Laura Hull

June 8, 2010

what's with the horses??

Whilst searching for a suitable choice for the regular House of the Week feature I came across a stunning trend. It turns out for that "perfect image" devoid of such extraneous features such as furniture and people - architects, designers and photographers have opted to place live animals in their photography alas not just your regular domestic fare but instead farm animals, mostly horses. Now the use of people or landscape has often been used in architectural photography for scale but does the average person know how tall a horse is??
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