February 29, 2012

House of the Week 133: Cove Way

Located on Sentosa Island in Singapore the residence named by its siting along Cove Way, was designed by architects Bedmar & Shi. Two thick, heavy and rough stone walls define and ground the front entrance of the house under the dappled shadows created by the large over-hanging timber trellised canopy.
Recalling somewhat the stone walled buildings in his native Argentina, Ernesto Bedmar is able with this project to redefine and modernize his tropical language and spatial organization while still echoing traditions of craft of the region.
The sequence of circulation of the house, punctuated by full story voids, gradually reveal space after space, with dramatic transitions of light and shadow, and enclosure and release - opening the entire "sourthern" facade framing views of the marina.

February 27, 2012

blog wunderlust : 27th February 2012

If we would lay a new foundation for urban life, we must understand the historic nature of the city
Lewis Mumford

Urville: An Autistic Savant’s Remarkable Imaginary City, 20 Years in the Making | Anywhere working: Finding the office of the future | Lib at Large: Frank Lloyd Wright's long lost Marin dog house | Any Sufficiently Advanced Civilization is Indistinguishable from Nature | Private, Public, or Common: Who Owns Space? | RIP: Luis Mansilla | Bauhaus-Style Collages Prevail in 2012 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship Competition | How A Tiny Central American Country Is Getting Richer And Saving The Environment

last word: Chinese Architect Wang Shu Awarded 2012 Pritzker Prize

February 24, 2012

For the Love of Architecture

A submission for the website architecture for humanity, For the Love of Architecture

I.M. Pei - Building China Modern

PBS documentary on I.M. Pei as he returns to his ancestral home of Suzhou, China to build a modern museum in the city’s oldest neighborhood which is populated by historic structures from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

February 23, 2012

On the Boards : Balneary Centre

Located amongst the natural salty springs in Persani Village, Romania is the Balneary Centre designed by architects ArchVision Studio. The community was desirous of developing a large scale relaxation, health and rejuvenation facility in this rural area, offering spin off social, economical and cultural development of the whole territory.

February 22, 2012

House of the Week 132: Casa Paredes Tres Ocho

Designed by Mexican Architect Hernandez Silva, Casa Parades Tres Ocho in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Mexico. The two-story tropical moderne residence attempts to veil itself from the climatically harsh and public exterior. The house utilizes different textures and materials in their natural state - concrete, glass, wood, lava stone and water, to create varying levels of transparencies. Internally, spaces are linked by two circulation spines that cross over large voids within the large container.

Looking for something more colourful? Consider using Vancouver painters.

February 20, 2012

blog wunderlust : 20th February 2012

The purpose of good design is to ornament existence, not to substitute for it
George Nelson
Norma Merrick Sklarek dies; pioneering African American architect | Marseille's Cité Radieuse damaged by fire | A Contemporary Retreat With a 100-Year-Old Soul | Architect who designed and built home charged in firefighter death | Calatrava undertakes first project in Taiwan | modernist architect Eugene Weston III dies at 87 | Back from Dead, Damien Hirst to build 500 eco-homes in Britain | Feline Modernism | 20,000 LEGOs to Create a Playfully Pixelated New York City Apartment |

last word: Architect Valentines and For the Love of Architecture

February 17, 2012

Studio Banana TV interviews architect Magüi Gonzalez, about the sea-side Ruiz House in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Sanctuary of Merciful Love

Film by Franco Di Capua architect on the Julio Garcia Lafuente designed Sanctuary of Merciful Love in Collevalenza in Perugia, Italy completed in 1965.

February 16, 2012

On the Boards: Reuse of an Anti-Ship WWII Emplacement

A competition entry by architectural practice Vector 17, for the masterplan of a natural protected area around a former Second World War anti-ship emplacement of the Italian Navy. The proposal maintains the character and physical substance of the existing buildings, while providing an acceptable comfort and flexibility in the programme. The design is conceived as a series of small interventions at a minimum cost, adding progressively more complex functions over time to interact with each other, triggering a differential, adaptive change.

On the Boards : Dalian Library & Media Centre

The competition entry for the Dalian Library & Media Centre was conceived by 10 Design to be a transformative environment that pulls visitors into a unique landscape. The 55,400 m2 building weaves to create a series of courtyards and topographic undulations forming a bold urban landmark. The mass is shaped by dynamic and expansive views toward to the surrounding sea and mountains. The metal proposed for the façade will be a dark grey brass that will develop a rich patina over time and will have natural resistance to the harsh marine conditions.

February 13, 2012

blog wunderlust : 13th February 2012

A building can be designed to satisfy 'by the month' with the regularity of a provider. Or it can give satisfaction 'by the moment,' with the thrill of a lover
Richard Neutra
Photograph from the February 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine

India's richest shrine goes green | Giant Binoculars Everywhere! | How Plywood Revolutionized Design And Changed The World (No, Really!) | The Organic Architecture of the Smith Mansion | Muslim America moves away from the minaret | How four Chinese-American architects helped shape Los Angeles | Why I became an architect - part II | The architecture meltdown | Encyclopedia of Home Improvement, 1970 | Ai Weiwei [Herzog & de Meuron and Engineers Arup] to Design 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

last word: Tomorrowland - Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan.
Rich in oil and other mineral resources, Kazakhstan has lavished billions on the new capital, inviting some of the world's leading architects to showcase their work on the Left Bank of the Esil River, which separates the administrative "new city" from the older, mostly Soviet built district on the Right Bank. The results are eclectic, visually arresting, and not to everyone's taste. But love it or hate it, Astana is here to stay.

February 10, 2012

Model for the new Kimball Art Centre

30 second flyover of the Model for the Kimball Art Centre with audio description by Lawrence Scarpa

The Modern Architecture Game

Trailer of the forthcoming boardgame created and produced by NEXT architects.

February 9, 2012

On the Boards: Aberdeen Gardens

images courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Landscape Architects OLIN design with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and KeppieDesign have won an international design competition in Aberdeen, Scotland. The design takes reference from the City Garden with its the dramatic topography of Aberdeen by criss-crossing a series of paths across the Denburn Valley to reconnect the urban fabric creating a reinvigorated green heart of the city.

On the Boards: San Jose Convention Centre

A $120 m expansion and renovation to the McEnery Convention Centre located in San Jose, California originally opened in 1989. The renovation was designed by architects Populous and when complete will increase the convention centre to 1.3 million ft2 in a creative blend of indoor and outdoor spaces.

February 6, 2012

blog wunderlust : 6th February 2012

And perhaps architecture has always wanted to be a theatre of memories
Umberto Eco

Think Outside the Cube: Why the Office Isn't the Best Workspace | ‘Every year, more and more women design larger buildings, win competitions, run the RIBA and become new role models’ | Irishman makes "billion-euro home" of shredded notes | Is There Anything Marc Newson Hasn’t Designed? | Seattle woman “marries” building to protest its demolition | moby's photo blog of strange and beautiful architecture in los angeles | 5 fresh visions for Navy Pier

last word: Tire-toi une bûche' an installation by Julie Tremblay and Appareil Architecture

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

February 3, 2012

Call for Proposals ::: Urban Heartbeat

Urban Heartbeat invites all urban artists, designers, muralists, illustrators, cartoonists from the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico to participate and send us their proposals.

Deadline: 31st Jan 2012

To submit via email demibarrioatubarrio@gmail.com

Apologies I just noticed that I posted this and the deadline has just passed

The Metropol Parasol, Seville

This film explores how the Metropol Parasol, one of the largest wooden structures in the world, affects the people who live and work around it, as well as the historic area in which it sits. Designed by Architect, J. MAYER H., with engineering consulting from Arup it was completed in April 2011

February 2, 2012

Study Tour

For the next two weeks I will be travelling with the 4th year undergraduate students from the Caribbean School of Architecture on their Study Tour of Bridgetown Barbados. For more information on our travels click on the daily journal.

Study Tour: Barbados

Day #2
Day #3

On the Boards : Training Centre

A proposal for a training centre specializing in sustainable construction to be located in Marrakesh, Morocco by German Architect Anna Heringer in collaboration with a number of architects from Austria and Morocco.

Winner of a 2011 Holcim Bronze Award
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