Archinect - Features 2016-02-13T14:29:41-05:00 Ayalto Integral transforms Europa Point’s 18th century barracks into a bright and open complex for Gibraltar University Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-12T19:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-13T14:03:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="574" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With consideration paid to the historical integrity of an eighteenth century bunker, <a href="" target="_blank">Ayalto Integral</a> has transformed a cultural landmark on Europa Point into a bright and open space for students of Gibraltar University.</p> Inside Pamphlet: How one of the most enduring experimental architecture publications got its start Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-12T12:38:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T17:22:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="626" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The first issue of <em>Pamphlet Architecture</em>, the high-minded zine-like experimental publication started in 1978 by architect <a href="" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a> and bookseller William Stout, wasn&rsquo;t exactly readable. &ldquo;Its cover was printed by Mark Mack on letterpress in black ink on black paper,&rdquo; Holl recounted over email, describing the publication&rsquo;s beginning. <em>Pamphlet 1: Bridges</em> &ldquo;drew scorn from the head of Rizzoli Publications in New York who told us, &lsquo;It&rsquo;s impossible to see; we can&rsquo;t carry it.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> A prize-winning installation pays tribute to a historical Quebec village Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-10T17:03:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T20:28:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Vercheres, a small village near Montreal, has recently integrated a unique memorial to honor those who originally settled the region in 1740. A local firm, <a href="" target="_blank">Les Ateliers Guyon</a><strong>,</strong> has designed a cluster of benches with white oak sails rooted along the shore of the St. Lawrence River. <em>Sails Benches </em>echoes the arrival of 18th century explorers, while reflecting a particular artistic aesthetic that Les Ateliers Guyon has become known for. The project has recently garnered accolade from the prestigious World Interiors News Awards in London, receiving first place in the &lsquo;Furniture Category&rsquo;.</p> Adelaide's Pink Moon Saloon is a snug fit for a local alleyway Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-09T20:34:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T15:56:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Pink Moon Saloon</a> in Adelaide, Australia, almost looks like something inspired by a Roald Dahl book. The restaurant takes on the appearance of a traditional woodland hut, yet randomly resides between two ordinary office buildings in the midst of a bustling city avenue. The traditional fa&ccedil;ade resembles the type of cottage one might imagine nestled amongst a more rural landscape; or at least juxtaposed within an environment less urban than the twelve-foot wide alleyway it&rsquo;s been built into.</p> Talking with Assemble – before they won the Turner will galloway 2016-02-09T13:10:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T21:40:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>My first meeting with <a href="" target="_blank">Assemble</a> was at their studio in London, in a search to find and speak with interesting people who think that building stuff at 1:1 scale sounds pretty normal. I wanted to convince them to host a workshop at Keio University, where I teach, and I succeeded: our run in with Assemble ended with students building a very rough and very temporary Onsen (the Japanese term for bathing facilities near hot springs), and an equally rough kitchen on a construction site at our university campus.</p> Waka Waka's furniture strikes a balance between simplicity and playfulness Nicholas Korody 2016-02-08T11:17:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T16:21:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wake Waka is a Los Angeles-based design studio founded by the Japanese-born designer Shinichiro Okuda. Taking a minimal approach softened with a bit of humor, the studio&rsquo;s striking, handmade plywood furniture has a distinct and contemporary look.</p> The architect's guide to doing taxes Julia Ingalls 2016-02-04T20:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:33:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you own your own firm, are working for someone else, or are <a href="" target="_blank">just getting started</a>, you'll inevitably have to deal with one thing: taxes. Now that we're well into 2016, here is some architecturally-specific tax advice, courtesy of Karen Timmermans, CPA, a partner in the accounting firm Gray, Gray &amp; Gray (which, fittingly, specializes in the needs of its architectural clients).</p> A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque Nicholas Korody 2016-02-03T17:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:27:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Soft Baroque</a>, the London-based design studio founded by Sa&scaron;a &Scaron;tucin and Nicholas Gardner, has made pretty significant ripples in the design world for a practice just barely two years old. Their strange but visually-delightful furniture functions both online and offline, incorporates unwieldy materials like fireworks and water vapor, and treats history like a hunk of clay to be molded. They have an adept and playful way of involving conceptual elements in their work that makes you wonder how form and function alone ever seemed like sufficient ends for a design &ndash; or, at the very least, why your living room table is so boring.</p> A tunnel worth travelling: constructing Amsterdam Central Station’s Cuyperspassage that’s a “true Dutch spectacle” Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-03T12:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:32:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A long-awaited tunnel that directs "slow-moving traffic" has recently been completed at the Amsterdam Central Station. Meant to provide an efficient pathway for pedestrians and cyclists, the Cuyperspassage guides commuters from the old historic section of the city to "New Amsterdam". <a href="" target="_blank">Benthem Crouwel Architects</a> have collaborated with <a href="" target="_blank">Irma Boom Office</a> and ceramic company <a href="" target="_blank">Royal Tichelaar Makkum</a> to create a unique passageway that reflects what the architecture firm calls &ldquo;a true Dutch spectacle.&rdquo;</p> Modular benches provide maximum functionality and versatility for Lake Jasper House Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-02T13:41:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:25:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Lake Jasper House, designed by <a href="" target="_blank">Architecturama</a>, stands in the midst of a forested haven in Chertsey, Canada. The Quebec-based architecture firm has thoughtfully combined a minimalist aesthetic with maximum functionality, optimizing the use of the house&rsquo;s interior space. In keeping with their manifesto, Architecturama has approached their design with the intention &ldquo;to have a present, living and enthusiastic architecture that engages the senses,&rdquo; in addition to reducing an environmental footprint in any way conceivable.</p> Working Out of the Box: Scott Paterson of IDEO Nam Henderson 2016-01-31T11:11:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T18:31:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a> is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p><p>In this installment, we're talking with <strong>Scott Paterson</strong>, project lead at IDEO.</p><p><em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect, <a href="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> Student Works: Questioning monumentality at Cal Poly Pomona Julia Ingalls 2016-01-29T11:41:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:40:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What defines a monument? According to&nbsp;&ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">The Heresy of Function, Reprise</a>,&rdquo; a senior project studio at <a href="" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a>&nbsp;run by Frank Clementi (of <a href="" target="_blank">Rios Clementi Hale&nbsp;Studios</a>), the essence of a monument isn&rsquo;t based on its utility (or overt lack thereof), but rather its intangible qualities or &ldquo;meaning.&rdquo; In order to investigate the apparent meaning of a monument, this <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Student Works</strong></a> explores the metaphysical import and power of various famous monuments by attaching architectural &ldquo;prosthetics&rdquo; to them, applying a programmatic addition to &ldquo;create a complete, if however incongruous, symbiosis of function and meaning.&rdquo;</p> Why is the Pritzker such a big deal? Julia Ingalls 2016-01-27T07:01:00-05:00 >2016-02-07T23:48:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>First awarded in 1979 to Philip Johnson, the annual Pritzker Architecture Prize has become the profession&rsquo;s top award. But why?</p> This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site Nicholas Korody 2016-01-26T12:46:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:08:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Decades of sci-fi movies have made it hard to imagine a future without <a href="" target="_blank">augmented reality</a>. Yet besides the largely fizzled-out promise of <a href="" target="_blank">Google Glass</a>, little headway seems to have been made integrating digitally-enhanced vision into everyday life. That might be about to change, at least according to the folks over at Daqri, a Los Angeles-based &ldquo;human-machine interface company.&rdquo; Their recently-announced &ldquo;Smart Helmet&rdquo; is billed as the the &ldquo;biggest makeover&rdquo; the construction helmet has had in its history.</p> Rendered reality: the VR journalism of Emblematic Group Nicholas Korody 2016-01-25T11:15:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T00:03:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;We took all the 911 phone calls &ndash; because this is all we know, I mean everyone is conjecturing and everything, but this is all we know &ndash; and we animated them,&rdquo; explained Michael Licht, co-founder and executive producer for the <a href="" target="_blank">Emblematic Group</a>, sitting in his Santa Monica laboratory. Helmed by Licht and the journalist Nonny de la Pe&ntilde;a, the Group has pioneered the use of virtual reality technologies for journalism, using original audio and other information from real events as the source material for virtual reconstructions.</p> Designing for horses with history: the new stables of Dyrehaven park by Bertelsen & Scheving Nicholas Korody 2016-01-20T05:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-23T10:23:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Just to the north of Copenhagen, the Dyrehaven &ndash; &ldquo;deer park&rdquo; &ndash;&nbsp;shelters exactly what its name suggests: sizeable populations of red and fallow deer who roam freely across its 4.2 square miles of ancient oaks. Alongside its namesake animal population, the park is also home to the horses that transport human visitors along its picturesque pathways. Those equine inhabitants are housed within stables that recently underwent an extensive, site-sensitive and rather handsome renovation by the firm <a href="" target="_blank">Bertelsen &amp; Scheving</a>.</p> To each their own home: A peek into the “HOME(less)” exhibition at USC Justine Testado 2016-01-19T09:30:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T15:27:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For many of those who regularly navigate the streets of Los Angeles, seeing at least one homeless person is not only common, it&rsquo;s expected. So normal is the sight of&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">homelessness</a>&nbsp;in the city that residents can easily become desensitized to it, making them less likely to question it, and at its worst, making the homeless population effectively invisible. Local designers and Colorblock partners Sofia Borges and Susan Nwankpa wanted to address this in their co-curated photo exhibition, &ldquo;HOME(less)&rdquo;, currently on display at the&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">University of Southern California</a>. The photos raise awareness of L.A.&rsquo;s glaring homelessness crisis, while simultaneously highlighting the impactful relationship between people and their personal spaces in the urban environment.</p> Aravena's Pritzker: A Critical Round-Up Nicholas Korody 2016-01-14T14:25:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T12:06:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What to make of this year&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize awarding? With today&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">announcement</a>, the Chilean architect <a href="" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena</a> has secured his place within the upper echelon of the architecture community. In fact, 2016 is shaping up to be his big year: he&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">curating this summer&rsquo;s Venice Biennale</a>, which is expected to be something of a showcase for the type of high-design yet socially-aware and economically-pragmatic practices that his own &ldquo;Do Tank,&rdquo; <a href="" target="_blank">Elemental</a>, typifies.</p> New year, new you: how a few UK firms are switching up their game Robert Urquhart 2016-01-14T05:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-16T22:40:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's that time again &ndash; the fresh slate of a new year, the bloat of holidays past and the intent to make good on promises to oneself. Evolution through resolution. Before Christmas, I'd attended a talk organised by London&rsquo;s Museum of Architecture&nbsp;entitled &ldquo;Alternative Careers in Architecture,&rdquo; with guest speakers Chris Romer-Lee, director and co-founder of Studio Octopi&nbsp;and Carl Turner of <a href="" target="_blank">Carl Turner Architects</a>. The event was a perfect opportunity for reflection on career progress, work-life management and future ambitions &ndash; the main points of which are served up here, in three parts.</p> Making space (and a business), one thread at a time will galloway 2016-01-12T18:39:00-05:00 >2016-01-30T02:55:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I met with <a href="" target="_blank">Samira Boon</a> earlier this year at her studio in Amsterdam, while on a trip around Europe and Asia to talk with people who are carrying the profession of architecture in new directions. I admit this is a bit of a red herring, because practice is always changing, but we are now witnessing a period where outliers are becoming a bit mainstream, even rewarded for their efforts. Which makes it absolutely the best time to talk with them.</p> Screen/Print #39: "Pleasure" from PennDesign's LA+ Nicholas Korody 2016-01-07T13:55:00-05:00 >2016-01-16T22:40:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an era marked by ecological crisis, the figure of the landscape architect can assume an austere, if not downright sanctimonious, stance. Like some contemporary prophet, the landscape architect calls for repentance, moderation, and preparation &ndash; a voice in the wilderness of our apparently excessive time. Yet the discipline&rsquo;s origins are far less pious, as is made clear in &ldquo;Pleasure,&rdquo; the newest issue of <strong><a href="" target="_blank"><em>LA+</em></a></strong>, produced by the Landscape Architecture Department at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School of Design</a>. Revisiting arcadias of past and present &ndash; from the gardens of Ancient Rome to the resort-styled Discovery Bay development in Hong Kong &ndash;&nbsp;the issue considers the complex relationship between landscape architecture and pleasure.</p> Archinect's Guide to Presentations, Part I: The Visuals Laura Amaya 2015-12-29T14:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T18:31:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s 4:30 in the morning, and you are just heading to bed after polishing your latest project. The client meeting starts in three hours and you have yet to go home, change, and come back to whip up a quick presentation. What you don&rsquo;t realize in the wee hours of the day is that excellent design will get you nowhere without a compelling presentation. How do we convey our fa&ccedil;ade intention to a client who has never heard of a detailed wall section? How do we convince government officials to allow the development of air rights above a listed building? How do we demonstrate to our future employer that we are the candidate of their dreams?</p> Playing to the House: architecture's unconventional performance in film and theatre Robert Urquhart 2015-12-23T02:59:00-05:00 >2015-12-26T16:42:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>During the <a href="" target="_blank">2015 London Design Festival</a>, Groves Natcheva Architects exhibited a short film they'd made, entitled <em>Black Ice</em>. Written by Adriana Natcheva's brother and shot entirely in his house &ndash; which the architects had designed, and located across the balcony from where Groves Natcheva is based &ndash; the film is a powerful study in dark, brooding suspense. Indeed, so much was made of the &ldquo;psychotic&rdquo; plot of <em>Black Ice</em> by certain elements of the design press, that perhaps the real essence of the film was missed.</p> Procedural Geometry: an interview with Aranda\Lasch Nick Cecchi 2015-12-22T11:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T22:59:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since founding <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Aranda\Lasch</strong></a> in 2003, Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch have pursued their own uncompromising vision of architectural practice. Driven by computation and a fascination bordering on obsession with process, Aranda\Lasch has turned out some of the most exceptional architectural geometry on this side of Neil Denari.</p> Screen/Print #38: Ma Yansong of MAD Architecture's "Shanshui City" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-21T18:16:00-05:00 >2015-12-26T16:49:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="883" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Part humanist wake-up call, part architecture manifesto, Ma Yansong&rsquo;s <em>Shanshui City</em> emerges at a critical point for Chinese urbanism, as urban development accelerates to a breakneck speed of environmental damage and social concessions. Yansong draws stark lines between the Beijing he grew up in and the Beijing where he founded <a href="" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, pointing to the now-endangered urbanist details that made the city of his childhood livable and beautiful. <em>Shanshui City</em> is Yansong&rsquo;s conceptual strategy for how architecture in Beijing, and elsewhere in the developing world, must retain what is so easily lost &ndash; they key being integration with nature.</p> London's Bleak Housing Robert Urquhart 2015-12-18T05:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-24T18:22:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The housing crisis in London has rumbled on for decades, its supply never quite catching up with the demands of its own population growth. Council stock has been sold off without being replaced, creating an un-developable green belt around it &ndash; a victim, in part, to its success as a hip, modern, international financial centre, and purveyor of &ldquo;Olde Worlde&rdquo; charm.</p> Urban blight: a review of the Petersen Automotive Museum Julia Ingalls 2015-12-17T11:45:00-05:00 >2015-12-26T17:27:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>That the Petersen Automotive Museum is an architectural critical atrocity is not news; that the public will interpret it as being representative of Los Angeles&rsquo; architecture and urbanity is.</p> "A continuation of his way of being" – an interview with the editor of "Slow Manifesto: Lebbeus Woods Blog" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-16T14:16:00-05:00 >2015-12-24T05:56:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="738" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The champion of &ldquo;radical reconstruction,&rdquo; the revolutionary architect who wasn&rsquo;t technically an architect, the artist, the teacher and theorist &ndash; Lebbeus Woods was also a blogger. Beginning in 2007 and lasting into 2012, up until a few months prior to his death, Woods posted drawings, articles, and journal-style ruminations to his own personal blog, drawing together his array of concerns that, in the words of the <em>New York Times</em>&rsquo; architecture critic Michael Kimmelman,&nbsp;&ldquo;hoped to liberate architecture from its material tethers and encourage everybody who engaged with it to think more boldly and humanely.&rdquo;</p> Matters of Scale: Mass – an interview with Jim Durham of Quarra Stone Aaron Willette 2015-12-11T20:58:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T13:38:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Quarra Stone is a great example of the type of practices I&rsquo;ll be talking to as part of the <strong>Matters of Scale</strong> series on Archinect. They&rsquo;re specialty fabricators that are recognized experts in their field, employing many of the tools and technologies being discussed in academia to craft large-scale projects for some of the top architectural practices in the world. And when I say large-scale, I mean it &ndash; the projects that they&rsquo;re involved with are massive and require much more than just milling plywood panels with a CNC router. But because they&rsquo;re often thought of as just fabricators they&rsquo;ve remained largely unknown to the larger architectural community.</p> Towards a decentralized architecture with FOAM + the Blockchain Nicholas Korody 2015-12-09T20:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T00:37:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Decentralized computation, virtual machines, cryptocurrencies: these terms seem to linger in shadows, conjuring abstract images of the &ldquo;dark&rdquo; web that lurks beneath the glossy surface of the screen. Architecture may be becoming &ldquo;smart,&rdquo; but we still perceive its domain to be brickwork instead of the tangled fiber optic cables it obscures &ndash; the walls that physically enclose rather than the signals that pierce.</p>