Archinect - Features 2016-10-27T10:55:43-04:00 RIP to the EU 1973-2016: Five monumental buildings in the UK by European architects Eleanor Marshall 2016-09-09T14:29:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T18:24:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The UK joined the European Community, later to become the European Union on the 1st of January 1973 with Denmark and Ireland. If the UK had never joined the EU, how different would the architectural landscape be? Lets take a look at five buildings designed by European architects working in the UK from 1973 until 2016; the lifespan of the UK&rsquo;s membership of the European Union.</p> Stripped of cosmetics, but imbued with substance: inside the Berard Residence Julia Ingalls 2016-08-26T09:20:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T22:04:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="437" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As conceptually oriented housing design goes, the Berard Residence has a bold aim: it attempts to shift the preconception of housing's elemental function away from shelter and into a more experiential mode, concerned with the qualities of human existence itself. Submitted to <a href="" target="_blank">our open call</a> under July's theme of Domesticity, the home aligns itself with a new interpretation of the 'case study' ideal.</p> ELL House by Domaen maximizes 'remodeled' footprint with strategic hillside ordinance loophole Julia Ingalls 2016-08-16T09:25:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:17:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The stone, wood, and stucco form of the ELL house in Los Angeles' Benedict Canyon is not the first structure to grace its site. Oddly enough, the previous structure helped to accelerate ELL&rsquo;s building process: the architects were able to list their design as a remodeled residence for permitting purposes, thereby sneaking past the Baseline Hillside Ordinance's setback and building restrictions.</p> Glass and concrete tread lightly in DSDHA's London 'Covert House' Julia Ingalls 2016-07-28T09:20:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:20:51-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="866" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is domesticity in the 21st century? Is it a blend of the 19th century ideal of the sanctuary with the 21st century notion of greater transparency and connectivity?</p> SCI-Arc students step out of the studio to build an affordable, eco-friendly home with Habitat for Humanity Nicholas Korody 2016-07-25T09:56:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T21:13:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s not that often that architecture students get to actually build a house while still in school. But a class of <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> students led by faculty member Darin Johnstone got to design and build a new home&mdash;and an affordable, eco-friendly one, at that.</p> The blind justice of Salt Lake City's courthouse David Scheer 2016-06-28T08:29:00-04:00 >2016-07-11T07:11:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture normally receives very little public notice in Salt Lake City, but the new federal courthouse here got the public&rsquo;s attention. The <em>Salt Lake Tribune</em> and a local TV news station&rsquo;s website received a wave of letters and posts in response to articles about its opening in 2014. The overwhelming consensus was negative.</p> If houses had airplane modes: an interview with Joseph Grima of Space Caviar Nicholas Korody 2016-06-07T08:27:00-04:00 >2016-06-11T22:03:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Should our homes have an airplane mode?&rdquo; asks the Italian architecture studio Space Caviar, in the descriptive text for their RAM House, a fully-equipped <a href="" target="_blank">smart home</a> that alternatively doubles as a refuge from the ubiquitous technology of today.</p> Snøhetta's expanded SFMOMA is 235,000 square feet of egalitarianism Julia Ingalls 2016-05-10T11:13:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T15:26:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s</a> expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art&mdash;which incorporates numerous elements of Mario Botta&rsquo;s 1988 design while simultaneously introducing a far more egalitarian vibe&mdash;seems to be a miniature of the constraints and progressive-mindedness of San Francisco itself. Multiple entrances, an emphasis on intimate scaling instead of grand gestures, and dedicated staff floors that sit blatantly atop the public galleries, invert many of the preconceptions of traditional museum design. Instead of attempting to shape the city with a bold new vision, Sn&oslash;hetta has allowed the city to shape the museum. It is the anti-Bilbao: if not in effect, then certainly in intention.</p> The architects trying to restore Mackintosh's Library to its former glory Robert Urquhart 2016-04-23T11:43:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T00:44:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Charles Rennie Mackintosh building</a> at the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art (GSA)</a> is an iconic structure and home of one of the greatest art schools in Europe. The building, voted the best British-designed building of the past 175 years in a nationwide poll conducted by <em>The Sunday Times</em> newspaper and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2009, is an iconic role model for what we perceive as the ideal art school: a space that exudes creativity through design, atmosphere and craft.</p> Geotectura's ZeroHome turns waste into shelter Nicholas Korody 2016-03-22T09:09:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T10:31:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ZeroHome, a project by the Tel Aviv-based studio Geotectura, is a house built entirely from waste &ndash; but you wouldn&rsquo;t necessarily suspect it from looking at its sharp, angular form.</p> The far-reaching work by "state-of-the-art weirdos" MOS Architects Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-11T14:12:00-05:00 >2016-04-03T00:53:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">MOS</a> has developed an impressive cache of work over a relatively brief period of time, including a range of designs unequivocal to the company&rsquo;s unique, and at times quirky, style. Their approach considers economic climates and environmental limitations, but evades conventional aesthetics. Take it from the firm&rsquo;s website; MOS rejects the ordinary. A succinct self-description concludes that their company is &ldquo;a collective of designers, architects, thinkers and state-of-the-art weirdos.&rdquo;</p><p>With the recent release of <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0763669903&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=archinectarchite&amp;linkId=Z7RWU7IPK6BIJ7GS" target="_blank"><em>MOS: Selected Works</em></a>, it seems fitting to reflect on a selection of projects that highlight the company&rsquo;s discernible attitude toward conceptual design and architecture.</p> Children's drawings inspire COBE's kindergarten in Copenhagen Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-18T08:53:00-05:00 >2016-04-07T20:12:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Needless to say, children require very little to have a lot of fun. An imaginary world can be transformed from the most modest of settings. Really, all that&rsquo;s needed is a bit of space (albeit safe and relatively clean), and a great imagination &ndash;something that little ones have an endless supply of.</p><p>So when it comes time for kids to embark on the short-lived, yet impactful journey that is kindergarten, the most nurturing of environments are those that foster diversity, social connectivity, and creativity. The Danish architecture firm <a href="" target="_blank">COBE</a> has used that ethos to cultivate an amazing setting for children attending preschool in the Copenhagen neighborhood of Frederiksberg. The educational institution encompasses a unique campus, a blank canvas of sorts for young minds to re-imagine a world of their own.</p> 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 >2016-03-18T09:00:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="725" 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> Adelaide's Pink Moon Saloon is a snug fit for a local alleyway Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-09T20:34:00-05:00 >2016-02-21T23:26:31-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" 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> Modular benches provide maximum functionality and versatility for Lake Jasper House Alexis Petrunia 2016-02-02T13:41:00-05:00 >2016-02-19T14:07:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="343" 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> 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="650" height="431" 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> 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="650" height="315" 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> The Broad Museum opens its doors for a look beyond the veil Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-23T09:02:00-04:00 >2016-02-29T20:01:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The white cube museum to end all white cube museums has touched down in Los Angeles. This past Sunday, the personal post-war and contemporary art collection owned by billionaire philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, housed in Diller Scofidio + Renfro&rsquo;s meshed white box, opened for public viewing as the brand new Broad Museum, located just south of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s Walt Disney Concert Hall on downtown&rsquo;s Grand Avenue.</p> Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House Gary Garvin 2015-08-07T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T08:37:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="195" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There are small problems that vex as much as they intrigue us, whose answers only lead to larger questions.</p> What makes an artless museum? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-16T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T15:30:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architectural criticism that begins with &ldquo;it looks like [insert Platonic object here]&rdquo; is suspect at best, but the temptation to gamble with semiotic stickiness is too great: if I see a contraceptive sponge when I look at the new Broad Museum, I want to say that.</p> Showcase: A’ House by Wiel Arets Architects Alexander Walter 2015-01-05T22:58:00-05:00 >2015-04-20T02:07:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wedged between the narrow alleys and razor-sharp property lines of Tokyo's Nishi-Azabu neighborhood, A' House fits in its dense context like a shiny puzzle piece. Bold yet familiar, expansive yet compact, transparent yet opaque, open to dialogue yet impenetrable like an oyster shell.</p><p>Designed by&nbsp;Wiel Arets Architects, the building's innovative system of immense sliding windows responds to varying desires for privacy, air flow, light intake and participation in the neighborhood's social life.</p><p>Turns out, where Dutch and Japanese practicality intersect, one might discover <em>concrete </em>poetry<strong>.</strong></p> Showcase: Óbidos Technological Park Main Building by Jorge Mealha Alexander Walter 2015-01-03T09:00:00-05:00 >2015-04-07T01:39:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How does one create a main piazza in the absence of a surrounding urban fabric that typically encloses a <em>Piazza</em>? The design team around architect Jorge Mealha drew from its traditional Portuguese typologies and conceived the &Oacute;bidos Technological Park Main Building in the countryside north of Lisbon as contemporary interpretation of a <em>Terreiro</em>.</p><p>While just recently completed, the project has already garnered a respectable nomination for the&nbsp;European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture &ndash; Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.</p> Showcase: "Groenlândia" by TRIPTYQUE Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-11T15:13:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:11:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A gentle giant of marble, glass and concrete, this stately commercial space makes an impact without imposing on the street.</p> Showcase: Sparrenburg Visitor Center by Max Dudler Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-26T12:41:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T20:09:59-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Max Dudler</a>'s brutalist beauty falls serenely in line with Sparrenburg Fortress's 800-year history in Bielefeld, Germany.</p> Showcase: Garden School / Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus by OPEN Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-14T19:41:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T05:40:53-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Taking cues from the urban and pastoral, Beijing No. 4 High School (aka Garden School) strives not only to model elite Chinese public education, but also to also drive development in its relatively new town of Fangshan.</p> Showcase: Slate House by Affleck de la Riva architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-06T20:27:00-05:00 >2015-01-30T13:31:13-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Suburbia doesn't have to be faceless. Slate House, a proud black sheep in a family of tract houses, manages a demurely chic presence amid the former farmlands of Laval, Montreal's largest suburb.</p> Factory Berlin, a New Tech Incubator, Emerges from the Ruins of the Berlin Wall Nicholas Korody 2014-09-15T11:06:00-04:00 >2014-11-09T21:42:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The archives of the <em>New York Times </em>testify to the euphoria that accompanied the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989. An article entitled <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;The End of the War to End Wars&rdquo;</a> reads: &ldquo;Crowds of young Germans danced on top of the hated Berlin wall Thursday night. They danced for joy, they danced for history. They danced because the tragic cycle of catastrophes that first convulsed Europe 75 years ago, embracing two world wars, a Holocaust and a cold war, seems at long last to be nearing an end.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Showcase: Stadthaus M1 by Barkow Leibinger Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-11T11:17:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T22:57:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The subtle strength of <a href="" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a>'s&nbsp;<strong>Stadthaus M1</strong> derives from its passive house standards and connection to local environment. The basic polygonal form of the overall structure, which includes a hotel and street-level shops separate from apartments, is jointed by a &ldquo;pocket park&rdquo; that serves as a serene connector between the complex&rsquo;s private-public areas as well as a transition space to nearby streets. Located in the &ldquo;sustainable model district&rdquo; of Vauban in the already so-called &ldquo;green city&rdquo; of Freiburg, Germany, Stadthaus M1 is right at home aesthetically and ideologically.</p> Show Case: ‘Schapenboeten’ Holiday Home by Benthem Crouwel Architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-31T19:03:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:56:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Slightly quirky, modest and covered in fishnets, <a href="" target="_blank">Benthem Crouwel Architect</a>&rsquo;s holiday house turns a piece of Dutch vernacular into a sleek but cozy nest. Modeled after the local &lsquo;schapenboeten&rsquo; sheds for storing hay and tools in a windy climate, the home is now part of the landscape on Texel island, a popular tourist destination in the Wandsee known for its fishing and unique sheep breed.</p> ShowCase: Concrete House by Studio Gil Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-29T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T18:05:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="722" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Studio Gil</a>&rsquo;s extension of a Victorian terraced house in East London works from the inside out. Situated in a conservation area in the Mile End neighborhood, "Concrete House" maintains its exterior cladding while opening up its interior to the outside, knitting together remodeled inner spaces and exterior views.</p>