Archinect - Features 2016-12-06T07:08:34-05:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/149961339/playtime-7-bold-and-whimsical-playgrounds-from-around-the-world Playtime! 7 bold and whimsical playgrounds from around the world Julia Ingalls 2016-08-12T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T20:20:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/77/778g3s1zkgpb7jbd.jpg" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The act of play rests heavily on the ability to indulge in the imagination. While a certain degree of functionality is required for elements like swings, slides, and climbing walls, the key to any great playground design is that it be inspiring: and oddly enough, it doesn&rsquo;t always have to be strictly for children. Game-playing takes multiple forms, from the stream of consciousness rules of a child's adventure to the psychologically penetrating/illuminating construct of an artist. These examples of architectural spaces for play from around the world openly embrace the esoteric and playful.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/148988000/transparent-motives-the-ins-and-outs-of-sex-specific-architecture Transparent Motives: the ins and outs of sex-specific architecture Julia Ingalls 2016-04-15T08:20:00-04:00 >2016-04-22T17:46:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tg/tgoq9nd1ybtjlqhb.jpg" width="650" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If sex is the ultimate form of openness, then the architecture designed specifically to facilitate it could, up until recently anyway, be described as opaque. Even those more flagrant hot spots, like Emperor Nero&rsquo;s Domus Aurea or Japan&rsquo;s ubiquitous <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/50672/tmn-on-love-hotels" target="_blank">love hotels</a>, tended to be built to obscure their purpose, at least from the outside. Indeed, it is only within the last few decades that the notion of sex as an activity that could be displayed, or at least not obscured, has come into a more public architectural vogue. Transparency, in its <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design" target="_blank">boundary blurring form</a>, is a defining characteristic of architecture for sex.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/147429507/waka-waka-s-furniture-strikes-a-balance-between-simplicity-and-playfulness Waka Waka's furniture strikes a balance between simplicity and playfulness Nicholas Korody 2016-02-08T11:17:00-05:00 >2016-02-16T14:41:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yt/ytaovbmu52howk05.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Waka 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/117673239/showcase-a-house-by-wiel-arets-architects 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nt/ntm5o40221x17n08.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/features/article/85780577/showcase-restaurant-on-the-sea-by-case-real ShowCase: Restaurant On The Sea by CASE-REAL Archinect 2013-11-07T18:12:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T18:53:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/76/76s7qi7sec7hc5b1.jpg" width="650" height="976" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1518/showcase" target="_blank">ShowCase</a></strong> is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.</p> <p> <em>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project, <a href="http://archinect.com/about/contact.php" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/61313613/showcase-house-yagiyama-by-kazuya-saito-architects ShowCase: House Yagiyama by Kazuya Saito Architects Archinect 2012-11-13T13:20:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T03:43:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n0/n0l2bcawern6tcs4.jpg" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1518/showcase" target="_blank"><strong>ShowCase</strong></a> is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.</p> <p> <em>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project, <a href="http://archinect.com/about/contact.php" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/43132544/tadao-ando-interview-20-minutes-with-a-master Tadao Ando Interview: 20 Minutes with a Master Paul Petrunia 2012-04-23T20:10:00-04:00 >2016-07-15T18:38:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ms/msptdh4rr4nt2pjs.jpg" width="650" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I can easily point to Tadao Ando's work as one of my earliest sources of inspiration, pulling me toward a life embedded in architecture. The powerful simplicity of his forms has always seemed to me, to represent an understanding far greater than that of the built environment alone. A few weeks ago, we had a rare opportunity to meet and talk with the master, thanks to a generous offer from <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/7374/california-state-polytechnic-university-pomona" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> and <a href="http://www.11dot1.com" target="_blank">Axel Schmitzberger</a>, during Ando's brief visit to Los Angeles to collect his <a href="http://www.csupomona.edu/~arc/images/news/ando.jpg" target="_blank">2012 Richard Neutra Award</a>. So, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1812010/orhan-ayy-ce" target="_blank">Orhan</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/200410/alexander-walter" target="_blank">Alex</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2566394/kaori-walter" target="_blank">Kaori</a> and I headed out to <a href="http://www.neutra-vdl.org" target="_blank">Neutra's VDL House</a> in Silver Lake, on a chilly afternoon in late March, for a brief, yet memorable, chat.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/4371248/working-out-of-the-box-logan-amont Working out of the Box: Logan Amont Paul Petrunia 2011-04-27T13:50:35-04:00 >2012-04-05T11:29:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0p/0pjwvwjm54pc89xy.jpg" width="650" height="498" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p> <p> &nbsp;</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="mailto:archinect@gmail.com?subject=Working%20out%20of%20the%20Box" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em><br> &nbsp;</p>