Archinect - News 2015-11-27T15:54:24-05:00 Just add balconies? Sydney deliberates future of brutalist housing landmark Justine Testado 2015-07-29T18:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T20:38:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At what cost? The LAVA plan could be difficult to manage structurally, cost a significant amount of money and see Sirius occupants relocated anyway. But it could also be a more sustainable option than knocking down and rebuilding.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>SIRIUS in 2014.</em></p><p>Alas, the curse of the "brutalist eyesore" continues with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">historic SIRIUS apartment building</a> in Sydney, designed by architect Tao (Theodore) Gofers in 1978-79. Adding a third option to the demolish-preserve debate that typically ensues, local architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAVA</a> proposed the addition of "clip-on" curved balconies as an amenity upgrade that the firm says would spruce up the building's appearance while also preserve the original structure.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></p><p><a title="Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas</a></p><p><a title="Now sitting empty, brutalist Berkeley Art Museum building faces unclear future" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now sitting empty, brutalist Berkeley Art Museum building faces unclear future</a></p><p><a title="Brutalism's Bullies" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's Bullies</a></p> After deadly balcony collapse, Berkeley building and safety codes tighten Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-17T18:29:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T18:30:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Balconies in Berkeley must now pass a safety inspection every three years, and new ones must be built of rot-proof wood or steel, under measures passed Tuesday as the campus community addresses the deaths last month of six young people and grave injury of seven more. [...] With pressure from one council member and the lawyer for one of those killed in the June 16 tragedy, the City Council agreed to shorten the time between mandatory inspections [from five] to three years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The deadly balcony collapse that took place almost exactly a month ago today prompted an investigation into Berkeley's building codes and safety inspections, culminating in this new inspection practice. Primary in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion of safe and best building practices</a> here on Archinect was the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">use of wood</a>, especially in climates where water can drastically compromise a building's integrity.</p><p>We discuss the delicate balancing of liability among city building departments, victims and building owners on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode #36</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>.</p><p>For background on the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California:</p><ul><li><a title="6 dead after Berkeley balcony collapses" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">6 dead after Berkeley balcony collapses</a></li><li><a title="Dry rot to blame for Berkeley balcony collapse; existing building codes called into question" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry rot to blame for Berkeley balcony collapse; existing building codes called into question</a></li></ul> Think of sunnier days ahead with this floating "Walk-On" balcony Justine Testado 2015-02-11T15:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:27:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On a regular office workday when the weather is fair, it can be hard to resist stepping outside to take a quick breather. The designers of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zalewski Architecture Group</a> from Gliwice, Poland found themselves in a similar mindset as they looked out onto the dreary courtyard outside from their third-floor office. Then came the idea for the "Walk-on" balcony.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>At only 80 cm wide, the narrow grassy pathway whirls and intertwines with itself while suspended in the air, latching itself to the walls of the surrounding buildings. It also features a polished metal palate underneath that mirrors its surroundings. Unless you're afraid of heights or are seeking a little adventure, the pathway "allows for a relaxing walk 'from office to office'" and adds some whimsical fun to the courtyard, as described by the designers.</p><p>With spring and summer outdoor events around the corner, the Zalewski Group's idea of the "Walk-on" balcony has potential to be fully realized into an interactive installation. From t...</p> BIG + HKS + MDA unveils Honeycomb resort design for The Bahamas Justine Testado 2014-01-27T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T19:24:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HKS Architects</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Diggiss Architects</a>, revealed their design for the Honeycomb residential building in the beach and golf resort community of Albany in The Bahamas. Commissioned by Tavistock Group and New Valley LLC, the 175,000 ft&sup2; (approx. 16,000 m&sup2;) residential building will be the tallest structure in Albany, set to become a new centerpiece for the city.<br><br>BIG sent us more details on the project right below:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"The fa&ccedil;ade has a hexagonal pattern that uniquely frames the natural beauty of the Island. The balconies are deep enough to not only provide outdoor spaces, but also summer kitchens and a pool sunken into the balcony of each unit."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"These pools have a transparent edge towards the plaza, eliminating the visual barrier between the pool and the environment. Bathers can be fully immersed in the view of the marina and the ocean beyond."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"Bjarke Ingels: 'Our design is driven by an effort to maximize the enjoyment of the abundant natural qualities of Al...</p> Balcon additionnel - the temporary balcony solution Archinect 2012-12-05T11:18:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:52:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You lack a cozy balcony? No worries, Julien Berthier has the perfect solution for you: the &lsquo;Balcon additionnel&rsquo;. The small balcony will be lifted up to the building from a boom-truck on the ground. It fits every building, is permanently attached to the truck, allowing it to be quickly fitted and removed. An easy service for installing a plastic Haussmannian-style balcony on all kinds of buildings. The balcon additionnel is made from plastic resin, steel and paint.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>