Archinect - News 2015-12-01T01:03:49-05:00 Bonus Session: Reflections on "Shelter" in Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-20T14:49:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:12:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We're pleased to announce a special bonus episode of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, featuring a live recording of the closing panel discussion for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Shelter" at the Architecture + Design Museum in Los Angeles.</a></p><p>To close out the exhibition on November 6, curators Sam Lubell and Danielle Rago hosted two panel discussions with the featured architects, focusing on the sites that serve as the exhibition's organizing principles: the Metro subway extension in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the stretch of the LA River running through the city proper. Both sites embody much of what is affecting Los Angeles' changing urbanism &ndash; ongoing drought, invigorated public transportation, gentrification, and increasing density.</p><p>Mimi Zeiger, West Coast Editor of The Architect's Newspaper moderated the panel on the River, with Jimenez Lai (Bureau Spectacular), Elizabeth Timme (LA-M&aacute;s), and Lorcan O'Herlihy (Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects), and I moderated the panel on Metro, with Jennifer Marmon (PAR),...</p> Surviving in style: the world's largest private doomsday shelter has a swimming pool, wine cellar, art vaults Alexander Walter 2015-11-16T13:51:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is The Oppidum, a massive 323,000 square foot property with plans for a spectacular estate. What lies hidden beneath, carved deep in the mountain is the largest residential doomsday shelter in the world. [...] The planned luxurious underground compound on two levels includes a total space of 77,500 sf with 13 foot high ceilings. The layout features one large 6,750 sf apartment and six 1,720 sf apartments. Construction on the secret facility began in 1984, at the height of the Cold War.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel luxurious): high-end apocalypse shelters</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A top-secret Czech bunker used by the Soviet army opens to the public</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Subculture of Americans prepares for civilization's collapse</a></li></ul> Homey pop-up bus shelter hopes to increase safety for Minneapolis commuters Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-29T17:25:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T21:46:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Minus a TV, a temporary bus shelter at S. 6th Street and the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis has most of the cozy comforts of your living room: pillows, books, board games, a clock, a rug and string lighting. [...] High-traffic bus stops can be flash points for safety concerns, and projects like Living Room Station represent an opportunity to bring in creative thinkers and builders to improve the experiences for riders, passersby and neighbors</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Mars Ice House envisions the day Earthlings can live with ease atop the Martian surface Justine Testado 2015-10-10T11:52:00-04:00 >2015-10-11T00:46:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>So continues the space-age fantasy of humankind someday living successfully on the Red Planet, or undertaking expeditions to the far ends of the universe. In this spirit, NASA and America Makes' launched their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D Printed Habitat Challenge</a> late last year, wherein multi-disciplinary teams proposed shelters equipped to endure the environments of Mars and (eventually) deep-space exploration.</p><p>Following rigorous evaluations by the jury and a public showcase at the NYC World Maker Faire this past September, the eight-member Clouds AO + Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch) team took home the overall winning $25,000 prize with their "Mars Ice House" design, out of 30 finalist submissions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Enticing sci-fi aesthetics aside, the Mars Ice House's optimistic approach focuses on interior-to-exterior terrestrial concepts that could enable inhabitants to live comfortably and in harmony on the Martian surface, instead of buried underneath and completely closed off. "The architecture of ICE HOUSE...e...</p> Shigeru Ban: Beauty as a basic human need Alexander Walter 2015-06-23T14:56:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T21:48:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Aesthetics is a primary concern for Ban&mdash;not despite, but especially in humanitarian scenarios. He believes that beauty is a basic need, an aspect of a person&rsquo;s dignity. Erecting beautiful, if simple, structures can ensure that a refugee camp is not labeled a slum. So, when examining available materials in Kobe, he fussed about the color of the beer crates, choosing Asahi&rsquo;s more neutral plastic bins over Kirin&rsquo;s glaring red crates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week, Ban visited several U.S. cities on a brief lecture tour, captivating audiences with his thoughts about "the Temporary and the Monumental." Read Archinect's report from his Los Angeles lecture at LACMA <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> San Francisco's new pilot project to house the homeless Alexander Walter 2015-03-11T15:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:11:14-04:00 <img src="" width="360" height="201" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Navigation Center is one of the most innovative homeless-help experiments being undertaken in the U.S. &mdash; meaning that when it opens the week of March 16 at an old high school at 16th and Mission streets, it will be watched not just by every homeless camper in the vicinity, but by aid agencies around the nation. [...] The Navigation Center will be doing this as a pilot project for eight to 18 months, depending on its success.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Harvard GSD to host talk on "Habitation in Extreme Environments: Alpine Shelter" exhibition this Friday Justine Testado 2015-02-11T18:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T21:08:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Curated by Spela Videcnik, Rok Oman, and John T. Dunlop (Design Critic in Housing and Urban Development), the "Habitation in Extreme Environments: Alpine Shelter" exhibition currently at the Harvard GSD presents a prototypical alpine shelter that students designed in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an option studio</a> this past fall. A public lecture and discussion by Spela Videcnik will formally introduce the topic this Friday, February 13 at Gund Hall. The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Guided by instructors Spela Videcnik and Rok Oman of Ljubljana-based OFIS arhitekti, the studio focused on investigating architectural solutions and responses to extreme climatic conditions, specifically referring to the ongoing heavy wintry conditions that ravage the North region of the U.S. The students researched traditional European alpine settlements in an effort to find new architectural solutions fit for a North American context.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The prototype shelter that will be presented at this Friday's lecture prov...</p> The VIPP Shelter joins the industrial-chic prefab housing market Justine Testado 2015-01-20T18:28:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:16:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not long after <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji's Vertical House</a> and Philippe Starck + Riko's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eco-prefab house</a>, Danish lifestyle brand <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VIPP</a>&nbsp;&mdash; who is best known for their bins and kitchenware&nbsp;&mdash; recently launched their own industrial-chic prefab known as the VIPP Shelter. The VIPP Shelter is a 55 m2, galvanized steel "container house" designed as a getaway retreat that complements VIPP's houseware products inside and various remote natural landscapes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The two-story prefab structure is delivered in two containers and assembled on site in a matter of days. The house can accommodate up to four people, and is also equipped with furniture, lighting, tables, towels, and bed linens. It also has electrical floor heating and a centrally located fireplace. VIPP Shelter prices start at $585,000 (&euro;485,000) with a delivery time of six months plus freight + installation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Another feature of the VIPP Shelter is&nbsp;Architectural Solutions' PanoramAH! Series 38 sliding windows on two of the house's four sides on the main level. One si...</p> BUREAU A's Swiss alpine cabin lets you camp out inside a boulder Justine Testado 2014-12-17T14:49:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="657" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Up in the slopes of the Swiss village Verbier in the Alps, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BUREAU A</a>'s "Antoine" is a little wooden cabin hidden inside a concrete rock that camouflages with its environment. Inspired by Swiss cultural elements like the literature of iconic writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, hidden bunkers, and the unique experience of living in an alpine landscape, "Antoine" looks like one comfy, cool space to get away from it all &mdash; with a hint of adventure.</p><p>BUREAU A provided more detail into their latest project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The mountains have the power to call for feelings of fascination and fear at the same time. Switzerland has a strong tradition of observing the Alps, living with them, hiding inside them. The awe and the anxiety that this monumental landscape appeals is reflected in the writings of Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, one of the most important Swiss writers. His novels, Derborence, describes the massive rock fall that covered the pastures of the valley of Lizerne in 1714. Antoine, the main character, surv...</p> Winners of Warming Huts v.2015 Justine Testado 2014-11-26T18:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-28T11:18:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Warming Huts competition is back with its 2015 edition! The blind jury sifted through over 100 submissions from around the world for this season's most creative warming huts. The top three winning designs will be constructed at the Red River Mutual Rivertrail in Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. This year's competition awarded two Shelter category winners and one Installation winner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>(Above) SHELTER WINNER: This Big by Tina Soli &amp; Luca Roncoroni from Dorebak Akershus, NORWAY</p><p>SHELTER WINNER: "The Hole Idea by Weiss Architecture &amp; Urbanism Limited from Toronto, CANADA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>INSTALLATION WINNER: Recycling Words by KANVA, from Montreal, CANADA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more project details and other noted submissions, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> How to Build a Perfect Refugee Camp Alexander Walter 2014-02-13T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:17:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many of the world&rsquo;s displaced live in conditions striking for their wretchedness, but what is startling about Kilis is how little it resembles the refugee camp of our imagination. It is orderly, incongruously so. Residents scan a card with their fingerprints for entry [...]. Inside, it&rsquo;s stark: 2,053 identical containers spread out in neat rows. No tents. None of the smells &mdash; rotting garbage, raw sewage &mdash; usually associated with human crush and lack of infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> World Class Architects Design Bus Stops in Austria Alexander Walter 2013-11-07T15:56:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T22:16:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tiny Austrian village of Krumbach has commissioned international architecture firms to build avant-garde bus stops. The "Bus:Stop" project was conceived by Krumbach's cultural association, which hired prominent Austrian architect Dietmar Steiner to act as curator. Though he counts major architects from around the world among his contacts, he chose to maintain a boutique feel: "No starchitects, just small offices with sculptural interest."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Indian Cyclone Victims Need Food, Water and Shelter Archinect 2013-10-15T13:06:00-04:00 >2013-10-15T13:06:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many people are still stuck in cyclone shelters because they have nowhere to sleep or get food and water, said T. Radha, the relief commissioner for Andhra Pradesh. He said plastic sheets are being distributed to the homeless, along with food and water. He said fishermen, who are unable to venture out to sea, are being given 10 kilograms of rice to help feed their families.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Cardborigami: Designed to Help the Homeless Justine Testado 2013-07-31T19:25:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T10:22:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Tina Hovsepian of global architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Callison</a> was driven by the need to help homeless individuals in Los Angeles when she designed the first prototype for the "Cardborigami" shelter during her fourth year at USC's School of Architecture. Cardborigami, which has grown into a non-profit organization, provides temporary housing for the homeless as part of a process to help them gradually overcome their state of homelessness.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> The Cardborigami shelter balances innovative design and functionality. The application of traditional origami techniques onto cardboard gives the shelter a beautiful form. Before its modified origami form, the shelter was originally a re-design of an Air-stream trailer. "The idea is to deploy a trailer to a disaster site where mass shelter is needed, then the trailer expands to 20 times its length and twice its width to provide instant space," Hovsepian explained over email. "The form was then revised and re-scaled to fulfill its potential as a portable...</p> Tentsile, the Architect's Tent Alexander Walter 2012-04-03T17:44:00-04:00 >2012-04-04T19:11:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>tentsile combines the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the usable space and security of a tent. The ultra portable structure uniquely employs tension forces to provide separation from wildlife, including insects, snakes and other predators but also from sand storms, earth tremors, cold or wet ground, debris or contamination.</p></em><br /><br /><p> When architects rethink the tent, you know it better be rad. In this case, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tentsile</a> is the offspring of London-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greendream Architecture</a>.</p> <p> Quote from the firm's website: "With over 10 years of experience of projects in conventional as well as <em>treehouse</em> architecture, our team provides a friendly and professional service for all of your architectural ambitions."</p> <p> Nice to see architects with the inner child still alive.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> All images via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Warming Huts Competition: „POLAR HEN“ by mjölk architekti Alexander Walter 2011-12-21T15:18:00-05:00 >2012-01-29T00:12:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Czech firm mj&ouml;lk architekti has shared with us their fascinating proposal "POLAR HEN" which was - under the title "ICE PILLOWS" - just recently named one of the five winners in the internationally acclaimed Warming Huts v.2011, An Art +Architecture Competition on Ice (...with one of the other four winners being Frank Gehry!). For only one winter, the five winning huts will be created and placed on the frozen Assiniboine River in Winnipeg, Manitoba.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>