Archinect 2017-01-23T03:39:19-05:00 Trump begins presidency by increasing taxes for (middle-class) homebuyers Nicholas Korody 2017-01-20T19:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T19:12:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>IN ONE OF the first official acts of his presidency, Donald Trump has increased taxes on a million middle-class homebuyers. The Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday reversed a scheduled 0.25 percent cut in mortgage insurance premiums issued by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). For a mortgage worth $200,000, this adds $500 to a homebuyer&rsquo;s annual costs. These insurance fees are effectively a tax on middle-class homeownership.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MaMuCre (pr. mah-moo-cray) def. Math Music Creation; the generation of everything produced. James Pereira 2017-01-20T17:47:00-05:00 >2017-01-22T14:05:17-05:00 <p>MaMuCre (pr. mah-moo-cray)&nbsp;def. Math Music Creation; the generation of everything produced.</p><p>If you disagree, acclimatize yourself with existence. &nbsp;Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (Vitruvius), the ancient Roman Architect, proclaimed that a structure must exhibit the three qualities of&nbsp;<em>firmitas, utilitas and venustas;&nbsp;</em>meaning that it must be solid, useful and beautiful. These are sometimes termed the Vitruvian Triad and today these are loosely translated that great constructions must have&nbsp;<em>form, function or structure</em>. &nbsp;The actual tripartite makeup of any mass, shall apply to everything as follows:</p><p>A - Foundation; Basis</p><p>B - Middle; Story/Point</p><p>C - Top; Finale</p><p>Examples:</p><p>Classical Columns: A - Base, B - Shaft, C - Capital</p><p>EDM Song Structure: A - Intro, B - Hook/Melody, C - Breakdown</p><p>Sushi: A - Rice, B - Fish, C - Soy Sauce&nbsp;</p><p>Cell: A - Plasma Membrane, B - Cytoplasm, C - Nucleus</p><p>A Story:&nbsp;A - Characters, B - Confilict, C - Resolution</p><p>In simplest form, every object is derived from a complex arrangement of eleme...</p> Michael Hays to teach free online course through Harvard Nicholas Korody 2017-01-20T17:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-22T18:10:33-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced that K. Michael Hays will offer a free online course starting on February 28. The course will be part of the Harvard EdX platform, which facilitates MOOC&rsquo;s, or Massive Open Online Courses.</p><p>Entitled &ldquo;The Architectural Imagination&rdquo;, the course will look at &ldquo;some of history&rsquo;s most important examples that show how architecture engages, mediates, and expresses a culture&rsquo;s complex aspirations.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Alongside Hays, Erika Naginski and Antoine Picon will help teach the course.&nbsp;</p> Climate change was removed from today. What does this mean for architects? Katherine Stege 2017-01-20T17:40:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T01:02:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Directly following the inauguration of our new 45th president, received an overhaul. The most notable change was the complete deletion of the <a href="" target="_blank">climate change page</a>, which previously housed local, national, and international plans for combating climate change, as well as actions and goals of the previous administration. In this symbolic erasure, the new administration rejects climate change as a critical priority, denies the overwhelming evidence of human contribution to recent warming trends, and turns a blind eye to the critical research, policy, and international collaboration required in safeguarding our environment from significant long-term destruction.</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Fancy Facades" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-01-20T14:52:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T14:53:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Fancy Facades</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCH2, University of Brighton</a> in Brighton, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proctor &amp; Matthews Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sulwhasoo Flagship Store</a> in Seoul, South Korea by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neri&amp;Hu Design and Research Office</a>; Photo: Pedro Pegenaute</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Street Car Park</a> in Sheffield, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The French International School of Beijing (LFIP)</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jacques Ferrier Architecture</a>; Photo: Luc Boegly</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shoreditch Apartments</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benedetti Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lighthouse</a> in Watford, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sheppard Robson</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slip House</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carl Turner Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prosperidad 49</a> in Mexico City by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taller Plan A</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Contemporary Collective Living: New Forms of...</a></p> Get Lectured: University of Oregon, Winter '17 Justine Testado 2017-01-20T13:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T13:43:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="894" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter &amp; Spring 2017</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session for Winter and Spring 2017.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>See who's speaking at the&nbsp;University of Oregon Department of Architecture in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eugene</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland</a>&nbsp;for Winter '17.</p><p>EUG = Eugene campus, Lawrence Hall (LA)<br>PDX = Portland campus, White Stag Block (WSB)</p><p><strong>Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group - Shanghai, China</strong><br>Eugene: Jan 20, 11:30 am LA 206<br>Portland: Jan 23, 5:30 pm WSB 451</p><p><strong>Claire Agre</strong> / West 8, Principal + Senior Landscape Architect - New York, NY<br>Eugene: Jan 23, 5:30 pm Giustina Ballroom, Ford Alumni Center</p><p><strong>Margaret Crawford</strong>, Professor of Architectu...</p> In Focus: Marc Goodwin Archinect 2017-01-20T13:36:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T01:02:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>In Focus</strong></a> is Archinect's series of features dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?</p><p>In this feature,&nbsp;we talk to London and Scandinavia-based photographer <strong>Marc Goodwin</strong>.</p> The landmark Plasco Building in Tehran burns to the ground, claiming the lives of at least 20 Nicholas Korody 2017-01-20T12:56:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T12:58:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Plasco Building, a landmark structure in Tehran, burned to the ground yesterday, claiming the lives of at least 20 firefighters. An additional 70 people were injured, 23 of them seriously, according to a report by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC</a>. The fire began on the ninth floor and, by the time many firefighters had entered the building, caused the north wall to collapse, which quickly brought down the rest of the building. While the exact cause of the blaze is still unknown, apparently managers had expressed worries about safety issues in the past.</p><p>The Plasco Building was once the tallest in the city and contained a shopping center and clothing workshops. It was built by the Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian who was executed following the 1979 Islamic Revolution after being accused and convicted of spying for Israel.</p> The Pompidou Centre to get a €100M facelift Nicholas Korody 2017-01-20T12:33:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T13:01:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Even the most punk of buildings eventually gets older. The Pompidou Centre in Paris, the landmark contemporary art museum designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, turns forty this year. To mark its birthday, the museum will get a two-year long facelift estimated to cost at least &euro;100 million.</p><p>The renovations will include replacing the &ldquo;caterpillar&rdquo;, the famous escalators on the front of the building, but won&rsquo;t result in any changes to the building&rsquo;s overall appearance. Additionally, museum officials are hoping that renovations can occur without closing the Centre.</p><p>Part of the reason the building needs the renovation is that its innovative design, which comprises putting the inner workings of the building on its exterior, has led to increased wear and tear. Back in the day, its appearance caused a ton of controversy. But today, the museum is witnessing a rise in attendance that surpasses either the Louvre or the Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Orsay.</p> Hull Truck Theatre by Wright & Wright Ellen Hancock 2017-01-20T11:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T11:13:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not only about the bricks and mortar, it&rsquo;s about the character of the place. it is an outstanding scheme that has not only enhanced </em><em>it&rsquo;s</em><em> local surroundings it&rsquo;s architecture but by focusing on the principles of cohesive design, it has become a real part of the community&rdquo;</em></p><p><br>Civic Trust Citation</p><p>John Godber, the leading playwright, was clear in his requirements for the new home for Hull Truck Theatre Company: a building &ldquo;rooted in Hull&rdquo; that resonates clearly with "the broader historical, architectural, and cultural context". We tried to deliver just that. Brick was used to situate the theatre amidst the grand warehouses of Hull while a foyer containing bars and caf&eacute; are prominently displayed in the window within, all three enveloped by the warm brick skin that forms the building&rsquo;s exterior. Performance spaces have innovative environmental solutions, the main auditorium seats 450 and the flexible studio theatre which holds 150 use passive ventilation and low energy heating solutions...</p> London Metropolitan University Law Department by Wright & Wright Ellen Hancock 2017-01-20T11:07:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T11:14:00-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>&ldquo;The architects seek proportionality, relating the language of the architecture to its civic role&rdquo;.</em><br>Will Hunter<br>The Architects&rsquo; Journal<br><br><em>&ldquo;In architectural style, the building has a rugged, modern, quasi-industrial character&rdquo;.</em><br>Building Magazine<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Situated in Whitechapel, on a site abutting the Women&rsquo;s Library, the completion of the Law Department unified this part of the University&rsquo;s estate. A number of elements had to be brought together in a plan that creates a sociable and industrious atmosphere for students to enjoy. Teaching spaces included a lecture theatre adjacent to thirteen seminar rooms, a mock court, as well as staff offices and a common room. Those complex requirements were resolved in a scheme that is both legible and flexible.</p><p>Design Team<br>Arup<br>Davis Langdon &amp; Everest</p> Lauriston Road, SW19 by Giles Pike Architects kirsty@gilespike 2017-01-20T10:47:00-05:00 >2017-01-22T14:07:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We have won a significant planning consent from Merton Council, for a new-build house in Wimbledon, close to Wimbledon Common. The new house has a strong contemporary design&nbsp;and yet responds to the residential nature of the locality.</p><p>The roof and first floor of the house is to be clad in blue/black slate, sitting above a white brick plinth with columns.</p><p>The internal&nbsp;accommodation comprises large open-plan living areas on the ground floor, six bedrooms and four bathrooms, plus additional accommodation in the basement.</p> Felsham Road by Giles Pike Architects kirsty@gilespike 2017-01-20T10:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T11:16:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="938" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Felsham Road is a bold and radical re-working of an early Victorian Semi-detached house in Putney. Our brief was to extend and improve the property to achieve its maximum potential and in so doing, we have exploited the volume within the house to create double height spaces.</p><p>This was achieved by extending the basement areas and linking it with the ground floor and first floors.</p><p>The generous volumes, plus the increased amount of natural light we have brought into the house with the large areas of clear frameless glazing combine to make this a spectacular house equipped for modern family living.</p> Take a virtual reality tour of "different planes of the digital and physical universe" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-20T10:40:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T13:02:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>You don't need a blacklight for this one: Morphogenesis, a full-length virtual reality experience that transports the viewer through elaborate, thrill-inducing shapes, will definitely take you out of this world, at least for a few minutes. The geometrically derived immersive spaces it generates come with their own audio soundtrack, adding a certain eerie/cool dimension all its own. Check out the trailer for this creation from two San Francisco-based Fulbright Scholars:</p> Scholarship Endowment Honors the Late Norman R. Millar nreyes 2017-01-20T10:26:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T01:01:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The&nbsp;<em><strong>Norman R. Millar Scholarship Endowment</strong>, </em>created last Spring as a living tribute to the award-winning architect, educator and global visionary whose leadership transformed <a href="" target="_blank">Woodbury University&rsquo;s</a> School of Architecture into one of the nation&rsquo;s premier programs, has surpassed $30,000. Millar died in April 2016 at age 62.</p><p>Millar, AIA, had served as dean of Woodbury&rsquo;s School of Architecture since 1999 and presided over a three-fold increase in undergraduate and graduate enrollment during his tenure. The recent <em>Range: Alumni Exhibition</em> accounted for a substantial portion of the initial series of Scholarship Endowment contributions. Additional donations, which are tax-deductible, can be made to the <a href="" target="_blank">Norman R. Millar Scholarship Endowment</a><em>.</em></p><p>&ldquo;Norman&rsquo;s talent and experience as a practitioner and vision as an educator helped thousands of young people achieve success in the field of architecture,&rdquo; said Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, AIA, Interim Dean, Woodbury School of Architecture. &ldquo;Hardly a day go...</p> Aedas Interiors transforms VMS Investment Group Headquarters into an art gallery by Aedas JessW 2017-01-19T20:53:00-05:00 >2017-01-22T14:08:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When relocating to a new office there is a golden opportunity for a company to transform their culture and ethos.&nbsp;Aedas Interiors, when working with VMS Investment Group on their relocation to a whole floor in Exchange Square, was tasked with this transformation process and to create a new workplace environment that showcased the multi-faceted and versatile nature of the firm.</p><p>The concept of forming an &lsquo;art gallery&rsquo; look and feel provided the backdrop to house VMS&rsquo;s various operations, extensive client areas and their growing art collection.&nbsp; Aedas Interiors' device of framing key views, aspects and elements elevated them to being artwork in their own right.&nbsp;A strong hospitality element was created by positioning their caf&eacute; in the most prominent location at the entrance, providing immediate social connection to clients, visitors and staff.</p><p>The material palette is a selection of warm and natural materials creating a comfortable and inviting environment, while accent colours, furniture ...</p> Woods Bagot to design Australia's AUD $1.85 billion World Trade Center Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T18:35:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T18:35:24-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>World Trade Centers aren't just for the northern hemisphere anymore: Perth, Australia will become the recipient of a two-towered, $1.85 Australian dollar World Trade Center designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woods Bagot</a>. The uneven towers (one tops out at 36 stories, the other 75) still need official approval by the State Government, which plans to thoroughly vet both the proposal and the backers themselves in the more severe sounding Stage Two section of the process. However, by virtue of clearing Stage One, things are looking good for the buildings (and, let's face it, for Woods Bagot).</p> ADEPT Behind Largest Urban Development In Budapest For 30 Years Adept2014 2017-01-19T18:15:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T00:57:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>The local municipal authorities recently approved the ambitious design for the &lsquo;Budapart&rsquo; neighborhood, the largest singular urban development in Budapest for almost 30 years. ADEPT won the commission to design the new urban area with a masterplan based on a distorted grid structure with references to both historic and modern parts of the city. Construction of the first buildings have already started in the 54 ha mixed-use neighborhood, where built property will count 600.000 m2 total.</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Located on the bank of the Danube River, the Budapart masterplan aims to create a green and human scaled neighbourhood rather than just another new modern development. The fantastic location on the waterfront, the existing characteristic landscape qualities and the close vicinity to the central city are the main attractions that each generate huge potential to make the new neighborhood an epicenter of its own. By celebrating these attractions through a series of elaborate strategies and by meeting chal...</p> Robert Adam awarded 15th Richard H. Driehaus Prize Nicholas Korody 2017-01-19T15:20:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T20:57:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Robert Adam, founder of ADAM Architecture, has been named the recipient of the 15th Richard H. Driehaus Prize, an award given each year to an architect "whose work has had positive cultural, environmental and artistic impact in keeping with the highest ideals of classical architecture in contemporary society." Alongside a bronze miniature of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates, the award comes with a $200,000 prize.</p><p>&ldquo;Robert Adam has made seminal and sustained contributions to his discipline by establishing a dialogue between the traditional and modern modes of architecture,&rdquo; states Richard H. Driehaus, founder, chairman and chief investment officer of Chicago-based Driehaus Capital Management LLC. &ldquo;He has had tremendous success by experimenting with contemporary materials and methods within the context of local and regional traditions.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Adam was educated at Westminster University and was a Rome Scholar in the early '70s. In 1977, he founded ADAM Architecture. In addition to his design...</p> Is Snøhetta's "7th room" 2017's coolest (literally and figuratively) treehouse? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T14:10:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T13:39:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sn&oslash;hetta's "7th Room" is an addition to the previously existing Treehotel in Northern Sweden. The tree-canopy-level, snow-blanketed room features a pretty cool assortment of sleek furnishings and views, whether you're standing on the ground looking up, or lounging on the fur-lined chairs looking out.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In addition to the tree that grows through the cabin, the arrangement of the rooms, centered around a netted terrace, gives "7th Room" a hyper-sophisticated treehouse vibe.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Trump may eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts — here's why that matters for architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-01-19T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-22T18:11:57-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a report published by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>the Hill</em></a>, President-elect Trump is planning significant cuts to federal programs, including the departments of Transportation, Commerce and Energy. What else is on the chopping block? The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. And, according to the report, they&rsquo;re not just going to get budgetary cuts&mdash;they&rsquo;re going to be eliminated. This matters.</p><p>The United States already barely supports the arts at all in comparison to other developed countries. But still, the NEA and NEH are crucial for the survival of arts and cultural organizations around the country. Best known for supporting the fine arts, these organizations also support many architectural initiatives under the rubric of &ldquo;Design&rdquo;, a category which here covers: &ldquo;architecture, communications and graphic design, fashion design, historic preservation, industrial and product design, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, universal design, social i...</p> Exquisite play on materiality defines "Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert" by Stendardo Menningen Architectes Julia Ingalls 2017-01-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T13:30:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed as an easily accessible community center that, according to its architects, would preserve "a logical continuity and preservation of the existing landscape as well as construct synergies with the surrounding buildings," the Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert benefits from a sophisticated material interaction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The visual interplay between the concrete and wood, along with the angular, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Flavin</a>-meets-<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a>-interior lights, creates an exquisite structural passageway. It functions both as an intriguing space in itself and a&nbsp;facilitator&nbsp;of its surrounds.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Designed by Geneva-based&nbsp;Stendardo Menningen Architectes,&nbsp;the building was&nbsp;commissioned&nbsp;by the client Ville de Vernier and completed in 2016.</p> 144 finalists advance in 2017 Knight Cities Challenge Justine Testado 2017-01-19T12:53:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T12:53:26-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now in its third edition, the Knight Cities Challenge asks one question: &ldquo;What&rsquo;s your best idea to make cities more successful?&rdquo;. Every year the Challenge's national call for ideas attracts a staggering number of applicants, who submit their strongest written ideas that they believe can improve everyday living in cities across the U.S. &mdash; particularly the 26 Knight communities. Out of more than 4,500 hopeful ideas, the jury narrowed down the competition pool to 144 finalist ideas.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out the full list of finalists <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> Atelier Mob designs a flood-resistant canoeing station in Portugal Nicholas Korody 2017-01-19T12:28:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T12:30:59-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The town of Alvega, Portugal is located on the banks of the Tejo River. Following a public competition, Atelier Mob was selected to design a canoeing station on a beach along the river. The building, which contains storage facilities, changing rooms, a cafeteria and a dock, had to be designed to withstand regular winter flooding as well as minimize soil degradation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>From the architects:</em></p><p><em>The building is divided into three parts, separated by circulation lanes, which result from the different programs. To the east, the largest body is the storage space of the vessels and storage compartments, relating directly to the dock area (which already existed in the northeast end of the intervention area). The middle body agglutinates the sanitary facilities and changing rooms. Finally, to the west, in the smaller scale body, is located the cafeteria. These three bodies are installed on a concrete platform supported on pillars, which extends north and west, giving rise to an esplanade that was co...</em></p> The Proust Questionnaire: Daniel Libeskind Nicholas Korody 2017-01-19T12:02:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T01:04:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In architecture, the personal tends to be prohibited. "Starchitects&rdquo; might have notoriously big personalities, but how much do we actually know about them? Enter the personality quiz, a favorite pastime of young adults and, as it turns out, the architect Daniel Libeskind, who agreed to be the first in our new series, the Proust Questionnaire.</p> Baker Street by Squire and Partners Squire and Partners 2017-01-19T09:12:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T13:34:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="873" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>11 Baker Street replaces three addresses within an existing urban block to provide a cohesive development comprising office, retail and residential accommodation which integrates with the surrounding context.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The 7,000sqm office building facing Baker Street was constructed using a hybrid steel/concrete frame, where steel floor beams create an 18m clear span and ensure a completely column free floor space. Facades are constructed from precast structural concrete elements, which blur the traditional vertical lines of structure so that the building appears as a concrete and glass object in its own right.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>To the rear, two residential blocks &ndash; one facing George Street and the other facing Portman Close &ndash; share a central landscaped courtyard garden. Residential materials relate more closely to the immediate neighbours with a mixture of brick, stone and glass creating contemporary elevations which sit comfortably in their surroundings.</p> Art'Otel by Squire and Partners Squire and Partners 2017-01-19T09:08:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T13:35:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Squire and Partners consented&nbsp;design&nbsp;provides the flagship London art&rsquo;otel, a contemporary collection of hotels in Europe fusing architectural style with art-inspired interiors, along with creative studios/workshops, an arts hub, spa and cinema space. The site occupies a prominent corner within the South Shoreditch Conservation Area.</p><p>The design responds to a precedent of bull-nose buildings which characterise the Conservation Area, being based on a pure cylindrical form rising to 22 storeys which maximises city views in all directions. Through the design process, the cylindrical shape evolved into a fractured cogwheel form in plan, rising and adapting in response to its context and functions.</p><p>Each section of the cogwheel is extruded over two floors, separated by a horizontal aluminium shelf which allows each cog to read individually within the overall composition. Double height floorplates are then rotated to give the illusion of a series of moving components. Within each cogwheel, tw...</p> House of Pure Vin by M1/DTW Christian Unverzagt 2017-01-19T09:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T10:08:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>HOUSE OF PURE VIN is a 3000 SF wine shop on in downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue. An existing, and heavily contorted retail space was reconfigured into a sequence of smaller discrete spaces to simply the experience and unfold the spatial sequence more slowly.&nbsp;</p><p>The organization of the majority of the product is displayed and inventoried into a fifty foot long &lsquo;Library Wall&rdquo; which displays nearly 300 individual bottles at eye level by cantilevering them from the bottle&rsquo;s neck while storing the remaining 11 bottles in an array of industrial core tubes generally used for manufacturing applications involving rolls of fabric or paper. While providing a striking visual appearance, the tubes also provide protection from light while ensuring the bottle remains sideways, maintaining a wet cork.</p><p>As the space unfolds, a climate-controlled champagne room and tasting room appear. Key surfaces throughout the space, including the face of the cash wrap, are clad with post-industrial recycled wine co...</p> Mayfair House by Squire and Partners Squire and Partners 2017-01-19T09:01:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T07:16:49-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This project comprises a private house situated within the Mayfair Conservation Area, which was granted planning consent by Westminster Council in November 2009.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The project is part conversion of an 18th century public house, and part new build, backing onto Red Lion Court.&nbsp; The new build element facing Curzon Street takes inspiration from a nearby building covered in Virginia Creeper, and is clad in a metallic shingle taking the form of leaves on a vine.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The house is laid out over five stories including four bedrooms, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, a home cinema, two roof terraces and an area of green roof.&nbsp; The planning committee described the proposal as &lsquo;striking&rsquo; and &lsquo;raising the bar for design&rsquo; within the borough.</p> 1250 Wenslauer House by 31/44 Archinect 2017-01-19T05:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T05:59:17-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This new house replaced a dilapidated workers cottage that was built around the turn of the century. It forms an infill house within a surprisingly irregular street &ndash;&nbsp;the conventional image of Amsterdam being one of homogeneity. This eclectic street quality was borne out of the historic conditions &ndash;&nbsp;the area was Amsterdam&rsquo;s builders yard. A wide canal at the end of the street was used to bring materials into the city on large barges from the surrounding countryside and sea ports. These materials were then offloaded and stored in large warehouses. Plots of land were divided up along the polder where, gradually, the tradesmen built workshops with their living accommodation above. This gave a distinctive character to the street of non-uniform buildings built of relatively cheap materials.</p><p>Our proposal reinforces this atmosphere whilst referencing the townhouse typology of the centre of the city. A reflection of the neighbourhood becoming more &lsquo;upscale&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;this area of Amsterdam is adopti...</p>