Westbank purchases BIG's Serpentine Pavilion, plans to move it to Vancouver
The Canadian luxury residential and mixed-use real estate development company Westbank has announced the purchase of the Serpentine Pavilion designed by BIG last year. Part of the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission, BIG’s “unzipped wall” involved modular, glass fiber rectangular forms... View full entry
Japan’s Magical Mountainside
There is Makoto Yamaguchi’s Polygon House, a quasi-Brutalist geode of distressed steel and glass that perches on a hill in a forest like an abandoned space pod; the concrete, glass and larch wood Omizubata N House by Iida Archiship Studio, as well as TNA’s Passage, Ring and Stage House(s)
— T Magazine
TNA architects intended the reedlike supports of the Square House to evoke blades of bamboo grass shooting up from the ground. Photograph by Mikael Olsson. Producer: HK ProductionsHanya Yanagihara visited the mountain-town of Karuizawa, which has a collection of houses designed by prominent... View full entry
schmidt hammer lassen's State Library Victoria 2020 redesign
It's been almost a year since schmidt hammer lassen and Architectus' team won the competition to redevelop the State Library Victoria in Melbourne, Australia's oldest and busiest public institution...‘Our concept provides a strong 'design line' that will act as a framework to guide present and future works,’ Morgen Schmidt says.
Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen.Read more about the project on Bustler. View full entry
Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Houses" Pinterest Board
In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles.(Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect... View full entry
The OMA-designed Lusanga International Research Centre on Art and Economic Inequality aims to expose and redress economic inequalities
Located on the former site of a Unilever palm oil plantation in the Congolese forest, the Lusanga International Research Centre on Art and Economic Inequality, or LIRCAEI, is a new white cube museum space dedicated to “the transformation of former plantation spaces into areas for artistic... View full entry
SANAA's Grace Farms raises uncomfortable questions about the role of corporate money in public projects
Critic Curt Gambetta brings forward an age old uncomfortable question on corporate public spaces whose main purpose is often curtailed by exemplary architecture that is hard to reject. His piece titled, "No free gifts," carefully borrowed from the anthropologist Mary Douglas, asks the... View full entry
Dragon-proofing: why skyscrapers in Hong Kong have holes
Have you ever realized that Hong Kong skyscrapers have holes in them? They're called dragon gates, and according to the Chinese principle feng shui these holes allow dragons to fly from the mountains to the water each day. It's believed that blocking the dragon's path could bring misfortune. Buildings with bad feng shui, such as the Bank of China Tower, have been blamed for surrounding companies going out of business.
— Business Insider
Double-paned, waterproofed windows for insulation? Check. Reinforced steel beams for stability during an earthquake? Check. Hole in the center of the building so dragons can fly through? View full entry
The Kushner family's new Zaha Hadid-designed tower for 666 Fifth Avenue is catching a lot of heat
Jared Kushner’s family's new skyscraper has caused quite a stir. The design of the 666 Fifth Avenue building in New York has been widely mocked for its apparently "phallic" shape on social media [...]
Although the project has reportedly raised concerns about a potential conflict of interest given the close working relationship between Mr Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, and Mr Trump, it was the skyscraper's design which grabbed the most attention.
— The Independent
Other people have noted that the building looks like a raised middle finger. Meanwhile, some have focused on the address—666 Fifth Avenue. According to Peter Grant of the Wall Street Journal, the Kushner family is trying to change the name to 660 Fifth.I like this response... View full entry
The Dafne Schippers Bridge in Utrecht doubles as a school and a garden
Designed by NEXT Architects and Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau in collaboration with Arup and Bureau B+B, the Dafne Schippers Bridge integrates a cycle and pedestrian bridge spanning the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal in Utrecht with a school and public garden. Opening on April 3, the bridge-cum-school... View full entry
Ping An Finance Center surpasses One WTC as world's fourth tallest building, CTBUH reports
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat officially declared the Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen as the world's fourth tallest building — knocking One World Trade Center down to Number 5 in the CTBUH's ten tallest buildings in the world. Rising above Futian District at 599 meters, the... View full entry
Editor's Picks #466
WBYA? is a coalition of architects, activists, scholars, and educators that tackle the pressing question: who builds your architecture? Check out their Critical Field Guide...Plus, for the latest edition of Dean's List: Nicholas Korody spoke with Qingyun Ma, of the University of Southern... View full entry
Chicago's Willis Tower to get $20 million expansion of the hair-raising Skydeck
Not for the faint of heart, the Blackstone Group is planning on expanding the Skydeck, the popular observatory on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, according to Chicago Business. The skyscraper, still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower, was the tallest building in the world for nearly... View full entry
Visiting Philip Johnson's other glass house in midtown Manhattan
Walk through the towering door now, and Midtown falls away. The transition is not abrupt; a visitor is met first with a bank of wooden cupboards, easing newcomers off the street and into the vastness of the house itself. Then, space. The main room provides an unimpeded vista through 100 feet of natural-lit openness, a glass wall, a courtyard and pond, and a small separate structure beyond. The effect — of muted light, of air, of cleanness — is moving.
— The New York Times
Fresh from her daily column at The Paris Review, Sadie Stein visits a Philip Johnson-designed apartment/artistic showcase in midtown Manhattan known as the "Rockfeller Guest House."Combining a rich historical narrative with some evocatively observed design, this piece is, as befits its author, a... View full entry
Seven big-name architecture teams to compete for Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh
Over 125 competitive teams — made up of some 400 individual firms — representing 22 countries vied for a chance to design the £25 million Ross Pavilion, in the latest initiative to rejuvenate the culturally significant Ross Bandstand and West Princes Street Gardens in the heart of... View full entry
1970s Frank Lloyd Wright Fallingwater lookalike asks $3.5M in Greenwich, CT
This remarkable custom-built, privately commissioned modern house with its cantilevered design, walls of windows, hand-cut Tennessee limestone walls, rock gardens and rooftop terraces can actually be yours, right now, for $3.5 million.
It's safe to say local architect Dimitri Bulazel was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater house when designing this Greenwich, Connecticut home in the 1970s.Like Wright's 1935 architectural masterpiece, it has a cantilevered design set in the woods and incorporates aspects of the... View full entry