Archinect - News 2018-05-22T08:15:29-04:00 Zaha Hadid Architects design 3D-printed chairs for Nagami's Milan debut Alexander Walter 2018-04-18T16:20:00-04:00 >2018-04-22T14:30:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Design Week</a> just kicked off, and one impressive highlight is the debut exhibition&nbsp;<em>Brave New World: Re-thinking Design in the New Age of Technology</em> by brand-new Spanish company, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nagami</a>. <br></p> <p>Marking the brand's official launch event, the show at the Nagami pop-up showroom in Milan's Brera Design District features four exquisite chairs&mdash;designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>, Ross Lovegrove, and Daniel Widrig&mdash;that combined computational design and large-scale robotic 3D printing.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Robotica TM and Bow chairs &copy; Delfino Sisto Legnani + Marco Cappelletti</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Bow &amp; Rise by Zaha Hadid Architects for Nagami</strong></p> <p>Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects<br>Design: Patrik Schumacher<br>Design Team: Sebastian Andia</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Bow and Rise chairs &copy; Delfino Sisto Legnani + Marco Cappelletti</figcaption></figure><p>Design description: "Bow and Rise are the latest results of the extensive, ongoing research that Zaha Hadid Architects is conducting within the domains of 3D printing and material experimentation. These chairs combine pristine design informed b...</p> A+D Museum launches Guest Curator Program Anthony Morey 2018-03-28T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-03-29T20:35:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The diversity and trajectories of architecture and design are at an all-time high and as important as ever, if not more and the role of the museum - our museum - is to produce a platform to present and promote progressive architecture and design equal to the rigor, enthusiasm, and diversity that exists within the culture we represent.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embracing its refreshed direction and trajectory</a>, The A+D Museum is proud to announce the launch of the Guest Curator Program. The program is a year-long experiment for testing and understanding traditional modes, models, and means to architectural and design curation.&nbsp;</p> <p>The program invites five guest curators to work alongside the A+D to tackle all aspects of the manner in which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">museums</a> and the dissemination of knowledge are addressed. The direct output of the program is not defined but is instead understood as a collection of tangents into publications, public events, conversations and curatorial adventures &mdash; if not to say; it is a mere melting pot for creative cultural endeavors. Working with today's mediums, questions, and inquiries, the program will look to set the groundwork for architecture and design's curatorial practices of tomorrow by understanding their limits today.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a statement by the A+D,&nbsp;"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exhibitions</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">curation</a> and experimentation through making at large are one of ...</p> The Power of Smallness by Aina Coll Torrent MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2018-02-08T00:24:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T00:24:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>MONU magazine's current issue #27 on "Small Urbanism" shows how small things can have a great impact on city life and planning, exploring themes such as micro-occupations as political protest, urban furniture to recover public spaces and fight criminality, acupunctural interventions for refugee settlements or tiny models used for military strategies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There are architectural spaces that capture you through their smallest details. Almost five years ago, I visited the Crematorium building by Asplund in the Woodland Cemetery, in Stockholm. After crossing the artificial landscape along a seemingly introverted building, I remember entering a forecourt, grabbing a beautiful door handle and entering a waiting room before reaching the chapel. A wooden bench was softly emerging from the wall, like a curved silk fabric, oriented towards a long window to an enclosed courtyard. The warmth of the space, enhanced by the metaphor of a domestic carpet and the rounding and softness of the corners, was suddenly disturbed by the image of a very small window which was framing very precisely the artificial hills and trees that were guiding the visitor when entering the site. The feeling of connection to an endless outside world condensed in a window was, somehow, sublime. </p><figure><img src=";w=1200"><figcaption>View through the window at the Woodland Crematorium, by Erik Gunnar Asplund....</figcaption></figure> From the Tropics to Winter Wonderlands: Second Home is redefining the workplace Anthony Morey 2018-01-23T14:29:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;We always want people to think &lsquo;What&rsquo;s that?&rsquo; and be drawn inside our buildings,&rdquo; says Rohan Silva, the 37-year-old co-founder of Second Home, provider of &ldquo;unique workspaces and cultural venues for entrepreneurs and innovators&rdquo;. The company opened its first space in Spitalfields, east London, in 2014 and now boasts users ranging from tiny tech startups to the likes of Volkswagen and auditing giant KPMG.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A winter wonderland, a tropic landscape, a colorful explosion of swirling surfaces and walls of color enveloping even the smallest of spaces&mdash; one could say that I was describing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's film sets and yet, this could become the description of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modern day office environment</a> if <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Second Home</a>, a provider of &ldquo;unique workspaces and cultural venues for entrepreneurs and innovators,&rdquo; has its way.&nbsp;</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1200"><figcaption>Second Home, Holland Park. Photograph: Iwan Baan</figcaption></figure><p>One of Second Home's most potent and provocative concepts is how they produce an atmosphere of collaboration within their spaces. While one would normally associate&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">co-working</a> office spaces with tech companies and internet startups, Second Home has controlled and influenced the sectors that are allowed to inhabit its spaces. As clarified by Second Home &ldquo;If we just let the market ride, Second Home would be full of tech companies, but we&rsquo;ve only allowed 10%. The services essential for startups, like lawyers, accountants and...</p> MUJI enters the hospitality market with two new hotels in China Alexander Walter 2018-01-10T14:18:00-05:00 >2018-01-10T14:25:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The first images of MUJI Hotel Shenzhen have been released, and they show that it has been built to reflect the ethos of the brand that is best-known for its minimalist homeware products. [...] The company says the hotels have been designed to reflect &ldquo;an anti-gorgeous, anti-cheap&rdquo; concept. Its goal is to offer great sleep at the right price, provide a space supporting both body and mind while away from home, and connect travellers to local people and places.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bedroom inside the MUJI HOTEL in Shenzhen.</figcaption></figure><p>After experimenting with houses for (strictly)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dogs</a> and (mostly)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">humans</a>, Japanese lifestyle design retailer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MUJI</a> is now also entering the hospitality sector with two new branded hotels to open in Shenzhen on January 18 and in Beijing on March 20.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bathroom inside the MUJI HOTEL in Shenzhen.</figcaption></figure><p>To separate itself from the incumbent competition in a crowded market, MUJI describes its hotel concept having neither "exorbitantly priced and superfluent services nor dreary guest rooms resulting from the extreme reduction of quality"; a reflection of the company's design philosophy of "not too much, not too little."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Inside the MUJI HOTEL in Shenzhen.</figcaption></figure><p>To round off the experience, guests will find a MUJI Diner in the same building as well as a MUJI store to purchase all the fine products they just surrounded themselves with.</p> <p>The first hotel outside of China is scheduled to open in&nbsp;spring of 2019 in Tokyo's Ginza district.</p> <p><em>Images via&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>... Most Popular Features of 2017 Anthony Morey 2017-12-25T11:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-26T00:31:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From job auditions and activism to artificial intelligence and life beyond architecture, 2017 brought upon a very eclectic collection of top features of the year. Looking back, we collected the the most relished and savored; which one did you love?<br><br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence</a></strong></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>What is the role of the architect in the never ended advancement of technology, automation and now, the arrival of artificial intelligence? Working through various perspectives such as issues of social research, design decision-making we worked our way through the possible outcomes and speed bumps of today&rsquo;s reality.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What&rsquo;s Wrong with Academia? On Alternative Schools of Architecture</a></strong></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Free School of Architecture</a>, Beatriz Colomina&rsquo;s project, Radical Pedagogies and SCI-Arc&rsquo;s Theory and Pedagogy program, the current state of architectural education, profession and methods have been a hot topic of 2017 along with being the main focus of endless institutional symposia, lectures, and exhibitions. F...</p> BYOH: Build Your Own Home Anthony Morey 2017-12-18T15:13:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T15:17:56-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Four walls and a roof, a basic bathroom and a kitchen sink. Basic access to electricity (a couple of sockets "here and there") and no flooring or wall coverings. This is what the non-for profit developers Naked House &ndash; created by a London-based startup &ndash; is proposing as an alternative to the &pound;484,000 standard cost of a home for fellow members of generation rent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you thought coming home with Ikea boxes made for an exciting afternoon of assembly, a London based startup, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Naked House</a>, is thinking of you.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The concept of the startup is to allow the owner to have full control of the interior creation of their homes. With the current thread of DIY reaching endless possibilities, Naked House looks to enable the buyers to complicate or simplify their lives as they see wish.&nbsp;</p> <p>It would seem that we have one way or another, turned the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">primitive hut</a> into a modern-day startup. Who knew <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laugier</a> and Eisen were entrepreneurs before their time?</p> Make New History: Same Old Criticism Anthony Morey 2017-12-18T14:40:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Many non-architects have found it difficult to understand the show, which is titled &ldquo;Make New History&rdquo; and displays more than 140 designs from over 20 countries at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The wall labels, which are supposed to help viewers understand what they&rsquo;re seeing, are often written in jargon-laced archi-babble. Without guides to translate, many visitors would be lost. It&rsquo;s the equivalent of putting a hurdle between the audience and the material.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Disengaged from the public, inaccessible, and impenetrable are just some of the newly minted adjectives being used to describe Chicago's second Architecture Biennale, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make New History</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This should not come as a surprise, the show has had a lackluster reception on multiple fronts and while the premise of 'Make New History' sounded titillating to say the least, it called upon much of the same makes of the last history, and even further, participants of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous</a>&nbsp;Biennale to produce and <em>make</em> it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Such is a challenge for Exhibitions, Biennials and Triennials, with the endless cacophony of manifestoes, criticality and production erupting within our discipline, it is not the presentation that is in need but engagement. What and how can the general public learn from the prolific production of 'vertical cities' or 'super models' if they have no way into the discussion or our insider perspective and thus are left with a sensation of an architectural exclusivity, narcissism and self procl...</p> The great indoors: 10 interior designs worth checking out Archinect 2017-12-15T13:36:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T18:39:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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>Interiors</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hidden House</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LTS Architects</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Essay 4</a> in Mexico City by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MANADA architectural boundaries</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">437 Madison Avenue</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fogarty Finger Architecture PLLC</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Menu Space</a> in Copenhagen, Denmark by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NORM Architects</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">77 Square Meters</a> in Tehran, Iran by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">xema architects</a>&nbsp;and Rena Design; Photo: Reza Najafian<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Xi'An GLP I-Park</a> in Xi'An, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More Design Office</a>; Photo: Seth Powers<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slate Cabin</a> in Wales, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trias</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RACE Robotics Lab</a> in Singapore by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ministry Of Design</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Belsize Reading Room</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StudioCarver</a></p> <p><br></p> <p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more "Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pinterest Boards" posts.</p> ... Debating hostile architecture and its impact on our cities Alexander Walter 2017-12-07T15:35:00-05:00 >2017-12-07T15:35:11-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] hostile architecture -- a controversial type of urban design aimed at preventing people from using public spaces in undesirable ways. [...] CNN invited architect James Furzer, whose designs try to combat hostile architecture, to debate this issue with Dean Harvey, co-founder of the Factory Furniture: a company that produces many of the offending benches.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Is it really a bad thing that you're encouraging people to hang around those spaces?," asks architect James Furzer in his CNN debate with&nbsp;Dean Harvey of Factory Furniture, maker of the controversial Camden bench. "Is that not what architecture and design are about? If we designed a building where people didn't want to stay for too long, because it's hostile and uncomfortable, have we succeeded in our jobs as architects? I don't think so."</p> <p>Read the full debate <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> OMG! OMA Anthony Morey 2017-11-17T14:32:00-05:00 >2017-11-17T15:35:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The most radical art space to launch in Paris in decades will open next spring in a five-storey, 19th-century building in the Marais district. The Fondation d&rsquo;Entreprise Galeries Lafayette, run by the eponymous French retail chain, commissioned Rem Koolhaas and his OMA company to renovate the historic building at 9 rue du Platre.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a> has placed a glass and steel exhibition tower in the building&rsquo;s courtyard, which operates as a &lsquo;curatorial machine&rsquo;,&rdquo; according to a project statement. This tower incorporates four mobile platforms that move in and out of sight, allowing 49 different spatial configurations. As the floors move, galleries of&nbsp;varying sizes with different&nbsp;ceiling heights are created. In the basement, artists will make works in a production workshop.</p> FixNation & Architects for Animals Fundraise with Cat Shelter Showcase Isaac Wilhelm 2017-10-31T13:16:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last week <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FixNation</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects for Animals</a> joined forces to raise funds for FixNation&rsquo;s critical charitable services for Los Angeles&rsquo; homeless cats, including spaying and neutering (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">check out the projects from last year</a>). To raise awareness cat shelters were designed and constructed by thirteen different teams of local architects (some comprising of singular companies, others collaborative), all conceptualizing different aspects of a cat&rsquo;s life into the design. Also, 28 cat bowls painted by various celebrities, including but not limited to Clint Eastwood, Charlize Theron, Carly Patterson, and Kristen Bell, were showcased and are still being auctioned off to the highest bidders along with the cat shelters. To place a bid on one of the items from the event right meow <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>. The evening with FixNation was purr-fectly cat-astic, from the shelters, to the hand painted cat bowls, to the cat themed desserts.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="White Jack, by Abramson Teiger Architects" title="White Jack, by Abramson Teiger Architects"></a><figcaption>Meghan Bob Photography &copy;</figcaption></figure></figure><p><strong>White Jack, by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abramson Teiger&nbsp;Architects</a></strong></p> <p>White J...</p> Vitsœ applies Dieter Rams' design philosophy to its stunning new HQ and production building Alexander Walter 2017-10-19T20:00:00-04:00 >2017-10-19T20:04:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Who said that factory buildings had to be drab, dingy halls devoid of beauty? <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vits&oelig;</a>, the UK-based maker of Dieter Rams-designed furniture systems, opened its new HQ and production building this week, and it's a real stunner.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Dirk Lindner</figcaption></figure><p>Located in the small town of Royal Leamington Spa in central England, the new company building has been realized by an in-house Vits&oelig; team in close collaboration with Yacht designer Martin Francis, architects and fabricators specialized in engineered timber, landscape architects, engineers in their respective fields as well as industrial-sustainability academics.</p> <p>Sustainability, adaptability, and workplace health were key motives in the design process for the 135-meter-long building that is naturally ventilated and naturally lit during daylight hours, offering employees big windows to connect with nature and the surrounding landscape.<br></p> <p>Read on for more images and a project description we've received.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Dirk Lindner</figcaption></figure><p>"Like the company&rsquo;s renowned 606 Un...</p> Is that Augmented Reality in your pocket? Morpholio updates their apps to take advantage of Apple's new ARKit Paul Petrunia 2017-09-19T15:46:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T15:52:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 11, just released today. One of the biggest updates that should get the attention of architects is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARKit</a>, Apple's new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">augmented reality</a> framework. ARKit provides the opportunity to for Apple and 3rd party developers to create AR experiences anew, or to enhance existing applications for iPhone and iPad.</p> <p>Augmented reality is relatively old news, but the fact that this framework is now baked into the most popular mobile device in the world, soon to be married to Apple's latest AR-friendly hardware, is big news. Millions of people around the world will soon have some of the most advanced AR tools in their pockets, regardless if they want it. Businesses and app developers now have the opportunity to show the potential of AR to people without requiring them to purchase expensive new hardware and software.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio</a>, a company that we've covered previously on Archinect, is dedicated to bringing this new technology to architects and interior des...</p> Star designer Michael Young to open 100% Design 2017 in broad talks programme alongside Lee Broom, Ross Lovegrove and Naomi Cleaver Sponsor 2017-09-16T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T20:44:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p><em><strong></strong></em><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100% Design</a>.</strong></em></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">100% Design,</a> the UK&rsquo;s largest design trade show, today announces its talks programme, bringing design heavyweights and expert industry insight to Olympia London. The show will be opened by leading designer Michael Young, who appears in conversation with newly appointed 100% Design Content Editor design journalist Max Fraser. Young will also present his new Roxanne seats for the iconic Italian furniture brand Gufram , which have been inspired by&nbsp;<em>The Police&rsquo;s&nbsp;</em>song of the same name and influenced by Seventies disco d&eacute;cor.</p> <p>Each day thought leaders from across the design industry will deliver agenda setting keynotes, with prolific British product designer Lee Broom (Thursday 21 September), artist and industrial designer Ross Lovegrove (Friday 22 September) and interior designer Naomi Cleaver (Saturday 23 September) all featuring. Alongside these individual talks, which take place in conversation with Max Fraser at 11am each day, are panel discu...</p> A self-taught designer builds a secret work studio on the underside of a bridge Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-15T19:54:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Abellanas&rsquo; secret cabin replicates the childhood experience of hiding under a table or in a closet &ndash; &lsquo;The feeling kept hidden while still being able to hear and see what happens around us,&rsquo; he says. &lsquo;Observing passing cars and trains with no one seeing me gives me great sense of peace.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Fernando Abellanas, a self-taught designer from Valencia has created a pop-up studio into the underside of a traffic bridge. Its metal base is moved from one side of the&nbsp;bridge&nbsp;to the other by a hand crank along rails, where a shelf, chair, and desk have been bolted to the bridge&rsquo;s concrete wall. Though a practical space, the tiny moveable workspace has whimsical origins&mdash;the secret urban refuge aims to replicate the childhood experience of hiding under a table or in a closet. "The feeling kept hidden while still being able to hear and see what happens around us," explains Abellanas. "Observing passing cars and trains with no one seeing me gives me great sense of peace."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photography: Jose Manuel Pedrajas</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photography: Jose Manuel Pedrajas</figcaption></figure><p><em>The cabin&rsquo;s exact location is a secret, and is part of a collection of spaces Abellanas is creating. &lsquo;The project is an ephemeral intervention, [it will remain] until someone finds it and decides to steal the materials, or the authorities remove it,&rsquo; h...</em></p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Furniture" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-08-11T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T14:40:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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>Furniture</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OZU</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Neubert Architects</a>; Photo: Alen Lin<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNC Furniture</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ethan Rothermel</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ash Conference Table</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Synecdoche Design Studio</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crawlspace</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Formation Association</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M&#362;V</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Radlab</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Food52</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FLOAT STUDIO</a>; Photo: Mark Weinberg<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turnstone Bench</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Collaborative</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Caroline's Place</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amin Taha Groupwork</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TANGO Pouf / mattress / chaise longue</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryszard Manczak</a></p> <p><br></p> <p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more "Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pinterest Boards" posts.</p> <p><strong>Wanna be included in one of the next roundups?</strong></p> <p>Simply upload your work as a <em>Project </em>post to your Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">F...</a></p> With a span of 494 meters, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge is officially world's longest Julia Ingalls 2017-08-01T17:51:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T17:51:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Constructed by Swissrope/Lauber Seilbahnen AG, Frutigen, this suspension bridge in Switzerland is now the globe's longest (and arguably, most scenic, as it hovers above one of the deepest valleys in the country). The two-foot-wide bridge, which helps connect two mountain towns, has cut the time it takes to traverse the valley down from 3 to 4 hours to 10 minutes. The downside is the incredible elevation:&nbsp;the tourism board, which issued a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press release</a>&nbsp;announcing the bridge's opening, warned tourists with a fear of heights to keep taking the long way.&nbsp;</p> NYC's super skinny skyscraper is fat with cost overruns, prompting a lawsuit Julia Ingalls 2017-07-27T17:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T17:10:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The best things in life are free, but construction cranes still cost money, which has prompted an investor to sue the developers behind SHoP's 111 West 57th Street for failing to budget appropriately for the cost of cranes (among other things) for the super skinny tower, which is already way over budget and only approximately 25% assembled. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbed NY</a>:</p> <p><em>One of the investors on the project is suing the developers and the lender over alleged construction cost overruns.</em></p> <p><em>The lawsuit, filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court, alleges that the project is already $50 million over budget when it hasn&rsquo;t even reached 20-stories yet.&nbsp;Eventually the building is proposed to rise to 1,421 feet with 82 stories.</em></p> Rethinking furniture as 'symbiotic objects' Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-26T00:41:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T00:42:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Xiang Guan, a recent graduate of Central Saint Martin's Industrial Design program, made a collection of furniture that can only function in the presence of its users&mdash;featuring a desk&nbsp;and chair that can't stand without support, and a lamp that only turns on when worn as a hat, his work re-imagines&nbsp;the relationship between people and objects.&nbsp;</p> <p>Watch the hypnotizing video of the designer working, communicating and playing with the furniture below!</p> Roombas have been mapping out our houses, and big tech is eager to buy that data Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-25T17:46:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Roomba robotic vacuum has been whizzing across floors for years, but its future may lie more in collecting data than dirt. That data is of the spatial variety: the dimensions of a room as well as distances between sofas, tables, lamps and other home furnishings. To a tech industry eager to push &ldquo;smart&rdquo; homes controlled by a variety of Internet-enabled devices, that space is the next frontier.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Most of the available on the market 'smart home' devices, including lighting, thermostats and security cameras are still quite primitive&nbsp;when it comes to understanding their physical environment.&nbsp;<em>All robovacs use short-range infrared or laser sensors to detect and avoid obstacles, but iRobot in 2015 added a camera, new sensors and software to its flagship 900-series Roomba that gave it the ability to build a map while keeping track of their own location within it.</em></p> <p><em>Colin Angle, chief executive of Roomba maker iRobot Corp, said iRobot would not sell data without its customers&rsquo; permission, but he expressed confidence most would give their consent in order to access the smart home functions.</em></p> <p>Apple, Google and Amazon have already heavily invested in iRobot.</p> Quartz digs into the trillion-dollar global black market for fake “designer” chairs Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-25T14:19:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T14:19:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Labeled with nice-sounding terms like &ldquo;reproduction,&rdquo;replica,&rdquo; or &ldquo;homage,&rdquo; many designer chairs in offices, hotel lobbies, airports, restaurants and even big furniture stores are actually unauthorized copies. And while a knock-off Eames or Barcelona chair might seem like a harmless, budget-friendly addition to your living room, these illegal knockoffs threaten the economy and the environment, and erode the very meaning of design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For furniture designers, protecting intellectual property is challenging&mdash;IP laws for furniture in the US don&rsquo;t protect function, so designers have to prove a unique element in their design to qualify for a patent. And even when a patent is obtained, its protections often do not apply in different regions&mdash;not very useful in a global marketplace.&nbsp;<em>Companies who rip off classics benefit because they can skip the years-long product development phase and often have an easier time selling their versions because consumers are already familiar with the look.&nbsp;</em></p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>The Eames took out a full page ad warning customers about fakes. The ad on the back cover of Arts and Architecture magazine instructed buyers to look for Herman Miller&rsquo;s logo, the only authorized manufacturer of their chairs at the time.</figcaption></figure><p>To combat the spread of cheap knock-offs&nbsp;a five-year-old consortium of furniture manufacturers and design firms called&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BeOriginal Americas</a>&nbsp;has been training US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers to ...</p> Inventor of the one and only self-cleaning home, Frances Gabe, has passed away at 101 Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-19T13:55:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In each room, Ms. Gabe, tucked safely under an umbrella, could press a button that activated a sprinkler in the ceiling. The first spray sent a mist of sudsy water over walls and floor. A second spray rinsed everything. Jets of warm air blew it all dry. The full cycle took less than an hour. Runoff escaped through drains in Ms. Gabe&rsquo;s almost imperceptibly sloping floors. It was channeled outside and straight through her doghouse, where the dog was washed in the bargain.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>More than half a century ago, incensed by the housecleaning that was a woman&rsquo;s chronic lot, Ms. Gabe began to dream of a house that would see to its own hygiene: tenderly washing, rinsing and drying itself at the touch of a button.</em></p> Ms. Gabe&nbsp;built the self-cleaning house with her own hands and money, receiving <a title="See it here." href=";,428,085.PN.%2526OS%3DPN%2F4,428,085%2526RS%3DPN%2F4,428,085&amp;PageNum=&amp;Rtype=&amp;SectionNum=&amp;idkey=NONE&amp;Input=View+first+page" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>United States patent 4,428,085</u></a> in 1984. After more than 10 years of work and decades of planning, the house of about a thousand square feet was completed in the 1980s, at a cost of $15,000.<figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Floor plan</figcaption></figure><em>The house, whose patent consisted of 68 individual inventions, also included a cupboard in which dirty dishes, set on mesh shelves, were washed and dried in situ.</em><em></em><em><br></em>A&nbsp;tightly sealed cabinet was designed to deal with laundry. Soiled clothing was placed inside on hangers, washed and dried there with jets of water and air, and then, still on hangers, pulled neatly by a chain into the clothes closet. Her sink, toilet and bathtub were also self-cleaning.<br>In order to withstand their washing t... Data-collecting benches are making their way into cities Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-17T16:47:00-04:00 >2017-07-17T16:47:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A pair of USB ports on a console on the front of the bench provides juice from the solar panel mounted at lap level between the seats. Who wouldn&rsquo;t want to hang out at a bench like this? It certainly catches the eye of passersby. What these kids might not realize, however, is that this bench is watching them back.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Smart" benches are spreading&mdash;recently a series of them, manufactured by Soofa, was installed in a tiny neighborhood park next to I-77 on the north end of Charlotte, North Carolina with the intent of the neighborhood's analysis and redevelopment.&nbsp;</p> <p>Soofa, founded in 2014 by three graduates of MIT Media Lab, is one of a handful of companies designing data-collecting street furniture. Their solar-powered benches register Wi-Fi enabled devices within 150 feet of them, sending data back to an office building in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. While the sensors can't access personal information from your phone, they pick up and remember your devices' MAC address. The technology allows cities and urban planners to count users of various public spaces, identifying when and for how long they're visited, and potentially optimizing their design.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The line between collecting data for a valid public purpose and the unreasonable surveillance of private citizens can be tough to tease out. Beyond c...</p> Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Bedroom Spaces" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-06-30T14:56:00-04:00 >2017-06-30T14:56:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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>Bedroom Spaces</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4th Street Residence</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bird Works</a> in collaboration with Peter Himmelstein Architect<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winkley Workshop</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kirkwood McCarthy</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dune House</a> in Leiston, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mole Architects</a>; Photo: Chris Wright, Ivar Kwaal, Nils Petter Dale<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small House</a> in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">atelier tho.A</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modern Mews</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coffey Architects</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LM Guest House</a> in Dutchess County, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desai Chia Architecture</a>; Photo: Paul Warchol<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sonoma weeHouse</a> in Santa Rosa, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alchemy</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The House of Prajna</a> in Kwachon, South Korea by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a>; Photo: Yong Kwan Kim<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Autocamp Russian River</a> in Russian River...</p> Factory and Office Headquarter Annex by SUBdV Architecture Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-30T14:53:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Designed by a Brazilian architecture firm SUBdV Architecture, this Factory and Office Annex in S&atilde;o Paulo, fuses high-tech architectural design strategies with local low-tech construction methodologies. <br></p> <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fa&ccedil;ade</a> system references the traditional <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian</a> &lsquo;cobogo&rsquo; shading screen, which controls the filtration of indirect sunlight through the operable windows on the south and west facades, while also creating a thermal mass which prevents the penetration of hot air in the interior spaces.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <figcaption>Photos by Rodrigo Chust</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <figcaption>Photos by Rodrigo Chust</figcaption></figure><p>Generated through <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">parametric</a> scripts, the various geometric configurations of blocks produce&nbsp;different sized openings and differently-angled light reflection planes, allowing for the optimal combination of both shading and illumination.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>The building's double-height ground floor contains a material storage facility, first and second floors are dedicated to administrative office space for the factory and a showroom of the factory's products.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>De...</p> Of Home and Hearth: A Brief History of the Fireplace Sponsor 2017-06-28T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T13:35:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href=";ust=1498687500000000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHcHlOr7WmV_0wxPQrTgBYtwpX2Kg&amp;hl=en&amp;source=gmail" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><br><strong><em><br>This post is brought to you by <a href=";ust=1498687500000000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHcHlOr7WmV_0wxPQrTgBYtwpX2Kg&amp;hl=en&amp;source=gmail" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ortal</a>.</em></strong><br></p> <p>Modern fireplaces are first and foremost decorative elements&mdash;gorgeous architectural details, beautiful centerpieces, conversation openers, symbols of home and hearth. &ldquo;For a lot of people they are almost like shrines or alters, in that the fireplace will be very special-made of beautiful materials, very carefully detailed,&rdquo; says <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect Marcus Greysteen</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>That wasn&rsquo;t always so.&nbsp;</p> <figure rel="cursor: pointer; max-width: 100%; height: auto; vertical-align: middle; width: 486px; background: none !important;"><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Nati Ziv</figcaption></figure>From Useful Appliance to Beautiful Symbol <p>Once upon a time, the fireplace was a mere appliance, a functional piece of equipment used for cooking meals, heating homes, and even drying clothes during long, frigid winters. To do their job, fireplaces of yesteryear featured large, cavernous recesses surrounded by the barest hint of a mantel.<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1</a></p> <p>Over the years, hearths became smaller. Fireboxes became taller yet narrower. The fireplace itself moved from the middle of the room, where it had remained for centuries, to the outside wall, where it typical...</p> IKEA designers are learning about compact storage from NASA's space architect Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-21T19:55:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Confined in Utah&rsquo;s Mars Desert Research habitat for three days&mdash;habitat diameter: 33 feet&mdash;the five-person team experienced the cramped living quarters and zero-waste living necessary to survive a journey to outer space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designers from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> are exploring space-saving solutions for tiny homes by living in an actual Mars research station. During the immersion workshop led&nbsp;by Constance Adams, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA</a> architect behind the habitat for the first human mission to Mars, the team examines the ways in which astronauts' insight could be translated to innovative furniture solutions for dense urban environments.</p> <p><em>&ldquo;My dream outcome will be to solve the biggest problem on earth&hellip;storage,&rdquo; said IKEA&rsquo;s head of design, Marcus Engman. &ldquo;How could you design storage in a completely new way?&rdquo;</em></p> Ikea is developing an Augmented Reality app Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-19T20:30:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T20:31:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Valdsgaard believes Apple&rsquo;s know-how and recent progress within AR will be a crucial complement to Ikea&rsquo;s in-house competencies. Another major benefit of working with Apple is the company&rsquo;s gigantic ecosystem of users.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ikea</a> will partner with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple</a> to co-build an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AR</a>-based shopping <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">app</a> that will enable its users to try out virtual furniture at&nbsp;home before making buying decisions. Michael Valdsgaard, Leader of Digital Transformation at Inter Ikea, noted that the app is intended not to replace the company's&nbsp;physical stores&nbsp;but to compliment them. <br></p> <p>Upon its launch in the Fall of 2017, the new AR app will have 500-600 products available.</p> The experimental nature of Murray Music House, a single family home designed by Carazo Arquitectura Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T14:10:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Blending elements of brutalism and pronounced geometric framing, the Murray Music House designed by Carazo Arquitectura is technically a single family home, designed for two parents and three children. The fundamental concept underlying its design is "Living Through the Experimentation," which helps to explain the use of changeable elements like ceiling-suspended fabric chairs and mesh netting in the hallways. By placing malleable objects into the solid frame of the home, the architects hope to constantly engage the occupants in creating new uses for spaces such as the bedroom, kitchen, and the hallway. &nbsp;"Experiencing a home like Murray Music includes exploration, giving another meaning and other use to spaces that normally have specific functions," as the architects explain.&nbsp;But these elements are not the only method of inspiring experimentation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The rather severe geometry, which includes a black rectilinear frame hovering over the kitchen and a vertical slanted skylight with unabas...</p>