Archinect - News 2017-08-19T16:41:55-04:00 A self-taught designer builds a secret work studio on the underside of a bridge Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-15T19:54:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T15:00:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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> Ackroyd + Associates design technically advanced photographic studio at Alva West Ellen Hancock 2016-08-18T12:15:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:44:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Alva Studios is a well known photography studio company known for providing the most technically advanced facilities. Their new studio, a large refurbished warehouse, in West London is designed by the architects Ackroyd + Associates. Together they are working to create London's most pioneering photographic facility, with an array of one-off features such as an automated adjustable ceiling, mechanical green screens and automated daylight control.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>T</em><em>he scale of the studios is epic, but the ancillary spaces - the lounges, restaurant, galleries, and snugs - are intentionally designed to a more human scale.</em></p><p><em>The luxurious aesthetic for these spaces is derived from a contemporary interpretation of the industrial warehouse; polished screeds, full height pivoting crittal glazed screens, and distressed timber.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>A+A worked with closely with steel fabricators, joiners and craftsmen to achieve the highest quality of finish. Many elements were prototyped to ensure that they had the correct feel and t...</em></p> Breaking CAD: from meth house to Ball State studio project Julia Ingalls 2016-04-06T18:17:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:34:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of fourth-year Ball State architecture students are refurbishing a former meth house in the Thomas Park-Avondale neighborhood in Muncie as a studio project. The studio class is working with ecoREHAB, a local nonprofit that provides sustainable rehabilitation of housing and neighborhoods. &ldquo;The whole goal is to revitalize the community more so than to earn money,&rdquo; said Taylor Sheppard, a senior architecture major.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on drugs in architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Narquitectura: Inside the Fortified Palaces of Mexico's Drug Lords</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering Mumbai with Magic Mushrooms</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a new memorial to the victims of [drug war] violence</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Sir Peter Cook-designed drawing studio at the Arts University Bournemouth opened today Alexander Walter 2016-03-03T13:34:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:39:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Art University Bournemouth&rsquo;s new drawing studio, designed by alumnus Sir Peter Cook, is to be officially today by Zaha Hadid. It is the first purpose-built drawing studio to open in the UK for 100 years and is the renowned architect and founding member of radical collective Archigram&rsquo;s first building in the country. The curved studio has been designed to emphasise natural light [...] there is a large circular north-light and a rear clerestory, which provides softer light.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more images of the delightful little structure (via CRAB studio's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related news and feature stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conversation with Peter Cook on the State of Things</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In new exhibition, Sir Peter Cook reflects on architecture's possibilities</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Extraordinarily Beautiful Architectural Drawings From the World's Greatest Architects</a></li></ul> "Visionary Cities Project" applies urbanist archetypes to Damien Hirst's blank development site Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-10T14:58:00-04:00 >2017-01-06T13:23:43-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Students in UIC&rsquo;s &ldquo;Visionary Cities Project&rdquo; have pitted a selection of urbanist theories against one another, to see how historical visions of urbanism compare on a common ground. The studio, run by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Eisenschmidt</a> at the University of Illinois at Chicago, takes urbanist models and schemes from the likes of Piranesis, Le Corbusier, and Hilberseimer, and reinterprets them on the blank slate of an upcoming development for the city of Ilfracombe, on the UK&rsquo;s southern coast. In reality, Ilfracombe&rsquo;s new district is being <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">developed by the artist Damien Hirst</a>, with a plan for suburban subdivisions. But the UIC studio is interpreting the expansion as a &ldquo;cultural instigator&rdquo;; producing a collection of drawings that Eisenschmidt calls&nbsp;&ldquo;HiDef Cities of Architectural Urbanism.&rdquo;</p><p>Eisenschmidt provided the following "Historical Context" for the studio:</p><p><em>Architectural urbanism has a long history, which only by the mid-20th century was questioned as the urbanisms of modernism were unable to re...</em></p> U. of Illinois' Studio Berlin 2012 shares their story in a video Archinect 2013-01-09T12:55:00-05:00 >2013-01-09T12:56:16-05:00 <em><p>In true Studio Berlin fashion, this last summer's group has put together a short film on their escapades throughout Europe. Enjoy!</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A towering artist’s studio on a Canadian island Archinect 2012-04-19T14:42:00-04:00 >2012-04-19T15:43:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="492" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fogo Island is less than 100 square miles just east of Newfoundland and Labrador. The craggy island isn&rsquo;t the most hospitable place, but the roughly 3000 inhabitants are committed to living there and even taking steps to draw tourists to their rocky shores. Across the island, six artist&rsquo;s studios designed by Saunders Architecture are taking shape. The hope is that the island will draw the kind of cultural tourists that have flocked to places like Marfa or Bilboa.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Amsterdam Summer Travel Studio Alexander Walter 2011-08-17T15:15:00-04:00 >2012-10-02T16:13:13-04:00 <img src="" width="615" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>University of Kentucky College of Design Assistant Professor Kyle Miller led an eight-week design program in Amsterdam for twelve undergraduate students. The students participated in two courses: a six-credit design studio and a three-credit seminar that comprised a series of intensive design workshops. The primary objective of the design studio was to prototype design and program solutions for large, recently abandoned buildings in Amsterdam.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Call for applications- Unknown Fields design workshop in Chernobyl and Baikonur Cosmodrome Paul Petrunia 2011-05-17T20:27:31-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liam Young</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kate Davies</a>, leaders of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Association&rsquo;s</a> award winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unknown Fields Division,</a> have announced an international recruitment drive for their new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">annual nomadic studio</a> which will run from 11-22 July 2011. Applications are open to all and you can <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sign up now</a> to join them on an extraordinary design research expedition through the unknown fields that lie between nature and technology. Participants will collaborate with a collection of international artists, photgraphers, filmmakers, writers and workshop partners Phillips Technologies Design Probes, Volume Magazine and Storefront for Art and Architecture to develop projects and produce an annual publication and touring exhibition. This year to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and the 50th anniversary of Gagarin&rsquo;s Baikonur space launch the workshop will travel on a cross section through landscapes of obsolete futures from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, through the Ukraine and the C...</p>