Single Family House on a Slope / Dost

© Andrin Winteler | bürobuerau © Andrin Winteler | bürobuerau
  • Architects: Dost
  • Location: Merishausen, Switzerland
  • Architect In Charge: Dominic Meister
  • Area: 218.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Andrin Winteler | bürobuerau
© Andrin Winteler | bürobuerau © Andrin Winteler | bürobuerau

From the architect. This single family house is on a steep southern slope that leads to the centre of the village.
The polygonal shape of the building is determined by its pitched roof, which is set by the area’s regulations, and by its position on a hill.

Ground Floor plan Ground Floor plan

An introvert north facade contrasts strongly with the other facades, which are symmetrical and open to the views. The windows on the south, east and west façade are carefully designed and positioned in a dialogue with the slope.

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South Elevation + Section 1 South Elevation + Section 1

As for the interior, the program is split vertically: the public area is on the first floor and the private

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a+u 2017:04 – MVRDV Files #3

From the publishers. The April 2017 issue of a+u is devoted to the work of MVRDV, the architectural office based in the Netherlands. This is the third of the MVRDV FILES series by a+u, following MVRDV FILES 1 in 2002 and MVRDV FILES 2 in 2007.

As was done in the first two volumes, the projects in this issue are organized by the project number, which corresponds to the starting dates of the projects. In the past decade, MVRDV has completed some of their world-famous projects including the Book Mountain and Market Hall. These projects were featured in the second volume when they were still in the planning phase. Back then, many of us thought these projects were visionary. After 24 years since the establishment of the office, MVRDV is now realizing many of their “visions”. They believe in the positive possibilities that architecture can show to

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MIT and Steelcase reveal a new process of 3D printing

Steelcase, one of the largest office furniture firms in the world, has partnered with MIT to create a new form of 3D printing that it believes could potentially change the way that furniture is designed and created.

From hearts to pizza, many industries have been eager to investigate the potential usages of 3D printing since the technology first became an obsession. In the realm of architecture, companies have experimented with everything from 3D printed homes to bridges. However, the limitations – mainly that the process is too slow, difficult for large-scale adaptation, and the materials are of low quality – have kept the technology from being used on a commercial level. Here to change that is MIT and furniture-giant, Steelcase, whom have teamed up to work on a new process of 3D printing that solves many of these issues. The innovation is Rapid Liquid Printing, in which a giant tub Continue reading "MIT and Steelcase reveal a new process of 3D printing"

T.LOFT Experience Museum / CM design

© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia
  • Architects: CM design
  • Location: Futian village, ShenZhen, China
  • Design Team: Jun Liao, Danping Chen, Qingji Mao, Chong Wang, Shaofeng Zhu, Heng Yang
  • Area: 194.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Zhi Xia
© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia
From the architect.
Village in the city - city in the village: Urban village in Shenzhen as a product of the rapid development from rural area to mega city, and in the era of the planned economy system urban and rural conflict it is also a fusion product of market economy and planned economy, high density residential environment is carrying many people's dream when they firstly arrived Shenzhen. Therefore, urban village is also an important part of city development and ecological balance.

Futian village is a typical urban village in Shenzhen. It is located in the east of Futian District, to the north is the popular digital shopping district, Huaqiang North, to the South is Huanggang area. This

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One of these crafty pavilions will win the 2017 CHART ARCHITECTURE competition

The competition's 2017 “The Living City” theme revolves around promoting public awareness of sustainable urbanization. Participants had to propose a sustainably designed pavilion for the Chart Art Fair's gastronomy partners and SPACE10 that considers upcycling and reusing materials, multifunctionality, and innovative fabrication methods. Most recently, five teams were announced as the finalists.

Here's a glimpse of the proposals: “Algae Dome” by Aleksander Wadas, Rafal Wroblewski, and Anna Stempniewicz “Paper Pavilion” by Kazumasa Takada, Yuriko Yagi and Yohei Tomioka “Stick Box” by Miki Morita, Suguru Kobayashi and Keita Shishijima “Sunday Temple” by Mia Frykholm and Astrid Gabrielsson “Adapt” by Harry Clover, Jack Cripps, Sebastian Gatz and Fabrian Puller
All renderings © CHART ART FAIR. Learn more about each project on Bustler.

Digging through architectural treasures at the Avery Drawings and Archives

Uptown and underground is the home of a dense community of New York architects, their colleagues, clients, and friends, their skyscrapers and townhouses. They are the denizens of the boxes and the file folders of the Avery Drawings and Archives, one of the richest collections of American architectural drawings and records. For the last 36 years, Janet Parks, curator [...], has been mayor of this town, located in the lower level of Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.

"The trove of drawings, which took a good 18 months to sort through, contained the physical traces of a long-gone city — and not just how it looked. Parks remembers opening a tightly sealed tube of drawings: “This wafting smell of cologne and pipe tobacco came out. It had been trapped inside. We all stood around it and we were back in the 1920s.”"

Jey Shir / Aleshtar Architectural Office

© Parham Taghioff + Farshid Nasrabadi © Parham Taghioff + Farshid Nasrabadi
© Parham Taghioff + Farshid Nasrabadi © Parham Taghioff + Farshid Nasrabadi

From the architect. That’s really a mouthful expression but it’s true. In every corner of this historical city you can find inner beauty and jay sheer is one of this inner beauty which is in contrast to other architectural part of new and modern city of Isfahan. The reason will be unveiled to you in just a moment in the mean time let’s find out more about jay sheer.

© Parham Taghioff + Farshid Nasrabadi © Parham Taghioff + Farshid Nasrabadi

“Jay sheer” residential building is taken its name from its neighborhood “Jay Sheer”. (Jay is one of the previous historical names of Isfahan). The design of building is based on internal relationship with the traditional

© Parham Taghioff + Farshid Nasrabadi
© Parham Taghioff + Farshid Nasrabadi
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New USC Dean Milton Curry shifts pedagogical focus toward theory

When you think about diversity and globalization and urbanization, you can’t do it without a theoretical underpinning. You just can’t. And I think that what we’re seeing in the discipline at large is the limit conditions of thinking a-theoretically about urbanism, about inequality, about what we should do about environmental challenges and sustainability. We’ve got to address it through a theoretical lens. - Milton Curry

In this interview conducted by Christopher Hawthorne as part of his pithy Building Type column, the soon-to-be-Dean of USC's School of Architecture Milton Curry talks about reintroducing a theoretical emphasis to the school's programs. Curry, who in his time at University of Michigan experienced Detroit's imploding urbanity first-hand, also wants to build greater connections between underserved students in Los Angeles and the university. "Los Angeles metro region is huge in its economic footprint, its land footprint," Curry explains. "I believe cities to some degree have Continue reading "New USC Dean Milton Curry shifts pedagogical focus toward theory"

Saving Modern buildings, one hashtag at a time: World Monuments Fund kicks off #ModernCentury Instagram campaign

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) launched its first Instagram campaign [...] to draw attention to the plight of the world’s Modern buildings, an increasing number of which are at risk because of the lack of regulations or political will needed to protect them. The fund kicks off the programme with a list of 30 sites nominated by architects, experts and students posted on its website and is appealing to the public to add to this list by submitting nominations via Instagram.

"The list will be sent to an advisory council formed of architects, including Annabelle Selldorf, designers and critics, who will advise the WMF on the next phase of the Modern Century programme." The sites included on the initial list of 30 nominees are: Hall of Nations (pictured in the cover photo above, demolished on April 23, 2017), New Delhi, India Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building), Chicago, Illinois,
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