Employees at Apple’s new headquarters keeping walking into its famed glass walls

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fj/fj3d4xxt7c2f4cjj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>There&rsquo;s been one hiccup since it opened last year: Apple employees keep smacking into the glass.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/148075/apple-campus" rel="nofollow" >Apple headquarters</a> in Cupertino, CA, designed by <a href="https://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" >Foster and Partners</a>, was built with much glass&mdash;the building's exterior features the famed curved panels of safety glass while the interior is populated with work spaces, also made from glass. Well, apparently, the favored building material is starting to be a real pain as Apple employees keep bumping into the clear, spotless walls.&nbsp;
This is not the first time Apple's penchant for prioritizing aesthetics over functionality has posed a safety risk. This winter, their flagship store in Chicago, also designed by Foster, caused a snow-related safety hazard due to its thin, gutter-less, carbon fiber roof. 

Grassroots activists are fighting to save Russia’s wooden architecture

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jb/jb6kzoyuuhpqkfh8.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s state of wooden architecture can be defined as an SOS,&rdquo; says Igor Shurgin, an architect and restorer who runs the Foundation for Maintenance of Wooden Architecture Monuments. &ldquo;If we do nothing to support it, then nothing will be left in 20 years.&rdquo; A grant from the European Union enabled the organisation to stage a series of exhibitions in Russia and Europe between 2010 and 2012 that highlighted the problem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the contemporary artist Danila Tkachenko photographed a series of the country's abandoned wooden houses set ablaze, attempts to save <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/3760/russia" rel="nofollow" >Russia</a>'s wooden architectural heritage have become a high priority for <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/146748/preservation" rel="nofollow" >preservation</a> activists. Russia's ministry of culture has intentions to adopt an action plan to preserve these structures based on the work of architect and restorer&nbsp;Igor Shurgin, but many fear that it might be too little too late.&nbsp;
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Grassroots activists are fighting to save Russia’s wooden architecture

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jb/jb6kzoyuuhpqkfh8.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s state of wooden architecture can be defined as an SOS,&rdquo; says Igor Shurgin, an architect and restorer who runs the Foundation for Maintenance of Wooden Architecture Monuments. &ldquo;If we do nothing to support it, then nothing will be left in 20 years.&rdquo; A grant from the European Union enabled the organisation to stage a series of exhibitions in Russia and Europe between 2010 and 2012 that highlighted the problem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the contemporary artist Danila Tkachenko photographed a series of the country's abandoned wooden houses set ablaze, attempts to save <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/3760/russia" rel="nofollow" >Russia</a>'s wooden architectural heritage have become a high priority for <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/146748/preservation" rel="nofollow" >preservation</a> activists. Russia's ministry of culture has intentions to adopt an action plan to preserve these structures based on the work of architect and restorer&nbsp;Igor Shurgin, but many fear that it might be too little too late.&nbsp;
Estimated costs for preservation are assessed at around £183m, in addition Continue reading "Grassroots activists are fighting to save Russia’s wooden architecture"

Grassroots activists are fighting to save Russia’s wooden architecture

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jb/jb6kzoyuuhpqkfh8.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s state of wooden architecture can be defined as an SOS,&rdquo; says Igor Shurgin, an architect and restorer who runs the Foundation for Maintenance of Wooden Architecture Monuments. &ldquo;If we do nothing to support it, then nothing will be left in 20 years.&rdquo; A grant from the European Union enabled the organisation to stage a series of exhibitions in Russia and Europe between 2010 and 2012 that highlighted the problem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the contemporary artist Danila Tkachenko photographed a series of the country's abandoned wooden houses set ablaze, attempts to save <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/3760/russia" rel="nofollow" >Russia</a>'s wooden architectural heritage have become a high priority for <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/146748/preservation" rel="nofollow" >preservation</a> activists. Russia's ministry of culture has intentions to adopt an action plan to preserve these structures based on the work of architect and restorer&nbsp;Igor Shurgin, but many fear that it might be too little too late.&nbsp;
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Trump’s 2019 budget includes another attempt at defunding NEA and other cultural agencies

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fr/fr5j1y2ompntuxvk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/18069/white-house" rel="nofollow" >White House</a> has revealed its <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/" rel="nofollow" >budget proposal for 2019</a> and despite recommending a $716 billion spending increase for defense, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/460982/donald-trump" rel="nofollow" >Trump</a> wants to slash funding for cultural programs. He has suggested cutting the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/211665/national-endowment-for-the-arts" rel="nofollow" >NEA</a>'s budget from $150m down to $29m. Other cultural organizations&nbsp;would also see their budgets broken&mdash;Trump's plan would cut funding for the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/872253/national-endowment-for-the-humanities" rel="nofollow" >National Endowment of Humanities</a> from $150m down to just $42m, the&nbsp;Institute of Museum and Library Services&nbsp;from $231m to $23m, and public television from $495m to just $15m.
Last year, when the President first took office, he similarly tried to institute significant cuts to these federal programs. Despite his best efforts, Congress—who has the final say on passing the federal budget each year—ultimately ended up retaining funding for the various cultural organizations in bipartisan agreement. Beyond being extremely important to the well-being of the country in general, these agencies also support many architectural initiatives that are ...

Brand New Reviews Logos of the 10 Most-Followed Firm Profiles on Archinect

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/t2/t2vt6sgjkhqnl6q8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Logos are the cornerstone of branding, presenting the uniqueness of a company through its visual representation. Choices in color, font, sizing, etc. are all indicators of the values, services, and type of company the logo is defining and the difference between a good logo, and one less successful, lies in the visual's ability to accurately convey those traits.&nbsp;</p>         

Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira realizes white concrete church in France

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r7/r7ixzy9pyomnpv5k.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/51168/pritzker-prize" rel="nofollow" >Pritzker Prize</a> winning architect, <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/17135/lvaro-siza-vieira" rel="nofollow" >&Aacute;lvaro Siza</a>, has completed a white concrete church in France's Brittany region. The church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, consecrated over the weekend in the presence of over 300 people, is the first church built in the area in over 40 years&mdash;the only, thus far, Breton church of the 21st century.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n1/n15mgnpfg7vu6fne.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" ><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n1/n15mgnpfg7vu6fne.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Joao Morgado Architecture Photography.</figcaption></figure><p>The sacred building, costing 3 million euros, was ordered by the diocese of Rennes to better meet current needs.&nbsp;Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, a commune in the Northwestern part of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/6440/france" rel="nofollow" >France</a>, has a thriving Catholic community and the new church is more centrally located to where people live, near the residential area&nbsp;south of Rennes with five-story housing blocks.
Joao Morgado Architecture Photography.
The design by Siza, for which he provided 600 details, combines a minimalistic aesthetic with an opening onto the city. His use of light and white concrete provides a unique ceremonial Continue reading "Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira realizes white concrete church in France"

Couple fined for using a fake garage door to disguise a residential property

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7c/7c9nifm5mt1iunwe.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>At Leicester magistrates court, Herzallah and Almasri, of Enderby, Leicestershire, were each ordered to pay a &pound;770 fine, legal costs of &pound;1,252 and a &pound;77 victim surcharge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A couple, who had disguised housing on their property with a fake garage door, has been fined by Leicester Magistrates Court. The case was brought about by the Blaby district council after they were notified about unauthorized work being carried out at the couple's home and discovered the hoax garage.
The couple, Reeta Herzallah and Hamdi Almasri, had wanted to bypass planning regulations. In 2007, the duo had been granted permission to develop the property under the condition that car-parking facilities, including the now converted garage, remain permanently available. Beyond the illegal living quarters, the couple had also undertook illegal works within the highway and created an unauthorized vehicle access onto the busy B4114 dual carriageway. Beyond the legal costs, the court has Continue reading "Couple fined for using a fake garage door to disguise a residential property"

The 2018 MPavilion to be designed by award-winning Spanish architect Carme Pinós

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y7/y76lx3mc4046ds9d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Announced this morning, the 2018 <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/582637/mpavilion" rel="nofollow" >MPavilion</a>, arriving in spring of this year, will be designed by the award-winning <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/16531/estudio-carme-pin-s" rel="nofollow" >Carme Pin&oacute;s</a>. Now in its fifth iteration, the MPavilion is <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/24747/australia" rel="nofollow" >Australia</a>'s answer to the U.K's Serpentine Pavilion. An initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, the design event commissions a leading international architect to erect a new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/285282/temporary-structures" rel="nofollow" >temporary</a> pavilion in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/230290/melbourne" rel="nofollow" >Melbourne</a>&rsquo;s historic Queen Victoria Gardens every year. Past participating architects include <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/8435/rem-koolhaas" rel="nofollow" >Rem Koolhaas</a> &amp; David Gianotten of <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" rel="nofollow" >OMA</a>, Bijoy Jain, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/523/amanda-levete" rel="nofollow" >Amanda Levete</a>, and <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/8126/sean-godsell" rel="nofollow" >Sean Godsell</a>.
The Spanish architect responsible for this year's forthcoming pavilion is internationally celebrated for her humanistic approach to designs ranging from cultural centers, educational institutions and public housing to office towers, urban landscapes and furniture design. Based in Barcelona, Pinós leads her eponymous architectural firm which she founded in 1991 after earning international recognition for her work with Enric Miralles. Signific...

Walk Softly and Don’t Carry a Big Shtick; A Small Studio Snapshot of LA-Based Darin Johnstone Architects

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cn/cnefasehmr9gihjv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Darin Johnstone is a Los Angeles based architect and teacher. He is the founder of his eponymous practice,&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/darinjohnstonearchitects" >Darin Johnstone Architects</a>, and a faculty member at <a href="https://archinect.com/sciarc" >SCI-Arc</a>. For this week's <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/845829/small-studio-snapshots" >Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with Johnstone about moving to LA on a whim to start his studio, his architectural motivations, and how he blends teaching and practice.&nbsp;</p>         

The AIA honors 18 recipients with their 2018 Young Architects Award

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/n1/n1h9sz2cguz4j9d9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/238/aia" >AIA</a> has announced the winners of their <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/394874/young-architects-award" >Young Architects Award</a>. Now in its 25th year, the awards competition distinguishes early-career professional architects who have been licensed for 10 years or less regardless of their age. The following 18 winners for 2018 have all shown exceptional leadership and have already made significant contributions to the profession. Hailing from all across the country, they work across a range of disciplines within the field, specializing in everything from masterplanning and sustainable architecture to historical preservation and healthcare design.
Picked by a jury that includes Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA (Chair), LML Consulting; Raymond "Skipper" Post, FAIA, Post Architects, Baton Rouge; Edward Vance, FAIA, EV&A Architects, Inc.; Peter Kuttner, FAIA, Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.; John Castellana, FAIA, TMP Architecture, Inc. and Evelyn Lee, AIA, Savills Studley; here are the 2018 recipients: Michelle Acosta, AIA, SmithGroupJJR Allison Albericci, AIA...

MVRDV’s Dawn Bridge in Shanghai will be a footbridge, boulevard and viewpoint all in one

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x1/x1kkztdjnvsa4a1r.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Dutch-studio <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/286/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" >MVRDV</a> has won the competition to develop the Dawn Bridge, a multi-use pathway in the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/643/china" rel="nofollow" >China</a>. Located on the outskirts of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/11467/shanghai" rel="nofollow" >Shanghai</a>, the ancient district was established over 1,700 years ago and is peppered with historical rice shops, banks, spice stores etc.&nbsp;
© MVRDV
The 80-meter bridge is located between new residential buildings and will help mark a new era of development to the area. Yet, given its unique, setting, the firm wanted to establish a strong relation to its surrounding. Beyond a roadway, the bridge doubles as a public space that gives priority to pedestrians by maximizing the space made available to them. Topped with trees and featuring trendy, amphitheater-style seating, the public space provides an overlook from which to take in the historical, river views.
© MVRDV
© MVRDV
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The pop culture-bending firm, Family New York, has decided to part ways

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/at/atr6fve094nn9p4g.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Since establishing the practice in 2010, <a href="https://archinect.com/Family" rel="nofollow" >Family New York</a> has accrued an impressive array of projects to their name, as well as fans of their work. Over the course of only eight years, founders Oana Stanescu and Dong-Ping Wong have had the opportunity to collaborate with everyone from the New Museum to Virgil Abloh and&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/131961/kanye-west" rel="nofollow" >Kanye West</a> and Kim Kardashian. During this time, the duo has engaged in fanciful projects like <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/119446273/pool-installation-to-open-at-the-ace-hotel-in-ny-next-month" rel="nofollow" >their proposal</a> for a water-filtering, floating pool&nbsp;off the shores of New York City and their <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/133660145/oana-stanescu-the-architect-behind-kanye-s-volcano-talks-to-ny-times-about-pushing-design-boundaries-via-pop-culture" rel="nofollow" >movable, 50-foot volcano</a>&nbsp;for West's dazzling, Yeezus tour.
Despite this solid run, the two have decided to go their separate ways and disband the practice. According to their statement, Stanescu, who is a former top-notch Archinect School Blogger, is going on to pursue a multifaceted practice under her own name. She will also continue on with her teaching positions at Harvard GSD and Cooper Continue reading "The pop culture-bending firm, Family New York, has decided to part ways"

Five buildings tilt dangerously after magnitude 6.4 Taiwan quake

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/98/98a2le0e2kbgm3pl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Yesterday, a magnitude 6.4 quake struck the Taiwanese city of a Hualien, Taiwan. So far, in its wake, the damage has left seven dead and injured 262 others; sixty-three people still remain unaccounted for. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/07/asia/taiwan-earthquake-hualien-intl/index.html" rel="nofollow" >according to CNN</a>.
Since, emergency workers have been working diligently to rescue those who remain unidentified. Many are believed to be trapped in the numerous buildings that have caved in and begun to tilt dangerously to roughly 40-45 degree angles. Among these, are four buildings—a 12-story apartment building, two hotels, and a military hospital.  The addition of rain following the wreckage has exacerbated the problem, causing some buildings to tilt at an alarming rate of five cm per hour. Mobile cranes are being used to prop up the leaning structures as rescue efforts continue. 

Snøhetta designs controversial black crystalline U.F.O for Norwegian artist

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0t/0thctai1ol8gempw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Snohetta and Mr. Melgaard aim to use burned wood for the house&rsquo;s exterior, and tentative plans for its interior include movable walls and a room that combines an eating area and a swimming pool. Martin Brunner, one of the Snohetta architects who worked on the project, also explained that the firm had tested a prototype for an item of inflatable furniture to be included in the house, which he described as a &ldquo;sex pillow.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In 2011, the Norwegian artist, Bjarne Melgaard, reached out to property developers Olav and Frederik Selvaag with the idea of making a sculpture that would double as a house and atelier. The three got the international architecture studio <a href="https://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" >Sn&oslash;hetta</a> involved, resulting in the design of a black crystalline U.F.O. propped up by several sculptures of woodland animals.&nbsp;
Archinect readers have already taken to our forum to share their thoughts on the project.
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Famed Bradbury Building stars in Justin Timberlake’s new video for "Say Something"

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tb/tbjdq15kmsvgbycn.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Justin Timberlake may have just completed his halftime performance at the Super Bowl, but before that, he was busy roaming around the historic Bradbury Building in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/1322/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" >Los Angeles</a> with his good friend and country star, Chris Stapleton. The duo have a song together on Timberlake's new album&nbsp;<em>Man of the Woods, </em>released over the weekend. Titled "Say Something," the music video for the pop-country duet features the two playing on acoustic guitars while they tour the historic structure; seventeen musicians and a sixty-person choir also showed up to lend their help.&nbsp;
Shot by the Paris-based collection of filmmakers known as La Blogothéque, the music video, including the audio, was recorded live, rather remarkably, in a single take. Though the team rehearsed a few times, they had only a 10-minute window in which the lighting through the windows was just right. Additionally, Arturo Perez Jr., who directed the Continue reading "Famed Bradbury Building stars in Justin Timberlake’s new video for "Say Something""

SO-IL and MASS Design Group, among others, announced as semifinalists in Cleveland Public Library’s MLK Branch design competition

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/k9/k91u9om34xe3jxo5.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />The Cleveland Public Library has announced the nine semifinalist teams vying for the chance to design the library's new $10 million Martin Luther King Jr. Branch. Among the list are the non-profit firm <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/106488/mass-design-group" >MASS Design Group</a>; the Chicago staple, <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/2791/john-ronan-architects" >John Ronan Architects</a>; and the young, hip Brooklyn-based <a href="https://archinect.com/so-il" >SO-IL</a>. Other semifinalists of the global competition hail as near as Boston, and as far as Paris.&nbsp;
From this group, three finalists will be announced on February 15th. Each team will then be awarded a $20,000 stipend to carry out a design proposal to be evaluated by the library's boards of trustees, as well as an advisory committee that includes LAND Studio, Cleveland's leading nonprofit agency dealing with public art and the design and programming of public space. The new library—which will replace the existing structure built in 1970 around the corner from the planned site—will be part of an upcoming Continue reading "SO-IL and MASS Design Group, among others, announced as semifinalists in Cleveland Public Library’s MLK Branch design competition"

Baumgartner + Uriu is a Small Studio with Big Innovations

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/bx/bx13r9f6wnu08ytp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><p>Baumgartner + Uriu (BplusU) are innovators known for pushing boundaries. With an in-house fabrication studio, the LA-based practice is consistently experimenting with the latest digital techniques and materials. Founded in 2006, the firm is led by Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu, both with a background in music and working for Frank Gehry. For this week's <a href="https://archinect.com/features/tag/845829/small-studio-snapshots" >Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talked with the duo about how they got their start, what drives their work today, and what is on the horizon.</p>           

Pavilion made from grain silos wins competition to be installed at Governors Island this summer

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wz/wz2hl37yasxgbc5f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />This summer, <a href="http://bustler.net/news/tags/governors-island/7183/6237/five-finalists-selected-for-2018-city-of-dreams-pavilion-in-new-york" >Governors Island</a> will show off another outdoor installation from the <a href="http://bustler.net/news/tags/city-of-dreams-pavilion/16854/6237/five-finalists-selected-for-2018-city-of-dreams-pavilion-in-new-york" >City of Dreams Pavilion</a> competition, now in its seventh edition. The annual competition hosted by the non-profit <a href="http://newyork.figmentproject.org/" >FIGMENT</a> (along with the&nbsp;Emerging New York Architects Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, and the Structural Engineers Association of New York) asks architects to design a temporary pavilion where environmental impact and sustainability are core principles.&nbsp;Requiring designers to consider the ecological effects of their designs from materials sourcing to disposal of waste, entrants are encouraged to reuse salvaged construction materials, work with manufacturers that produce cradle-to-cradle products, and seek sponsorship from socially and environmentally responsible organizations.
The 2018 jury, which included  David Benjamin of New York–based The Living and Jorge Otero-Pailos, AIA, director and professor of historic preservation at Columbia University Graduate ...

19th century refurbished home and new addition come together in the vineyards of Switzerland

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/er/erj8hschqje96t1t.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />When tasked with refurbishing a cluster of houses dating back from the 19th century, Swiss architect&nbsp;<a href="http://dieterdietz.org/#home" rel="nofollow" >Dieter Dietz</a> was asked by his clients for a design that "fostered the coexistence of shared and individual living spaces to provide an opportunity to live independently within a community of friends and their families." In response, Dietz proposed the refurbishment of a former press house (Pressoir) along with the design for a new house (Grange).
Two Houses in Chigny, Grange house at dawn. © Mikael Blomfelt
Two Houses in Chigny, courtyard. © Joël Tettamanti
New construction to the rural site—a vineyard in Chigny, Switzerland—takes its characteristics from the barn-type. Its exoskeleton, built entirely of nano-film coated solar-cells that provide energy for both houses, is a reverberation of its 19th century neighbor's exposed roof truss. With an exterior of exposed steel, the typical structural order is reversed and the home, completed by a
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