Oslo House / Ramón Esteve Estudio

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  • Architects: Ramon Esteve Estudio
  • Location: Alicante, Spain
  • Authors: Ramón Esteve
  • Collaborating Architects: Anna Boscà, María Martí, Francisco Palomo
  • Design Team: Ramon Esteve Estudio
  • Interior Joinery: AELE
  • Furniture Provider: Cosín
  • Construction: Covisal Futur SL
  • Structural Calculation: Prodein
  • Area: 4828.3 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Mariela Apollonio
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The Oslo House is placed on a mountainside, in a residential state surrounded by pine trees and vegetation

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The dwelling is composed of two overlapped bodies that are set back in order to generate a play of light and shadow. This play is reinforced by the openings in the oor slabs, which lean on a stone base adapted to the steep slope of the mountain.

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The house lies gently on the ground, by means of a stone base adapted

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Norman Foster suspends activity on Saudi Arabian ‘NEOM’ mega-city advisory board

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f3/f308f0ecde9c49f8c869f7d390258351.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Norman Foster has temporarily stepped back from his role on the board overseeing the planning of a $500 billion mega-city in Saudi Arabia as questions mount over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi 
The international community is demanding answers over what happened to the Washington Post writer following his recent disappearance inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.

Norman Foster is one of several 'global experts' who were announced as members on the global advisory board for the planned $500-billion NEOM mega-city project in the Saudi Arabian desert earlier this month but have distanced themselves from the appointment since the reported death of WaPo journalist Jamal Khashoggi has caused international outrage and diplomatic turmoil.  "Earlier [last week] Lord Foster wrote to the head of the NEOM advisory board, stating that, while the situation remains unclear, he has suspended his activities in respect of the board," reads a statement from Foster Continue reading "Norman Foster suspends activity on Saudi Arabian ‘NEOM’ mega-city advisory board"

Archinect’s Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #198

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c4/c410d083401b02a7b277f8b7bf7b7fe7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />It's time for another Archinect Employer of the Day weekly round-up! Check out the latest profiled firms amid the thousands of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" >active listings</a>&nbsp;on our job board. If you don't already, follow Employer of the Day on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Archinect" rel="nofollow" >Facebook</a>, where we showcase a firm every day, along with a gallery of their work.&nbsp;
Here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:
  1. Neil M. Denari Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Intermediate Designer

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2. O'Neill Rose Architects (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Architect/Designer
Photo: Michael Moran.
3. Morris Adjmi Architects (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Multiple listings
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4. Citterio-Viel & Partners (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Interior Designer
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5. University of Michigan (Facebook feature)
Currently hiring: Multiple listings
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KPMB Architects takes Boston University’s data science building to new heights

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/52/52e8ff5ddf07866f69c689cade903ca8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>We wanted architecture that would signal to everyone that this was a special place, the center of campus...We wanted a building that in 2100 would stand up and mark the dynamic change in the University and talk about the century we're in. - Robert A. Brown Boston University President</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/60642/boston" rel="nofollow" >Boston</a> University and <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/19801/kpmb-architects" rel="nofollow" >KPMB Architects</a> have announced their plans to construct a 17-floor tower which will house BU's new Data Sciences Center. A program booming within the field of academia, BU plans to be a leader in this area of education. Alongside the team at KPMB, the architecture firm aims at building a structure that will be an "iconic" fixture on <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/24889/campus" rel="nofollow" >campus</a>.&nbsp;
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The monumental teaching center has a "podium" like base that is 4 stories high. On top of this base are 13, slightly off centered, floors that were designed to resemble an image of
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A Sculptural House in Venice by FINNE Architects

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/venice-house-by-finne-architects/venice-house-finne-architects-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/Venice-House-FINNE-Architects-1-810x540.jpg" alt="A Sculptural House in Venice by FINNE Architects" /></a>
                                Situated on a narrow lot in Venice, California, the <a href="http://www.finne.com/places/venice.php"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Venice House</a> offers a calm respite from the busy sights of the neighborhood with an open garden and swimming pool on the western side of the property. The house, designed by <a href="http://www.finne.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FINNE Architects</a>, is clad in a various of textured metal and wooden surfaces creating a visual collage, while the roof reveals a series of folded planes.
A pavilion juts out into the outdoor space leading to the angled pool through massive sliding glass doors. The extension created a hyperbolic paraboloid roof featuring exposed Douglas fir beams that span from indoors to out. The kitchen faces the pool and benefits from the wall of windows pulling in lots of natural light and ocean breezes. Both the cabinets and the floors are made from white-bleached rift-sawn oak while the island is constructed out of quartz and finished with a cast-glass counter
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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Reveals What’s Trending

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) tracks yearly trends through its Best in American Living award winners and its Design Trends Roundtable. Alexandra Isham, Program Manager for Design at the NAHB, let Freshome in on some of the trends the organization has observed.

The lines are blurring between commercial and residential applications.

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Industrial features add to the beauty of this Seattle home. Image: Laurence Architecture

Materials are being used interchangeably in commercial and residential products, according to Isham. “A couple of examples include metal and wire railing systems in single-family houses, even ones with more traditional details where we would normally expect wood,” she says. “Another example is exposed metal beams, even in smaller cottages, that are tastefully incorporated.” Isham explains that these are the kinds of details normally seen in trendy retail settings and other types of commercial spaces.

Mid-century modern takes a back seat.

Villa Akoya / Studio Saxe

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  • Structural Engineer: Sotela Alfaro
  • Electromechanical Engineer: Dynamo Studio
  • Builder: Gad Harel
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Text description provided by the architects. Large terraces capture the wind and waves on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Set amongst idyllic white sand beaches and coconut groves, this low-key beach home was conceived to give its inhabitants not only a visual but also a literal connection to the sand and water where it belongs.

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Horizontal roof planes create large indoor-outdoor spaces that integrate seamlessly and diffuse the perception of the home with its surrounding natural environment. Lightness and materiality are used to create a feeling of openness and airiness that permeates through the inhabitants.

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The house was raised off

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Blue/Green Gradient Mirrors Made From Inflated Metal by Oskar Zieta

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                                For years now, Oskar Zieta, of <a href="https://zieta.pl/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Zieta Prozessdesign</a>, has been <a href="https://design-milk.com/?s=Zieta+Prozessdesign"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">reimagining the average mirror</a> and going three-dimensional by inflating the material so it reflects its surroundings in its own unique way. His mirrored collections are the result of <a href="https://zieta.pl/fidu/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FiDU</a> technology that converts flat objects into three-dimensional ones, like his latest, the <a href="https://zieta.pl/gradient_collection/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Gradient Collection</a>, which comprises a trio of stainless steel mirrors.
The Gradient Collection is a series of stainless steel mirrors that are polished to mirror finish and covered with a special lacquer that results in the rich colors you see, as well as unbelievable reflections. Available in Sapphire, Emerald, and Gradient (Sapphire and Emerald), the mirrors feature surfaces with curves that form as the material is inflated, leading to creases and bends that differ between every piece. The variations in the surfaces create visually delightful sights that turn these mirrors more into sculptural pieces of wall art.
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Madliena House / 3DM Architecture

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  • Architects: 3DM Architecture
  • Location: Swieqi, Malta
  • Lead Architect: Maurizio Ascione
  • Team: Rebecca Vella, Miguel Petrovic
  • Area: 2000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Miguel Petrovic
  • Collaborators: ICI Ltd
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Text description provided by the architects. Madliena House, placed on a site of nine hundred square meters in Madliena, Malta, is home to a lively young couple and two children. The concept from the very initial stages revolved around purity and boldness in design. The form of the building is essentially a reaction to the site on which it is situated, whereas the interiors were the tool used to bridge the gap between the aesthetic and function of the different spaces within the building.

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This design is a means through which one may investigate the importance of natural factors - such as creating interesting spaces using light and shadow: a concept reminiscent of

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MO Museum of Modern Art / Studio Libeskind

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  • Architects: Studio Libeskind
  • Location: Vilna, Lithuania
  • Architect Of Record: Do Architects
  • Area: 3100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Hufton + Crow
  • Client: UAB MMC Projektai
  • General Contractor: Naresta
  • Plan Coordination: Baltic Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: Ribinis büvis
  • Acoustical Engineer: Akukon
  • Electrical Engineer & Installations: Baltic Engineers; APS
  • Mechanical Engineer & Installations: Baltic Engineers; Prosfera, Folisita, Baltic System
  • Façade Engineer & Installations: Curtain walls: Glasma Service
  • Furniture: Narbutas
  • Auditorium Seats: Audience Systems
  • Doors: Teckentrup, Sapa
  • Plumbing: Villeroy and Boch
  • Elevator: Kone
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Text description provided by the architects. Designed by Studio Libeskind in collaboration with Do architects (Vilnius) and Baltic Engineers (Vilnius), the MO Modern Art Museum opened to the public on October 18 with a four-day celebration including a public talk by Daniel Libeskind in the Museum’s auditorium and the inaugural exhibition, All Art Is About Us. 

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"The MO

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Rachel Whiteread Nissen Hut Casts History onto Prefabricated Architecture

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/rachel-whiteread-casts-history-onto-prefabricated-architecture/nissen-hut_rachel-whiteread-5/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/NISSEN-HUT_RACHEL-WHITEREAD-5-810x525.jpg" alt="Rachel Whiteread Nissen Hut Casts History onto Prefabricated Architecture" /></a>
                                Turner Prize winning sculptor <a href="https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/nissen-hut-part-of-the-shy-scultpure-series/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Rachel Whiteread</a> is very much attuned to the power and importance of architecture in relation to landscape. Her solitary shed situated on New York’s Governors Island casts a gaze across toward Lady Liberty, evoking memories of &#8220;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jun/21/rachel-whiteread-cabin-governors-island"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Thoreau and the American Romantics</a>&#8220;. Her library-as-bunker Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial in Vienna is situated as an architectural provocation and memory of the horrors endured by the Austrian victims of the Holocaust. Her most recent effort, another of her &#8220;Shy Sculptures Series, awaits deep within England&#8217;s Yorkshire Dalby Forest for visitors to experience its haunting full-scale concrete details imprinted with the corrugated steel and wood details of a Nissen military hut once common in these forests.
“They are church halls, village halls, people live in them. They are very adaptable structures. I try to cast their souls.” – Rachel Whiteread
The hut was originally the brainchild of British Army engineer
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