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Are balconies the rising stars of residential architecture? We won’t call it a trend (yet), but we’ve noticed more than one recent European project in which balconies are stealing the show (see another example here) from otherwise ordinary buildings. The Seguin apartment complex in Boulogne Billancourt, France, designed by Bernard Bühler Architects, got our attention for its melange of volumes—built in a seemingly random selection of sizes and angles—jutting out from the building’s facade. And if that wasn’t audacious enough, a kaleidoscope-like range of colored glass is called upon to further define these outside spaces—ensuring that the defining characteristic of the Seguin complex is its faceted, jewel-toned exterior. We’d call that a star-making performance.
Images: Design Rulz
Architects: DARCON Taller de Arquitectura
Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Architect In Charge: Rodolfo Cabrera
Constructor: Grupo Darcon, Grupo Macro, Construtierra.
Area: 1,148,616 sqm
Photographs: Leonardo Izaguirre
From the architect. The Pulté is a residential urbanization complex located over a forested mountain at the edge of the city, whose design corresponds to the topography of the land and seeks to recreate a countryside environment, through buildings that follow a contemporary line.
The project includes the urbanization plan, streets and lots, the design of the club house, stables and trails for horseback riding. The buildings are characterized by having a regular geometry that integrates into the environment.
The club house is a sample of this, with clear horizontal forms accompanied by clean details in wood and glass enclosures. In the second level, a cantilevered concrete perimeter runs along three of the facades, providing solar protection while creating a clear circulation around the plan.
The plan consists of different social areas which include a restaurant, swimming pool, gym, squash courts and spa located on two floors around a double-height lobby with connecting corridors, as well as an annex space that contains survice areas that supply the main building.
Participants in Reality Cues' cheeky Eco-Porn Competition got to have some fun with the green architecture trend. But since there weren't enough submissions to go through with the full judging process, only Honorable Mentions were given.
Here's a handful of the entries that piqued our interest:
Floramorphism: Bloominating Inorganic Objects by BanG studio – Babak Bryan & Henry Grosman
If Robert Moses had his way in 1941… by Ida Tam
Tower of Babel by Feliks Bochenek
The Green Roof Trope by Eric Karasek
Inspired from the writings of Pliny the Younger, T House by studio Natalie Dionne Architecture is a villa said to “stimulate the imagination and compel us to contemplate one’s place in the surrounding landscape.” With a privileged location in a forest clearing up on a hillside, in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, the project offers a genuine retreat for a busy urban Montreal family.
T House is composed of two partially divided buildings: “the first volume, two-storey and roughly cubic in shape is clad with wood siding. The second, a single-story 24meter long rectangle, embedded in the ground at one end and cantilevered over the hill at the other end is wrapped in composite cement panels“. In between, inhabitants enjoy a space of transition, encapsulated in glass in order to frame the spectacular surrounding views. Structurally, the residence displays three distinct zones, which form the letter “T”, according to the architecture plans: the living room, the guest rooms and the kitchen with master bedroom upstairs. [Photos by: Marc Cramer]
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The TOWARD Sofa takes symmetry out of the equation with its unique, curvy lines. Designed by Anne Boysen for Erik Jørgensen, the sofa has a playful mix of organic-shaped back rests and two loose and interchangeable armrest cushions that move around to create a versatile piece of seating.
The sofa allows you to change it up and use it in different ways to get comfortable, by giving it the feel of an armchair with proportions of a chaise lounge. The base is made up of a plush mattress allowing you to lay down and take a nap if you wish.
TOWARD is available in three color combinations: light gray, dark gray, and brown shades.
From the architect. The Lullaby Factory is an intervention by Studio Weave which makes the best of a bad situation: a recently designed building at Great Ormond Street Childrens’ Hospital, the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building, was designed to look onto an open space – a view which, thanks to the hospital’s phasing of developments, will be obstructed by the Southwood Building for another 15 years.
In the intervening time, something had to be done about the view onto the narrow alleyway and industrial facade of the Southwood Building. Studio Weave re-imagined the building, covered in pipework, as a fantastical factory, manufacturing lullabies for the children staying in the hospital.
Read on after the break for more on Studio Weave’s clever intervention…
Thanks to its hidden location, Lullaby Factory can only be seen from inside the hospital. Studio Weave imagined it as a secret world, only known to those in the hospital and only accessible by tuning into a specific radio frequency, or by standing beneath one of the handful of special listening tubes.
The fantasy landscape created is 10 storeys high and 32 meters in length, its aesthetic style relying on a “romantic vision of industry, and the highly crafted beauty and complexity of musical instruments” – a sort of steam-punk-meets-Stradivarius which transforms a previously uninspired blank facade.
Architects: Studio Weave
Location: Great Ormond Street Hospital, Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3JH, UK
Structural Engineer: Structure Workshop
Fabricator: AB3 Workshops
Sound Artist: Jessica Curry
Photographs: Studio Weave
With Teo Boon Kiat tackling the architecture and Natalie Louey handling the interior design, the ONG&ONG team designed a house to cater to the homeowner’s unique set of needs. One Tree Hill blends indoor and outdoor living in Singapore with focus going to the beautiful lush garden.
Wood slats provide car coverage and shade to the second floor of the house without being too heavy as a solid material would tend to be. Stepping platforms that make up the walkway appear to float above water.
The large wooden dining table is surrounded by Eames Molded Plastic Dowel-Leg Side and Armchairs in white, which play off the wood and white cabinetry built into the long wall.
A cut-out in the staircase wall provides light for the stairwell while also creating a pretty cool window between the two spaces.
Lacquered white pendants with brass interiors by Tom Dixon hang in the kitchen, complementing the rest of the mostly white decor.
The living room features double-height ceilings and large expanses of glass creating a light and airy space.
The upstairs houses a master bedroom suite and a guest room with its own bathroom. Neutral finishes continue here, as well.
An outdoor lounge sits right off the kitchen providing extra seating. The sliding glass doors open up to expand the square footage.
Photos by See Chee Keong.
Architects: Neiheiser & Valle, Linda Farrow
Location: New York, NY, USA
Collaborators: Focus Lighting, Boffo
Area: 640.0 ft2
Photographs: Naho Kubota , Evan Joseph , Courtesy of Neiheiser & Valle
From the architect. [New York, NY] – Thursday, December 12th, 2013 the second installation in the AIA award winning BOFFO Building Fashion series opened with a three week fashion and architecture retail installation by Linda Farrow + Office of Neiheiser & Valle. A shipping container and surrounding warehouse space at the SuperPier at Hudson River Park (15th Street) in New York City, will be radically transformed, inviting visitors to a unique public art experience. An endless landscape of stone and light by Neiheiser & Valle adjacent to the Hudson River provides the backdrop for more than just Linda Farrow’s collection of luxurious eyewear, but an experience that transforms the brand for its New York City fans.
This BOFFO Building Fashion project is designed to transport the visitor from the dark winter of New York City to an infinite landscape of stone and light. Neiheiser & Valle state, “Eyewear mediates our vision and moderates our intake of light, but it also has the power to transform and transport.” For this installation, the architectural elements are minimized while the spatial qualities essential to both vision and illusion – deep space, radiance, and reflection – are maximized. The only objects present are the Linda Farrow glasses, suspended against an undulating environment of rich material qualities – coarse piles of stone, gold displays, ethereal mirrors, polished marble, and crisp light. Parallel walls of mirrored reflection multiply the space in both directions, creating an infinite field that is both heavy and light, an expansive landscape paradoxically contained within the confines of a shipping container, an oasis of luxury and warmth unexpectedly discovered in a cold warehouse by the Hudson River.
The installation will offer a selection of eyewear from the Linda Farrow collection, as well as its celebrated international designer collaborations. Unveiling for the first time the SS14 collaboration collections with Suno and 3.1 Phillip Lim, as well as continuing collaborations with designers like Dries Van Noten, Jeremy Scott, Oscar de la Renta, The Row, and Prabal Gurung.
Alongside the eyewear collection, the installation will offer a capsule collection in celebration of the Linda Farrow 10th anniversary of the relaunch of the brand. Expanding into lifestyle for the first time, the capsule collection is a luxurious selection of collaborative projects created with leading designers including shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood, lingerie by Agent Provocateur, jewellery by Mawi and the first Linda Farrow handbag, among other items and will be the exclusive brick & mortar to carry the capsule in New York.
“2013 has been a milestone for Linda Farrow. To be able to celebrate a 10-year anniversary with such exciting projects like the capsule collection, and now partnering with a storied project such as BOFFO Building Fashion séries, is incredible” say Simon Jablon and Tracy Sedino of Linda Farrow.
Linda Farrow offers what most eyewear companies can no longer offer: “innovation” in the purest sense of the word. Established in 1970, the Linda Farrow brand of luxury eyewear rose quickly to acclaim amongst stylish Londoners and international jet set. Originally a fashion designer, Linda Farrow was one of the first to treat sunglasses as fashion, producing collection after cutting-edge collection. A tireless experimenter, Farrow pioneered many of the shapes and styles that remain stylish today. Linda Farrow’s long tradition of originality has been kept current by the use of collaborating with the most exciting designers to date, who bring a new perspective, whilst respecting the values which have made Linda Farrow a by-word for style, exclusivity and excellence. Linda Farrow has never lost sight of what its fundamental values are; to create innovative products at a luxury level. Today renowned for its collaborations with many of the world’s most acclaimed designers (Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta, The Row, Matthew Williamson, Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott, Kris van Assche among them). Its unprecedented range of vintage sunglasses (over 2000 original designs from the 70s and 80s), and its uncompromisingly luxurious 18K and Luxe lines, Linda Farrow has established itself as one of the most exciting brands in fashion today.
Neiheiser & Valle is a multidisciplinary design practice committed to both playful experimentation and serious research. Ryan Neiheiser and Giancarlo Valle see design as a conversation, a loose exchange of forms and ideas, an open dialogue with their histories and surroundings. They approach each project with an intellectual curiosity, an artistic rigor, and a strong commitment to realizing their ideas in the world.
While TRONKSandCo is fresh out of the gate, the Barcelona-based company comes from a long line of craftsmanship in woodworking. After two years of development, their collection of jewelry cases are meticulously finished with rich details and made from carefully selected woods.
The collection includes a range of cases in various sizes, but they also make cases to house your earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, watches, brooches, and cufflinks. Their goal is to manufacture each case with the same amount of respect and love that each recipient feels when they’re gifted with a piece of jewelry.
Six projects have been announced as the Public Interest Design Global Project Winners, an award organized by the Ecole Spécial d’Architecture, Design Corps and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network. The award is given to projects which exemplify design for communities with the aim of improving lives, and the winners will be presented at a two-day event in Paris on April 18th-19th 2014.
Read on for descriptions of the six winners after the break
Can City, Sao Paulo, Brazil
In Sao Paulo, over 80% of waste recycling is done by independent waste collectors called Catadores, who collect waste they find in order to sell to scrap yards. Studio Swine created a portable aluminium foundry, which these Catadores could use to melt down drinks cans which they find in order to cast new products. The foundry would allow these people to significantly increase the value of the items they collect, providing them with a new source of revenue while also addressing issues of waste and recycling.
Comunidad Ecologica Saludable (Healthy Ecological Community), Lima, Peru
In Lima, an already acute issue with water scarcity is further exacerbated in the city’s widespread slums, where a lack of basic infrastructure means many resident do not have access to safe water. To address this issue, the Informal Urban Communities Initiative developed a method to harvest water from the blanket of fog which frequently covers the city, giving a free and reliable source of water to those in slums. This new-found water security allowed the CES project to also develop small green spaces for communities to use to relax and also grow some food, addressing some of the wider issues facing slum dwellers.
Walk [Your City], Raleigh, North Carolina
In cities which have a dominant driving culture, Walk [Your City] is an attempt to make residents more aware of the opportunities presented by walking. Described as an “open-source guerrilla wayfinding project”, it allows residents to create their own signs for local attractions, raising awareness both for residents who may just be discovering their city on foot, but also for local policymakers who are shown the opportunity for economic and social development in walkable cities. Though the project started with Walk Raleigh, its success has now been extended to cities across the USA and Canada.
TAEQ Green Building Headquarters, Sakhnin, Israel
This Building for the Towns Association for Environmental Quality (TAEQ) acts as both a case study and a learning center for green design principles. Created with locally-sourced natural materials, and designed to take as little energy as possible from the grid, the building hosts around 30,000 high school and university students a year to spread the principles of environmentally sound construction.
Butaro Doctor’s Housing, Butaro, Rwanda
As an extension to their widely acclaimed Butaro Hospital, MASS Design Group‘s Butaro Doctor’s Housing is designed to attract high quality talent to the hospital. By retaining the best doctors, the Butaro Hospital can continue to be a high quality facility in an area that sorely needs it. Once again, MASS Design group used the opportunity to add more than just a building to the community – they employed local people as builders, teaching them valuable skills and providing them with job opportunities.
Joler Jonno Utshob (Dug Well Pavilion), Dhaka, Bangladesh
This pavilion and well provide much more than just a source of water to the people of the community – as women are usually tasked with collecting water, it provides a valuable meeting space and a place to bathe which is not usually available to them, also providing shelter from the sun.
The winners of 2013 Urban Living Awards, a joint effort between the Senate Department of Urban Development and the Deutsche Wohnen AG, have been announced.
The competition aims to inspire architects to improve the quality of urban life through design, while also stimulating urban cooperation. Though it was only founded in 2010, it has already become one of the most respected competitions in the world. Indeed, the 240 contributions in 2013 hailed from over 20 European countries – a huge expansion from previous years.
Read more for the winners…
A distinguished panel including Regula Luscher (Director of Urban Development in the German Senate Department), Winy Maas (MVRDV) and Martin Rein-Cano (TOPOTEK 1) recognised winners and nominees in three categories: built (permanent structures), temporary (installation architecture), and living (sustainable living structures). These projects have made significant cultural contributions in redefining the community, while fitting seamlessly into the existing neighbourhood. First prize laureates, in a first for the competition, received €3000 prize money, courtesy of Deutsche Wonen.
Building, First Prize: Lecture Halls for the Universite de Liege, Daniel Dethier_Dethier
This project converted a disused cinema complex into a university teaching facility, breathing new life into a formerly stagnant neighbourhood.
Building, Nominee: Keret House, Jakub Szczesny
Originally intended as an installation, the Keret House occupies the alley space between two homes, making it the narrowest house in the world (it’s only 122cm at its widest point). It’s become quite the point of interest for locals, who supported the endeavour from the beginning.
Building, Nominee: Offene Metallwerkstatt, phalt Architekten AG
This small structure sits on the banks of the Limmat and Sihl Rivers in Zurich and serves as a metal workshop for teenagers and young adults. The workshop has served as a catalyst for the nieghbourhood’s revitalisation – one that’s been needed for over two decades.
Building, Nominee: Metropol Parasol, J.Mayer H. Architekten
The Metropol Parasol is the remarkable new landmark for Seville, occupying a square in the historic city centre and rising above an archaeological dig site. The pavilion has converted a somewhat disused old area into a contemporary urban centre and links the commercial, residential and civic spaces of Seville.
Temporary, First Prize: Test Site Rotterdam, ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles)
The financial crisis brought the development of Rotterdam city centre to a complete standstill. This proposal resumes the city’s evolution, connecting the various zones and nodes with the city along a continuous wooden bridge. This bridge would also serves as a pedestrian passage, and would reinvigorate the city on a human scale.
Temporary, Nominee: BMW Guggenheim Lab, Atelier Bow-Wow, MAGMA Architecture
The BMW Guggenheim is a mobile lab whose purpose is to inspire debate on city life. It’s already proven successful, having played host to rousing discussions from New York to Berlin.
Temporary, Nominee: Sommerwerkstatt Wiesenburg, Students at TU Berlin, Donatella Fioretti, Marc Benjamin Drewes, Simon Mahringer, Christoph Rokitta
The Wiesenberg Summer Workshop, which took place in a former homeless shelter, was a festival for students and residents in Berlin’s district of Wedding. This project, led by Donatella Fioretti as part of the architecture curriculum of the Technische Universtat of Berlin, gave first year students the opportunity to design and build their first semi-permanent structure while giving back to the community.
Temporary, Nominee: Steel City SOUND SYSTEM Movement, Students at the University of Art and Design Linz, Lukas Feireiss
SOUND SYSTEM is a multi-purpose sound litter, which is carried through Linz to spur spontaneous concerts across the city. As part of the Linz University of Art and Design, this project aimed to inspire creative performance and make people question our existing cultural borders.
Temporary, Nominee: The Missing Link Jacket, Eli Elysee
During high-traffic commuter times, finding a handhold on buses or subways can be difficult. The Missing Link jacket is a working prototype that would allow commuters to hold onto each other when there’s no space left. It inspires questions of privacy - and whether we’re willing to sacrifice our personal space in favour of comfort.
Living, First Prize: VinziRast – mittendrin, gaupenraub +/-
This multipurpose space in Vienna, serves as a school, home and office for local city-dwellers. Open for public use, the project (despite its potentially provocative intent) met almost no resistance and was realised in only three years.
Living, Nominee: Siedlung Buchheimer Weg, ASTOC Architects and Planners
Following the demolition of a disused linear residential estate in Berlin, architects saw the opportunity to provide the community with a more socially-friendly housing option. The bends and breaks in the housing structures make for larger and more fluid social spaces for residents and visitors. An overarching colour concept (each unique to each building) ties the structures together while giving them each a distinct personality.
Living, Nominee: Lormont, Habiter Autrement
The unique shape of each apartment prevents the blocking of views in the residentially dense city of Lormont. Large open windows along the west side provide expansive views to the river, while terraces provide each apartment with individual exterior space.
Living, Nominee: haus H, NAGELIARCHITEKTEN
The highly variable floor plans in haus H give residents the opportunity to individualize an otherwise rigorously planned space. The apartment complex, named for its sectional shape, concentrates living spaces along the north and south sides of the building, thus gathering service spaces in a central core.
Living, Nominee: R50, ifau und Jesko Fezer, HEIDE & VON BECKERATH
The design of R50 was a joint venture between the architects and residents of the building, in an effort to create an efficient and sustainable shared living space. Prefabricated flexible wooden facades add to the sustainability of the structure.