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ELL / Domaen

15:00 - 29 May, 2017
ELL / Domaen, © Paul Vu
© Paul Vu

© Paul Vu © Paul Vu © Paul Vu © Paul Vu +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beverly Hills, CA, United States
  • Principal Design

    Axel Schmitzberger, Chris Lowe
  • Area

    5500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

5 Projects That Illustrate the Huge Potential of Prefab

14:00 - 29 May, 2017
5 Projects That Illustrate the Huge Potential of Prefab

Prefabrication is not a new idea for architects, but its usage is arguably on the rise. Using prefabricated materials can keep your costs down, as well as make your project more sustainable and efficient. But for this to happen, there must be a defined process of construction, which respects the architectural intent and integrates the entire structure with the building's facilities. This way, the work can be carried out in the shortest time possible, and the cost of labor and maintenance is reduced, as is the waste of materials.

The five designs selected below adopt prefabricated materials and demonstrate the benefits that it brings to the creative design strategy. Read on to see what each of their architects said about their prefabrication strategy.

Napa Barn / Anderson Architects

13:00 - 29 May, 2017
Napa Barn / Anderson Architects, © Joe Fletcher
© Joe Fletcher

© Joe Fletcher               © Joe Fletcher               © Joe Fletcher               © Joe Fletcher               +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    St Helena, CA 94574, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Ross Anderson
  • Area

    3500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Gifted Sketcher Uses His Moleskine and Camera to Capture Real and Imagined Cityscapes

12:00 - 29 May, 2017
Gifted Sketcher Uses His Moleskine and Camera to Capture Real and Imagined Cityscapes, © Pietro Cataudella
© Pietro Cataudella

Moleskine notebooks, sketching, architecture photography, imagination, and Instagram—these are all curiosities that arouse the interest of a stereotypical architecture lover. So it's hard to believe that Pietro Cataudella, author of the CityLiveSketch project, is neither a trained artist or architect, but a student of geophysics. 

In the summer of 2014, the Italian began a project to "describe the land in an alternative way by the combined use of photographs and drawings that represent the landmarks of splendid Italian towns (and beyond)." He has traveled from Pisa to Rome, London to Barcelona, and sketched famous buildings that include Stefano Boeri's Bosco Verticale and the Eiffel Tower.

La Louve / Atelier Pierre Thibault

11:00 - 29 May, 2017
La Louve  / Atelier Pierre Thibault, © Maxime Brouillet
© Maxime Brouillet

© Maxime Brouillet        © Maxime Brouillet        © Maxime Brouillet        © Maxime Brouillet        +23

Inside the Bizarre Personal Lives of Famous Architects

09:30 - 29 May, 2017
Inside the Bizarre Personal Lives of Famous Architects, From left: © Robert C. Lautman; <a href='http://https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alvar_Aalto1.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a> (public domain); Photograph by Al Ravenna <a href='http://https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frank_Lloyd_Wright_portrait.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a> (public domain)
From left: © Robert C. Lautman; via Wikimedia (public domain); Photograph by Al Ravenna via Wikimedia (public domain)

Famous architects are often seen as more enigma than person, but behind even the biggest names hide the scandals and tragedies of everyday life. As celebrities of a sort, many of the world's most famed architects have faced rumors and to this day there are questions about the truth of their private affairs. Clients and others in their studios would get a glimpse into an architect’s personal life, but sometimes the sheer force of personality that often comes with creative genius would prevent much insight. The fact remains, however, that these architects’ lives were more than the sum of their buildings.

House between Courtyards / Enrique Browne + Tomás Swett

09:00 - 29 May, 2017
House between Courtyards / Enrique Browne + Tomás Swett, Aerial view 02. Image © Nico Saieh
Aerial view 02. Image © Nico Saieh

Garden. Image © Nico Saieh Aerial view. Image © Nico Saieh Library. Image © Nico Saieh Materials. Image © Nico Saieh +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge

    Enrique Browne, Tomás Swett
  • Area

    340.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

9 Ideas for Presenting Your Project With Concrete Models

08:00 - 29 May, 2017
9 Ideas for Presenting Your Project With Concrete Models, Courtesy of David Rodriguez Arquitectos + Combeau & De Iruarrizaga Arquitectos
Courtesy of David Rodriguez Arquitectos + Combeau & De Iruarrizaga Arquitectos

Physical models have, for centuries, been a highly-effective way of explaining an architectural idea, allowing the audience to experience a concept in a plan, section, elevation and perspective all at once. However, a model can communicate so much more if you deviate from traditional cardboard materiality. If you want to express the monolithic massing of your latest scheme, or its expressive texture, then a model of plaster or cement may capture so much more than a digital rendering ever could. 

Creating a concrete model is profoundly engaging, as it forces us to follow a methodology similar to that of large-scale construction: make a mold / formwork, mix the cement or plaster with water, and then pour. When done correctly, the resulting model could stand as an architectural sculpture in its own right. 

Below, we have rounded up concrete models from the ArchDaily archives, giving you the inspiration to set your concrete model ideas in stone. 

Courtesy of ETB Studio Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen Courtesy of ELEMENTAL Courtesy of Enrique Morales Puente +11

Bee Breeders Announce Winners of Stone Barn Meditation Camp Competition

06:00 - 29 May, 2017
Bee Breeders Announce Winners of Stone Barn Meditation Camp Competition, Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders have selected winners of the Stone Barn Meditation Camp competition, seeking to create a place of refuge for individuals amidst the pristine natural beauty of one of Latvia’s most remote regions. In announcing the competition results, the jury applauded the respect and regard shown to the environment by submitted schemes, commenting that the most successful projects stood out for their simplicity, elegance, and balance with nature.

The competition winners, including noted ‘Green’ and ‘Student’ schemes, are set out below.

First Prize - Board 1. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Prize - Board 2. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Prize - Board 3. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders First Prize - Board 4. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders +77

VMS House / Marcos Miguelez

05:00 - 29 May, 2017
VMS House / Marcos Miguelez, © Antonio Vazquez
© Antonio Vazquez

© Antonio Vazquez © Antonio Vazquez © Antonio Vazquez © Antonio Vazquez +24

Hotel Amarin / STUDIO UP

03:00 - 29 May, 2017
Hotel Amarin / STUDIO UP, © Robert Leš
© Robert Leš

© Robert Leš  © Robert Leš  © Robert Leš  © Robert Leš  +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Val de Lesso 5, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia
  • Lead Architects

    Lea Pelivan, Toma Plejić
  • Landscape Design

    Ksenija Jurčić Diminić
  • Area

    27046.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Stormvillan / Mer Architects

02:00 - 29 May, 2017
Stormvillan / Mer Architects, © Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin

© Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hanko, Finland
  • Lead Architect

    Julia Hertell
  • Construction design

    Anders Westerlund
  • Area

    210.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Qiandao Lake Cable Car Station / Archi-Union Architects

20:00 - 28 May, 2017
Qiandao Lake Cable Car Station / Archi-Union Architects, © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian
© Su Shengliang, Lin Bian

© Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing Rd, Chunan Xian, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Tongji Architectural Design Group
  • Area

    3600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Sydney Opera House Comes to Life (Literally) With Vivid Sydney Light Show

16:00 - 28 May, 2017

Vivid LIVE, part of the annual festival of lights and music known as Vivid Sydney, is taking place this weekend. As in previous years, the event was launched with a mesmerizing video projection mapped onto the sails of Sydney's iconic Opera House. Titled "Audio Creatures," this year's projection was created by Ash Bolland sees the Opera House writhe and squirm to a soundtrack by Amon Tobin; at times the shells of the building crack open to reveal new life inside, at other moments, infestations crawl their way across from the building's edges.

Read on to see more photographs from the show and the full video of the event.

© Yaya Stempler © Yaya Stempler © Yaya Stempler © Yaya Stempler +27

10th Annual North American Copper in Architecture Awards Showcase 15 Innovative Copper Designs

14:00 - 28 May, 2017
10th Annual North American Copper in Architecture Awards Showcase 15 Innovative Copper Designs, Courtesy of North American Copper in Architecture Awards
Courtesy of North American Copper in Architecture Awards

With a combination of resilience, sustainability, and pleasing aesthetics, the use of copper in architectural design is often indicative of a building’s craft and attention to detail, as demonstrated by fifteen projects selected as recipients for the 2017 North American Copper in Architecture Awards (NACIA). The 10th edition of the annual awards celebrates a variety of projects throughout North America for their “outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys.” Projects were selected across three categories: New Construction, Renovation/Restoration, and Ornamental Applications. 

Here are this year’s fifteen NACIA winners:

© NAVA Companies et al © Jeff Goldberg © doublespace photography © Bill Timmerman Timmerman Photography +16

S+J House / Luciano Kruk

13:00 - 28 May, 2017
S+J House / Luciano Kruk, © Daniela Mac Adden
© Daniela Mac Adden

© Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden +52

Federico Babina's PORTRART Illustrations Tells a Story Within a Portrait

12:00 - 28 May, 2017

Federico Babina, the illustrator behind the series of popular architectural interpretations including ARCHITALE and ARCHIPLAY, has just released his latest project: PORTRART, 35 illustrations that tell 35 short stories describing and relating to the individual personalities of 35 artists.

"The shapes, the sculpted and painted geometries of the artists are transformed to draw their faces," explains Babina. Each composition portrays a realistic fantasy in a series of geometric shapes around a central matrix, the portrait. 

Babina continues, "The project attempts to visualize the likeness, personality, and capture the essential features of the protagonist through simple lines, geometries, color, and ink. The idea is to achieve an almost abstract representation without losing the essence of figurative representation." 

See all the portraits after the break.

Read Dozens of Historical Architecture Books for Free Online Thanks to New Library Exhibition

09:30 - 28 May, 2017
Read Dozens of Historical Architecture Books for Free Online Thanks to New Library Exhibition, © Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
© Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library of Buffalo, New York, has recently opened a new exhibit at their Central Library titled Building Buffalo: Buildings From Books, Books From Buildings. The exhibit will feature a large selection of rare, illustrated architectural books from the Library’s collection dating from the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The bonus for those who are geographically distant from Buffalo is that, as part of the exhibit, the Library has also made dozens of historical architecture books available online, completely digitized and free to the public.