We’ve built you a better ArchDaily. Learn more and let us know what you think. Send us your feedback »

Kyneton Residence / Intermode Pty. Ltd

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

UPDATE: The Keret House - The World's Skinniest House - Actually Built

Last year, we brought you images of what was planned to be the world’s narrowest house: The Keret House, in Warsaw, Poland. 

Well, against the odds, this skinny project has actually come to see the light of day, thanks to funding from The Foundation of Polish Modern Art and Warsaw Town Hall.

The Architect, Jakub Szczesny of Centrala, designed the home with a semi-transparent, polycarbonate surface so light would enter and the resident wouldn’t feel claustrophobic. However, that fate may be difficult to avoid - after all, the 3x5 ft structure is wedged between two buildings, can only be entered via ladder, and has no windows. Even the fridge can only hold two drinks at a time.

Check out the images and renderings of the world’s skinniest house, after the break...

Museu da Baleia / Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

  • Architects: Espaço Cidade Arquitectos
  • Location: Madeira, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: João Silva Vieira
  • Collaborators: Helder Cláudio, Jorge Bernardo, Luís Portela
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Espaço Cidade

Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Courtesy of Espaço Cidade

House O / Peter Ruge Architekten

  • Architects: Peter Ruge Architekten
  • Location: Potsdam-Mittelmark, Germany
  • Design Team: Peter Ruge, Matthias Matschewski, Kayoko Uchiyama, Akane Tazawa
  • Structural Engineering: ASBA Ingenieurbüro Bauplanung GmbH
  • Facade Engineering: Frontplan Ingenieurbüro
  • Construction Company: Horst Kasimir Bauunternehmung GmbH
  • Client: Otte-Projektmanagment
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Werner Huthmacher, Courtesy of Peter Ruge Architekten

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher

How to Make It: Implementing Green Practices in Your Designs

If you are considering turning your designs and business practices into a more eco-friendly, deeper shade of green, then we strongly encourage you to attend the ‘Implementing Green Practices in Your Designs’ free event as part of the How to Make it series. Hosted by UncommonGoods, a brooklyn-based online retailer of unique gifts and creative designs, the event includes a panel of design professionals sharing their advice on how to source more eco-friendly materials and how to set up a studio or workspace with little environmental impact. Taking place October 29th from 6:30pm-9:00pm, attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss their product ideas and designs with the buyers and panelists. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Knowledge and Cultural Square Winning Proposal / Mecanoo Architecten + Code Arkitektur + Buro Happold

Courtesy of Mecanoo Architecten + Code Arkitektur + Buro Happold
Courtesy of Mecanoo Architecten + Code Arkitektur + Buro Happold

Just this Monday, Kongsberg City Council announced that Mecanoo Architecten, together with Code Arkitektur and Buro Happold, won the design competition for a Knowledge and Cultural Square in the center of Kongsberg, a former mining town about 75 kilometers southwest of Oslo, Norway. The project comprises of a design for a cultural and teaching building totaling approximately 24,000 m², and includes future expansion of other functions, such as student housing, sports facilities and businesses. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kahn's FDR Four Freedoms Park Opens in NYC!

© Diane Bondareff / Four Freedoms Park
© Diane Bondareff / Four Freedoms Park

October 24 marks the long-awaited grand opening of the Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Four Freedoms Park in New York City. Located on a triangular site formed by the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, the four-acre FDR memorial park stands for the “freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear”. It was conceived nearly four decades ago by the legendary architect Louis Kahn, shortly before his death in 1974. Read our previous coverage for all the design details and get a sneak peak after the break with images from the dedication ceremony.

AD Round Up: Olympic Venues

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Kenneth Frampton wins 2012 Schelling Architecture Theory Prize

Kenneth Frampton selected publications.
Kenneth Frampton selected publications.

British-American architect and historian Kenneth Frampton has been confirmed as this year’s winner of the Theory Prize of the Schelling Architecture Foundation. The jury is honoring Frampton for his “fundamental studies on tectonics and the architectonic large-scale form as predominant elements of urban landscapes. His theoretical range encompasses a vastness that no other prominent thinker in architecture has yet achieved. In addition, he will be honored for his accurate studies in which he has been analyzing current construction processes as well as the history of modern architecture since the early 19th century”. As the winner of the 2012 Theory Prize, Frampton will now participate as a jury member in the selection of the Schelling Architecture Prize winner. Given that of the ten winners of the Schelling architecture prize four of them have already won the Pritzker Prize – most recently Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu – the nomination for the Schelling Architecture Prize is in itself a distinction. The three nominated practices for the €20,000 Schelling Architecture Prize are:

ArchDaily U.S. Election Poll: Where do Architects Stand?

For architecture there is much at stake in this, where two contrasting visions of government’s role in the economy are boiling over.
For architecture there is much at stake in this, where two contrasting visions of government’s role in the economy are boiling over.

The outcome of the 2012 United States presidential election will have global economic implications. In the midst of one of the most severe global recessions in history, policymakers around the world are waiting to see which way the United States will go this coming November. Will it stay the course of potential recovery—as yet incomplete—set by President Barack Obama? Or will it veer to the right into the still vague and undefined policies of challenger Mitt Romney? For architecture specifically there is much at stake in this, the most expensive presidential race in history, where two contrasting visions of government’s role in the economy are boiling over. The Democrats advocate a course of continued federal investment and regulation to steer the country through rough economic waters they say were created by eight years of Republican policies. The Republicans point the finger and say Obama’s policies have not succeeded. They prioritize bringing down the deficit, reducing the size of the federal government and less regulation. Both sets of policies claim to be the answer to get the economy growing again. Regardless of who wins the chances that economic growth will magically spring back to pre-recession levels are slim to non-existent. But whose policies would be more likely to at least make the long climb out of the well more tolerable? Vote in our Presidential Poll after the break

Germany’s Leuphana launches Online-University with Urban ThinkTank

Germany’s Leuphana University Lüneburg is venturing into global online learning with the launch of the Leuphana Digital School, a “cost-and-barrier-free” academic platform that offers collaborative web-based learning led by distinguished scholars and experts.

Giveaway: Win ACME Studio's new series based on Le Corbusier

Thanks to the courtesy of ACME Studio, we are giving you the possibility to win a pen and card case based on Le Corbusier’s 1947 Modulor theory. Le Modulor, accentuates Le Corbusier’s theory on a black background with silver imagery and Ronchamp, an architect’s pencil features his signature drawing of a hand, a sign of “peace and reconciliation”. All you have to do to participate is become a registered user (if you’re not one already) and answer the following question in our comments: Le Corbusier used his Modulor in many buildings. Name three. You have until Tuesday 30 to submit your answer. Winners will be announced and contacted next Wednesday 31. Good luck!  

Films & Architecture: "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover"

For the second time in our section, we propose a Peter Greenaway film. This one has not an obvious architectural name, however the way in which the director works with space results very attractive from an architects’ point of view.

The story occurs within no more than five locations and it is full of allegories through a strong use of lighting and colours. Enjoy a classic and let us know your comments!

Venice Biennale 2012: Torre David, Gran Horizonte / Urban Think Tank + Justin McGuirk + Iwan Baan

Last year, thanks to a photo essay by architecture photographer Iwan Baan featured in the New York Magazine, the world became aware of a dramatic urban context in Caracas, Venezuela, the result of a lack of available housing: The Torre David (David Tower). The tower, built as the headquarters of the Confinanzas Group during the economic boom of the 90s, was left unfinished after the company went bankrupt in 1994, placing the building in a murky legal void where its ownership was put into question. Since 2000, the tower has suffered looting and decay; the public take-over culminated with the occupation of the tower by more than 2,500 people in 2007. For over a year, Urban-Think Tank studied how the tower’s mixed-use occupation worked, with improvised apartments, shops, and even a gym on the terrace. The community operates under the strict rules imposed by the informal tenants, who have been accused by many Venezuelans of being nothing more than criminals. Invited by curator Justin McGuirk, Urban-Think Tank recreated ‘Gran Horizonte’, a restaurant in the Torre de David, at the Arsenale of the Venice Biennale. The restaurant serves the same traditional food as the original, while photos by Iwan Baan reveals tenants’ day-to-day lives, immersing visitors into the tower.

Video: the charmer / Jonathan Segal

Breadtruck Films shared with us their seven minute documentary on architect Jonathan Segal‘s ‘the charmer’. The project consists of a 19 unit residential complex in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood and recently won a 2012 project of the year award. By building on the tradition of the California courtyard apartments, he shows how architecture can create community and add a little charm to the neighborhood. The outdoor spaces at complex carry just as much importance with Segal as the buildings themselves. He believes that beauty and livability are crucial, and often overlooked, components of environmental design.

Mike Taylor: 'Track Record' Lecture

Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union as part of the program put on by the Architectural League, Mike Taylor of Hopkins Architects will be delivering a lecture on his current work at the Cooper Union in New York. Taking place on Tuesday, October 30th, the leader of the design team for the London 2012 Velodrome, and a senior partner at Hopkins Architects is “guided by deeply-rooted architectural, environmental, and social convictions.” Widely lauded for its elegant carefully engineered form, the Velodrome’s sustainable and flexible design has won awards for its architecture and engineering, as well as its civic presence from the RIBA, the Architects Journal, and the BCI, among others. For more information, please visit here.    

Glen 2961 / SAOTA

  • Architects: SAOTA
  • Location: Oranjezicht, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Design Team: Philip Olmesdahl, Stefan Antoni, Kate Del Fante
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Adam Letch, Courtesy of SAOTA

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch