As part of his series dealing with forgotten monuments from the communist era in Bulgaria, Nikola Mihov has shared with us his story and photos of the many iconic communist era monuments in Bulgaria that were dismantled after the fall of the totalitarian regime in 1989. Nevertheless, more than one hundred important monuments built between 1945 and 1989 remain standing. The majority of these sites are not recognized by the state and they remain ownerless. Their exact number is unknown and it is difficult to find information about their authors and their history. More images and his story after the break.
Since the 1950s, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House has rested peacefully in a cornfield in Plano, Illinois. Now, the house will be getting a new neighbor – VirginiaTech’s winning Solar Decathlon residence, Lumenhaus (be sure to check out our previous coverage of the house here). As the name suggests, the residence focuses on maximizing the exposure to natural light (Lumen meaning power of light), and in terms of aesthetics, the house also pays homage to the BauHaus movement.
More about the Lumenhaus after the break.
Located in Orcas Island, Washington, Suncrest Residence sits among trees, rocks, ponds, and bald eagle nests. Heliotrope Architects designed this new residence to minimize site disturbance and blend in with its existing environment. The result is an award winning residence (Merit Award 2010 AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture). More photographs and drawings following the break.
Architects: Heliotrope Architects
Location: Orcas Island, Washington, USA
Structural: Swenson Say Faget
General Contractor: Ravenhill
Project Area: 3,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Sean Airhart and Benjamin Benschnieder
Beijing-based MAD Architects have just shared their design for a Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin, China with us. Harbin is currently experiencing a period of rapid expansion and the new museum will allow the growing city to define itself as a regional hub for the arts. Inspired by the unique local winter landscapes, the museum is a contrast between the elegance of nature and the speed of daily life. Its 200 meter long body is shaped as a frozen fluid that reflects and explores the relation between the building and the environment.
More about the museum, including more images after the break.
The Miner’s Refuge, intended as a weekend retreat, is carefully sited at the base of the hillside and tucked into the tree line to take advantage of and preserve the surrounding views. Designed by Johnston Architects its mass is dug into the topography, anchoring the structure to the site. The outdoors is pulled in through dramatic open views. The protected patio and expansive vista of meadow and mountain are incorporated as major components of the design. More photographs and drawings following the break.
Architects: Johnston Architects
Location: Mazama, Washington, USA
Partner in Charge: Ray Johnston
Project Team: Eli Troyke, Christina Haislip, Megan Sheets
Structural Engineer: BTL Engineers
Landscape Architect: Windy Valley Landscaping
Contractor: North Cascades Construction, Inc
Structural Elements/Systems: Alpine Welding
Client: Gaylord & Worthington
Project Area: 1,867 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Will Austin Photography
Grand Library of Québec / Patkau Architects with Croft Pelletier and Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés
The Grand Library of Québec consolidates a number of collections dispersed throughout the province to create a resource library for the region as well as a central public library for the city of Montreal. The building contains four major components: a general library, a children’s library, the collection Québécoise (historic documents pertaining to Quebec), and an assortment of public spaces outside the library control zone.
Architects: Patkau Architects in collaboration with Croft Pelletier and Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Client: Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
Project Area: 350, 000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: James Dow, Bernard Fougeres, and Patkau Architects
“The University of Leicester Engineering Building, the History Faculty and Library at Cambridge, and the residential Florey Building at Queen’s College are much praised by architects, yet hated by the members of the universities that use them. Here Alan Berman has drawn together essays that put the buildings in their historical context while exploring both their radical features and their technical failings. In addition, 22 of today’s most famous architects — including Will Alsop, Norman Foster, Richard MacCormac, and Richard Rogers — explain and partly seek to defend the importance of these radical and controversial buildings. With top contributors and newly commissioned photography, as well as stunning drawings taken from the Jim Stirling archives, this book attempts a serious reengagement with the continuing debate between modern architects and the public.”
The intervention proposed by architects António Miguel Gonçalves, based in London, Antoine Pascal, based in London and Anthony Thevenon, based in Lisbon is an idea for “A Room for London,” one which latches onto the roofs of existing buildings to provide views at London’s historic skyline. Its unconventional site and form is a result of the desire to be noticed, and to provoke potential users to explore the potential of the program.
More information and images on this project after the break.
With sweeping views of the Cascades, Lake Union and just blocks from the exciting and eclectic Fremont district, this project consists of seven private town homes with shared underground parking in a cornerstone location. Sustainable building practices were employed throughout the design process and the project is seeking LEED Platinum certification status. Johnston Architects decided that in order to achieve the LEED rating for this project it was imperative to embed sustainable principles into the process from the get-go encompassing both the natural and urban environments while utilizing unique green practices.
Sketches and photographs of Footprint at the Bridge following the break.
Architect: Johnston Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Principal in Charge: Marc Pevoto
Project Team: Ray Johnston, Sara Imhoff
Landscape Architect: Outdoor Studio, LLC
Structural Engineer: BTL Engineers
MEP Engineer: Ecotope
Civil Engineer: Springline Design, LLC
Building Envelope: JRS Engineering Corp.
LEED Consultant: O’Brien & Co
Client: Jason Morrow
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 3,859 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Johnston Architects