A few days ago, we shared Visiondivision’s Nature’s Choice – a series of vacation homes that attempt to blend into their unique site placement. The firm just shared their latest competition entry for a hotel room atop a cloud. Presented in a comic strip, the proposal delivers a temporary hotel room to accommodate visitors of the 2012 London Olympic games.
More about the hotel room after the break.
J-Tea International is an importer and seller of Taiwanese oolong teas. Designed by Atelier Waechter and located in Eugene, Oregon this adaptive re-use project gracefully transforms an existing single family house located in a commercially zoned area into a retail space for tea sales and sampling. The goal of the project was to achieve this with as few moves as possible. The transformation is composed of 3 primary elements: entry canopy, porch and tea walls. Each element is visually distinct and has a specific purpose.
Architects: Atelier Waechter
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Builder: Rich Piltz Construction
Structural Engineer: Munzing Structural Engineering
Owner: Josh Chamberlain
Project Area: 1,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Sally Schoolmaster
Zagreb Society of Architects organizes an international series of concept based architectural competitions entitled Think Space starting on 14 December 2010
Think Space serves as a platform for spatial experimentation and exchange of conceptual ideas. Each cycle lasts a calendar year and is constituted by four competitions under the annual theme determined by a guest curator. Each competition brief is formulated by a juror who is proposed by the guest curator and the organizing committee. At the end of the cycle a conference will be held in Zagreb under the annual theme along with the Award ceremony.
The Think Space program aims to bring together world renown and established figures with emerging voices (students and professionals) within the fields of architecture, landscape, design, the arts and the humanities.
The first competition brief developed by juror Mr Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York, within the Think Space: Borders program challenges architects, designers and other participants to rethink Urban Borders.
Details of this first competition and complete information on the programme can be found on the official website.
Recently, I have been thinking about what would happen if you just removed the physical presence of the office from the profession of architecture. A firm would simply be a network of people scattered all over the place who came together as needed. This is what I call the cloud office.
Given the technology and the economy, there are many start-ups who can’t afford the overhead of a real office. Many of the ones I have heard of operate out of apartments, coffee houses—wherever they can get free wifi. They may not realize it but their economic limitations have placed them on the cutting edge of business culture. In fact, larger, more established firms could learn a lot from recent grads with laptops and smart-phones.
More after the break.
The building is divided vertically down the middle to create a pair of three-story condominiums that use many of the eco strategies and materials that have become Sander Architects signatures. Playful architectural details include double-height translucent walls, exposed steel structure, cutouts in interior walls, and plywood railings and ceiling finishes. More about this project following the break.
Architects: Sander Architects, LLC
Location: Venice, California, USA
Client: Marc and Heather Venegas
Contractor: Icaza Construction and Bugsy Everett
Photographs: Courtesy of Sander Architects
The installation of Emergency Exit, the Polish Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, by artist Agnieszka Kurant and architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska, seeks to go beyond the logic of urban reality through the creation of ‘urban portable holes’: in-between spaces, places of uncertainty and doubt, of time-space discontinuity, such as abandoned or unfinished buildings, sites of catastrophe or accidents, illegal markets, rooftops and tunnels. The title refers ironically to the health and safety regulations in buildings and urban space that seek to plan, control risk and eliminate the accidental and unexpected. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Architects: Ivanisin & Kabashi Arhitekti
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Project Architects: Krunoslav Ivanisin, Lulzim Kabashi
Collaborators: Iva Ivas, Mario Matic, Maja Milat
Structure: SMAGRA, Miljenko Srkoc
Construction Pit Protection: Ibrahim Jasarevic
Project Area: 23,922 sqm (Car Park) & 1,997 sqm (Sports Hall)
Project Year: 2005-2009
Photographs: Danko Vucinovic, Roel Backaert
Contemporaine is a 28-unit condominium building located on a corner lot in the River North area of urban Chicago. The building consists of an eleven-story residential tower and a four-story retail and parking base. The sculptural quality of the tower and the articulation of its functional parts work to mediate the building to the varying scales of the surrounding context.
Photographs and drawings of Contemporaine following the break.
Architects: Perkins + Will
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Design Principal: Ralph Johnson
Project Manager: Dave Gutierrez and Nicol Chervenak
Technical Principal: Fereidoon Afshari
Project Designer: Bryan Schabel
Project Architect: Marius Ronnet
Specifications: Raymond Coleman
Additional Team Members: Curt Behnke, Cengiz Yetken, Nicolette Daly, Steve Santucci
Structural Engineering: C.E. Anderson & Associates
MEP & Fire Protection: McGuire Engineers
Civil Engineering: Terra Engineering
Mechanical Design Build Contractor: AMS Mechanical Systems
Electrical Design Build Contractor: New Aspen Electric
Plumbing Design Build Contractor: C.J. Erikson Plumbing Co.
Fire Prot. Design Build Contractor: US Fire Protection Illinois, Inc.
Client / Owner: CMK Development Corporation
Construction Manager: McShane Construction
Project Area: 96,000 sqf
Photographs: Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography
The Cognitive Cities Conference (#CoCities) aims to bring the vibrant global conversation about the future of cities to Germany. We believe that collaboration and diversity lead to the best results. By inviting bright minds with different perspectives, it is our ambition to enable not only an in-depth exchange about the current state of affairs, but also to foster new projects and contribute to the ongoing global discussion.
We see CoCities as a platform for exchange and mutual inspiration. We invite urban planners, designers, technology geeks, environmental experts, public officials, urban gardening enthusiasts and cultural influencers to be part of the conversation. We can only make our cities more livable if we work together to improve them.
CoCities is a two-day event: Day 1 is a full-on conference (ticket required), Day 2 is dedicated to exploring the city through workshops, guided tours and exhibitions (free entry).
For more information click here.
After two years of planning and waiting for financing, the North Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects, designed by Frank Harmon Architect PA, finally held its official, public groundbreaking ceremony for its new headquarters building and design center on Thursday, December 9, at 11:30 a.m.
The building will be constructed on an oddly shaped, previously unused lot on Peace and Wilmington streets between Peace College and the NC Government Complex. The new building will also be designed to meet LEED standards at the Platinum level. The AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design will be “a modern building with a green heart,” as Frank Harmon, FAIA, likes to call it, whose firm won a professional competition for the project in 2008. More images and project description after the break.
Welcome to the Architecture City Guide series. Here at ArchDaily we thought this series could especially be put to use during the upcoming holiday season. Many will be traveling to see family, having family visit, or taking a New Year’s vacation to a new city. Here is a small City Guide list, starting with Washington D.C.
We want to hear from you, share with us your City Guide list for buildings in Washington D.C. More cities to come, so be sure to check back.
Follow the break for our Washington D.C. list and a corresponding map!
ArchDaily would like to wish Oscar Niemeyer a Happy 103rd Birthday today. In 1988, at age 81, Niemeyer was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, together with American architect Gordon Bunshaft. Setting the pace for us all, Niemeyer continues to practice architect from his office in Rio de Janeiro, with ongoing projects in Brazil and Spain. He even recently composed the song Tranquilo com a Vida, download and listen here.
Richard Meier and Oscar Niemeyer met in October and here are some photos that Richard Meier & Partners shared with ArchDaily. We will soon be featuring an interview with Richard Meier, so be sure to keep a look out.
Follow the break for Richard Meier and Oscar Niemeyer.