Amidst a block of more traditional houses in Bilzen, Brussels-based Bassam El-Okeily, in collaboration with Karla Menten, has squeezed a contemporary three storey residence. From the street, the project’s vastly unique façade screams for attention, yet the crazed internal geometry is contained by a flat piece of glass – a move that allows the project to assimilate better into its context. In the evening time, the façade is lit in different colors allowing the house to act as “a pubic light sculpture by night.”
More about the residence after the break.
We just received this very interesting project from the Copeland Associates Architects; a new stadium for 3000 spectators at Okara Park in the city in readiness for the Rugby World Cup in 2011. The building, developed between 2008 and 2010, is located in North New Zealand and includes office space for sports and related community bodies, conference areas and reception space.
Further information and pictures after the break.
Architects: Huus og Heim Arkitektur
Location: Ullensvang, Hardanger Fjord, Norway
Client: Norwegian Public Roads Administration
Structural engineer: Dipl. Ing. Florian Koche AS
Landscape architect: Thor Sigurd Thorsen
Project area: 500 sqm
Design year: 2009
Images: Courtesy of Huus og Heim Arkitektur
Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular shared his residential project for a warehouse loft. The 1400 sf space is conceived as a house within a house where all the material possessions are compacted into one oversized briefcase, which the subject sleeps inside. The project focuses on engaging two architectural issues: the inside/outside and S/XL.
More information, including Lai’s illustrated storyboards after the break.
Project: Marco Zanta
Photographs: Marco Zanta
Texts: Gabriel Bauret, Giovanna Calvenzi
Edited: Massimiliano Bugno, Roberto Koch
Graphic design: Stefano Martignago/ms-smart
Translations: Contrasto, Roma – Just! s.n.c., Treviso
Printed: Graficart, Resana
More info after the break.
The 2011 TED Prize-winner is the artist who goes by the tag, JR. His enormous photographic installations obscure the facades of buildings, overlay streets, and sometimes collage to cover clusters of buildings in one massive broken image.
While some shy away from calling his work “street art,” I don’t see any shame in this—especially given the clear social justice objectives inherent in the imagery. It presents the faces, literally but never as cliché, of invisible and overlooked peoples. In this way, it is street art in the best sense of the term. You walk into the street and there it is and it has something to tell you. It takes buildings and turns them into indexes of shame, embarrassment, nobility, hope—whatever you might associate with the everyday struggles of the displaced lower-classes.
More after the break.
Why would this building be abandoned when at one point it was such a significant symbol for the country? Buildings such as this that have been left to stand alone are calling out for architects to intervene and come up with well thought out solutions while being sensitive to its historical significance. At one time, the Buzludzha Monument, designed by Gueorguy Stoilov, was the most celebrated monument dedicated to the sociopolitical movement of communism. Now, in the mountains of Buzludzha National Park in Central Stara Planina, Bulgaria, stands an abandoned communist concrete structure right in the middle of the country taking on a “flying saucer” in appearance. What should be done with buildings that have been abandoned all over the globe? Now is the time to think critically and discover the possibilities. More images and after the break.
Architects: Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur
Location: De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Client: VU University Amsterdam
Project Management: PRC, Bodegraven
Construction: Royal Haskoning, Nijmegen
Installations: Sweegers en de Bruijn BV, Den Bosch
Contractor: J.P van Eesteren, Amsterdam
Project Area: 20,250 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Daria Scagliola & Stein Brakkee, Richelle van der Valk and Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur
The main design idea by Dom Arquitectura was to produce morphological, topographical and topological conditions and forms within the new landscape. Follow the break for a further description and photographs of the gardens at Wurth La Rioja Museum.
Architects: Dom Arquitectura
Location: Agoncillo, Logroño; La Rioja, Spain
Project Architect: Pablo Serrano Elorduy
Interior Designer: Blanca Elorduy
Collaborators: Ingeniería Torrella
Project Area: 11,280 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Dom Arquitectura
The firm specializes in world class hospitality, residential and mixed-use design, with a focus on sustainability. Some of these works include a villa in Dellis Cay for Mandarin Oriental, Villa Allegra, the COR Tower (featured next in AD), Starwood’s DC 1 Hotel in Washington, the Campus Center, the Enea Headquarters and smaller projects suchas the Simpson Park Hammock Pavilion, among several others. Oppenheim’s designs in the Miami area stand out in a developer-driven market.
In the next few days we are going to feature several of his recent projects so you can have a better idea about the firm. Please find the rest of the interview below:
Simpson Park Hammock is easily accessible from downtown Miami at the intersection of South Miami Avenue and SW 15th Road. Simpson Park Hammock’s history dates back to 1913 when residents requested that 5.5 acres of native hardwood hammock be preserved as a natural area. Since then there have been many highs and lows and this new pavilion structure, by Miami architect Chad Oppenheim and Swiss landscape designer Enzo Enea, was part of the first phase of a public/private partnership to revitalize this historic park and return it to the community. The pavilion embodies a symbiotic relationship between nature and architecture as the structure embraces and becomes interwoven within the diverse indigenous canopy of the hammock while minimizing ecological site impact.
After the break you will find more photographs of the pavilion and words from Chad Oppenheim.
Architects: Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Location: Miami, Florida, United States
General Contractor: Enea Garden Design / Larqcon Group
Structural Engineer: Ysrael A. Seinuk
Landscape Architect: Enea Garden Design
Electrical Engineer: Gustavo Solano
Lighting Designer: Kreon
Client: City of Miami Department of Parks and Recreation
Project Team: Chad Oppenheim, Carl Römer, Robert Moehring, Kurt Petgrave
Project Area: 300 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Ken Hayden
The Architectural Association is organizing a visiting school in Mexico City titled, “Recovering Waterscapes”, which focuses on the challenges created by the changing city on this scarce resource. The event is scheduled to take place on the 5th-14th of January 2011 at Universidad Iberoamericana. More event description after the break.
This past Tuesday marked the much anticipated 2010 midterm elections in the United States. In a switch of power the Republic party gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives while the Democrats maintained control of the U.S. Senate. You may be asking yourself what do the results of these recent political changes have to do with me? Well here is the scoop:
For the most part lawmakers who have previous backed design-related policies survived. This includes the Congressional High Performance Building Caucus chairpersons, Judy Biggert (R-IL and Russ Carnahan (D-MO).
A supporter for the tax incentive of green buildings, Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) was re-elected. Previously assisting the AIA to expand access to credit, Reps. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and Mike Coffman (R-CO) won their races. Livability champion Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Hon. AIA (D-OR) and Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) – author of the GREEN Act for green affordable housing and the Livable Communities Act – and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), a leader on green buildings and historic preservation, all won re-election.
Follow the break for more results.