The common prefabricated home has a distinct appearance. A long rectangular body, a pitched roof, easy to transport by truck bed when split in half—these characteristics are almost universal when it comes to prefab design. Dwell, in partnership with Turkel Design, is changing that. The two firms have recently released their “Axiom Series,” a line of modern houses that combine sleek modern design with all the benefits of prefabricated construction.
In a three day pilot workshop, students from the Architecture and Urbanism School of Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo took part in an introduction to architecture filmmaking. Coordinated by architects Gabriel Kogan and Pedro Kok, the group spent a day at Lina Bo Bardi‘s Glass House in São Paulo following theoretical and technical lectures.
The idea was to recreate – now in moving images – an iconic photograph of the site by exploring issues of representation, transparency, interior/exterior, promenades, ways of living and the tectonics of this architectural masterpiece.
Today, Safdie Architects revealed plans for a glass, spherical “air hub” that will be built at the center of the Singapore’s Changi Airport, the world’s sixth busiest airport. The “jeweled” biodome was presented as a “new paradigm” for international airports that will boost Singapore’s stopover appeal and become a “lifestyle destination” for both travelers and local residents.
Learn more about the design and a word from Moshe Safdie, after the break.
Architecture institutions and architects are outraged by the Norwegian Government plans to demolish a unique part of Norwegian and international architectural history. Called the Y-block for its Y-shaped plan, the building in the Government Quarter in the centre of the Norwegian capital of Oslo was designed by the Norwegian architect and pioneer inventor Erling Viksjø in the 1950s together with the “H-block” or Highrise (1959) and was completed in 1969. The building is internationally well known for the extraordinary craftsmanship of its sandblasted concrete and the famous Pablo Picasso murals, “The Fishermen” and “The Seagull”.
New York-based firm M Castedo Architects have unveiled their designs for the “Silver Pearl Hotel”, a 1000-room luxury resort and conference facility for the Qatar 2022 World Cup located 1.5 kilometers off the Doha coastline. The $1.6 billion design consists of two 30-story semicircular towers connected by a full height, transparent climate controlled atrium, with unimpeded views of the sea beyond. Access to the hotel will be provided by a four lane elevated causeway over the sea – or alternatively by private yacht or helicopter, say the architects.
Lina Bo Bardi‘s was one of the most important and expressive architects in 20th century Brazilian architecture. After studying architecture at the University of Rome she moved to Milan after graduation, soon collaborating with Gio Ponti, and later become editor of the magazine Quiaderni di Domus.
With her office destroyed in World War II, Bo Bardi, along with Bruno Zevi, founded the publication A Cultura della Vita. As a member of the Italian Communist Party, she met the critic and art historian Pietro Maria Bardi, with whom she would move permanently to Brazil.
Ricardo Bofill (b. 1939), a graduate of the Barcelona University School of Architecture and the School of Geneva, and the founder of interdisciplinary firm Taller de Arquitectura, is renowned for his extensive body of work and ever-changing design aesthetic. His career has spanned over 50 years, encompassing more than 1000 buildings in cities ranging from Lisbon and Boston to Tokyo and St. Petersburg. His architectural approach has evolved across decades and has permeated dozens of countries worldwide.
SCAPE / Landscape Architecture and Rogers Partners have envisioned a new public gateway for the Mississippi River’s “one true waterfall” – St. Anthony Falls in downtown Minneapolis. Named after being the city’s original site for its 19th-century water supply and fire-fighting pumping stations, “Water Works” is designed to “weave” together heritage ruins, local ecology, and recreational systems into a “coherent civic space” on four-acres of Central Riverfront.
Dundee, Bilbao, Curitiba, Helsinki and Turin are often considered the cultural epicenters of their respected countries. Therefore it is no surprise that these five metropolises are the latest to achieve UNESCO’s City of Design status. Joining a list of 12 other cities, the newest City of Design selections are being recognized for the international influence on design. By awarding them “City of Design” status, UNESCO hopes to help further the development of creative industries and encourage cross-city cultural exchange in each selected metropolis.
Architects: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture
Location: Kungsbacka, Sweden
Design Team: Fredrik Kjellgren, Joakim Kaminsky, Michael Tuuling, Joti Weijers-Coghlan, Mélia Parizel, Maria Syrén, Michele Pascucci, Gaby Andersson, Paulina Kaluzna, Paco Pomares, Sanna Johnels, Sofia Wendel, Marta Menéndez, Sandra Nygren
Partners: Ramböll, 02 Landskap, Anna Törnqvist
Area: 4500.0 sqm
Photographs: Mikael Olsson