ARCHILIFE: Hollywood Stars Chill Out in Modernist Masterpieces

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Federico Babina is back, this time bringing some cinematic life to the world’s most well known modernist interiors with ARCHILIFE. ”I have never liked the lack of life in the architectural representations that are often aseptic, clean and neutral,” explains Babina. “I often enjoy imagining what life would be like in these static images.”

The images show history’s most famous film stars living out their daily routines in some of our favorite homes, bringing “the banality of everyday life” to these myths of both Architecture and Cinema. “We are used to perceiving and reading architecture as a set of almost metaphysical spaces. In a similar way we see the actors as characters and not as people,” he says. “I wanted to try to reverse these patterns: to transform the interior into ‘houses’ and the actors into ‘people’.”

From Marilyn and Mies to Caine and Kahn, the stars get a home to match their temperament, in which to relax, watch TV, meditate – and yes, to clean and tidy too.

See the full set of 17 ARCHILIFE images after the break – and just in case you missed them, check out Federico Babina‘s other popular illustration sets: ARCHIWINDOWARTISTECTARCHISET, ARCHIMACHINE, ARCHIPORTRAITARCHISTARCHIBET and ARCHICINE.

Renzo Piano Gains Planning Permission for Shard-Adjacent Residential Tower

View from Guy’s Hospital Quad. Image © RPBW

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has been awarded planning approval for Feilden House, a 26-storey residential building at London Bridge Quarter, directly adjacent to the Shard. Designed to complement and Place Buildings, the third piece of Piano‘s London Bridge Developments will add “generous public realm amenities” to the area at ground level.

LOIOS Recovery / ODDA

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Architects: ODDA
Location: ,
Design Team: Diogo Brito, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas, Francisco Lencastre, Lourenço Menezes Rodrigues
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joao Morgado

© Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces
© Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces

Are Monuments And Memorials Intrinsically Introverted?

The Observer’s Rowan Moore “accidentally got swept into a tide of humanity at the weekend, or to put it another way, couldn’t move for crowds.” In memorial of the start of the centenary of World War One, of which today marks the anniversary of the armistice (11.11.1918), the Tower of London have installed a sea of 888,246 ceramic poppies in the former moat. The artwork, created by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, and entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, ”has caught the national imagination.” For Moore, however, “it is deeply disturbing that a hundred years on from 1914, [the UK] can only mark this terrible war as a national tragedy.” He argues that “the spectacle of all these red poppies is emptier than that. [...] It is a deeply aestheticised, prettified and toothless war memorial.” Read the article in full here.

Drijf in Lelystad / Attika Architekten

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Architects: Attika Architekten
Location: Oeverzegge, 8239 , The Netherlands
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: ABC Arkenbouw, Bart van Hoek, Courtesy of Attika Architekten

The Berlage Archive: Julius Shulman (2000)

In this 2000 Berlage Institute lecture, titled “Neutra’s Architecture and Modernism in California,” American architectural photographer Julius Shulman outlines a twofold mission: to introduce his two new books, Modernism Rediscovered, and Neutra: Complete Works, and to speak to architectural students and educators who are responsible for the future of the field. Highly jovial and personable, Shulman starts off on a playful tone, inviting audience members to sit on the floor next to him and insisting on the informality of his lecture; he begins by describing how he met Richard Neutra, purely by chance, and made history with the iconic photograph of the Kaufman House, solely through a rebellious desire to pursue a beautiful sunset.

Shulman speaks of Neutra both affectionately and critically. He advises, “Those of you who hope to be architects, please be human about how people live in your house. Don’t wipe it clean and empty the way Neutra used to do it, because he was more interested in the image of a house – pure architecture, without furniture.” The lecture introduces Shulman’s photographs of Modernist homes in California, including Frank Gehry‘s first house, Shulman’s own house and studio by Raphael Soriano, and works by Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller, before moving on to briefly introduce projects from his vast archives. Pierluigi Serraino joins him halfway through the lecture to discuss the process of writing their publication, Modernism Rediscovered, and the responsibilities of an architectural photographer.

The lecture demonstrates the incredible breadth of Shulman’s portfolio, his fascinating thought process, and an indefatigable spirit. When describing the moment when he broke away from Neutra’s admonishment in order to photograph the exquisite sky above the Kaufman House, the iconic photographer enthuses,”Don’t ever hesitate. If you want to do something, whether it’s to design a house or kiss a beautiful woman, or whatever you want to do, do it! No one’s going to stop you.”

Gangouroubouro Primary School / LEVS architecten

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Architects: LEVS architecten
Contractor: Enterprise Dara (Sevaré, Mopti) in collaboration with students of the Technical College in Sevaré and with the local population of Gangouroubouro
Area: 295.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of LEVS architecten

SND Fashion Store / 3GATTI

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Architects: 3GATTI
Location: , ,
Architect In Charge: Francesco Gatti
Area: 180.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shen Qiang

Germania / Jung Seung Kwon + ARCHIUM

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Architects: , ARCHIUM
Location: Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Site Area: 734 sqm
Area: 219.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Parkyoungchae

Architectural Design Studio of KNU / ADF Architects

© Park Young-Che

Architects: ADF Architects
Location: Gyeongbuk University, Daehak-ro, Sangyeok-dong, Buk-gu, , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Kim Honggeun
Design Assistant: Kim Sintae, So Jaewhan
Area: 1504.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Park Young-Che

Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq . Image © Flickr CC User James Gordon
Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq . Image © Flickr CC User James Gordon

19 Great Monuments Destroyed by War

One of the most important Islamic architectural monuments, the Great Mosque of Samarra in Iraq is one of many priceless monuments that has been “lost in conflict.” Paying homage to the architectural masterpieces that have been victims of war, CNN has put together a list of 19 of the world’s “greatest buildings you’ll never see.” View them all, here

Missy Lui Spa / Sasufi

© Anne-Sophie Poirier

Architects: Sasufi
Location: 1/1161 High Street, Armadale VIC 3143,
Architect In Charge: Anne-Sophie Poirier
Area: 65.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Anne-Sophie Poirier

"The Dean of Parsons: Design Education Must Change" (click image for article). Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine
"The Dean of Parsons: Design Education Must Change" (click image for article). Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

Two Universities Win NCARB Award for Merging Practice and Education

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has awarded Parsons The New School for Design and Clemson University the 2014 NCARB Award to aid the development of innovative programs that merge practice and education. 

“The award honors innovative ways for weaving practice and academy together to address real-world architecture challenges,” says NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. “The winning proposals for 2014 explore new paradigms of practice and move students from the theoretical to applied practices working with licensed practitioners.” More about the award, after the break. 

White Attic / Diogo Passarinho + Duarte Caldas

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Architects: Diogo Passarinho, Duarte Caldas
Location: , Portugal
Area: 80.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: More is Better

Robert A.M. Stern
Robert A.M. Stern

Robert A.M. Stern Reportedly Set to Retire from Yale in 2016

After serving as dean at the Yale School of Architecture for nearly two decades, Robert A.M. Stern is reportedly stepping down. According to Yale Daily News, faculty and administrative staff members have indicated that Stern will be retiring when his term as dean concludes in Spring 2016. “[Stern] took [the school] from a place where people were not paying attention to it many years ago — he has brought incredible international attention to the school,” Professor Michelle Addington stated in regards to Stern’s widespread influence as dean. “He has given me the opportunity to rethink my subject, and that doesn’t happen at too many places.” More information, here

Piet & Sarah – Copper Extension / Atelier Vens Vanbelle

© Tim Van de Velde

Architects: Atelier Vens Vanbelle
Location: Damstraat 3, 9030 Ghent,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tim Van de Velde

Chipperfield Among Three Shortlisted Schemes Unveiled for Beethoven House of Music

David Chipperfield Architects. Image Courtesy of Beethoven Festspielhaus

In 2020, the world will celebrate the 250th birthday of Beethoven, and soon after the anniversary of his death. In light of this, a new “world-class” concert hall, a “Festspielhaus”, is being planned for the banks of Beethoven’s beloved Rhine River in his hometown of Bonn, Germany. More than 50 practices were considered in the pulmonary selection process, following a shortlist of ten, and now three final proposals by David Chipperfield Architects, kadawittfeldarchitektur and have been selected to move on to the competition’s final round.

“The new Festspielhaus will not only bring Beethoven’s music to life, it will serve as an international “” that brings together diverse genres – from classical to crossover to pop – and attracts music lover of all ages,” stated the competition organizer.

The privately-funded “Beethovenhalle” is planned for completion in 2019. You can review the top three final designs after the break, alongside the seven other shortlisted proposals – by Zaha Hadid, UNStudio, Snøhetta, and more – they were selected over.

Saunas and Pools in Atacama / Germán del Sol

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Architects: Germán del Sol
Location: , , Antofagasta Region, Chile
Area: 940.0 sqm
Year: 2000
Photographs: Guy Wenborne