Red House / JVA

© Nils Petter Dale

Architects: Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Architects MNA – Einar Jarmund & Håkon Vigsnæs
Location: ,
Client: Withheld at the owners request
Project area: 170 sqm
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s

Exploring modern design and a technological future, the 1930s World Fair’s held in Chicago, , Cleveland, Dallas, and New York featured architects and industrial designers such as Raymond Loewy, Norman Bel Geddes, Henry Dreyfuss, and Walter Dorwin Teague.  A modern, technological tomorrow unlike anything seen before, the World Fair’s presented visions of the future including designs for the cities and houses of tomorrow with a lifestyle of modern furnishings which were viewed by tens of million of visitors.

Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s exhibition is currently on display at the National Building Museum in thru July 10, 2011. Building models, architectural remnants, drawings, paintings, prints, furniture, along with period film footage are all included within the exhibit.

Aki Tower / Centerbrook Architects and Planners

© Warren Jagger Photography Inc.

This tower studio is the latest addition to a musician’s residence that includes her home and a detached music studio. A master violinist and music teacher who performs around the world, the client wanted to expand her house by adding a tower studio that would regale her with treetop views as she practiced, alone, with students, or fellow musicians.

Architect: Centerbrook Architects and Planners, LLP
Location: Guilford, ,
Project Team: James C. Childress (FAIA), Alex Daivs Booth, Kyle Kirkwood (Associate AIA)
Structural Engineer: Michael Horton & Associates
Contractor: Triangle Builders
Photographs: Warren Jagger Photography Inc.



HTDSTUDIO DESIGNOFFICE has shared with ArchDaily their redevelopment plan for an industrial swath of land on the water front. Their proposal, Pixel City can be found after the jump.

Stelmat Headquarters / Aboutblank

© Metrocúbico Digital

Architects: Aboutblank Architecture
Location: Cuiabá,
Client: Stelmat Teleinformática
Project year: 2010
Images: Metrocúbico Digital

POST200TALKS: Open Format

We’ve told you before about the POST2000TALKS, a cycle of conferences architecture related that started in during fall 2010, parallel to the major event ‘Triennal of Architecture of ’. A new lecture is coming up: ‘Open Format’ presented by Isabelle Bentz, Partner of Hosoya Schaefer Architects.

‘Open Format’ stands as a title for research-based projects developed at the media department of Hosoya Schaefer Architects, Zurich. Amongst other projects Isabelle Bentz will present the movie MobiGlobe, which is a media installation for the Volkswagen Autostadt in Wolfsburg. It is showing mobility as the systemic interplay between transportation, city, structure, resource flows and lifestyle.

More information here:

San Diego Stadium Master Plan / de bartolo + rimanic design studio and McCullough Landscape Architecture

Rendering courtesy Design Subcontracting Company

Architects de bartolo + rimanic design studio in conjunction with McCullough Landscape Architecture have released their design for a new football stadium in San Diego California. Images with embedded descriptions after the break.

Simple-Tech-Kiosk / partnerundpartner-architekten

© Stefan Günther

Architects: partnerundpartner-architekten
Location: Potsdam,
Design Team: Jörg Finkbeiner, Klaus Günter
Project area: 19 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Stefan Günther

Angry Monkey Offices / Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects

© Sharon Risedorph

Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects designed playful custom mobile workstations for the offices of this web services company. They allow employees to easily relocate as job requirements necessitate, plugging into the overhead power-data-telephone raceway at any point in the office.

Architect: Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects
Location: 350 Ninth Street, ,
Project Team: Mark Jensen (Principal), Mark Macy (Principal), Dean Orr, Patricia Pollock
Electrical Engineer: Engineering Network
Contractor: Oliver & Company
Project Area: 5,500 sqf
Photographs: Sharon Risedorph

Balloon House Takes Flight

Courtesy of National Geographic Channel

Inspired by Up from Disney/Pixar, National Geographic’s “How Hard Can It Be?” television series transformed fiction into reality when they constructed and flew a 16×16 ft house with 300 balloons.

Taking two weeks from initial assignment to actual flight a team of scientist, engineers, and balloon pilots flew the small house with people on board for one hour at 10,000 feet.

A video and more photographs following the break.

Hayvenhurst House / Dan Brunn Architecture


Architects: Dan Brunn Architecture
Location: Encino Hills, , USA
Contractor: Merlos Construction
Project area: 2,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Dan Brunn, Brandon Shigeta

Lunar Pop-up Store / ///byn

© Jiang Yong

Architects: ///byn
Location: Shanghai,
Construction: Bright Exhibition
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Jiang Yong

Dutch House / Rem Koolhaas

© Christian Ritchers

One of the most prominent aspects of a design, if not the most important, is the consideration of the context and environment in which the proposed design will be found. In the case of the by Rem Koolhaas, the unique and very challenging environmental conditions and topography of the site led to a design with interesting conditions that respond to these conditions.

More on the Dutch House in after the break.

Maison / Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects


Architects: Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects
Location: , South Africa
Structural Engineer: Henry Fagan Associates
Quantity Surveyor: Bernard James and Partners
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XXXVIII

Photo by Chimay Bleue -

Week after week, photographers from all over the world keep surprising us with their fantastic photos. You can check them all on our fast-growing Flickr Pool. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Chimay Bleue in La Jolla, . Check the other four after the break.

Artificial Island / Alexander Krasinski

Courtesy of

Architect Alexander Krasinski shared with us his idea for an artificial island in the Persian Gulf, . More images and architect’s description after the break.

Transformation Station Voorburg / POSAD

The stationsquare offers room for public events

The city of [the Netherlands] has recently approved the design for a extensive transformation of the Station area. The urban plan, designed by POSAD spatial strategies, connects the different scales that are present, such as the historical center of Voorburg and the adjacent Binckhorst business park. The array of functions of the transport hub – railway, tram, bicycle and bus connections – will profit from this strategic transformation. Images of the project in addition to a description from the architects can be found after the jump.

Paper Partition System by Shigeru Ban Architects

Courtesy of

This paper partition system was first implemented in 2004 after an earthquake in Niigata, Japan. Utilizing white cloth for partitions, joints were made of plywood, and ropes were used for braces. Simple cardboard sheets were offered for insulation and to create a border between families who craved privacy from their neighbors. Initially the cardboard was only used to cover the floor, however after the number of evacuees decreased, the cardboard was used to create partitions for night time privacy.

Shigeru Ban Architects adapted and tweaked the initial honeycomb board design changing it out for a strut beam structure using paper tubes. The change in material provides a quicker response and convenience at any site.

More photographs and information about Shigeru Ban Architects paper partition system following the break.