Renzo Piano Designs New Handbag Inspired by the Whitney Museum

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Renzo Piano has designed a limited-edition for the Italian fashion brand Max Mara to match his newly completed Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The leather, top-handle bag, inspired by the ”pure design and sophisticated materials” of the Whitney, features distinct ribbing inspired by the museum’s facade.

“Our aim was to apply one of the most characteristic elements of the museum project – the facade – to the bag: hence the idea of the modular strips enveloping the exterior,” said Piano in an interview with Max Mara. “We tried to maintain a simple, pure design, working only on the details by applying a creative use of technology and placing the accent on respect for the materials.”

RP House / CMA Arquitectos

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Architects: CMA Arquitectos
Location: Laguna Vichuquen, Vichuquén, Maule Region,
Project Architects: Pablo Campano y Gonzalo Martínez
Project Area: 700.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Sebastian Aedo / Estudio Apulso

Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht
Denver Art Museum. Image © Bitter Brecht

Spotlight: Daniel Libeskind

In the architecture world, few designers can claim to have such a clearly-defined style than Daniel Libeskind (born May 12, 1946). Much of Libeskind’s work is instantly recognizable for its angular forms, intersecting planes, and frequent use of diagonally-sliced windows, a style that he has frequently used to great effect in museums and memorials – but which seems equally adaptable to conference centers, skyscrapers and shopping malls.

AR Issues: Past Imperfect, Future Tense

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ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this introduction to the April 2015 issue, her final editorial at the magazine, Catherine Slessor reflects on the changes in her two-decade tenure as a member of the AR’s editorial staff – from the technological change that has irrevocably changed the nature of architectural publishing, to the worrying decline in the relevance of the architectural profession.

Cyberpunk king William Gibson once remarked: “The future is already here; it’s just not evenly distributed.” But we’re getting there. The AR’s digital adventure has just climaxed with the recent launch of the AR app. Our lavish and incomparable banquet of criticism, culture and campaigning can now be savoured at your leisure, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. It’s a leap that completes the journey from paper magazine to digital multiverse, offering more and different kinds of content on your platform of choice.

Aguirre House in Bayona / Carrascal•Blas

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Architects: Carrascal•Blas
Location: Baiona, Pontevedra,
Architect In Charge: Sergio Martín Blas, Gabriel Carrascal
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lluìs Casals

Full Scale Studio Completes Rolling House in Sweden

Friggatto in the detached state. Image Courtesy of Full Scale Studio

Stockholm-based Full Scale Studio of KTH School of Architecture have designed and built their first project to date — a new studio space called ”The Friggatto.” Deriving its name and form from the hybridization of two Swedish building types, the Friggatto is a non-permit, rolling house that explores how to combine these typologies to produce a larger, more affordable volume.

Courtesy of Architecture at Zero
Courtesy of Architecture at Zero

Architecture at Zero Competition Challenges Teams to Design Zero Net Site Energy Housing for UCSF

The 2015 Architecture at Zero Competition has launched, challenging students and designers to develop ‘family-style residential units’ for the Mission Bay Campus of the University of California San Francisco. Now in its fifth year, the competition calls for designs that produce “at least as much energy as [they] use over a year,” excluding the embodied energy of building materials and transportation of people and materials to and from the site. Entrants must be able to demonstrate that their designs can be reasonably expected to meet a zero net energy goal over a prolonged period of time. The competition is open to student and professional individuals and teams, with up to $25,000 in prize money to be won. Interested parties have until August 28 to register and submissions are due September 25 at 1PM PST. Read more about the competition at Architecture at Zero’s website and check out the winners from last year here.

Slovenia Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / SoNo Arhitekti

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Architects: SoNo Arhitekti
Location: Rho Fiera Expo Milano 2015, 20016 Rho Metropolitan City of Milan,
Design Team: Edvard Blažko (architect), Marko Volk (architect), Nina Tešanović (architect), Nejc Batistič (architect), Samo Radinja (architect), Matija Kocbek (art director), Tomaž Bavdež (landscape designer)
Area: 800.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of SoNo Arhitekti

Grayson Perry On ‘A House For Essex’ And His Collaboration With FAT

In an article for The Guardian, Turner Prize winning ceramic artist Grayson Perry has written for the first time about his “plans for a Taj Mahal in Essex.” The designs for the House for Essex, which have been realised over the last three years by FAT and led by Charles Holland, are of a “secular chapel” in the heart of the southern English countryside. The building was commissioned by the Project, which is headed by Alain de Botton and are the proprietors of property designed by the likes of Peter Zumthor, MVRDV, and David Kohn. This, their fifth foray into experimental collaborative architecture between architects and artists, is set to open its doors for holiday letting this year.

Villa Mörtnäs / Fourfoursixsix Architects

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Architects: Fourfoursixsix Architects
Location: , Åland Islands
Year: 2014
Photographs: Johan Dehlin

Almohade Wall Refurbishment / Antonio Raso, César Egea, Luis Gala y Pedro Dugo

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Architects: Antonio Raso, César Egea, Luis Gala y Pedro Dugo
Location: 14700 Palma del Río, Córdoba, Spain
Year: 2015
Photographs: Javier Orive

Academy of Advanced Studies / Chyutin Architects

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Architects: Chyutin Architects
Location: Van Leer Institute, ז’בוטינסקי 43, , 9214116, Israel
Design Team: Bracha Chyutin, Michael Chyutin, Jacques Dahan, Ethel Rosenhek, Joseph Perez
Area: 7500.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Ardon Bar-Hama

WING Loft / Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design

Architects: Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design
Location: Chai Wan Industrial City Phase 2, 70 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan,
Design Team: Kristof Crolla, Julien Klisz
Area: 236.0 sqm
Photographs: Dennis Lo Designs, Ramon Van Der Heijden

TER house / Kikumi Kusumoto | Ks ARCHITECTS

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Architects: Kikumi Kusumoto | Ks ARCHITECTS
Location: , Aichi Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Kikumi Kusumoto
Project Team: Kikumi Kusumoto, Yusuke Shimizu
Area: 142.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Katsuzi Matsuo

Courtesy of Think Space
Courtesy of Think Space

Open Call: THINK public SPACE

The Think Space program serves as a platform for spatial experimentation and conceptual thinking. In 2015, THINK SPACE is conducting an international, public, anonymous, single stage, conceptual architectural – urbanistic idea design Competition under the topic THINK public SPACE. The focus of this Special Edition of Think Space will be directed on urban public space. Within the project Zagreb for Me, the Think Space Competition will strive to seek out solutions for present-day public spaces on conceptual and theoretical levels with the potential of realization of the selected competition projects in the public spaces of Zagreb, Croatia. Read on to learn more. 

Sanwell Office Building / Braham Architects

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Architects: Braham Architects
Location: 35 Division Street, WA 6106, Australia
Design Team: Benjamin Braham, Katja Gavran, Anuar Azahari, George Shi, Siying Wong, Douglas Armstrong
Year: 2014
Photographs: Robert Frith Acorn, Stephen Schneider, Ben Price, Courtesy of

The Learn’d: A Film About the Poetry of Light and Space at KAAN Architecten’s Education Center

The Learn’d, a short film directed by Victor Vroegindeweij (The Office for Nonfiction Storytelling, Hazazah Pictures), captures the poetry of light and space within KAAN Architecten’s Education Center. Part of the Rotterdam academic hospital Erasmus MC, the center was once an abandoned atrium that was transformed into an “enlightened inner square” that united all the building’s medical student programs under a single roof.

New Arquia Banca Office in Girona / Javier de las Heras Solé

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Architects: Javier de las Heras Solé
Location: Plaça del Vi, 4, 17004 , , Spain
Area: 186.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Adrià Goula