The Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne is set to open this fall. Image © victortsu via Flickr
The Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne is set to open this fall. Image © victortsu via Flickr

Frank Gehry’s “Haute Couture” Art Gallery for the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Because of – rather than in spite of - Frank Gehry‘s seeming inability to design something rectilinear, CEO of Louis Vuitton Bernard Arnault specifically sought him out to design the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a private art gallery in Paris. Arnault asked Gehry to create something worthy of the foundation’s first artistic act; “a haute couture building.” The resulting glass palace is immediately recognizable as a Frank Gehry design, with a form that conjures images of sailboats and fish. In this article for Vanity Fair, Critic Paul Goldberger considers the building within the prestigious history of Paris museums, and within Gehry’s larger body of work. Click here to read the story.

Orandajima House Community Centre / Martin van der Linden + Ayumu Ota + Yuko Kawakita

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Architects: Martin van der Linden, Ayumu Ota, Yuko Kawakita
Location: Yamada, Shimohei District, Iwate Prefecture,
Area: 196.0 sqm
Photographs: Josh Lieberman, Courtesy of Martin van der Linden + Ayumu Ota + Yuko Kawakita

Japanese Artist Hand-Crafts Intricate Three Dimensional Paperscapes

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Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa’s “Paperworks” exhibition explores the impression of architectural density through delicate three-dimensional installations. The intricate sculptures were all hand-crafted piece by piece out of paper and glue, creating an awe-inspiring assemblage of multi-layered urban conditions at different scales. For more information and images, keep reading after the break.

NBBJ Creates High Tech Shading System for Buildings

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International architecture firm NBBJ has created Sunbreak, a new prototype for user-controlled sunshades that will not only lower costs, but also give buildings a dynamic appearance throughout the day.

Technology currently exists for automatically regulating solar gains in buildings, but the downside to these systems is that they often lack manual controls, and one of the most common complaints heard from workers in modern office buildings is that they do not have enough control over their environment. Automatic sunshades go up or down based on the time of day but if it happens to be cloudy outside or if users want natural light in a room when the shades are down there may be nothing they can do.

Bruggerberg / Ken Architekten

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Architects: Ken Architekten
Location: Brugg, Switzerland
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hannes Henz

Thomas Phifer and Partners Wins Competition to Design Museum of Modern Art Warsaw

View inside the Forum. Image © Thomas Phifer and Partners

The in Warsaw has announced that Thomas Phifer and Partners will be designing their new gallery space, after winning a competition against eleven other selected practices. The new museum, the largest cultural project in recent Polish history, will also house the TR Warsawa Theatre. The proposal consists of two separate buildings housing the theater and museum, joined by a common forum that will serve both as entrance and public multi-use space.

Courtesy of National Custom and Self Build Association
Courtesy of National Custom and Self Build Association

Self Build Association and Grand Designs Live Launches Open Ideas Competition

Is it possible to build low cost homes in the city that are both sustainable and easy on the eyes? Self Build on a Shoestring in the City, organized by the National Custom & Self Build Association and Grand Designs Live, is an ideas competition in its second year that seeks to answer this question by showcasing innovative designs for a group self build project in an urban location. More details after the break.

Intersybarite Gourmet Store / Arquitectura Sistémica

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Architects:
Location: Camino Real a Toluca, City, Federal District,
Design Team: Samantha Mendoza, Juan Garay, Antonio Peña
Area: 35.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Rafael Gamo, Courtesy of Arquitectura Sistémica

Alzheimer residence for the “Foyer la Grange” / Mabire Reich

© Sylvain Bonniol

Architects: Mabire Reich
Location: Couëron,
Area: 906.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sylvain Bonniol

Tigertail / Patrick Tighe Architecture

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Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Collaborators: C.M. Peck Structural Engineer
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2009
Photographs: Art Gray Photography

GG House / Architekt.Lemanski

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Architects: Architekt.Lemanski
Location: Krakow, Poland
Area: 369.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski

House Plot 75 / Office Winhov

© Stefan Müller

Architects: Office Winhov
Location: Lisdoddelaan 114, 1087 KA , The
Area: 252.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stefan Müller

Olafur Eliasson Creates an Indoor Riverbed at Danish Museum

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Blurring the boundaries between the Natural world and the Manmade in one wide, sweeping gesture, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson‘s first solo exhibit, aptly titled Riverbed, brings the Outdoors in.

Recreating an enormous, ruggedly enchanting landscape, complete with riverbed and rocky earth, the artist draws heavily from site-specific inspiration. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art‘s location on the Danish coast lends a raw, elemental and powerful character that extends into the building as a major intervention, transforming into a work of art.

House of a Backstage / y+M

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Architects: y+M
Location: , Prefecture, Japan
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners

Courtesy of CLOG
Courtesy of CLOG

Prisoners Designing Prisons: Restorative Justice in Action

The design of prisons is a controversial topic for architects, but Deanna VanBuren takes a novel approach to the subject. Designing for a judicial system that advocates “restorative justice,” VanBuren works with felons, victims, and other architects to create spaces where everyone can undergo a healing process following a crime. In a recent profile, the L.A. Times documents one of her design workshops with prisoners, demonstrating how this form of outreach can change the lives of those inside. Read the full story here. Also, be sure to check out our interview with Deanna VanBuren here!

Guatemala Beach House / Christian Ochaita + Roberto Gálvez

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Architects: Christian Ochaita,
Location: Guatemala
Design Team: Walfred Lainfiesta,Susan García, Leah Cabrera, José Miguel Benítez
Year: 2013
Photographs: Víctor Martínez

Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos Takes a Page Out of the Quran to Design a Natural Oasis

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Drawing both literal and theoretical inspiration from the Islamic Holy Book, Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos earned an Honourable Mention for their design proposal of a habitable natural oasis for the Noble Quran International Competition in Saudi Arabia.

Understanding the significance of the location’s proximity to Islam’s second holiest city and the Capital of Islamic Culture, Rafael de La-Hoz aimed to create a memorable and iconic Islamic Landmark. Therefore, the Quran itself was chosen as the primary source of physical and contextual understanding, the most significant vessel of knowledge for the people and the location.

Leça do Balio School / aNC arquitectos

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Architects: aNC arquitectos
Location: Rua Dom Frei Manuel de Almeida de Vasconcelos, 4465,
Partner In Charge: Teresa Novais
Project Leader: Luísa Meneses
Design Team: João Pedro Fernandes, Pedro Loureiro, Ana Bacelar
Area: 2736.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Daniel Malhão, Jorge Carvalho