Manuelle Gautrand Architects shared their Enzo Hotel in Paris with us. The hotel’s strong triangular form holds different programmatic elements to engage its lively streetscape. The colorful façade took inspiration from the landscape’s natural palette. The colors add a crisp aesthetic to the building as the different panels and their varying tints add a sleek texture to the form. According to the architects, “Their fragmented bands give a kinetic effect to overall volume – one can see the movement of the cars there, a certain impression of speed.”
More images and more about the hotel after the break.
The upcoming 11 Architectural Festival Towns will take place between September 20 and October 3 in Corfu Island, Greece. It’s an open-air event, that gathers up to 500-700 young architects from Russia and abroad. The aim of every team is to create an architectural installation accordingly the common theme. For more information, go to the festival’s official website.
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) recently celebrated the grand opening of its most recent retail project, Palace 66. Designed by KPF, the Hang Lung Property by Hang Lung Properties Limited covers 1.2 million square feet, and lies in the heart of Shenyang’s vibrant commercial and cultural center in the Shenhe District of Zhongjie Lu.
More images and full press release after the break.
New York’s MoMA will be featuring a new exhibition that focuses on architects’ social responsibility. The exhibition, entitled Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement, which will open at the beginning of October and run through January, will showcase 11 projects on five continents that “respond to localized needs in under-served communities.” These pragmatic solutions demonstrate how architecture can serve the greater needs of society. From a handmade school in Bangladesh, to a cable car that connects a single hillside barrio in Caracas to the city, these realized projects are infused with passion and a strong drive to uplift society through architecture. “Together, these undertakings not only offer practical solutions to known needs, but also aim to have a broader effect on the communities in which they work, using design as a tool,” explained the MoMA.
A list of the projects that will be included in the exhibition after the break.
Architects: Jones Studio
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Principal in Charge: Eddie M. Jones, AIA
Project Team: Matt Salenger, RA; Maria Salenger, AIA; Jenna Rimkes
Structural Engineer: AED Inc. Structural Engineers
Landscape Architect: Bill Tonnesson, LA
Clients: Kent and Vicki Logan
General Contractor: The Construction Zone
Site Area: 59,650 sq ft
Built Area: 4,600 sq ft
Project year: 2005-2008
Photographs: Robert Reck; Ed Taube; Jones Studio, Inc
KieranTimberlake is the proud recipient of the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture. The National Design Awards honor outstanding contributions from the design world, including architecture, fashion, lifetime achievement, and sustainable design solutions.
Lost in Nature: The Architecture of Jarmund/Vigsnæs opens September 17 and runs through November 14, 2010. Contemporary Norwegian architecture is among the most vibrant in the world today, and this exhibition features a collection of work by the renowned Oslo-based architecture firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs (see their projects right here). Through photographs and models, the exhibition highlights architectural projects that focus on close relationships with Norwegian nature. Lost in Nature is supported in part by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Indicator: Hysterical Realism (Or, Some Things I Thought of Doing since Being Laid Off Before Coming to My Senses)
Go back to grad school:
This thought was like a microscopic stroke. The M.Arch was the “go-back” and my PTSD symptoms get more acute whenever I get near institutions of higher learning.
Ride my bike across the country and write about it:
If I had a bike this might be a good one. The great escape. I had it all planned out. My wife and three year-old daughter would also come along. I could tow her in a little trailer. No need for training because we’d get in shape as we went—after all we are riding bikes. The things we’d see! Live off the grid! We could write a book about our adventures on the road, the crazy people we met, the kind citizens who would open their homes and kitchens to us. How our spirits were restored by the long journey. Then there would be the book tour. Film rights. Ewan McGregor would play me. Have to get steel-framed bikes so they could be welded at any roadside gas station. None of those fancy carbon fiber frames, light as they are, because I understand they can snap. The bikes would have to be very expensive and very cool—this is why I never go to bike shops with my credit cards. Maybe we could get a sponsorship deal, ride for some cause. See Architecture for Humanity entry, below.
Architects: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Location: Brentwood, California, USA
Project Team: Lorcan O’Herlihy (Principal), Pierre De Angelis (PM), Banu Ataman
Client: Dr. Sascha Jovanovic
Project Area: 3,700 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of LOHA
The Japan Art Association just named Toyo Ito its 2010 Praemium Imperiale Laureate for Architecture. The annual global arts prize is regarded as one of the highest honors for those in the arts. Ito was joined by Sophia Loren for Theater/Film, Enrico Castellani for Painting, Rebecca Horn for Sculpture, and Maurizio Pollini for Music. Practicing architecture for decades, Ito continually brings a sense of sophisticated elegance to his projects with “a deep concern for the relationships between architecture, nature and the environment,” explained the jury. We have featured several projects by Ito previously on AD, and whether it be a residence, a public theater, or a library, Ito consistently pushes the boundary of architectural expression by testing the limits of structure, using a modern material palette and bringing his ideas of transparency to each project.
More about the award after the break.
Architects: AGi Architects
Location: Yarmouk, Kuwait
Project Team: Dr. Nasser B. Abulhasan, Joaquin Perez-Goicochea, Georg Thesing, Sharifa Alshalfan, Robert A. Varghese, Naseeba Shaji, Germana De Donno, Lucia Sanchez Salmon
Project Area: 3,415 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Nelson Garrido
Architects: Elliott + Associates Architects
Location: Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Project Team: Rand Elliott, Bill Yen, Miho Kolliopoulos, John Creach
General Contractor: Smith & Pickel Construction
Civil Engineering: Johnson & Associates
Structural Engineering: Walker Parking Consultants
MEP: PSA Consulting Engineers
Lighting: Smith Lighting Sales
Project Area: 298,907 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Scott McDonald
The Young Architects Forum [YAF] is announcing the third annual 48 Hour Design Competition. Open to all Students, Designers, and Architects up to 10 years of licensure. The purpose of this competition is to provide a venue for designers and architects to showcase their ability, and to illustrate the value of good design to the Greater Public.
The competition program will be based in Atlanta, GA and focus on current Architectural and Design topics. Registration numbers will be assigned upon registration. Each entrant will be provided a digital ‘Program Packet’ when the competition opens. There will be a 24 hour period for questions, all questions and answers will be posted on the competition website prior to 5 pm on October 15th. All entries will be returned as a digital PDF @ 24”x36”.
For more information, please visit the competition’s official website.