11 Social Housing Units / Zoomfactor Architectes

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
11 Social Housing Units / Zoomfactor Architectes, © Sa2t Grand-Angle-Photographie
© Sa2t Grand-Angle-Photographie

© Sa2t Grand-Angle-Photographie © Sa2t Grand-Angle-Photographie © Sa2t Grand-Angle-Photographie © Sa2t Grand-Angle-Photographie +11

Inside the Homes of Eight Famous Architects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Inside the Homes of Eight Famous Architects, Shigeru Ban's Tokyo house. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai
Shigeru Ban's Tokyo house. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai

Originally published in Metropolis Magazine as "Inside the Homes and Workspaces of 8 Great Architects", this article shows the spaces occupied by some of the best-known architects in the world. Documented for an exhibition that will be featured at the Milan Design Week 2014, the images give a glimpse inside the private worlds of some of our favorite designers.

It's a cliche that architects have messy workspaces. From chaos comes creation, so the phrase goes. But an upcoming exhibition at this year's Salone del Mobile intends to dispel the myth. Where Architects Live will present glimpses into the personal spaces of eight significant architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai.

Curator Francesca Molteni interviewed each of the designers in their private homes and came away with one finding: architects are actually quite tidy. The studios are all pristinely ordered; books are neatly stowed away, figurines and objets astutely displayed, and table tops swept clean. The photographs below are part of the exhibition materials, produced with the help of scenographer Davide Pizzigoni, which faithfully document the physical environments in images, video, and audio. These will be used to recreate the architects' "rooms" at Salone del Mobile in April.

Where Architects Live is not limited to satisfying our curiosity about what these architects’ homes look like. Richard Rogers’ affirmation that “a room is the beginning of a city” resonates with the project’s aim in trying to articulate its subjects’ personal tastes and obsessions, and how those are reflected in their architectural work.

Read on to see more images of the inside of architects' homes and studios

© Davide Pizzigoni © Davide Pizzigoni © Romulo Fialdini © Davide Pizzigoni +17

4 Views / AR Design Studio

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
4 Views  / AR Design Studio, Courtesy of AR Design Studio
Courtesy of AR Design Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Winchester, Hampshire, UK
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of AR Design Studio

Courtesy of AR Design Studio Courtesy of AR Design Studio Courtesy of AR Design Studio Courtesy of AR Design Studio +22

The Six / fikrr architects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
The Six  / fikrr architects, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +25

Proposals for Statoil's Norway HQ from OMA, Foster + Partners, Snøhetta and More

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Proposals for Statoil's Norway HQ from OMA, Foster + Partners, Snøhetta and More, © Harald Pettersen / Statoil
© Harald Pettersen / Statoil

Norwegian energy corporation Statoil has revealed proposals for a new corporate headquarters from the five architecture firms that were shortlisted last October: OMA, Foster + Partners with Space Group, Snøhetta, Wingårdhs, and Helen & Hard with SAAHA. The competition--announced in September of 2013--called for a project that would "take into consideration a number of new measures in the region regarding public transport, parking, roads and other types of infrastructure." The winner will be announced in April/May. 

Statoil hasn't disclosed which project belongs to which firm, but the ArchDaily editors have had some fun trying to put a name to each model. What do you think? Let us know your guesses in the comments!

LAN Chosen to Revamp Paris' Grand Palais

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
LAN Chosen to Revamp Paris' Grand Palais, © LAN
© LAN

After a nine-month long competition, LAN Architecture has been commissioned to restructure and extend the historic Grand Palais in Paris. With the intent to “restore the building’s original coherence and sense of transparency,” LAN plans to revamp the 1900 World’s Fair building by resorting its unity and circulation, as well as the volume of its galleries around the Grand Nave and the addition of a new entrance court.

Review the plan in more detail, after the break...

Lemur Exhibit / Snowdon Architects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Lemur Exhibit  / Snowdon Architects, © Drew Echberg
© Drew Echberg
  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia
  • Area

    135.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Drew Echberg © Drew Echberg © Drew Echberg © Drew Echberg +17

Baulinder Haus / Hufft Projects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Baulinder Haus / Hufft Projects, © Andrew Fabin
© Andrew Fabin

© Andrew Fabin © Andrew Fabin © Andrew Fabin © Andrew Fabin +18

Krampon House / Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Krampon House / Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates, © Yutaka Kinumaki
© Yutaka Kinumaki

© Yutaka Kinumaki © Yutaka Kinumaki © Yutaka Kinumaki © Yutaka Kinumaki +17

Cavendish Heights Residence / AFFECT-T

01:00 - 2 March, 2014
Cavendish Heights Residence / AFFECT-T , © Luke James Hayes
© Luke James Hayes
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mannings - Jardine's Lookout, 5 Perkins Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
  • Architect in Charge

    Luke Hayes
  • Area

    178.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Luke James Hayes © Luke James Hayes © Luke James Hayes © Luke James Hayes +18

Water Sports Centre / Oliver Mang Architekten

01:00 - 2 March, 2014
Water Sports Centre / Oliver Mang Architekten, © Kai Bienert
© Kai Bienert

© Kai Bienert © Kai Bienert © Thomas Birk Courtesy of Oliver Mang +19

TEMPO / Parasite Studio

01:00 - 2 March, 2014
TEMPO / Parasite Studio, © Attila Wenczel
© Attila Wenczel
  • Architects

  • Location

    Timișoara, Romania
  • Design Team

    Claudiu Toma , Zeno Ardelean , Norbert Ianko
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Attila Wenczel © Attila Wenczel © Attila Wenczel © Attila Wenczel +15

House M / Teppei Fujiwara Architects Labo

01:00 - 2 March, 2014
House M / Teppei Fujiwara Architects Labo, © Sadao Hotta
© Sadao Hotta

© Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta +13

Why Do Architects Keep Struggling to Get By?

00:00 - 2 March, 2014
Why Do Architects Keep Struggling to Get By?, Courtesy of Jim Bryant/Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Courtesy of Jim Bryant/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

In this Financial Times article, Will Hunter reacts to another FT article which brands architects as "cling-ons": "middle class but only by the skin of our teeth". Hunter's article looks at the reasons why our profession has suffered so badly, as doctors' and bankers' fortunes have improved dramatically. You can read the full article here.

A Place to Chill: Sweden's Ice Hotel

00:00 - 2 March, 2014
Before the Big Bang Suite by artists Rob Harding & Timsam Harding. Image © Christopher Hauser
Before the Big Bang Suite by artists Rob Harding & Timsam Harding. Image © Christopher Hauser

The IceHotel, a hotel in Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden that melts back into the Torne River and is rebuilt each year, is currently in the design phase for next winter. But there's a new twist: next year guests are able to collaborate with artists to design a suite that is bespoke to their individual tastes. The price tag is admittedly rather steep, and those going for this option can expect "one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world", according to the press release.

Is it worth it? Why don't you decide for yourself - images from this winter's hotel are after the break!

The It's Alive Suite by artists Karl-Johan Ekeroth & Christian Strömqvist. Image © Christopher Hauser The Bedtime Story Suite by artists Wilfred Stijge & Edith van de Wetering. Image © Paulina Holmgren The Blue Marine Suite, by artists William Blomstrand & Andrew Winch. Image © Paulina Holmgren The Dragon Residence Suite by artists Dorjsuren Lkhagvadorj & Bazarsad Bayarsaikhan. Image © Paulina Holmgren +11

Doctors in the Studio: The Right Medicine for Healthcare Architecture?

00:00 - 2 March, 2014
Doctors in the Studio: The Right Medicine for Healthcare Architecture?, Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, designed by a joint venture between HDR + Corgan. HOK is responsible for the hospital’s furnishings and equipment, and has also been executing a study of the role of furnishings and artwork in inpatient care. Image Courtesy of HDR + Corgan
Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, designed by a joint venture between HDR + Corgan. HOK is responsible for the hospital’s furnishings and equipment, and has also been executing a study of the role of furnishings and artwork in inpatient care. Image Courtesy of HDR + Corgan

This article, written by Kim A. O'Connell, and first published on the AIA website as "Is there a Doctor in the Firm? (Or a Nurse in the Studio?)" discusses the growing overlap between architects and healthcare professionals, who collaborate or even learn both disciplines to design more effective healthcare architecture - relying on research more rigorously than ever before.

Since it opened last fall, a cardiac hospital in Bulgaria is already operating at full capacity and is among the most technologically advanced of its kind in Europe. Project delivery for the City Clinic in Sofia was remarkably fast—only a year from the time Dallas-based HKS Architects was hired until doctors began seeing patients. A former car dealership was renovated to create the 38,000-square-foot, 55-bed facility, helping to expedite matters.

The other major contributing factor may have been that, from its earliest beginnings, a physician played a leading role—from landing the project to identifying specific medical needs and seeing the design through to completion. It's a model that seems to be taking hold in architecture. More and more, architecture firms are bringing health professionals into their design studios to help them create the next generation of healthcare architecture.

Read on after the break to find out how this shift is producing better buildings for healthcare

O Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen!

01:00 - 2 March, 2014
O Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen!, © Hiroki Kawata
© Hiroki Kawata
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ōgaki, Gifu, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Yasuo Imazu
  • Structural Engineer

    Yosiki Mondo
  • Area

    172.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata © Hiroki Kawata +14

The Freakonomics Podcast Tackles the Question: Why Is Japan Crazy About Housing?

00:00 - 2 March, 2014
The Freakonomics Podcast Tackles the Question: Why Is Japan Crazy About Housing?, House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan
House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Freakonomics has just posted a fascinating new podcast that takes on the question posed by Alastair Townsend in our AD original article: “Why Japan is Crazy About Housing.” The podcast consults with Townsend and economic experts to present a thought-provoking answer to the puzzling question of why Japan builds architecture that is avant-garde and yet, ultimately, disposable. The answer may just surprise you. Listen to the whole podcast here: