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Ocean Park House / Campos Leckie Studio

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
Ocean Park House / Campos Leckie Studio, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +15

Sharifi-ha House / Nextoffice - Alireza Taghaboni

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
Sharifi-ha House  / Nextoffice - Alireza Taghaboni, Courtesy of nextoffice
Courtesy of nextoffice

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The Vanglo House / LWPAC

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
The Vanglo House / LWPAC, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Architect and Designer

    Oliver Lang, Cynthia Wilson Principal, Thomas Bocahut
  • Area

    172.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

ELEMENTAL's OchoQuebradas: "The Spirit of the Primitive"

00:00 - 7 July, 2014
ELEMENTAL's OchoQuebradas: "The Spirit of the Primitive", Courtesy of Elemental
Courtesy of Elemental

Elemental's design for Casa OchoQuebradas draws on the rugged landscape of its site, a cliff on the coast of Chile, to create a rugged, even primitive weekend house design of concrete volumes. Inspired by their idea that "a weekend house is ultimately a kind of retreat where people allowed themselves to suspend the conventions of life and go back to a more essential living," the house is a simple composition which incorporates such features as a main room which can be opened up to the outdoors and a central open fire.

More on Casa OchoQuebradas after the break

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Jiyeh Villa / Accent Design Group

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
Jiyeh Villa / Accent Design Group, Courtesy of Accent Design Group
Courtesy of Accent Design Group

Courtesy of Accent Design Group Courtesy of Accent Design Group Courtesy of Accent Design Group Courtesy of Accent Design Group +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiyeh, Lebanon
  • Architect in Charge

    Elie Abs
  • Area

    700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Accent Design Group

Médiathèque du Bourget / Randja - Farid Azib Architects

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
Médiathèque du Bourget / Randja - Farid Azib Architects, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Le Bourget, France
  • Design Team

    Farid Azib, Amélie Lengrand, Emilie Forget, Mélanie Surjon
  • Area

    750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Video: Charles Jencks on the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 7 July, 2014

In this extended interview by the Architectural Review, Charles Jencks provides an in-depth description of the 2014 Venice Biennale and critiques his former student Rem Koolhaas' overall curation and theme: Fundamentals.

Arguing that the previous thirteen Biennales have, "more or less, tried to predict what is going to happen over the next five years," "Rem Koolhaas has changed the paradigm:" Rem's Biennale is about "the past of the present". Jencks, who describes Koolhaas as "the Corbusier of our time", suggests that his Biennale is about analysis rather than total synthesis. He has, however, "shown that research can be creative."

Terrasson's Library / Architecture Patrick Mauger

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
Terrasson's Library / Architecture Patrick Mauger, © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé +19

ArchDaily, Fast Company, CLOG, and More to Lecture at "Viral Voices III: Globalization" in NYC

00:00 - 7 July, 2014
ArchDaily, Fast Company, CLOG, and More to Lecture at "Viral Voices III: Globalization" in NYC

The AIANY Global Dialogues Committee has dedicated this year to “(dis)Covered Identities.” The theme aims to explore ways by which cultures, cities, and voices define or refine their identities through a global exchange of ideas and conversations covering multiple topics, perspectives and trends of our time. "Viral Voices" will specifically explore the impact of social media, technology, and device culture on our design process and the way we practice. How do we shape a global conversation?

Greg Lindsay, contributing writer for Fast Company and co-author of Aerotropolis with David Basulto and David Assael of ArchDaily will come together for a lecture discussing the relationships between social media and the profession. Following the lecture, Robyn Peterson from Mashable, Jaime Derringer from Design Milk, Diana Jou from the The Wall Street Journal, Rafi Segal from MIT Architecture / Architect/Blogger, Mark Collins from The Morpholio Project | The GSAPP CloudLab, and Kyle May from Clog will join the speakers for a panel discussion. Visit http://aianyglobaldialogues.blogspot.com/ for further information.

Russian Character Competition Won by Concept for a 'Dacha in a Dvor'

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
Russian Character Competition Won by Concept for a 'Dacha in a Dvor', Winner of the competition, Dacha in a Dvor by Megabudka. Image Courtesy of The Morton Group
Winner of the competition, Dacha in a Dvor by Megabudka. Image Courtesy of The Morton Group

Design studio Megabudka has won the Russian Character competition, an open contest to design a culture and education centre for the Moscow suburb of Butovo Park. Their concept, entitled "Dacha in a Dvor" plays on the typically Russian idea of the Dacha, a seasonal home located outside the city that has been a part of Russian culture since the reign of Peter the Great.

The design by Megabudka consists of a cluster of buildings arranged around a "Dvor", or central courtyard containing apple trees and recreational spaces. As a whole, the design aims to bring the joys of seasonal rural life to the outskirts of Moscow, with a single flexible space shared by the whole community.

More on the design after the break

Winner of the competition, Dacha in a Dvor by Megabudka. Image Courtesy of The Morton Group Winner of the competition, Dacha in a Dvor by Megabudka. Image Courtesy of The Morton Group This alternative proposal by MEL is being considered for similar projects elsewhere. Image Courtesy of The Morton Group This proposal by Enota+Archimetrics won the peoples' choice award. Image Courtesy of The Morton Group +11

Peter Zumthor & LACMA Unveil Revised Museum Design

00:00 - 7 July, 2014
Peter Zumthor & LACMA Unveil Revised Museum Design, Model of the new design. Image © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner
Model of the new design. Image © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner

Peter Zumthor and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) have revealed a revised design for the museum's $650 million new home on Museum Row in Los Angeles. The new design still features the sinuous glass and grey concrete slab raised a full story off the ground, but under the new proposal part of the museum would bridge Wilshire Boulevard to touch down on what is currently a car park opposite.

The change comes in response to criticisms that the previous design would put the neighboring La Brea Tar Pits at risk, threatening their status as an active paleontological research site and a popular tourist destination. The shape of the new design removes this risk by withdrawing from the boundary with the adjacent tar pits, without compromising on floor space in the museum.

More on the revised design after the break

Render of the view West along Wilshire Boulevard. Image © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner Render of the view East along Wilshire Boulevard. Image © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner Model (image taken from model of original design). Image © 2013 Museum Associates / LACMA Model (image taken from model of original design). Image © 2013 Museum Associates / LACMA +8

Exhibition / Designing a Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron

00:00 - 7 July, 2014
Exhibition / Designing a Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron, Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio
Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

The Cauldron, designed by the internationally renowned Heatherwick Studio, is one of the most enduring and creative symbols of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 204 unique copper elements, each alight and representing every competing nation, were arranged in sublime concentric formation at the tips of slender mechanised steel stems. Slowly pivoting sequentially, they converged to form the Cauldron, in which the Olympic, and later Paralympic flame, would burn brightly for the duration of London’s summer of sport.

Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Model. Image  © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Roland Halbe +83

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vienna, Austria
  • Partners in Charge

    Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect

    Cornelius Schlotthauer
  • Construction Project Team

    Enrico Kleinke, Markus Planteu, Vincenco Cocomero, Peter Irmscher, Katharina Jacobi, Constanze Stinnes, Peter Hornung, Frédéric Beaupère, Mirjam Matthiessen, Marc-Philipp Nieberg, Tom Finke,Kristoph Nowak, Susanne Lettau, Jahann Shah Beyzavi, Florian Goscheff, Daniela Nenadic, Judith Wahle, Rassul Wassa, Julian Breinersdorfer, Nastasja Schlaf, Muhammed Patat, Elisabeth Dirnbacher
  • Competition Project Team

    Cornelius Schlotthauer, Marc-Philipp Nieberg, Enrico Kleinke, Kristoph Nowak, Stefan Rinnebach, Romy Heiland, Richard Baumgartner
  • Area

    28000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Urban / Joey Ho Design

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
Urban  / Joey Ho Design, Courtesy of Joey Ho Design
Courtesy of Joey Ho Design

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hong Kong
  • Artist

    VHILS
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Joey Ho Design

The Lotus Building and People's Park / studio505

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
The Lotus Building and People's Park / studio505, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +15

Coop Himmelb(l)au Designs Anti-Surveillance Coat

00:00 - 6 July, 2014
Coop Himmelb(l)au Designs Anti-Surveillance Coat, © Markus Pillhofer
© Markus Pillhofer

The Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au has designed a wacky quilted coat that blocks electronic surveillance. With pockets to protect your collection of phones and tablets, the Jammer Coat was commissioned for the Workwear exhibition at the Triennale in Milan. 

Video: The Spatial Diagramming of Spike Jonze's "Her"

00:00 - 6 July, 2014

Every month, INTERIORS Journal analyzes and diagrams the spaces in various films, producing detailed plans for our viewing pleasure. But have you ever wondered just how they do it? If you have, check out their short video on making the plan from Spike Jonze's feature film Her above.

From Facades to Floor Plates & Form: The Evolution of Herzog & de Meuron

01:00 - 6 July, 2014
From Facades to Floor Plates & Form: The Evolution of Herzog & de Meuron, Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida, USA (2005-2008, realisation 2008-2010). Image Courtesy of Xavier de Jauréguiberry
Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida, USA (2005-2008, realisation 2008-2010). Image Courtesy of Xavier de Jauréguiberry

The following is an essay that originally appeared in Australian Design Review as "Beyond the Wall, the Floor." In it, Michael Holt and Marissa Looby describe the evolution of Herzog and de Meuron's work. Using numerous examples of recent projects (such as VitraHaus and 56 Leonard Street), they point out that Herzog and de Meuron have, increasingly, relied on the floor slabs of their buildings to suggest the building’s shape. By removing the façade’s prominence in favor of a more suggestive way of creating mass, they have turned their original design signature on its head. 

Simple adjustments, slight alterations, subtle illusions. These are not tagline descriptions of the 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach project, or a synopsis for a body of work. Instead they operate as retroactively projecting the course of professional development in the works of Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The practice is known, from its earliest built projects, as a firm who produced artistically driven facade treatments where the vertical plane — the ‘nominal façade’ — would define form through the visually stimulating surface or skin. As the practice has evolved, it is argued here, they have crafted a new strategy: the horizontal plane as vertical facade generator.

In its progression the practice has deviated from facade ornamentation and fabrication towards the removal of the facade altogether; allowing for the floor plate — as a visual element — to operate as inadvertent facade and thus doubling its structural and visual importance. The placing of floor plates becomes the force creating the form – the ‘inverted structural skin’The stripped back architectural form does not remove the facade, but removes the idea of a facade, paradoxically creating a building mass almost by default.