During February we presented you Rosa Muerta, a project designed by LA based architect Robert Stone. A personal work, built by himself in the desert, to rent to his friends (check the original article for more on his background).
It generated a powerful debate between the readers, and Robert himself.
For Acido Dorado, another one of his rental projects under Pretty Vacant Properties, Robert decided to write a text specially for ArchDaily readers, a kickstart for the debate:
In appreciation of the immediacy of ArchDaily as a medium- no press release this time. Just some notes to try and share what I am doing with this work.
Somewhere along the way I became interested in meaning, as well as form, in architecture. A reduced abstract approach can be a valuable exercise in pursuit of novel form, and there has been some really exciting work generated by that approach in past decades. But honestly, I began to see its muteness as an expresion of the conservative power that it silently serves, the very stuff that many of us resist in our daily lives. I began to admit the negative connotations of architecture first. Then I eventually found positve ones as well and things got a lot more interesting to me. . .so I followed that path wherever it led. In my case it led through art and design theory and practice, then eventually back to architecture with a very different set of issues, terms and aesthetics.
The Rice Design Alliance, The Rice School of Architecture, The Houston Architecture Foundation, and the American Institute of Architects-Houston presents the 2010 Sally Walsh Lecture Program: Luis Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón.
Luis Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón are professors in the Architectural Design Department of the Architecture School of Madrid, and have been visiting professors at several universities, including Princeton University School of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, and the Barcelona International Architecture School, among others.
Cheungvogl, a young international architectural practice based in Hong Kong (see previous projects by Cheungvogl featured on AD here), designed two residences in Tokyo on a private development. House 2a is to be occupied by the client, a Japanese-German couple, based in Tokyo while House 2b is for sale. The client’s required that the design be, “Calm, but not sterile. Humble, and yet unexpected. Economical, nothing extravagant. Open space with flexible floor plans and a space to contemplate.” Working with these ideas in mind, Cheungvogl created related residences that also become separate enities.
More about the residences and more images after the break.
Architects: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Location: Northridge, California, USA
Design Principal: Mehrdad Yazdani
Principal in Charge: Craig Hamilton
Project Manager: Martha Ball
Planning Principal: Tom Harvath
Senior Designers: Craig Booth + Philip Ra
Project Architects: Jessica Yi + Larry Taniguichi
QA/QC: Jim Peschl
FFE: Jack Poulin
Construction Administration: Curtis Bywater
Project Area: 90,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Timothy Hursley
Architect: Ken’ichi Otani / Ken’ichi Otani Architects
Location: Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Structure Engineer: Yukihiro Kato / MID
Site Area: 365.83 sqm
Built Area: 150.60 sqm
Total Floor Area: 281.43 sqm / (Renovation area: 52.17 sqm, Extension area：13.14m2, Total area:65.31m2)
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Koichi Torimura
Based in Germany, Studio Aisslinger‘s new housing prototype is modular, sustainable and transportable. The low energy house, named ‘Fincube’, is comprised of thin horizontal “ledges” of locally grown wood that wrap the slightly bulging form. This second facade layer provides privacy for the inhabitants and fuses the man-made structure with its natural surroundings. The home provides 47 sqm of living space with a minimal CO2 footprint, and can also be easily dismantled and rebuilt on a different site. The supporting structure is made of local larch and the interior is a combination of larch and stone-pine. Organized in a helical structure, the entrance area blends into a generous open kitchen with an adjacent living space, and around the corner rests the bedroom.
More images after the break.
Arhitektura d.o.o., in collaboration with PONTING (construction engineers) received second prize for their proposal for a competition sponsored by the city of Maribor in Slovenia within the European Capital of Culture. They managed to put the bridge in one leap across the 120 m wide river.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
A few days ago, we featured Cheungvogl‘s Nunnmps project, and today we bring you their KAT-Ohno master plan, recently awarded first prize. The plan includes a development site with 4 office buildings and an extension of a new forum to provide flexible spaces for training seminars, lectures, exhibitions, film screening. The project focuses on an architecture that is less about mass and structure, “so more can happen.” The architecture becomes less visible and less defined so in a symposium setting, speakers and audience can have spontaneous intellectual dialogue in one space.
More about the project after the break.
Its clear in 2010 perhaps more than ever that significant shifts in economies and culture can occur extremely rapidly; climatic crisis can devastate enormous populations in seconds. Our architectural response is critical. The architectural recourse of one crisis needs to be more than a temporary fix as it is often the only opportunity to implement further preventative measures for a future occurrence.
This workshop exposes digitally-driven technologies aiding the architectural realm in developing design intentions in accordance with environmental, material & production parameters. Workshop explores how to implement TODAY the utilization of advancing technologies whether a student or design professional. Parametric approaches are not limited to the software one uses but more importantly a shift in thinking of multi-phase aspects of an architectural project. Join LaN in forwarding the relevance of these practices to very real-world scenarios.
The three day workshop will take place at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center between April 12-14. For more information, click here.
Architects: Bernard Tschumi & Hugh Dutton Architects
Location: Roche-sur-Yon, France
Bernard Tschumi Architects Team: Schematic Design, Design Development: Francoise Akinosho, Ben Edelberg, Kim Starr. Construction Documents / Site Supervision : Véronique Descharrières, Vincent Prunier, Rémy Cointet, Alice Dufourmontelle
HDA Team: Pierluigi Bucci, Pierre Chassagne, Francesco Cingolani, Maria Angela Corsi, Pietro Demontis, Gaëtan Kolher, Cathy Shortle, Romain Stieltjes, Carla Zaccheddu
Client: City of Roche sur Yon
Project Team: SNCF – Engineering Departement, Jean-Marie Garnier
Contractor: Renaudat Centre Constructions
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters
Sublime Flesh brings together, for the first time, new designs for contemporary spiritual spaces developed by students at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. A collection of research projects located in international cities including Istanbul, Rome, Turin, Lisbon, Havana and Miami, each explores a unique sense of sacredness and the Sublime.
The complex nature of these themes is articulated in a series of exquisite models that express a new ornamental, spatial and technological approach and also a reconsidered religious and cultural dimension for contemporary architecture design.
The exhibition will continue in London Christ Church till April 11. Also, there will be various events through the exhibition. Among those there will be a symposium on Tuesday April 6 14:30-18:30. Speakers are Sir Peter Cook, Marjan Colletti, Rev Rod Green, Robert Harbison, Ali Mangera, Natasha Sandmeier, Yael Reisner, and Marcos Cruz (chair).
For more information, click here.
In Zaandam, the city of the first European McDonalds, we find the Inntel Hotel designed by dutch architects WAM.
The 12-storey tall structure is the result of stacking a series of tradicional Dutch houses.
Neo post modernism?
Read the complete article at The Guardian.