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The North Rhine-Westphalia Contribution–Floriade 2012 / RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Venlo, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Johannes Czerniejewski, Katharina Thoma, Jean Müller, Joachim Evers
  • Design Team

    Architekturbüro Rhunau, jangled nerves gmbh, Schraps & Vogel Garten- und Landschaftsbau GmbH, Grote Bedachungen, Lohmann GmbH, Reko Automatiktüren GmbH
  • Cooperation

    Rhunau Architekten
  • Area

    2450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Thomas Mayer, Courtesy of RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten

Courtesy of RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten © Thomas Mayer Courtesy of RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten Courtesy of RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten +14

S House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

00:00 - 21 September, 2014
S House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects, © Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    tp. Tân An, Long An Province, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

goCstudio Launches New Kickstarter to Fund Floating Sauna in Seattle

00:00 - 21 September, 2014
goCstudio Launches New Kickstarter to Fund Floating Sauna in Seattle, open hatch. Image Courtesy of goCstudio
open hatch. Image Courtesy of goCstudio

Seattle based firm goCstudio have designed a wood-fired floating sauna, a project resonant with the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Aiming to begin construction in spring of 2015 and open in summer, the firm has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the building of their first model. Easily transportable and accessible by kayak, the floating sauna fits within the dimensions of a standard size trailer. Providing a space of refuge and revitalization, along with a uniquely interactive way to experience the landscape of Seattle, the project, named "wa_sauna", requires $43,000 to become a reality. Learn more about the project and how you can help at the firm's Kickstarter page, here. More images after the break.

Rheinfelden Office Building / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
Rheinfelden Office Building / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten, © Ruedi Walti
© Ruedi Walti

© Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti © Ruedi Walti +8

JAHN, LOGUER + ADG Presents Proposal for New Mexico City Airport

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
JAHN, LOGUER + ADG Presents Proposal for New Mexico City Airport, Courtesy of JAHN
Courtesy of JAHN

Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, chief designer and president of JAHN, has shared with us his net-zero design proposal for the new Mexico City International Airport competition. Similar to the Norman Foster and Fernando Romero's winning design, JAHN's proposal is a symbiotic blend of sensitive cultural meaning and powerful energy efficiency. As per competition requirements to pair an international firm with a Mexican firm, the project was the result of a collaboration with local architects Francisco Lopez-Guerra of LOGUER and Alonso de Garay of ADG

Courtesy of JAHN Courtesy of JAHN Courtesy of JAHN Courtesy of JAHN +8

Casa Fiera / Massimo Galeotti Architetto

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
Casa Fiera / Massimo Galeotti Architetto, © Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

© Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna +22

The Slow Death of the Corporate Architecture of Exclusion

00:00 - 20 September, 2014
The Slow Death of the Corporate Architecture of Exclusion, Though still admired, Mies van der Rohe's signature office buildings are clear symbols of the 'Mad-Men' era. Image © Samuel Ludwig
Though still admired, Mies van der Rohe's signature office buildings are clear symbols of the 'Mad-Men' era. Image © Samuel Ludwig

Of all the changes in architectural typologies in recent years, one of the most dramatic - and the most documented - is the transition from corporate to more casual, 'fun' office buildings. This change has infiltrated companies from tiny 5-person start-ups to Silicon Valley giants, and while it has been pioneered by tech and media companies it has certainly not been limited to them.

Most analysis of this change focuses on work patterns created by new technology or the demands of the 'millennial' worker, but this post originally published on Means the World - the blog of NBBJ - examines the shift away from the corporate office as a product of not just what these building are but what they represent about us as a society, arguing that "when today's workers look at the midcentury office, they see a symbol of exclusion."

Sayres House & Hanging Gardens / Maziar Behrooz Architecture

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
Sayres House & Hanging Gardens / Maziar Behrooz Architecture, Courtesy of Maziar Behrooz Architecture
Courtesy of Maziar Behrooz Architecture

© Matthew Carbone © Matthew Carbone © Matthew Carbone Courtesy of Maziar Behrooz Architecture +22

US Launches $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition

00:00 - 20 September, 2014
US Launches $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition, OMA’s vision for New York’s Hoboken Waterfront - one of six winning proposals of Rebuild by Design (Click image to learn more). Image © OMA
OMA’s vision for New York’s Hoboken Waterfront - one of six winning proposals of Rebuild by Design (Click image to learn more). Image © OMA

Building on the model set forth by Rebuild by Design, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Rockefeller Foundation have announced a $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. The two-phase competition invites communities affected by natural disasters to compete for funds that will help them recover from prior disasters and improve their ability to withstand future threats. See if your community complies with the competition rules here.

Olson Kundig's First Retrospective Opens in Nebraska

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
Sol Duc Cabin, Olympic Peninsula, WA © Benjamin Benschneider
Sol Duc Cabin, Olympic Peninsula, WA © Benjamin Benschneider

Today, Olson Kundig Architects’ first-ever retrospective Anthology opened its doors at Omaha’s KANEKO. Spanning five decades of Olson Kundig work, the site-specific exhibition will focus on the Seattle-based firm’s unique creative process, showcasing the many influences and design explorations that have shaped the practice over the years. Follow us after the break for more information and a sampling of the firms work. 

Outpost, Central Idaho © Tim Bies Art Stable, Seattle, WA © Benjamin Benschneider The Pierre, San Juan Islands, WA © Dwight Eschliman Pavilion House, Bellevue, WA © Benjamin Benschneider +17

NiNo House / Hérard & da Costa

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
NiNo House / Hérard & da Costa, © Michel Rigaud
© Michel Rigaud

© Philippe Ruault © Michel Rigaud © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +14

FuturArc Prize and Green Leadership Award Contest 2015 Now Open

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
FuturArc Prize and Green Leadership Award Contest 2015 Now Open, Courtesy of FuturArc
Courtesy of FuturArc

FuturArc, a bimonthly journal that promotes the enhancement of sustainable architecture in Asia, have launched their annual contest to generate ideas for innovative and sustainable design. The contest is split into two, with the FuturArc Prize and the FuturArc Green Leadership Award rewarding sustainable design in both unbuilt and built projects. Read on after the break to find out more about both competitions.

Harcourt / Steve Domoney Architecture

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
Harcourt / Steve Domoney Architecture, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +12

Striped Living / group8

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
Striped Living / group8, © Régis Golay, FEDERAL studio
© Régis Golay, FEDERAL studio

© Régis Golay, FEDERAL studio © Régis Golay, FEDERAL studio © Régis Golay, FEDERAL studio © Régis Golay, FEDERAL studio +17

AA Athens Visiting School 2014: Students Challenge the Static Built Environment with “Kinetic Haze”

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
Overview of the Interactive/Kinetic Archetype. Image © Alice Mangoyan
Overview of the Interactive/Kinetic Archetype. Image © Alice Mangoyan

The Architectural Association Visiting School in Athens, as part of the AI research agenda, has continued its investigations to challenge the static built environment with its 2014 installation entitled Kinetic Haze. The project investigates the possibilities of architectural modeling via scripting, digital fabrication, and large scale installations.

This year's investigation follows the theme of the previous year’s work entitled Cipher City: Recharged, in which the creation of complex form-making systems resulted in the discovery of interactive design patterns. Following their discoveries in 2013, students in this year’s program further investigated kinetic and interactive architecture in their new study entitled Revolutions. After a series of design ideas were developed by smaller groups of students, the teams collaborated to create the final prototype Kinetic Haze in less than five days. Read on after the break to learn more about the project. 

Poszetka Workshop & Showroom / Grzegorz Layer

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
Poszetka Workshop & Showroom / Grzegorz Layer, © Dorota Zyguła-Siemieńska
© Dorota Zyguła-Siemieńska

© Dorota Zyguła-Siemieńska © Dorota Zyguła-Siemieńska © Dorota Zyguła-Siemieńska © Dorota Zyguła-Siemieńska +11

Narrowminded + BOM Propose New Central Bus Station for Marrakech

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
Narrowminded + BOM Propose New Central Bus Station for Marrakech, Courtesy of Narrowminded + BOM Architects
Courtesy of Narrowminded + BOM Architects

As part of an international competition, Narrowminded Architects teamed up with BOM Architects to identify and solve central functional deficiencies in a proposal for a new Marrakech Central Bus Terminal. Together, the architects found that obsolete infrastructure, unclear orientation, hazardous traffic density, rampant pollution, and confusing overlaps between vehicular and pedestrian flow were all contributing factors in the inefficiencies and hindered advancement of the terminal. Thus, with the intent to create a timeless environment that could flourish in Marrakech's future morphological developments, the proposal adopted a strategy to thoroughly address each individual issue.

Deborah Berke Tapped to Design Cummins' Indianapolis Headquarters

00:00 - 20 September, 2014
Deborah Berke Tapped to Design Cummins' Indianapolis Headquarters , Berke-designed 48 Bond Street in Manhattan. Image © Deborah Berke Partners
Berke-designed 48 Bond Street in Manhattan. Image © Deborah Berke Partners

New York-based Deborah Berke Partners has been selected to design a $30 million headquarters for Indiana-based diesel engine manufacture Cummins. Planned for downtown Indianapolis on the former four-acre site of Market Square Arena, the project will provide office space for up to 400 employees, as well as ground-floor retail, parking and public green space. Berke was chosen over SHoP Architects and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.