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The Pros & Cons of Living With Google

00:00 - 4 March, 2014
The Pros & Cons of Living With Google, Google's New Campus / NBBJ. Image © NBBJ
Google's New Campus / NBBJ. Image © NBBJ

"Some days it feels like Google is taking over the world." In an article for The Verge Sean Hollister investigates how Google now represents one tenth of Mountain View, the city which hosts the company's Californian headquarters. Having one of the world's largest tech companies on their doorstep is a cause of concern for residents, some of whom are now referring to their home as Googleville. Having just bought the lease for a former military airport some city council members are seeing the expansionist move as a step too far - read the article in full here.

BIG Unveils New Scheme for Park City's Kimball Art Center

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
BIG Unveils New Scheme for Park City's Kimball Art Center, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

BIG has unveiled new plans for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. Departing from his original competition winning design, a twisted 76-foot tall log cabin whose height caused its demise due to public disapproval, the new scheme will now top out at a more modest 46-feet as two slanted concrete walls lift towards the sky and expose the center’s interior to the historic Old Main Street. 

"The building seems to rise with Main Street and the mountain landscape, while bowing down to match the scale of the existing Kimball," described Bjarke Ingels in a statement.

Birdsong Cafe / Studio Eight Twentythree

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Birdsong Cafe / Studio Eight Twentythree, Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree
Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Architects in Charge

    Samir Raut, Amit Mayekar
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studio Eight Twentythree

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Adjaye and Libeskind Among 6 Proposals Unveiled for Canadian Holocaust Monument

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Adjaye and Libeskind Among 6 Proposals Unveiled for Canadian Holocaust Monument, Team Lord. Image © Government of Canada
Team Lord. Image © Government of Canada

David Adjaye and Daniel Libeskind are among six interdisciplinary teams competing to design Canada’s National Holocaust Monument. Planned for an empty, triangular site adjacent to Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum, the monument designs are currently undergoing public review before a final decision that will be made by an international jury of design and art professionals this spring. Construction is expected to begin in 2015.  

Review the proposals, after the break...

La Queue du Lézard Community Center / Rue Royale Architectes

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
La Queue du Lézard Community Center / Rue Royale Architectes, © Philippe Maillot
© Philippe Maillot

© Philippe Maillot © Philippe Maillot © Philippe Maillot © Philippe Maillot +12

Porta Susa TGV Station / Silvio d’Ascia Architecture

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Porta Susa TGV Station  / Silvio d’Ascia Architecture, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +22

House H / Bojaus Arquitectura

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
House H / Bojaus Arquitectura, © Joaquín Mosquera
© Joaquín Mosquera

© Joaquín Mosquera © Joaquín Mosquera © Joaquín Mosquera © Joaquín Mosquera +48

Townhouse B14 / XTH-berlin

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Townhouse B14  / XTH-berlin, © Anja Büchner
© Anja Büchner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Helle Schröder, Martin Janekovic
  • Area

    230.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Anja Büchner © Anja Büchner © Anja Büchner © Anja Büchner +30

Malbaie VIII Residence / MU Architecture

00:00 - 3 March, 2014
Malbaie VIII Residence / MU Architecture, © Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard
© Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cap-à-l'Aigle, QC G0T, Canada
  • Design Team

    Charles Côté, Jean-Sébastien Herr, Jean-Philippe Bellemare, Pierre-Alexandre Rhéaume, Sabrina Charbonneau.
  • Area

    3400.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard © Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard © Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard © Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard +30

In OMA's De Rotterdam, Furniture Transforms 60-meters into Multi-Functional, Versatile Space

00:00 - 3 March, 2014

OMA's De Rotterdam, a project 15 years in the making, is designed to maximize the number of functions possible in 44 floors. In addition to shops, hotels and office space, this "vertical city" also contains apartments that use transformable furniture to pack a variety of uses into small spaces. Chairs double as wall art and sofas flip into beds, showing that a 60 square meter apartment is more versatile than we think. 

Developer Wim De Lathauwer explains, "Why would we only think in quantity of bedrooms and square meters, while many of these spaces are used only sporadically?...In The Netherlands we are simply not used to this way of thinking. De Rotterdam is the ideal project when it comes to maximizing the joy of every square meter. We deal with an audience who understands this and yearns for this extra quality. Even in the large apartments the office, wardrobe- and guest room are combined in one space. Actually, it is very logical.” You can see the dynamic furniture, designed by Clei Italia, in the video below. 

Read more about The Netherlands' largest building here

Three Finalists Announced for Moscow's Ukraina Hotel Entryway Competition

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Three Finalists Announced for Moscow's Ukraina Hotel Entryway Competition, ABD Architects. Image Courtesy of Entryway <<Ukraina>> Hotel Competition
ABD Architects. Image Courtesy of Entryway > Hotel Competition

The Ukraina Hotel, with the support of the non-state educational institution Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, have announced the finalists for the Ukraina Hotel Entryway competition. Designs from ABD Architects (Russia) in cooperation with Werner Sobek Moskwa (Russia), TPO Lesosplaw (Russia) in cooperation with Malishev Wilson Engineers (UK), and Studio 44 (Russia) have been chosen from a total of ten competing proposals, one of which will now be implemented by the client. Offering the chance to design a new entrance to one of Moscow's foremost landmarks, the winning scheme will provide a rare opportunity to work with an unique example of Stalinist architectural heritage.

Pulkovo International Airport / Grimshaw Architects + Ramboll + Pascall+Watson

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Pulkovo International Airport / Grimshaw Architects + Ramboll + Pascall+Watson, Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects
Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

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Rebirth of The York Theatre / Henriquez Partners Architects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Rebirth of The York Theatre / Henriquez Partners Architects, © Ed White
© Ed White

© Ed White © Ed White © Ed White © Ed White +15

Architecture Archive / Hugh Strange Architects

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Architecture Archive / Hugh Strange Architects , © David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

© David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge +27

7x18 House / AHL architects associates

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
7x18 House / AHL architects associates, © Hung Dao
© Hung Dao

© Hung Dao © Hung Dao © Hung Dao © Hung Dao +50

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

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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

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