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Vin Rouge Headquarter / Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A.

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
Vin Rouge Headquarter / Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A., Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A.
Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A.
  • Architects

  • Location

    529-4 Gwacheon-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Area

    497.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A.

Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A. Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A. Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A. Courtesy of Lee Eunseok + K.O.M.A. +54

West End Offices Reconversion to Apartments / Emrys Architects

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
West End Offices Reconversion to Apartments  / Emrys Architects, © Alan Williams
© Alan Williams

© Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams +22

The Unpublishables: Showcasing Writing From Young Architects & Designers

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
The Unpublishables: Showcasing Writing From Young Architects & Designers, Issue 2. Image Courtesy of The Unpublishables
Issue 2. Image Courtesy of The Unpublishables

The Unpublishables, an independent architectural fanzine based in the UK, seeks to offer a platform for young architects - as well as designers and makers - to publish their own writing. About to launch their second edition, the zine has provided an outlet for ideas of young people who have the commitment and vision to develop their own design philosophies, polemics and research outside of full-time education or employment.

Symposium: Cities and Citizenship

00:00 - 6 March, 2014
Symposium: Cities and Citizenship

Architects, Sociologists and Environmentalists explore the intersection between design and the social sciences at large by explicating the concept of “city” and “citizen” in parallel. 

Altus / Edwards Moore

01:00 - 6 March, 2014
Altus / Edwards Moore, © Fraser Marsden
© Fraser Marsden

© Fraser Marsden © Fraser Marsden © Fraser Marsden © Fraser Marsden +16

Terrarium / Modo Architect Office

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Terrarium  / Modo Architect Office, © Yoon, JoonHwan
© Yoon, JoonHwan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Kim, kyungHee, Lee,EungRak
  • Area

    1725.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Yoon, JoonHwan © Yoon, JoonHwan © Yoon, JoonHwan © Yoon, JoonHwan +22

GRAFT + penda to Break Ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
© GRAFT + penda
© GRAFT + penda

GRAFT Architects and penda are preparing to break ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel in the outskirts of Xiangyang, China. Nestled on a hillside site within the largest Myrtle Flower Garden in Asia, the wooden annular structure is designed to provide a “soothing harmony between the architecture and its natural environment.” 

Black Gables / Omar Gandhi Architect

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Black Gables / Omar Gandhi Architect , © Greg Richardson Photography
© Greg Richardson Photography

© Greg Richardson Photography © Greg Richardson Photography © Greg Richardson Photography © Omar Gandhi +19

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen! + TKY JAPAN

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy / ninkipen! + TKY JAPAN, © Hiroki kawata
© Hiroki kawata
  • Architects

  • Location

    Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Toshikatsu Ienari, Kenta Fukunishi, Yasuo Imazu/ninkipen!
  • Area

    61.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Hiroki kawata © Hiroki kawata © Hiroki kawata © Hiroki kawata +22

Exhibition: Brazil: Night & Day, by Photographer Andrew Prokos

00:00 - 5 March, 2014
Exhibition: Brazil: Night & Day, by Photographer Andrew Prokos, © Andrew Prokos
© Andrew Prokos

Among last year's winners of the International Photography Awards Competition, were some fantastic night photographs of Oscar Niemeyer's Brasilia taken by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos. The awarded photos, and more photographs taken by Andrew in Brazil, will be exhibited in "Brazil: Night & Day", at Banco do Brasil, 11 W 42nd St., New York. 

A Brief History of the Windowless House

00:00 - 5 March, 2014
A Brief History of the Windowless House, The Vertical Glass House (2013), built at the West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Shanghai. Image Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ
The Vertical Glass House (2013), built at the West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Shanghai. Image Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ

In this article, originally published by Metropolis as "Houses Without Windows: Meditative Respites or Architectural Straightjackets?", Komal Sharma looks into the architectural oddity that is the completely enclosed house. While many would shudder at the idea, there is a rich history of houses which, in exceptional circumstances and with exceptional clients, make sense without windows.

The Vertical Glass House by Chinese architects Atelier FCJZ is disingenuous to say the least. Its name suggests a vertical derivative of Philip Johnson's canonical house, and in fact its architects describe it as a 90-degree rotation of the typical modernist glass house. Instead, what welcomes visitors at Shanghai's Xuhui waterfront is a four-story concrete house without any windows. Where is all that promised glass, you might ask? 

The answer is inside. The house's textured concrete walls give it the appearance of a bunker, but the interiors are actually light-filled. The architects accomplish this through an inverted sense of space. Where one expects walls of glass, yielding a platonic prism that brazenly exposes inhabitants to the outside world, the house instead delivers a surprising twist: the 7-cm-thick floor slabs are completely transparent, endowing users with a Superman-like sense of see-through vision. The experience of looking up through all of the house's spaces, even the most private spaces like the bathroom, is breathtakingly novel.

Read on for more about the phenomenon of window-less houses

The Leiria House (2010) appears as a ghostly reflection of the quintessential home. Image © FG+SG The U-House by Toyo Ito (1976). Image © Koji Taki The interior structure of the Vertical Glass House divides the floor area into four quadrants. Image Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ The source of illumination for the Ryunsenji House (2008) in Japan, is a light well on the roof. Image Courtesy of Uno Tomoaki +8

Bicom Communications / Jean De Lessard

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Bicom Communications / Jean De Lessard, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +12

Steve McQueen: A Master of Architecture in Film

00:00 - 5 March, 2014
Steve McQueen: A Master of Architecture in Film, Plantation in "12 Years a Slave". Image Courtesy of indienyc.com
Plantation in "12 Years a Slave". Image Courtesy of indienyc.com

"In a career that is still taking shape, the 44-year-old McQueen has already done more to make me rethink the relationship between the built environment and the camera than almost anybody in Hollywood." So says Christopher Hawthorne in his latest for the LA Times, where he examines the body of work of Steve McQueen - the director of Hunger, Shame, and the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave - and explores how McQueen "takes up architectural symbols in a sustained and strategic way." Read the fascinating article at the LA Times.

ARCHIST: Illustrations of Famous Art Reimagined as Architecture

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
ARCHIST: Illustrations of Famous Art Reimagined as Architecture, Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina has unveiled yet another playful collection of architecturally inspired illustrations: Derived from the "symbiotic relationship and implicit partnership" between art and architecture, Archist reinterprets the expressive language and aesthetic of prominent artists as built form. 

“Art and architecture are disciplines that speak and lightly touch each other, the definition and function of the architecture are changing constantly with the development of contemporary art,” described Babina. “I took pleasure imagining architecture steeped of art, designed and constructed through the interpretation of an artist’s language.”

Just imagine, what if Dalí designed a house or Miró a museum? See what Babina envisioned, after the break...

AD Classics: Kubuswoningen / Piet Blom

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
AD Classics: Kubuswoningen / Piet Blom, © Dirk Verwoerd
© Dirk Verwoerd

A popular tourist attraction and bizarre architectural experiment, the Kubuswoningen is located in the Oude Haven, the most historic section of Rotterdam’s port. Following the destruction of the Oude Haven during the Second World War, architect Piet Blom was asked to redevelop the area with architecture of character, presenting him the opportunity to apply his earlier cube housing exploration in Helmond to a more urban context.  Known for his desire to challenge conventions, Blom did not want the Kubuswoningen to resemble typical housing; he strived to dissolve the attitude that “a building has to be recognizable as a house for it to qualify as housing.”  During a time when the rebuilding of Rotterdam was pivotal, the Kubuswoningen served as an influential precedent for progressive and innovative architectural development.  

© Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd © Dirk Verwoerd +35

User-Generated Kyiv Ideas Competition

00:00 - 5 March, 2014
User-Generated Kyiv Ideas Competition

The recently announced 'User-Generated Kyiv Ideas Competition' is searching for creative ideas and architectural solutions on building a better city. In nowadays circumstances, where citizens arise and understand that a city should be built by its citizens, the competition aims to convert the maximum energy generated by the revolutionary wave into urban ideas and new functions of public space.

Black Cube House / KameleonLab

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Black Cube House  / KameleonLab, © Tomasz Zakrzewski
© Tomasz Zakrzewski
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wroclaw, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Kuba Wozniczka, Rafal Specylak
  • Collaborator

    Marek Wozniczka
  • Area

    235.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski +22

Norman Foster's Ultra-Thin Condominum Tower to Rise Above Seagram Building

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Norman Foster's Ultra-Thin Condominum Tower to Rise Above Seagram Building, 610 Lexington Avenue. Image © Foster + Partners
610 Lexington Avenue. Image © Foster + Partners

Construction is officially underway on 610 Lexington Avenue, a 700-foot ultra-thin condominium tower designed by Foster + Partners in New York City. Designed as a contrast to its neighboring landmark, Mies van der Rohe’s midcentury Seagram Building, the slim 61-story tower will feature 91 luxury units encased within a pure white glass facade.