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Inside SeARCH's Utopian Hobbit Hole at the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

00:00 - 31 July, 2014
Inside SeARCH's Utopian Hobbit Hole at the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, © Ronald Tilleman
© Ronald Tilleman

Windowless, sparse, and connected to nature — this is how architecture and urban design firm SeARCH envisions the home of the future. In their new project "Yourtopia," they challenge stereotypical ideas about what a home should be and demonstrate an awareness about our relationship with our environment. This article originally published on Metropolis Magazine investigates the home's minimal design and construction process.

Our homes shield us from distractions so that we may cultivate our own interests and, in the process, sense of selves. Dutch architecture firm SeARCH has taken this idea to the extreme with “Yourtopia”, a temporary refuge that radically reconsiders what a home can be.

More on Yourtopia's radical living environment after the break

Rubber Holiday Home / Benthem Crouwel Architects

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Rubber Holiday Home / Benthem Crouwel Architects, © Jannes Linders
© Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Texel, The Netherlands
  • Lead Architect

    Mels Crouwel
  • Project Team

    Mels Crouwel, Pia Hanhijärvi, Jos Wesselman, Volker Krenz
  • Area

    135.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Diébédo Francis Kéré / Kéré Architecture

01:00 - 31 July, 2014

Award-winning African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré is renowned for his cross-cultural approach to architecture. Although his office, Kéré Architecture, is based in Berlin, many of his projects are carried out in his native West African country Burkina Faso, where he is known for incorporating local materials and talent into his designs.

Mamun Residence / Shatotto

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Mamun Residence / Shatotto, Courtesy of Shatotto
Courtesy of Shatotto

Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Shatotto

Till House / WMR Arquitectos

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Till House / WMR Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    El Arco, Navidad, Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Felipe Wedeles, Jorge Manieu, Macarena Rabat
  • Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Room 13 / Mitchell Taylor Workshop

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Room 13  / Mitchell Taylor Workshop, © Piers Taylor
© Piers Taylor

© Piers Taylor © Piers Taylor © Piers Taylor © Piers Taylor +18

Temple of Agape / Morag Myerscough + Luke Morgan

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Temple of Agape / Morag Myerscough + Luke Morgan, © Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

© Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner +30

Norman Foster Joins Hollywood Stars in Petition Against Venice Cruise Ships

00:00 - 31 July, 2014
Norman Foster Joins Hollywood Stars in Petition Against Venice Cruise Ships, © Flickr CC User Ed Wohlfahrt
© Flickr CC User Ed Wohlfahrt

Over 50 Leading figures from architecture, art, film and fashion - Including Norman Foster, the director of London's National Gallery Nicholas Penny, the director of the Guggenheim Foundation Richard Armstrong, and Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Michael Douglas, Julie Christie, Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton and Rob Lowe - have signed a petition pleading Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Italian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dario Franceschini to keep large cruise ships out of Venice.

The petition, created by the UNESCO-backed Association of the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice, says is a reaction to both the aesthetic intrusion caused by the cruise liners, but also what it believes is a "probable risk of catastrophe" due to the possible effects that such large ships could have on the fragile Lagoon surrounding Venice.

More on the cruise ship controversy after the break

Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil's Acquario Ceará Aquarium

00:00 - 31 July, 2014
Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil's Acquario Ceará Aquarium, Courtesy of Zahner
Courtesy of Zahner

The Brazilian coastal city of Fortaleza, one of the host cities for the 2014 Brazil World Cup, will soon be home to one of the world's largest aquariums. Designed by Leonardo Fontanelle (Imagic Brasil), Acquire Ceará is projected to be the third largest building of its type and is intended to provide a lasting beacon for tourism in the area. Zahner, a US company known for their ability to design and create complex façades (including the Petersen Automotive Museum by Kohn Pedersen Fox) have been tasked with constructing twenty three curving "legs" which support the structure of "the Manta and Sea Urchin-shaped roof surface". Zahner's President, William Zahner, believes that "this is perhaps the most intricate building ever constructed in the Americas."

See Zahner's prototype and images of the aquarium after the break.

A-2 House / Architect Show

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
A-2 House / Architect Show, © Toshihisa Ishii
© Toshihisa Ishii

© Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masahiko Sato
  • Builder

    Shiraishi construction Co.,Ltd
  • Area

    195.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Patio / Yaita and Associates

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Patio / Yaita and Associates, © Shigeo Ogawa
© Shigeo Ogawa

© Shigeo Ogawa © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shigeo Ogawa © Shinkenchiku-sha +26

Azur Arena / Auer Weber

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Azur Arena / Auer Weber, © Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Azur Arena Antibes, 06600 Antibes, France
  • Design Architecture

    Auer+Weber+Assoziierte
  • Area

    12120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Villa Sottanis Library and Gamesroom / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Villa Sottanis Library and Gamesroom / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo, © Ernesta Caviola
© Ernesta Caviola

© Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Annuti, 36, 16030 Casarza Ligure Genoa, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo
  • Design Team

    Simonetta Cenci, Stefania Bracco, Luca Bonsignorio, Francesca R. Pirrello, Francesca Recagno, Ilaria Sisto, Sara Traverso
  • Collaborators

    Francesca Ameglio, Cinzia Avanzi, Lorenza Barabino, Chiara Braida, Elena Frigo, Domenica Laface
  • Area

    581.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Ernesta Caviola, Courtesy of 5+1AA

Pandora Media Inc. New York Office / ABA Studio

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Pandora Media Inc. New York Office / ABA Studio, © Durston Saylor
© Durston Saylor

© Durston Saylor © Durston Saylor © Durston Saylor © Durston Saylor +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY 10168, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    ABA Studio, Andrew Bartle Architects
  • Project Management

    WG Project Managment
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Pangbourne Communications Centre / Mitchell Taylor Workshop

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
© Peter Cook
© Peter Cook

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook +24

Gehry to Design Campus for Non-Profit in Los Angeles Neighborhood

00:00 - 31 July, 2014
Gehry to Design Campus for Non-Profit in Los Angeles Neighborhood, Watts Tower.  Image via <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>Wikimedia</a>
Watts Tower. Image via Wikimedia

Frank Gehry, renowned for his often enormous public works projects, is turning his attention to something on a smaller scale: a campus for the non-profit organization CII (Children’s Institute Inc.) in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts. Perhaps best known for Watts tower, the architecture of Watts is shaped by limited income and the need to deter vandalism. according to the LA Times Gehry’s intervention will hopefully be a tipping point for a neighborhood desperate to change not just its aesthetic but its future. Read the full article about the project here.

stadiumconcept and IAA architecten Create Stadium with Tractor Valve Columns

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Exterior View. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten
Exterior View. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten

Designed to seat 33,000 people, stadiumconcept and IAA architecten’s proposal for Minsk’s newest football stadium has a unique and allusive form. The column-like supports of the stadium roof resemble tractor valves, a reference to Minsk’s booming tractor fabrication industry. These tapering columns provide a signature identity for a building that, in addition to being a stadium, will serve the city as a shopping and business center.

Exterior View. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten Night View. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten Interior View. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten Roof Plan. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten +6

G-ROC / Nook Architects

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
G-ROC / Nook Architects, © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual
© Nieve | Productora Audiovisual

© Nieve | Productora Audiovisual © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual +21