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L'And Vineyards Hotel / PROMONTORIO + Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Véolia Environnement Centre / Arte Charpentier Architectes

© Geraldine Bruneel © Geraldine Bruneel © Paul Kozlowski © Geraldine Bruneel

Zumthor Vacation Homes For Let

Photographer Ralph Feiner © Zumthor Ferienhäuser
Photographer Ralph Feiner © Zumthor Ferienhäuser

“Our Leis houses have big windows. They extend from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling. They frame the landscape and welcome its images inside the house. [...] Walking through the house means moving from view to view. The presence of the solid timber is tangible everywhere, intimate and close to the body; gentle, silky and shiny, it radiates in the light.” (trans. Catherine Schelbert)

Few architects’ words can match the poetry of their designs, but Peter Zumthor’s description of his timber Leis houses is so delectable, it makes you want to hop a plane and go live in one yourself.

Well, now’s your chance. For the first time, Zumthor and his wife Annalisa are renting out one of the 3-year-old houses (originally designed and built for the pair themselves) as a vacation home.  

Of course, it won’t come cheap. Prices range from CHF 3,500 to CHF 4,800 (about $4,000 to $5,000 USD) per week. 

More info and images of the Leis homes, after the break...

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Dolomitenblick / PLASMA Studio

  • Architects: PLASMA Studio
  • Location: 39030 Sesto, South Tyrol, Italy
  • Design Team: Nicoletta Gerevini, Peter Pichler, Daniela Walder, Maya Shopova, Libny Pacheco
  • Area: 1,050 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus

House Uesslingen / Spillmann Echsle Architekten

  • Architects: Spillmann Echsle Architekten
  • Location: Iselisbergstrasse, 8524 Uesslingen-Buch, Switzerland
  • Architect In Charge: Monika Moor
  • Construction Management: Haeni Baumanagement, Uesslingen
  • Main Constructor: Kaufmann Oberholzer, Schönenberg
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei

Villa L2 / Barré Lambot Architectes

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects: Barré Lambot Architectes
  • Location: Olonne-sur-Mer, France
  • Building Services Engineering: ISOCRATE
  • Economist: ROUSSEAU
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

Phuket Gateway / IDIN Architects

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2013 ARCHIPEDIUM Architectural Calendar

Archipendium 2013 architecture shows great examples of modern architecture around the world. Altogether 365 different architectural offices are featured, among others BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Chaix & Morel, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, David Chipperfield, Delugan Meissl, Eisenman Architects, Foster+Partners, gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Graft, Jean Nouvel, King Kong, Massimiliano Fuksas, MVRDV, OMA, Steven Holl Architects, Tony Fretton, UNStudio and Zaha Hadid. In order to get an authentic overview of modern architecture the architects found themselves faced with the choice of projects and contents. 

modeLab Introduction to Physics-Based Design with Kangaroo Webinar

Taking place January 11th from 2:00pm-4:30pm EST, modeLab‘s Introduction to Physics-Based Design with Kangaroo Webinar applies physical properties and forces to geometry to offer a fun and interactive way to implement physics-based constraints into your parametric workflows. Through a series of short presentations and “live” exercises, learn essential techniques for setting up and developing Simulations with Kangaroo in Grasshopper, ranging from particle systems to spring networks. This webinar will last 2.5 hours including multiple open Q & A sessions and all participants will have unlimited access to the webinar content and this video online after the broadcast. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Biological Concrete for a Living, Breathing Facade

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© cowbite

The future of design requires thinking innovatively about the way current construction techniques function so we may expand upon their capabilities. Sustainability has evolved far beyond being a trend and has become an indelible part of this design process. Sustainable solutions have always pushed against the status quo of design and now the Structural Technology Group of Universitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaTech (UPC) has developed a concrete that sustains and encourages the growth of a multitude of biological organisms on its surface. We have seen renditions of the vertical garden and vegetated facades, but what sets the biological concrete apart from these other systems is that it is an integral part of the structure. According to an article in Science Daily, the system is composed of three layers on top of the structural elements that together provide ecological, thermal and aesthetic advantages for the building. More after the break.

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The Evolution of Elevators: Accommodating the Supertall

Ping An Finance Center © KPF
Ping An Finance Center © KPF

Elevators have been around for quite a long time; maybe not those that soar to hundreds of feet in a matter of seconds, but the primitive ancestors of this technology, often man-powered, were developed as early as the 3rd century BC.  These early wheel and belt operated platforms provided the lift that would eventually evolve into the “ascending rooms” that allow supertall skyscrapers (above 300 meters) to dominate skylines in cities across the world. Elevators can be given credit for a lot of progress in architecture and urban planning.  Their invention and development allowed for the building and inhabiting of the structures we see today. Supertall skyscrapers are becoming more common as cities and architects race to the top of the skyline, inching their way further up into the atmosphere.  These buildings are structural challenges as engineers must develop building technologies that can withstand the forces of high altitudes and tall structures.  But what of the practical matter of moving through these buildings?  What does it mean for vertical conveyance?  How must elevators evolve to accommodate the practical use of these supertall structures?

The Lodge School Ricaut XIII / Metek Architecture

Located in a residential street, near the lively neighborhood of Place d’Italie, the new lodge of the School Ricaut displays its large yellow cube, which replaces the old entrance, refining the main access point and offering a work space that is simultaneously visible and independent of the adjoining staff accommodation. Designed by Metek Architecture, the yellow module of the new lodge fits into the openings of the building, just like the toy building blocks used by children. Prefabricated with a light wood frame, the lodge is conceived as a piece of urban furniture. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Central Michigan University Events Center / SmithGroupJJR

  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Area: 6741.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

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Campos Pharmacy / e|348 Arquitectura

  • Architects: e|348 Arquitectura
  • Location: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
  • Project Architects: Nuno Pinheiro, António Teixeira
  • Constructor: Clipharma
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio

© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio