Event: Tom Kundig and Mark Rozzo – Architectural Explorations in Books, a conversation presented by New York Public Library

Photo by Tom Bies | Courtesy of OSKA Architects

Tomorrow, the New York Public Library will be hosting a talk between architect of Olson Kundig Architects and Town & Country Executive Editor Mark Rozzo that will discuss “the role of place, nature, materials and craft in creating Kundig’s bold and sensitive designs”.  The talk is free for the public to attend and will feature Kundig’s most recent collection of houses: Tom Kundig: Houses 2. Continue reading for more details.

Gruta das Torres Visitor Centre / SAMI-architectos

© FG + SG architectural photography

Architects: SAMI-arquitectos – Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Location: Criação Velha, Pico Island, ,
Property, Owner of the building: Governo Regional dos Açores. Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e do Mar. Direcção Regional do Ambiente
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: FG + SG architectural photography

Talking to Clients


First of all, they probably don’t know what they’re talking about anyway. And, I think they asked for some kind of pastel. So, just nod often, eventually, they’ll go away.

If not.

Say things like:

“Trust me, I know what I’m doing.”


“No, that’s not going to work.”


“No, because it doesn’t fit with the “vocabulary” of the building”.

(Put “vocabulary” in “air-quotes” and raise your eyebrows.)

Try to look aloof. (well, of course)

When the client opens their copy of “Home and Garden” magazine to show you the kitchen that is “not exactly what they want, but it kind of gives you the overall idea”… try not to appear as if you want to stab them in the eye. Mention that Martha Stewart came up with a line of pottery while she was in prison. It was a custom line of nativity figurines. This might shift their attention. Then, spill your coffee on the magazine.

more tips on talking with clients from coffee with an architect after the break

Courtesy of V&A

V&A Museum of Childhood 140th Anniversary Celebration

This February until the first week of July, a selection of photographs and architectural drawings will be displayed at the V&A Museum of Childhood to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Museum opening in Bethnal Green. A Museum of Art…

La Maison Symphonique de Montréal / Diamond Schmitt Architects

© Cicada Design

Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects, Aedifica
Location: , Québec,
Project Team: A.J. Diamond, Gary McCluskie, Matthew Lella, Michael Treacy, Earle Briggs, Eric Lucassen, Jessie Waese, Cynthia Carbonneau, Marcin Ludwik Sztaba, Gary Watson
Acoustic Consultants: Artec
Project Year: 2011
Renderings: Cicada Design
Photographs: Tom Arban

Metropol Parasol / J. Mayer H + Arup

YouTube Preview Image

The destruction of the Mercado de la Encarnacion in left a huge void in the urban character of the city center which remained unfilled for over thirty years.  The market enriched the city with life, and with its absence, the vitality of the Plaza de la Encarnacion was soon challenged by the negative implications of economic downturn. In April of 2011,  Jürgen Mayer H and teamed to complete their solution for Seville’s central square – an architecture that brings a contemporary spirit to such a historical and traditional space.  Entitled Metropol Parasol, the massive timber structure (which is one of the largest timber structures built in the world)  draws residents and visitors back to the city center as its striking aesthetic provides a variety of markets and restaurants bounded by the dynamic shape of the parasols.  We enjoyed the video as it illustrates the impact architecture can bring economically and socially to enrich even one of the most established city centers in the world. The ability for the design team to look toward the future allows Seville to preserve its historic cultural prowress while not limiting itself for future greatness.  Special thanks to Marina from Arup for sharing the video with us!

Check out more images of the project after the break, and be sure to read our previous coverage on the project.

Courtesy of Yale School of Architecture

Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 1967–2012 Exhibition

Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 1967–2012 is the first U.S. retrospective since 1986 of the eminent Italian architect, artist, and designer. The exhibition, presented by the Yale School of Architecture from February 6 – May 4th, explores the arc…

Dulieu Residence / studio MWA

Courtesy of ltd.

Architect: studio MWA ltd. – studio Mikulcic Worldwide Architecture
Location: 1059 Akatarawa Road, , New Zealand
Client: Dianne & Barry Dulieu
Author of the project: DaVoR Mikulcic Dipl. Eng. Arch. (Sarajevo) ANZIA, RAIA
Project Team: DaVoR Mikulcic, Michael Maddern, David Thomson & Daniel Casas
Structural Engineer: ABUILD – Wellington (Mr. Michael Ives)
Land surveyor: Lendrums & Associates Ltd. – Upper Hutt
Geotechnical Engineer: ABUILD – Wellington
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of studio MWA ltd.

Courtesy of ZNA

Metro Station 20 Proposal / ZNA

Sofia’s new Metropolitan Station 20 on line 1 connects the nearby historic city with a modern and developing city center. It creates an underground world inspired by the cities’ culture and modern day aspirations. The design strategy by ZNA (Zeybekoglu …

Queen Anne Mid-Modern / Coop15 Architecture

© Will Austin

Architect: Coop15 Architecture
Location: , Washington, USA
Project Area: 2430 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Will Austin 

Courtesy of CUAC Arquitectura, Serrano + Baquero Arquitectos, Luis Miguel Ruiz Aviles

Europan 11 Proposal: Leeuwarden / CUAC Arquitectura, Serrano + Baquero Arquitectos, Luis Miguel Ruiz Aviles

The Europan 11 winning proposal by CUAC Arquitectura, Serrano + Baquero Arquitectos, and Luis Miguel Ruiz Aviles… arises Niwu Water Garden by the ensounter of three main materials: water, city and farmland. In a scenic enclave of particular importance to

Spa House / Metropolis Design

Courtesy of Metropolis Design

Architect: Metropolis Design
Location: Hout Bay, ,
Project Team: Jon Jacobson, Jenny Bath, Shani Schabort
Client: Cape Dream Stay
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Metropolis Design

K3 House / Bruce Stafford Architects

© Karl Beath

Architect: Bruce Stafford Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Bruce Stafford, Anna Antoniades, Rachel Kayode
Structural Engineer: Northern Beaches Consulting Engineers
Landscaping Consultant: Nicholas Bray Landscapes & Richard Allen Landscapes
Contractor: Horizon Habitats
Quantity Surveyor: Heymann-Cohen
Photographs: Karl Beath

Update: The Lens wins the St. Petersburg Pier Competition

The Lens ©

The Lens, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, has been selected as winner of the international competition to redesign the St. Petersburg Pier in . After over a month of debate, a jury of three architects and two elected officials selected the proposal, believing it to be the most practical and cost-effective design. The jury’s decision was consistent with the public’s opinion, as 68% of the public comments supported The Lens, 42% liked The Wave, while only 17% backed the Eye. Next, the St. Petersburg City Council will vote on February 2nd to decide whether or not they will approve the design. If the concept is accepted, the next year will be dedicated to involve the public in the creation of the final design.

Follow this link to watch the pier jury ranking. Find more information on the final proposal here.

Reference: WTSP 10 News, City of St. Petersburg

Brookvale Park / Tristan & Juliana

© Rupert Singleton

Architects: Juliana & Tristan
Location: ,
Project Area: 150 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Rupert Singleton, ImageGarden

Architectural Patents: On what Grounds?

Courtesy of ifoapplestore.com

We have all heard of patenting building systems, building technologies, details and of course, products.  But what about patenting architecture?  Jack Martin brought this to our attention in light of  successfully getting an for the design of a store in the Upper West Side in New York City, asking “On what grounds can you patent architecture?”  The inventors listed in the patent are architects Karl Backus, Peter Bohlin and George Bradley of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, and Robert Bridger, Benjamin L. Fay, Steve Jobs and Bruce Johnson for a design that Architect’s Newspaper describes as “meticulous and seamless as its clients”.

So, what is the extent of patenting architecture?  Structural systems, materials, details, conceptual strategies, the look of it?  We interpret architecture as a language in itself, but it is difficult to conceive of copyright infringement when it comes to architectural design because it is difficult to pin-point exactly what makes all of the parts of a building a copyrighted entity. What if Le Corbusier patented his designs?  Mies van der RoheFrank Lloyd Wright?  Their work and strategies have been copied and implemented all over the world to varying degrees.  So, where is the line between protecting an original idea and creating a barrier against progress? Or does this commercialization of architecture fuel competition to design better or design around strategies already patented? More after the break.

Spinpark / Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos

Courtesy of Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos

Architects: Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos
Location: Caldas das Taipas, ,
Client: Avepark, Parque de Ciências e Tecnologia
Project Area: 4.484 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos

Interview with Tom Kundig by Lawrence W. Cheek of SeattleMet

© Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects

In this interview published by Seattle Met,  Lawrence W. Cheek speaks with Tom Kundig, principal at Olson Kundig Architects.  Kundig has defined his career for designing homes that are flexible and considerate in their materials, functions, response to site and the way that the human body interacts with the space and mechanics of the environment.  This interview is excellent at revealing Kundig’s inspiration and priorities when it comes to designing homes and he mentions some great examples and strategies that he has taken over the years.

Here is just a list of the variety, but consistency, representative of Kundig’s work:

On January 25th at 6pm, will be speaking with Mark Rozzo at the Public Library about Tom Kundig: Houses 2.  More information on that event coming soon.

Follow us after the break for the full interview, courtesy of SeattleMET, ”Q&A with Architect Tom Kundig” by Lawrence W. Cheek.