P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S' Latest Expressive, Experimental Pavilion: Textile Room

00:00 - 16 August, 2013
P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S' Latest Expressive, Experimental Pavilion: Textile Room

This article originally appeared in Metropolis Magazine's Point of View Blog as "Working at the Crystalline Level."

Los Angeles-based P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S is among the most intriguing and progressive firms working in architecture today. They seem relentless in pushing boundaries in areas like ultra-light-weight high-tech materials and immersive media. They are also very thoughtful and patient in the way they approach design.

This is good because what they are engaged in and the way they work takes time. By collaborating with engineers and innovators in different industries they are slowly changing the way architecture is carried out and conceived on material and ontological levels. They don’t do spec homes, they do what’s new, and sometimes try to do what hasn’t been done yet.

Founder and co-principal Marcelo Spina and co-principal Georgina Huljich both teach, he at SCI-ARC and she at UCLA, where they pursue research interests with students and then reflect that back into their small but energetic practice tucked away in one of Los Angeles’ rustic urban edges, Atwater Village.

One thing to recently emerge from this office is the experimental carbon fiber pavilion they call Textile Room.

Rufo House / Alberto Campo Baeza

01:00 - 16 August, 2013
Rufo House / Alberto Campo Baeza, © Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toledo, Spain
  • Collaborating Architects

    Raúl Martinez, Petter Palander
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Javier Callejas, Courtesy of Alberto Campo Baeza

© Javier Callejas Courtesy of Alberto Campo Baeza © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas +17

Blue Hills House / la SHED architecture

01:00 - 16 August, 2013
© Maxime Brouillet
© Maxime Brouillet

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Ice Rink of Liège / L'Escaut Architectures + BE Weinand

01:00 - 16 August, 2013
Ice Rink of Liège / L'Escaut Architectures + BE Weinand, © Marc Detiffe
© Marc Detiffe
  • Architects

  • Location

    Liege, Belgium
  • Gappa Structure

    Yves Weinand, Arianit Shevelli Fluids: BET Nicolas Ingénieries
  • Technical control

    SECO L’Escaut Project Team: David Crambert, Annelies Kums, Michaël Bianchi, Olivier Bastin, Claire Laborde, François Lichtlé, Déborah Vanderlinden, Tilman
  • Health and Safety Coordinator

    SIXCO General contractor: Moury Construct Timber structure: Lamcol
  • Area

    7410.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Marc Detiffe © Marc Detiffe © Marc Detiffe © Marc Detiffe +31

Bodega de Sarría / Tabuenca & Leache

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
© José Manuel Cutillas
© José Manuel Cutillas
  • Architects

  • Location

    Extrarradio Señorío de Sarria, 3A, 31100 Señorio de Sarria, Navarra, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Fernando Tabuenca González, Jesús Leache Resano
  • Area

    443.47 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas +19

Arteche High Voltage Laboratory / ACXT

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
Arteche High Voltage Laboratory / ACXT, © Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mungia, Bizkaia, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Javier Aja
  • Area

    2285.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz +28

Infinity / Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners

01:00 - 15 August, 2013
Infinity / Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners, © Jean-Luc Laloux
© Jean-Luc Laloux

© Jean-Luc Laloux © Jean-Luc Laloux © Jean-Luc Laloux © Jean-Luc Laloux +17

Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee Granted Planning Permission

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
Kengo Kuma's V&A at Dundee Granted Planning Permission, © Kengo Kuma & Associates
© Kengo Kuma & Associates

After a slight redesign scaled the building’s stone facade back from the waters edge to reduce construction costs, Kengo Kuma & Associates has been granted planning permission from the city council’s development management committee to construct the V&A at Dundee. The “world-class,” competition-winning proposal will be the first V&A museum constructed outside of London, serving as an international center of design for all of Scotland. 

QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm Competition

01:00 - 15 August, 2013
QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm Competition, Courtesy of AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee
Courtesy of AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee

Launching August 22 at 6:30pm at the Center for Architecture, the QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm Competition supports Friends of the Queensway and The Trust for Public Land in their efforts to transform an abandoned rail right-of-way into a greenway serving diverse neighborhoods in central and southern Queens. Presented by The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA New York Chapter, this sixth biennial competition seeks to supplement the ongoing feasibility study for the railway’s transformation by proposing ways the future park can be activated in addition to recreation and leisure. With emphasis on the park’s access points the competition brief provides an opportunity to speculate about programming and design to extend street activity onto the railway. Submissions are due in January. For more information, please visit here.

Skype HQ / Design Blitz

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
© Hoffman Chrisman & Matthew Millman
© Hoffman Chrisman & Matthew Millman

© Hoffman Chrisman & Matthew Millman © Hoffman Chrisman & Matthew Millman © Hoffman Chrisman & Matthew Millman © Hoffman Chrisman & Matthew Millman +20

A.B. House / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi

01:00 - 15 August, 2013
A.B. House / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi, © Ovidiu Micsa
© Ovidiu Micsa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Timișoara, Romania
  • Architect in Charge

    Vlad Gaivoronschi
  • Design Team

    Alexandru Malaescu, Dan Damian, Andreea Simici
  • Structural Engineerng

    Micsa Gherasim
  • Interior Design, Landscaping

    Alexandru Malaescu
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Ovidiu Micsa © Ovidiu Micsa © Ovidiu Micsa © Ovidiu Micsa +37

Mixed Use Tower Winning Proposal / DOS Architects

01:00 - 15 August, 2013
Mixed Use Tower Winning Proposal / DOS Architects, Courtesy of DOS Architects
Courtesy of DOS Architects

Invited to take part in the competition setup by the site’s promoter, GWA (Grow Wealth Assets) in March this year, DOS Architects’ proposal for the Mixed Use development in Beijing was just announced as the winner. With the challenge of producing a unique and iconic building, their ‘Cantilevering courtyard tower’ consists of 219,000 sqm of mixed-use space including a hotel, office space, retail and residential units. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Why Architecture's Marketers Fail (And How to Fix It)

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
Why Architecture's Marketers Fail (And How to Fix It), Salvador Dali Museum / HOK. According to Mary Breuer, design consultant, HOK is one of those firms that “'gets' marketing and incorporates it into the fabric of the firm". Image Courtesy of HOK
Salvador Dali Museum / HOK. According to Mary Breuer, design consultant, HOK is one of those firms that “'gets' marketing and incorporates it into the fabric of the firm". Image Courtesy of HOK

This article, by Principal of Breuer Consulting Group, Mary Breuer, originally appeared in Dogpatch Dispatch as "Why Marketing People Fail."

In many firms, the marketing function is like a revolving door: a new director comes in; the coordinator resigns; the director stays for six months only to leave the AE industry. Two coordinators later, a new director is hired, doesn’t work well with the market sector leaders, and is asked to leave the firm. Pick up any “People on the Move” section in your local Business Times and there will inevitably be the smiling face of a new Marketing Manager or Director for some design firm in your town.

SOM Breaks Ground on Los Angeles' Courthouse

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
SOM Breaks Ground on Los Angeles' Courthouse, © SOM
© SOM

Just eight months after being awarded the design-build contract with Clark Construction Group, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) has broke ground on the new, $318 million United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. This is a long-awaited achievement for the city of Los Angeles, as attempts have been made to construct a new courthouse since 2007. However, despite having to abandoned a $1.1 billion Perkins + Will proposal years ago, many believe this sustainable and more cost-effective design by SOM was worth the wait. 

T2 Headquarters / Landini Associates

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
T2 Headquarters / Landini Associates, Courtesy of Landini Associates
Courtesy of Landini Associates
  • Architects

  • Location

    Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia
  • Project Design Team

    Mark Landini, Wenny Arief, Isti Yudibrata, Sarah Maclsaac
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Landini Associates

Courtesy of Landini Associates Courtesy of Landini Associates Courtesy of Landini Associates Courtesy of Landini Associates +13

The Architecture Days Festival

00:00 - 15 August, 2013
The Architecture Days Festival, Courtesy of European House of Architecture
Courtesy of European House of Architecture

Focusing on the subject, 'architecture in metamorphosis,' the 13th edition of The Architecture Days festival will include over 150 events taking place in various places throughout Alsace, France, Bade-Wurtemberg in Germany and Basel in Switerzland. WIth about 50,000 visitors expected to attend, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, movie screenings, tours, etc. will be going on from September 25 - November 7. The festival is the result of the work of the association Maison européenne de l'architecture - Rhin supérieur (European House of Architecture), its more than 200 volunteers, and cultural and institutional partners. The opening ceremony will take place at 6:00pm in Mulhouse. At 7:00pm, 2012 Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu will give a lecture about his work and his view of change and metamorphosis in architecture. For more information, please visit here.

Son Salat HQ / EcoDesignFinca

01:00 - 15 August, 2013
Son Salat HQ / EcoDesignFinca, Courtesy of EcoDESIGNfinca
Courtesy of EcoDESIGNfinca

Courtesy of EcoDESIGNfinca Courtesy of EcoDESIGNfinca Courtesy of EcoDESIGNfinca Courtesy of EcoDESIGNfinca +24

After-School Child Care Gistel / Buro II & Archi+I

01:00 - 15 August, 2013
© Klaas Verdru
© Klaas Verdru
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gistel, Belgium
  • Architect in Charge

    Tom Vandorpe
  • Designer

    Kevin Huysentruyt, Fanny Dorme
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru +24