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House in Rubianes Refurbishment / Nan Arquitectos

01:00 - 10 August, 2014
House in Rubianes Refurbishment / Nan Arquitectos, © Santos-Diez
© Santos-Diez

© Santos-Diez © Santos-Diez © Santos-Diez © Santos-Diez +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    PAZO DE RUBIANES, 36619 Vilagarcía de Arousa, Pontevedra, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Alberto F. Reiriz, Vicente Pillado, Wenceslao Lopez
  • Collaborators

    Eleazar Álvarez
  • Area

    49.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Can Buildings Make Us Healthier?

00:00 - 10 August, 2014
Can Buildings Make Us Healthier?, Staircases at Wieden+Kennedy NY by WORKac. Image © Bruce Damonte
Staircases at Wieden+Kennedy NY by WORKac. Image © Bruce Damonte

Since we spend most of our waking hours in buildings, shouldn't they be designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle? It turns out there are many ways in which architects can design spaces that encourage us to exercise as part of our daily routine. Likewise there are many design features that often dissuade people from physical activity. For example, while a dark or secluded staircase may be off-putting, centrally located and open staircases tend to be used even more than elevators. Find out how buildings can serve as our personal trainers in this article from Fast Co. Design, “How To Keep Our Buildings From Making Us Fat.”

The Workshop / Guy Hollaway Architects

01:00 - 10 August, 2014
The Workshop / Guy Hollaway Architects, © Charles Hosea
© Charles Hosea

© Charles Hosea © Charles Hosea © Charles Hosea © Charles Hosea +17

Ganei Shapira Affordable Housing / Orit Muhlbauer Eyal Architects

01:00 - 10 August, 2014
Ganei Shapira Affordable Housing / Orit Muhlbauer Eyal Architects, © Shai Epstein
© Shai Epstein

© Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Arye De Modena Street 17, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Lead Architect

    Hila Berger, Shay Naim
  • Main Supplier

    Layish Metal Industries LTD
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

JAJA Designs "Park 'N' Play" Parking Garage in Copenhagen

00:00 - 10 August, 2014
JAJA Designs "Park 'N' Play" Parking Garage in Copenhagen, Exterior View. Image © JAJA Architects
Exterior View. Image © JAJA Architects

With the intention of creating a beautiful public space from what is usually a one-function building, JAJA architects are redefining what a parking deck can be. Their recent competition entry for a parking garage in the city of Nordhavn, Copenhagen is an inviting structure that incorporates green facades and a rooftop playground, making full use of its placement in an up-and-coming urban neighborhood. Read all about the aptly named “Park ‘N’ Play”, after the break.

The Rooftop Playground. Image © JAJA Architects A Closeup of the Stairs. Image © JAJA Architects The Entrance. Image © JAJA Architects Night View. Image © JAJA Architects +8

The Kindergarten of the German School of Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects

01:00 - 10 August, 2014
The Kindergarten of the German School of Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects, © Charalambos Louizidis
© Charalambos Louizidis

© Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis +30

Acoustic Shells / Flanagan Lawrence

01:00 - 10 August, 2014
Acoustic Shells / Flanagan Lawrence, Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence
Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence

Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Littlehampton, West Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Project Year

    2014

Could Detroit's Most Remarkable Ruin Finally Have a Future?

00:00 - 10 August, 2014
Could Detroit's Most Remarkable Ruin Finally Have a Future?, © Flickr user Vishal Patel via Huffington Post
© Flickr user Vishal Patel via Huffington Post

Originally posted on the Huffington Post's Home Section as "How a Historic Movie Palace Became America's Most Unusual Parking Garage," this article tells of both the history and the possible future of the Michigan Theater - once one of Detroit's most opulent nights out, but now a crumbling (albeit oddly magnificent) parking garage. Emblematic of the city's rapid decline, it turns out the recently-purchased Michigan Theater may also be a symbol of the city's regeneration.

An inventor's workshop. A movie palace. A rock club. A car park. A skate park. The backdrop for Eminem videos. Now it's one of America's strangest parking garages, but a peek inside the Michigan Theatre reveals why it's remained a landmark -- and has a unique story that explains a lot about the importance of preserving cities' historic architecture.

The former theater is attached to the Michigan Building, a partially occupied office tower, and might look familiar to some who have sought out urban decay photos. There's something radically visceral about cars parked in the garage under the crumbling but ornately decorated ceilings of the site that in its heyday hosted legends like the Marx Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Doris Day.

Read more on the theater's unusual, inspiring story after the break

South 5053 Apartments / Shatotto

01:00 - 9 August, 2014
South 5053 Apartments / Shatotto, Courtesy of Shatotto
Courtesy of Shatotto

Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto Courtesy of Shatotto +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Project Year

    2013

Video: Re-imagining Paris Through Archi'llusion

00:00 - 9 August, 2014

Have you ever treated a famous city like your very own sketchbook? Claire and Max of Menilmonde did just that. The duo re-envisioned the buildings and monuments of Paris by capturing the lower stories through video and sketching imaginary additions in a project that viscerally challenges pre-conceived attitudes towards iconic structures. Take a walk through the City of Love and experience it anew as a work of art.

Folklore Meets Design, Architecture and Light Deep in the Canadian Forest

00:00 - 9 August, 2014

Imagine yourself standing at a glowing threshold between reality and make believe, watching as mythical creatures dash across trees and into other dimensions. Imagine a world where the glimmer of fairies is reflected on a forest floor illuminated by trees of all colours; a world where a sea of stars transforms into an imaginary wolf, standing sentinel over its fairy tale universe. This enchanted world exists, thanks to the creatives at Moment Factory. In their Foresta Lumina video mapping project, they create a narrative installation set in the mysterious backwoods of Quebec, Canada. Find out how they add a little fantasy to ordinary reality after the break.

Could a Window Office Help You Sleep Better?

00:00 - 9 August, 2014
Could a Window Office Help You Sleep Better?, Generous office windows such as in The Lantern by zigzag architecture might actually help you sleep at night. Image © Julien Lanoo
Generous office windows such as in The Lantern by zigzag architecture might actually help you sleep at night. Image © Julien Lanoo

Having an office with a view may be more than just a symbol of seniority. New findings show that there are public health benefits associated with working by a window, Fast Co Design reports. An interdisciplinary group of architects and medical researchers compared workers exposed to natural light with those who aren’t, and found that window workers sleep, on average, 46 minutes more a night. They also scored better on self-report health and sleep surveys. Learn more about the study in the full article, “Workers in Windowless Offices Lose 46 Minutes of Sleep a Night,” at Fast Co Design and start convincing your boss that it’s time you had a window office!

The Dalmeny / Enter Projects

01:00 - 9 August, 2014
© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +20

Will Alsop Designs Apartment Tower on Stilts for London's South Bank

00:00 - 9 August, 2014
Will Alsop Designs Apartment Tower on Stilts for London's South Bank, Courtesy of aLL Design
Courtesy of aLL Design

Led by Will Alsop, aLL Design’s funky apartment tower will soon add a whole lot of interest to London’s south bank. The tubular building, which tapers at the bottom and top, will rise above an existing four-storey building on purple stilts and be adorned with corten steel cladding, brightly colored balconies, and irregular rounded windows. Each apartment will include two balconies overlooking the River Thames and the neighboring heliport – bringing about the name “Heliport Heights.” To learn more about the lively design, keep reading after the break.

Metropolitan Institute of Desing / Mauricio González González

01:00 - 9 August, 2014
Metropolitan Institute of Desing / Mauricio González González, © Gabriel González
© Gabriel González

© Gabriel González © Gabriel González © Gabriel González © Gabriel González +19

Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 8

00:00 - 9 August, 2014
Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 8, Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hélène Binet
Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hélène Binet

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. The following chapter outlines architecture’s connection to biology, and how biology influences our perception of form. If you missed them, make sure to read the previous installments here.

The idea of a biological connection to architecture has been used in turn by traditional architects, modernists, postmodernists, deconstructivists, and naturally, the “organic form” architects. One might say that architecture’s proposed link to biology is used to support any architectural style whatsoever. When it is applied so generally, then the biological connection loses its value, or at least becomes so confused as to be meaningless. Is there a way to clear up the resulting contradiction and confusion?

Student Hall of Residence + Family Homes / Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

01:00 - 9 August, 2014
Student Hall of Residence + Family Homes / Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes, Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes
Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes

Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes Courtesy of Babled Nouvet Reynaud Architectes +30

House in a Wall / Sérgio Koch

01:00 - 9 August, 2014
House in a Wall / Sérgio Koch, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +23