The design of the Two Towers, by MA2 in collaboration with CZ Visual Architecture, is a series of manipulated manifolds that construct a dual vertical lattice with angled surfaces. The towers radiate vertically deriving from a multi-sided body, diamond shaped, molded, intended for diversity, complexity, and robustness in form. Elongated diamond bodies functions as a poly-operational structure that addresses flows of energy, circulation, dynamic composites, both aesthetically and material make up. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation and co-sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, all are invited at attend the Second Wave of Modernism conference on Friday, November 18th at the Museum of Modern Art. The…
Architect: atelier alassoeur architecture(s) / Emmanuel Alassoeur
Location: Le Blanc, Indre, France
Client: Ville de Le Blanc
Collaborating Architect: Ludovic Biaunier
Construction Architect: scpa Coutant Oliviero
Structural Engineer: Jean Michel Hemery
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 952 sqm
Photographs: Brice Desrez
Earlier this month, a Washington D.C District chapter opened their doors to the streets near Chinatown and the Penn Quarter. The office joined other East Coast chapters in the movement promoting visibility, transparency and sustainability in architecture.
“It’s a clear, simple and concise concept,” says Thomas Corrado, project architect with Hickok Cole, the Washington firm that created the design. “The idea was about how to make the space a connection between architecture and the person on the street.”
The design exposes the inner workings of the chapter, building curiosity and creating an opportunity for conversation to the pedestrians passing by.
Have you ever rushed across your house to get something from another room, but by the time you got there you completely forgot why you were there? This might seem like a trivial question for architects, but it might have more to do with architecture than you might think. Your memory appears to be affected by how many doorways and rooms you go through. This sounds absurd, but a recent study published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology has been able to measure this effect at several different levels of environmental immersion. The study comes out of Norte Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky’s lab. Much of Professor Radvansky’s work explores how spatial organization can influence the mental narratives we construct to learn, retain and apply information. Radvansky believes, “many architects already intuitively grasp many of the concepts [his] work examines, but [his] research could further improve their understanding of how spatial design affects a building’s users.”
Unsangdong Architects have nearly finished the steel structure of the “Culture Forest”, revealing the distinctive figure of the Culture & Art Center in SeongDong-gu, Republic of Korea. Read the architect’s description and view schematic renderings on our previous post.
More photos after the break.
Architects: Unsangdong Architects – YoonGyoo Jang, ChangHoon Shin, SungMin Kim
Location: 656-323, SeongSu-dong, SeongDong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Client: Municipality of SeongDong-gu
Structure: Steel framed reinforcement concrete
Use: welfare, education and research, culture, nursery school
Site Area: 1694m2
Bldg Area: 1001.77m2
Gross Floor Area: 9597.37m
Ron Arad and Asa Bruno welcome BD to their studio for an exclusive view into the inner workings of their practice. In 1981, Ron Arad established his first design studio ‘one off ltd”. Over the years, the practice has evolved into Ron Arad Architects and has become known for their unique ethos that challenges the relationship between form and function.
You may have noticed Ron Arad’s unusual hat. He is also known for his eccentric hat designs that are undoubtedly consistent with his signature style.
Architects: Stanton Williams
Location: London, England
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 40,000 sqm
Architectural lighting: Spiers and Major
Landscape Architect: Townsend Landscape Architects
Facade consultant: Arup Facades Engineering
CDM coordinator: Scott Wilson
Photographs: Hufton+Crow, John Sturrock
Anchoring at the end of the proposed Hongqiao primary retail axis in Shanghai, and with a canal meandering through the northern edge of the site, the Linkong Block 10-1 Development is the destination for the public within the Linkong Business Park. The program for the development, ‘The Urban Crossing’, calls for a boutique urban mixed-use project with office, retail, gallery, conference center, and water promenade plaza. This concept by Aedas is to create a brand new landmark, which further establishes a strong civic presence through its iconic form and vibrant program mix. Portrayed as the Gateway of Hongqiao Airport Transportation Hub, the project is deemed to generate synergy from public and commercial activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Museum of Architecture and Design has published the first film from the series of six Small and Smart – Expressions of Contemporary Slovenian Architecture in Film: Biotechnical Faculty, ARK arhitektura Krušec (Ljubljana, 2009-2010). Small and Smart consists of six short films,…
Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Location: Toyota, Aichi, Japan
Site Area: 191.71 sqm
Built Area: 84.18 sqm
Total Floor Area: 101.94 sqm
Type of Construction: Wooden
Exterior Materials: Metal finish
Interior Materials: Paint finish
Design time：June2010 – February 2011
Structure company: Masaki structural laboratory
Construction company: Inoue construction Ltd
Photographer: Toshiyuki Yano