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Time Running Out for Melnikov House

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The Melnikov House, the unusual, cylindrical classic of Constructivism which was Konstantin Melnikov’s residence and studio, is on the brink of collapse. 

The Independent reports that nearby construction (which visibly moves the ground the building sits on) has weakened the 83-year-old foundations dangerously. Konstantin Melnikov’s grand-daughter (and current resident of the house), Ekaterina Karinskaya, further told The Independent that, due to broken heating pipes, the wooden house spent more than 50 days without heating in what were often sub-zero temperatures.

Although there have been interests expressed to turn the house into a museum, a tense legal debate between Ms. Karinskaya and a developer has put any plans on stand-still. Meanwhile, time is running out for the architectural icon.

More on the Melnikov House debate, after the break...

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Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Plan 01

In the virtualized information era, Plan 01 believes the design for the Helsinki Central Library should be more than ever a “physical space”. The project should be a place for sensory experience, a place where culture becomes an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas, a place where the civil forum is recovered from the virtual and returned to the urban world. Their concept becomes a symbol in stone and wood that opens its heart to the city and offers visitors a retreat for body and mind. More images and architects’ description after the break.

C.E.I.P Multiuse Room / Raúl del Valle

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

Architects: Raúl del Valle Location: Madrid, Spain Project Year: 2007 Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán, María José Fraile Monte

© María José Fraile Monte © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

Boltshauser Architekten Wins Competition To Design Basel Aquarium

Courtesy of Boltshauser Architekten
Courtesy of Boltshauser Architekten

Swiss architecture practice, Boltshauser Architekten, recently won an international competition to design a new aquarium in the center of Basel, Switzerland. Their concept, titled ‘Seacliff’, was noted by jury members as being the best match for the public image cultivated by the Basel Zoo. The above-ground building space proposed by Boltshauser was smaller than any of the other competition entries, offering the best solution from an urban development perspective. Beating out such prominent firms as Zaha Hadid Architects, David Chipperfield Architects, and Caruso St John Architects, Boltshauser’s winning project is due for completion in 2019 with an estimated cost of £54 million. More images and information after the break.

Temple University's Master of Architecture Program

Courtesy of Temple University
Courtesy of Temple University

Temple University’s Master of Architecture program is now accepting applications for fall of 2013. Located in Philadelphia, a thriving cultural center with a vibrant community of architects and designers, the program connects students with leaders in the profession, including local practitioners and prominent national educators. The Master of Architecture program of the Tyler School of Art is housed in the new architecture building within Temple University’s Center for the Arts, where students and faculty work alongside colleagues from Fine Arts, Music and Dance, Film and Media Arts, and Theater. The architecture building has state of the art equipment for digital fabrication and studios and labs for all of the department’s programs. Sponsored by Temple University

Films & Architecture: "Batman"

This week we’re going to spotlight one of our greatest contemporary filmmakers, Tim Burton. In the 1989 film Batman, Burton generates a whole gothic environment, full of art deco and art nouveau buildings within Gotham City. Locations were inspired by urban spaces from New York City, Los Angeles, West London, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Tokyo, to Hong Kong (even though Gotham City was a well-known nickname for New York City, before Batman was ever written).

If you didn’t check out our article on Architecture & Batman, do so now – and let us know which Director you think does Gotham best in the comments below…

'Live Share Grow' Farm Tower Proposal / Brandon Martella

With produce coming from the Imperial Valley, Central California Valley, neighboring states and other countries the 30,000 plus residents of San Diego’s central urban context consume 21,231,000 pounds of produce each year. Where will we get our food? Transparency in the food industry needs to occur and enlighten blinded consumers. Our city needs to handle this critical issue with an architecture that responds. A new type of residential tower needs to come forth. Utilizing vertical farming, Brandon Martella’s “Live Share Grow’ proposal is a new model of living can be tested and resolved in a dense vertical community. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Miami: America’s Next Great Architectural City?

Coconut Grove Condo / BIG; Image via DesignBoom
Coconut Grove Condo / BIG; Image via DesignBoom

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / FIRM a.d. + OKB Architecture

The Helsinki Central Library, designed by FIRM a.d. and OKB Architecture, is a hub of knowledge, where different people, communities and constituencies can come together. With their concept of ‘Geologies of Information’, their design expresses how if libraries were like sedimentary rocks, where layers of knowledge accumulated over time, libraries of the 21st century are like igneous rock in which different mediums of knowledge and learning are fused into a granular heterogeneous whole. More images and architects’ description after the break.

modeLab Algorithmic Design in Grasshopper

Taking place this Friday from 3:00pm to 5:30pm EST, the Algorithmic Design in Grasshopper webinar by modeLab will focus on creating algorithms using lists and transformations in Grasshopper, iteratively developing geometries inspired by nature. Through a series of short presentations and “live” case studies, learn strategies to discover forms that are defined by simple rules and incremental creation. With two instructors offering guided curriculum and continuous support, their goals is to provide you with an in-depth and personal learning experience. A video of the webinar as well as instructor files will be uploaded after the broadcast – all participants will have unlimited access to the webinar content and this video online. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Periscopio House / PRAUD

  • Architects: PRAUD
  • Location: Boulevard Costa del Sol, El Salvador
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of PRAUD

Courtesy of PRAUD Courtesy of PRAUD Courtesy of PRAUD Courtesy of PRAUD

Pencil Box / Paolo Didonè, Sergio De Gioia and Fabrizio Michielon

© Claudia Nalesso
© Claudia Nalesso
  • Architects: Paolo Didonè, Sergio De Gioia, Fabrizio Michielon
  • Location: Modena, Province of Modena, Italy
  • Architects: Paolo Didonè, Sergio de Gioia, Fabrizio Michielon
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Claudia Nalesso

© Claudia Nalesso © Claudia Nalesso © Claudia Nalesso © Claudia Nalesso

Summer House in Naxos / Ioannis Baltogiannis, Phoebe Giannisi, Zissis Kotionis, Katerina Kritou and Nikolaos Platsas

  • Architects: Ioannis Baltogiannis, Phoebe Giannisi, Zissis Kotionis, Katerina Kritou, Nikolaos Platsas
  • Location: Naxos, Greece
  • Architect in Charge: Ioannis Baltogiannis
  • Area: 280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Katerina Kritou & Nikolaos Platsas

Courtesy of Katerina Kritou & Nikolaos Platsas Courtesy of Katerina Kritou & Nikolaos Platsas Courtesy of Katerina Kritou & Nikolaos Platsas Courtesy of Katerina Kritou & Nikolaos Platsas

16 Social Housing For Granollers Town Hall / ONL Arquitectura

  • Architects: ONL Arquitectura
  • Location: C/ Ramon Dagà 17, Granollers, Spain
  • Arquitectos a Cargo: ONL arquitectura - Joan Nogué , Txema Onzain , Félix López
  • Collaborators: Féliz López, Mireia Marés, Anna Feu, Topo Abe
  • Structure: BIS Arquitectes
  • Constructor: Isoluxcorsan S.A.
  • Installations: PGIGRUP
  • Promotor: Granollers Promocions S.A.
  • Budget: € 1,805,660
  • Area: 2,350 sqm
  • Year: 2006
  • Photography: José Hevia

Bloom House / Greg Lynn

  • Architects: Greg Lynn
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Design Team: Jackilin Bloom, Brittney Hart, Chris Kabatsi, Brian Ha, Danny Bazil, Andreas Krainer
  • Architect of Record: Lookinglass Architecture & Design
  • Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineer: Storms & Lowe
  • Electrical Engineer: Storms & Lowe
  • Cost Estimator: Oliver Garrett Construction
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Richard Powers

© Richard Powers © Richard Powers © Richard Powers © Richard Powers

Gymnasium Régis Racine / Atelier d'Architecture Alexandre Dreyssé

© Clément Guillaume
© Clément Guillaume

© Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume

FIKA / ON design partners

  • Architects: ON design partners
  • Location: Nagasaki, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
  • Design Team: Osamu Nishida, Hirotaka Isshiki, Rie Yanai
  • Construction: Ohara Komusho
  • Structure: Ryuji Tabata/ASD
  • Site Area: 35.66 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 58.58 sqm
  • Area: 22.04 sqm
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura