“Made in China.” For so many in Western nations, this phrase conjures up a plethora of horrific images. There is the Human Rights argument: low wages, inhumane working conditions, and so forth. Then there is the issue of quality, as in, there is none.
First let’s talk about human rights in terms of manufacturing. The favored discourse is that Chinese factories exploit their employees and hence the resultant quality of the goods is far inferior. Sensational stories that support this conclusion always seem to cross international lines. Moreover, there are basic protestations of Human Rights’ violations and then the specter of Tibet is raised.
Sky Courts is a 20,000 sqf corporate club house that incorporate short-term housing, office space, and entertainment facilities utilizing the logics of the courtyard and sloped roof. The project packs several courtyards into a defined perimeter and utilizes the sloped roof to accommodate program in the wedge between courtyards, allowing the project to read as 100% courtyard from above. The complex lacks a single center; instead it is a network with multiple centers, and multiple paths, edges and liners. The sequence through these precincts creates a series of layered spaces that line exterior spaces, and views from one courtyard might look through perimeter spaces and into other courtyards.
Architects: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Location: Harads, Sweden
Chief Architects: Martin Videgård and Bolle Tham
Collaborators: Andreas Helgesson, Julia Gudiel Urbano, Mia Nygren
Client: Tree Hotel / Brittas Pensionat, Britta Lindvall and Kent Lindvall
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman
The American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Young Architects Forum (YAF) and Committee on Design (COD) have selected the recipients of the second annual YAF/COD Ideas Competition, sponsored by TOTO. Results in addition to images of the awarded projects with brief narratives from the designers can be found after the break.
This 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home encompasses the feel of an ideal family beach retreat. The main concern when designing this home was that the clients wanted to fill the home with as much natural light as possible. The previously standing home was demolished in order to build a completely new design because the previously standing home was dilapidated and in need of significant repair.
Yandex is the biggest and leading internet company in Russia, CIS and Russian-speaking countries. The Yandex office in Moscow is the 2nd office by za bor architects designed for this company. The office occupies all seven floors in one of two wings in the newly constructed business center «Krasnaya Roza» (eng: Red Rose) in Moscow. The wing is close to rectangle in section and consequently the office space is concentrated around the technical core with riser pipes. This construction peculiarity made it necessary to create sanitary facilities and other premises that demand water use — such as kitchens and coffee points — around them.
Architect: za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev
Location: Moscow, Russia
Project Area: 7000 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Zaytsev
A few days ago we featured, in progress, the WHATAMI project, winner of the 2011 Young Architect Program at the MAXXI. We are excited to announce that we have just received material from the finished project.
Architect: stARTT / Simone Capra, Claudio Castaldo, Francesco Colangeli, Andrea Valentini
Location: Rome, Italy
Project Year: 2011
Client: MAXXI Foundation and MOMA
Project Area: 600 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of stARTT
This pavilion will be open to public from June 23rd to October 16th, housing some events you can check in MAXXI foundation’s website.
Sydney based Tyrrell Studio has collaborated with Daniel Griffin to create a first prize winning entry to the 2011 international design competition Ideas on Edge Parramatta. The competition received over 150 entries, 40% international and the remainder from around Australia. There were 3 equal winners. Images of the winning entry and a narrative from the architects after the break.
Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City (LTDW) celebrates the power and energy of cutting edge design and technology emerging from Japan and its intersection with current trends materializing in Los Angeles. The four day festival open to the public, July 14th to July 17th, will present a series of programs that integrate Little Tokyo’s Big Three cultural institutions (Japanese American National Museum (JANM), Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, community partners, retailers, and restaurants and will engage local and international designers, artists, architects, filmmakers, corporations, and students from the Southern California region to explore possible scenarios for a ‘New Urban Lifestyle.’ LTDW is produced in collaboration with Community Arts Resources (CARS). More information can be found here.
Located on the edge of Thailand’s largest national park, Kaoyai National Park, the design for the Hilltop House revolved around the rocky and forested landscape. Hilltop House is a small house in a big plot of land; the total site area is approximately 8,000 sqm. The first requirement from the client was simply to design a 350 sqm house, and find the best spot for it. The remote end of the land was adjacent to Kaoyai Nation Park, and is home to a pile of 40 years old abandoned chunks of rocks, and couple of magnificent full-grown Ficus tree.
Architect: Openbox Company, ltd
Location: Nakornratchasima, Thailand
Project Team: Ratiwat Suwannatrai,Jirasart Pinjai,Akechai Jumnoun, Wannaporn Suwannatrai
Structural Engineer: Openbox Company, ltd
M&E Engineer: Openbox Company, ltd
Lighting Designer: FOS lighting studio: Thaneeya Yuktadatta
Contractor: Tweemongkol Construction 2000
Project area: 300 sqm
Project year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Pruk Dejkhamheang
Architects: Mladen Jadric Architects
Location: Vienna, Austria
Project team: Max Krankl (PA), Oliver Krieger, Wilhelm Schnabl, Thomas Galos, Zuzana Nagelova, Polina Petrova, Daniel Marin Romero, Mitra Pourazim, Jacobus Schlager
Client: GPA WBV
Landscaping: Mladen Jadric Architects
Project area: 1,235 sqm
Project year: 2004 – 2008
Photographs: Pez Hejduk Architekturfotografie