Surface Deposit is the first Philadelphia exhibition of Lead Pencil Studio, a Seattle-based collaboration between Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo. Extending from a traditional training in architecture, Lead Pencil Studio works across multiple disciplines to explore spatial conditions, material, and form through large-scale installations.
Surface Deposit is an exhibition of fragmented sculptural assemblages based on the analysis and research of digital data collected by a 3-dimensional laser over several months during the summer of 2010. Incorporating various materials, including remnants from Tyler School of Art’s former campus in Elkins Park, PA, Lead Pencil Studio will explore notions of accumulation through elements of architecture that are not inherent to a structure’s original design. Their practice is self-described as “architecture in reverse…our projects are everything about architecture with none of its function…spaces with no greater purpose than to be perceived and question the certainty posited by the man-made world.”
The exhibition will be open until February 26. More information can be found here.
Recycling a single story suburban house located on a busy corner site, the Jigsaw Residence introverts itself in a continuous spatial flow around an open air courtyard carved from the home’s remains. A matrix of spaces is linked by movement through them as storeys merge and spaces relate to each other as they rise and fall in a series of interlocked puzzle-like volumes giving a unique three dimensional framework to each space where plan and section respond to program simultaneously.
Follow the break for more photographs and drawings of Jigsaw Residence.
Architects: David Jameson Architect
Location: Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Principal: David Jameson, FAIA
Project Architect: Matthew Jarvis
General Contractor: A&F Applicators, Inc., Steve Howard
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography
Architects: Mitchell Taylor Workshop
Location: Bristol, England
Project Team: Kris Eley, Rob Mitchell, Tinyue Liu
Client: The Governors, Badminton School
Structural Engineering: Hyder Consulting
Main Contractor: Carter Construction
Project Area: 1,909 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Edmund Sumner
In recognition of his contributions to architecture in both theory and practice Fumihiko Maki was recently named the 2011 AIA Gold Medal Winner. Maki, arguably one of Japan’s most distinguished living architects, will be honored with the award in New Orleans at the AIA National Convention.
“He has a unique style of Modernism that is infused with an ephemeral quality and elegance which reflects his Japanese origin. What stands out most about Mr. Maki is the consistent quality of his work at the highest caliber and the creation of ineffable atmospheres; his buildings convey a quiet and elegant moment of reflection,” colleague Toshiko Mori, FAIA, said of Maki.
Also noteworthy is Fumihiko Maki’s close working relationship with each employee. Forty architects, urban planners, and administrative personnel, make up the staff of Maki and Associates, which is the type of working environment where each member is involved in and responsible for all aspects of projects. Maki himself is at the head of each commission and maintains the leadership role through to completion, including construction supervision. Established in 1965 Maki and Associates throughout its 42 years has been based in Tokyo, Japan. Maki studied at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art, but has spent the majority of his life in Japan.
Examples of Maki’s work include:
The Spiral in Tokyo, Japan
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California
The Kaze-No-Oka Crematorium in Kyushu, Japan
Triad in Nagano, Japan
The Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Maki is the 67th AIA Gold Medalist and joins a prestigious list including Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Renzo Piano, I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, Santiago Calatrava and last year’s recipient, Peter Bohlin, FAIA.
He has received numerous awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1993.
As part of his series dealing with forgotten monuments from the communist era in Bulgaria, Nikola Mihov has shared with us his story and photos of the many iconic communist era monuments in Bulgaria that were dismantled after the fall of the totalitarian regime in 1989. Nevertheless, more than one hundred important monuments built between 1945 and 1989 remain standing. The majority of these sites are not recognized by the state and they remain ownerless. Their exact number is unknown and it is difficult to find information about their authors and their history. More images and his story after the break.
Since the 1950s, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House has rested peacefully in a cornfield in Plano, Illinois. Now, the house will be getting a new neighbor – VirginiaTech’s winning Solar Decathlon residence, Lumenhaus (be sure to check out our previous coverage of the house here). As the name suggests, the residence focuses on maximizing the exposure to natural light (Lumen meaning power of light), and in terms of aesthetics, the house also pays homage to the BauHaus movement.
More about the Lumenhaus after the break.
Located in Orcas Island, Washington, Suncrest Residence sits among trees, rocks, ponds, and bald eagle nests. Heliotrope Architects designed this new residence to minimize site disturbance and blend in with its existing environment. The result is an award winning residence (Merit Award 2010 AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture). More photographs and drawings following the break.
Architects: Heliotrope Architects
Location: Orcas Island, Washington, USA
Structural: Swenson Say Faget
General Contractor: Ravenhill
Project Area: 3,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Sean Airhart and Benjamin Benschnieder
Architects: Dear Architects
Location: Monterrey, México
Collaborators: Margarita Flores, Rubén Octavio Sepúlveda Chapa, Abel Salazar, Lucia Castro, Susana García, Ana Paulina Reyes
Project area: 300 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Karen Mendoza, Dear Architects
Beijing-based MAD Architects have just shared their design for a Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin, China with us. Harbin is currently experiencing a period of rapid expansion and the new museum will allow the growing city to define itself as a regional hub for the arts. Inspired by the unique local winter landscapes, the museum is a contrast between the elegance of nature and the speed of daily life. Its 200 meter long body is shaped as a frozen fluid that reflects and explores the relation between the building and the environment.
More about the museum, including more images after the break.
The Miner’s Refuge, intended as a weekend retreat, is carefully sited at the base of the hillside and tucked into the tree line to take advantage of and preserve the surrounding views. Designed by Johnston Architects its mass is dug into the topography, anchoring the structure to the site. The outdoors is pulled in through dramatic open views. The protected patio and expansive vista of meadow and mountain are incorporated as major components of the design. More photographs and drawings following the break.
Architects: Johnston Architects
Location: Mazama, Washington, USA
Partner in Charge: Ray Johnston
Project Team: Eli Troyke, Christina Haislip, Megan Sheets
Structural Engineer: BTL Engineers
Landscape Architect: Windy Valley Landscaping
Contractor: North Cascades Construction, Inc
Structural Elements/Systems: Alpine Welding
Client: Gaylord & Worthington
Project Area: 1,867 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Will Austin Photography
Grand Library of Québec / Patkau Architects with Croft Pelletier and Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés
The Grand Library of Québec consolidates a number of collections dispersed throughout the province to create a resource library for the region as well as a central public library for the city of Montreal. The building contains four major components: a general library, a children’s library, the collection Québécoise (historic documents pertaining to Quebec), and an assortment of public spaces outside the library control zone.
Architects: Patkau Architects in collaboration with Croft Pelletier and Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Client: Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
Project Area: 350, 000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: James Dow, Bernard Fougeres, and Patkau Architects