Miniature Spaces Carved From Stone

Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Image © Matthew Simmonds

Matthew Simmonds, an art historian and architectural stone carver based in , has created a collection of exceptionally beautiful miniature spaces carved from stone. Having worked on a number of restoration projects in the UK – from Westminster Abbey to Ely Cathedral - his skills have been transferred into work of a much smaller, if not more intricate, scale. Hewn from large stone blocks (some of ), the level of intricacy Simmonds has achieved in the architectural detailing is almost incredible. Capitals, vaults and surfaces all distort and reflect light in a very beguiling way.

Arthur Andersson on Timeless Materials & Building “Ruins”

Tower House . Image © Art Gray

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural  in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Arthur Andersson of Andersson-Wise Architects wants to build ruins. He wants things to be timeless – to look good now and 2000 years from now. He wants buildings to fit within a place and time. To do that he has a various set of philosophies, processes and some great influences. Read our full in-depth interview with Mr. Andersson, another revolutionary ”Material Mind,” after the break.

On the Corner / Eastern Design Office

© Koichi Torimura

Architects: Eastern Design Office
Location: ,
Client: TOYO-KAIHATSU Co., ltd
Constructor: Okudakomuten Co., Ltd
Structure Planning: HOJO STRUCTURE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 261 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

The Mashrabiya House / Senan Abdelqader

© Amit Giron

Architects: Senan Abdelqader
Location: Jerusalem, Palestine
Project Area: 1700 sqm
Photographs: Amit Giron

Rishikesh House / Rajiv Saini

© Sebastian Zachariah

Architects: Mr. Rajiv Saini
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 640 sqm
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Brione House / Wespi de Meuron

© Hannes Henz

Architects: Markus Wespi Jérôme de Meuron architects
Location: Brione sopra Minusio, TI,
Construction Supervision: Guscetti Arch. Dipl., 6648 Minusio
Engineer: Anastasi SA, 6604 Locarno
Building Physics: IFEC Consulenze SA, 6802 Rivera
Contractor: Merlini + Ferrari SA, 6648 Minusio
Carpenter: Erich Keller AG, 8583 Sulgen
Project year: 2004-2005
Photographs: Hannes Henz

Wadi El Gemal Visitors Center / MADA Architects

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Architects: Egyptian Earth Construction Association
Location: ,
Project Team: Ramses Nosshi, Khaled El Hammamy, Gawad Hashish, Hany Attala, Ne’ama Allah Hisham, Rasha Abd el Salam
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Nour Rifai & Ramses Nosshi

Afife House / Alfredo Resende Arquitectos

© Luis Ferreira Alves

Architects: Alfredo Resende Arquitectos / João Resende, José Oliveira
Location: Viana de Castelo,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 245 sqm
Photographs: Luis Ferreira Alves

Fortress of Fortezza / Markus Scherer with Walter Dietl

© Alessandra Chemollo

Architects: Markus Scherer with Walter Dietl
Location: ,
Client: Autonome Provinz Bozen
Collaborator: Heike Kirnbauer, Elena Mezzanotte
Structural Engineering: Baubüro-Klaus Plattner, Bozen
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: René Riller, Alessandra Chemollo

Box House / Alan Chu & Cristiano Kato

 

© Djan Chu

Architects: Alan Chu & Cristiano Kato
Location: Ilhabela, Sao Paulo,
Project year: 2008
Site area: 8,000 sqm
Constructed area: 36 sqm
Photographs: Djan Chu

AD Classics: Armenian Opera Theater / Alexander Tamanian

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Opened in 1933 and completed in its current state in 1953, the Armenian Opera Theater was designed by Armenian architect .  The theater is one of Tamanian’s most profilic architectural works, which include a plethora of Armenian architectural icons such as his hydroelectric station (1926), Republic Square (1926–1941) and many others. 

Mortensrud church / JSA

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Architects: Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor
Location: Mortensrud, Oslo
Design Period: 1998 – 1999
Construction period: 2000-2002
Building Leader: Øivind Moen AS, Dag Solvang, Haavard Slaatten
Client: Kirkelig Fellesråd i Oslo, Terje Oterholt
Project Architects: Jensen & Skodvin, JanOlav Jensen (project leader), Børre Skodvin, AnneLise Bjerkan, Torunn Golberg, Torstein Koch, Siri Moseng, Einar Bjarki Malmquist
Artists: Gunnar Torvund (main altar piece & blue sculpture in chapel), Knut Wold ( piece in chapel)
Interior Architect Furniture: Terje Hope
Structural Engineer: ICG ASA / Einar Johansen, Ola Bjørn Petteresen, Gunnar Fuglerudsveen
Ventilation & Sanitary: Andersen & Johnsen AS, Bjørn Andersen
Budget: 5.500.000 EURO (US $8.42 millions)
Constructed Area: 2.200 sqm
Photographs: Jan Olav Jensen, Per Berntsen

Fyrstikkalleén School / GASA Architects

© Jiri Havran

Architects: GASA Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 14,500 sqm
Photographs: Jiri Havran

Ottmers House / Vincent Snyder Architects

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Architects: Vincent Snyder Architects Location: Fredericksburg, , USA Project Year: 2011 Project Area: 2200 sqf Photographs: Courtesy of Vincent Snyder Architects

Triplex House in Nakano / LEVEL Architects

© Kai Nakamura

Architects: LEVEL Architects
Location: , Japan
Project Year: 338.55 sqm
Project Area: 2010
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

Single Family House / Lucio Serpagli

© Olinto Malpeli

Architects: Lucio Serpagli
Location: Parma,
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 280 sqm
Photographs: Olinto Malpeli

Coín Courthouse / Donaire Arquitectos

© Fernando Alda

Architecture: Donaire Arquitectos
Location: Málaga,
Client: Consejería de Justicia de la Junta de Andalucía
Collaboration: Ignacio Núñez, Carmela Domínguez, Tibisay Cañas, Beatriz Hacar, Delia Pacheco Donaire, Jesús Núñez Bootello
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 2,205.30 sqm
Photographs: Fernando Alda

Hotel Hospes Palma / EQUIP Xavier Claramunt

© Adrià Goula

Architects: EQUIP Xavier Claramunt
Location: Calvià,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 5,500 sqm
Photographs: Adrià Goula