U.S. Forest Service develops Wood-based Nanomaterial

Micrograph picture of cellulose nanocrystals combined with PMMA fibers. Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

A -based composed of cellulose nanocrystals and cellulose nanofibrils is being evaluated at the Forest Products Laboratory, in support of a project at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland. The material, presumably stronger than Kevlar, is being produced to create clear composites as reinforced glass for clear applications.  US Forest Services has opened a $1.7 million pilot plant in Wisconsin to develop the -based nanomaterial, whose future applications may include windshield and high performance glass.

Under development for three years, the material has the potential to be the strongest and optically clearest version of celllulose nano-fibrils.  Because wood is a renewable resource, the Forest Products Laboratory is optimistic that as the material enters the market, it will help reduce fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while promoting industry growth in rural areas.

Reference: Architect MagazineForest Products Laboratory

HelloWood 2012: Social Architecture in Hungary

2012: Landscape Architecture Workshop © Márk Péter Vargha

HelloWood - a creative, professional and social program with a message that mobilizes more and more young people – was organized for the 3rd year by MOMElinedesignworks, together with its new partner Reflekt social architecture studio.  The week-long creative camp included 200 Hungarian and international students who worked together to realize social and cultural spaces for eight north-eastern Hungarian communities.  The social mission of the project was showcased at Sziget, Europe’s Best Major Festival.  Cameron Sinclair, the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, commended HelloWood’s inspirational initiative for aspiring to social change with thoughtful design for marginalized communities.

Join us after the break for details on some of the projects.

AD Round Up: Wood Architecture

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, one of architecture’s nobler , allows us to develop both complex structures and minimal designs.For today’s Round Up, we’ve selected projects that feature wood heavily in their design. Here’s five you can’t miss, such as the amazing Orquideorama by Plan B + JPRCR Architects, a building that should come up of the relation between architecture and living organisms. Also, check out Carabanchel Housing by british based firm Foreign Office Architects or Aalen University Extension by MGF Architekten. Revisit, the particular Sheepstable, design by 70F Architecture, a building with an interesting mix structure of wood and steel. Finally, is never late to review the great Geometric Hot Springs by chilean architect German del Sol.

Element house / Sami Rintala

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Architect: Sami Rintala
Landscape Architects: Eedo Space Architectural Design, Seúl, Republic of Korea
Location: Anyang Park, Anyang, Seúl, Republic of Korea
: , Wood, Concrete, Gravel, Glass
Construction: October-December 2005
Finish: January 2006
Constructed Area: 72sqm
Client: Anyang City / Public Art Project
Collaborators: John Roger Holte, Artist, Norway; Finnforest, Wood
Photography: Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh

AD Round Up: Wooden Houses Part IV

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For today’s Round Up we have our 4th selection of Wooden Houses. In the main image is T House by Sou Fujimoto. Look again at Surfhouse from XTEN  Architecture, an abstract block of ebonized cedar near Hermosa Beach. You must check out the work of  Claudio Vilarinho in House 1 in Penafiel and the amazing Floating House by Mos Architects, located over Lake Huron in Canada. Last, but not least, revisit Cabin Verdehaugen from Fantastic Norway,  a cabin with a variety of sheltered outdoor spaces that relates the volume to its surrounding landscape.

Caleu House / arquitectos asociados.lo

© Alvaro Reyes

Architects: arquitectos asociados.lo
Location: Caleu, , Metropolitan Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Eduardo Labra B., Diego Ortuzar F.
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Diego Ortuzar, Alvaro Reyes

Hus-1 / Torsten Ottesjö

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Hus 1 is an inspiring new house designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö. With double curved surfaces, compact and efficient planning it is a house on the human scale that blends effortlessly into the surrounding nature.

Situated in the unique cultural landscape of the Scandinavian West Coast, Hus 1 reflects and communicates with its surroundings. The natural used in the construction have made it a friendly place for both humans and nature for its whole life cycle.

Photographs by David Relan.

HWKN commissioned to rebuild Fire Island Pines Pavilion

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Due to a devastating fire last November, New York architects HWKN (Hollwich Kushner) have been commissioned by FIP Ventures to redesign and rebuild the legendary Pavilion dance club of Fire Island Pines. Located just four miles off the coast of Long Island, the popular gay resort welcomes over 800,000 summer visitor each year. The wooden pavilion will be the harbor’s main attraction, welcoming visitors as they arrive by ferry with two, lively stories of outdoor terrace and a “Welcome Bar”.

“Although the new building will have the same envelope and mix of uses as its predecessor, the similarities end there,” says Matthew Blesso, developer and managing partner of FIP Ventures. “The Pavilion will be in context with other Pines architecture. It will be made of and be modern and casual, yet bold and iconic. It is the first thing visitors see when getting off the ferry, and we’ve envisioned it to be the heart of the Pines community.”

Ridge Apartment Complex in Gunma / SNARK + OUVI

© Ippei Shinzawa

Architects: SNARK + OUVI
Location: Takasaki cityGunma,
Project team: Sunao Koase, Yu Yamada, Shin Yokoo
Structural Engineer: Shin Yokoo ()
Landscape: Atsuo Ota / Acid Nature 0220 
Completion: 2012
Project Area: Site area 708.75 sqm (W) + 679.68 sqm (E)
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

 

Santa Julia House / Emilio Marin Architects

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Architects : Emilio Marin Architects / Emilio Marín – Juan Carlos Lopez
Location : Melipilla, , .
Contractor: Alfio Secchi
Completion : 2011
Built Area : 350 sqm
Contractor: Alfio Secchi
Photographs: Nicolas Rupcich

Dragon Skin Pavilion / Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen & LEAD

© Pekka Tynkkynen

Architects: Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen, Kristof Crolla (LEAD) and Sebastien Delagrange (LEAD)
Location: Kowloon Park,
Collaborators: Gilles Retsin, EDGE Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research, Tampere University of Technology, UPM Kymmene
Built Area: 16 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Pekka Tynkkynen, Emmi Keskisarja

AD Classics: Muuratsalo Experimental House / Alvar Aalto

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Soon after the passing of his wife in 1949, Alto began the design for a summer getaway for himself on the western shore of island , Finland. Through the process of designing the house, it became an experimental study of materiality, architecture construction and philosophies.

More on ‘s Experimental House after the break.

 

AD Classics: Esherick House / Louis Kahn

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An architect celebrated for his breathtaking studies of light and materiality in the creation of memorable architecture,  did not fail to maintain his rigor in the Esherick House of , Pennsylvania.

Admired for it’s spatial and luminous qualities, this is the first residence of its kind to convey the grand ideas of Kahn-style architecture. The two story dwelling, which is one of only nine private houses designed by Kahn to come into realization, rests on a lively six acre garden.

More information on the Esherick House after the break.

Seeing the Building for the Trees by Sarah Williams Goldhagen

Metropol Parasol © Javier Orive

This article, recently seen on The New York Times, was kindly shared with us by the author Sarah Williams Goldhagen.

A REVOLUTION in cognitive neuroscience is changing the kinds of experiments that scientists conduct, the kinds of questions economists ask and, increasingly, the ways that architects, landscape architects and urban designers shape our built environment.

This revolution reveals that thought is less transparent to the thinker than it appears and that the mind is less rational than we believe and more associative than we know. Many of the associations we make emerge from the fact that we live inside bodies, in a world, and we tend to think in metaphors grounded in that embodiment.

Glenhope House / JOH Architects

© Dianna Snape

Architects: JOH Architects 
Location: ,
Completion: 2009
Builder: David Tucker
Project Architect: Christian O’Halloran
Area: 355 sqm
Photographs: Dianna Snape 

  

Expandable Surface Pavilion / Pablo Esteban Zamorano, Nacho Martí and Jacob Bek

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Architects: Pablo Esteban Zamorano, Nacho Martí and Jacob Bek
Location: Cologne, Germany
Project Team: , , Pablo Zamorano
Client: RESOL
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 16 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Pablo Esteban Zamorano

Domaine de la Rive / Nadau Lavergne Architects

© Philippe Caumes

Architects: Nadau Lavergne Architects
Location: Biscarosse, Gironde,
Structural Engineer: Simonin
Landscape: Lefebvre paysage
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: BRUEY
Project Area: 2000 sqm
Renderings: Pawel Podwojewski, studio MOTYW
Photographs: Philippe Caumes

Sneek Bridge / Achterbosch Architectuur with Onix

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Architects: Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix
Location: Sneek, The Netherlands
Project Year: (First bridge) 2008; (Second bridge) 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Achterbosch Architectuur and Onix