AD Recommends: Best of the Week

What? You missed MVRDV’s Balancing Barn last week? Five great projects you didn’t see last week after the break.

Balancing Barn / MVRDV Balancing Barn is situated on a beautiful site by a small lake in the English countryside near Thorington in Suffolk. The Barn responds through its architecture and engineering to the site condition and natural setting. The traditional barn shape and reflective metal sheeting take their references from the local building vernacular. In this sense the Balancing Barn aims to live up to its educational goal in re-evaluating the countryside and making modern architecture accessible (read more…)

Housing Sotocje / Bevk Perović arhitekti Sotočje housing complex is located in a 19th century industrial area on the confluence of rivers Sava and Kokra in Kranj, a city approximately 15km from Ljubljana. Degraded industrial grounds are, due to its vicinity to historical centre and attractive natural position, slowly developing into a quality habitation area of the city (read more…)

Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution / Daniel Libeskind Yesterday, it was announced that Daniel Libeskind will design a landmark building for the UK that will house the new Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution. As part of the University of Essex, the UK’s highest ranked university for social science research, this new building seeks to become an “international beacon for democracy” as it will build upon the university’s 40 years of practical and academic expertise in the field of human rights, justice and governance (read more…)

Stone Creek Camp / Andersson Wise Architects This remote Montana Camp is situated along a sloping hill, leading visitors to discover the site progressively. From the gatehouses, a path leads down the hill to the master house, main lodge, and guesthouse. The buildings offer warm, almost cave-like spaces as well as expansive porches, open to the views and sunlight. Small windows and thick walls facing into the slope of the site are contrasted with entire walls that open up towards the lake (read more…)

The Green School / PT Bambu Environmentalists and designers John and Cynthia Hardy wanted to motivate communities to live sustainably. Part of that effort was to show people how to build with sustainable materials, namely bamboo. They established the Green School, and its affiliates: the Meranggi Foundation, which develops plantations of bamboo plants through presenting bamboo seedlings to local rice farmers; and PT Bambu (read more…)

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "AD Recommends: Best of the Week" 18 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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