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Artist Alex Chinneck Unzips Derelict 1960s Office Building to Create Mind-Bending Illusion

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UK-based artist Alex Chinneck has unveiled his latest architectural installation, transforming the walls of a soon-to-be-demolished 1960s office building on the former Kent Wool Growers site in Ashford, England. “Open to the Public” features an eight-meter-high double zip running down the side of the building, revealing the forlorn interior.

The double zip descending the short elevation is joined by a long single zip running the full length of the building, peeling back the walls and windows in a move inspired by the area’s history of textiles and fabric.

James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell's Caring Wood Wins 2017 RIBA House of the Year

Winner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris
Winner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris

James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell’s reimagining of the English country house, “Caring Wood,” has been selected as the 2017 RIBA House of the Year, bestowed annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to the “best new house or house extension designed by an architect in the UK.”

Inspired by the traditional ‘oast houses’ – agricultural buildings used for kilning hops – found in the county of Kent, the house was lauded by the jury for its celebrating of local building crafts and traditions, including the use of handmade peg clay tiles, locally quarried ragstone and coppiced chestnut shingles.

Winner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris Winner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris Winner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris Winner: Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell. Image © James Morris + 28

Caring Wood / James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell

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El Ray / Simon Conder Associates

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  • Architects: Simon Conder Associates
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2008

Proposals Unveiled for Kent State's new Architecture College

 Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. proposal; Courtesy Kent State University
Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. proposal; Courtesy Kent State University

Yesterday, the shortlisted teams for Kent State’s new, $40 million College of Architecture and Environmental Design pitched their designs to the Kent community. From “simple and functional to splendidly provocative”, these proposals offer a range of innovative solutions that will satisfy Kent’s mission to create a modern campus that offers an outstanding academic experience and enriches the greater community of Kent, Ohio.

The four finalists, which were selected from 37 international teams, were challenged to design a 122,000 square foot, sustainable exemplar, possibly capable of achieving net-zero energy, that unites Kent State’s architecture program under one roof, while inspiring interdisciplinary collaboration within flexible learning spaces.

Get a sneak peak of each proposal after the break.

2011 matR Project: "The Passage"

© Victoria Capranica
© Victoria Capranica

A team of graduate students recently created a temporary installation on the Kent State University, Kent campus in Ohio. The project grew out of an internal challenge in the matR design competition. Designed by graduate students Brian Thoma, Carl, Veith, Victoria, Capranica, Matt Veith, and Griffin Morris, the tunnel-like structure called “The Passage” was a study to support the conceptualization and actualization of innovative and experimental material research. The students created the initial form in Rhinoceros with a couple Grasshopper definitions as a waffle structure of 26 vertical ribs and 24 horizontal struts. More images and information after the break.

Bridge House / Joeb Moore + Partners Architects

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