Milan 2016 Designer Tom Dixon explains how the four sculptural kitchens he created for The Restaurant installation in Milan were designed to satisfy "the mini celebrity chef" in people. Read More
Roderick Pieters' Loper shoes are assembled with rope rather than glue
Japanese footwear designer Roderick Pieters and fashion brand Proefhave created pairs of easy-to-assemble shoes that are tied together instead of using glue.
The Loper shoes, which launched on Kickstarter at the end of last month, were designed by Pieters and Proef to address problems caused by production and distribution methods in the current fashion industry. Read More
House, stable and a grove of oaks, chestnut and cork trees, situated on a farm, near the City of Guimarães. Architect : Elisabete de Oliveira Saldanha.
Brilliant Brazilian Designer, From Santa Catarina Brazil. Graduated in Furniture Design and he has a master’s program in Master International Design.
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Called Lascaux IV, the new visitor complex recreates the appearance and atmosphere of the caves in Montignac where the 20,000-year-old Lascaux paintings are located, but which have been closed to the public for over 50 years.
Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola is behind the first new hotel to be built on the shores of Italy's Lake Como in decades.
Urquiola was involved in nearly every aspect of the design for the Hotel Il Sereno, from its architecture and bedroom furnishings to its staff uniforms and private boats.
Rolf Sachs suspends chunk of rock inside Saltz restaurant
A wall of salt, railway clocks and a rock hung from red climbing ropes all feature in artist Rolf Sachs' Swiss-influenced restaurant at Zürich's The Dolder Grand hotel.
The Saltz restaurant opened last week at the historic hotel, which first welcomed guests in 1899 but was extended by UK firm Foster + Partners in 2008 to include 175 rooms and an extensive spa. read more
Liddicoat & Goldhill transforms an 18th-century barn into an English countryside home
London studio Liddicoat & Goldhill has remodelled a derelict barn in Kent, England, to create a home featuring mechanically operated doors and a staircase that wraps around a chimney.
Named Ancient Party Barn, the house comprises a cluster of 18th-century buildings that once functioned as a threshing barn, dairy and stables for a farm in rural Folkestone.
Architects David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill were tasked with transforming the buildings into a home for a couple who are avid collectors of architectural artefacts, and who were looking for a retreat from the city.
“After The Final Curtain” is a photographic documentation of the effects of years of neglect and decay in some of America’s greatest theaters. Matt Lambros Photography
Abandoned architecture has fascinated me since I was five years old. My grandmother used to take my brother and I in to investigate any old barn she happened to drive past. She was curious about what was left behind, and her inquisitive nature made a lasting impression on me.
I grew up in Dutchess County, New York, and like most places there were quite a few supposedly “haunted” buildings begging for a closer look. Hudson River State Hospital, one of the first places I went to on my own, was one of them. My friends and I used to drive around the campus late at night trying to scare each other. It was then that my interest in abandoned buildings evolved into a vehicle for artistic expression. Read More
Young designer Megan Winters infuses her dream house outside Chicago with Parisian flair, dressmaker details, and her own exuberant personality. read more
Louis Kahn's Yale Center for British Art Reopens After Restoration
Louis Kahn’s Yale Center for British Art has reopened to the public after a multi-year restoration project led by Knight Architecture, LLC. The building, which began construction in 1969 and was completed after Kahn’s death in 1977, was designed to house Paul Mellon’s gift of British art to Yale University. According to the museum, “this was the most complex building conservation work undertaken at the Center to date, comprising the entire structure, from roof to basement. It renews the Center’s public galleries, internal systems, spaces, and amenities, and has provided an opportunity to reimagine and reinstall the Center’s renowned collections of more than five centuries of British art—the largest outside of the United Kingdom.” read more
The Sidewalks of Paris by Sebastian Erras
A PERFECT COTTAGE
When interior designer Harriet Anstruther took possession of her run-down Sussex farmhouse, she put her eclectic mark on it, while keeping its original features...
Harriet Anstruther is perched on the arm of a rattan chair in her garden. Conspiratorial, articulate, and with a gravelly laugh that makes her instantly likeable, the designer is making sure that I understand her particular version of luxury before I set foot in her Sussex farmhouse. 'Here is absolutely where the heart is,' she tells me, gesturing towards the wonky, flint-clad rear of her timber-framed house, with its catslide roof and stamp-size windows. 'There is nothing designer-y about it. The house is mostly filled with junk, but it is the most enormous luxury to escape from London to a place that doesn't have to serve multiple purposes.
MVRDV replaces Chanel store's traditional facade with glass bricks that are "stronger than concrete"
MVRDV has used a pioneering glass technology to replace the brick facade of a former townhouse in Amsterdam with a transparent replica, more suited to the building's new use as a Chanel boutique.
Described by the Rotterdam studio as the first of its kind, the innovative facade of Crystal Houses Amsterdam uses glass bricks, windows frames and architraves to recreate the city's traditional arcThe glass bricks are held in place with a transparent high-strength glue. According to MVRDV, the construction is "in many ways, stronger than concrete", as was proven during the testing process.Towards the upper storeys, the glass elements merge with the original terracotta brickwork to create the illusion of a dissolving wall.hitectural style. read more
EFFEKT designs ReGen Villages that could produce all their own food and energy
Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Danish studio EFFEKT has envisioned a self-sustaining, off-grid village of greenhouse properties, which it will present inside the Danish Pavilion during the Venice Biennale.
Called ReGen Villages, the project imagines a community of buildings that produce all their own food and energy – a model that aims to tackle a wide spectrum of global issues, from the food and water crises to the rise of CO2 emissions.
Each village would comprise a series of buildings with attached greenhouses, creating spaces where families can grow fruit and vegetables, farm aquaponics or recycle waste products.
They would also integrate sustainable energy technologies, producing all their own electricity.
Local Rock House, Patterson Associates, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
The vineyards are there as a result of Waiheke’s temperate coastal climate and some rare geology seams of pyrite rock criss cross the island like veins. Its this geology that give the grapes, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec, their distinctive Waiheke taste. The home uses this same local pyrite strata as a building material to create a sense of place in Architecture.
The pyrite is a dense, colourful hard stone which can be stacked, etched and layered into earthy walls and textures. The rock mass of the home is like a bridge, open both sides to exploit both the beach frontage and the afternoon sun. Under this, its main living area nestles safely into the escarpment between a spacious easterly ocean-front pool terrace and a grotto-like western courtyard to the west. The owners often use this grotto as an outdoor movie theatre. read more
Paredes de Coura, Portugal / Escritório de Arquitetos
Within the Paredes de Coura region, this construction dates from the year 1699 with secondary works in 1703. It’s integrated in a farm and was a farmer house. It follows the traditional architectural traits found throughout the rural landscape in the north of Portugal.
In order to serve its new purpose for rural tourism the building was enlarged in order to work as an independent house with two bedrooms and a studio room. The addition of a wall was necessary. To keep the original character of the construction this new wall was built with similar width and stone. read more
Iranian house by New Wave Architecture is made up of three irregularly stacked boxes
A trio of volumes are stacked one on top of each other to form this hillside residence near Tehran by New Wave Architecture, but each one is angled towards a different view.
The Iranian practice designed Mosha House for a structural engineer and his family, for a steeply sloping plot facing the Alborz mountain range.
To make the most of the scenery surrounding the elevated site, the architects devised three single-storey blocks with glazed ends that frame vistas of both the peaks and the Mosha plain below.
The concrete block are stacked irregularly so that they form cantilevers – a technique that continues to be popular, as demonstrated by projects like Ole Scheeren's "vertical village" in Singapore. read more
Auto brand Nissan has created an energy storage system for the home using a recycled car battery, and announced plans for a trial in the UK that will allow electric vehicle owners to sell power back to the grid. read more
The Colorful Jewelry, Solange Azagury-Partridge in London
TOMADA RITSUE MISHIMA
"My glass is transparent and colourless.
It captures and releases light and its surrounding colours.
From somewhere, the memory of a line overlaps with the line of nature:
by chance, or inevitably, the idea of a form emerges.
The glass is illuminated by the rays of the sun, the reflections of water
and the feelings of those who view them.
And for a while everything melts."
Studio Narch creates a collage of decorative tiles by removing walls in a Barcelona apartment.
Marcel Wanders, Design
Private Residence Taipei combines Marcel's design signature with local-inspired elements. Each space is lovingly conceived as a jewelry box with attention to detail, richly decorative reliefs and bespoke furniture setting the tone. All rooms are individually designed to provide a unique experience.
Beside a master bedroom suite, the floor plan includes two guest bedrooms, a dining & show kitchen, as well as an entertainment & study room. Read More
Robotically fabricated carbon-fibre pavilion opens at the V&A Museum of London
The Elytra Filament Pavilion comprises 40 unique hexagonal components that have been robotically fabricated from a combination of transparent glass fibre and black carbon fibre.
The web-like design of each component is based on the fibrous structure of beetle's forewings – named elytra.
The pavilion is designed and produced by architect and researcher Achim Menges, in collaboration with architect Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer. read more
The extension to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), now named the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, is situated at one of the most prominent intersections in downtown central Toronto. It is the largest Museum in Canada and attracts more than a million visitors a year.
Its new name is derived from the building’s five intersecting metal-clad volumes, which are reminiscent of crystals—inspired by the crystalline forms in the ROM’s mineralogy galleries. Libeskind created a structure of organically interlocking prismatic forms turning this important corner of Toronto, and the entire museum complex, into a luminous beacon. Read More
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There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list–whether you're looking to relax on a beach, get off the grid or explore a city. read more
San Francisco's best interior designers just took over a 1929 Mediterranean style villa overlooking the Bay, and gave it a dramatic, modern makeover, with results that are nothing less than stunning.
Located atop Telegraph Hill, near iconic Coit Tower, the $10 million home is the site for the 2016Decorator Showcase, which opens April 30. The yearly fundraiser for San Francisco University High School challenges designers to show off their best ideas.
Once the designers got to work, the home's hand-painted palazzo ceilings, silver leafing, and Venetian hand-plastered walls were banished (or at least temporarily covered) by white lacquered walls, a geometric print ceiling, and a whole room dedicated to Stevie Nicks. read more
The biggest date on the world's furniture calendar falls on a Tuesday in April, marking the start of the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile, a week packed with events, exhibitions and presentations, where everyone who's anyone on the international furniture design and manufacturing scene comes together to keep up with the latest developments in the field.
The Salone is now into its 55th year, championing innovation and internationality – in fact the number of foreign exhibitors has risen again, now making up almost 30% of all the manufacturers at the fair. It is clearly going to be an interesting edition, both in terms of the wide-ranging commercial offering from a line-up of top specialist companies on the national and international market, and in terms of the search for a balance between tradition and innovation in the name of quality and culture. Read More
Seven Stramlined Luminaires
These fixtures light up spaces with their minimalistic designs.
From pendants to table lamps, these fixtures feature soft-edges designs and rounded forms for a timeless aesthetic. read more
ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart.
From the architect. The Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) of the University of Stuttgart have completed a new research pavilion demonstrating robotic textile fabrication techniques for segmented timber shells. The pavilion is the first of its kind to employ industrial sewing of wood elements on an architectural scale. It is part of a successful series of research pavilions which showcase the potential of computational design, simulation and fabrication processes in architecture. The project was designed and realized by students and researchers within a multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers, biologists, and palaeontologists. read more
kreoo cuts kora bathtub
From one single marble block
(above) ‘kora’ references a traditional musical instrument of west africa, characterized by an elliptical shape
all images courtesy of kreoo
after the success of gong washbasin at salone del mobile 2014, on the occasion of salone del mobile 2016, kreoopresents ‘kora’, an elegant ellipsoidal marble bathtub, that gives uniformity and elegance to the bathroom ambience, evoking the ancient tibetan bells. born as a complement to the sink, ‘kora’ also has a reference to a traditional musical instrument of west africa, characterized by an elliptical shape. the reference to the music, and specifically to the sound of water, with its quiet and silent impetuosity, is the soundtrack of a new way of experiencing the bathroom of contemporary people, and ‘kora’ is its main protagonist.
Colònia Güell was a workers’ colony located in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, presently a town of around 7,000 inhabitants 20km outside Barcelona. The area was a manufacturing suburb that grew rapidly around the turn of the 20th century. In 1898, Antoni Gaudi was commissioned by Count Eusebi de Güell, who wanted to provide a place of worship for the booming suburb, to build a Church. It was never actually completed because the money ran out as a result of economic hardships. When work stopped in 1915, only the crypt was completed, though it is nevertheless listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. In 2002, a restoration was carried out by architect Antonio González Moreno who was widely criticized for allegedly mistreating Gaudi’s work.
Through the construction process of Colònia Güell, Gaudi is said to have experimented with an array of techniques and architectonic details, many of which would later be used in his famous tour-de-force, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. read more
The Lalique Mystique
French designer-entrepreneur René Lalique was a wizard who could make glass do just about anything—and die-hard devotees of his works will do just about anything to get them. Read More
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Ribbon Chapel Wins LEAF Awards 2015
The Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura wins the Hospitality Building LEAF award 2015 with his Ribbon Chapel project.
The ‘metal ribbon’ is as symbolic as it is functional. Two winding staircases start at different places, intercross and finally meet—creating the ribbon. The staircases lean on ‘one another,’ doting the building the name Wedding Chapel for its ability to enrich human relationships with nature. Read More
An Archaeological Rehab
Richard and Carole Salmon, who renovated a house in Cahors, France, built a swimming pool to help them survive the merciless heat in the summer.
For 20 years, the old stone house on the hill stood empty, the forest surrounding it creeping ever closer. The house’s elderly owner had died, leaving it to relatives who were in no hurry to sell and had priced it accordingly.
That turned out to be a stroke of luck for Richard Salmon, a British-born art restorer who arrived at exactly the right moment: shortly after the price was cut by the family when one of its members fell ill. Locals had been trying to force down the price for years and were amazed that an outsider succeeded where they had failed. “But it was just fantastic timing really,” said Mr. Salmon, who bought the property in 2000 for $200,000. “I was lucky.” read more
The art of the Japanese Bath
Cliff House / by Yoshifumi Nakamura
Perched atop the cliff in Kanagawa Prefecture, this bathroom occupies southwest corner facing Mt. Fuji. The custom-order Japanese umbrella pine bathtub sits quaintly in the middle of the space. Read More
The Copper Canyon Cocktail Bar
Mexico's latest restaurant design is not for the faint of heart.
In a recently released proposal, studio Tall Arquitectos depict Biré Bitori, a luxury restaurant and cocktail bar overlooking Copper Canyon in Chihuahua. The concept calls for a cantilevered structure embedded precariously in the rock face, granting diners panoramic views of the canyon and the famous Basaseachic Falls below. Read More
Great poets have sung its praises, a 4.000 year old history.
And the eternal rock continues to stand, strong and majestic, rising proudly from the sea and guarding well the secrets of Atlantis.
Le Magnifique Opéra Garnier
The Palais Garnier is "probably the most famous opera house in the world, a symbol of Paris like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, or the Sacré Coeur Basilica. Read More
The City of Arts and Sciences
is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia, Spain. It is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and one of the most relevant in Spain.
The City of Arts and Sciences is situated at the end of the former riverbed of the river Turia, which was drained and rerouted after a catastrophic flood in 1957. The old riverbed was turned into a picturesque sunken park.
Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, Read More
Part of the award winning Stellar Collection - the Stellar Mirror is inspired by the precious qualities of naturally forming amethyst geodes and machine cut diamonds. The large expansive centre of the mirror is in stark contrast to the turbulent seam of 750 individually sized and angled mirrored sections that surrounds it.
This change in surface creates an optical dispersion that breaks down the light and the surrounding environment, delivering each piece to the eye as one sparkling entity. As the ambience of the environment changes throughout the day, so too does the colour and lustre of the table, creating an ever changing focal point to a room.
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Stefano Boeri Architect
Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory. It is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city that operates in relation to policies for reforestation and naturalization of large urban and metropolitan borders. The first example of the Vertical Forest composed of two residential towers of 110 and 76 m height, will be realized in the centre of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighbourhood, and will host 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 meters tall) and over 2000 plants from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants that are distributed in relation to the façade’s position to towards the sun. On flat land, each Vertical forest equals, in amount of trees, an area equal o 7000 m2 of forest. In terms of urban densification the equivalent of an area of single family dwellings of nearly 75.000 m2. The vegetal system of the Vertical Forest aids in the construction of a microclimate, produces humidity, absorbs CO2 and dust particles and produces oxygen.
Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra)
Shanghai Natural History Museum
Located in the heart of Shanghai, this building asks us to contemplate our relationship to nature—as a natural history museum should. Its nautilus-shaped core, representing one of the most efficient forms in nature, enables people to spiral up from the surrounding park onto the building’s extensive green roof, into the museum under its corner entry canopy, and down into a courtyard and light well, whose meandering stairs and irregular pools recall Chinese water gardens. The courtyard’s curving glass wall follows the spiral up, down, and around, shaded by a screen whose fractured pattern echoes the cracked-ice pattern of traditional latticework as well as biological cells. Read More
AIA and American Library Association Announce 2016 Library Building Awards
Seven projects received recognition in the AIA/ALA annual library awards
The AIA and American Library Association (ALA) have announced the winners of their 2016 Library Building Awards, which recognize excellence in library architecture. This year's recipients reflect the changing role of libraries within communities that have grown to expect technologically advanced spaces in lieu of traditional book stacks.
The jury for the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards was led by Lynn S. Grossman, AIA, a vice president ofCannon Design, and included Bradd Brown, AIA, a principal with OPN Architects; Kathleen Imhoff, a Kentucky-based library consultant; Ryan E. Kanteres, AIA, an architect at Scott Simons Architects; Susan Parker, deputy librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Library; and Darro Willey, a library facilities consultant. Read More
AJ100 Awards: Building of the Year shortlist announced
The AJ can reveal the six buildings in the running for its 2016 Building of the Year Award
A research institute in London by Allies and Morrison, a thatch-clad building at the University of East Anglia by Architype and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ striking red arts school in Plymouth have all been shortlisted for this year’s prize.
Also on the list is a new city hall in Buenos Aires by last year’s AJ120 chart-topper Foster + Partners, a riverside college campus in Glasgow by Reaich + Hall and Michael Laird Architects, and an £80 million library at the University of Oxford by Wilkinson Eyre.