Nov 3, 2010
Umeå School of Architecture has a unique location by Umeå River. With its interior landscape of open floor levels and sculpturally shaped stairs, the building has a strong artistic expression. As a growth centre for future architecture, the main function of the building is to provide the framework for inspiration and innovation. From the outside, the building has a cubic expression with its larch facades and square windows placed in a vibrant, rhythmic sequence on all sides. The interior space of the building is designed as a dynamic sequence of stairs and split, open floor levels where abstract, white boxes hang freely from the ceiling filtering the light coming in through the high skylights. One of the key objectives has been to create a bright and open study environment where everyone is part of the same room – only separated by the split levels and glass walls of the teaching rooms. This design supports the opportunities for mutual inspiration and the close exchange of knowledge and ideas. In contrast to the dynamic atrium, the drawing rooms placed along the facades of the building in a strict and regular sequence of columns and beams have a simple and rational design. The varied pattern of windows not only creates a strong visual effect – it also generously lets the light flow into the building and offers a breathtaking view of the river. The School of Architecture will form part of the new Arts Campus at Umeå University, which will also comprise the new Academy of Fine Arts and Art Museum – both designed by Henning Larsen Architects. Link here.
Nov 2, 2010
‘ On a unique field that makes up a steep ravine is projects a set of four houses. The project is solved from two towers containing two houses each to be accessed from zero, ascending or down to the houses. As you go through the whole begin to see integration with the landscape and the houses appear floating or below the access road. ‘ 4 Houses LLC by Gaeta Springall Arquitectos
Oct 27, 2010
Zaha Hadid Architects have completed this school that bridges a running track in Brixton, south London. Designed for ARK Education, The Evelyn Grace Academy is organised into four smaller schools that share outdoor spaces and facilities. The building zig-zags across the site with sports fields tucked between it and the roads on both sides. Classrooms are organised along wide corridors with occasional double-height halls. Photographs are by Luke Hayes. (via Dezeen)
Oct 25, 2010
The BADESCHIFF is the most unusual bath in Europe – a swimming pool in the Spree. The BADESCHIFF itself (ie the Summer version and the original structure) was of AMP Architectos (Tenerife), together with the architect and artist Gil Wilk Susanne Lorenz developed, designed and built. Client: Arena Berlin. Since 2004, the bathing ship one of the coolest places in town: Swimming pool with open-air bar, concert venue, panoramic views and Scene access.
Oct 21, 2010
Inspired by the nearby Bryant Park Library, nema workshop designed a store that is straightforward in a simple twisted way – Take a library and turn it SIDEWAYS. The booklined shelves become the floor and ceilings and wood floor ends up on the walls meanwhile the pendants protrude sideways from the wall. To achieve the books shelves on the floor, the space is lined with sepia-toned full size photograph of books printed on custom tiles. Link here.
Oct 15, 2010
New York architecture practice Axis Mundi have designed a conceptual extension to the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan, featuring a giant lattice structure. The existing museum is a 1960s concrete building by Marcel Breuer and Axis Mundi claim the extension’s exposed concrete frame would be a continuation of Breuer’s brutalist aesthetic. The extension would have an irregular floor plan configured around sight lines that look towards landmarks such as the Empire State Building. Link here.
Oct 8, 2010
This house in Urayasu, Japan, by Apollo Architects & Associates has a timber-clad sloping overhang containing a private terrace. Called Flow, the house’s main entrance and garage are shielded by a fence of horizontal slats and sit under the inclined facade. (via Dezeen)
Sep 30, 2010
‘ Being a summer house, the main idea is not only creating the interior spaces of the house, but distribute all outer space. The interior spaces seek good relations with the outside world, colonizing their surroundings and their views. Inspired by the typical Menorca “tanca”, stone walls divisions of the realm. The plot is organized from a space frame, fully passable, based on a trace orthogonal, combining floors, platforms, water, trees, plants, tanca, pergolas, walls and the house itself. By combining these elements we are encountering this approach in which each piece is delimited and acquires its own identity and use within a harmonious whole. The diversity of outdoor stays provides the site a space balanced richness. ‘ (via ArchDaily)
Sep 28, 2010
The Nogg is a modern chicken coop that has been designed in the shape of an egg. Urban chicken keeping has become a growing trend, and The Nogg is designed to house 2-4 chickens in an aesthetically pleasing coop to compliment any garden. (via Contemporist)
Sep 27, 2010
‘ Broadcasting Place is a mixed use development close to Leeds city centre. Conceived as a public/private partnership for property group Downing and Leeds Metropolitan University, it provides approximately 110,000 square feet of new offices and teaching spaces together with 240 student residences in a landmark building rising to 23 storeys. A new Baptist Church completes the scheme on its northern edge. ‘ Broadcasting Place by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios