Jul 22, 2010
New York-based Slade Architecture has designed the first ever Barbie Flagship for Mattel. The 35,000 square foot store holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Barbie dolls and licensed Barbie products, as well as a range of services and activities for Barbie fans and their families. Link here.
Jul 21, 2010
VitraHaus is the new home for Vitra’s Home Collection, which includes furnishing design classics as well as re-editions and products by contemporary designers. Responsible for this striking building are Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, who -among others- designed Tate Modern in London. Τhe five-storey building is located inside the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany and its neighbors are the Vitra Design Museum by Frank Gehry and the Conference Pavilion by Tadao Ando.At first glance, it looks like a pile of houses, almost chaotic, but this three-dimensional creation is stricty loyal to the norms of the archetypal house, since its primary purpose is to present furnishings and objects for the home. Internally, spiral staircases connect the intersecting white-painted interiors. (via Ozon)
Jul 19, 2010
Manresa City Hall in Spain – Architects: ADD+ Arquitectura – Manuel Bailo Esteve, Rosa Rull Bertran – Photographs by: Duccio Malagamba
Jul 15, 2010
R432, in Mexico City. Skyscraper designed by Mexican studio Rojkind Arquitectos. Lovely! Click here for the link.
Jul 13, 2010
Located near the edge of the forest in Hamburg, a new residential building is now finished as a home for children and adolescents. The characteristics of the building are based on a two colour relief facade embracing a compact house volume. A central staircase penetrates the division between floors in favour of communication to create a central open space for the community. Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects + Sebastian Finckh Location: Hamburg-Bergedorf, Germany (via Archdaily)
Jun 30, 2010
The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for brain health is designed by architect Frank Gehry. The building which consists of the architect’s signature steel forms is a leading research centre for degenerative brain diseases. (via Designboom)
Jun 24, 2010
Villa San Valentino by Stephan Unger – Photography by Gunther Stckklauser A modern house with a traditional dressing : The larch-wood shingle façade is representing the traditional craft of the Alps-region Upper Adige. (via The Contemporist)
Jun 23, 2010
The building is located in an historic area on the edge of Auckland’s (New Zealand) CBD. The front of the site addresses the high street which is dominated by a rich mixture of Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Most of these buildings have fallen into varying states of disrepair over recent decades. A strong contrast belies the urban condition of this high street against the parallel service street to the rear of the site. The back street is primarily a service lane and has remained largely undeveloped and unplanned through its evolution. Its streetscape is therefore architecturally unconsidered and haphazard in its appearance. (Continue..)
Jun 15, 2010
It is a temporary open space for all ages, where they can stay and spend time together in their own ways. “A white big tree” stands silently in the center, and “crooked trunks” and “soft fruit cushions” are placed around it. Children play in and out of tunnel and climb into a tree house. Lovers sit together on a fruit and read together. Mother and baby lie under the tree and relax. And an elderly couple is observing the whole scene from the cafe. Although they are all perfect strangers, “the big tree” unites all people and activities, and provides calm and comfortable landscape and beautiful memories of summer vacation. Link here.
May 28, 2010
‘ From Stayokay, the famous Kubuswoningen, designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom in the 1980′s, are now a hotel. In December 2009 the Cube Houses became the most modern of Rotterdam’s listed buildings. The new Stayokay Rotterdam hostel officially opened March 24th. ‘ (via Mocoloco)