Aug 19, 2009
‘ P_Wall (2009) was commissioned by the SFMOMA Architecture and Design Curator Henry Urbach for the exhibition Sensate: Bodies and Design. The wall, part of a series started with P_Wall (2006), is an evolution of the earlier work exploring the self-organization of material under force. Using nylon fabric and wooden dowels as form-work, the weight of the liquid plaster slurry causes the fabric to sag, expand, and wrinkle. ‘
Aug 17, 2009
‘ Bubbletecture M is a kindergarten designed by Japanese studio Shuhei Endo Architect Institute. Located in Shiga, Japan the Maihara Kindergarten is surrounded by a newly developed residential area. The structure consists of concrete boxes between each of the rooms and a wooden roof that ties them together. The shell-form roof is made of triangular continuous surfaces; its structural strength and geometrical consistency permits great freedom in designing of the necessary spaces. This structural system uses 2.5 meters wooden beams and hexagonal metal fittings, factory-made and only assembled on the site. the integration of the wooden trusses and concrete boxes is geometrical but varied, a structure with rich in expressive effects. ‘ (via Designboom)
Aug 14, 2009
NY based architects Arakawa & Gins designed ‘reversible destiny lofts‘ located in the Mitaka area of western Tokyo, Japan. ‘ The nine-unit multiple dwelling Reversible Destiny Lofts â€“ Mitaka (In Memory of Helen Keller) marks a new point in history, in the history of human dwelling. This first completed example of procedural architecture put to residential use offers a whole new approach to home sweet home. Procedural architecture is an architecture of precision and unending invention. Works of procedural architecture function as well-tooled pieces of equipment that help the body organize its thoughts and actions to a greater degree than had previously been thought possible. These lofts address and reframe, right in the midst of the workaday world, what have thus-far been intractable philosophical problems, even at times giving rise to possible solutions. Set up to put fruitfully into question all that goes on within them, they steer residents to examine minutely the actions they take and to reconsider and, as it were, recalibrate their equanimity and self-possession, causing them to doubt themselves long enough to find a way to reinvent themselves. These tactically posed architectural volumes put human organisms on the track of why they are as they are. To be sure, every loft comes with a set of directions for use. ‘ Link.
Aug 13, 2009
Artist Xavier Veilhan lives and works in Paris. His interdisciplinary oeuvre consists of photography, sculpture, film, painting and installation art. Have a look.
Aug 6, 2009
Works: Gabriel Mancera Building / Architects: at103 – July Amezcua + Francisco Pardo / Location: Mexico — Click here for more photos.
Aug 5, 2009
‘ California based architect Sid Wichienkuer aims to reasserts architecture with his redesign for the Tu Delft School of Architecture. After the school’s tragic fire, they held an open competition for their building for Bouwkunde. Wichienkuer proposal used sections and topographies as a driving force. The building is oriented around a Central Quad at its base, surrounded by the school’s library and a series of design laboratories. As the building roses, each floor is centered around a gathering or communal space at its core, with other rooms radiating outwards. An expandable auditorium is centered on this level. The building’s facade is kept porous with a series of horizontal pieces spaced apart. These levels can be used as outdoor seating and stairs, allowing students to climb the building. ‘ (via Designboom)
Aug 4, 2009
Metal Shop & Cantilever Office Addition by Seattle-based Hutchinson and Maul Architecture founded by Robert Hutchison and Tom Maul.
Jul 31, 2009
‘ New York-based artist Roxy Paine makes computer-driven machines that mechanically produce paintings and sculptures; he also creates hand-crafted replications of nature that are startlingly realistic. His work toys with assumptions about nature vs. culture and organic vs. artificial; it often confounds the distinction between the man-made and the natural. ‘ Link 1, Link 2.
Jul 31, 2009
‘ Located in a privileged area of Passeig de GrÃ cia, in the centre of Barcelona, with a facade designed exclusively by the prestigious architect Toyo Ito and tourist apartments offering luxury suites, Suites Avenue shines with a unique and avant-garde identity that meshes perfectly with Gaudi’s La Pedrera, just opposite. Ideal for long stays for business or pleasure. ‘ (via Derby Hotels Collection)
Jul 28, 2009
Dirk Skreber <-- is one of the leading contemporary German artists who currently lives and works in New York. Skreber has been exhibited in museum and institutions around the world and is represented in many of the world's major collections.