Jun 8, 2009
A multi-colored metallic skin wraps the 11-home, 4-story structure, diffusing light & heat while defining views & privacy. Rare in LA to find new townhomes built at a park. Rarer still a vest-pocket park built around new townhomes. But once again, Habitat Group â€“ with the City of West Hollywood - has developed and integrated both, resulting in livable village urbanity. The unique front unit faces street and park and extends to 3 levels of entry foyer/den, upper living room, 2 bedrooms, 3 baths & large terrace. The remaining 2-story units, on 2 tiers, comprise open living/dining/kitchen areas with study & bath on one floor, while 2 bedrooms, 2 baths occupy another floor, with balconies. While 4 top-tier units enjoy roof deck views of the Hollywood hills, all units partake in Hollywood hubbub & neighborhood bustle. Link here.
May 18, 2009
This cute house is designed by architect Yasuhiro Ymashita
, located at downtown Tokyo. Love it.
May 12, 2009
Bridge Tea House
designed by Fernando Romero
in Jinhua Architectural Park in China. Click here
for the link.
Apr 27, 2009
American design firm, Leeser Architecture recently won an invited competition for a five-star luxury hotel in the Zayed Bay in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Called the Helix Hotel
for its staggered floor plates, it rests in the bay, partially floating in the water.
With 208 guest rooms and suites arranged around a helical floor, the floor constantly shifts as it rises to the top floor. The curvy floor is meant to resemble winding street in a bustling town. It is designed so that one activity feeds into the next rather than affecting sharp separations between each activity. In this way it develops a feeling of being free to whimsically experience all aspects of the hotel without having to decide on an agenda in advance. Guests can take advantage of the lounges, cafes, meeting rooms, indoor health spa, running track and indoor fountain.
Apr 13, 2009
- Delft's Flying Architecture Faculty
A new concept for an architecture faculty; Dynamic learning from "hands-on" experience; Being there will enhance passion for architecture and responsibility to the people and the environment around the world; Flying workspace allowing future collaboration and student exchange; Energy efficient implementations as an integral part of the design; Minimal footprint; Visionary approach that can be merged within existing educational fabrics; Urban and global connections and awareness; Sustainable principles with economic and ecologic viabilities; Integration with the new green campus design by mecanoo.
The static place will serve as a social place; Library, offices, lecture halls, restaurant, storage place and auditorium are right on and below ground; Students, teachers and visitors will feel home and part of nature; Sharing spaces approach and using facilities on-campus and in other universities around the world and around the city; The low building silhouette will merge into the landscape and add more value to the entire campus. (Continue reading...