on the banks of the brackish water of a french estuary lies a house that breathes in the warmth of the surrounding woods. startling and elegant dualities characterize estuarine environments, places at the mouth of a river where fresh water meets the saline swirls of ocean water. these unique sites are among the most productive areas on earth. parisian architects jérôme vinçon and arnaud lacoste of lode architecture have sought to create an architecture that reflects these complex conditions. the fecundity of the landscape is expressed in the architectonics of ‘d house’ which include a contrasting skin comprised of untreated live-edge wood and glazing that wraps around the first level. a sizable retaining wall allows for the creation of a hollow space that becomes the conceptual crux of the house. this hearth can be opened to the panorama of the undergrowth; its spaces filled with the rushing sounds of the river and the smell of damp earth. the windowed angles fade into river views and the stone-worked ground trails off into the water’s banks. the second level further creates a blended landscape with wells of light and slivers of landscape peeking through a small succession of living spaces. these wooden trellises make an abstracted composition of forest when the leaves reflect off the abundant glazing. the house flits between dialectical sets, drawing strength through it’s embrace of the confrontational natural elements that characterize the site.
Approaching zero-waste is a matter of changing the way our culture thinks about use and reuse. It’s not an impossible task, and San Francisco is leading the march to establish a feasible means of enacting public policy, structuring programs and educating the public on what it means to be “zero-waste”. With a goal set for 2020, the Bay City hopes to keep 100% of its waste out of landfills. Mayor Ed Lee estimates that the leading waste management company “Recology” is diverting nearly 80% of trash from landfills to be recycled or turned into compost. This begins with a public policy that sets a standard and gains traction as citizens embrace the goals of the city. Support programs reinforce these guidelines that eventually become habits and a cultural response to treating our environment.
Edgeland Residence is a modern dwelling designed by the Bercy Chen Studio which sees the company rehabilitating land once considered unsuitable for occupation. Claimed to set a new standard for sustainability, it draws inspiration from the Native American Pit House, and is designed to impact the environment as little as possible.
The PRODUKTWERFT series enhances used and antique materials with new clear-cut design. In close collaboration with a recycling company, furniture and accessories are saved and revived. Each product resulting of this “upcycling” process is environment-friendly, sustainable and inimitable.
With awards season in full swing, Hollywood’s sparkly razamtaz occupies our television screens. But what about the unsung, architectural heros of film? What about the films that are less ‘Schindler’s List’ and more ‘Schindlers Hauser’, less ‘Wrath Of Kahn’ and more ‘Louis Kahn’. We look past the panoply of stars to bring you 30 of the best Architecture Documentaries which will provoke, intrigue and beguile in 2013.
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the lot is very close to a busy road and major intersection in the buslting city of hiroshima, with a constant sound-scape of revving engines and screeching trams. japenese practice hiroshi nakamura & NAP therefore created an acoustically protected tranquil oasis behind a crystal curtain that would still allow views of the city. this buffer space is a beautiful living filter; the impressive glass block facade resting over the wooden garage and entry area conceal behind it a green garden whose trees filter the eastern sunlight and offer a natural haven which all rooms in the program face. the effect is a visually busy exterior environment observed from the silence of the home.
Multi-purpose sporting courts can be a jumble of different colored lines and markings that can be confusing to spectators and players alike. Similar to LEDSSPORT’s Pulastic LED Court, the GlassFloor flooring from German company ASB uses LEDs embedded in the floor to display the line markings for different sports at the flick of a switch.
An Amsterdam-based architecture firm has ambitions to take 3D printing to the next level, by building the world’s first 3D-printed house as early as 2014. The team at Universe Architecture, led by Janjaap Ruijssenaars, hope to use a D-Shape 3D printer to form a Möbius strip-shaped structure and create a home that is “endless” in its design, where occupants can walk continuously through the building
The Vitsœ 606 Universal Shelving System is arguably as close to perfection as an article of furniture can possibly be. Designed by Dieter Rams in 1960, long before the lowercase “i” became the de facto indicator of thoughtful minimalism, its beauty lies in the fact that it is a paragon of functionality, as evidenced by nicely executed short film:
commissioned by the indianapolis museum of art to erect a concession stand for their 100 acres: the viriginia b. fairbanks art & nature park,
swedish architecture firm visiondivision (anders berensson and ulf mejergren) have realized ‘chop stick’, a design based on the universal notion
of that you need to sacrifice something in order to make something new.
located on a beachfront property in old barwon heads amidst a mix of post-war beach houses and weatherboard homes, the ‘seaview house’ by australian practice jackson clements burrows architects takes the place of the owner’s original shack with a more permanent livable solution. taking cues from the existing vernacular, the dwelling integrates smoothly into the street-scape and also considers future growth and changes in styles. the house is split up into three individual masses connected by translucent bridges with a north facing courtyard that blocks the prevailing winds. the south pavilion provides views of the river, elevated slightly above the garage, and contains the social functions – living room, kitchen, study and guest bedroom. the northwest section contains the master bedroom, ensuite and retreat. across the exterior deck is the third room that reflects the traditional rural sheds but clad in clad in translucent corrugated panels that expose the steel frame structure at night. the interior is clad in spaced slender wood slats for privacy while still providing a diffuse light. the semi-autonomous nature of the structures allows for plenty of ventilation and entry points for natural light.
Garth Johnson runs the irreverent ExtremeCraft website, “A compendium of Art masquerading as Craft, Craft masquerading as Art & Craft extending its middle finger.” He’s also the author of 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew. And in his TED Talk entitled “Recycling Sucks! The History of Creative Reuse” Garth points out that recycling is the last of the three R’s (the first two being “reduce” and “reuse,” of course) and ought be done as a last resort only.
By popular vote on the architectural website Ashui.com, Vo Trong Nghia has been announced as Vietnam’s Architect of the Year 2012. The Quang Binh native was awarded over two other nominees after a four day public vote.
A graduate of Japan’s Nagoya Institute of Technology class of 2002, Vo Trong Nghia leads an award-wining, self-titled practice known for its intricate bamboo and sustainable structures.
The construction of Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil and an icon of Brazilian Modernism, began in 1956. Initially planned by the urbanist Lúcio Costa for 500,000 inhabitants (today it holds 2.5 million), Brasilia gained fame for its remarkable buildings, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Today, Brasilia is the only 20th century city in the world to have been awarded the status of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
In honor of the late Oscar Niemeyer, we’ve gathered some stunning black and white photos taken by Franco-Brazilian photographer Marcel Gautherot during the construction of Niemeyer’s emblematic buildings – including the Palácio do Planalto, Palácio de Alvorada (official residence of the President of Brazil), the Cathedral of Brasilia and the National Congress of Brazil
After complications from a previous kidney condition Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has passed away at Rio de Janeiro’s Samaritano Hospital.For 104 years, Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares December 15, 1907 – December 5, 2012 lived a life of “intensity.” Born in Rio de Janeiro, he is best known for helping to design the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 1947 and for designing much of the city of Brasilia. As he described his style: “I consciously ignored the highly praised right angle and the rational architecture of T-squares and triangles in order to wholeheartedly enter the world of curves…” He received the Pritzker Prize in 1988.
designed for a single family with two children in the northern area of hyogo, japan, local firm tato architects have sent us images of a house they have completedthat plays with micro-urbanization on a grey plinth. the entire footprint was sunken into the ground 760 millimeters, lowering the roof line and opening viewsto the surrounding mountains and landscape, but also creating a stable semi-subterranean level that uses the earth’s mass for natural insulation.the grey wooden platform houses the main living spaces, kitchen and bedrooms in a wooden frame structure that uses the same material for interiorpartitions and floor surface. large voids in the ceiling plane connect this open-plan area with three smaller versions of the archetypal house withspatially efficient ladders. two of the mini-dwellings resting on the base platform are similarly constructed of slender timber frames and clad intranslucent corrugated polycarbonate panels. these volumes contain the bathroom and sun room in spaces that do not transmit direct sunlight butrather enjoy diffused illumination during the day and glow at night, in addition to acting as light wells and greenhouses for the space below.the third construct is a solid structure and contains a guest room. the canopy then becomes a common courtyard shared amongst each individualprotrusion from the primary foundation, with extruded aluminum handrails and storage boxes and benches. the exterior is covered in long cementboard panels and efficient insulation and vapor barrier.
Known as a standard for building and certifying highly energy-efficient homes — concentrated mostly in Europe — Passivhaus buildings are “basically a super-insulated box that is sealed tighter than any drum ever was.”
Moreover, Passivhaus buildings aren’t found just on the ground, but also on the water. This latest riverbound iteration is the Autark Home, a floating Passivhaus dwelling currently docked in Maastricht, Netherlands. It runs on solar power and is ten times more energy efficient than your regular, comparably-sized house.
Go to almost any public park or college campus, and you’re likely to find a large number of people ignoring any benches in favor of lounging around on the grass. Many people enjoy relaxing in an open environment, which is almost impossible to find in a typical apartment or office building. That’s why one design team recently set out to recreate that feeling of openness indoors with the Viera concept, a mat of connected cushions that can fold to form multiple places to sit.
Bill Haney, CEO of Blu Homes, says his company “was founded with the mission of making architect-designed, green homes accessible to all types of Americans.” That’s been the challenge of modern prefab since the movement started, but it never seemed to happen. That’s why Blu’s new Oma Village project in Marin County is so exciting and ground-breaking; They are building small, affordable modern housing and packing it into the site in a way that creates useful communal spaces between.
German architectural studio Slawik has created a portable home that fits into the size of a standard shipping container. Dubbed HomeBox, the multi-purpose home has been designed so it can be easily transported to various locations for temporary or permanent use. Due to its compact size and transportability the home can also double as emergency housing.