From architectural lectures to coverage of local projects and events, The Architectural League of New York presents a wide range of topics through its video series to further its goal of advancing the art of architecture. Through this presentation of some of the world’s most interesting and influential architects, designers, and works, The Architectural League draws international audiences to help shape the future of the build environment by stimulating discussion and provoking design-based thinking.
Watch some of The Architectural League’s videos—like a lecture by Annabelle Selldorf or Bjarke Ingels, documentation of a miniature library installation, or a musical heart sculpture in Times Square—after the break.
The Little Free Library Project focuses on making reading accessible to everyone through the installation of small book stands based on the premise of “take a book, return a book.” As the project gained traction, architects were brought on board to design sleek containers for the books. In New York, projects were installed in the East Village and Lower East Side.
In this lecture, Annabel Selldorf discusses two of her most notable projects, the Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility in Brooklyn and the David Zwirner 20th Street gallery space in Chelsea, as well as her working philosophy of “paying attention to absolutely everything all the time.”
In this talk titled “Between Nature and Architecture,” Sou Fujimoto explains how he draws architectural inspiration from nature and embraces openness, flexibility, and transparency across his work, through the lens of three conceptual early works and six recent projects including his 2013 Serpentine Pavilion design and House NA in Tokyo.
HeartBeat is a glowing, pulsing urban drum made from 2 plastic septic tanks. This video shows how the interactive sculpture's "massive heart" modulates a pulsing light to the rhythm of a deep heartbeat sound.
In David Chipperfield's 2015 lecture "Two cities, two projects,” the architect focuses on two recent museum projects: the James Simon Galerie at Berlin’s Neues Museum and the Museo Jumex in Mexico City.
For his 50th anniversary in practice, Richard Meier gave a special lecture surveying his 50 years and over 25 of his most acclaimed projects.
This video takes a closer look at the 2013 edition of the Architectural League's annual Beaux-Arts Ball event, including video of the installation of the architectural environment at the 69th Regiment Armory by SITU STUDIO.
This throwback lecture from Bjarke Ingels shows where BIG was at in an earlier phase of the practice, which Ingels describes as “programmatic alchemy, mix[ing] conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking, and shopping into new forms of symbiotic architecture.”
Check out more Architectural League videos on their vimeo page, here.
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Architects: Branco-DelRio Arquitectos
Location: Coimbra, Portugal
Author: João Branco
Collaborators: Paula Del Río, Gerson Rei
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: do mal o menos
Construction Manager: Rodrigo Sobral
Structure: Em Branco, Arquitectura, Engenharia e Design Gráfico
Mechanical Engineering: BISCARTS
Contractor: J.Tavares & Filhos
The house is located in the outskirts of Coimbra, an area of single family homes in consolidation process. The plot currently enjoys a pleasant view and is a bit isolated, features that will disappear when adjacent buildings rise. Thus the house, elevated as required by the rules, is enclosed seeking one single opening with a porch to the south garden.© do mal o menos © do mal o menos
The house makes up for its small size by connecting spaces. It seizes the exterior of both the garden and patio, incorporating them through the continuity of the elements. The interiors follow one another, link and relate visually. Always offering distant perspectives and specific visual relations with the outside.Plan Plan
The organization on three floors responds to the classical system of services - social areas - bedrooms, characterized by differences in light and materiality: from the cavernous basement to the overhead light that bathes the stairs and the work area adjacent to it at the top floor. The social floor is organised around the kitchen which the owners, a couple with young children, considered the centre of their activity and their house habits.© do mal o menos © do mal o menos
The two larger divisions occupy opposite ends: the south living room appropriates the garden and the studio to north closes to the street. Both connect through the courtyard, which belongs to them equally. All plans that connect these spaces are continuous and fluid, and hidden door and window frames fade limits.Section
The construction of this house was made with a strict economic control and quality, aiming at the correct execution of the details thus allowing, with a very limited budget, surprising results.© do mal o menos
Architecture inherently appears to be at odds with our mobile world – while one is static, the other is in constant motion. That said, architecture has had, and continues to have, a significant role in facilitating the rapid growth and evolution of transportation: cars require bridges, ships require docks, and airplanes require airports.
In creating structures to support our transit infrastructure, architects and engineers have sought more than functionality alone. The architecture of motion creates monuments – to governmental power, human achievement, or the very spirit of movement itself. AD Classics are ArchDaily's continually updated collection of longer-form building studies of the world's most significant architectural projects. Here we've assembled seven projects which stand as enduring symbols of a civilization perpetually on the move.
Separated by the turbulent waters of the East River, New York City and Brooklyn spent years as independent metropoles before the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge united them. In order to reach the deep seabed and avoid obstructing the waterway, engineer John Roebling designed what would become, until 1903, the world’s longest suspension bridge. His unprecedented decision to use steel cables would lead to its standardization as the structural metal of choice, fuelling a new course in the fields of architecture and civil engineering.
Built to showcase Trans World Airlines, the TWA Flight Center would ultimately come to represent far more than an architectural advertisement. The soaring, upturned curves of the terminal’s concrete structure were claimed by Eero Saarinen to capture the spirit of flight itself. Although the Flight Center was eventually outmoded by advances in aviation technology, it will soon be transformed into an airport hotel, allowing it to continue serving the traveling public into the future.
Situated in the second most populous city in Japan, the Yokohama International Passenger Terminal is a masterwork of circulation planning. With a complex, multilayered design achievable only with the aid of computer modeling, the Terminal creates a highly dynamic series of spaces tied together by a deceptively simple circulatory loop. Its transit program is sheltered neatly under an open plaza that connects seamlessly with nearby parks, creating a continuous urban parkscape along the waterfront.
Already noted for his work on the TWA Flight Center, Eero Saarinen was again commissioned to design a terminal for Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport. Sharing the former’s graceful curves and representation of flight, the Dulles Main Terminal is also noted for the luxurious “mobile lounges” that could shuttle up to ninety passengers from the terminal to their plane. It remains one of the busiest and most iconic airports in the United States to this day.
Similar to the Brooklyn Bridge, the Bac de Roda Bridge was conceived as the tie that would bind two disparate communities together. Santiago Calatrava, who posited that the aesthetics and engineering of the bridge required equal consideration, designed a structure that would place experiential quality above practicality. A pair of parabolic arches support the roadway, with an additional pair of canted arches meeting at their apexes to create pedestrian walkways bounded by the cable stays, resulting in a markedly different experience for those passing on foot and those in cars.
Once a monument to American transportation and economic success in the Edwardian Era, New York City’s Pennsylvania Station became the center of controversy and protest upon its destruction in the 1960s. Occupying four full city blocks, the station was envisioned as the new main point of entry into New York; accordingly, rail traffic was stratified into three levels to reduce congestion, with cavernous waiting areas based on the Baths of Caracalla above. Pennsylvania Station’s demolition would directly prompt the creation of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, a turning point in the preservationist movement.
Comprising 182 unique stations, the Moscow Metro is more than a transit system: it is an underground museum of Russian cultural history. Built in five phases, the Metro stations range in style from lavishly ornamented Baroque to sleek, minimalist Modernist. The wide variety of designs represents not only the pre-Communist history of Russia, but the changing attitudes of the Soviet Union from its creation to its twilight years.
Architects: Bernardo Bader
Location: 6215 Steinberg am Rofan, Austria
Area: 460.0 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Günter Richard Wett
Client: Municipality Steinberg am Rofan, Austria
The ensemble of the Village House, the existing community center and church - what may seem unspectacular in advance - should prove a convincing spatial dialogue experiment how a previously not existing village center can function in the future and contextual relations can be sustainable. The aim was to reactivate a traditional construction, without stumbling into the depths of a superficial, sentimental architecture. The subtlety of the intervention may be revealed only at second glance.© Günter Richard Wett
Territorial context and setting in the settlement structure
The municipality Steinberg am Rofan is dominated by few small scale public buildings, small houses and wide open spaces. The project tries sensitively to respond to this complex situation and embed numerous contextual references to the environment in the existing village structure. Thus the new community center is presented by means of a very precise spatial village setting as a link between private and public space and interweaves calmly and naturally in a local grammar.
Through the setting, a new village square is generated, with a spatial quality that meets the requirement of various usages. The resulting gate effect generates an exciting entrée and ensures the visitor a pleasant "surprise" at the end of the valley.Floor Plan
By the elongated shape of the building and its parallel placement to the road the outside is divided into two areas. At the entrance a forecourt, oriented to south-east and laid out with stones, with high amenity value can also be used by the café in summer. Between school, the old and the new community center, the actual village square stretches and is used for larger events.© Günter Richard Wett
Compactness | Interior and exterior spatial quality
Like a traditional farmhouse (living quarter / threshing floor/ stable) the new community center is zoned into three areas. The multi-purpose hall and farmers’ café are accessed via a central foyer, which can divide functions or, in case of a major event, merge space. The front part of the building is organized compact and two-story and opens on the ground floor generously to the village square and the church, while the multi-purpose hall, slightly recessed in the slope, has skylights and a greater degree of privacy.
The internal spatial sequences are designed both exciting and varied with a very high quality of stay, characterized by diverse insights and outlooks. The result is a very simple and reduced space continuum, which has both economic and creative strengths.© Günter Richard Wett
Construction and materials | The Best is so close
The consistent use of the building material larch ought to be understood as a vote for the continuation of a local tradition. Static simplicity and a very high degree of prefabrication of the external wall and ceiling elements guaranteed a short construction period. Untreated domestic wood has been consistently used as building material for all parts of the interior fittings and for all facades. The sensory quality of the untreated wood is complemented by measurable criteria, such as pollution-free air and an excellent life cycle assessment. The wood used was provided exclusively and in an exemplary manner from larch forests of the Rofan Mountains. Through the introduction of own resources and also of their own work in terms of a proper value creation (sawyers from the village, drying, processing) a portable guiding principle for the project existed at a very early stage before the beginning of all joint efforts.
Architects: Gottlieb Paludan Architects , COBE Architects
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Other Participants: SWECO, Bartenbach
Area: 0.0 sqm
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Ole Malling, Jens Lindhe
Nørreport Station in Copenhagen is Denmark’s busiest transport hub. It was originally established in 1916, modernized in 1934 and in need of fundamental renovation in 2012. Following three years of construction work, the station in the heart of Copenhagen has been transformed into an open and accessible urban space with clear focus on the needs of pedestrians and cyclists.Diagram Diagram Plan
The few buildings on the forecourt are built mainly in glass and have rounded shapes, providing room for the constant swarm of people and emphasizing the clarity and natural flow of the layout, which gives people a sense of security. Materials are simple with natural surfaces, securing low maintenance demands– white concrete, granite, glass and stainless steel. When darkness falls, the lighting becomes a feature as well as a means of navigation and the towers ventilating the underground platforms rise as luminous landmarks for the area.© Ole Malling
This cohesive space has no backs or corners. The design and layout of the buildings and bicycle parking facilities on the forecourt are based on a study of the flows of pedestrians from the surrounding roads and across the forecourt or down the stairs into the station.© Jens Lindhe
The forecourt has been designed as an extension of the city’s ‘floor’ and direct pedestrian access has been established from the surrounding pedestrianized zones to the station forecourt, while vehicular traffic has been redirected, leaving only one traffic artery north of the station. Parking facilities have been made for 2100 bicycles on the forecourt in the so-called ‘bicycle beds’ which are recessed in relation to the general surface of the forecourt in order to secure a clear hierarchy and unobstructed views of the space as a whole.© Jens Lindhe
The station and the forecourt are used by about 350,000 train passengers and passers-by on a daily basis, making it Denmark’s busiest transport hub. Therefore, the efficiency of the flows created was a crucial aspect of the project proposal from the outset. In addition, priority was given to making space for an urban atmosphere with activities which reflects the vibrant, dynamic metropolitan city of Copenhagen. In line with this idea, the parked bicycles are not hidden away; on the contrary, they are on display as an important aspect of the life of the city and of Copenhagen’s identity as the world’s best city for cyclists.© Jens Lindhe
What was a tired urban space characterized as chaotic, unsafe and noisy is after the transformation characterized as a place where safety, comfort and efficiency are the key words and the daily user is in focus. In contrast to before, the area is now a place where people sit down, take a break and watch the world go by.© Jens Lindhe Diagram © Jens Lindhe
Gottlieb Paludan Architects and COBE designed the new station and forecourt with all its functions and facilities, having submitted the winning entry in the international architectural competition in 2009. SWECO (previously Grontmij) was engineering consultant and Bartenbach was in charge of lighting design.© Jens Lindhe
For more than 3 decades now, the annual TED Conference and its many affiliated events have served as an important platform for, as their tagline puts it, "ideas worth spreading," and has inspired countless people through its fast paced thought-provoking presentations. Founded in 1984 by architect and graphic designer Richard Saul Wurman, there have been many architecture presentations throughout the conferences—but there are even more inspirational talks which aren't necessarily about architecture. Here we've compiled 21 of the best TED Talks in recent years which, while not strictly about architecture, will certainly appeal to the architectural mindset. Covering a variety of topics such as creativity, art, productivity, technological advancements, and the science of cities and the natural environment, these videos will inspire you to become a better architect.
Which non-architectural TED talks have inspired you? Don't forget to share further recommendations in the comments below!
Janet Echelman is a world-renowned American installation artist whose large-scale productions have appeared in cities across the globe including New York, Vancouver, Singapore, and London. In this visually captivating presentation, Echelman recalls her journey from a 7-time art school reject to a successful self-trained artist who has figured out a way of creating a unique art form—all from taking imagination seriously.
Architects and architecture students are well-known for sacrificing their sleep in favor of increasing the time they can spend on their projects. In this video, Arianna Huffington speaks about her own personal epiphany regarding the importance of getting enough sleep. At what gain? She declares that “we can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness—and smarter decision-making.”—work smarter not harder.
The process of learning never ends for architects; we are often encouraged to expand our field of knowledge in order to incorporate new ideas within our architecture (case in point: you're reading this article). But sometimes learning can be a daunting task when you are not in the environment of a classroom or research laboratory, and “learning” is not the primary task of your daily routine. How can adults continue to learn independently? This TED talk encourages us to find learning communities on the internet, and shows how one might go about doing that. John Green is perhaps best known as the novelist behind The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, but he is also known for creating “Crash Course,” an educational Youtube channel that teaches a wide array of subjects from literature and history to economics, science and philosophy.
City planners and architects today are embroiled in dealing with a retrospective problem: the urban inequality produced by the car-congested megalopolis in cities all over the world. Enrique Peñalosa is a two-time mayor of Bogotá, Colombia (serving from 1998 – 2001 and now from 2016 – 2019). In this video, he discusses the transformation of the Colombian capital through a public transportation initiative and how it is a solution against urban inequality. He suggests increased mobility as an integral part of smart cities all over the world.
Stress is public health's enemy in the 21st century, and the phenomenon continues to plague architecture schools at alarming rates. Psychologist Kenny McGonical presents new research which suggests that “stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case.” She urges the viewer to see stress as positive, so that it can actually help to improve your performance. Essentially, the talk details with how to actually achieve a well-known saying: “If you can’t change something, change your attitude about it.”
The creative process is a complicated thing. In school, architects are regularly encouraged to rely on precedents, incorporating the successful ideas of others into their work in order to guarantee success. But in the real world, intellectual property laws can make this a risky business. In this refreshingly honest talk, Kirby Ferguson makes the case that all creative works are simply remixes of things that already exist, suggesting that when it comes to creating something new, understanding this is "an incentive to not expect so much from ourselves and to simply begin."
Desertification is believed to be an ever-present effect of Global Warming that has been observed on practically every continent, and Allan Savory has dedicated his entire life to understanding the phenomena. In this video, he presents a startling discovery which goes against previously accepted theories of desertification. It turns out large herds of livestock and pastoralism is the “realistic and low-cost” solution to reverse desertification.
If ArchDaily’s Facebook comments are anything to judge by, architects can be a pessimistic bunch; it seems this pessimism can kill your dreams leading to... more pessimism. In this video, Bel Pesce recalls her journey to success and offers a dose of reality, making us realize how faulty perspectives can hinder you from succeeding and achieving your dreams. Pesce is a Brazilian national, who studied at MIT and had a successful career in Silicon Valley before opening a school in Brazil dedicated to helping students achieve their dreams.
In this talk design critic Alice Rawsthorn recounts the design work of "unlikely heroes" from Blackbeard to Florence Nightingale and connects these people with well-known designers like Buckminster Fuller. Rawsthorn paints a narrative of how the greatest designers are often the most rebellious. In her own words: “All of these designers and many more are pursuing their dreams, by the making the most of their newfound freedom, with the discipline of professional designers and the resourcefulness of rebels and renegades. And we all stand to benefit.”
Here, the father-son duo behind Gapminder.org present incredible insights into just how easily, thanks to today's media environment, we are led to make ignorant assumptions and how we can work towards being more aware of fact-based realities. In the first portion of the talk, Hans Rosling presents a few examples of how people seem more ignorant than chimpanzees. Then, as director of Gapminder, Ola Rosling provides 4 points on how to drop our preconceived notions and be... well, less ignorant.
Participating in philanthropy offers a sense of fulfillment for anybody, including architects. Unfortunately, the work of the architect, no matter how down-scaled, requires substantial capital which virtually disables architects from applying the tools of their trade towards positive change. With inspiration from Dureen Shahnaz, architects can be the bridge between capitalist practices and philanthropic endeavors by designing the infrastructure that facilitates a hybrid program of socially-conscious capitalism for various charitable pursuits.
At the dawn of what is known as "The Internet of Things," Marco Annunziata presents a future with exciting implications for us all. With the price of computer sensors and memory space having drastically decreased over the last decade, Annunziata declares that machines are now “brilliant: self-aware, predictive, reactive, and social” which effectively creates a world where information itself is intelligent. For architects, the implication of these changes could be that buildings are reactive to their inhabitants, and with information being provided by buildings themselves, maintenance can be performed in these structures just before they break.
One of the most debated issues among practicing architects lies in where to draw the line between working too much, and having dedication to one’s craft. Nigel Marsh of Fat, Forty, and Tired fame, is offering a new perspective on how to achieve a “Work-Life” balance. Unlike the common trope that simply consists of saying “no” to your job and “yes” to your family, Marsh is asking us to scale back our expectations on various aspects of our lives.
In the world of Architecture, one of the most popular documentaries about urbanism and city planning is Jan Gehl’s "The Human Scale" which privileges quantifiable data on cities and changes based on empirical evidence. This TED Talk by physicist Geoffrey West seems to be proposing a completely different way of understanding and thus shaping the city. He states that simple mathematical laws govern the properties of cities. Wealth, crime rate and walking speed among others can be deduced from a single number: a city’s population. In a talk that seemingly echoes Gilles Deleuze’s Postscript on the Societies of Control, West talks about how might our cities be designed differently—differently from Gehl’s happy city but also differently from the 20th century sprawling metropolis.
At the time of this TEDxToronto Talk, Rodolphe el-Khoury was directing the RAD Lab at the University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. The research lab is primarily concerned with providing resources and expertise on the “spatial ramifications of embedded technology and ubiquitous computing,” and habitually produces research that extends far beyond the reaches of architecture. In this video, el-Khoury goes through a project-based survey of how technology can disappear but simultaneously be adapted into our everyday lives. Rodolphe el-Khoury is now the Dean at the University Of Miami School Of Architecture.
Stefan Stagmeister is a designer that runs a creative branding and identity studio in New York. Every 7 years, he closes the entire studio for a year-long sabbatical in order to rejuvenate and revive his and the rest of his staff’s creativity. In a presentation which details the subsequent projects that were inspired by Stagmeister’s sabbatical, he urges the rest of us to see the productivity involved in taking time off and pulling ourselves away from our work—a concept which many creatives seem to struggle with.
In a retrospective talk, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India’s Golden Desert to harvest water which are still being used today—demonstrating their superiority to modern water megaprojects. Contemporary architecture today is interested in the adoption of local folk knowledge for the sake of architectural innovation. Ideas such as Mishra’s help facilitate this effort.
Elizabeth Gilbert is well-known for the freakish success of her memoir Eat Pray Love, and that is precisely her problem. In this talk, Gilbert reflects upon the aftermath of overnight success of creatives and transcending one’s “best work,” as well as the seeming precariousness of the lives of creatives and creativity themselves. Rooted in Greek philosophy, Gilbert's talk tries to dispel the notion of the “rare naturally creative genius” and show instead that all of us “have” a genius. An inspiring talk for those looking for a kick of inspiration.
The question: “How do we improve the city?” is common in architecture circles—in presentations, symposiums, and the classroom. In some ways that conversation has become muddled, with the same rhetoric simply being reformulated among architecture's practitioners. In this refreshing talk by the sculptor and non-architect, Theaster Gates discusses the improvement and beautification of his neighborhood of Grand Crossing, Michigan. While architecture is widely implicated in the talk, it is instead culture that is placed at the core of what Gates is talking about. It’s an interesting way to look at infrastructure, urban planning, and urban renewal that departs from the usual language of architecture. Perhaps it takes a talk such as this to state the obvious: that architecture is culture.
The idea of self-promotion is something that many architects are uncomfortable with, and as a result, few do it well. But according to Simon Sinek, there is a simple key to becoming a leader in a field and being successful, whether that's in a commercial venture or in becoming the leader of a social movement. Sinek uses this single theory to explain why Apple was able to out-compete other equally capable technology companies, why the Wright Brothers were the first to achieve manned flight despite a total lack of funding, and why 250,000 people turned up to watch Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. And the good news for architects? The key to becoming a leader is not through exaggeration or deceit, but in connecting with people over your core beliefs.
Architects: ipli architects
Architect In Charge: Yip Yuen Hong
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Darren Soh
Design Team: Tan Sok Leng, Lin Hui Ying, Luo Ming Fang, Matthew See
Builder: Brilliant General Building Construction
Main Supplier: Licas Engineering, Rice Fields, W Atelier, Xtra Office
From the architect. Wah Son @ Seletar Aerospace Park was designed with the intent to make a production and machinery space conducive for people to work and occupy.© Darren Soh © Darren Soh
Instead of one big shed to accommodate the biggest overhead crane, the design approach breaks down the space into smaller forms, creating a more intimate environment for all.© Darren Soh
In-between the production and office block, the office block is peeled at the fulcrum to form an internal courtyard, enjoyed by both production bays and office block. The simple gesture creates a precious space that is unexpected in an industrial estate setting and forms a focal point, a gathering space for respite for both production and office workers.Ground Floor Plan 2nd Floor Plan
The courtyard enjoys a constant play of shadows against the concrete shell throughout the day housing a vegetable garden that provides food for the kitchen that connects to the office on the 1st storey.© Darren Soh
Generous and playful composition of openings were composed along the bare concrete walls on the top, and sides of the building. These openings provide abundant natural lighting within while opening along corridors in the building allows cross ventilation to take place, and to connect users with the natural environment. Light metal screens on its opening allow plants to creep, inviting a layer of green onto the building’s skin. It creates a gentle shade and draws nature yet closer to the users.© Darren Soh
Tsao & McKown has designed the masterplan for a residential community outside of Taipei, with contributing designs from Annabelle Selldorf, Richard Meier, and Steven Harris, as well as landscaping by Margie Ruddick.
Named The Master Collection, the project will consist of 28 private residences in the Great Taipei New Town District.Courtesy of Tsao & McKown Annabelle Selldorf Residence. Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown
Working with the steep and varied terrain, each architect developed their own architectural strategy to navigate the various site conditions.Steven Harris Residence . Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown
Pedestrian paths, parks, other shared green spaces, and a nature-inspired clubhouse designed by Tsao & McKown will unify the community.Tsao & McKown Clubhouse. Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown Courtesy of Tsao & McKown
The design will additionally feature elements such as sunken driveways below pedestrian paths, and vegetated green walls to prevent hillside erosion.Tsao & McKown Residence. Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown Courtesy of Tsao & McKown Tsao & McKown Clubhouse. Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown
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Satellite Architects have designed a pixelated facade for Designjunction temporary exhibition space at Cubitt House in Kings Cross, London. The facade combines natural and artificial elements by wrapping a reflective, gridded screen on top of a second screen of trees and bushes, allowing the foliage to peek through.
It is the combination of the natural artificial elements that Satellite Architects believe "reflect the temporary nature of the Design Junction exhibition." The array of pixelated panels merges the obvious structural system with reflections of the context and glimpses of nature, softening the strength of the grid.Courtesy of Satellite Architects
The reflective elements amplify the facades presence, multiplying the natural elements to give the feeling that visitors are "passing through the shrouded foliage" as they pass through to the exhibition. The panels are composed of an integrated wayfinding device, guiding visitors to the entrances.Courtesy of Satellite Architects
The facade will be constructed in early September this year, in time for the Designjunction Festival which runs from 22-25th September in Kings Cross, London. The exhibition has been organized as part of the London Design Festival.Courtesy of Satellite Architects
For more information on the exhibitions, check out the Designjunction website.
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Architects: La Rotta Arquitectos
Location: Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
Project Architect: Ricardo La Rotta Caballero
Development Group: Felipe Limongi, Juan Benavides, Manuel Mendoza, Francisco Pinzón, Ximena García, Fredy Pantoja, Laura Pérez, José Joaquín Gómez, Pablo Gaitán, Andrés Garzón, José Ricardo Gómez, Lina Mora, Gustavo Hernandez
Client: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Project Area: 17725.0 m2
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Llanofotografia - Jairo Llano, Rodrigo Dávila , Mateo Pérez
Structural Design: CNI ingenieros constructores
Hydraulic Design: PLINCO ingenieros
Electrical Design: CONTROLEC ltda – ingenieros electricistas
Av Design: WSDG – Walters-Storyk Design Group
Site Study: SRC – Ingenieros civiles S.A.
Security: AVG ingeniería
Lighting Design: María Teresa Sierra
Bioclimatic Study: Jorge Ramirez – Arquitectura & Bioclimatica
Mechanical Ventilation Design: Jose Tobar y CIA. Ingenieros consultores
Mobility Study: Rafael Beltran – Ingenieria transporte vertical
Acoustic Design: WSDG – Walters-Storyk Design Group
Project Supervision: Restrepo y Uribe S.A.S
Concrete Structure: Pórticos S.A.
Acoustics: Construcciones Acústicas.
Electrical: Consorcio Iluminar EDEC
Screening: Iluminar Ingeniería
Art, the new face of academia to the city.
As part of an ambitious master plan, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana has been conducting a series of architectural competitions with the aim of boosting its urban and architectural development for the next 20 years in a spirit of high creative, spatial and technological quality. Gerardo Arango S. J. Building, home of the School of Arts was the first in this series of buildings by competition and as such was intended to represent in its location and construction these new values that the university wanted to project to the city and the country.© Mateo Pérez
To this end the southern edge of the campus was chosen, in direct relation to Enrique Olaya Herrera National Park. From early on the project took as its greatest asset this privileged location and entered the competition as the new door to the university that is open to the city through the park creating new roles for the university as an open and highly active institution in Bogota.Section
The project is a new stage for the arts and innovation thus enhancing the natural condition that the park has to collect and concentrate different activities of social and urban life of this capital city. We have designed a building for the creation of new arts that supports diversity and enhances social exchange through art as a tool for reflection of the new realities that the country is ready to face.© Rodrigo Dávila
The implementation and arrangement of the parts of the building has the additional attribute of integrating into a new public space the buildings that circumscribe it on the north, east and west sides. Tower and platform are the elements that enable the project to achieve this goal. A platform that is very closely linked to the park and topography and is above all the extension of public space between the university and the national park as a new plaza. In the center of this new public area grows the tower that finishes configuring the plaza to relate buildings that surround it, generating a new scale for the whole.© Llanofotografia - Jairo Llano
The tower is in turn divided into three volumes representing in their materiality and disposition each of the disciplines that make up the proposed school, generating a set of three autonomous worlds that are related through circulation, gaps and perspective connections vertically throughout the building.Diagram
Following this logic, the world of visual arts associated with light is arranged in the last levels to take advantage of natural light through the overhead lighting provided by large skylights along with a translucent facade built from U-Glass that allows natural light to fade evenly. The classrooms are designed as flexible, generous and high spaces, with finishes that have been designed so that students can intervene them freely.© Llanofotografia - Jairo Llano © Llanofotografia - Jairo Llano
The second world, of silence and music, is constructed as an introverted space in gloom that offers a more private experience, a propitious space for music practice, for this reason the materiality of it has been thought of as more dense and solid. for which we use GRC panels on the facade and interior walls, which together with fewer openings to the outside gives that particular atmosphere to the building.© Rodrigo Dávila
On the platform, dominating the new horizon that the building proposes and relations with the outside, a transparent and multiple world, a double-height space that allows the relationship between the three disciplines, a large gallery as a backdrop to the park and the city where students can dialogue through art with established artists.Section
Finally on the platform we locate the world of movement, represented in the performing arts and for this purpose contains large classrooms and auditoriums as well as the administrative offices of the school that are separated from the classroom by a large interior staircase as an open street that draws the topography and is offered as public bleachers in direct relation to the exterior surface. These worlds are offset in large overhangs of 5.5 meters to the south and and north forming access thresholds as well as large urban balconies and generating space for peripheral stairs ascending in a spiral, promoting a space with movement, clear spatial contrasts in the atmospheres of each discipline and in relation to the distant landscape of the city.© Llanofotografia - Jairo Llano
Form4 Architecture has won first place at the International Design Awards for its project, Sea Song, which additionally was honored by the Green Good Design Awards presented by The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies, in collaboration with The Chicago Athenaeum’s Museum for Architecture and Design.Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture
Located in Big Sur on the coast of California, Sea Song is designed as an unobtrusive form to the natural landscape. “Likened to a trio of gliding Manta Rays, its environmental footprint is virtually null, being raised on a cantilevered podium.”Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture
To further its goals of sustainability, the project is additionally designed to be self-sustaining, net-zero energy, and is aiming for LEED Platinum certification via technologies such as photovoltaics, self-cleaning glass, rainwater retention, and xeriscape.Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture Courtesy of Form4 Architecture
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The 2016 European Architecture Students Assembly (EASA) has concluded in Nida, Lithuania. Centering around its title theme of "Not Yet Decided," the two-week event included 35 workshops, with over half of the results still available to view around Nida. Among the most noticeable are "Highlight," a 10-meter tall observation tower close to Nida's lighthouse, a "nomadic theater" named "Atmosphere," a relaxation space known as "The Living Room" at the end of a pier, and a sculptural seating installation on the beach known as "Dream Dune." Read on to see images of all the completed installations.
EASA 2016 was organized in cooperation with the Neringa City Municipality, the Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania’s Universities, The Architecture Fund, The Culture Support Fund, and various architects, private and public companies, and institutions. In 2017, EASA will head to Denmark, where it will enliven the town of Fredericia.Highlight. Image © Lucas Bonnel Highlight. Image © Lucas Bonnel The Living Room. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko The Living Room. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko The Living Room. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko Kekäle. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko Kekäle. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko Atmosphere Nomadic Theater. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko Atmosphere Nomadic Theater. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko Dream Dune. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko Dream Dune. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko Dream Dune. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko The Next Step. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko The Next Step. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko Sun Order. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko Hangout. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko
Architects: Standard Studio
Location: 07800 Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
Area: 45.0 sqm
Project Year: 2016
Photographs: Youri Claesens
Project Team: Jurjen van Hulzen
Interiors: Ibiza Interiors
Project Management: Ibiza Interiors
On a mountain in the rugged north of Ibiza, lies this beautiful casita. What formerly served as stables and storage, is now transformed into a contemporary dream house. The owners of Ibiza Interiors developed this 200 year old finca into their showroom and guesthouse.© Youri Claesens
To keep the character of the original building, basic materials are used. The beautiful authentic 'sabina beams' have been preserved, just like the original ancient stone walls in the kitchen and bathroom. The architects only used materials that were used traditionally on the island, like the iroko window frames, concrete and white chalk plastered stone walls.© Youri Claesens
The building had been unused for years, and was in very poor condition. Therefore only the walls, and parts of the roof could remain. Electricity, water and sewage were not present, the architects had to add all these things to make it work as a contemporary home. Water comes from a private well and there are solar panels installed for hot water, floor heating and electricity. The cottage is consequently completely independent of the grid operation and is thus self-sustainable.Floor Plan
For the interior the designers used a number of brands and partners, where they often worked with in their hometown Amsterdam. So there are Coco-mat beds, made from natural materials and there’s art from the gallery Vroom & Varossieau. The upholstery is Etoffe Unique and all the other furniture, lighting and carpets are from their partner shop Modern Vintage. The beautiful steel designer kitchen with marble top is from Eginstill. The owners Jurjen and his wife Selina represent these brands and the architectural firm Standard on the island through their new company Ibiza Interiors.© Youri Claesens
The result is a fantastic contemporary residence where contrast plays a big role; old and new, sleek and rustic, light and dark. At the same time there’s a certain balance as well, and everywhere you look something is happening. With an incredible view from the mountain, a yoga platform above the house and many fruit trees and a vegetable garden, this is truly a piece of paradise. Here you really get into another world and you can relax and unwind. The nice thing is that everything is for sale, so except the house itself, you can take everything home!© Youri Claesens
Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and Dualchas Architects have unveiled their plans for the St Kilda Visitor Center, which will be located on a cliff-top site at Geodha Sgoilt in the Uig area of the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Through the project, visitors will be able to experience the drama of St Kilda without physically visiting the famous archipelago, which lies over 50 miles to the southwest.
A triple world heritage site, St Kilda is famous not only for its sea cliffs and marine life but more for the story of how a community survived at the remote location before being evacuated in 1930.
By telling the story of this abandoned community, the current community of Uig hopes to catalyze economic development and reverse the population decline they have been suffering.© Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter / Dualchas
High-quality architecture can be an economic generator in remote rural communities- something both RRA and Dualchas have been committed to in rural Norway and the Scottish Highlands and Islands,” stated Dualchas director Neil Stephen. This can only happen if there is ambition and vision, which the community of Uig have in abundance – which is why this project is both exciting and important.© Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter / Dualchas
The project has been backed by UNESCO, and will serve as a template for creating “remote access” to the many World Heritage Sites that are geographically out of reach, environmentally fragile, or located in war zones.
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Constructor: Haasnoot Bruggen bv
Length: 25 metres
The "Golden Garland" (K.G. Zochernrug) is a bridge in Tiel that strengthens the route from the shopping area to the city center. The bridge crosses the water diagonally and forms the best possible visual and functional connection between the embankments. By defining the entrance to the city the Garland plays the role of a "city gate". In an elegant gesture the bridge invites people into the city.© Jan de Vries
The bridge relates to the canal environment and its design expresses fluidity and flow. It embeds itself into a network of pedestrian paths. The bridge negotiates the difference in the ground levels between the inner city and the station quarter, accentuating the continuity of the route with a graceful curve. A gentle double arc resolves the difference of height between both shores. The bridge doesn't interfere with the monumental continuity of the canal and therefore appears open and transparent, modestly adding itself to the historic district.Plan Details
The Golden Garland is an icon of the Burensepoort. Its golden coating, the city color of Tiel, reinforces the gate symbolism and links the bridge to the other two city gates. By night, the bridge looks like a golden curtain hanging above the city canal.© Jan de Vries
The steel bridge has asymmetrical longitudinal profile with the deck and girder welded into one slender closed form. The guardrails and supports are made of steel too. The concrete foundation at the inner city side disappears in the grass slope. On the other side the concrete foundation is wrapped by brick similar to the embankment. The different treatment of bridgeheads emphasizes the contrast between the inner city and the station quarter.
Architects: RIGI Design
Location: Tianjin, China
Area: 250.0 sqm
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: BIAN Huan-Ming
Author Of The Design Description: LIU Kai
Before RIGI took over this project, the owner had already got a complete set of space design plan, but his plan did not solve problems existing in traditional medical space. After RIGI is commissioned to do the design for this project, together with the owner, RIGI overthrows the original design concept. RIGI hopes to get rid of the sense of discomfort created by medical space through the space design, and to create a different atmosphere for the whole space. RIGI hopes to express the idea that medical space needs to show trust and hope through different design insights. There should be warmth, goodwill, openness, communication and smile in life. RIGI wishes that all of these could be shown within this space.© BIAN Huan-Ming
From the architect. Dental clinic is not a happy place to go, or we should say, no clinic could make people feel happy: the cold registration desk, the worrisome waiting chairs and the disturbing doors of the clinic rooms; the whole space is filled with a sense of distrust between doctors and patients. However, from spiritual aspect, clinic should be a place which brings hope, or at least should be a warm space. It might not be a delightful thing to go to the dentist, so RIGI does some magic to this space through design, bringing it some kind of warmth and caring.
Because there’s warmth, life should have been happier. This is a clinic in RIGI’s heart and this is a RIGI-styled life terminal.© BIAN Huan-Ming
The brand logo and brand IP image of this dental clinic is orange. So circle penetrates the whole design as basic element, and wood material and the match of selected colors deliver a warm texture sensually. The space consists of four areas: entrance, kids area, waiting area and clinic. Besides its basic function, each of the areas has its corresponding design insight, and together, these four areas make up the genes of this dental brand and turn the cold medical space into a life terminal which connects to people and spreads warmth and caring.© BIAN Huan-Ming
This project is located in a creative park. To analyze from the perspective of behavior, seeing a doctor is different from going shopping. There is almost no occasional guest for clinics; patients only choose to come after learning about it. The special nature of this industry determines that this space needs no use of eye-catching signs to attract customers, and a friendly façade could narrow the sense of distance between medical space and the patients. Thus, RIGI adopts a design strategy of weakening the boundary between outdoor and indoor space through using plants on the façade to connect the outdoor and indoor space, and simplifies the scale of the logo on the wall to avoid delivering excessive commercial atmosphere. The façade extends to the interior space through circle, an element from the IP image, and interesting materials are used to create a warm commercial atmosphere. The design of the front desk also tries to present an attitude of relaxed and equal. Starting from the entrance, people could tell this is a friendly space and a warm clinic.© BIAN Huan-Ming
Building a sense of trust within the space is one of RIGI’s design focuses. The world of adults is complex and lack of security, excessive attentions may create an unfriendly sense of distance on the contrary, so we suggest the owner to build a kids area in the important place of the entrance. Caring for kids is caring for adults; a clinic which cares for kids would, to some degree, present a sense of caring and responsibility. Space does not exist in isolation, the emotions and need of roles of people’s behavior within the space are what RIGI is always trying to explore. Design idea is not top-down propaganda, but something that users could always perceive and understand in the terminal. That is the key to design in this age.© BIAN Huan-Ming
Waiting chairs in traditional hospitals are arranged in a parallel way and in orders. However, it is this sense of order that enhances the unease of patients. After all, what waiting for you is a terrible experience of seeing a dentist; it is anything but nothing good to be looking forward. So we make the layout of the waiting area looks like a dinner table. Here people can sit face to face; they could communicate with each other or wait quietly. In this way, this waiting process is equal and random during which patients could feel the temperament of the space. The orange and transparent area on the left side of the waiting area is the central supply room of the clinic. All medical devices and gauze will be centralized and sterilized here; thus the philosophy of “going transparent” of the clinic will be reflected through this transparent and open way. All these designs make people have a further perception of the clinic’s philosophy, while life scenario oriented design further expresses the clinic’s warm and caring nature. It might not be a home, but RIGI hopes to bring people a perception of home through design. After all, clinic is a place where problems will be solved and hopes be created, just like a home.
When people see the rows of doorplates such as dental implant department and radiology department, to some extent, a sense of discomfort and anxiety will grow. RIGI cancels all the logos and adds text signs with readable dimensions on the glass of corridors while doing the design. The issue of spatial recognition chaos does not exist in a clinic of this size. RIGI also uses signs of numbers to connect the corridor and departments. Different numbers on the floor mark different functional spaces. To eliminate in maximum the uneasy and anxiety of seeing a doctor is the key point of RIGI’s design.© BIAN Huan-Ming
Design for life
It is about warmth and might also about caring. This is a gift for you and your teeth from RIGI.Model
Architects: Takeshi Hosaka Architects
Location: Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Area: 194.45 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.
Structural Engineers: Kenji Nawa, Nawakenji-M
Client: Sinichi Suzuki
Site Area: 194.45 sqm
Floor Area Ratio: 116.31 sqm
Building Height: 4880 mm
The cross-sectional and longitudinal aspects of scale
The house belongs to a married couple with two children, and stands near the Tama River, which flows through Atsugi City in Kanagawa Prefecture.Plan 1
Although the surface of the Tama River flows eight meters below the house, The dry part of the river is at the same level as the house’s property. The dry part of the bed adjoins the property without any separation by an embankment or other structure. Although a road is situated between the dry river bed and the property, because there is almost no difference in elevation, the property is essentially a continuation of the river bed. The scale of the Tama River is far larger than the scale of the house’s property; however, the scale of the Sagami River, into which the Tama River flows just a short distance downstream from that point, is even larger.© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.
For this unique location, in which scales ranging from the ultra small to the ultra large exist together, I came up with the idea of using an inverted V-shaped plane that combines both ultra small and ultra large scales. The open side of the inverted V indicates extensity whereby scale grows infinitely in the direction toward the river. The narrowing side becomes the space for clothing or food in the house. I arranged six of these inverted V-shaped planes to form a flat house resembling a fan-shaped plane.© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc. Section © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.
For the cross-section, I arranged windows of the same size at the intermediate level, between the first and second floor (when viewed at the scale of the surrounding houses), in an associative array facing the river. For the floors, I alternated a high floor and low floor. The living room on the higher floor is a space of panoramic proportions with a suppressed ceiling height. The children’s room on the lower floor is a space of oblong proportions with a high ceiling. I called the area under the higher floor an “under-floor open space” and installed equipment for play and daily life there. It is a place for outdoor living, resembling a garden that extends to the adjoining ultra large-scale dry portion of the river bed.© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.
Indoors, people go back and forth between the open side and the narrow side of the inverted V-shaped plane as they also go up and down between the higher floor and the lower floor. Outdoors, they go directly out from the under-floor open space to the dry river bed via the adjoining land. For both the indoors and outdoors, the zoom moves in and out freely in terms of the planar and cross-sectional view between the ultra small scale of the house’s interior and the ultra large scale of the river.© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.
When rapeseed blossoms on the ultra small scale bloom across the entire dry river bed, the scale of the natural landscape in view swings within a certain range. This creates an ultra large-scale landscape, making the tall Mt. Fuji appear small, and making the Tanzawa mountains (which are lower than Mt. Fuji) appear larger. I wanted to create a sense of living where there are rapeseed blossoms, a house, a river, and mountains within such a mischievous shifting of scale.© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.
Aedas has unveiled the plans for its Chongqing Xinhua Bookstore Group Jiefangbei Book City mixed-use project, a complex of retail, residential, office, and hotel space with a Xinhua Bookstore at its core. Based on an ancient Chinese prose that states “knowledge brings wealth,” the project aims to integrate the concept of a book with the cultural elements of Chongqing to create an interactive commercial space.Courtesy of Aedas
Inspired by the form of a rolled book scroll, the central building in the project appears to unfold through stepped terraces, “implying the spirit of wisdom and knowledge.” These stepped terraces furthermore reflect the landscape of Chongqing, which is called the “Mountain City.”Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas
The complex will additionally feature three themed plazas: The inclined rooftop and cultural plaza at the podium become a new cultural destination for lifestyle and entertainment activities, while the sky cultural plaza enriches and extends the civic space of Jiefangbei Plaza to provide a refreshing and tranquil environment in this business center for users to relax and enjoy.Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas
Expected completion of the complex is set for 2020.
Location: Chongqing, China
Area: 153980.0 sqm
Project Year: 2020
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas
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Rice University Fellow Creates Half House that Pushes Boundaries and Challenges Perspectives of Light and Space
Visiting Wortham Fellow at the Rice School of Architecture Michelle Chang has created A,B 1:2, a twisted “half house” installation in the university’s jury room. Built at a half scale, the project superimposes and bisects two simple cubes, playing with light and shade through skewed windows in order to demonstrate how architects and artists think about space, as well as how drawings and renderings translate into physical constructions.© Michelle Chang/Rice School of Architecture
I don’t want to get overly technical, says Chang. I just want people to see it and understand there’s something kind of weird going on in a couple of places and image what that does. A lot of my work is based in optics and perspectives, how changing certain assumptions of our representational conventions can lead to new ways of seeing. What’s interesting about doing these installations is they’re always so incredibly different from what I imagined them to be, working digitally.© Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
With sunlight filtering through the high windows on three sides of the exhibit’s room, the interior character of the installation is expected to change throughout the day, influencing the interpreted locations of typical “bedroom” or “living room” spaces.
The spaces are defined more by the angular interior and play of light, rather than boundaries according to elements like walls, windows, or objects.© Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
The installation will officially open on August 26 at 5:00 pm.
While Chang’s fellowship will end next year, she will remain at Rice to become an assistant professor of architecture in July.
Learn more about the project here.
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Location: United States, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Area: 18300.0 ft2
Project Year: 2016
Photographs: Courtesy of Gensler
Landscape: Southwick Landscape
Civil & Structural: The Louis Berger Group
Mep: Henderson Engineers
Murals & Graphics: Anne Johnson
Code Consultant: Rolf Jensen O'Connor
Construction: Sletten Construction Companies
From the architect. The RTC’s new Mobility Training Center is designed to increase mobility among Southern Nevadans, especially senior residents and persons with disabilities, by equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to use public transportation throughout Clark County in Southern Nevada.Floor Plan
This new facility consolidates transit mobility training and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Paratransit certification under one roof. The Mobility Training Center includes these key elements:
Mobility Training Facility
The interior design of the 14,500 sq. ft. Mobility Training Facility includes two full-sized city buses situated on a fictitious exterior streetscape encompassing a transit shelter and stop, paved roads, curb cut outs, ADA-compliant ramps and sidewalk, and a functional assessment course with various surfaces and terrain obstacles.
The space also includes additional parking, direct front door access for city buses, a new bus stop, and an exterior dog relief area.Courtesy of Gensler
Blindconnect’s Angela’s House
This unique feature of the facility is a simulated, typical Las Vegas, two-bedroom, 1,200 sq. ft. residence. This fully equipped mock residence will be used by the vision impaired for learning critical living skills. Angela’s House is the only blindness skills training facility in Nevada.
Gensler designed the exterior of the facility to work in harmony with the existing maintenance facility and present a friendly desert-inspired aesthetic.
The architectural inspiration is derived from the mountains of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area that can be seen in the distance from the west side of the site. The dynamic red and orange color of the building’s cladding systems is symbolic of Red Rock. The protruding glazed volume to the northwest is in reference of the desert sky. Finally, the elongated entry volume wrapped with perforated panels in reference to the “canyon” concept is embedded into a mountain-scape.Courtesy of Gensler
Color is used to enliven the large entry signage to the public entranceway and to welcome the mobility and visually impaired patrons into the building. The design team at Gensler introduced a lime-green feature wall to create a “spark” to energize the entry zone. The patterned perforations to the canopy create a 4d entry experience via the ever-shifting casting of light and shadow effects scattered throughout the area and the unseen light sensations felt within this space.Courtesy of Gensler
The building serves as the new terminus for the RTC fixed bus route, Route 103 - Decatur. The project was designed with an onsite bus turn around loop drive, a separate bus turn off, and a bus stop which helps to free up roadway space on Hauck Street.Courtesy of Gensler
The new training center is intended for public access and use, so it is important that the training center be recognizable to the public and be differentiated from the existing non-public RTC maintenance facility adjacent to it. The building’s fenestration located in the upper northeast corner, serves as a beacon or lantern at night and is clearly visible from the I-215 freeway.