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World Architecture Festival to Kick-Off in One Month

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 22:00

With only one month to go before the 2014 World Architecture Festival (WAF) begins in Singapore, has unveiled new additions to the Festival Program, including a keynote speech by Ole Scheeren of Buro Ole Scheeren. With “Architects and the City” as WAF’s overarching theme this year, Scheeren’s talk will be on the relationship between architects, architecture and urbanism.

keynote speakers include Rocco Yim of Rocco Design Associates who will speak on his involvement in the West Kowloon Cultural District, the largest arts and cultural project in Hong Kong to date, and Richard Rogers who will speak candidly about his life as one of the most influential global figures in architecture and his future agenda. Moshe Safdie will close the Festival, looking back over his extensive career to talk exclusively about the defining moments that shaped its path.

Read on after the break for more information on WAF’s three days of fascinating talks, networking opportunities and its annual awards.

This year’s main conference sessions and talks will focus on the contributions architects can make to cities and how they affect – and are affected by – politics, infrastructure, planning communities and technology. Among the newly added sessions are “Starting from Scratch,” where leading architects and developers of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city will discuss the key issues surrounding new town programs, and “Pleased to meet you: Heatherwick Studio,” where the firm will showcase their use of materials from the ordinary to the extraordinary and experimental.

Another key component of WAF this year is a series of networking sessions for attendees to meet some of the region’s prominent developers and city planners.

Held annually, WAF recognizes the world’s most amazing architecture projects. The shortlist for its 2014 awards has been announced, with almost 300 projects competing, including the likes of Zaha Hadid ArchitectsFoster + Partners and Aedas, alongside other smaller practices. This year WAF will take place from October 1-3 in Singapore. Make sure you check out the full program and register to attend the event.

World Architecture Festival to Kick-Off in One Month originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 02 Sep 2014.

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Hozho House / DesignBuildBLUFF + University of Colorado Denver

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 21:00

Architects: DesignBuildBLUFF,
Location: Blue Mountains, Montana 59301, USA
Faculty: Rick Sommerfeld
Students: Shawn Adams, Erica Alfaro, Patrick Beseda, Gregory Behlen, Anastasia Chmel, Megan Garrett, Lacy Graham, Patricia Gut, Amy Keil, Anna Huey, Catalina Pedraza, Henry Rahn, Foster Ramsey, Scott Rank, Joe Stevenson, Dana Trill, Iassen Vladimirov, Megan Voiles, Ronald Willison, Kristin Zuro
Design Build Bluff Staff: Cindy Bithnell, Hiroko Ogiso, Cortland Wilson, Atsushi Yamamoto
Structural Engineer: Andy Paddock
Area: 800.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of + University of Colorado Denver

From the architect. The clients, a soft-spoken Navajo couple, requested a home that would allow for family gatherings while simultaneously providing a private place of retreat. They had an intimate understanding of their environment and had already constructed a small shade structure on the property for family gatherings. Students from the University of Colorado Denver worked in collaboration with DesignBuildBLUFF at the University of Utah to design and build a modest 800 square foot home.

Constructed for $25,000 this single pitched cedar clad house is stitched into the landscape with a cedar and recycled aluminum rain screen designed to layer shadows and transparency. The aluminum sheathing wraps the building, folding out from the facade and intersecting the cedar screen to create apertures that protect the glazing, and the main entry, from direct southern sun. The cedar, held off of the facade, provides a depth that creates a subtle dynamism of light and shadow. The vertical screen is spaced to reduce direct heat gain of the façade helping to keep the home cool in the summer. The walls and roof are constructed with structural insulated panels that exceed traditional insulation standards.

Two private volumes (the bedroom and bathroom) clad in cedar, define the interior of the home. Doors have been integrated into the cladding to conceal their location further emphasizing privacy. At the end of the hallway a nook desk is built into the wall. A continuation of the cedar volume, the extrusion provides a work surface while shading the window from the summer sun. The depth captures the southern view back to the original shade structure, one of the main inspirations for the design.

The more public area of the home has an open floor plan that transitions out to the patio. The patio is enclosed by the cedar rain screen on the east and west but opens north to a view of the Blue Mountains. The rain screen offers protection from the sun and wind while providing filtered light and animated shadows.

Hozho House / DesignBuildBLUFF + University of Colorado Denver originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 02 Sep 2014.

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Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 3, “The Architecture of Violence”

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 20:00

The third episode of Al Jazeera’s “Rebel Architecture” series takes us on a journey through the settlements and roads of the West Bank with London-based, Israeli architect, academic and writer, Eyal Weizman. In the 25-minute episode, Weizman shows the key role of architecture in the Israeli occupation of , and talks about his latest project, Forensic Architecture, which uses damage to buildings as evidence for war crimes.

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

From Al Jazeera:

On a journey across the settlements and roads of the West Bank and along the Separation Wall, Eyal Weizman demonstrates how architecture is central to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. “Architecture and the built environment is a kind of a slow violence. The occupation is an environment that was conceived to strangulate Palestinian communities, villages and towns, to create an environment that would be unliveable for the people there”, says Weizman.

Local Israelis and Palestinians explain how it feels to live in a landscape where everything, from walls and roads, terraces and sewage, to settlements and surveillance are designed to ensure the separation of the two peoples, while simultaneously maintaining control.

Eyal’s work on the architecture of occupation has led him to understand the discipline’s role in modern urban warfare. Visiting Nablus and Jenin, he explains how the Israeli army pioneered a new kind of modern urban warfare through its deep understanding of architecture.

But Weizman has found a way for architecture to resist; his latest project, Forensic Architecture, is way of turning a building’s military wounds into evidence to be used against the state for the investigation of war crimes, with the aid of innovative architectural and visual technologies. “What can we do as architects today to resist that destruction and violence that is enacted by architecture?” asks Weizman.

Rebel Architecture is a new series featuring architects who use design as a form of resistance and activism. By designing for the majority rather than the elite, the architects in “” are tackling the world’s urban, environmental and social problems. Through six, half-hour documentaries the series will highlight architects working in Vietnam, Nigeria, Spain, Pakistan, the Occupied West Bank and Brazil. Stay tuned for next week’s episode featuring Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia and his mission to construct environmentally-friendly buildings.  And in case you missed them, check out the other episodes, here.

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 3, “The Architecture of Violence” originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 02 Sep 2014.

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Le Grand Plateau / Atelier Pierre Thibault

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 19:00

Architects: Atelier Pierre Thibault
Location: Mirond Lake, , , SK S0P, Canada
Design Team: Pierre Thibault & Jérôme Lapierre
Area: 1650.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alain Laforest

From the architect. At our first visit to Lake Heron in the Laurentides, we ended up in a forest enflamed by fall. We borrowed a small path to reach the top of the site where we found a clearing atop a promontory. We could contemplate the lake which was about 60 meters below. Small but sinuous, it gave the impression that a meander hid the invisible part of a larger lake.

The silhouette of the mountains loomed in the distance. The scenery was of immense beauty. We all gasped discovering the site that day. We went down quietly through different ecosystems dotted with magnificent rocks. I remember a small forest of spruces with a constricted path the caused a rhythmic vertical which filtered the horizontality of the water.

From the lake, we could see the promontory that we had visited earlier on. As soon as the first sketches were drawn, the idea was to create a plateau where we could enjoy the view. This large terrace captures the sun as well as has a view on the lake. Unaware that the home is below, it is accessed from the top. This surface therefor serves as roofing. The needs of the house are based on a lower plane, placed on very thin columns to give the impression that the inhabited space floats, almost as if in levitation.

The structural frame consists of nine squares each of four meters large and wide. We access the house at street level. We then follow a walkway on the side to reach a small outdoor terrace. We can then enter the heart of the home. The rooms are located on the hillside while the other rooms benefit from the opening of the landscape that seems amplified by large windows. The location and the simple volume of the Grand Plateau make it a place where you can enjoy a new perspective on the lake.

Le Grand Plateau / Atelier Pierre Thibault originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 02 Sep 2014.

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Giveaway: Introducing the Moleskine Tool Belt

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 18:00

Moleskine notebooks go as hand-in-hand with architects and designers as the color black. Over the years, these creative individuals have hacked and personalized the simple design of the Moleskine notebook, turning it into wallets, key chains, pen holders, and more. In response to this culture, Moleskine recently came out with their own hack called the Moleskine Tool Belt. 

The Tool Belt is an add-on that attaches to the cover of their notebooks. It contains several compartments for storing pens, smart phones, business cards, eye glasses, and more. We also have two Moleskine Tool Belts to give away – check out the article after the break for your chance to win! 

The design of the Tool Belt reinforces the brand’s simplicity and mobile identity. Moleskine is encouraging people to use the Tool Belt as inventively as they use their notebooks, enabling them to be even more creative and productive. It comes in both grey and beige and is exclusively available on the Moleskine website for $39.95.

To enter the , answer this question: what instrument can’t you leave home without? Let us know in the comments below and we will contact the winners by Tuesday 9th September. Good luck! 

Giveaway: Introducing the Moleskine Tool Belt originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 02 Sep 2014.

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‘T PARK / CUBE Architecten

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 17:00

Architects: CUBE Architecten
Location: Jodenbreestraat 25, 1011 , The Netherlands
Architect In Charge: Pieter van der Pot, Marloes van Heteren
Client: City of Amsterdam (PMB)
Area: 530.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yvonne Lukkenaar

From the architect. In August 2013 the City of Amsterdam gave the go-ahead for the redevelopment of an old store room under one of their offices on Jodenbreestraat in Amsterdam into a multifunctional plaza. This plan is part of the new flexible housing concept for their offices, which can be densified through realization of such plazas. CUBE is, after a closed competition, asked to develop this 530 m2 plaza. According to the City of Amsterdam it had to become an attractive area with an extraordinary appearance.

The semi-public plaza can be used for working, collaborating, meeting, or eating and drinking the organic coffee, juices and sandwiches from the bar. There is also the possibility for holding presentations and meetings. The more functional parts of the program are efficiently packaged in simple volumes in such a way that they form an open space for the plaza. The entrance area of the huge office building was redeveloped with a new reception desk and added to this new plaza. Although the fire separation in the building needed to be changed fore this, the open connection between the entrance and the plaza was really important to make the new addition really part of the whole building.

By this we have added a space to the building with the peace and playfulness of a green park. Large different plant cages hang like a canopy between the real birch trunks. Along the large glass doors planters are hung that form a natural filter. On the walls a print of the shadows of the leaves was used, and the floor has a natural “outside look: with its gray / brown tones. The consistent use of the colors white, brown and green brings a certain calmness between the otherwise fairly random placed elements. This seemingly random placement of trees, plant cages and furniture is in reality a precise positioning relative to the projector and the walking paths. The volumes containing extra spaces that are located as wooden sheds between the trees, have wooden slats of unequal thicknesses.

The real plants in the hanging cages, which from the beginning were an essential part of the plan and ensure good air quality and a green experience, were the biggest challenge in the design process. Initially we looked at an automatic watering system, but in the end we opted to hang them on 10 electric hoists that are normally just in theaters. Every 4 weeks they will be lowered to take care of the hydroponic plants.

Sustainability was one of the key principles and reuse is a part of it. We could reuse parts of the installations, and also for the furniture we went looking for used elements in the storage depots of the municipality. The pendant lights above the counter and some of the tables and chairs all come from here.

'T PARK / CUBE Architecten originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 02 Sep 2014.

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Interview: Behind the Scenes of the University of Toronto’s Mental Health Report

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 15:30

In a TED Talk from 2009, writer Elizabeth Gilbert muses about how uncomfortable she is with the assumption that “creativity and suffering are somehow inherently linked.” The majority of Gilbert’s thoughtful and humorous monologue is about finding sanity amidst both success and failure, or in words, about finding a way to break this link. Earlier this year, the University of Toronto Graduate Architecture Landscape and Design Student Union’s (GALDSU) set out to do just that – break the link between creativity and suffering at their school – and start a productive dialogue about mental health. began by gathering the facts through a mental health study of their peers, the results of which we discussed several months ago.

To learn more about what’s happened at their school (and beyond) since it was published, we sat down with Joel Leon, the man who spearheaded the effort and the newly elected president of the student union, as well as Elise Hunchuck, the vice-president of the student union.

AD: How did the students at your school react to the report?

Joel: In September, the mental health initiative had the general support of student representatives within GALDSU’s council, but there were only a handful of students willing to put in the work to make it happen. What’s amazing now is that we have so many more students interested in participating to move this initiative forward. It’s almost overwhelming – and that’s probably the most exciting thing. I have this feeling we’re starting to break down the apathy. Students are willing to invest their time to achieve collective goals now that they know their student union actually does something for them. It’s amazing how a single report can give such a boost to student empowerment and help build a sense of community.

AD: Did any of the findings in the report surprise you?

Joel: I think one of the most shocking things was that financial needs weren’t identified as a major stress factor. This is a really big conversation topic within the university, and it was surprising that almost no one mentioned it during the survey. It’s clear that there are other problems taking priority over financial needs, which really sets us apart from other faculties at the university. It really confirmed some of our preliminary assumptions – we’re different than other faculties, and not just a little bit.

Elise: To add to that, our faculty’s professional graduate programs are not funded in the same way other faculty programs are. For example, doctoral students at the University of Toronto often receive funding equivalent to their tuition fees, if not more. That’s not the case for us, and so perhaps financial stress is more readily understood, if not accepted, as a possibility coming into the program.

AD: What’s happened at your school since the report was published?

Joel: We’re reforming. Everything we’re working on now has come out of the report as well as a workshop about how our students use space, which was actually geared towards understanding what spaces will be needed in our new building (scheduled to open in 2016). We recently did a walk-through of the building with student services, IT, facility management, and the financial group because we want to improve our current space in the meantime. We went floor-by-floor identifying small physical improvements that we think will have the biggest impact on student health and well-being. Additionally, our student union has committed to funds and physical labour for the renovation of our student-run café and the graduate student lounge.

When we presented the report to the faculty council, it made for a very lively discussion. There was a split. Sometimes the room had a negative reaction based on the fear that the report would portray a negative image of the faculty, or that if we stop doing things the way we’re doing them we’re not going to be competitive in the architecture world. Others pointed towards the need of having this discussion, not just among students but also among the teaching and support staff. Out of that meeting came a conversation, which is still ongoing, about whether or not the survey should eventually become a joint project between the faculty and students and if mental health should be taken into account when evaluating courses and altering the program. It’s a very difficult discussion to have, and we were extremely happy the faculty was willing to partake in it. We look forward to continue these conversations with both the faculty and staff during this upcoming school year.

At a larger scale, we just submitted a paper to the Canadian Accreditation Board on integrating metrics with health and well-being into the accreditation process. We’re proposing that you shouldn’t just have the best faculty and the nicest building, but also the healthiest students and staff. We’ve also had conversations with other Canadian universities with architecture programs about conducting a nationwide survey to see how things compare and contrast. We want to know what problems are specific to the University of Toronto and what the bigger issues within our discipline are.

AD: For those interested in making changes at their own schools, what advice do you have?

Joel: First, you need facts. It’s very difficult to talk about issues like mental health without data to back up your claims. It’s funny that in a discipline where data representation is imperative, where we measure everything and represent very abstract ideas and processes, we never use our skills to look at ourselves. And that was our greatest strength I would say – that initial report representing our findings and saying, “These are the conditions.” It also helped that we branched out for help. We talked to the Department of Psychology so that we had confidence in our methodology. Don’t wait for the bureaucracy or anyone else to answer before getting something started. If you think it’s a big issue, then it’s up to you to start it. Having a strong student union is really important – if it doesn’t exist, then make it.

Also remember that it’s not a confrontation because that closes every door and every opportunity. We’re not approaching this from an antagonistic angle – a lot of conversations about the report have been framed as the students versus the administration. Sure, we’re pointing out problems, but we’re not blaming the administration for them. If they didn’t do anything about them now that we’ve sat down with them, laid down the facts, and discussed solutions, then that would be a different story. It’s not us versus them, if anything, it’s that we haven’t revisited how we teach architecture in a very long time. The people teaching us are part of the system and suffer the same pressures we do since they were similarly educated.

AD: People have reacted differently to the report online – what did you think of the comments?

Joel: “This is what architecture is, if you don’t enjoy it, you should get out of it. The people who don’t work hard are the ones failing.” I found these comments really interesting and quite unfortunate. Why is complaining about our poor working conditions perceived as a weakness? Do we not deserve better as a profession? This culture of ‘survival of the fittest’ is not healthy nor is it conducive to fostering the diversity of personalities and roles that make life within our disciplines. There are many roles within architecture that don’t require the Type A personality that this system seems to foster.

Elise: I agree with what Joel said earlier – unfortunately a lot of online commentary has framed the report as students versus administration. But the faculty and administration are as embedded within the culture as we are, if not more. Faculty and sessional instructors are prone to similar work-based, financial and personal stressors as a result of this system, of which we are all a part of. Again, I think it’s important to remember that this is not just the case here at the University of Toronto, but at other architecture, landscape, and design faculties as well.

What is most promising about the report is that it has given the student union, faculty, and administration tangible elements to focus on in efforts to improve the student experience, and by extension, the experience of those we are working with.

Interview: Behind the Scenes of the University of Toronto's Mental Health Report originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 02 Sep 2014.

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La Leonera Mountain Retreat / Nicolas del Rio

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 15:00

Architects: Nicolas del Rio
Location: Farellones, Lo Barnechea, Metropolitan Region,
Design Team: Nicolas del Rio, Felipe Camus
Associate Architect: Felipe Camus
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Felipe Camus

Collaborators: Malo Chab, Matthias J. Götz
Contractor: Handitu ltda
Engineering: ARBEC

From the architect. Commission

La Leonera is the result of a collaborative process over what must become of a Mountain Retreat. Revisiting decisions with the clients back and forth made bespoke architecture for its users a nourishing experience of participation. Rather unexpectedly, the result is an interesting correlation of balance between expectations and propositions.

Structure

Strictly speaking, an A-frame house, this typology related to mountain building in Chile is scrutinized. Two geometrically independent volumes –rectangle and triangle- are tested and proportioned to preserve plainness. The first in reinforced concrete becomes the base, containing and blending with the terrain whilst providing support to its pristine counterpart. Inside the A-frame, in stark contrast with the context, a proportioned void of timber trusses provides ambient warmth to its occupiers. This graceful craft buttresses on a concrete sleigh, which in both extremes folds upwards hiding the inverted beams and creating a distance against the striking landscape. The result is a platform detached from the ground to deliver lightness -and a log-piling gap- against the ground. A wooden stair in the far end of the floorplan, vertically connects both volumes, which in addition to the strict control over the windows, make this house a continuous experience of tension and dominium of the landscape.

Energy

Thermally wise it is a highly insulated unitary volume with a controlled perimeter. The Retreat portrays a substantial sun-oriented glazed façade, which captures the abundant winter radiation transforming it in heat and storing it in the thermally massive concrete elements. Openings towards colder orientations are minimised whilst considerable insulation is specified in the fabric.

La Leonera Mountain Retreat / Nicolas del Rio originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 02 Sep 2014.

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Chinese Company Showcases Ten 3D-Printed Houses

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 14:00

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Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering has constructed a set of ten single story, 3D-printed homes which it produced in under 24 hours. The homes, printed in prefabricated panels which fit together on site, were created using WinSun’s custom-built 3D printer which measures 10 meters by 6.6 meters, and took the company twelve years to develop.

Formed with a cement-based mixture containing construction waste and glass fiber, each of the houses cost just $5,000 to build. Read on after the break for more on the development.

Though the houses created so far are fairly simple, CEO of WinSun Ma Yihe is optimistic about the future of the technology, saying that he hopes to one day use their 3D printer to create skyscrapers. Speaking to the International Business Times, Ma said: “Industrial waste from demolished buildings is damaging our environment, but with 3D-printing, we are able to recycle construction waste and turn it into new building materials. This would create a much safer environment for construction workers and greatly reduce construction costs.”

Each of the houses is designed to accommodate plumbing, electrical wiring and insulation which are all added after construction.

companies have been experimenting with plans to 3D print entire buildings, most notably Dus Architects and Ultimaker in the Netherlands. Find out more about their plans here:

First 3D Printed House to Be Built In Amsterdam//

Story via Mashable and the International Business Times

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UK Airports Commission Rules Out Thames Estuary Airport Plans

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 12:00

The Airports Commission, the independent group charged with planning the future of the London‘s airport infrastructure, has finally ruled out an ambitious plan for a major airport in the Thames Estuary designed by Foster + Partners and supported by Mayor Boris Johnson. Chairman of the Airports Commission Sir Howard Davies said the proposal had been ruled out because “the economic disruption would be huge and there are environmental hurdles which it may prove impossible, or very time-consuming to surmount.”

Instead, the Airports Commission will select between three options to expand one of London’s existing airports at either Heathrow or Gatwick. Read on after the break for the reactions to the decision.

Mayor Boris Johnson was highly critical of the decision, saying: “In one myopic stroke the Airports Commission has set the debate back by half a century.

“Gatwick is not a long term solution and Howard Davies must explain to the people of London how he can possibly envisage that an expansion of Heathrow, which would create unbelievable levels of noise, blight and pollution, is a better idea than a new airport to the east of London that he himself admits is visionary, and which would create the jobs and growth this country needs to remain competitive.”

Norman Foster was equally disappointed. “I predict that Londoners will be scathing in their condemnation of today’s announcement, when confronted with the inevitability of the blighting influence of Heathrow -  the risks, noise and environmental impact of overflying London – and its inability to cope with predicted growth,” he said. “They will ask why there was not even the courage to further explore – to study – to research – a strategic long term alternative to the instant gratification of a sadly predictable compromise.”

Foster also commented: “Elsewhere in the world, relocating an airport that no longer serves its purpose is considered normal practice. France did it twice in a matter of decades. In Hong Kong we created a man-made island the size of Heathrow and built what was then the largest airport in the world – all in the space of six years. The pattern of the most competitive emerging economies is to replace the old and obsolescent and go boldly forward with the new, an opportunity today’s decision denies this country.”

Boris Johnson’s support for the Thames Estuary scheme even extended as far as commissioning a series of proposals by Hawkins\Brown, Maccreanor Lavington and Rick Mather for the redevelopment of Heathrow Airport, envisaging what the site could be used for after the airport there was decommissioned.

However, despite the scheme’s rejection, Johnson remains confident that it is still an option. With the final decision of the Airports Commission due next year after a general election, the BBC reports that Johnson believes “any future government would return to the Thames estuary plan,” making the current commission “irrelevant”.

See our past coverage of the Thames Estuary Airport, and related proposals:

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UK Airports Commission Rules Out Thames Estuary Airport Plans originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 02 Sep 2014.

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Villa Moerkensheide / Dieter De Vos Architecten

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 11:00

Architects: Dieter De Vos Architecten
Location: , Belgium
Area: 306.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

From the architect. The house is centrally positioned on the building plot at the edge of a residential neighbourhood and opposite a small forest. An explicit orientation to the sun shapes the tripartite composition of the house. Three gardens formally complement the composition, each garden intended for a specific time of day: morning, afternoon, evening.

A symmetric spatial configuration of three cubes around an equilateral triangle, together with an asymmetric articulation at the carport, defines the building geometry. The volume is developed architectonically through a concrete and blockwork loadbearing structure, brickwork of hand-selected peat-fired bricks in Flemish bond and hardwood carpentry with prominent arched windows on the ground floor and rectangular windows on the upper floor.

The living area with open floor plan clearly shows the building geometry. The three large arched windows on the ground floor bring daylight generously into the space and at the same time create a close relationship between the interior and the three gardens. The three blind end walls within the open space contain integrated cabinets that allow the eating area, seating area and work area to find their appropriate place. Warm, natural materials and colours enliven the living area: wooden wall paneling throughout the space, a light-pink-and-sand-coloured terrazzo floor with an integrated kitchen worktop.

A self-supporting spiral staircase leads to the upper floor. Three freestanding cabinets separate three rooms from the hallway. These cabinets contain storage space as well as technical equipment and sanitary cells. The rooms can be closed off from the hallway through invisibly detailed doors in the cabinets. On the upper floor, daylight is provided through perforations situated only on the end walls and in the flat roof. The uninterrupted perimeter wall is executed in ivory painted blockwork in contrast to the smooth lacquered cabinets.

Villa Moerkensheide / Dieter De Vos Architecten originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 02 Sep 2014.

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Minga Valpo: Architects and Sustainable Reconstruction in Valparaíso, Chile

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 10:00

After the fire this past April in Valparaíso, Chile, a group of young architects went to the port city to develop a reconstruction project based on energy efficiency, recycled materials, and adaptability to Valparaíso’s topographic context. The Minga Valpo project has not only achieved these objectives, but it has also allowed families to help build their own houses. In a mere three months, Minga Valpo has already built three houses.

Take a look at photographs of the project and read the architects’ description after the break. 

From the Architect. The Minga Valpo project came about due the fire which occurred in Valparaiso last April 12, 2014 and completely burned down the homes of more than 3000 families.

United by a common vision, a team of young architects, volunteers and families set out to offer sustainable solutions to people living in the affected areas. Paying careful attention to each location, its topography and orientation, the group has made progress in building thermal efficient homes with the use of local and recycled materials.

The construction of the houses has taken place through workshops with volunteer labor (without previous experience in construction) and is being led by a team of professional volunteers. 

Knowing how to build our own living spaces has always been a part of the human condition. The concept of the Minga is therefore to provide the necessary tools to reconnect with this ancient tradition.

The building technique favors the use of natural and recycled materials, conserves solar energy and allows for easy replication.

The proposed model is based on a backbone of rough pine 2″x6″  as walls. The wooden pallets are filled with straw that serves as thermal insulation and are coated with a mix of mud and straw which acts as thermal mass. Once the scratch coat is dry a fine plaster of lime is applied to make the wall waterproof while still allowing the clay to breathe — one of the intrinsic properties of building with mud. 

Several experts in bioconstruction have also been a part in the experience, such as master Gonzalo Vargas who performed a special workshop of fine lime mud plaster.

Three months after the fire struck, Minga Valpo has built three houses, a place of encounter and an ecological bathroom module. 

The work has been fueled by the affection of the people involved and the families that offered material donations. The project has become an amazing experience of architecture and unity of the people under a common goal … to build sustainably.

Thanks to all who participated!
Thanks to this wonderful spirit!

Unidad
Minga

Architects: Carolina Moraes, Cristobal Hughes, Camilo Moraes, Anita Oyarzun, Constanza Cabezas, Sergio Levet, Barbara Inostroza,Barbara Isler, Macarena Cima, Rodolfo Rubio, José Murillo, Rohan Sutherland, Gerardo Coli, Estaban Moraga, Jano Ponce y Romain Ferrini.
Engineer: Ricardo Luna
Location: Cerro Merced, Cerro Mariposa y Cerro Las Cañas. Valparaíso
Materials: Wood, Pallets, bale of straw, mud,  bottles, cans, glass and zinc plates.
Area: Casa Beto 30 m2, Casa Abuelita 36 m2, Casa Edgardo 20 m2.
Year: 2014
Photographs: Camilo Moraes, Sergio Levet y Felix Po

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Fuks 34 / Henkin Shavit Studio

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 09:00

Architects: Henkin Shavit Studio
Location: Jaffa, Tel Aviv,
Architect In Charge: Henkin Irit, Shavit Zohar
Year: 2014
Photographs: Aviad Bar-Ness

From the architect. The couple, an interior designer and a graphic designer, lives in the apartment for two years. The loft is based on the 12th floor of a prefabricated exposed concrete building built in the early 60′s and it occupies approximately 95 sqm. From the loft, found at the top of the building in southern Jaffa, Tel Aviv, there are some spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the ancient neighborhoods of Jaffa and Tel Aviv.

The loft was designed by the office of the Zohar Shavit and his partner Irit Henkin, who decided to demolish the interior walls, also, the old floor was dismantled and a wooden deck made of Gushen Pine board was laid and allowed the concealment of the new electricity and plumbing infrastructure. The pine deck was colored in light grey oil paint which integrates with the grey sky and sea in the winter.

The loft which combines an interior design and architectural studio, with a residential interior, is divided into two main parts: A large space which includes a living room and a spacious work area and in front of it, a bedroom, bathroom and toilet. The free standing column helps define the various spaces, separating the living room and work area.

The dining table is in fact a seating bar, a sniper weapon cleaning table; the table is placed on a three-dimensional patterned concrete floor that defines the scope of the kitchen from the rest of the loft space. The work area’s desk is made of oak and was designed by the studio. Crystal lamps from the 50′s were hung on the bare concrete column. A round dining table, purchased in Jaffa’s flea market, is positioned Next to the column, on its side, and around it are yellow Eames chairs. Dror’s and Shavit’s final thesis from their academic years, are leaned against the living room wall. A large industrial aluminum profiles library is also prominent in the living room, the library was built around the air conditioner and it contains an archive, a library and a presentation of the studio’s projects. The bathroom and toilet doors were purchased at Haifa’s flea market; the doors were dismantled from a 20′s eclectic building and were renovated and refurbished by the studio. The shower floor was designed by Dror, inspired by a Cuban pattern. The sink in this area was placed on a clear pine surface that was to the legs of a diamonds polish machine. Irit Henkin and Zohar Shavit established their office 10 years ago and since then have planned and designed numerous residential projects.

Fuks 34 / Henkin Shavit Studio originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 02 Sep 2014.

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1930 City Lodge / Ren Pepe Arquitetos

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 08:00

Architects: Ren Pepe Arquitetos
Location: Rua de Costa Cabral 1930, 4350 Porto,
Architect In Charge: Ren Ito, Alessandro Pepe
Area: 172.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Attilio Fiumarella

Collaborator: Yo Irie, Lara Arribas
Constructor: : Paulo Bessa, Manuel Silva, Pedro Freitas

From the architect. 1930 CITY LODGE is a design hotel in the north of Porto city. It has 3 sweet rooms and 2 dormitory rooms.

Using the original structure of an old existing house, the hotel was designed with changing partitions. Plenty of Portuguese pine wood was applied on floor, stair and furniture and we especially developed the detail of the stair handrail.

The original stone wall is shown partially to display to the visitors the traditional structure of Portuguese architecture of beginning of 20 century and creates the warm and cozy ambient with mixture of wood and stone.

The space is illuminated by indirect lighting and originally designed “Origami Lamp”, which enables to illuminate the space by architecture itself.

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Honsinzi House / SPLK Architects & Partners

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 04:00

Architects: SPLK Architects & Partners
Location: Hwayang-eup, Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Area: 198.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hélène Binet

Construction: FILOBE Enc. + TL Homes
Main Manufacturer: FILOBE system window

From the architect. The Honsinzi house (‘Honsinzi’ is the name of a lotus pond) is a holiday home in Cheongdo-gun, in the southern region of Korea. The place is of profound tranquility where the rich natural scenery reflects in the stilled mirror of the Honsinzi. The requirement was to create a 198 square – meters home to share with family and friends for relaxation, spa and special events.

We have erected two parallel volumes in the heart of the site open to the landscape. The disposition of the two volumes is defined in terms of the views and functions. The front volume is for the public area, containing the living space, dining space and an inner yard opened to the sky. The second volume, more private, has a guest room and two bathrooms on the ground floor, and, a bedroom with a large bath on the upper level.

The architecture, and the four surrounding walls, three of which are headed up by blue stones – locally available and sourced material ensuring a visual coherence within the landscape – and the other made of low iron glasses, create four areas, each with its own form and function.

Through the transparent walls, the southern area connects the living space to the landscape without any barriers. In the eastern area, there is an entrance that leads throughout the whole site. The western area shelters diverse facilities for living – gas, electricity, water, etc. As the calmest space, the northern court is for the contemplation of the dwellers in a enclosed atmosphere. All these compositions allow varied views into and through the house, enhancing the experiences of the spatial depth while mediating between enclosure and exposure

As the procedures of disposition, the interior spaces are also calibrated to keep a visual spatial expansion. The varied height of the living space, its wooden surfaces, and the white marble on floor have been designed to keep the spatial continuity. The master bedroom and bathroom of the upper level are very important spaces for relaxation, designed by simple geometry using the white materials and wide opening.

The inner yard bears distinct qualities and purposes within the environment. When opened, the rotating wall, perpendicular to the surrounding wall plane, provides a magnificent scenery and direct access to the southern court. When closed, it defines the volume enclosed and extends the space retaining the continuity of the surface as much as possible

To be a radical passive construction, this house of simple structure and high insulation utilizes a number of sustainable measures and was largely completed by a local firm and craftsmen. It has the hybrid skeletal frame of reinforced concrete, wooden beams and studs, filled with glass wool insulation. And we also put the EPS wall panels outside and inside of this skeleton. The facade is clad with the cement boards (1800×400, 10T) and black stones (1200×600, 20T) while the interior surfaces are made of white oak lumber standings with a height of 400mm. The aluminum profile enforces the sense of architectural unity between the interior and exterior sides of the home. The envelope of this super insulated house is detailed to reduce thermal bridging, and the use of high efficiency system window ensures a comfortable living climate.

Honsinzi House / SPLK Architects & Partners originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 01 Sep 2014.

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Skow Residence / Colorado Building Workshop + DesignBuildBLUFF

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 02:00

Architects: Colorado Building Workshop, DesignBuildBLUFF
Location: Navajo Mountain, Navajo Mountain, UT 86044, USA
Faculty Team: Rick Sommerfeld, Director Colorado Building Workshop, Hank Louis, Director DesignBuildBLUFF, Andrew Foster, Craig Harren
Student Team: Ellen Adams, Brett Blackmon, Lura Blumfield, Jay Burkhalter, Glen Camuso, Jacob Ebling, William Koning, William Murray, Rebecca Sockwell, JD Signom
Structural Engineer: Christopher O’Hara Studio NYL
Area: 882.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jesse Kuroiwa

From the architect. Having received a typical Navajo “home build kit”, the clients, Harold and Helena Skow, had already completed a CMU foundation to accept a traditional rectangular gable-trussed home. Unable to complete the building the Skows turned to students from and DesignBuidlBLUFF. The students decided to utilize the existing foundation and virtually all of the build kit materials stock piled on site in their design.

While walking the site with the clients on their first visit some students took note that Harold wore a large brimmed hat which shielded the harsh sun from his face and neck. When asked about the protective garment Harold commented that everyone should have a sombrero in the desert. Inspired by his comment and resisting the idea of a traditional gable roof house, the team chose to turn the trusses upside down and create a sombrero for Skow’s home.

Programmatically, the 800 sf, two-bedroom home is separated into two volumes. The private volume, containing the bedrooms, is wrapped in highly insulative straw bale construction and is located to the north, providing a sense of comfort surrounded by natural earthen plaster and security from the desert elements. The public volume containing the living room and kitchen/dining room opens up to the southwest, providing spectacular views and a connection to the landscape while allowing direct solar gain, in the winter, through two walls of orientation-specific solar glazing. A large deck wraps the western and southern sides of the home and brings the ‘livable’ space outdoors for much of the year, while an eastern entry porch provides shaded outdoor space to gather during summer afternoon hours.

About the Design Build Program

Since 2010 the University of Colorado Denver has partnered with DesignBuildBLUFF at the University of Utah to design a home for a family living on the Navajo Reservation. Master of spend the spring and summer semesters living in Denver designing the home and working on construction drawings. They make frequent visits to Navajo Nation meeting the client, surveying the land and presenting their ideas. After the design is finished students spend the fall semester living in Bluff, UT where they construct the home. Faculty from the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Utah help throughout the year-long program.

Skow Residence / Colorado Building Workshop + DesignBuildBLUFF originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 01 Sep 2014.

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Grimshaw Unveils Sustainable Glass Office Building in the Heart of Sydney

Tue, 02.09.2014 - 00:00

Sydney‘s historic George Street is about to receive a major facelift with the soon-to-be built 333 George Street, an 18 storey mixed use office and retail tower. Designed by Grimshaw Architects and executive architects Crone Partners for Australian property developer Charter Hall, the minimal glass and steel tower will contrast the historic structures on Sydney’s well-preserved original high street, with a 15 storey 12,500 square metre contemporary office tower tower atop a three storey 2,100 square metre retail podium.

Read on after the break for more on Sydney’s newest tower.

The challenge of building on George Street is formidable: in addition to the need for historical preservation, the street is home to the largest concentration of highrises in Australia, making uniqueness the greatest challenge of all. To meet this challenge, the structure curves gently at structural junctures, eliminating the presence of harsh lines and jarring edges. Open spaces dominate the design, offering high levels of natural light and adaptability of space for incoming occupants. The tower culminates in a five storey roof terrace which integrates the exterior and interior spaces.

The architects highlight the importance of the roof terrace as the defining feature of the structure, emphasizing its importance as a key sustainable element in the design. The tower was designed in keeping with the City of Sydney’s 2030 vision for an environmentally friendly city, featuring high performance glazing, recycling programs and rainwater harvesting. Plans for the tower include various environmental certifications, firmly establishing the tower’s hopes to be one of Sydney’s top sustainable commercial structures. The project is set to be completed by mid-2016.

Architects: Grimshaw, Crone Partners
Location: 333 George Street
Area: 14600.0 sqm
Year: 2016
Photographs: Courtesy of Architects and

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Grotius Building of Radboud University Nijmegen / Benthem Crouwel Architects

Mon, 01.09.2014 - 23:00

Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
Location: Montessorilaan 10, Radboud University , 6525 HR , The Netherlands
Lead Architects: Mels Crouwel, Joost Vos
Area: 16300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jannes Linders

Project Team: Mels Crouwel, Joost Vos, Joost van Noort, Okke van den Broek, Moon Brader, Frank Deltrap, Marcel Wassenaar, Nico de Waard, Cees Zuidervaart, Amir Farokhian
Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Berghege, Oss and Heerkens van Bavel Bouw, Tilburg
Structural Engineering: Bouwadviesbureau Strackee
Mechanical Services / Building Physics: Nelissen Ingenieursbureau
Interior Architects: and Studio Groen + Schild
Landscape Architects: Karres en Brands landschapsarchitecten

From the architect. The Grotiusgebouw ( Grotius building) is a new university building of the Radboud University Nijmegen. The university is situated in a green, park-like environment. The compact, detached building with its orientation to all sides fits perfectly into this green campus. The building will mainly be used by the Faculty of Law.

The horizontally articulated building has a small footprint and seems to consist of three floors. In reality, there are five. The building ‘drops’ a level into the ground and has a recessed penthouse on the roof. The car and bike parking are located completely underground. The main entrance is located on a future new square. Through this entrance one enters the bright central atrium. The vital functions such as the library, the large lecture hall for 500 students and restaurant are grouped around the atrium, over several floors. A waterfall of wide stairs, located at the centre of the atrium, connects all floors.

On both sides of the glass atrium the different sections of the building are clearly recognisable, such as the library which extends over three floors and is an eye catcher due to the rows of bookshelves. The restaurant, situated on the ground and first floor has a spacious terrace that connects to the library terrace. The study areas, a mix of single rooms and communal areas, are spread over the floors throughout the building. The offices are located mainly in the upper two layers of the building, which include the penthouse floor, and offer stunning views over the campus. Again, transparent walls ensure an open spatial connection and equality between different user groups. Via the atrium daylight flows abundantly into the heart of the building.

The cantilevered canopies all around the building typify the appearance of the Grotiusgebouw. These canopies of white glossy composite, along with all the glass that reflects the green and wooded area, provide the Grotiusgebouw with an open and classic character. The upside of the canopies reflects the daylight into the building. At the same time direct, blinding sunlight is averted.

Natural materials in the interior, mostly wood, create a warm and comfortable atmosphere. The materials are durable, recyclable and easy to maintain. Wood is used in floors, walls, cabinets, ceilings and facade posts. The floor in the actively used atrium is made of stone. Furniture and innovative lighting elements provide colour accents. The interior reflects the distinguished look of the Faculty of Law and at the same time offers students a pleasant learning environment.

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AD Interviews: European Architects on the Mies van der Rohe Award

Mon, 01.09.2014 - 22:00

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The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award is one of the most important and prestigious prizes for architecture within . First established in 1987, the prize is awarded every two years, and a look at the projects over the years offers unique insight into the development of architecture across Europe. To better understand the significance and uniqueness of the award we spoke with two previous award winners – Kjetil Trædal Thorsen and Craig Dykers from Snøhetta and Dominique Perrault from Dominique Perrault Architecture – as well as Peter Cachola Schmal, an architect, critic and the director of DAM, the German Architecture Musuem, and Josep Lluís Mateo of Mateo Arquitectura and a professor of Architecture and Projects at ETH-Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule/ Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

“This is the special thing about the Mies jury, that they do visit the top 5 projects, and see first-hand what this piece of architecture is about. And then they vote, which means the jury really knows what they’re voting about,” Peter Cachola Schmal noted.

“It’s a prize for a project, rather than a prize for an architect,” Kjetil Trædal Thorsen added.

Read on after the break for more on the Mies van der Rohe award and to see what the architects had to say about the importance of archives…

We also asked the architects what the importance of archives is for them and the profession. Watch the video below to hear what they had to say. And if you enjoy these two videos make sure you check out our comprehensive coverage on the Mies van der Rohe Award.

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Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture

Mon, 01.09.2014 - 21:00

Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: Piazza Garibaldi, 80142 Naples, Italy
Area: 21000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peppe Maisto , Courtesy of DPA / Adagp

Engineering: Nom Bollinger Bollinger + Grohmann, Francfort (structure)
Project Manager: Metropolitana di Napoli et Metropolitana de Milano, Naples

From the architect. Located in Naples, the Piazza Garibaldi, designed by Architecture, is one of the most important and complex transportation hubs in the Neapolitan transportation system. This infrastructure project, which includes a metro station, offers the opportunity to upgrade this lively urban space bustling with activity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Two stations share the piazza: open space, composed of urban parks, luxuriant gardens, large ponds, a protected area, a hypogeum covered with a large pergola and an open promenade with boutiques lining both sides.

Though structurally and materially different, the new roof fits right into the alignment and the extension of the central station’s roof.

Composed of a series of eight metallic trees, in simple variations of three patterns, creates a framework resembling clusters of knotty and flexible bamboos talks. The covering is a vast prismatic surface composed of different types of perforated metal in varying densities, whose appearance is constantly changing.

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