Thursday, January 21, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Garden School by OPEN Architecture

The Garden School – one of the nominees for this year's Designs of the Year awards – is located in the Changyang area of the Chinese capital's Fangshan District and was designed by local firm Open Architecture as a branch of the Beijing No.4 High School.

One of the key objectives of the local authorities was to provide students with a more natural and open-air setting than is typical of conventional inner-city schools, despite the limited dimensions of the site.

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Venice in a Day

Timmerhuis, Rotterdam by OMA

In the latest video from the youtube channel #donotsettle, architects Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost explore OMA’s recently opened Timmerhuis in Rotterdam.

The 48,400 m2 complex in the center of Rotterdam has been built in steel, erected alongside and nestled within an existing municipal building from 1953 – its ambiguous mass tries to mediate between the existing buildings surrounding it.

Timmerhuis – a new mixed-use building that will house Rotterdam’s municipal offices and the Museum Rotterdam, conceived by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) – is complete and open to the public since December 7, 2015. Situated in the city’s Laurenskwartier neighborhood, fifty percent of Timmerhuis is occupied by office space; the rest contains residential, retail, parking and the museum.  Its innovative structural system allows for adaptability, while providing the city with a large public space on the ground floor.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Musee des Confluences by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

Right from the 2001 international competition for a natural history museum in Lyon, the museum was envisioned as a “medium for the transfer of knowledge” and not as a showroom for products. The building ground of the museum is located on a peninsula that was artificially extended 100 years ago and situated in the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers.
In order to build a museum of knowledge, a complex new form had to be developed as an iconic gateway. A building that truly stands out can only come into being through shapes resulting from new geometries. It was important to the concept that the flow of visitors arriving from the city to the Pointe du Confluent should not be impeded by a building.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

“Oscar Niemeyer: The Man Who Built Brasilia”

With heavy use of concrete and free-flowing curves, Niemeyer’s buildings have become icons of modern architecture. This exhibition includes models, images and documentary clips that span his life’s work, from his early projects up to his death at age 104 in 2012.

Curator of the Museum Yuko Hasegawa wisely involved in the curatorial project Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa from SANAA, whose organic curves and spatial dynamism have been influenced by the Brazilian architect.

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here The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo web page

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Zaha Hadid has launched a design for the Sleuk Rith Institute, the office's first project in Cambodia and its first ever wooden construction. The building, situated in Phnom Penh, will act as a genocide memorial and also provide space for a museum, research centre, graduate school, archive and library focused on the atrocities committed by the former Cambodian regime, Khmer Rouge.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Museo Soumaya by REE | Fernando Romero EnterprisE

FREE Fernando Romero EnterprisE have completed this anvil-shaped museum in Mexico City, with a windowless facade composed of hexagonal aluminium tiles.The Museo Soumaya is constructed of 28 steel curved columns with different diameters and geometries, which create its irregular form.The building widens at the top, where a roof suspended from a cantilever allows natural daylight onto the top floor gallery.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pop up Interactive Apartment

A team of students at TU Delft in the Netherlands just unveiled an innovative transforming apartment that packs an amazing amount of functionality into just 538 square feet of space. Their Pop-Up interactive apartment can adapt and change in a moments’ notice to address the needs of its residents. The apartment's interior features a series of polypropylene panels that slide, fold and move to morph the space for dining, living, and sleeping.

Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry

"I like to think of it as a sail boat, or even a regatta in the park”, says Frank Gehry. It might also be a giant fish from the pages of some surreal fairy tale or a cloud made by a carpenter. However you think of it, the Fondation Louis Vuitton – moored on the banks of the Jardin d’Acclimatation, a children’s play garden, in the Bois de Boulogne – is the most exciting and delightful new Parisian building in a generation.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Budapest Underground Line M4 – Kálvin tér Station by PALATIUM Studio

Budapest Underground Line M4 – Kálvin tér Station by PALATIUM Studio

From the architects: Underground line M4 in Budapest has been the largest infrastructure project of the city for the last decades. Keeping in mind that the quality of public transport areas are an essential part of the general environment of city life, the client chose architects and collected ideas for the project through a national competition in 2004.


via ArchDaily