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What are your 2018 Goals? Could sharing your knowledge be one of them?

19 January, 2018 - 10:32

Making Cities Liveable Conference &
Safe Cities Conference 2018

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Joe Doucet creates way-finding running gloves using Reebok Flexweave

19 January, 2018 - 09:00

Joe Doucet has used Reebok's new Flexweave material to to create an "imaginative fitness prototype" that helps prevent runners from getting lost. Read more

Cino Zucchi

19 January, 2018 - 04:25
Past, Present, Future: About being an architect yesterday, today and beyond Itinerant Office A conversation with Cino Zucchi, Founder of Cino Zucchi Architetti. Past, Present, Future: About being an architect yesterday, today and beyond 11 video-interviews with illustrious dutch and Italian architects. A project curated by Gianpiero Venturini – Founder of Itinerant Office – Camera, … Continue reading Cino Zucchi

Rahbaran Hürzeler

19 January, 2018 - 03:10
Rahbaran Hürzeler
Haus für zwei Musiker . Wentzwiller Rahbaran Hürzeler Architekten . photos: © Julien Lanoo . + WBW Das Haus befindet sich am Dorfrand von Wentzwiller – einer kleinen Ortschaft im Elsass unweit von Basel – und blickt auf offene Felder und die nahen Hügelketten. Aufgrund dieses ländlichen Kontexts und inspiriert von den benachbarten Nutzbauten haben … Continue reading Rahbaran Hürzeler

BIG

19 January, 2018 - 02:40
BIG
Smithsonian Campus Master Plan . Washington BIG Presented a revised proposal for the Smithsonian Campus Master Plan in Washington, DC. The vision was first unveiled in 2014 and has since been redeveloped following years of public comment and close collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. The new proposal reflects the team’s commitment to preserving the intimate … Continue reading BIG

Nido de la Cultura. Josep Ferrando

19 January, 2018 - 01:10


Fotografía: Federico Cairoli

En el Paseo de la Costa de Vicente López, uno de los pocos espacios públicos en los que se puede apreciar la inmensidad del Río de La Plata, se ubica el Nido de la Cultura, una construcción de madera que permite elevarse por encima del encuentro entre dos horizontes: el de la Pampa y el del Río.

Una construcción de base cuadrada de 9x9m hereda sus dimensiones de los Paraguas de Amancio Williams, dos construcciones de hormigón que gobiernan la zona desde las alturas a muy poca distancia de la nueva ágora.

Un ágora cultural construida de forma concéntrica mediante cuatro escaleras iguales que rotan de forma centrífuga respecto su centro y elevan el punto de vista del espectador hasta cuatro miradores, dándole al conjunto el aspecto complejo y laberíntico en el que se confunden las direcciones a pesar de su rigurosa geometría. Los caminos se duplican a escalas diversas, propiciando circuitos divergentes al mismo tiempo que las escaleras se convierten en gradas de un posible escenario central.

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Headfoneshop by Batay-Csorba Architects | Shop interiors

19 January, 2018 - 01:00

Headfoneshop is a 300 sq ft  retail fit out for high-end headphones, earphones, amps and audio accessories. Located on the main floor of a 42-story mixed use tower with direct subway access to Toronto’s Yonge and Sheppard station.   The owner, a passionate audio expert, challenges the typical retail store experience of focusing solely on the product and efficiency of the transaction for maximizing turnover. Instead, the design objective was to celebrate the ritual of listening to music and the process of testing. The intimate, dark and tactile atmosphere and sense of domestic scale give customers a quiet and lounge—like atmosphere to relax while listening to music. It’s not uncommon for customers to spend several hours pairing systems and listening to music. Dark smoked oak millwork and herringbone flooring, sensuous velvet upholstery, soft amber lighting and patinaed brass fittings create a dark and subdued palette that curate a quiet, moody ambience. In contrast, 255 powder-c… continue

House 13 by Studio Octopi | Living space

19 January, 2018 - 01:00

‘House 13’ near Clapham Common is a 4 bedroom house situated amidst the Victorian & Edwardian suburban terraces that cover 280 acres between Wandsworth and Clapham Common. Between 1850 and 1920 this area was almost entirely built over. The tighter-packed terraces that sprung up around Clapham Common housed more tradespeople and others of the lower-middle classes. In recent years the due to the small gardens and the increasing demand for additional family space, basement extensions have become the norm. The limited natural light and complex engineering for these projects have created a generic that is bland and often of limited long term value to the property. Design Brief In 2013 Studio Octopi were first approached by the client to design a new basement extension. The client’s brief was straightforward. A guest bedroom, shower room, utility room and playroom. Natural lighting and a positive connection with the existing house were identified as key drivers for the design. Studio O… continue

Mussler Notino by DIA - Dittel Architekten | Shop interiors

19 January, 2018 - 01:00

DIA – Dittel Architekten has developed, designed and implemented the first of 10 stores planned in Germany for Mußler Beauty by Notino. The concept aims to bring the online-offline brand symbiosis to life in this space whilst promoting and expanding customer loyalty. Mußler Beauty, Stuttgart’s traditional perfumery, and Notino, Europe’s leading online retailer for beauty care, merged to benefit from their expertise in stationary and online trade. As online business grows, so does the need for service, advice and product experience. Mußler Beauty by Notino is a good example of new thinking within the business. DIA offers its own interpretation of the consumer of tomorrow in its store design, showing a future-oriented path of transformation in its architecture and design. The holistic brand experience is the focus of the design concept. Everything revolves around what the consumer is looking for in stationary retail: individualization, emotionality, social exchange and exclusivit… continue

Tato

18 January, 2018 - 21:19
Tato
Detached House . Yuzurihayama Tato Architects . + A+U The “House in Yuzurihayama” is a residence for a young couple who works from home, and their children. The property is surrounded by houses, where mountains are near, and plains can be seen along in the distance. Given these, the house is composed of the lower … Continue reading Tato

Fire-risk tower residents told to pay £2 million to replace Grenfell-style cladding

18 January, 2018 - 20:57

Residents of a high-rise housing block in London's Croydon have been told they must pay to replace the building's cladding, which was found to be flammable in a review following the Grenfell Tower fire. Read more

Book Review: Green Heart Marina One Singapore

18 January, 2018 - 20:00
Green Heart Marina One Singapore—Architecture for Tropical Cities by ingenhoven architects
Aedes Architecture Forum, 2017
Paperback, 124 pages



While in Berlin last November, ingenhoven architects' "Green Heart" was on display at the Aedes Architecture Forum. Although I didn't make it to the exhibition, I did manage to get my hands on the catalogue about the amazing Marina One project in Singapore. I'm reviewing it now since the Prime Minsters of Malaysia and Singapore officially opened the project this week.

The title, "Green Heart," refers to the green space that sits at the heart of the mixed-use project that is made up of four towers with commercial, office, and residential uses. It's an amazing project that reminds me of the work of Singapore's own WOHA, though on an even-bigger scale. The buildings of both ingenhoven and WOHA in Singapore make it clear that density and vegetation go hand in hand in building sustainably.

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