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Ellipsicoon created by UNStudio

19 June, 2018 - 00:00

A place of rest, retreat and mindfulness, the Ellipsicoon creates a tranquil nomadic extension to the home: a detached, secluded space of immersion in nature.
Inside-outside, light and shade, open and closed, the Ellipsicoon offers a tranquil space for either solitary moments of rest, reading or contemplation, or a cocoon-like theatre for conversation and communication. The Ellipsicoon pavilion is a space for the mind, for moments of ephemeral escape, for rumination or for simply being.

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Middle Park Residence by Baldasso Cortese | Detached houses

19 June, 2018 - 00:00

Set within picturesque Middle Park, this existing double-fronted weatherboard was transformed into a 2-storey, 4-bedroom family home. The project is a series of complementary contrasts: the delicate light detail of the retained heritage façade against the contemporary colorbond and light face brickwork to the new extension; the original ornate features and high ceilings of the retained bedrooms against the intimate textured-orientated first floor master bedroom suite; and the lightness and texture of the living zone against the dark timbers and feature bulkheads in the kitchen. The hub of this home is very much the living/kitchen space – set down from the existing house level to maximise volume whilst staying within the heritage overlay height limitation, with access passing by the feature cantilevered stair, the space is surrounded by natural light and connection to the outside through a series of courtyards and skylights. With a brief for there to be no dining table, the central… continue

Garden Studio by MODO Architecture | Detached houses

19 June, 2018 - 00:00

Following closely to our clients' lifestyle and philosophy to food and productive gardening, Garden Studio is a free standing "extension" that provides to their family needs without compromising their love of gardening. It does so by providing a vertical garden on one of it's external walls. The ground floor contains the garage and workshop area, instead of closing this space up and creating the typical large and dark garage space, we opted to line the walls in exposed light grey painted studsm with a diffused polycarbonate sheeting. Creating a naturally illumminated space internally, ideal for a workshop, however even on it's own, the sheeting lets in a soften view on the surrounding garden creating quite a peaceful and contemplating space in itself. The first floor home office looks over the existing house and garden, the room is orientated north and a large sliding door allows the garden to be invited in when fully opened. Returning to the garden, a skin of powder coated mesh continue

Colors on the move by Aldo Cibic | Installations

19 June, 2018 - 00:00

With “Colors on the move” Aldo Cibic defines a new relation between form, material and colour. Aldo Cibic investigates the basic elements of architecture in an installation designed to present Diplos, the new collection by Abet Laminati and Saib, during Milan Design Week 2018. A large labyrinth of polychrome shapes: “Colors on the move” is the installation designed by Aldo Cibic to present Diplos, the new materials collection by Abet Laminati and Saib, during the Salone del Mobile 2018. The project, hosted at the University of Milan inside the ancient Chiostro del ‘700 (‘700 Courtyard), has been exposed on occasion of the event - exhibition “Interni House in Motion 2018 - 20 Years”. Diplos is a new selection of materials resulting from the combination between the high quality and strength of Print Hpl by Abet Laminati - one of the world’s leading manufacturers of decorative laminates - and the innovative melamine faced particleboard projected by the Italian company Saib. Aldo Cib… continue

Meijie Mountain Hotspring Resort / Achterboschzantman Architecten

19 June, 2018 - 00:00
© Anna de Leeuw © Anna de Leeuw © Anna de Leeuw © Anna de Leeuw

Text description provided by the architects. Meijie Mountain Hotspring Resort is located in Liyang, China. The resort hides itself in the city’s most beautiful Longtan Forest, which is lying between Tianmu Lake and Nanshan Bamboo.

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Area Rug Style Spotlight: Aztec Rugs

18 June, 2018 - 23:43

It’s common knowledge that an area rug can make or break a room. When designing a space, it’s important to choose your rug wisely. You may be tempted to buy a beige carpet and call it a day. The carpet will go with anything, and you can easily forget it’s there. Or you can find something bold, durable, and timeless like an Aztec rug. The history of Aztec rugs dates back to 1430 A.D., and with its enduring aesthetic appeal, it may be the answer to your area rug woes.

An Aztec rug is great in its versatility. Whether you are looking to furnish a home, or just want to spruce up your living room, an Aztec rug will always be a great go-to. The Aztec art and style are notable for powerful design, tribal patterns that are timeless, and bold colors. An Aztec rug can be easily styled with equally strong design choices or put on display against modest decor. Either way, it offers a beginning that is rich in design possibilities.  Read on to learn how and why you should add Aztec rugs to your home décor.

Build Your Room Around a Bold Feature

An Aztec rug is a solid foundation for the home’s decor. When many homeowners decorate (or redecorate) a room, they can be at a loss. There is nothing more daunting than the blank slate of an empty room. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by design possibilities and to not know where to begin. By beginning with a bold print, such as an Aztec rug, some of the pressure is taken off.

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'Architecture Books' Opens at Storefront

18 June, 2018 - 23:00
In September last year I attended the Storefront for Art and Architecture's Architecture Books / Yet to be Written / 1982-2017-2052 at the Cooper Union. The five-hour-long event marked the beginning stages of Storefront's New York Architecture Book Fair, which takes place this week and consists of numerous components, such as Book Salons, a Bookstore Network, and an exhibition in Storefront's distinctive space. The last, called Architecture Books – Yet to be Written opens tomorrow evening and runs until late August. Details are below.

Description from the Storefront website:
April 19th Exhibition Opening:
6 – 7 pm: Press and Members Preview
7 – 9 pm: Public Opening

As part of the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Architecture Books – Yet to be Written, an exhibition that invites us to reflect upon the cultural contribution of architecture through the medium of the book from 1982 to today. With an archaeological and projective twist, the installation seeks to celebrate and evaluate both the existing and the missing volumes of a history still in the writing.

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House Vision / Jun Igarashi Architects

18 June, 2018 - 22:00
© Anna Nagai © Anna Nagai © Anna Nagai © Anna Nagai

Text description provided by the architects. When thinking about the window, we decided to reconsider the form and composition of the window as an element, thinking that there is an infinite possibility in the “cross-section” of a window. The "window" which is the boundary between the inside (architectural space) and the outside (context)is now taken as a new element in it’s section. If we look the cross section of a window with a microscope we can find a lot of new small spaces that connect the interior with the exterior. This spaces can connect “people with architecture”, “people and context” and also “people with people”.

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The Gentry Sukhumvit / AplusCon Architects

18 June, 2018 - 21:00
© Silawat Arakwechakul © Silawat Arakwechakul
  • Architects: AplusCon Architects
  • Location: 3007/3 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Bang Chak, Khet Phra Khanong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10260, Thailand
  • Lead Architects: Silawat Arakwechakul , Suppat ThongUraiporn
  • Area: 614.1 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Silawat Arakwechakul

Summer Houses: 7 Tropical Dream Dwellings by Wallflower Architecture & Design

18 June, 2018 - 19:00
[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

Based in Singapore, Wallflower Architecture + Design creates ultimate tropical dream homes for a steamy rainforest climate, each one laid out for optimal air flow, natural cooling and views of the lush vegetation and blue skies outside. Founded in 1999 by Tan Chai Chong Robin and Cecil Chee, the firm “believes that beauty and cleverness are inseparable in excellent design, the value of which enhances the environment in which we work and live and ultimately, enriches the human experience and spirit.”

This philosophy is evident in every one of their private residential projects, many of which center upon a crystalline water feature. Bold, distinctly Singaporean and undeniably luxurious, these homes are like the summer getaway houses the rest of us can only dream of.

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Linea Residence G / Poon Design

18 June, 2018 - 19:00
© Mark Ballogg © Mark Ballogg

NCARB Reports Number of Architects Up 10% Compared to a Decade Ago

18 June, 2018 - 18:00
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The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has recently released new data surveying the number of licensed architects in the United States. Conducted annually by NCARB, the 2017 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards provides exclusive insight into data from the architectural licensing boards of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. At first glance, the numbers reflect promising growth for the architecture profession. The number of architects licensed in the U.S. rose to 113,554, according to the survey, which is a 3% increase from 2016 and a 10% increase from the numbers reported a decade ago.

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Lukas Raeber

18 June, 2018 - 17:55
Lukas Raeber
Drahtzug . Basel Lukas Raeber . photos: © Weisswert The starting point of this design was a 1925 Basel apartment building that was extended by two storeys. An essential principle of construction were two ridge beams braced between the compartment walls. They enabled a suspended roof construction in prefabricated wood. Two symmetrical maisonette apartments were … Continue reading Lukas Raeber

David Chipperfield

18 June, 2018 - 17:45
David Chipperfield
Amorepacific Headquarters . SEOUL David Chipperfield Architects . photos: © Noshe . + divisare The new headquarters for Amorepacific, Korea’s largest beauty company, is located in the centre of Seoul at a site which has been occupied by the company since 1956. It is situated next to a former US military zone that is being … Continue reading David Chipperfield

Froimovich . Grau . Rolla . Signorelli . Cristiana

18 June, 2018 - 17:12
Froimovich . Grau . Rolla . Signorelli . Cristiana
New Lorenteggio Library . Milan Jocelyn Froimovich . Urtzi Grau . Stefano Rolla . Laura Signorelli . Giordano Cristiana . + divisare First Prize. 1) The new Library of Lorenteggio emerged from the dimensions of the city blocks of the ALER’s public housing . Turning 90o from the original grid, the building continues the modernity … Continue reading Froimovich . Grau . Rolla . Signorelli . Cristiana

InOut House / Sergio Sampaio Arquitetura + Planejamento

18 June, 2018 - 17:00
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The chemistry of Kahlo blue

18 June, 2018 - 16:45
Collage. Image Cortesía de Danae Santibáñez Collage. Image Cortesía de Danae Santibáñez

Before the monochromatic works of Yves Klein, who created the International Klein Blue (IKB), Frida's 'Kahlo Blue' already existed in Mexico City's core.

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The Frida Kahlo Museum, better known as “Casa Azul” (Blue House), is located in the center of Mexico City's Coyoacán district. The house was acquired by the Kahlo’s in 1905 when the then white structure was an example of constructive colonial typology: a central courtyard surrounded by rooms that limit in continuous facade with the street.

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