Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi is no stranger to global starchitecture, having joined OMA in 2001. In 2010, he took off to establish his own office, NLÉ – which means ‘at home’ in Yoruba, the language of Africa’s first truly urbanized population. ‘I am constantly inspired by solutions we discover in everyday life in the world’s developing cities,’ he says. The documentary focuses on his efforts in the slums of Port Haricourt.
Although Makoko was founded as a fishing village in the 18th century, it now has a population of over 85,000. Rising sea level and stronger torrential rains mean that the settlement is under constant threat, whereas Port Harcourt waterfront is being eyed by real-estate developers.
Working against forced clearance and displacement of the slum’s residents, the architects at NLÉ have instead proposed to replace the urban tissue with floating structures. The first prototype, the Makoko Floating School, uses a series of barrels and an A-frame timber structure to create an educational space for 100 local children, and made worldwide headlines when it was photographed by Iwan Baan in 2013.
Australian architects, LAVA – the Laboratory of Visionary Architecture in collaboration with PTW have risen to the challenge of transforming what could have been a boring estate office selling commercial and residential fit-outs into an interesting connect that leisurely spills the beans – enticing new estate buyers.
“A tasting room can help sell wine and build brand/ product awareness.” Using this as the basic premise, architect Fran Silvestre designs Vegamar, a wine shop in Valencia, Spain, where both sales and tasting are paired on the same footing.
Polish firm MUS architects has shared with us the concept RTND 2.0, an entry to the ongoing competition Changing the Face 2013 Rotunda Warsaw which seeks to revitalize Zbigniew Karpiński’s iconic 1960s landmark building in central Warsaw.
This project was conceived to fulfill a two-part problematic: (1) Residence Alma--a Tyrolean guest house with 6 holiday apartments from the 1960s adorned with a pitched roof--was due for a common circulation and service core, and (2) the project architect, Ulla Hell, was looking for a new home for her young family of five in the mountain community of Sesto, Alto Adige.
The result: an under-utilized roof space gave way to an angular crown, connected to a ground floor reception space and architectural office by the host’s renovated spine.
A gallery of the buildings that house the industries working to preserve the planet's natural ecology.
We constantly hear about the "green revolution" in building, whether it's performative facades that reduce cooling needs or grey water recycling that cuts down on water usage. However, the drive to reduce our environmental impact isn't just about designing the next LEED Gold skyscraper.
Integral to our collective efforts are a unique set of green institutions and industries, all of which require special architecture to function. These organizations not only leave a light ecological footprint, they also find ways for us to do the same: whether reducing carbon emissions or engineering better seeds that can sustain our growing population.
It's not just green design; it's design that promotes new ways of being green.
Jyothi’s Beautiful Home in Bangalore designed by Ashwin Architects.Many interior design styles have evolved to make each home, every room and spaces in them as distinct and as individualistic as the personalities residing therein. Capturing that essence here is a collection of beautiful interior design styles by Ashwin Architects Bangalore.Foyer Interior Design StyleHaving a well designed foyer at the entrance to the house or hallway like the one here makes one happy to be home, isn’t it? This contemporary interior design of an inviting foyer is at Jyothi’s 4 BHK Apartment at Prestige South Ridge.Interior design style illustrating a Foyer View and door of the Puja Room that has been designed with a combination of wood and glass.Living ...
This Seaweed-Covered House Is the World's Coziest Sushi Roll Wired The history of modern architecture has been tightly coupled with technological development, from the Bessemer steel that provided structure for Louis Sullivan's skyscrapers to CAD...
I am far from alone in pointing out that the exhibition’s problems begin with its title. In Archinect, Ross Wolfe describes the theme as “superfluous and tacked on,” while Martin Filler, in the New York Review of Books, notes that no amount of curatorial emphasis on how Corbu framed the landscape in views from ribbon windows can counter “his reputation as a megalomaniacal city planner” whose enormous apartment blocks epitomize all that went wrong with 20th century urbanism. Writing in The New York Times, Michael Kimmelman called the show’s premise “tendentious,” since Corbu’s early landscape paintings and the few natural objects he collected, which apparently inspired some of his structural forms, do little if anything to revise his image as a doctrinaire formalist whose buildings often stick out from their surroundings like geometric sore thumbs. Nature was far too chaotic for his taste. Indeed, as envisioned by Corbu, the modern landscape was a product of human intervention, shaped in the service of the built environment.
Why not just forget the title and take in the vast scope of Corbu’s accomplishments, presented here in MoMA’s first-ever comprehensive survey? I think that makes sense, although there are still other weaknesses in this panoramic overview of the master’s career. One is the contradictory character of his apparent aims. Adopting a pseudonym derived from a family surname, as Le Corbusier he co-founded an art movement known as Purism, which advocated clarity and rationality. But the paintings on view are hardly distinguishable from the Cubism he denounced as decorative. This reductive impulse translated more effectively into his architectural designs. Although he maintained that the architect creates “in observance of the laws of nature,” he was talking about gravity, tension, weight, and other such physical laws. Nature was a force to be reckoned with, but more as an adversary than an ally.
The benefits of using prefabrication are many, and can result in beautiful homes that function just as well or better than custom ones built on site.
Using modular techniques for construction allows for stronger purchasing power. The process of building on site is also much quicker—and cheaper. Prefabrication is also greener since it uses computer technology to manufacture the modules, which creates 50% to 75% less material waste. The one limitation of prefabrication is that the pieces of the home need to be able to be shipped from the factory to the site of assembly.
But the benefits of prefabrication are many, and can result in beautiful homes that function just as well or better than custom ones built on site.
Check out these 10 examples of prefab architecture at the link.
A staircase folds around a double-height bookcase inside this wooden family house in Fukuoka, Japan, by local architects MOVEDESIGN.
Illuminated from all sides by skylights, clerestory glazing and various windows, the staircase was designed to connect all three floors of House in Nanakuma, creating a well-lit study space that is surrounded by books.
On the ground floor, the staircase opens out to a living and dining room where all food preparation and dining is accommodated by a single wooden island. Translucent panels conceal storage areas behind, while a traditional Japanese room sits off to one side.
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