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Sustainability, Simplicity and Natural Materials at New York's Won Dharma Center

Sustainability, Simplicity and Natural Materials at New York's Won Dharma Center | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

A retreat designed by Hanrahan Meyers Architects reinforces the Buddhist mantras of simplicity and nature in upstate New York at this beautiful, simple and green meditation center.

 

Located in the Hudson River Valley, New York, the 22,000 sf project was under construction when Chung Ohun Lee, of the organization's leaders, attended the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. She was so inspired by Obama's speech—in which he vowed to cut emissions by 8% over 40 years—that she asked the architects to switch from conventional building systems already ordered to such energy savers as geothermal heating and solar hot water.

While many of the building systems were changed after Lee's trip, the architecture itself needed few adjustments- wood framing (dimensional lumber and glulam beams) was used rather than steel, and interiors used locally harvested oak for flooring with furniture made of FSC-certified, formaldehyde-free apple plywood. LEED certification would have added $50,000 to the cost, so the client instead opted to spend the funds on green features. It helps, Hanrahan says, that "reducing their carbon footprint is part of their philosophy."

But the real lesson is that even the most advanced systems require the client's participation to achieve significant energy savings...


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inspiring design, philosophy and implementation...enviable commitment to going greener and owning the responsibility we all have to adapt our approach to new builds....

 

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while reading the story I wanted to be able to inhale the beautiful space (so immaculate) and the fragrance of the untreated eastern white cedar...a simply inspiring space....TY for sharing
Jasbin's comment, April 22, 2013 2:31 AM
A beautiful photography
Snow Lion Crystals's comment, September 7, 2013 4:14 AM
Lovely article, simply inspiring.

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Material Interrogation: Sliding House

Material Interrogation: Sliding House | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Charged with finding an innovative material detail to model, draw, and learn from for Material Strategies, I looked to the Sliding House by dRMM. I am interested in rethinking single-family home de...
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Since 50 U.S.states registered freezing temperatures yesterday, this lovely winter view is a nod....
"Sliding House" has the ability to adjust it's environment, views, and sun/heat exposure.
"... interested in rethinking single-family home design this home was a good precedent for re-imagining the ways people could live." dRMM
#architecture #innovation #winter

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Tadao Ando’s New Work at the Clark Institute

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With the expansion of the Clark Art Institute, the architect Tadao Ando and the museum’s director, Michael Conforti, consider how their relationship evolved and affected the project.
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NY Times writet, Ted Loos article: In an era when huge new museum projects are par for the course, the interplay at the Clark demonstrates how the give and take between designer and client turns divergent ideas into a synthesis of bricks and mortar — or in this case, concrete and granite.

 

"I like to accomplish art spaces that inspire viewers and evoke their creativity and freedom of thinking," said Ando.

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Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum (2012) | HGA Architects and Engineers | Slide show | Architectural Record

Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum (2012) | HGA Architects and Engineers | Slide show | Architectural Record | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
In the 45 years since Denise Scott Brown came on the scene, female architects have come a long way. Or have they? An essay by Sarah Williams Goldhagen investigates the serious obstacles that remain. In addition, RECORD asked a number of women in architecture to comment on their experiences in the profession. Join the conversation at archrecord.com.
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The story, quotes and architecture speaks loudly of the sentiments, and the diversity of talent of the featured women architects.

This is only one of the 28 featured architects.

 

Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum (2012)HGA Architects and EngineersMinneapolisGrowing up in a household of five sisters and one brother, I was told over and over again by my father that I could thrive in any profession I was passionate about. In the architectural firms that I have worked at over the years, I never perceived any limitations on what I could achieve despite the low number of practicing women architects.
Joan M. Soranno, design principal, HGAPhoto © Paul Crosby

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An outlaw’s vision for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Realized

An outlaw’s vision for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Realized | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Controversy long dogged the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. And then Antoine Predock stepped in.

This article is obviously old, the museum was brought to fruition The description of the process and the architect is well written.

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a stamp! Antoine Predock Architect FB page description... The Ducati crazy, titanium kneed designer of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the San Diego Padres Ballpark and the Turtle Creek House #architecture #museum #Canadian #humanrights http://www.predock.com/ Architecture magazine (now called Architect) described him as “the outlaw of American architecture. Where others in his profession are cool, urbane and cerebral, he is physical and intuitive, a whirling force of nature.” What does he have against straight lines? You won’t find one more than 30 cm long in this impressive oddity of a building. (“I don’t like linear points,” says he. “I like episodic, choreographed movement where you’re continually exposed to different conditions of space and light.” http://bit.ly/1l0YxqI

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MOSS IS MORE

MOSS IS MORE | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Complexity is a major theme that runs through Eric Owen Moss’ work. Nothing is as simple as we have been led to believe. Nothing can be taken as given or assumed. Entering a building. Walking up a ...
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"Architecture is an ongoing dialogue between contrasting forms and the materials whose properties inspire them. Steel bends, wood supports, cement spreads, glass is molten. Their life together is complex, as is ours. Architecture negotiates the existential gaps, and Moss’ work gives us a model of how to do so with grace and exuberance. No irony distances him, or us, from our experience of space and light and texture, color and movement".  quote from the article  Moss Is More

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Houses with trees on terrace by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Houses with trees on terrace by Vo Trong Nghia Architects | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
The cities of Vietnam has become a concrete jungle with green cover reducing to an all time low levels, cities like Ho Chi Minh has less than 0.25% green cover…
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To solve the issue of pollution and lack of trees in urban area Vo Trong Nghia Architects have come up with affordable buildings on top of which big trees could be planted.

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McGarry-Moon inserts steel-framed living space into traditional barn

McGarry-Moon inserts steel-framed living space into traditional barn | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
McGarry-Moon Architects has inserted a contemporary living space into this stone barn, which has been long-listed for the RIBA's 2014 Manser Medal.

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Glass/Wood House | Kengo Kuma & Associates | New Canaan, Connecticut | Record Houses | Architectural Record

Glass/Wood House | Kengo Kuma & Associates | New Canaan, Connecticut | Record Houses | Architectural Record | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Kengo Kuma reinterprets mid-century Modernism with his first U.S. project.
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Few architectural design problems are as tricky as adding to a building that is rigorously symmetrical. If not sensitively conceived and carefully executed, an expansion can compromise the integrity and compositional balance of the original. But such was the challenge faced by Tokyo-based Kengo Kuma for his first commission in the United States: a new wing for an almost templelike mid-century Modern house in New Canaan, Connecticut.

 

This is a teaser....read the story with it's great images and exquisite architecture.

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Canada's Douglas Cardinal: an architect's legacy - Toronto Star

Canada's Douglas Cardinal: an architect's legacy - Toronto Star | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Toronto Star Canada's Douglas Cardinal: an architect's legacy Toronto Star “Just as Frank Gehry has acknowledged his own somewhat difficult childhood as a Jew in Toronto, as Daniel Libeskind discusses the impact of his parents being Holocaust...
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Cardinal is one of Canada’s best-known architects, most famous for the Canadian Museum of Civilization (renamed the Canadian Museum of History late last year), which remains the most prominent example of his style, one rooted in the natural world and a distinctly native sensibility.

 

Cardinal doesn't design boxes. To the contrary, his buildings hardly ever contain right angles in any critical places. Their complex curves require complex computer calculations to be built. For better or worse -- mostly better, in Cardinal's case -- they are autograph buildings in every sense. via the Washington Post http://wapo.st/1sFwnBn

 

Each of his buildings shows his characteristic attachment to natural shapes, and organic design, reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright. His work drew praise for their daring shapes, but functionality. Cardinal remarked, somewhat cryptically, "the build should reflect the feeling of the river, the winds, the erosion of time." Huffington Post

 

How do you describe your style?
My style of architecture is organic; inspired by the nature of man in harmony and in balance with our natural environment. I believe that architecture should be sculptural. It should be a powerful expression of the vision and dreams of the people we serve. My style is influenced by my belief that each structure should not only add beauty, but also raise the spirits of the people who enter the space.

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Rondolino Desert Residence by nottoscale | ideasgn

Rondolino Desert Residence by nottoscale | ideasgn | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Located on a 40-acre site in the high desert of Nevada, the Rondolino residence is a 111 sqm prefabricated house sits in an isolated plain near Scotty’s Ju
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In the high desert of Nevada this prefabricated home is described as, "giiving the user the impression to float over, yet to be completely immersed in the desert landscape."

Large windows and a light and cool, white interior offer strong contrast to the setting.

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a prefab - using natural elements - materials taking from nature, returned to nature  transformed into a living space ....seems a rustic contemporary spirit is at work 

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Seona Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art | Steven Holl Architects | Glasgow, United Kingdom

Seona Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art | Steven Holl Architects | Glasgow, United Kingdom | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
An addition to a Scottish landmark engages the old architecture with design strategies that sometimes complement and sometimes contrast with the original building.
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Conversation with Mackintosh: An addition to a Scottish landmark engages the old architecture with design strategies that sometimes complement and sometimes contrast with the original building.Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s school (1897-1909) is the building where Arts and Crafts met Art Nouveau.  Where the Mackintosh building has what Holl calls “thin bones and a thick skin” (steel frame clad in stone) his Reid Building (named for the outgoing School of Art director Seona Reid who commissioned it) is the opposite: thick, concrete “bones” inside, faced with a wafer-thin skin. The interiors of the Reid building are as open and social as the Mackintosh building is partitioned and intimate......very well written description, my favorite line ....The new building is clad in translucent pale-green, laminated glass with open joints and concealed stainless-steel brackets, and is as reticent as any building of this considerable bulk could be."

Hugh Pearman

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India Art n Design Global Hop : Heydar Aliyev Centre, Azerbaijan

India Art n Design Global Hop : Heydar Aliyev Centre, Azerbaijan | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Baku’s Heydar Aliyev Centre is a national symbol for Azerbaijan, a catalyst for regeneration, and, in the broadest sense, a regional showpiece. IAnD makes an exception by bringing you a much lengthier feature with substantial details of this superlative project...
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Thanks to India Art and Design for this post...."The Heydar Aliyev Centre truly is a labour of love. Zaha Hadid Architects was appointed as design architects of the Heydar Aliyev Centre following a competition in 2007. The Centre, designed to become the primary building for the nation’s cultural programs, breaks from the rigid and often monumental Soviet architecture that is so prevalent in Baku, aspiring instead to express the sensibilities of Azeri culture and the optimism of a nation that looks to the future. In this, the design is contextual." Read the rest of this very interesting piece, accompanied by great images.

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New Exhibition Spans Career of Acclaimed Architect Mario Botta

New Exhibition Spans Career of Acclaimed Architect Mario Botta | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) February 03, 2014 -- Bechtler Museum of Modern Art pays homage to its building’s designer with an exhibition featuring artifacts that exemplify Botta’s architectural style.
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Mario Botta is known for his minimalist style and use of  brick and stone, but, his use of material is wide, varied, and often unique. His designs tend to include a strong sense of geometry, often being based on very simple shapes, yet creating unique volumes of space.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is on my list of architecture to see and museums to visit!

 

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Zaha Hadid designs wooden building for Cambodian genocide researchers

Zaha Hadid designs wooden building for Cambodian genocide researchers | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Zaha Hadid has unveiled designs for a new Cambodian institution made up of five interwoven wooden towers to house an archive of genocide-related documents.
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With a nod to Angkorian architecture the design reveals five wooden structures interwoven and connected in a rising formation to an apex eight levels high, and surrounded by pools of water.

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The Futuristic House on the Flights of Birds in Sao Miguel | Decoration for House

The Futuristic House on the Flights of Birds in Sao Miguel | Decoration for House | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
This highly imaginative household found in Sao Miguel Island in the Azores, Portugal is said to be made from a future house design.
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"A closer look at the home’s design that will surely awe you with this great work of lines and curves. It is said that the typology follows an almost classical Palladian and Scamossi central plan design with double height on its living room."

 
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The Innovation, Science and Technology Building at Florida Poly

Created for: www.FloridaPolytechnic.org Building Designed by: Santiago Calatrava www.calatrava.com Film Created by: Indie Atlantic Films www.IndieAtlanticFilms.com Construction…
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The Innovation, Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University is truly breathtaking and one of a kind. The elliptical building is surrounded with metal pergolas, a domed glass ceiling, and topped by a 250-ft-long skylight shading system with 94 louvered arms that raise and lower to track the sun. Florida Poly is pushing the boundaries of innovation, science and technology and it was an honor to be the first to document this extraordinary university.
Video: http://vimeo.com/indieatlanticfilms/istfilm ... filmed w drones
Florida Poly is the newest member institution of the State University System of Florida, and is the state's only public polytechnic university. Florida Poly focuses on preparing students for careers in advanced fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Thanks to: https://www.facebook.com/StudioMM.architecture
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Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Makes A Place

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Makes A Place | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, is founder and Design Principal of Ross Barney Architects. Her building designs have received numerous honors including 4 Institute Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and over 30 AIA Chicago Design Awards.

 

College of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University,

Diachronic glass fins cast colorful shadows on the chiller's polished concrete facade.

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"My dreams are for the future of cities…places where we live together. I want to help us understand the transformative effect space has on human interaction. I want good design to be a right and not a privilege." Carol Ross Barney FAIA


In recent years, some architects have been wrapping new chiller plants in eye-catching skins. Often these structures are glass boxes within metal scrims, which allow the mechanicals to be visible on the exterior. “Putting a chiller in a glass box means you have to chill the chiller plant,” said Carol Ross Barney, principal of Ross Barney Architects in Chicago. For Ohio State University’s new ten-story plant, Ross Barney instead designed a precast concrete box, which will be given a high-polish finish. Fins of diachronic glass will cast colored rays across the reflective surface of the concrete, and a series of openings will offer glimpses into the mechanicals inside. “Rather than just showing the pipes, we wanted to represent energy itself,” she said.

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Community + Contemporary Architecture: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada

Community + Contemporary Architecture: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

Rubin&Rotman Architects completed Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in the Canadian village of Oujé-Bougoumou, paying tribute to local architecture.

The Institute includes an exhibition hall, making it both a museum and meeting place, with community activities such as dance and music shows taking place, along with more intimate gatherings featuring storytellers and elders. On the lower floor are the offices of associations involved in preserving the Cree language, hunting methods and arts and handicrafts, as well as in promoting tourism. Wood is used extensively, evoking the fundamental importance of the forest to the Cree people. Special attention was paid to transposing symbolic elements reflecting traditional Cree habitat to this contemporary building. The open plan and transparency of the ground floor make the Institute the heart of the community.


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We admire the way the Cree culture and aesthetic is blended into the modern structure. It pays homage to their origins but offers the community a beautiful facility.

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NOVEDGE blog: The Edge: Bridgette Meinhold's Urgent Architecture

NOVEDGE blog: The Edge: Bridgette Meinhold's Urgent Architecture | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Our April Book of the Month is Bridgette Meinhold's Urgent Architecture. Today we talk with the author about her passion for sustainability and art. Novedge: Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do Bridgette Meinhold: I...
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Novedge: What innovations do you see in architecture? What do you think will change in the future?
Bridgette Meinhold: Architecture is innovation and every day there are new ways to think about things and new products and technologies the help increase efficiency, health and safety. Sustainable design is the way of the future and green building strategies will only improve with more practice and implementation.

 

Other posts about "sheltering the world"....

As we all know too well, the progressive values of early Modernism led to great experiments in social housing. Architects today are adopting, as they have before, the vision of their idealistic predecessors, but learning from the mistakes of post–World War II public projects. There is a growing insight that the best housing is integrated with social services as well as connected to the urban fabric and the wider community.

http://archrecord.construction.com/features/2013/1303-Social-Housing-Models/

 

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Minimalist Architect Tadao Ando The Minimalist Architect who brought

Minimalist Architect Tadao Ando The Minimalist Architect who brought | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
The minimalist architect Tadao Ando who brought the elements together. Famous Minimalist Architect Tadao Ando. Japanese Minimalist Architect
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"I do not believe architecture should speak too much, it should remain silent and let nature in the guise of sunlight and wind " T.A.
Marco Jongmans said,"The only architect whose ammount of books on my shelves equal those of the upper-god Mies van der Rohe; Tadao Ando (Osaka,1941). Professional #boxer, carpenter, self-educated #architect and master of #Japanese #minimalism. #TadaoAndo http://www.pinterest.com/Enso/the-architectural-pantheon/
We are huge fans of Tadao Ando, his architectural aesthetic speaks to us.  "Ando uses mainly concrete and glass. He projects unique spaces, which change constantly, because the sun and wind play in their confines. The Minimalist Architect  himself says that light has a decisive role in all of his projects."One of his favourite elements is water. That’s why he builds his buildings close to water areas, added naturally and harmoniously to the exterior. Although the concrete constructions are perceived as heavy and harsh, the works of the genius Japanese man are gentle like silk. The grace they possess is not as much due to material combination, as to their shape."
"If I can create some space that people haven't experienced before and if it stays with them or gives them a dream for the future, that's the kind of structure I seek to create."   Tadao Ando
 

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Light Matters: Mashrabiyas – Translating Tradition into Dynamic Facades

Light Matters: Mashrabiyas – Translating Tradition into Dynamic Facades | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE, Paris, France (1981 – 1987). Architecture: Jean Nouvel, Gilbert Lézénès, Pierre Soria, Architecture Studio. Image © Georges
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The delicate mashrabiya has offered effective protection against intense sunlight in the Middle East for several centuries. However, nowadays this traditional Islamic window element with its characteristic latticework is used to cover entire buildings as an oriental ornament, providing local identity and a sun-shading device for cooling. In fact, designers have even transformed the vernacular wooden structure into high-tech responsive daylight systems.

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daniel libeskind: 18.36.54 house, connecticut

daniel libeskind: 18.36.54 house, connecticut | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
18 planes, 36 points, and 54 lines make up the continuous faceted metallic ribbon that folds over itself creating interstitial spaces and fragmented apertures to the rural exterior.
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The images of this Daniel Libeskind monument (I use the word monument facetiously) are detailed and fantastic. It is difficult to imagine living here or even viewing it in this pastoral setting, however it does conjure up some "shock" and "awe", and in my humble opinion, very interesting architecture.

 

"Located on a 54 acre meadow in connecticut surrounded by 250 year-old oak trees and historic low stacked stone walls, the ’18.36.54 house’ by   daniel libeskind uses a faceted structure to frame dynamic views from all angles of the site.  Photographer nikolas koenig has shared exclusive images with us showing the various angles of the project. the 2000 square-foot home is conceived as a continuously folding ribbon structure of 18 planes,
36 points and 54 lines. its outer skin is comprised of reflective copper panels..."

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Interview with Architects Massimiliano Fuksas and Doriana Mandrelli

Interview with Architects Massimiliano Fuksas and Doriana Mandrelli | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Italian architects and designers Massimiliano Fuksas and Doriana Mandrelli are all about places you can use.
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Fuksas," architecture should improve people’s lives, particularly those of harried city-dwellers. Building should contribute to mood, "like music." His taste in projects is eclectic."

 

We are smitten with this brilliant couple. Their portfolio is impressive, .

 Images of their work: http://bit.ly/1lOsWaR

 

What would be your advice to aspiring architects?

"Take risks. Don't worry about trying to be successful. Dare to make things that other people might not like. Don't create things with the intention that everyone immediately likes them."                 Massimiliano Fuksas

 

Doriana collaborates with her husband and also designs door handles, chairs, cutlery, a Seiko watch, an Alessio tea and coffee set and more.

 

They are a truely creative power couple.

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Hideg House by Béres Architects | HomeDSGN visits Hungary

Hideg House by Béres Architects | HomeDSGN visits Hungary | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
This stunning home combines wood and stone to create a rough background for its luminous and elegant interior Located in Koszeg, Hungary, its name is Hideg House, and it was designed by Béres Architects. Hideg House by Béres Architects: "Focusing on sculptural cliffs and friendly hillside woods, Hideg-ház is an unusual object in the landscape of the outskirts of Koszeg, a charming historical town in Hungary. The site had been used as a quarry a few cenutries ago so the exposed rock face was one of the strongest elements of the environment. In order to get enough direct sunlight all-year-long and to stay close to the sculptural cliffs, the building had been placed about 10 meters above the road that runs along the bottom of the valley. “An abstract footprint of a family’s lifestyle – perhaps these are the best words to describe the floor plan” architect Attila Béres says. The wooden cabin is floating a few steps above the natural terrain. The two parts are tied to
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"An abstract footprint of a family's lifestyle..."

An extraordinary setting combines with this beautifully designed home to take you on a visual design journey.

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I love you Building - Happy Valentine's Day | Life of an Architect

I love you Building - Happy Valentine's Day | Life of an Architect | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

oThe favorite buildings of architects, selected for Valentine's Day.

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Bob Borson's Life of An Architect is a great blog. He always brings a unique point of view and humor to his topics.

"It’s Valentine’s Day and that means this is the day to stand out in front of the world and let anyone and every know just how much love is in your heart. Since I am the elder statesman in the studio and I am surrounded by young single people (at least where I sit), I am a bit on a Valentine’s Day island. Sure, they can one up me on just about every other thing (like going out at night) we are going to keep the Valentine’s Day celebrations on the down-low. I did, however, ask everyone to tell me what their favorite building was …. the one that they truly loved."  Check out the other selections......

 

Peter Joe The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain.
Architect: Frank Gehry completed 1997
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain is a real gem, it has a very organic flow within the landscape set against the backdrop of a more contemporary and tradition grid of the city. I have always admired the way the buildings skin, the titanium panels, beautifully compliment the environment that it surrounds. While the titanium skin mirrors its surrounding landscape, at the same time it etches out its own identity by violating the rules and being the opposite of the building that surround it. It complements its surroundings and stands on its own.


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