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.
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...
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.
The minimalist architect Tadao Ando who brought the elements together. Famous Minimalist Architect Tadao Ando. Japanese Minimalist Architect
"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
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.
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.
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..."
"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.
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
"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.
oThe favorite buildings of architects, selected for Valentine's Day.
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.
I chose Peter's choice to post because I XO this building, and Peter did a great job of explaining his thoughts about it....
Herzog & de Meuron’s new condo building for Ian Schrager puts a swingy, dapper spin on the glass curtain wall.
"New York was once a city of fancy façades. Terra-cotta tiles, brownstone fronds, limestone gargoyles, cast-iron pilasters:
Herzog & de Meuron, who won their profession’s ultimate laurel, the Pritzker Prize, in 2001, are virtuosos of the tactile exterior.
Herzog & de Meuron claimed to have reinterpreted a local type, the cast-iron building, though with other materials, and what 40 Bond lacks in iron, it makes up for in irony. Take the proliferating, abstract pattern of the gate, a three-dimensional, computer-generated elaboration of graffiti on a city wall. It’s meant to be a reference to the neighborhood’s grittier days"
Marica McKeel is a rising star in the world of Residential Architecture.
“Growing up my grandmother took me to art museums and contemporary art galleries and was a big supporter of emerging local artists. My mother is an engineer and an extremely practical and motivated woman. Both my grandmother and my mother are a great inspiration for me in life and in work.
Hadid's Galaxy Soho Building has been criticized for destroying Beijing's cultural heritage and displacing its residents.....
The article poses this question, "So are architects too shy to assert their expertise? Or are they Roark-inspired ego-maniacs who “don’t listen to people”? "......well, both and that’s exactly where the trouble lies.
arch daily's Rory Scott presents a very interesting discussion of this highly debated topic....
Pcia. de Rio Negro, ArgentinaCasa SAlric Galindez arquitectos
We are featuring 190 images of Modern Architecture from http://europaconcorsi.com. All of the images have Stone construction incorporated in their designs. Feast away, there is a lot to enjoy and many wonderful Architectural firms to discover.
Iwan Baan Iwan Baan in ChandigarhBornFebruary 8, 1975 Alkmaar, NetherlandsNationalityDutchFieldPhotographyWebsitewww.iwan.com
Iwan Baan is a Dutch architectural photographer. He has challenged a long-standing tradition of depicting buildings as isolated and static by representing people in architecture and showing the building's environment trying "to produce more of a story or a feel for a project" and "to communicate how people use the space" Wikipedia
Some of the best architectural images of a collection of our greatest modern buildings.
Kengo Kuma reinterprets mid-century Modernism with his first U.S. project.
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.
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...
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.
An addition to a Scottish landmark engages the old architecture with design strategies that sometimes complement and sometimes contrast with the original building.
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."
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...
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.
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.
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!
Architect Andrea Dragoni has extended a cemetery in an Italian town by adding monumental stone walls with public plazas and artworks slotted in between.
Four equally sized courtyards are positioned at intervals between the walls. Italian artists Sauro Cardinali and Nicola Renzi created large site-specific artworks to occupy each one, plus large square skylights were added to frame views up to the sky.
These spaces were inspired by James Turrell's Skyspaces and are designed to be enjoyable public areas, independently from the cemetery, offering an opportunity to pause and reflect. These are cubic "squares of silence" having open ceilings that evoke windows open to the sky...
The Kimbell Art Museum’s new addition, the Renzo Piano Pavilion, bears the name of its architect and demonstrates the happy coexistence of sustainability and physical beauty.
The $135 million Piano Pavilion was commissioned to serve one of the most revered museum buildings in the country, designed by architect Louis Kahn, and Mr. Piano’s pavilion design aims to complement Kahn’s monumental modernist aesthetic, his fondness for concrete and emphasis on light. What Mr. Piano’s pavilion adds to the conversation is a stress on contemporary sustainability practices.
“The Kahn building is famous for its natural light,” Mr. Piano said. “But that was a natural lighting system designed in the late ’60s and ’70s. Technologies have advanced considerably since then. We needed to capitalize on the new technologies and make a design that is more flexible and responsive to the issues of today, like sustainability.”
“Designing for energy savings is not an ‘add on,’ ” Mr. Piano said in an October Kimbell Art Museum publicity release, “but, rather, the proper way to build.”
Located near Madrid, this spectacular home designed by Dahl Architects + GHG Architects displays an interesting structure. The surprising contrast of brown
Angles and Curves! The architects were given the challenge of creating a home with ample space for the family of five and also keeping the interior very connected to the nature surrounding the home. There are curved brown walls interplaying with the strong white rectangular shapes dominating the design. Color is used sparingly and thoughtfully throughout with the exception being an entire colorful wall of art.
Architects 3XN depict their diligent comprehension of futuristic design concepts with strong traces of bio-mimicry through two award-winning projects – the UN head office and the Blue Planet aquarium in Copenhagen…...
Biomimicry ...the art of innovation inspired by nature!
here is a small excerpt...
"With Blue Planet inspired by the shape of water in endless motion, shaped as it is, like a whirlpool, the building itself tells the story of what awaits inside. The whirlpool concept originates in a narrative about water, and as an image, is at once, both, abstract and figurative, grabbing eyeballs with its distinctive vortex blades; so it does as a building, changing dramatically depending on the viewing angle, distance and daylight conditions"