Image: Elevator detail, by Richard Artschwager Photo: Adam Friedberg for The Wall Street Journal
The Whitney Museum of American Art reopens in May in a vast space designed to wow artists as much as audiences. The Whitney and other museums are evolving to be places where artists can create works without restraint.
“The Whitney is making a lot of museums rethink everything,” said Martin Friedman, former longtime director of Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center. “They’re not trying to look corporate or institutional. They’re inviting artists to have fun.”
The partial reconstruction of the stadium Jules Ladoumègue has been realized in intricate connection with the new site of the RATP (public transport service for the Ile-de-France) maintenance center.
The construction of the maintenance center and the creation of new space for sport activities expresses the integration of big equipment in dense urban structure and emphasizes its multi functionality...
ASYMMETRIC is the new symmetrical. Squashed is the new smooth. Or who knows, maybe everyone was just drunk.
“I think when the university hired me they expected a shiny metal building,” he said. “I made some shiny metal models but they were things I had already sort of worked over and done. I just felt that it should be a material like in the neighborhood....Frank Gehry http://bit.ly/1y91kOx
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
The story, quotes and architecture speaks loudly of the sentiments, and the diversity of talent of the featured women architects.
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.
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
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 ...
"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
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.
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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.
I will let YenerTorun introduce this in his words "Yener Torun is a 32 year-old architect who has turned Istanbul into the geographical equivalent of Aladdin’s cave of wonders. Tucked away among the beautiful Ottoman and Byzantine architecture and the blue Bosphorus are a wealth of impossibly bright buildings dominated by geometric patterns, rainbow hues and funny architectural idiosyncrasies. And through his Instagram account, Yener has been slowly but steadily documenting it all."
The Mirror Houses are a pair of holiday homes, set in the marvellous surroundings of the South Tyrolean Dolomites, amidst a beautiful scenery of appletrees, just outside the city of Bolzano. They were designed by Peter Pichler Architecture. The Mirror houses offer a unique chance to spend a beautiful vacation surrounded by contemporary architecture of …
Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 by the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, the rehabilitation of the Vincent van Gogh Foundation at Arles, France by Fluor Architecture is a beautiful exercise that transcends the fine boundaries between art and architecture.
Sustainability Meets ConservationArranged in a conscious disorder on the roof of the gift shop and lobby, itself made of glass, the 78 glass plates are suspended above the entry with varying degrees of opacity and reflectiveness. Of all different sizes and colours, they make the light dance on the walls and into the courtyard following the passage of the sun. By absorbing ultraviolet rays, they also help maintain a temperate climate inside the space.
This highly imaginative household found in Sao Miguel Island in the Azores, Portugal is said to be made from a future house design.
"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."
Santiago Calatrava, Architecture & Engineering 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 http://tinyurl.com/loko3th #Calatrava #FLPoly #architecture #Florida
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.
"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.
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.
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