Page 13 of 16
The Kayak House by Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects
Mohammad Fahmi Tri Wahyudi,ST in Best House Design | Luxury Homes | Home Listings
This Kayak House was designed by Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects for an avid kayaker and his wife. Several years ago, the owners decided to sell their suburban tract home and move to the country, to live on the river. They chose a 4.5 acre site on the South Fork of the American River, overlooking one of the best kayak funs in Northern California. At the time of purchase, this particular lot was the last available empty and developable river site for over ten miles in either direction. Ultimately, the project design arose from an intersection of this spectacular site and the clients' own specific interests in kayaking, durability, ecology, and accessibility.
Young in Architecture
"Biennially Archiprix International presents the world's best graduation projects in the fields of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. All university-level training colleges around the world are invited to take part by selecting and submitting their best graduation project. Archiprix International forms the largest presentation of graduation work and offers unrivalled insight into current trends in design education globally and architecture generally. The initiative reflects rapid international developments in the design disciplines. Recent decades have seen an explosive growth in the scale of international contact, resulting in lively exchanges world-wide. Increasing numbers of designers work on commissions abroad, professional journals are published on an international scale, and training colleges are becoming more and more international in their orientation.
AE6: Undulating Roof/Column
John in A Daily Dose of Architecture
Yesterday, 11:30 PM
Undulating roofs are fairly common in contemporary architecture these days, at least for commissions with a budget that can accommodate one. But undulating roofs that incorporate the column structure into the undulations are less common, though certainly more interesting. The blurring of the boundaries between the two functions (protection from the elements and keeping the building standing), stemming from the continuity of the construction (if not the actual structural system), make for very appealing spatial wrappers.
The Future of Shopping Malls: An Image Essay
WorldChanging Team in WorldChanging
By Morgan Greenseth
Mall culture in the United States -- at least as we know it -- is coming to an end. Last month, the fall of Steve & Barry's became the next addition to a series of recent retailer bankruptcies we've been witnessing across the nation. This trend is likely to continue, as the U.S. economic downturn causes people to reduce their trips to stores and to shop less, forcing more shops to close and leaving malls deserted.
According to an article that ran in The Economist at the end of 2007: In the past half century ... [malls] have transformed shopping habits, urban economies and teenage speech. America now has some 1,100 enclosed shopping malls, according to the International Council of Shopping Centres. Clones have appeared from Chennai to Martinique. Yet the mall's story is far from triumphal. Invented by a European socialist who hated cars and came to deride his own creation, it has a murky future. While malls continue to multiply outside America, they are gradually dying in the country that pioneered them.
OMA´s CCTV facade completed
David Basulto in Arch Daily
It’s not a rendering but an actual photo of the completed facade of the CCTV Building by OMA in Beijing. The visible face of this iconic building was finished just in time for the olympics, after 6 years of hard work between OMA, ARUP and chinese partners ECADI. Quite impressive, isn’t it? Hopefully the next pictures we publish with the CCTV finished will be taken by me.
The Hayle Estuary Ecolodge
Alexandra Kain in Inhabitat
Architects Gilmore, Hankey and Kirke of GHK International have submitted plans for this beautiful Ecolodge on the edge of the Hayle Estuary in Cornwall, England. The 30-room complex will include a restaurant, cafe and visitors center for bird watchers and eco-tourists alike. Featuring an unobtrusive FSC certified design with a living green roof, the sustainable center will blend into its environment with minimal visual impact from above and on ground.
415 SW 10th, Mork from Ork's suspenders, and the meaning of historic preservation
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
Tyler Graf has an article in Tuesday's Daily Journal of Commerceabout the "checkerboard" building downtown on 10th Avenue (around the corner from the Ace Hotel), which is being renovated, but possibly signficantly altered as well, by developer Richard Singer and the excellent Holst Architecture. Graf was nice enough to quote me in the article on this favorite building of mine: “'Coming around the corner and seeing the checkerboard building always makes me smile,'” Libby said. “'It’s an architectural Rubik’s Cube: fun, colorful and a bit puzzling. I totally love it...If Portland gets even a handsome modern building on that site at the expense of the checkerboard, I think an important and wonderful part of the city and its architectural past will be lost.'”
Buildings--the Biggest Bang for the Buck in Global CO2 Abatement
Jeremy Faludi in WorldChanging
The Vattenfall/McKinsey Report "A Cost Curve for Greenhouse Gas Reduction" contains a graph (below) that everybody needs to see. The graph shows how much greenhouse gas abatement potential lies in some popular strategies/technologies, and simultaneously shows the monetary cost of each strategy. The first thing you notice when you see the graph is that the cost for many abatement strategies is negative. That means these strategies make money, they don't cost money. The second thing that you notice is most of the money-making strategies are in the building industry: better insulation, better HVAC, better lighting, better water heating. Also in the money-making realm are better vehicle fuel efficiency and sugarcane ethanol. Forestry has perhaps the largest single abatement potential but is one of the more expensive methods; the power industry has the largest total abatement potential, but different technologies have different costs.