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December 12th, 2007
renovation in chamoson, laurent savioz architect
Justin in materialicious
‘Conversion of a Dwelling’, Chamoson, Switzerland. Project: 2004-2005. When it comes to mixing up ancient and modern, few can match the Swiss. Check out this conversion of an old rural stone house into a combined residence and art studio & gallery.
Penang Global City Center, Asymptote Architecture
architect studio in architect studio
Asymptote Architecture Announces the Design of Penang Global City Center (PGCC), an Expansive, Sustainable, Mixed-Use Development with Two Iconic Sixty-Story Towers. The design achieves its elegance and stature through the simultaneous embrace of natural landscapes and contemporary urbanism. The forms of the two towers are comprised of both horizontal and vertical elements: sculpted horizontal components move across the plinth, rise up and transform into articulated vertical structures. Set against the backdrop of the nature reserve of Penang Hill, the twisting, glass façades of the towers “perform” various surface effects—reflecting, refracting and distorting views of Penang, the surrounding landscape and the seascape beyond.
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Krueck + Sexton Architects
architect studio in architect studio
The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies selected Krueck & Sexton to design a signature architectural statement about the nature of Jewish culture and learning. By its transparency the facade announces the accessible and public nature of Spertus.
Literary Dose #21
John in A Daily Dose of Architecture
"[Alvar] Aalto's prize-winning entry for the Finnish Pavilion in the Paris World Exhibition of 1937 was a rhetorical display of different techniques of timber construction, each expressing certain characteristics of wood...The importance of the Finnish Pavilion lay in its demonstration of Aalto's site-planning principles, wherein the plan of the building is invariably separated into two distinct elements, and the space between them being articulated as a space for human appearance, as we will find later not only in the Paris pavilion and Villa Mairea but also in the brick-clad Synatsalo Town Hall dating from 1949."
Syd Mead: Visions of the Future
“If you’ve ever looked down on a major [highway] interchange you couldn’t have helped but admire the very definite swings and tensions of the road curvatures, interlocking lanes and off-ramps, all based on precise control of the kinetic energy flowing over them.”
Good News about the Low-Carbon Future -- and Technology Transfer?
Mara Hvistendahl in WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future
As climate scientists descended on Bali last week to discuss emissions targets and climate change mitigation strategies for the coming decades, the consulting firm McKinsey released a report titled “U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much At What Cost?” The document gives a solid play-by-play of what the U.S. will have to do to achieve a low-carbon economy by 2030 (a summary is here).
December 11th, 2007
1608 laurel grove road, dan zimmerman
Justin in materialicious
1608 Laurel Grove Road, Winchester, Virginia. 3.33 acres. 800sf cabin, originally built: 1783. Price: $299,900. Located ten minutes from Historic Downtown Winchester yet situated on three acres off a quiet dirt road this home is close to town but feels like a rural retreat. Award winning architect and contractor Dan Zimmerman renovated this cabin respecting the history of the house but also injecting a modern sensibility into its character.
The first level holds the kitchen and eating/entertaining areas and the second level holds the bedroom, bathroom and lounge/studio space. The open plan of each floor maximizes the space and allows for flexibility.
Also on the property is a workshop built from reused wood from the original cabin. Not just any old workshop that you can buy at the big box stores, this outbuilding was designed to fit the site and interact with the house.
"Up on the green roof / click, click, click..."
ASLA.org - The Dirt
"And down through the chimney with good Saint Nick..." In what's becoming a December tradition, a jolly, inflatable Santa is holding court up on the green roof. You can watch his antics live on the green roof webcam. While you are there online be sure to check out the latest data released this fall about the environmental benefits of the green roof. The full briefing report can be found here. The comprehensive water monitoring report can be found here.
ModCell : BaleHaus Straw Bale Construction
As you may have realized - we here at MNP are into straw bale construction, and enjoy being able to bring you interesting/innovative examples of the construction method being put to work. Here we have featured a project by ModCell called the BaleHaus - a proposed straw bale home that the company describes as a ‘domestic carbon bank’, a house that stores carbon credits because of its being built from renewable materials [straw and timber], in addition to other integrated sustainable technologies.
Jetson Green: Artek Pavilion
Preston, green ninja master over at Jetson Green writes:
This is the Artek Pavilion, aka “The Space of Silence,” which was designed by Shigeru Ban and built with primarily one material: an environmentally-friendly, paper plastic composite known as UPM ProFi. Debuting in the U.S. this weekend at Design Miami, the pavilion is roughly 131 long x 16 feet wide and can be assembled and taken apart quickly.
Figuration in Contemporary Design opens Thursday at Art Institute
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
Figuration in Contemporary Design, the latest production from the Art Institute of Chicago's Curator of Architecture and Design Joseph Rosa, opens this Thursday, December 13th. According to the museum, the exhibition, mounted in the usual Gallery 227, seeks to posit a trend away from modernist minimalism:
"Ever since the Austrian architect Adolf Loos declared that ornament was “crime” in 1909, modern architects and designers have heeded his argument. From the clean, industrial lines of the Bauhaus and International style to the wares for sale today in Design Within Reach, figuration—the use of representational elements—in modern design has been pushed to the margins. [Figuration in Contemporary Design] makes the argument, however, that figuration is returning to contemporary design, leading to an inventive and unique aesthetic."
Designism 2.0 Thursday Night at the ADC
In an effort to blow our frequent flier miles through the roof, this third of UnBeige will be embarking...
December 10th, 2007
Furniture By David Adjaye
Taking inspiration from Africa and the time he has spent travelling there, David Adjaye launched his first pieces of furniture in Miami. David Adjaye's Monoform series consists of four different objects. As much sculptural works as pieces of furniture, the Monoforms are intended to function both as stand-alone objects and together in a variety of configurations, creating versatile seating, benches and tables. Each of the four types has been fabricated in two mediums – Hassan Green Granite and Solid WalnuWhile. Designed with interior spaces in mind, the granite edition can also be situated outdoors....
Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds!
Abigail in Inhabitat
Biomimicry’s Cool Alternative: Eastgate Centre in Zimbabwe
The Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, typifies the best of green architecture and ecologically sensitive adaptation. The country’s largest office and shopping complex is an architectural marvel in its use of biomimicry principles. ...
Andrew Maynard Architects: Tattoo House
I should start by saying that Andrew Maynard - with the lofty goal of ‘complete tyrannical world domination’ [sounds familiar…] - has already reached 9th dan ninja status, and I’m pretty sure he’s not even thirty [so in architecture terms, he’s basically a child]. The Aussie architect has a unique and thoughtful approach to design, and should be watched closely by all those interested in quality, green, and seemingly low-cost buildings. Here we have the Tattoo House - an addition to an existing 3 bedroom home in Fitzroy North [A suburb of Melbourne] providing the current residents with new living and kitchen space, opening onto a new deck.
Neri Oxman in MATERIALECOLOGY: Neri Oxman
Today, 1:44 AM
Just returned from a visit to Studio Francois Roche / Marc FORNES at Columbia University. The reviewers included Alissa Andrasek (Biothing), Ammar Eloueini (AEDS), Benoit Durandin, Hernan Diaz Alonzo (Xefirotarch), Michael Meredith (MOS), Marco Vanucci (AKT), Mariana Ibanez (Harward), Simon Kim (MIT), Vito Acconci (Acconci studio), Francois Roche (R&Sie) & Marc Fornes (theverymany), Lydia Kallipoliti, Aurel F. Von Richthofen (KARV) and myself. Click below to veiw the work and admire the indigenous (and clearly French) dialect.