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Week 15th - 21st of June
700 PALMS RESIDENCE: Sustainable Style in Venice, CA
Mike Chino in Inhabitat
The stunning 700 Palms Residence is a prime example of site-specific architecture. Designed by Steven Ehrlich Architects, the striking structure mixes raw industrial materials with a polished modern aesthetic, making it a monument to eponymous SoCal style and a sustainable marvel in its own right. Its breezy construction seamlessly integrates outdoor spaces with a flowing interior floor plan that was carefully considered to address the freedoms and constraints of residential design in Venice, Los Angeles.
Geoff Manaugh in BLDGBLOG
Yesterday, 10:20 AM
RoboVault describes itself as a Maximum Security Robotic Storage facility.
Hurricane-resistant, fully insured, and protected by biometrics, RoboVault is proposed for "an extraordinary location at the crossroads of several major roadway arteries including Port Everglades and the Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale International airport." "No one enters the storage part of the facility," we read; this has the effect of "minimizing the risk of theft or damage." Indeed, "This revolutionary concept in storage uses robotic parking garage technology, allowing you to operate your rented storage unit automatically, so you can store and retrieve your possessions when you want."
Much Larger BMW Museum Reopens
Elsewhere in Europe, the much-anticipated BMW Museum finally reopened yesterday after a two year closure while the company completely overhauled the whole structure and had it redesigned by Atelier Brueckner GmbH and Art+Com AG. The plan is, of course, the same one held by the massive, also-new Mercedes Museum: to both show off the design legacy of the automaker, but also make you think, as you exit the museum's gift shop, "Man, I'm not sure what it is, but I really want to buy a BMW right now." Here's a bit about the building itself: BMW will showcase its 90-year history in a 5,000-square-meter (53,800-square-foot) space next to its Munich headquarters...
Marina City: in Cans, Preserved, and with Angelina
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
Yesterday, 1:01 AM
You have only until through Sunday, June 22 to view the entries in Canstruction Chicago 2008, where 80,000 pounds of canned food are used to build 20 large sculptures. For this year's winner, a team from 4240 Architecture built Marina City's twin towers out of cans of tuna, with cans of corn marking the transition from the parking to the residential floors. Lighting design firm Charter Sills & Associates recreated the House of Blues, as well as a Hotel Sax made out of Campbell's soup cans.
Zen Interview Master Aby Rosen Commissions Condo for Condos
Thursday, 4:07 PM
People who bandy about the term "media training" should clip and laminate the full salmon-hued page that the New York Observer recently devoted to a sit-down with real estate mogul and art collector Aby Rosen, whose RFR Holding company owns such properties as Lever House and the Seagram Building. In the face of some tough questions by the Observer's indefatigable reporter Max Abelson, Rosen exhibited a Zen-like calm, offering matter-of-fact musings on even such potentially incendiary topics as Tom Wolfe's ad hominem argument against his project at 980 Madison ("It had a nasty undertone that I didn't care much for.") and the decor of his children's bedrooms ("Sure, there are Basquiats. The kids chose them."). His greatest regret? "I should have been more aggressive when I pursued the Chrysler Building."
zaha deemed awkward
Thursday, 1:08 PM
Zaha Hadid’s proposed extension to the Middle East Center at St Antony’s College in Oxford has been branded ‘awkward’ and ‘in constant competition with its neighbors’ by CABE [read the article from The Architects’ Journal by clicking the title of this post].
A Pearl for Beijing
Design Build Network
Since it opened up towards the West, China, the most densely populated country in the world, has not only been attracting western industrial companies but has also been changing the appearance of many of its major cities. An increasing number of buildings designed by international architects have appeared, heralding the dawn of a new age. In recent years, the Chinese government has invested several billion euros in spectacular projects on a grand scale, like the stadiums for the Olympic Games 2008 or the headquarters of the state TV broadcaster CCTV. The current high point in this trend is the China National Grand Theater in Beijing, the future venue for world-class opera, theater and concerts. At the beginning of 1999, the Chinese authorities extended an invitation to tender architectural proposals for this attractive and ambitious project.
Spinnaker Tower Stairs to Generate Electricity
Jorge Chapa in Inhabitat
Imagine being able to collect the energy of every person walking up and down the stairs from the Spinnaker Tower viewing platform in Portsmouth, UK. That is the proposal being put forward by David Webb, from the British consultancy of Scott Wilson. His hope is to install miniature “heel-strike” generators underneath the stairs that would capture the power generated by a person as they walk down the tower. His ultimate goal is to install them in every rail station, shopping center and even in your shoes!