Fireplace of my dreams

This is officially the fireplace (and room around it) of my dreams. It’s part of ‘Raumstation Irnharting’ in Gunskirchen / Austria by x architekten (AT).

Question for my readers

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Dear readers, I am looking to find architecture firms (or design firms in general) that managed to successfully incorporate a blog into their site. Do any come to mind? Would you mind to leave urls in a comment below? Thanks so much!

Swiss Underground Home

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This Underground Home in the swiss village of Vals has me wide-eyed. What a stunning piece of architecture. And did you see that long dining table? That’s.what.I.want.one.day!

The house is a collaboration between the Netherlands architects at SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects.

(thank you marcel)

Isamu Noguchi’s Playscapes

My friend Jen had the opportunity to discover and play on the grounds of Isamu Noguchi’s Playscapes over the weekend. Here are some pictures she took. Beautiful, no?

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‘Mannahatta/Manhattan’

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What was Manhattan like 400 years ago, before the first settlers arrived? Designed by Abbott Miller, the new exhibition Mannahatta/Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City at the Museum of the City of New York reconstructs the ecology of the small wooded island originally known as Mannahatta (“island of many hills” as the Lenape Indians called it) before it became one of the most densely built places on earth.

I can *not* wait to see this exhibit, designed by Pentagram.

Be A Malevich

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Be A Malevich is a construction game inspired by the Architectons of Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935). By the way, they are looking for distributors in the US!

(thank you xavier)

Subdivisions

 Ross Racine

New York artist Ross Racine creates aerial views of fictional suburbs, examining the relation between design and actual lived experience. No photographs or scanned images are used in the pieces above. Each was drawn freehand directly on the computer and then printed on an inkjet printer. Impressive.

(via badbanana/via the new shelton wet/dry)

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How incredibly surprising is this stairs/kitchen surface integration?

On Frank Gehry Being Fired

Seen over at Subtraction:

“The recent news that the developer Forest City Ratner had scrapped Frank Gehry’s design for a Nets [basketball] arena in central Brooklyn is not just a blow to the art of architecture. It is a shameful betrayal of the public trust, one that should enrage all those who care about this city… A new design by the firm Ellerbe Becket [is a] colossal, spiritless box, it would fit more comfortably in a cornfield than at one of the busiest intersections of a vibrant metropolis. Its low-budget, no-frills design embodies the crass, bottom-line mentality that puts personal profit above the public good. If it is ever built, it will create a black hole in the heart of a vital neighborhood.”

NYT: Nicolai Ouroussoff on Frank Gehry Being Fired from Atlantic Yards Project

lights on

lights on is an audio visual performance created for the Ars Electronica museum in Linz, Austria, which has a facade that contains 1085 LED controllable windows. The windows’ colors are changed in realtime with music that’s broadcasted on speakers surrounding the building.

visuals coded in openframeworks by zachary lieberman, joel gethin lewis and damian stewart (yesyesno).

Technorama Facade by Ned Khan

In 2002, Ned Kahn worked with the staff of Technorama, the major science center in Switzerland, and their architects, Durig and Rami, to create a facade for the building which is composed of thousands of aluminum panels that move in the air currents and reveal the complex patterns of turbulence in the wind.

(thank you andreas)

Pritzker Prize Goes to Peter Zumthor

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He is not a celebrity architect, not one of the names that show up on shortlists for museums and concert hall projects or known beyond architecture circles. He hasn’t designed many buildings; the one he is best known for is a thermal spa in an Alpine commune. And he has toiled in relative obscurity for the last 30 years in a remote village in the Swiss mountains.

But on Monday the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor is to be named the winner of the 2009 Pritzker Prize, the highest recognition for architects.

Pritzker Prize Goes to Peter Zumthor, by Robin Pogrebin.
Check out the slide show
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Copenhagen Harbour Bath

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Copenhagen’s harbour is in the midst of a transformation from an industrial port and traffic junction to being the cultural and social centre of the city. The superdesigny Harbour Bath has been instrumental in this evolution. The Harbour Bath offers an urban harbour landscape with dry-docks, piers, boat ramps, cliffs, playgrounds and pontoons. As a terraced landscape, the Harbour Bath completes the transition from land to water, making it possible for the citizens of Copenhagen to go for a swim in the middle of the city. Go Denmark!

Harley-Davidson Museum by Pentagram

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Opening this weekend in Milwaukee: Harley-Davidson Museum, designed by Abbott Miller and his team over at Pentragram. Can’t wait to go tour it next time we come visit, BB! While I am not really a Harley lover, I admit I do love motorcycles. I used to own a big one back in Europe…

Architecture in Switzerland

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Contemporary architecture by country TASCHEN’s new architecture series brings a unique perspective to world architecture, highlighting architectural trends by country. Each book features 15 to 20 architects from the firmly established to the up-and-coming with the focus on how they have contributed to very recent architecture in the chosen nation. Architecture in Switzerland, by Philip Jodidio

(thank you Peter)

broadcasting from ICFF

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I am sitting in the PRESS office of the ICFF and am having my first ‘elevated heartbeat’ moment because of LINK a new product designed by PearsonLloyd. Link is a completely modular room divider system. As versatile as it gets! Fabulous!

Off I go to see what this years International Contemporary Furniture Fair has to offer. So excited. I shall be posting throughout the day. Hoooray! Happy monday everyone!

En Suite Parking Included

An article about Annabelle Selldorf, a german architect in NYC, who’s newest structural novelty is currently shaking up the New York architecture world. She is building an elevator alongside a 19-story apartment building that allows residents to park their cars at a lofty height right next to their apartment.

En Suite Parking Included, by Peter Hossli

stairs, what stairs?

Didden

The Didden Village, Rotterdam by MVRDV, architects. Image by Rotterdam based Photographer Rob’t Hart.

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Archisuits

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Archisuit consists of an edition of four leisure jogging suits made for specific architectural structures in Los Angeles. The suits include the negative space of the structures and allow a wearer to fit into, or onto, structures designed to deny them.

(thank you julia!)

the incredible flat pack super colossal cubby house

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the incredible flat pack super colossal cubby house

modern housing / bird feeder replicas

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modern austrian housing / bird feeder replicas

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memory floor plan

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Memory floor plan is a record of all the rooms Leslie Kwok has lived in since birth—a total of 16 rooms. The scale is proportional to memory.

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

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This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom. These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation–from the basics of “How to Draw a Line” to the complexities of color theory–provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy, making concrete what too often is left nebulous or open-ended in the architecture curriculum. …

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by matthew frederick. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one…

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James Howard Kunstler: The tragedy of suburbia

In James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life — the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about. Reengineering our cities will involve more radical change than we are prepared for, he believes, but our hand will be forced by earth crises stemming from our overconsuming lifestyle. “Life in the mid-21st century,” Kunstler says, “is going to be about living locally.” Passionate, profane and funny, this talk will make you think about the place where you live.