Friday, March 30, 2012

Star architect fear for his masterpiece

The remote alpine village of Vals in the eastern Swiss canton of Graub√ľnden rose to fame when star architect Peter Zumthor built new thermal baths there in 1996. The spa is well known for its quarzite slab construction. Now the surrounding hotel complex is in need of renovation. An investor has offered to buy the whole site, but Zumthor fears for the future of his masterpiece.

David Adyaye

British architect David Adjaye, OBE was awarded Design Miami 2012 Designer of the Year, interviews him at the Wolfsonian museum in Miami to discuss the award and why he always draws inspiration from his heritage.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On the Boards : Pedestrian Bridge Competition

Spanish architects Nicolas Montesano, Victor Vila, Boris Hoppek were recently awarded announced the winners for their proposal for the Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge competition. The proposal a central enclosed space or water plaza is defined by its circular shape partially submerged underwater to allow boats can cross through whilst pedestrians and cyclists can pass along its perimeter.

images courtesy of the architects

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

House of the Week 135: Cliff House

Photography by Tim Bies

The residence on a cliffside lot in Gig Harbour, Washington was designed by Architect Scott Allen while a still named principal at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen. The programme of the house is inverted as one descends stairs to the water interspersed by a series of decks, terraces, and bridges that create spaces for living and entertaining. The palette of materials were selected for their abilities to withstand this marine environment, including copper, concrete and cedar.

Monday, March 26, 2012

blog wunderlust : 26th March 2012

We all see more of architecture than any other art. Every street is a gallery of architect's work
CE Montague

The Roots of Sprawl: Why We Don't Live Where We Work | The Influence of Bauhaus on Architecture in Early Palestine and Israel | Michael Kimmelman Will Not Play Your Architecture Games | iPad App to Replace Printed Blueprints? | Saving Rudolph, Once Again and the Two-Year Renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat is Complete | New Getty initiative aims to boost preservation of modern architecture | Calatrava's Peace Bridge to open tomorrow today in Calgary | BIG is working on a new residential tower in Miami

last word: This is the most colorful and fun police station in the world

Friday, March 23, 2012

SmartSpace 1.0

To create a smarter space, Kennedy constructed a 160-square-foot test home (the smallest legal-sized apartment for California) inside a Berkeley warehouse. SmartSpace 1.0 is filled with innovations like the SmartBench, an adjustable banquette that converts from a dining table to a guest bed.

Studio Banana Tv::: Ma Yansong

Beijing-based architect Ma Yansong (MAD architects) is interviewed by Studio Banana TV as he elaborates on a new generation of architects

Great Spaces - Season 1 Ep.5: LOT- EK x Van Alen Books

Van Alen Books is a new architecture and design bookstore and public reading room located in NY designed by architects LOT-EK.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Club Paradise Tour Spring 2012 USA

May 7 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord **
May 8 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
May 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
May 11 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 13 – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
May 14 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
May 16 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
May 17 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
May 19 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
May 20 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
May 22 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
May 23 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
May 25 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
May 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
May 28 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
May 30 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 1 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
June 2 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
June 5 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
June 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 8 – Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
June 11 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
June 12 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
June 14 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 16 – New York, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 17 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center

** Minus J. Cole on the first date.

Tickets on sale tomorrow.

On the Boards : Embassy Housing, Haiti

Sorg Architects has designed new, sustainable, staff housing for the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The project consists of 107 new townhouse units, a new Mission residence, and support facilities, including a recreation and sports centre. Completion is scheduled for January 2014

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Little Favour

Landscape ::: Sensational Park

The aim of the Sensational Park in Frosinone, Italy was to harmonize the relationship between nature and urbanism. The design based around the 5 senses invites users to define their own path discovering different spaces along the journey. Designed by Nabito Architects & Partners the park was completed in October 2009 and is comprised of a series of truncated cones submerged amongst the landscape.

images courtesy of the architects