Peter Salter creates labyrinthine London townhouses. Doorways disguised as mirrors, secret corners, moving walls and yurt-shaped rooms feature in these four elaborate London townhouses that architect Peter Salter has been crafting for the last 13 years. Arranged around a courtyard in London's Notting Hill, the four Walmer Yard properties all feel like part of the same family – with similar finishes and furnishings – but each one also has its own unique details and layout.
Their unusual features also include bulbous black cupboards, underfloor storage, black steel staircases and fold-down furniture. Peter Salter first starting designing the houses back in 2003. It has taken 13 years to complete them, including seven years of building work. A student of brutalist architects Alison and Peter Smithson, Salter built his reputation on intricate drawings, before becoming a tutor at architectural schools including the Architectural Association and Cardiff University.
The houses are each built from cast in-situ concrete. Project credits: 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards Announced. 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards Announced The New Zealand Institute of Architects Incorporated has announced the winners of the 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards, which recognizes the best works by New Zealand’s architects. Out of the 28 winners selected from 50 shortlisted buildings, four projects have received special acknowledgment and have been named outstanding New Zealand Architects.
The winners of the 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards are: John Scott Award for Public Architecture LightPath; Canada Street Bridge, Auckland / Monk MacKenzie together with GHD, Landlab and Novare Design Sir Miles Warren Award for Commercial Architecture Annandale Farm; Banks Peninsula / Patterson Associates Ted McCoy Award for Education Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungununu o Te Wairoa / by RTA Studio Sir Ian Athfield Award for Housing Zavos Corner; Wellington / Parsonson Architects Commercial Architecture Aro Hā Retreat; Glenorchy / Tennent Brown Architects Education Enduring Architecture Heritage.
Shigeru Ban completes Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch. News: the Cardboard Cathedral designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban opens to the public today in Christchurch, New Zealand. The building was designed by Shigeru Ban as a temporary replacement for the city's former Anglican cathedral, which was destroyed by the earthquake that struck the city in February 2011. With an expected lifespan of around 50 years, it will serve the community until a more permanent cathedral can be constructed. The building features a triangular profile constructed from 98 equally sized cardboard tubes. These surround a coloured glass window made from tessellating triangles, decorated with images from the original cathedral's rose window. The main hall has the capacity to accommodate up to 700 people for events and concerts, plus eight steel shipping containers house chapels and storage areas below.
The cathedral had initially been scheduled to open in February, but was subject to a series of construction delays. Struere builds Hollywood home to help revive mid-century modernism. This house in the Hollywood Hills, by Los Angeles firm Struere, promises to "renew the modern living promise" by extending the indoor spaces to the exterior. The single-bedroom residence was built on the same site as an existing house by modernist architect Milton Caughey. Its two volumes are connected by a central void in which a tree grows through a rectangular opening in the roof. "The house is a composition of horizontal volumes and a void interpreted as a garden anchored by a tree," said Struere principal Hraztan Zeitlian. "The whole is brought together by the roof canopy. " The architect sought to reference Los Angeles' strong modernist tradition by designing a building that would merge interior and exterior spaces.
"The house opens the interiors to the outdoors and the views," he said. "It's an open house, that engages with its garden and exterior spaces in an attempt to bring us together again with our natural surroundings. " Photography is by Jeff Ong, PostRAIN Productions. Sliding walls move to create various layouts inside Garden House. Timber and glass walls slide along runners to reveal or enclose this gabled garden shed in Eindhoven, designed and built by Caspar Schols as a hobby space for his mother. Schols designed the pavilion with no formal architecture training after his mother asked for a pavilion that could be used for dinner parties with friends, theatre performances by her grandchildren, painting and meditating.
The Garden House sits on the edge of a pond in Schols' parents' garden. It is made almost entirely of douglas fir wood and at first glance looks like a typical garden shed. But Schols separated the inner beam-and-glass structure from the outer wooden walls and metal roof and set them on runners. The walls part in the middle and can be wheeled inwards and outwards to create different layouts. "I was looking for a design with a lot of flexibility, if possible a design that has the flexibility of clothes," said Schols. Subscribe to Dezeen's YouTube channel for the latest architecture and design movies. Opinion: the housing crisis isn't a crisis, it's a design project. Opinion: the UK's housing crisis is no accident, but has been carefully orchestrated to become a catch-all excuse for self-serving projects, argues Phineas Harper in his first Opinion column for Dezeen. The housing crisis isn't a crisis. Calling it one inhibits effective action and plays into the hands of its creators.
To respond strategically to the crippling British homes shortage we must abolish the term "housing crisis" entirely and call it what it is – a design project. From "economic crisis" to "refugee crisis", the narrative of perpetual catastrophe is being deployed to divert attention from root causes, allowing flawed retrogressive proposals to be pushed upon a panicked public. "Crisis" suggests a natural disaster, something beyond human control that serves nobody's interests. This is not to say that the situation isn't destructive.
The situation displaces the poor and impoverishes the well-off. Private-sector property developers were happy too. First photos of Amanda Levete's MAAT museum in Lisbon. Photos have been released of the undulating, tile-covered Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology by Amanda Levete's firm AL_A, ahead of its opening in Lisbon next week (+ slideshow). The MAAT is set to open 5 October 2016 – coinciding with the start of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The building is the first phase of a new contemporary art gallery designed by Levete and her London-based firm AL_A, which first unveiled plans for the project in 2011.
Located on the bank of the River Tagus in Lisbon's Belém district, the arching structure is designed as a continuation of the promenade. Its gently humped form is covered in 15,000 glazed tiles and is designed to allow visitors to walk over the roof. "Our design draws on the context of the site, creating both physical and conceptual connections to the waterfront and back to the heart of the city," said Amanda Levete. “The waterfront is so essential to the project that the design literally reflects it," she added. Project credits: A House for the Future Inspired by Alice in Wonderland. If you could design the ideal house of the future, what would it look like? Given the opportunity to answer this question, interior and product designer Louise Campbell turned to an unlikely source – Alice in Wonderland. To learn how the fairytale influenced the design, check out the following article, originally published as Through the Looking Glass on Metropolis Magazine.
Every year, the imm Cologne furniture fair hosts Das Haus, a life-size model of an ideal future house. In the past, architects and product designers—such as Zaha Hadid and Naoto Fukasawa in 2007— have teamed up to design their dream house, without pesky constraints like clients or budget. This year, Louise Campbell wore both hats. For 0–100 (Made to measure), Campbell dispensed with functional features like stairs or interior walls and instead “concentrated on what’s really important in a house,” adding, “I want it to be a place where the inhabitants genuinely feel at home.” AD Classics: Mill Owners' Association Building / Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier was commissioned by the president of the Mill Owners’ Association to design the organization’s headquarters in Ahmedabad, a city historically active in India’s textile trade.
The building is a physical manifesto representing Le Corbusier’s proposal for a modern Indian architecture. Constructed in 1954, the Mill Owners’ Association Building is considered the first of four completed commissions in Ahmedabad. As Le Corbusier began working predominately in warmer environments, he developed a set of architectural devices in response to climatic and cultural contexts. He took cues from India’s vernacular architecture, emulating the deep reveals, overhanging ledges, shade screens, and grand, pillared halls.  He introduced brises-soleil, designed to prevent sun from penetrating the facade, and employed these in combination with thickened facades and unfinished concrete in many of his later projects.
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The costs of constantly reconfiguring its stage, however, became a financial burden and eventually DTC permanently fixed its stage into a “thrust-cenium.” Imagining a replacement for DTC’s old house raised several distinct challenges. ELEMENTAL Releases Plans of 4 Housing Projects for Open-Source Use. ELEMENTAL Releases Plans of 4 Housing Projects for Open-Source Use The 2016 Pritzker laureate Alejandro Aravena has announced that his firm, ELEMENTAL, has chosen to release four of their social housing designs to the public for open source use. Speaking in a panel discussion held by the Pritzker Prize earlier tonight titled Challenges Ahead for the Built Environment, Aravena stressed the need to work together to tackle the challenge of rapid migration that is taking place all around the globe, a message closely tied to the theme of the upcoming Venice Biennale which Aravena is directing.
In this spirit, DWGs of these four designs - which offer the basic elements of a house at a low budget and encourage the residents to expand into an adjacent space as they find the money to do so - will be available for architects worldwide to learn from. To download the DWGs, visit ELEMENTAL's website here and click on "Download 4 Projects' Files Here. " Above: Site plan of the Monterrey housing. Living History: Edoardo Tresoldi Reconstructs a Ghostly Basilica Entirely From Wire Mesh. With Easter having passed quite recently, the idea of resurrection is perhaps on many people’s minds. Nowhere is this more true than Puglia, Italy, where one can now visit a “resurrected” early Christian basilica made of wire mesh that serves as an ethereal reminder of the area’s rich architectural history.
Add To Collection Save this image to a collection The creator of this apparitional structure is the Italian sculptor Edoardo Tresoldi, who has previously found fame with his monumental, figurative sculptures, constructed using the same material. He has now brought his ghostly aesthetic to a project that is as educational as it is artistic. “The work of Edoardo Tresoldi appears as a majestic architectural sculpture able to tell the volumes of existing early Christian Church and at the same time able to vivify, updating it, the relationship between the ancient and the contemporary,” explains curator Simone Pallotta. All images courtesy of Blind Eye Factory. 10 Takeaways from Frank Lloyd Wright's Utopian Community. One of America’s most successful, if little-known, planned communities was designed by America’s best-known architect. The project anticipated the need for sustainable development, for a community in tune with its landscape and with nature, whose individually crafted houses all carry vast aesthetic interest while remaining affordable for young middle-class families.
Frank Lloyd Wright planned and partly designed Usonia, New York, and it was developed with inspiration from his Broadacre City and Usonia I models. Now fully surrounded by subdivisions in northern New York's Westchester County, the project started as a utopian effort by approximately 50 New York City families to live collectively in the countryside. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection Usonia plan, 1947. Reisley House, Image via Flickr Ronald Reisley, image via Flickr 1. Lerner House. 2. Resnick House bedroom. 3. 4. Friedman House. 5. David Henken at Usonia building site. 6. Reisley House plan and exterior. 7. 8. 9. ARCHITONIC TOP 200 DESIGNERS 2015 | Architonic. Hans Hollein: a life in projects. Dezeen remembers Pritzker Prize laureate Hans Hollein, who passed away last week at the age of 80, with some of the best projects from his career spanning almost five decades (+ slideshow). Viennese architect Hollein, who died just weeks after his 80th birthday, was one of the leading exponents of Postmodern design in Europe.
His work is often featured in the teaching syllabus at leading architecture schools and earned him the Pritzker Prize, architecture's equivalent to the Nobel, in 1985. "Hans Hollein has been a friend and inspiration," said London architect Zaha Hadid, who paid tribute to Hollein on his birthday. "I first became familiar with his work as a 4th year student in 1976 when I visited Vienna. I admired his conceptual originality as well as his exquisite drawings and designs. His idea of the crack impressed me and led me to the ideas of fragmentation, explosion etc. Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1935, Hollein graduated from the city's School of Fine Art in 1956. AIR-B-N-P-home-Position-Collective-1. Audrey | FREE FONT on Behance.
Time In Between - Fairy Tale Of Russia on Behance. About The whole world is frozen in a condition of waiting. The people on these photos seem to be totally absorbed in a deep, paralyzing, enchanted slum… Read More The whole world is frozen in a condition of waiting. The people on these photos seem to be totally absorbed in a deep, paralyzing, enchanted slumber. And we have the uncanny sneaking feeling that this time there is no prince on his way to kiss them awake again.
“This moment of life here could go on for ever” remarks Frank Herfort, who photographed his project “Time In Between” in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other places in Russia. New Bauhaus Museum on Behance. Monsieur Nowhere adventure on Behance. Gonzalez Hinz Zabala will build the Bauhaus Museum Dessau : Home : Bauhaus Museum Dessau. The New Bauhaus Museum on Behance.
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