Brooks + Scarpa Architects - Santa Monica - Architects Brooks + Scarpa has redefined the role of the architect and results in some of the most remarkable and exploratory design today. We do so by looking, questioning and reworking the very process of design and building. Each project appears as an opportunity to rethink the way things normally get done; to redefine and identify latent potential that exists inmaterials, form, construction and even financing—to, as Lawrence Scarpa says, make the “ordinary extraordinary.” This produces entirely inventive work that is quite difficult to categorize because it is driven by exploration rather than an initial intent. It is environmentally sustainable, but not about ‘sustainable design.’
WAN AWARDS 2013 Residential Shortlist, WAN AWARDS The judging day for the WAN Residential Award 2013 produced very good debate leading to a very satisfying shortlist in terms of range of projects. The panel consisted of: Michel Bertreux, Founder of TETRARC; David Bickle, Partner of Hawkins\Brown; Ted Cullinan, Founder of Cullinan Studio; Kenneth Drucker, Senior Principal & Design Director of HOK; Christoph Ingenhoven, Founder of Ingenhoven Architects; Christina Seilern, Founder of Studio Seilern Architects; and Peter Murray, NLA - London’s Centre for Built Environment. A full gallery of submissions to the WAN AWARDS 2013 Residential Sector can be viewed here and the longlist - handpicked by WAN's Editor in Chief Michael Hammond - can be perused here.
50 Most Strange and Unusual Buildings arround the World The world is full of beautiful strange and fantastic buildings that are the examples of amazing architecture. Architecture Photography brings this beauty to the world, and for this reason, architectural photography is as thrilling as it is heartwarming. In this roundup, we have compiled an amazing collection of some bizarre yet interesting buildings that are reflected through architectural photography.
Sifang art museum The former Sifang Art Museum is located in the city center of Nanjing, occupying the third floor of an office building. Under the direction of renowned art historian and critic Li XiaoShan, over thirty exhibitions were successfully held. Main Exhibitions： 1. Oil painting exhibition of Republic of China Premier Campus Office in Kagithane Winning Proposal / JDS Architects Focusing on the users’ working and living qualities, the winning proposal for the Premier Campus Office in Kagithane addresses its presence in Istanbul as a new form of contextual and urban approach. Designed by JDS Architects, the building is formed by their desire to make it interact with its environment and acts as a catalyst of business life for a new Istanbul that promotes contemporary culture, architecture and lifestyle. More images and architects’ description after the break. Located in the Kagithane Gardens business district, the project opens itself up to the neighborhood and offers spaces to the users and the passers by such as plazas, intimate gardens and generous terraces. The volume of the block is literally carved out to invite the surroundings in. The vibrant commercial life of the ground floor burst out onto the plazas and the landscape.
50 Strange Buildings of the World This is the original list of 50 strange buildings which has been and is being copied (stolen) by many bloggers. If you wish to post it on your blog or website, feel free to use up to 20 buildings from this list and give a proper link to our website ( as the source article. Ok, now enjoy this weird, odd, bizarre and incredible looking arcitechture! Graphical and vivid textures by Maharam (US 'A Band Apart' upholstery fabric by Sarah Morris The New York based textile manufacturer Maharam is a fourth generation family-run business which produces high-quality fabrics for wall coverings, windows and upholstery. The collection includes beautiful graphical designs, such as those of the American artist Sarah Morris and playful and vivid prints by Paul Smith. 'A Band Apart' by Sarah Morris 'A Band Apart' applied 'Slow Exposure' wall textile by Paul Smith
6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond When it comes to cool eco architecture, some people feel like the higher up you build, the better. But don't forget to look down once in a while! There are some astonishing examples of naturally sustainable construction right under your nose - hidden underneath the ground. Come with us as we explore six fascinating examples of buried homes that you may have overlooked the first time around. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Garden Room terrace at Taliesin West. Photo by John Reed, 1948, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York).
‘Pure White Ecoresin™’ by 3form 'Pure White Ecoresin™' by 3form Restoring two adjacent lobbies of the outdated 1980s Adam Place office building in Massachusetts, USA the internationally operating architects of Perkins + Will wanted to achieve a powerful transformation without the cost and time required for a complete overhaul. Focusing on the unattractive exposed elevators, the team at Perkins + Will chose to update the with a, visually dynamic solution for concealing the outdated glass cabs.