archdaily Architects: Edouard François Location: Paris, France Project Area: 7,700 sqm Project Year: 2009Photographs: Courtesy of Edouard François Eden Bio was a study of the densification of a typical suburban block on the east side of Paris. Three ideas guided the project. 51n4e 51N4E and Peter Swinnen announced today that Peter Swinnen will be leaving the firm as a partner in order to fully focus on the completion of his State Architect Atelier, the development of a PhD trajectory as well as the establishment of his own architectural platform CRIT . As a founding partner Peter Swinnen has contributed in a profound manner to the work and legacy of 51N4E, which in 15 years’ time has established itself as an office voluntarily linking the impact of design intelligence and governance intelligence. Johan Anrys and Freek Persyn will continue to head 51N4E as leading senior partners.
Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel: So Authentic It Hurts I’m happy to report that the press release for the Wythe Hotel, a precious new hotel in an old textile factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, drops the adjective “authentic” only once. This shows incredible self-restraint on the part of the PR agency (a profession not exactly known for self-restraint): Authenticity is to Brooklyn what sun is to San Diego. It’s practically the civic religion thereabouts. That’s not to suggest that the Wythe is coy about its "authenticity," even if the press release doesn’t beat you over the head with it. Built in 1901, the factory has been converted into a 72-room hotel and restored to a T, its industrial character “beautifully preserved,” with every last pine beam and arched window and cast-iron column shellacked and fetishized.
New Page 1 Practice as Fiction wireframe << / >> snake Asphalt Spot Tokamashi, Japan Architect: R&Sie(n)… Paris Creative team: François Roche, Stéphanie Lavaux, Jean Navarro, Pascal Bertholio Junos House Juno’s House, Row house in Barcelona Our clients purchased a row house with the intention of doing a modest refurbishment: to renovate the kitchen, opening it to the living room, adding a new bathroom and give the whole a fresher look. When the works began, however, we detected that the quality of construction was extremely poor and that each level was a patchwork of humble materials. The floor slab of the main level almost collapsed on top of us- we then had to come to a halt and analyse the situation. A simple refurbishment had converted into a comprehensive intervention that affected the structure and envelope of the house.
antoine predock architects: canadian museum for human rights, winnipeg apr 15, 2013 antoine predock architects: canadian museum for human rights, winnipeg ‘canadian museum for human rights’ by antoine predock architects, winnipeg, canadaimage © josel catindoy STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS - INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY Richmond, VA, United States, July 2011-2016 PROGRAM: gallery spaces, lobby, 247-seat performance space, cafe, administrative offices, classroom, sculpture terrace, art storage spaces. BUILDING AREA (SQUARE): 32000 sf STATUS: construction phase Sited at the edge of the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in Richmond, Virginia, the new Institute for Contemporary Art will link the University with the surrounding community.
Beach and Howe St. by BIG Danish architects BIG have unveiled proposals for a 150-metre-high skyscraper in downtown Vancouver. The architects are working alongside a team that includes developer Westbank, consultants Dialog, Cobalt, PFS, Buro Happold and Glotman Simpson, as well as local architect James Cheng. The 49-storey residential building will have a twisted form that is set back from the adjacent motorway flyover to prevent any windows or balconies from overlooking it. Nine floors at the base of the tower will accomodate offices, shops and restaurants, which will spill out onto a series of public plazas that stretch underneath the elevated highway.