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The Best Architectural Websites

The Top Architectural Websites in the World That sounds pretty important doesn’t it? At the very least it sounds comprehensive … it suggests an extensive and exhaustive collection of the best architecturally themed websites in the world. I’m not sure if that is this list but it is my go-to list of websites. Compiling a list of the top architectural websites is far more difficult than it sounds, particularly if there isn’t any particular manner of evaluation employed other than these are the sites that I go to the most often. I don’t have a blog roll on my site, something that I struggle with continually for excluding. So let’s get to it – in no particular order, Life of an Architect’s Favorite Websites: John Hill’s A Daily Dose of Architecture was the first architectural bog that I started reading. I discovered the BUILD website a few months after starting my own. What is there to say about the ArchDaily website? Architechnophilia is an aggregate site and a really good one at that. Related:  News discover

Innovative Detail: The Superdesk at the Barbarian Group Office | Architect Magazine | Office Projects, Furniture, Fabrication, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA, New York While the open-office concept of the Barbarian Group’s new headquarters in New York City is not unusual, the undulating “superdesk” that fills the space is unexpected. Designed by Los Angeles-based Clive Wilkinson Architects (CWA), which also designed the rest of the new office space, this wow-inducing piece serves as a shared worktop for the interactive marketing firm’s entire staff and a physical representation of the firm’s collaborative approach to its work. The 4,400-square-foot desk weaves through the 20,000-square-foot office, and while the path seems whimsical, each curve and arch was deliberately designed. The desk measures 1,100 feet long and 11-1/2 feet across at its widest point. While the unobstructed nature of the desktop encourages discourse, built-in upholstered seating located within the grottoes beneath the arches is ideal for quieter contemplation and more private discussions.

A Daily Dose of Architecture Innovative Detail: MoDus Architects Designs a Headquarters That Goes Beyond the Box | Architect Magazine | Wood, Fabrication, Walls, Engineered Wood, Engineering, Lumber, Structure, Simon Neulichedl, Sandy Attia, BauCon, Finnforest, Metsä Wood, Autodesk, If ever a client exists that would want to flaunt the versatility of wood, it is Damiani-Holz & Ko (DH&K), a timber construction company in the light-industrial district of Bressanone, Italy. DH&K wanted a building that “represented what they do in an innovative way and that just stood out and said, ‘Wood,’ ” says Sandy Attia, founding partner of local firm MoDus Architects. Housing a customer service area, office space, and a multipurpose room, the four-story, 12,885-square-foot building features wood framing, floors, ceilings, and stairs. The fins also form a brise-soleil over most of the building’s windows. The exterior skin has two layers, both made from Kerto, a laminated veneer lumber (LVL) product from Finland-based Metsä Wood (formerly Finnforest). Each exterior wall surface has 53 fins, spaced 300 millimeters (11.8 inches) on center, while 212 fins cover the roof. The headquarters has elevated DH&K’s marketing efforts.

ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwide The 20 Best Architecture Tumblrs With its emphasis on all things visual, Tumblr has emerged as one of the most engaging platforms for observing architecture, ranging from the historic to the surreal. The upload-based social network is a haven for image-hoarders everywhere, with each Tumblr carefully curated to indulge a very specific craving, be it endangered Brutalism or decadent interior design. For architectural history fetishists, Tumblr has proven an unending boon. It hosts thousands of images with historical documentation, and takes the role that a library or archive might have 50 years ago. That's also one of its drawbacks. Still, this quality does give Tumblr so much of its cultural potential. While it is possible to simply search #architecture and find great collections and pictures, we have compiled a list of our favorite Tumblrs for your browsing enjoyment. Cloudz Watching Andreas Angelidakis Archive of Affinities Subtilitas Architecture Pastebook Pink Frequency Fabricio Mora A Bit Late (Alexandra Lange) Van Life

Newspaper Wood: Turn Pages into Recycled Home Products Mieke Meijer has already shown that logs are not necessarily cut-and-dried wood, literally or otherwise, but in this next chapter his new material idea takes shape in the form of actual furniture, lamps, jewelry and other physical (and useful) objects. It began as a student design project – stacks of newspapers meticulously and individually glued together, rolled into a tight ‘log’ and left to dry, deform and harden just like living trees would do. After they ‘cure’ these building blocks can be cut, carved, routed, mortised and so forth as one would with normal wood. Years later, in collaboration with the Dutch design ground Vij5, Mieke began to roll out real products based on these reconstituted pieces of ‘timber’ … the result: a series of practical and experimental items that make structural and/or aesthetic use of recycled newspapers in new ways. Each slice or spin reveals different cross-sections of print with its own visual (as well as structural) properties.

The Wooden Waves at BuroHappold Engineering - Mamou-ManiMamou-Mani The Wooden Waves is an architectural installation suspended in the 17 and 71 Newman Street entrance spaces of BuroHappold Engineering’s London offices to provide a visual link between the two. This functional art piece celebrates global engineering practice BuroHappold’s multiple innovations in the field of complex gridshell and other timber structures and was designed in collaboration with Mamou-Mani Architects and BuroHappold. The structure was made at the architect’s fabrication laboratory in London, The FabPub and represents the rise of a new kind of architecture in which the designer is also the“maker”. The modules diffuse light through the opening of the cuts when bent and also absorb sound and stabilise temperature through acoustic and phase-changing layers integrated into the design. More than a hundred prototypes were tested to inform the digital model and master the curvature of the final piece which forms a seamless, soft and continuous stream. Project Sheet as PDF Process:

Heat-Activated Paint for Color-Changing Interior Designs What if you could change the look of your home without having to do a thing? This heat-reactive paint has a number of amazing applications (more pictured below), but one of the most impressive is the color-changing wallpaper shown step-by-step here. As the temperature rises within a room the flowers on the branches slowly bloom, breathing additional life and color into a given space. As night falls and cooler temperatures prevail, the colorful flower print slowly fades back to a mellow green. Not limited to just wallpaper, of course, this same strategy by Shi Yuan can be applied to posters or other decorative objects – and can encourage people to touch and otherwise interact with normally stationary and passive designs. Likewise, as a reminder of each passing day, the cooling of night can erase the current date on your wall-mounted calander and show the passing of time into the next.

Prishtina Central Mosque Entry by Taller 301 and L+CC In our previous post, we published the three finalists of the international architecture competition to design the Central Mosque of Prishtina, Kosovo—which ended without a clear first prize winner. Following outstanding mosque design entry was submitted to us as a collaboration between Colombian firm Taller 301 and Dutch practice Land+Civilization Compositions (L+CC). The entry did not make it among the competition finalists, but we are very happy to publish it here. Click above image to view slideshowStreet view of the Prishtina Central Mosque entry by Taller 301 and L+CC (Image: Taller 301 and L+CC) Project Description from the Architects: Introduction “Islamic architecture is the movement in tranquility and unity.” Kosovo is a country rich in tradition and has had to confront tough issues in recent years. Our main idea is to re-interpret the elements that constitute the Mosque, without pushing the limits of the already established principles of Islamic Architecture. A community base