HOUSE OF EARTH AND SKY by Aidlin Darling Design - poetic spatial relationships, material richness, and exacting detail.
This sustainable home celebrates the intersection of earth and sky. One enters below grade and ascends vertically through the ground to arrive in a series of glass pavilions, anchored by rammed earth walls and sheltered under kite-like floating roofs. Wood floors, ceilings, and cabinetry provide a sensual layer within the rough walls and surrounding gardens.
Ecological responsibility guided the design of this LEED-Platinum, Net Zero Energy home. Earth walls utilize on-site material resources and provide thermal mass. Lightweight roof planes orient photovoltaics toward the sun, guide rainwater to cisterns, and provide shade through calibrated overhangs. High-efficiency envelope and mechanical systems and greywater recycling further support the ecologically sensitive design.
Aidlin Darling Design bridges the demands of artistic endeavor, environmental responsibility, functional pragmatics, and financial considerations. As a multidisciplinary firm, we believe that innovations discovered through the process of design and construction can be applied to projects of any scale, use, or purpose.
Partners Joshua Aidlin and David Darling have cultivated a team that strives to deliver the highest level of project management, service, and design. Our approach is client and site specific, and questions conventional assumptions. A collaborative process with clients, consultants, fabricators, and builders allows an open and impassioned exploration and enables a clear understanding of appropriate solutions. In each project, we seek to uncover an inherent spirit of place and interpret constraints as catalysts for performative design. The individual character of each project emerges through poetic spatial relationships, material richness, and exacting detail.
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SEASIDE ABODE BY NORM architects - minimalism acquires softness and visual matter assumes haptic qualities.
Scandic-Bohemian feels and barefoot luxury is found in this renovated and modernised coastal home in a quiet and secluded corner of Denmark, where Japanese zen aesthetics and danish cottage style charm come together, boasting subtle, nordic luxury and eclectic design elements.
Norm Architects was founded in 2008. We work in the fields of industrial design, residential architecture, commercial interiors, photography and art direction.
Much like human well-being, the essence of Norm Architects’ work is found in balance—between richness and restraint, between order and complexity. Each project—whether architecture, interiors, design or creative direction—is imbued with the same intrinsic quality: a simplicity that carries bigger ideas. Guided by the body and mind rather than by trends or technology, our projects explore ideas that not only look good but that also feel good: Architecture becomes thoughtful, minimalism acquires softness and visual matter assumes haptic qualities. Our work is sharp and crisp and exudes, tacitly, our focus on quality, details and durability.
Situated in one of the oldest streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, we respect our context and build on the traditions of Scandinavian design—of timeless aesthetics, natural materials and upholding Modernist principles of restraint and refinement. Through exploring what it is that heightens the human senses regardless of personal preference, our projects strip spaces, objects, ideas and images back to their simplest form. Our expertise lies in finding the balance—when there’s nothing more to either add or take away.
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We see design as a balance of analysis, innovation and habitation – where ideas emerge almost as an inevitable consequence of a full understanding of context, site and brief.
Our vision is to create beautiful architecture where the site and building merge so that you can no longer imagine one without the other.
Design Engine is an award-winning partnership founded by Richard Jobson, Richard Rose-Casemore and Rodney Graham. Established in 2000, our Winchester-based studio has been sculpting award-winning, dynamic architecture in the education, business, public and private sectors, with projects in local, national and international arenas.
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Mono Apartments by Note Design - Our aim is to create rooms that signal a certain emotion as you enter.
Mono by and for Glommen & Lindberg is a housing concept situated at the centre of the designer-dense south-central Stockholm district of Södermalm. Mono stands out, in Sweden as a whole and in Södermalm, not only in terms of design and atmosphere, but also in the way it was conceived.
Mono is situated in a part of Södermalm that is still relatively unknown, but that is now becoming populated with young designers, entrepreneurs and architects. It is also an integral part of a lively cityscape that offers a great many functions and content such as offices, services and housing. The type of cityscape that urban planners and architects are striving to create in other parts of town is very much in existence here right now.
Mono has a more continental than a Scandinavian feel to it. Site-specific solutions and a distinct style are more important than passing trends and Swedish standard solutions. All features and solutions are tailor-made – the choice of wood as well as everything down to each individual door handle has been selected to suit its purpose.
We are highly conscious of the fact that unique solutions and well-integrated interiors are sustainable in the long term. It is a conviction that informs the firm’s interior and design solutions. Each room features unique solutions with references to design classics.
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Through January 1, 2019
The Museum of Modern Art
Without a model, you are nowhere. A nation that can’t make models is a nation that doesn’t understand things, a nation that doesn’t live,” said visionary artist Bodys Isek Kingelez (1948–2015). Based in then-Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), following its independence from Belgium, Kingelez made sculptures of imagined buildings and cities that reflected dreams for his country, his continent, and the world.
Kingelez’s “extreme maquettes” offer fantastic, utopian models for a more harmonious society of the future. An optimistic alternative to his own experience of urban life in his home city of Kinshasa, which grew exponentially and organically with urban planning and infrastructure often unable to keep step, his work explores urgent questions around urban growth, economic inequity, how communities and societies function, and the rehabilitative power of architecture—issues that resonate profoundly today.
Kingelez’s vibrant, ambitious sculptures are created from an incredible range of everyday materials and found objects—colored paper, commercial packaging, plastic, soda cans, and bottle caps—all meticulously repurposed and arranged. While he didn’t travel outside of Zaire until 1989, he was highly attuned to world events and deeply concerned with social issues. The Scientific Center of Hospitalisation the SIDA (1991), for example, references the AIDS crisis; Palais d’Hirochima (1991) addresses the condition of postwar Japan; and U.N. (1995) attests to the organization’s global peacekeeping efforts and the artist’s own sense of civic responsibility. In the complex multi-building cityscape Kimbembele Ihunga (1994), the artist reimagines his agricultural home village complete with a soccer stadium, banks, restaurants, and skyscrapers. In Ville Fantôme (1996), which will be accompanied by a Virtual Reality experience for visitors, the artist has imagined a peaceful city in which doctors and police are not needed.
The first US retrospective of Kingelez’s work, the exhibition spans his full career, from early single-building sculptures, to spectacular sprawling cities, to futuristic late works, which incorporate increasingly unorthodox materials. These rarely shown works are a call for us all to imagine, in the artist’s words, a “better, more peaceful world.”
Visit the Website: moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/3889
Across Chinese Cities – The Community
(The Objects Spaces and Rituals of the Collective)
The third chapter of the Across Chinese Cities program explores approaches to planning linked to the development of ‘communities’ as mechanisms that create new systems of social, economic and spatial belonging. Promoted by Beijing Design Week and curated by Beatrice Leanza (The Global School) and Michele Brunello (DONTSTOP Architettura), the exhibition presents a selection of case studies from urban as well as rural Chinese contexts based on integrated planning, and therefore on reconciliation, on policy based and community based approaches to organisation with the aims of inclusivity, empowerment and collective creativity. As part of the project, the ‘Guest City Suzhou’ chapter presents research carried out by a team of design practitioners which centres around the Pingjiang Road Regeneration Plan which collectively explores the city’s unique context of preserved traditions as a blueprint for future implementation.
Venue: Università IUAV di Venezia, Ca' Tron, Santa Croce, 1957
Promoter: Beijing Design Week
www.bjdw.org | www.acrosschinesecities.org
Borghi of Italy – NO(F)EARTHQUAKE
The new exhibition project Borghi of Italy – NO(F)EARTHQUAKE is dedicated to seismic preparedness, to securing the artistic and architectural heritage of our country as well as the revitalization of the architecturally symbolic places: Italian villages. The Freespace concept being launched by the 2018 Architecture Biennale curators is one linked to the idea of a ‘free and safe’ space, in which those who use or live in spaces – especially residents – can feel ‘free’: free from the fear of earthquakes and free to return and live in the most characteristic of Italian places which in this historic moment are at risk of being completely abandoned in favour of the new urban centres – new civitas – typically built far from their places of origin and realized in forms that are completely detached from their historic contexts. Borghi of Italy also presents the European Council of Art’s “BorgoAlive!” project, which is aimed at the sustainable revitalisation of a village and its surroundings, in which the preservation and restoration of a symbolic village building becomes the means for the reuse and regeneration of a historical centre that has been damaged and/or abandoned. This in turn becomes an opportunity to enhance the artistic and cultural resources of smaller urban centres and their hinterlands as well as an opportunity to kick start economic and social growth, the development of local tourism and the repopulating of Italian villages.
Venue: InParadiso Gallery, Giardini della Biennale, Castello, 1260
Promoter: Concilio Europeo dell'Arte
Greenhouse Garden - Reflect, Project, Connect
Greenhouse Garden: Reflect, Project, Connect is an event consisting of an exhibition, a temporary wooden pavilion, by In Praise of Shadows architects, and a series of seminars and workshops on architecture, the built environment and the global goals of Agenda 2030, as well as how architecture and wood can be part of it. Plots, Prints and Projections is the title of the exhibition at Serra dei Giardini. It will house a series of large scale spatial installations that are the result of an investigation of the contemporary and challenged role of architectural representations and their translations to built form, in the meeting with the dynamic material wood and the manufacturing industry. This will entail architectural explorations of the transitions from architectural drawings, measuring’s, notations and virtual instructions for production to their material manifestation using wood as a primary material, and vice versa. Embedded in history of architectural practice, different digital and analogue modes of architectural representation continue to be techniques for understanding and investigating the discipline of architecture.
Venue: Serra dei Giardini, Castello,1254 (Via Giuseppe Garibaldi)
Promoter: Swedish Institute
Living with the Sky, Water and Mountain: Making Places in Yilan
The exhibitor Architect Sheng-Yuan Huang stated that “seeking freedom” served his fundamental philosophy of architecture and was shared with his colleagues at Yilan as the core value standing behind every creation. To them, “freedom” is not an abstract concept, and their “freedom” has allowed them to contribute their efforts to their society within 15-minutes driving distance in their real life. The exhibition will be presented with the following themes: condensing social memories- interventions via time; setting a datum- canopy as the new reference line; returning to the land- continuum in suspension of time. These three themes were focusing on the making of public spaces, including the unban scale Canopy, Vascular Bundle Scheme and Cherry Orchard Cemetery. The result of these works was based on the learning from local residences and natural environments with a certain period of time for carefully shaping everyone’s everyday life.
Venue: Palazzo delle Prigioni, Castello, 4209 (San Marco)
Promoter: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA)
Primal Sonic Visions
Primal Sonic Visions aims to awaken a sense of wonder at the new sounds and forms of energy amongst the public by the primal power and beauty of wind, solar, hydro and thermal energy sources. Renowned international sound artist Bill Fontana, through high-resolution media artwork, explores many of the important types of renewable energy systems from a variety of geographic locations which celebrate the visually and sonically compelling aspects of these systems where the Earth is both client and architect. As people enter the space, they are met with a stirring experience that at first instills a sense of wonder, and later transforms into a deep reflection of the potential and power of these energy sources being used to secure a brighter future for our planet. This work comes at a particularly crucial point in time as the negative effects of climate change are becoming increasingly evident. This work is a collaboration between the artist and IRENA in a unique aural and visual attempt to focus the public’s insight, and awaken a global emotional reaction to the environment. The exhibition will also include a media artwork with the new flood barrier system for Venice, MOSE.
Venue: Ca’ Foscari Esposizioni, Fondazione Università Ca’ Foscari, Dorsoduro, 3246
Promoter: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
www.irena.org | http://resoundings.org
RCR. Dream and Nature_Catalonia in Venice
The RCR studio was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2017. In the light of this international recognition, we present an exhibition that introduces Rafael, Carme and Ramon's most intimate universe. The Biennale Architettura acts as a catalyst for all professionals that attend it to pursue inspiration, dreams, and intuitions. For this reason, it's so fascinating (and such an exercise in generosity) that extremely sensitive minds like those of Rafael, Carme and Ramon share their dreams and most enlightened aspirations. In Venice, for the first time ever, we are presenting the dreams of RCR. An utopia under construction.
Venue: Cantieri Navali, Castello, 40 (Calle Quintavalle)
Promoter: Institut Ramon Llull
www.llull.cat | www.llull.cat/monografics/rcrdreamandnature/
Salon Suisse: En marge de l'architecture
In the long history of architecture, such moments have always proved most fruitful when the discourse opened up to external insights, to ideas and inventions from other scientific and artistic disciplines. Today, in light of the rapid and fundamental changes in society, economy and politics, it is time to set sail again. If architecture is an island within the archipelago of the artistic and scientific disciplines, then the Salon Suisse 2018 is a ship that has left the harbour. From foreign shores, we will look back at architecture and explore its cultural and social relevance today. On this journey of discovery, we will encounter philosophers and anthropologists, writers, musicians and artists, comparatists and social researchers. By discussing their work and its link to architecture, the Salon Suisse will open new perspectives, not only on the potentials of architecture in the 21st century, but also on the hidden connections that have always existed among the different disciplines.
May 24, September 13 - 15, October 4 – 6, Novembre 22 - 24
Venue: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro, 810 (Campo Sant' Agnese)
Promoter: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
www.prohelvetia.ch | www.biennials.ch
The Happenstance establishes a Freespace in the garden at the heart of Palazzo Zenobio, as a place to build new possibilities together for the freedoms we urgently need to claim – and demonstrating what can be built through mapping connections, bringing together needs, resources and ideas of Freespace in both Scotland and Venice. The space acts as an active archive (The Living Library of Ideas), where a team of Artists and Architects, experts in play, encourage everyone into a vital relationship with the built environment, using play as an active agent within the process of rethinking and reclaiming their Freespace. At the heart of Zenobio you will find a focus on young people, their capacities, their needs and their imagination harnessed to empower this energy in all of us. Our live programme includes animating other spaces out in the city. Likewise the Outdoor Cinema screenings focus on inspiring examples of individuals, organisations and situations that underscore this year’s Biennale Architettura theme. We have a proposition for the visitor to our garden - expect to get lucky. This is the art of Happenstance.
Venue: Collegio Armeno Moorat - Raphael, Palazzo Zenobio, Dorsoduro, 2597 (Fondamenta del Soccorso)
Promoter: Scottish Government
www.gov.scot | www.ads.org.uk/scotlandvenice2018
The word "free space" illustrates the "interactive" changing landscape and the intricate relationship between people and space. Due to the passage of time, the change of social dynamic, and the imagination of space among generations, stagnant spaces have been transformed into spaces with vitality and local aroma. The "interaction" between people and space endue a profound meaning, which we named it Unintended Architecture. Macao, an increasingly internationalised city densely packed with high-rises, fragments of Unintended Architecture could still be found, which scattered in the densely populated housing, hid in the quiet urban gardens, evaded in the bustling bazaar and flashed in the old stepping stones. Our architecture exhibition purposely selected the "playing cards" as our basic design component, which symbolises the rapid growing economy in Macao. By manipulating "playing cards" in different forms and combinations, Unintended Architecture will be re-illustrated in an abstract manner.
Venue: Arsenale, Castello, 2126/A (Campo della Tana)
Promoter: Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government; Macao Museum of Art
www.icm.gov.mo | www.mam.gov.mo
Vertical Fabric: Density in Landscape
Vertical Fabric: Density in Landscape, demonstrates the urban conditions of Hong Kong and explores the freespace through towers. 100 Exhibitors, including architects from Hong Kong and overseas, are invited to design their towers of freespace, making statements on tower typology in the vertical city. 100 white tower models of 2.0 meters in height are open for the 100 exhibitors to re-define the spatial potential while maintaining its envelope as a collective urban form. The exhibition manifests innovation within constrains while generating extraordinary spaces from ordinary from. By installing 100 towers marching along the courtyard extending into of exhibition rooms, the venue illustrates the compactness of Hong Kong’s urban form and provides a platform of dialogue with the world, shaping a discourse of Hong Kong’s urbanism and vertical architecture. It also provides architects with opportunities to re-think the design of tower beyond, incubating visions when facing global challenges in technology, environment, and society.
Venue: Arsenale, Castello, 2126 (Campo della Tana)
Promoter: Hong Kong Arts Development Council
www.hkia.net | www.hkadc.org.hk
Young Architects in Latin America
The exhibition underlines the important role played by the Latin American World today, as seen throughout its contemporary architecture. On the occasion of 16th International Architecture Biennale, the CA’ASI will open its doors to emerging Latin American architects in order to emphasize the creativity, originality and social commitment of their new architecture, and to help it gain world-wide recognition. Architecture-Studio has set up the CA’ASI Association to promote the dialogue between architecture, contemporary art, and the Biennale visitors.
Venue: CA’ASI, Cannaregio, 6024 (Campiello Santa Maria Nova)
Promoter: CA’ASI Association 1901
Young Talent Architecture Award 2018
The Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) is promoted by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of Creative Europe as an extension of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.
The Collateral Event will be a comprehensive exhibition presenting the designs of the YTAA 2018 shortlisted works including the 12 finalists and, among them, the 4 winners. Together with images and drawings, videos will also be used to explain the graduation projects. The winners of the YTAA will be honoured during an awards ceremony that will take place in Venice on September 20th, 2018. The ceremony will be also complemented with a debate on the main topics of the “European Year of Cultural Heritage” organised by the European Commission, and those issues which will arise from the results of YTAA. The debate will count with the winners, the jury members, a number of Future Architecture Platform participants and other guests.
The Fundació Mies van der Rohe fosters debate on and awareness of themes related to contemporary architecture and urban planning and, with the YTAA aims to support the talent of recently graduated architects, urban planners and landscape architects who will be responsible for transforming our environment in the future.
Venue: Palazzo Mora, Cannaregio, 3659 (Strada Nova, San Felice)
Promoter: Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Visit the Website: labiennale.org/en/architecture
Freddy Mamani is a Bolivian architect active since 2005 in the city of El Alto, where he has developed a very peculiar architectural style: extremely colorful buildings that seem to belong to a fantasy world, inside some technicolor-dream-like videogame environment.
His working method, however, makes use of little technology: according to an article at The New Yorker, the architect doesn’t use a computer. His designs are rather created on site, communicated orally or through sketches on the wall. The inspiration for the futuristic facades are not sci-fi movies, but geometric shapes present in indigenous Aymara motifs, while the colors follow traditional Andean textiles. Construction itself is also mostly low-tech, consisting of painted details in plaster and some reflective glass.
After being featured on major media channels such as The Guardian, The Architectural Review and BBC, Freddy Mamani’s work was compiled by photograph Peter Granser into the book El Alto, published in 2016 by Edition Taube. Recently there was the world premiere of a documentary called ‘Cholet: The Work of Freddy Mamani’, in which Brazilian director Isaac Niemand investigates whether these buildings are exotic extravaganzas or expressions of authentic architecture. ‘Cholet’ is the popular name given to the unique typology of Mamani’s buildings, that combine shops, ballrooms, rental apartments and family homes in a single structure. The movie opened this year’s Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam.
Text by: Maria Fernanda Duarte
Images by: Peter Granser
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Downsizing isn’t the most glamorous of life passages. Like anything else, though, it can be done poorly, or it can be done well. Luckily for one New York couple of empty-nesters, Interior Design Hall of Fame members Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri know a thing or two about family dynamics—after all, the sisters are now in their fourth decade of running Hariri & Hariri Architecture, having previously studied together at Cornell University. And they used that knowledge to settle the couple into a more compact home while, at the same time, expanding their horizons.
To smooth out what could have been a rough transition, it helped that the architects already knew their clients from working on the spacious prewar apartment that saw them through the school years of a son and a daughter. With the kids gone, the couple set their sights on a 2,100-square-foot replacement in a 1960’s building and got back in touch with the Hariris. “It’s beautiful how they asked us to grow and change with them,” Gisue Hariri says.
Hariri & Hariri Architecture is a New York- based multi-disciplinary architecture & design firm established in 1986 by Iranian-born Cornell-educated sisters Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri. Today they are celebrated as two of the most accomplished women in American architecture & design and are described by critics as one of the most progressive and out-of-the-box firms currently working in the United States. Their projects run the gamut from luxury residential developments and hotels to bathroom accessories to single-family houses to high-concept, high-tech experiments. For the Hariri’s, design is a holistic, boundary-less enterprise ranging from master-planning and architecture to interior design, furniture, lighting, product design and jewelry.
Over 30 years of dedication to research and construction of innovative ideas, they have imbued conceptual, residential, commercial and cultural projects with their own unique brand of sensual modernism.
The firm's work ranges in scale from architecture, master plans and interiors, to product design and furniture. The work also includes research-oriented prototypes such as the Museum of the 21st Century at the National Building Museum (2003–07), Loft of the Future (1999-2000), Cine Experimental Film Center (1999), and The Digital House, which was showcased in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1999. In 2010, Hariri & Hariri's architectural rendering was included in the "Contemplating the Void" exhibit at the Guggenheim for the 50th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum.
In 2005, Hariri & Hariri won the Academy Award in Architecture at the American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards, and was inducted into the Design Hall of Fame sponsored by Interior Design Magazine. In 2010, Architectural Digest included Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri on its list of the greatest talents in architecture and design. The firm won the American Architecture Award 2015 from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design for its housing development in Salzburg, Austria called Jewels of Salzburg. Hariri and Hariri were presented with the Career Achievement Award in October 2016 at the IA-100 retreat in Silicon Valley.
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Architecture Students from across the globe, united by the same passion for Somalia. “Architecture”.
It is now clear that cities cannot afford anymore the rise of buildings here and there without overall planning. The only way to pursue a conscious and coherent design is to make everyone aware of the historical heritage now existing in Somalia and how to turn that into a strength to be exploited. Its the only way to preserve the identity and authenticity of a city and prepare for the basis of a modern, necessary, development.
The remains of Somali Architecture post-war is fundamental, it is through understanding history that you can achieve conscious modernity. Our ambition is to restore everything from the past but to preserve the heritage as traces of what happened. Somali Architecture brings you the latest projects and news about development going on in Somalia. What started as a platform to share images of the built environment before the war, Somalia Architecture has become a platform for Diasporas to see development in Somalia.
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Sharjah Architecture Triennial is the first major platform for architecture and urbanism in the MENASA region. Led by Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Urban Planning Council, Triennial was founded in 2017.
Sharjah Architecture Triennial's mission is to create new spaces for critical reflection and research on contemporary architecture and urbanism in the region. Drawing on local and international conversations, the Triennial reframes on the built environment of the MENASA region within its social, economic and cultural contexts.
Rooted in the city of Sharjah, the Triennial broadens architectural conversation in the UAE by making it accessible to a wider public that includes students, scholars, practitioners, and members of the public sector. It invites dialogue that accommodates the region’s rapid urban development amidst historical shifts, ongoing cultural encounters, and aspirations for the future.
Sharjah Architecture Triennial collaborates with a range of partners including Sharjah Urban Planning Council, Directorate of Town Planning and Survey, Sharjah Art Foundation, College of Architecture, Art & Design at American University of Sharjah, and Bee’ah. The inaugural edition is planned for November 2019 and will include a programme of exhibitions, urban interventions, public events, conferences, and publications.
Sharjah Architecture Triennial is legally housed under the Sharjah Urban Planning Council and funded by Government of Sharjah.
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Studio Swine (Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers) is a collaboration between Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and British Artist Alexander Groves.
Creating works that straddle the spheres of art, design and cinema, Studio Swine explores themes of regional identity and the future of resources in the age of globalisation. Their work combines deep contextual research and experimental use of materials which manifest in objects and immersive installations.
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FV / A is a studio of architecture and art that aims to add these trades, and everything that surrounds them, such as urban planning, landscaping, interior design, product design, creation of visual identities. Demonstrating an alternative view of representing them.
Architect Urbanist, graduated in 2016 by the Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás (PUC-GO). He works in the production of architectural projects, interior architecture, urban planning, landscape design, creation of visual identity, product design, illustrations and graphic representations in general and amateur graphic artist. Post-Graduate in MBA in Sustainable Construction and Environmental Certification by the Brazilian Institute of Continuing Education (IMBEC).
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One of the nation’s largest faith-based hospital systems was adding a new tower amidst a variety of aged buildings in an urban, land-locked environment. The campus has virtually no outdoor respite amenities and only a small, windowless space for reflection and prayer for its almost 10,000 associates, caregivers, and ambulatory patients. The hospital had scheduled a 1970s concrete cooling tower for costly demolition and removal.
The architect suggested re-purposing this once nationally-heralded engineering achievement into a work of architecture—a chapel pavilion. A massive amount of embodied carbon exists in the well crafted Brutalist concrete structure. Its oversized cylindrical openings naturally lend themselves to the needed program of spiritual connection between the user and the open sky above. The project reveals an architectural solution while also making a statement about respecting and repurposing the nation’s aging infrastructure.
archimania is a Memphis-based, award-winning architecture collective known for progressive and innovative solutions. Ranked 13th in Design nationally by ARCHITECT magazine in 2017, they view each project as a unique opportunity to lead a community’s understanding of the built environment and the value of design. archimania has become known for delivering excellence in design with tight budget restraints.
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MATUNDA SOY, Kenya — Marking a historic moment, the design for the local Baha’i House of Worship in Matunda Soy, Kenya, was unveiled at a gathering that brought together over 1,000 people.
In a spirit of joy and excitement, the guests gathered to celebrate the occasion at the site where the future house of worship will be built. The event included remarks offered by representatives of the Baha’i community and local officials as well as singing, drumming, and traditional dancing. Trees donated by neighbors in surrounding communities were then planted on the grounds.
“This unveiling ceremony brings so much joy to our hearts,” said a representative of the Baha’i community. “This Temple will be a focal point of worship, a nerve center of community life, a place where souls will gather at daybreak for humble invocation and communion before we flow out of its doors to engage in our daily pursuits.”
The design of the house of worship is simple yet elegant in form, inspired by huts that are traditional to the region. The Temple’s architect, Neda Samimi, will be the first woman to design a Baha’i house of worship.
The concept design features a two-tiered structure that will accommodate about 250 visitors. The exposed roof beams highlight the nine sides of the edifice and are drawn together at an apex skylight beneath which will be placed the "Greatest Name". The design incorporates an intricate and expressive pattern that uses the diamond shape, a familiar motif in Kenyan culture. The Temple’s construction will be undertaken with materials from the region—its roof will use local slate, and the walls will be made from stone sourced from quarries nearby.
Visit the Website: news.bahai.org/story/1251
Faci leboreiro is a Mexican architecture and interior design firm founded in 2011 by Marina Leboreiro and Carlos Faci.
Our design approach combines passionate, young experts from different fields. This work method results in better projects that create a unique, sensory experience. The goal of our projects is to reflect the client’s personality, through contemporary design and uniqueness in order to transform physical spaces into life experiences.
We focus on transforming and establishing a relationship between the inner space and the exterior according to each client´s needs.
This methodology has led us to explore a great variety of spaces such as restaurants, retail, offices, hotels and residential projects. We work on every detail so nothing is ever left to chance.
Our work has been published in different national and international magazines and digital platforms. We were finalists in Iconos del Diseño Award by AD México in 2014, and PRISMA Award (Mexican interior design awards) in 2015. We also received awards from Interceramic and AAI (National Interiorism League) in 2015 for La Mallorquina, hospitality industry project.
Marina Leboreiro (Mexico City, 1987)
CEO and Co-founder at faci leboreiro arquitectura since 2011.
Bachelor of Architecture by Universidad Anáhuac (2011) with an exchange program in Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and an executive program diploma by Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Carlos Faci (Mexico City, 1987)
CEO and Co-founder at faci leboreiro arquitectura since 2011.
Bachelor of Architecture by Universidad Anáhuac (2011) with an exchange program in Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, studies in Parsons The New School of Design in New York and an executive program diploma by Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Esencial is a progressive architectural office founded in its present form in 2017 by Carmen Izquierdo and Mariano Tellechea. A young practice with an extensive experience.
Our aim is to find the hidden potential behind every issue and formulate a vision that we develop into a viable project. We believe that a close collaboration between the client, architect and contractor, really means that we are able to create fantastic environments for today and the future. We are involved in all stages, from concept to built architecture.
We are perceptive of the place and its character. We analyse the history of events in the location and the building type, the program’s potentials and site conditions. We want to create architecture with a strong sense of presence and place specificity, which adds qualities to its context, which finds a clear answer to the program's organization and suggests ways to develop previous solutions. We meet the needs and requirements of the program with stimulating spaces and room sequences. We are looking for an architecture that has an intensity, which has a clear materiality and a coherence between the overall shape and the singular building component. We are looking for an architecture that elevates everyday life!
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VENEZUELA MONTH: Monica Ponce de Leon - a pioneer in the application of robotic technology to building fabrication.
Monica Ponce de Leon Studio Overview
Founded by National Design Award Winner, Mónica Ponce de León, AIA, Monica Ponce de Leon Studio brings together an interdisciplinary team of architects and practitioners collaborating across offices in New York, Boston, and Ann Arbor. Ponce de León's work as principal architect is integral to each project, and is supported by a diverse team bringing a unique point of view to each design process. Monica Ponce de Leon Studio has extensive experience in institutional, civic, commercial, and private residential projects and has developed methodologies that allow the projects to be on time and on budget while delivering innovative and meaningful design.
Mónica Ponce de León, AIA, is a Venezuelan American architect, educator, and Dean of the Princeton University School of Architecture. In 2007 Ponce de León received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the first Hispanic architect to receive this honor. Today Ponce de León is the founding principal of Monica Ponce de Leon Studio which she launched in 2011 following twenty years as a founding principal of award winning firm, Office dA. Ponce de León's work specializes in all scales and typologies from furniture design and interiors to private residences, civic buildings, public institutions, master plans and urban design. Throughout all projects, Ponce de León keeps a focus on design integration, craft, detailing, and precision. Much of the studio’s research is dedicated to an exploration of how to improve on contemporary modes of construction, investigating both industry standards as well as evolving technologies derived from digital manufacturing processes. Ponce de León is widely recognized as a pioneer in the application of robotic technology to building fabrication and in architecture education.
Known as an educational force, Ponce de León is currently Dean of Princeton University School of Architecture. She previously served as Dean of the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan (2008–2015) and as Professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (1996–2008). She also has held teaching appointments at Northeastern University, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design and Georgia Institute of Technology and has degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Design and University of Miami.
Among her many prestigious honors, Ponce de León has received the Academic Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the USA Target Fellow in Architecture and Design from United States Artists; and the Young Architects and Emerging Voices awards from the Architectural League of New York. Her highly acclaimed and broadly published work has received a dozen Progressive Architecture (PA) Awards, several awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and numerous citations. She was also named a National Academician (NA) in recognition of her exceptional contributions to American art and architecture.
Visit the Website: www.monicaponcedeleon.com
*Venezuela Month is an initiative by DESTIG to bring attention to the many creative successes that have originated from the country. This will be done for a month at no cost to the individuals or the country in order to bring positive attention to Venezuela during these difficult times for the people of that country.
Maria Brito is an award-winning contemporary art advisor, art collector, creative designer, public speaker, author and curator. Born in Venezuela and educated at Harvard, she has built the art collections and designed the residences of prominent CEOs, celebrities, and entrepreneurs, sharing her knowledge and creativity with her clients to empower them into becoming meaningful collectors. She serves as an art advisor and consultant for a variety of tech companies and lives in Manhattan with her Brazilian husband and their two sons.
She’s the author of two books: “Out There: Design Art Travel Shopping” published by Pointed Leaf Press in 2013 and winner of the USA Best Book Awards in both the Art and Design categories and “Greek Gotham”, published by Dio Horia in 2016 with an introduction by Jeffrey Deitch.
Maria and her projects have been featured extensively in national and international publications including The New York Times Style Section, T: The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, W Magazine, ELLE Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Time Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Observer, The Economist, Interview Magazine, VOGUE Italia, VOGUE Mexico, VOGUE Latin America, VOGUE Brazil, VOGUE China, VOGUE.com, ELLE Décor Spain, Departures, Forbes, Blouin ArtINFO, Hamptons Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest, Modern Luxury, Refinery29, goop, Billboard, Marie Claire Australia, Marie Claire Spain, Allure, The Coveteur, House Magazine, Lifestyle Mirror, House Beautiful, Buro 24/7, Latina, Modern Magazine, The Daily Beast, and more.
Visit the Website: https://mariabrito.com
*Venezuela Month is an initiative by DESTIG to bring attention to the many creative successes that have originated from the country. This will be done for a month at no cost to the individuals or the country in order to bring positive attention to Venezuela during these difficult times for the people of that country.
Pole House (House in the Pole) in Fairhaven was built by architect Frank Dixon and quickly became a reference point, an attraction by the hand of man, a watchman concrete guard the east gate of the Great Ocean Road.
The house was designed by the architect as a holiday home for his family in the 70s, a time before computers and bypass roads, when the coast was a rumor, and became a totem in a faraway place. A local landmark known to several generations of motorists and tourists as “the house on a pole.” This modest house with hipped roof rose above the cliffs and shrubs on a stem impossibly thin concrete. The project was conceived in the mid-1960s but not fully documented until 1970, with the construction, most carried out by Dixon himself, continuing until 1978. Dixon, who died on October 30, 2013 at the age ninety years, he lived long enough to see its iconic beach house turned into a cult building and be nominated, albeit unsuccessfully, for inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register of Australia. The new Pole House after rehabilitation by F2 Architecture from 2013 to 2014 is available for holiday rental. (Wikiarquitectura)
F2 Architecture Pty Ltd is an award winning architectural practice established by architect Franco Fiorentini. The practice is based in Melbourne, Australia and operates as a design focused studio with a collaborative culture.
We engage our clients with fresh ideas, creativity and delight so that their aspirational goals are defined and met. Our experience, reliability and delivery capability ensure that our client’s management and financial goals are achieved. We foster a personal relationship with our clients underpinned by our integrity and commitment to a sustainable future.
F2 Architecture works with major international and local institutional and commercial clients as well as individual clients. The work of the practice is broadly defined as:
The practice has established links to a network of leading international and local specialist advisors and consultants which provide our clients with access to thought leadership in key areas.
Visit the Website: http://f2architecture.com.au
A 3800 sqft home, featuring a cantilever and sweeping ocean views. -
This three-bedroom vacation home on Big Sur's spectacular south coast is anchored in the natural beauty and power of the California landscape. Our design embeds the building within the land, creating a structure that is inseparable from its context. The site, which features a 250-foot drop to the Pacific Ocean along the bluff and toward the west, offers dramatic views. Yet it demands a more complex form than a giant picture window.
The long, thin volume of the house conforms to the natural contours of the land and the geometries of the bluff, deforming its shape and structure in response, much like the banana slug native to the region's seaside forests. In this way, the complex structural system applies natural forms to accommodate the siting. The main bearing system of the house is set back twelve feet from the bluff, both to protect the cliff's delicate ecosystem and to ensure the structure's integrity and safety. The house itself is cantilevered over the bluff. The interior is a shelter, an elegant refuge in contrast with the roughness and immense scale of the ocean and cliff.
The main body of the house is composed of two rectangular boxes connected by an all-glass library/den. A one-story concrete wing perpendicular to the main volume holds the ground-floor bedrooms and features a green roof; it is the boulder that locks the house to the land. The lower of the two main volumes, a double-cantilevered master bedroom suite, acts as a promontory above the ocean, offering breathtaking views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. The upper volume is an open-plan space-kitchen, living room, and dining room-with a swooping ceiling, all clad in wood, that follows the shape of the land.
The house's two main façades express both shelter and exposure. On the north, clear expanses of glass reveal ocean and coastline views; long strips of translucent channel glass dapple the light, playing on the sea's shimmering surface. The south façade, clad in copper, which wraps over the roof, is mostly enclosed, offering a retreat from the forces of nature. Roof overhangs on the east and west protect the windows and the front door from the harshness of sun and wind.
Visit the Website: www.fougeron.com
After graduating from the Department of Architecture at Kanto Gakuin University, Itsuko Hasegawa became a research student in the Department of Architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 1979 she established Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier. Her projects include a variety of houses and public buildings. In 1986 she received the Design Prize from the Architectural Institute of Japan for her Bizan Hall project. Her residential projects also earned a Japan Cultural Design Award. She won first prize in the open competition for the Shonandai Cultural Center. In 1997 she was elected as one of the Honorary Fellows of RIBA. She has completed her winning entry for the Niigata City Performing-Arts Center and Area Development. In 2000 she received the Japan Art Academy Award. In 2001 she received the Honorary Degree Award at University College London. In 2006 she was elected as one of the Honorary Fellows of AIA.
Visit the Website: www.ihasegawa.com
Our work is an expression of our beliefs.
Unchartered paths excite us.
We react instinctively to a design problem. There is no formula and we don’t have a style.
We debate and argue galore. But at the end of a sore argument usually emerges a great idea.
Nothing surpasses that moment in a process when a beautiful idea is born. Not even chocolate cake.
We love chocolate cake.
Process in design is of paramount importance – even if it means we ended up exactly where we started.
We believe in strong ideas. Ideas that are native to their context. They automatically become unique!
We believe that originality is a byproduct of integrity.
We love this planet. We believe that being green means being receptive to the climate and to available materials.
We believe that light is also a material.
We don’t hire people we can’t be friends with.
We remain true to our clients and to the contractors we work with.
We like to keep it simple. Simple.
Visit the Website: www.kamatrozario.com
KANVA - Projects that are engaging, memorable and responsive to human experience and contemporary culture.
Composed of a collective of dynamic architects, KANVA is a young architectural firm whose work is at the forefront of thinking, imagining, drawing and constructing in Montreal and beyond. Their big ideas, gestures and approach to contemporary issues have gained local, national and international attention. KANVA is the recipient of the prestigious Award of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture by the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada for their mixed-use residential project Irene. Recently they won the international competition hosted by Space for Life to re-design the Biôdome for Montreal’s 375th anniversary.
With over ten years of experience designing a range of project types, including student housing, large-scale public art installations, mixed-use buildings, corporate and public spaces, KANVA treats each project as an opportunity to transform the built environment through story-telling. Each project is engaging, memorable and responsive to human experience and contemporary culture. KANVA regularly collaborates with artists, musicians or relevant creators to conduct interdisciplinary research to maximize the innovation potential of a project.
As young visionaries of the profession, KANVA participates in the academic environment, mentoring Master students and critiquing numerous presentations, while also engaging in design conferences, festivals and outreach programs.
Visit the Website: www.kanva.ca
Paredes Pedrosa - Characterized by its telluric sense and its tectonic strength, but above all by its inescapable public role.
“The oeuvre of Paredes Pedrosa is characterized by its telluric sense and its tectonic strength, but above all by its inescapable public role”
Richard Ingersoll, 2016.
Ángela García de Paredes (Madrid 1958, ETSAM 1982, PhD 2015) and Ignacio Pedrosa (Madrid 1957, ETSAM 1983, PhD 2015) established the architectural firm PAREDES PEDROSA in 1990, after collaborating with José M. García de Paredes.
Professors at the Architectural Design Department in Madrid School of Architecture, they are also visiting professors in the architecture schools of Pamplona, ESARQ UIC in Barcelona and IUAV in Venice and critics and lecturers at several Universities as GSD Harvard, ETH Zurich, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, EPFL Lausanne, TU München, TU Graz, FADU Buenos Aires e Ibero en México, among others.
Their built work after first prize competitions include: Town Hall in Valdemaqueda, Valle Inclán Theatre in Madrid, Archaeology Museum in Almeria, Peñíscola Congress Centre, Espacio Torner in Cuenca, La Olmeda Roman Villa Museum in Palencia, UPI School in Gandía, Ceuta Public Library, Lugo Auditorium and Córdoba Public Library, the latter under construction. Other first prize competitions are Borghetto Flaminio in Roma and recently the Visigoth Museum in Mérida and Jaén Justice Court.
Awarded by the Government of Spain with the Spain Fine Arts Gold Medal 2014 and Spain Architecture Award 2007. Other Awards: ar+d Award, Europan II y IV, Madrid Architecture Award, COAM Mansilla Award, Gold Medal International Prize for Sustainable Architecture, Mediterranean Sustainable Architecture Award, Eduardo Torroja Award for Engineering and Architecture, AADIPA European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention, Special Mention Europa Nostra, Honourable Mention Piranesi Prix de Rome and are Shortlisted Mies Van der Rohe Award and Aga Khan Architecture Award.
Paredes Pedrosa´s work has been selected for Spain Architecture Biennials 2011, 2007, 2003 and 1999, Venice Biennials in 2016, 2012, 2000 and 1996, and Iberoamerican Biennials in 2014, 2010, 2008 and 2000.
Monograph exhibitions:“Paredes Pedrosa Obra desde 1990 em 20 imagens e 40 maquetes” in ESAP Escola Superior Artística do Porto and in Lisbon Galería NOTE 2013.
They have been appointed curators of the Spanish Pavilion with the exhibition “Architecture for Music” at the VI Venice Biennale 1996 and of the Iberoamerican Biennials in Cádiz 2012 and Sao Paulo 2016, and jury in numerous national and international competitions, biennials and awards.
Visit the Website: www.paredespedrosa.com
Founded in 2004 by Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro, TORAFU ARCHITECTS employs a working approach based on architectural thinking. Works by the duo include a diverse range of products, from architectural design to interior design, exhibition space design, product design, spatial installations and film making.
Amongst some of their mains works are 'TEMPLATE IN CLASKA', 'NIKE 1LOVE', 'HOUSE IN KOHOKU', 'airvase' , 'Gulliver Table' and 'BigT'. ‘Light Loom (Canon Milano Salone 2011)’ was awarded the Grand Prize of the Elita Design Award. In 2015, airvase is selected for permanent collection of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Published in 2011 were the 'airvase book' and 'TORAFU ARCHITECTS 2004-2011 Idea + Process' (by BIJUTSU SHUPPAN-SHA CO., LTD.) , in 2012, a picture book titled ‘TORAFU's Small City Planning' (by Heibonsha Limited) and in 2016, ‘TORAFU ARCHITECTS Inside Out' (by TOTO Publishing).
Visit the Website: http://torafu.com