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.
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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.
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*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.
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*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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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Selldorf Architects is a 65-person architectural design practice founded by Annabelle Selldorf in New York City in 1988. The firm creates public and private spaces that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact. By giving form to the needs and desires of clients and communities alike, the architectural solutions that emerge are equal parts purpose and poetry. Since its inception the firm’s guiding principles have been deeply rooted in humanism. At every scale and for every condition, Selldorf Architects designs for the individual experience. As a result, its work is brought to life–and made complete–by those who use it.
The firm offers services in architectural design, interior design, exhibition design, master planning, landscape concepts and strategic planning.
Clients include cultural institutions and universities such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Frick Collection, The Clark Art Institute, Neue Galerie New York, and Brown University. The recently completed Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility on the Brooklyn waterfront is the largest facility of its kind in the United States. In addition, the firm has created numerous galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Gladstone Gallery among others, and designed exhibitions for Frieze Masters and the Venice Art Biennale. Residential architecture, both at the scale of private homes and multi-family dwelling continues to be an important part of the firm’s portfolio.
Selldorf Architects’ new monograph on the practice, “Selldorf Architects: Portfolio and Projects,” was published by Phaidon in the spring of 2016.
ANNABELLE SELLDORF, FAIA
Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects. Born and raised in Germany, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York, the World Monuments Fund, the Chinati Foundation, and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. In 2017, Ms. Selldorf was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three years after receiving the organization’s prestigious Award in Architecture. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architecture New York Chapter.
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Contemporary and modern architecture of Iran will be presented at Archi-Depot, a museum in Tokyo, Japan, dedicated to architecture models.
Iranian architect Mehrdad Zavareh-Mohammadi has curated the exhibition of Iranian architecture due to open March 6.
The event is being organized following an invitation from the Architectural Institute of Japan. An estimated 80 architecture models will be displayed at Archi-Depot. The models are from projects that have already been completed and include houses, apartments and villas, ISNA reported.
The two-month exhibit will include three sections. The first will represent architecture from the First Pahlavi period (1941-1979). “This section includes 20 prominent projects such as the iconic Azadi Tower, City Theater, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Carpet Museum, Niavaran Cultural Center and the senate building (all in Tehran),” Zavareh-Mohammadi said.
The buildings will be presented via models, slide projection, videos, documents, graphs and blueprints. About the second section, he said it will comprise projects designed for various Iranian cities by notable architects from Japan and other nations. “The projects were suspended for a variety of reasons including the Islamic Revolution in 1979.”
The third section contains contemporary projects in the four categories of public, infill (rezoning of land in an urban environment, usually open space, to new construction), monad (isolated self-sufficient and smart constructions in nature) and unbuilt projects of large dimensions.
“On the sidelines of the exhibition, scientific and research symposiums will be held, where notable architects such as Arata Isozaki, 86, and Riichi Miyake, 69, from Japan, as well as Ali Kermanian from Iran will speak.
After Tokyo the exhibition will be held in Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashhad.
ARCHI-DEPOT Museum serves as storage-archives for preserving the form and the value of architectural models, which represent architec[tural culture of respective epoch and region. It provides the most appropriate protection system by achieving original unique conservation technology.
ARCHI-DEPOT Corporation was founded in 2015 with the intention of preserving and developing the Japanese architectural culture as well as propagating its values to both Japanese and international communities. The Corporation aims at succeeding the architectural heritages and historical materials to the next generations and at diffusing the architectural culture through its various activities within and beyond the border.
Continuous safekeeping and conservation of architectural models and records by the way of appropriate evaluation of such objects are, thus, acknowledged as its main task while the creation of a new platform, on which active communication connects the professional community and the society, contributes for the sharing of the resulting values. To do so, the Corporation supports ARCHI-DEPOT Museum and realizes various types of lectures, conferences and local commitment programs both in Japan and abroad.
Visit the Website: https://archi-depot.or.jp
SuperAdobe is a form of earth bag architecture developed by architect and CalEarth founder Nader Khalili. Using long sandbags ("SuperAdobe Bags"), barbed wire, on-site earth and a few tools, Khalili devised a revolutionary building system that integrates traditional earth architecture with contemporary global safety requirements, and passes severe earthquake code tests in California.
This technology has been published by NASA, endorsed by the United Nations, featured in countless world media outlets, and awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004. It comes from years of meditation, hands-on research and development. Inspired by traditional earth architecture in the deserts of Iran and adapted for modern usage. Simplified so that anyone can build.
CALEARTH AND RUMI
Many find it interesting that there is a strong connection between CalEarth and the poetry of Rumi, a Persian mystic who lived over 800 years ago. There is a Rumi Dome on site, books of poetry for sale in the bookstore, and Rumi stories shared during the Open House, but what's the origin of this connection? The founder of CalEarth, Nader Khalili (1936-2008) looked to Rumi for inspiration through most of his adult life, and remnants of this inspiration can be found in many of the buildings and designs.
For 25 years, Nader Khalili’s specialty as an architect was skyscrapers. Then at thirty-eight, his turning point in life, he “… bought a motorcycle and went to the desert for five years in Iran to see what the solution was for sheltering the poor in the world and to learn from what already existed. There [he] got to know five personalities: earth, water, air, fire and Rumi, the 800 year old Persian mystic poet...." Rumi taught him the unity of these universal elements, forming his "Archemy" — architecture and alchemy. Water is fire, earth is water, and there is a unity in all elements.
In Rumi, Dancing the Flame, Khalili wrote, “I have also discovered, dealing with these universal elements for my own earth-and-fire architecture, that Rumi, more than any other individual has dealt with fire and water, or earth and wind, and yet no one to my knowledge has looked at Rumi’s life and works through these elements. I have been blessed by making my life’s work following this narrow stream springing form the ocean that is Rumi.”
In addition to his revolutionary earth architecture and Superadobe techniques, a great part of his life’s work was translating Rumi’s Rubaiyat and Diwan-i Shams-i Tabrizi. “In the last seven hundred years many millions have lit their candles from Rumi’s fire and I feel I am one of them—awake or dreaming.”
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Amanda Levete has won the 2018 AJ/AR Jane Drew Prize, whose previous recipients include Zaha Hadid and Denise Scott Brown. Meanwhile, OMA co-founder and artist Madelon Vriesendorp has won the 2018 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize.
Levete is the seventh winner of the revitalised Jane Drew Prize, an award recognising an architectural designer who, through their work and commitment to design excellence, has raised the profile of women in architecture.
She first made her name as half of Future Systems, a practice she ran with her then-husband Jan Kaplický with whom she designed the Lord’s Media Centre, winner of the 1999 RIBA Stirling Prize, as well as the futuristic Birmingham Selfridges.
She started her solo career less than a decade ago, setting up AL_A. The practice is best known for Lisbon’s Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, which opened in 2016, and the V&A’s new courtyard and Sainsbury Gallery, which opened last year. Both projects feature complex ceramic tiling and open public spaces, reflecting Levete’s fascination with the sensuality of materials and her concern for the provision of social space in cities.
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Project Orange - unusual as a practice in placing equal importance on architecture and interior design.
Project Orange is an Architecture and Interior Design Studio with a broad and original portfolio of work in the UK and overseas. Set up by Christopher Ash and James Soane, the practice excels in those projects that seek a seamless marriage of architecture and interior design, be they homes, hotels or offices. We believe that good design is life enhancing. We love our job and have won awards.
We are unusual as a practice in placing equal importance on architecture and interior design and excel in those projects seeking a seamless marriage of the disciplines, be they homes, hotels or offices. The achievements of the studio have been recognized in RIBA Regional and National Awards, Building Design Interior Architect of the Year Awards, a Civic Trust Award, the Housing Design Awards, the British Homes Awards and The European Hotel Awards.
Whilst always contemporary, our approach embraces an inclusive attitude to style and aesthetics apparent in the diversity of our built projects. All our work is informed by research and collaboration with our clients and partners. Through this process we generate a narrative unique to the individual project and create spaces and places that are a joy to inhabit.
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Born in Marseilles, Stephane Malka was inspired by urban spaces from a young age. Graffiti, a technique he adopted for over 10 years, lead him to discover the city and its untapped potential.
In the late 80’s, vacant lots were his playgrounds. He painted large-scale frescos in the contemporary ruins of Belleville and in the infamous artist squats of the “Ateliers Frigorifiques,” using various street skills and procesess including graffiti, accumulation, collage, and stencils the skin of walls. Returning to his hometown, he continued to invade the city with his art in numerous places, including art galleries. From this period, he kept a civil insurrection’s spirit, and a significant interest in neglected spaces, and a sense of urgency.
Stephane gratuated of his architectural degree in 2003 and founded his firm on the spot. Then, he started to collaborate with prestigious international firms such as Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Philippe Starck or Rem Koolhaas among others. The same year, he completed Top-Nest, a panoramic rooftop bar on the Galerie Lafayette installed and built on-site in only three days.
This experiences were a cornerstone for “Le Petit Pari(s)” experimental project, where he has developed theories of urban renewal based on architectural interventions within the city’s porosities, such as urban voids, blind walls, under bridges, or on rooftops. At the same time, he recycled a gas station into the art shop Black Block at the Palais de Tokyo Museum. In March 2014, he released his first book, a manifesto called “Le Petit Pari(s), an Architectural Kamasutra” ( Editions Courtes et Longues, Gallimard ). Multi-awarded by the French Ministry of Culture and the City Hall of Paris, his works are exhibited around the world in Galeries, National Museums such as La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Paris), MoMA (New-York City), Smolny Sobor (St-Petersburg), Museum Victoria (Melbourne) or MUBE and MIS (Sao Paulo).
Stephane Malka’s analysis and productions are focused on architectural productions, art installations, stage-design and lecture cycles.
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Mark Reigelman's work reevaluates the everyday, reinvigorates public space, and challenges typical urban conditions.
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