Today's archidose #959: I.M. Pei

World Architecture - Wed, 26/04/2017 - 16:30
Today is I.M. Pei's 100th birthday, so I've rummaged through the archidose Flickr pool to find a sampling of some of his buildings, listed in chronological order. Mouse over and/or click on images for photographer information.

Jefferson Hall Conference Center, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1963:
Jefferson Hall Conference Center

University Village, New York University, New York, 1966:
Silver Towers

Sculpture Wing of the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, 1968:

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Shaolin Flying Monks Temple: Wind Tunnel Facilitates Midair Kung Fu Fighting

ArchiWeb3.0 Journal - Tue, 25/04/2017 - 19:00
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Mixing modern architecture and traditional arena theater design, the Shaolin Flying Monks Temple features a massive wind tunnel that lets combatants in rural Henan, China, fly and fight in front of hundreds of fascinated observers.

The mountainous setting is home to the historical Shaolin Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and is considered the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and the Kung Fu martial arts practice (as well as the cradle of Chinese civilization more broadly).

Designed by Latvian architect Austris Mailitis, the pavilion is designed to be both contemporary while also deferential to the region and its traditions. The designer was commissioned based on a chance meeting at the Shanghai Expo in 2010.

The mounded shape of the complex and branching, trunk-like protrusion of the tunnel take their inspiration from a translation of Shaolin, meaning: mountain in the wood.

“The architectural and conceptual image pays respect to the beauty of surrounding nature and the historical heritage of the site. Developed in the shape of two symbols – mountain and tree – it serves as a platform for any kind of scenic arts focusing especially on flying performances.”

“The building method combines modern and ancient technologies,” explained the architect” — a laser-cut steel superstructure supports stone steps handcrafted using local quarry resources.”

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Shaolin Flying Monks Temple: Wind Tunnel Facilitates Midair Kung Fu Fighting

World Architecture - Tue, 25/04/2017 - 19:00
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

Mixing modern architecture and traditional arena theater design, the Shaolin Flying Monks Temple features a massive wind tunnel that lets combatants in rural Henan, China, fly and fight in front of hundreds of fascinated observers.

The mountainous setting is home to the historical Shaolin Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and is considered the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and the Kung Fu martial arts practice (as well as the cradle of Chinese civilization more broadly).

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THE HAUS Berlin: Abandoned Building Taken Over By 165 Street Artists

ArchiWeb3.0 Journal - Tue, 25/04/2017 - 03:00
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

Set to be demolished in June to make way for an apartment building,THE HAUS in Berlin is a formerly abandoned 5-story building filled with site-specific works by 165 street artists. Dreamed up by artists Kimo, Bolle and Jörni of Die Dixons collective, THE HAUS was once a bank on avenue Kurfürstendamm, but fell into disuse over the years. The artists activated their network of creative contacts to temporarily turn it into a street art free-for-all that’s so popular with visitors, there’s often a two-hour wait outside.

The artists, who range from Berlin locals to international activists, worked almost nonstop from mid-January through March 9th to complete the project, and installations include geometric patterns made of tape, video projections, interactive exhibits and sculpture.

The exhibit opened April 1st, and guided tours run almost all day long on Tuesdays through Sundays with a donation-based, pay-what-you-can system and a ‘no phones’ rule. “Look through your eyes and not through the screen of your phone,” the website urges. You can see each individual installation on THE HAUS website, and learn more about the artists who created them.

Even beyond the art itself, the project is definitely a community effort. Nearly all of the supplies were donated by supportive businesses, and a four-star hotel even put up all the artists free of charge. Berliner Pilsner donated beer. In an interview with Vice’s The Creators Project, Kimo stresses that THE HAUS is “not a marketing joke,” noting that nothing was for sale.

“Feel the freshest urban art gallery ever with a guided tour!” says the site. “108 dope artworks are waiting to be seen, to be experienced and to be memorized by you. Every single piece is created by one of the 165 artists from Berlin and all over the world. But be aware that THE HAUS is created to be destroyed – in the end of May the gallery is going to close and the wrecking ball will follow.”

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6 crazily cheap kitchen design tips

World Architecture - Tue, 25/04/2017 - 00:02

Updating your kitchen doesn’t usually come cheap. However, by sprucing it up and making it look prettier, you can add value to your home. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, especially when you plan on selling it. That isn’t all though; you’ll have a kitchen that you just love spending time in, cooking in, entertaining in, eating in…the list goes on! Here are 6 crazily cheap kitchen design tips for when you’re on a tight budget:

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Start by updating your hardware. You have several options here depending on your current style kitchen. One of the cheaper but often overlooked ideas is replacing your old handles and door pulls, which can make such a huge difference to how the whole place looks, and it’ll be much kinder to your wallet than making huge changes.

Other stylistic ideas include incorporating jars, like Kilner jars, into your kitchen display.  Kilner jars are typically used to preserve and store foods. Simply add long life foods such as pasta, rice etc and display them, alternatively you can add food coloring that match the kitchen color palette and you’ve created a new focal point for the feature wall. Other great ideas can be found on the cooksmill blog.

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Book Review: Two Monographs

World Architecture - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 19:30
Renzo Piano: The Complete Logbook by Renzo Piano
Thames and Hudson, 2017
Hardcover, 420 pages

This Building Likes Me: The Work of John Wardle Architects by John Wardle Architects
Thames and Hudson, 2016
Hardcover, 440 pages



The cover of the updated version of Renzo Piano's Logbook is appropriate, since the architect's sketches are as singular and distinctive as his buildings. Although I'm not certain which project the sketch represents, the inclusion of a sailing boat says as much about Piano as the building's waterfront site. Among the more than 70 projects included in the Logbook are the sailing boats Piano designed from 1960 to 2007. A reflection of his love of sailing, the boats were also a means of testing out materials and ideas that would be applied to buildings. It would be hard to have an office sited on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean (photo below) and not carry on a love with the water.


[Punta Nave, Genoa, Italy, 1991 | Photo: Fregoso & Basalto, courtesy of Thames & Hudson]

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Transparent Intentions: 13 Glass Additions to Historic Architecture

ArchiWeb3.0 Journal - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 19:00
[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

Transparent additions to historic architecture physically expand the space while making the subtlest possible changes to the building exteriors, allowing you to see the original structures right through the glazed walls. Augmenting 500-year-old farmhouses,  Victorian row houses in London and some of Paris’ most iconic-looking apartment buildings, these modern glass extensions aim to blend in with the sky, offering transitions to gardens and bringing natural light into formerly dark interiors.

17th Century Manor Update by Jonathan Tuckey Design

Invisible from the street, this ‘ghostly’ addition to the 17th century Yew Street House in London by Jonathon Tuckey Design lets you see right through its walls to the original stone structure, disrupting its beautiful form as little as possible while adding a gorgeous light-filled dining space.

Farmer’s Cottage in Croatia by Proarh

Zagreb-based architecture firm Proarh renovated a dilapidated traditional Zagorje cottage in Croatia into a modern family home, retaining the external frame while replacing the existing porch with a transparent glass view facing a view of the mountains.

19th Century Parisian Photography Studio to Rooftop Apartments

This glass addition to a 19th century photography studio in Paris by Vincent Parreira Atelier is conceived as an ‘inhabited observatory’ perched atop a Haussmannian building in the city’s Opéra-Madeleine district.

Straatweg Extension by BBVH Architecten

An original masonry structure in Rotterdam, built in the 1930s, gets some much-needed natural light thanks to a two-story, all-glass wing added by BBVH Architecten, which features a transparent roof, facade and upper-level floor with an operable garage-style door leading out to the garden.

‘Salle Labrouste’ Former French National Library

A major overhaul to the French National Library by Bruno Gaudin and Virginie Bregal updated it for the 21st century while retaining its dazzling beauty, adding a glass gallery that serves as a rooftop promenade to link two sides of the structure’s quadrangle.

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2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition – The Winners

ArchiWeb3.0 Journal - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 07:01

On Saturday, April 22nd – 6 highly focused and dedicated judges walked into my home with the task of selecting the winners of the 6th Annual Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition. This is no small task and while it may seem a fairly simple enough process to select awesome winning playhouses – it’s not. These are surprisingly complicated little buildings and the criteria for evaluation is specific, but yet open for a wide range of interpretation. The judges had to take the 26 entries that were advanced in last week’s finals round and eliminate all but three playhouses which will be built and donated to Dallas CASA (which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates) a nonprofit organization of community volunteers trained and supervised to serve as voices in court for abused and neglected children.

2017 Playhouse Judges Final Round

In all, the process took around 3 hours and there were some interesting debates over the different merits we were using to evaluate. The general concepts discussed were:

  • Overall Design
  • Appeal
  • Constructibility
  • Adherence to rules (mostly regarding the safeguarding of the playhouses while they were on display)

While I always think I want to be a judge during this process, I am normally glad that I am able to limit my responsibilities making sure that the judges have what they need to properly form their opinions. As always, the judging panel is made up of a wide variety of talents and opinions – something that I think is crucial to this process. I have no doubt that if I judged this competition by myself, the outcome would look slightly different.

But let’s get to the lucky winning playhouses!

2017 Life of an Architect – Winners

Riaan Kotze - Paw Rescue 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition Winner

The Paw Rescue Designer: Riaan Kotze – (Massachusetts, USA)

Bio: Hubby, father of 2 rascals, designer at Maugel Architects #awesome place, and a supporter of great causes.

Surprise me with Something: I get fanatic about anything.

Christiaan Luijk -Autumn House 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition Winner

The Autumn Cottage Designer: Christiaan Luijk – (Cape Town, South Africa)

Bio: I studied Architecture at Cape Town University 5 years ago. I am now living in South Korea, teaching English. Loving life! Taking a break from everything, but damn, I do miss design.

Surprise me with Something: I like to walk a mile in someone’s shoes before I judge them. That way when I do judge them, I’m a mile away and I have their shoes.

Nicollo Abe - The White Owl's Den 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition Winner

The White Owl’s Den Designer: Nicollo Abe (Ontario, Canada)

Bio: I’m currently a student at Sheridan College, attending my third year of the Architectural Technology program. My hobbies include game developing, creating artworks, and uploading video content on my Youtube channel.

Surprise me with Something: In the past, my family simultaneously owned at least 10 domestic cats.

There were several playhouses that the judges wanted to single out with some sort of recognition, but these two particular playhouses were discussed at long length in the last round of deliberations and it was only by the slightest of margins that kept them from taking the place of one of the playhouses listed above. What this tells me, is that I need to start raising more funds so that I can select more playhouses for construction.

2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention LoaA 2017 Playhouse Design Competition

The Bronto the Dino Designers: Marylis Rodriguez Beltran and Jean Carlo De Jesús Colón (Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico)

Bio: We are both Architects in Training from Puerto Rico, and we both recently completed our Masters in ‘Engineering Management’, with a specialization in ‘Construction Management’. Even though we live in different parts of the island (Jean is from Morovis and I am from San Juan), we have known each other for several years and our individual work, conceptually and aesthetically speaking, is very similar. That’s why we decided to join forces for this noble cause. I have also worked in several summer camps throughout the years. Working with children has been a very rewarding experience, which is why I feel very passionate about participating in the playhouse competition.

 

The White Rabbit Playhouse Designer: Noer Ucen Hong (Singapore, Singapore)

Bio: I am an architectural designer and 3D visualization artist based in Singapore.

Surprise me with Something: I just started using & learning Sketchup less than 30 days ago.

In addition to the playhouses my judges selected on Saturday night, there was another room of judges located on the premises of SketchUp, that spent just as much time reviewing playhouse submissions.

SketchUp

For the second year in a row, I’ve been working with the fine folks over at SketchUp and not only did they enthusiastically agree to participate again in this year’s playhouse competition, they made a sizable donation to Dallas CASA that will underwrite the construction of two of the Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition playhouses. I have created a special “Best of SketchUp” category to showcase the skill of the best winning design that uses SketchUp software. Considering that over the last six years almost every single entry I have received was created in SketchUp, this collaboration was a no-brainer. In addition to their amazing financial support, they have put together an incredible prize pack, the grand prize of which includes the selection of one of the winning playhouse designs (that is chosen from last week’s list of finalists).

The SketchUp Grand Prize

Amrita Raja and Katharine Storr 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition Winner

The Playhouse Rock Designer: Amrita Raja (London, United Kingdom) and Katharine Storr (London, United Kingdom)

Bio: We are based in London, though we met when completing our M.Arch at Yale. We both work at large architectural practices on international projects, but enjoy the challenge of designing small, community-based projects.

Surprise me with Something: We once picked 27 lbs of strawberries in one go … accidentally.  We didn’t realize just how quick it would be to pick berries, and consequently had to make 4 cakes and 3 pies the same afternoon, and still had 7lbs left over!

In addition to getting their playhouse built, Amrita and Katharine will also receive the following items:

There will also be five honorable mention finalists who will each receive a SketchUp prize pack. They are:

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Play and Learn by Rafael Duailibe dos Santos

Moai Playhouse by Ján Olexik

White Rabbit by Noer Ucen Hong

Inside/Outside Playhouse by Vijay Panchal

Fort Beach by Ryan Heck

These five honorable mention finalists will each receive a SketchUp prize pack that includes:

  • A Space Navigator
  • A SketchUp Viewer
  • And a pair of our most excellent, limited edition (of course) SketchUp socks. It’s almost like you don’t even have to win to win.

I will be reaching out to each of the winners who were selected to have their playhouses built, as you are now officially on the clock for preparing your construction drawings – which are due to the contractors by Monday, May 22nd – which means you have 4 easy weeks to get your work done. IF you can get them done sooner, I’m sure the contractors would appreciate the additional time to build your playhouse masterpiece. As listed in the competition brief, All playhouse design competition winners are required to prepare construction drawings for their entries which will be submitted to their designated contractor. In the possibility that you are unable to prepare your own construction drawings (because you don’t know how, not because you get busy with other things) with a little heads up, I have people who have offered their time and skills to prepare constructions drawings on your behalf.

This has been another amazing year of entries, and I am extremely happy with the playhouses that were selected for construction. If you took the time to participate this year and were not listed among the winners, I am deeply sorry, but you should know that the quality of the entries is getting stronger and stronger every year and the competition is fierce. The only way I know how to try and level the field is to have more winners and simply build more playhouses – so that’s my goal for 2018.

I hope to see you all once again. My deepest gratitude to you all.

Cheers,

Bob signature FAIA

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2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition – The Winners

ArchiWeb South Africa - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 07:01

On Saturday, April 22nd – 6 highly focused and dedicated judges walked into my home with the task of selecting the winners of the 6th Annual Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition. This is no small task and while it may seem a fairly simple enough process to select awesome winning playhouses – it’s not. These are surprisingly complicated little buildings and the criteria for evaluation is specific, but yet open for a wide range of interpretation. The judges had to take the 26 entries that were advanced in last week’s finals round and eliminate all but three playhouses which will be built and donated to Dallas CASA (which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates) a nonprofit organization of community volunteers trained and supervised to serve as voices in court for abused and neglected children.

2017 Playhouse Judges Final Round

In all, the process took around 3 hours and there were some interesting debates over the different merits we were using to evaluate. The general concepts discussed were:

  • Overall Design
  • Appeal
  • Constructibility
  • Adherence to rules (mostly regarding the safeguarding of the playhouses while they were on display)

While I always think I want to be a judge during this process, I am normally glad that I am able to limit my responsibilities making sure that the judges have what they need to properly form their opinions. As always, the judging panel is made up of a wide variety of talents and opinions – something that I think is crucial to this process. I have no doubt that if I judged this competition by myself, the outcome would look slightly different.

But let’s get to the lucky winning playhouses!

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Osteria Oggi by Studio Gram | Café interiors

World Architecture - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 00:00

Oggi translates to ‘today’, and the space reflects this meaning as a modern interpretation of all things Italian, simple and subdued, with a playful personality, informed by the squares and piazzas of Italy. The brief was simple; the client wanted a bright interior, with the kitchen on show, a direct reaction to the moody, dimly lit spaces of the local hospitality scene. Vaulted ceilings, archways and a long narrow bar are all presented by a shop front, where your focus is drawn to the rear of the space, where the play of light through its saw toothed roof, and the draped greenery from the produce garden capture the essence of Italy. The repetition, the materiality and the formal nature of these outdoor spaces have all influenced the outcome; a calming, seemingly outdoor space, where the palette is muted enough to allow the users other senses to experience the tastes and the smells that come from the kitchen above. Studio Gram continue

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Jobs: Property Asset Manager - Europe

African Economy - Fri, 21/04/2017 - 17:26
Country: 
Europe

PROPERTY ASSET MANAGER - Europe

International property fund managers are investing in Europe and due to the growth require a top quality Asset Manager in Europe.
Property portfolio at this stage is around €700ml and growing through careful strategic planning.

They have three major regional shopping centres which include mixed uses - offices, and currently undergoing expansion to include a full mixed use development which needs to be managed and ideally needs someone with international experience. Ideal candidate would need a related degree (architecture building civil Quantity Surveying Engineering or B Com) as this post encompasses all disciplines - with a stable work history and a proven track record with a notable developer or property company.
Your knowledge of Dutch or Afrikaans would be advantageous.

This is a dynamic organisation which enjoys lateral thinkers who deliver!
For further information, please send an email to Jacqui Tuck who would discuss details of the position with you. Our Client wishes to view CV's within the next two weeks and make a decision by the end of May. I look forward to having a productive discussion with you.

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