Our clients had owned and worked on the site for over a decade and wanted to modernise the buildings. However, they wanted to retain the principles of the existing buildings, to create a new and sustainable small community. The proposal was to knock down the existing studio, and rebuild an artist’s studio with better facilities, as well as a separate two bedroom house all within the same footprint.
The concept for the studio is for a shiny metal box, as a domesticated re-interpretation of an industrial shed. The industrial material reflects the working nature of the studio, while this is offset by minimal detailing to give the shell a domestic quality and scale
The main volume of the house is articulated as a black rubber clad box, tactile and seamless, in sharp contrast to the rambling greenery of the surrounding sites. A wall wraps around this as a separate element, forming rooflights to the hall and stair. Planting in front of this wall will give the appearance of a ’gree...
The modular, prefab 'Simple' house took only two days to build, and is now installed in Paris' Tuileries Garden, part of the FIAC art fair. Nouvel affectionately referred to Simple as "a mobile home that stays still," describing the moveable windows and partitions within the structure.
Produced with Revolution Precrafted, a prefab company producing "limited-edition" properties, the structure is made of lightweight aluminum exterior panels, with wood and foam interior lining. "All of the essential notions relating to housing must be condensed into a single object that can be built very quickly and inhabited by one, two, three or four people within the same volume," said Jean Nouvel of the home.
Ranging in designs from 40-160-square-meters, versions of the Simple house are available to purchase from Revolution, but for now the home will exist simply as a pavilion on the Tuileries grounds until October 28.
Check out more photos in the gallery below.
h/t The Spaces
This narrow, nondescript passage — known as the Impasse Ronsin — was once an artery of aesthetic energy that, in no small fashion, defined French postwar art in all its insanity. First the site of the sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s studio, Ronsin was later where the likes of Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely all lived or worked for much of the 1950s and early 1960s.
James McAuley previews 'L’Impasse Ronsin' an exhibit at Paul Kasmin Gallery, from Oct. 27, 2016, to Jan. 18, 2017.
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In response to the August 2015 open call for papers, content for volume 70 of the JAE is split. Issue 70:1, edited by Amy Kulper, features Design as Scholarship and introduces a new design framework: Discursive Images. Issue 70:2, edited by AnnMarie Brennan and Saundra Weddle, includes Scholarship of Design. We received over 130 essays and, as a result of the number submitted, decided to spread the content over the entire volume year. The JAE is not able to publish more content, but we can publish more diverse content that represents the range of work happening in ACSA member schools. The evolution of the Design as Scholarship, the opening up of reviews to other types of architectural production, and the diversity of recent and future themes reflect our awareness that scholarship in architecture is varied.
Visit JAEOnline.org to access the articles.
"We explained what the agency does and what we stand for, and he gave me a handshake right there," offering to work pro bono. [...] Of his design — a series of two-story, garden-surrounded buildings that echo the modest scale of the neighborhood, their shiny roofs the only Gehry-esque note — he says: "This building is not fancy but has all of my heart and soul in it. I worked hard to make spaces for the kids and families that would use it so that they would feel special."
Gehry's Watts involvement previously in the Archinect news:
“She’s somebody who has a clear vision of respect for historical buildings but at the same time has a clean, elegant, modernist aesthetic that is very much about welcoming visitors today,” said Ian Wardropper, the Frick’s director. In coming up with a new design, Ms. Selldorf has been charged with improving circulation in the Frick’s galleries, library and public spaces, while maintaining the museum’s existing footprint and preserving its jewel-box character.
Prior plans for the museum's addition (designed by Davis Brody Bond) were dropped by the Frick in June of last year, partially due to a letter of protest written on behalf of 51 artists and architects. This past March, the Frick put forward an RFQ for a new revision plan, and now that Selldorf has been selected, designs will be unveiled in 2017.
"It’s about enhancing the visitor’s experience and making it utterly seamless, so that it doesn’t harm any of the existing experience that people cherish, myself included,” Ms. Selldorf told the Times, speaking to the delicacies of renovating the late Gilded Age mansion's galleries, library and public spaces.
Affordable housing, decent commute times, and an exploding population don't seem to have much in common until one considers the proposed "Journey by the Bay," a combined highway and high-speed rail backbone to bridge the Manila Bay.
Archtober is back for another year! The New York City-wide festival has 31 days of exhibitions, lectures, conferences, films, tours, and other public activities that celebrate the significance of architecture and design in everyday life.
Archinect and Bustler are happy to be media sponsors for the sixth year in a row. From Archtober's lengthy calendar of events, it's our last list of highlights! Check out our event picks for Week 4, October 24-31.
Global Migration, Refugees, and a Role for Design | October 24
Following the conversations held at the UN General Assembly’s Summit for Refugees and the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development’s Habitat III, panelists will discuss best design practices for integrating migrant and refugee populations within existing urban contexts.
Monumental Lhasa Tour | October 26
Learn about the stories behind Lhasa’s unique monuments in this special tour led by curator Natasha Kimmet. This tour will highlight the multiple infl...
The aim of bringing in Foster’s brand of highly engineered minimalism is to help attract the industry’s “top talent and provide an inspirational place to work”. The development contains “light filled offices, advanced laboratories and dynamic social spaces to nurture a culture of openness and innovation”. Located in the heart of Asia’s “Silicon Valley”, the centrepiece of the facility are the tire testing and research laboratories, which are on display to invited visitors and staff.
More Foster + Partners:
- Norman Foster reimagines global infrastructure strategies in new essay
- Foster + Partners begins construction of "floating" Copenhagen office building
- Construction begins on major Foster + Partners project in Sweden
- Apple's spaceship campus, by the numbers (including an estimated $5b price tag)
- Foster + Partners-designed 3 Sutton Place shelved after developer defaults on loans
A Friend in Deed: Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin discusses his rocky relationship with Donald Trump, on Archinect Sessions #86
Blair Kamin, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, has had a tempestuous relationship with Donald Trump for years. As a developer working in Chicago, Trump's buildings have been critiqued by Kamin, and as often happens when Trump is criticized, he does not shy away from firing back personal attacks—calling him "dopey" and "a lightweight" when Kamin decried the developer's decision to slap a 20-foot-tall "TRUMP" sign on his downtown Chicago hotel. But instances like the "sign feud" aside, Kamin has also experienced Trump's kinder side, and can attest to the complex (to say the least) personality of the business man both before and after his profoundly strange pivot onto the national political stage.
We invited Kamin on the podcast to discuss his relationship with the developer-candidate, how it's impacted his role as a critic, and how the 2016 campaign has invoked issues related to the built environment (or not).
Listen to episode 86 of Archinect Session...
The latest survey from ASLA, the American Society of Landscape Architects, reveals that the 188 landscape architecture firms that responded to the survey are planning to hire fewer people and seem to have fewer stable billable hours than they did the previous quarter. Only 78.38 percent of surveyed firms reported stable billable hours for the third quarter of 2016, down from the previous quarter's 82.67 percent. Check out the full report here.
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Documents that Macedonia's Special Prosecution, SJO, seized on Tuesday with a court order from the Culture Ministry refer to a million-euros-worth tender to build the Museum of VMRO and Macedonian Struggle for Independence...The SJO [...] says it will reveal the start of two new investigations. If one refers to "Skopje 2014", it will be the first-ever serious criminal investigation into this costly project which, according to BIRN’s database, has cost 667 million euros already.
Balkan Insight reports that the hefty €667 million+ price tag (approx. $730 million+) of the grandiose revamp “was mainly due to the signing of 123 contracts with firms and individuals for its construction, many of which were annexes to the original contract.”
Balkan Investigative Reporting Network's database: Skopje 2014 Uncovered.
Previously on Archinect:
The artist and designer Maya Lin, best-known for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will redesign the Neilson Library at Smith College. Her designs for the project, intended to reduce the existing building’s footprint, have been revealed.
Lin will renovate the 1909 Neilson Library and remove later additions that she says create a “telescoping effect”. Lin will also add two “jewel box”, curved wings intended to bring in natural light. An oculus in the central atrium will bring in more light. Additionally, Lin plans to create a “skyline room” on the building’s roof as well as an outdoor patio.
The library is situated on a campus designed by the famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and the new design aims to restore the open green space that was part of his original, 1893 plan.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017.
More from Maya Lin:
Housing must now be recognised as a human right, no different than the right to vote or express yourself freely. This means understanding that housing cannot be viewed first and foremost as an economic driver or a commodity to add to an investment portfolio; that forced eviction is not development; that land has more than monetary value; and that the private market must be regulated.
It also means housing homeless people rather than making them criminals for trying to stay alive, and it means recognising that everyone has the right to live in the city regardless of socio-economic status.
Many of the world's major cities are gripped with housing crises. For more on this, follow these links:
Although Los Angeles has had its battles over supergraphics—those painted on advertisements that often stretch multiple stories on a building's facade—the billboard as a concept has received substantially less attention, unless the provocative imagery on it causes fender benders. However, Tom Wiscombe's proposal for digital, vertically aligned, two-sided billboards that allow people to walk inside of them injects new life into an otherwise sleepy structure, making them less car-centric and more about public space.
The proposed billboards, which were chosen via a West Hollywood RFP over designs submitted by Zaha Hadid, Gensler, and the MAK Center, will be placed in public plazas along West Hollywood's section of Sunset Boulevard.
For more on Tom Wiscombe:
Manila, the capital of the Philippines and its second-largest city, is beset by heavy traffic, public health problems, homelessness, pollution, water sanitation issues, and a growing number of informal developments. According to Jonathan Gayomali, this is due, in part, to its underdeveloped infrastructure.
The review highlights the sector’s dysfunctional training model, its lack of innovation and collaboration, and its non-existent research and development culture. Low productivity continues to hamper the sector, while recent high levels of cost inflation, driven by a shortage of workers, has stalled numerous housing schemes as they have become too expensive to build.
Read more UK industry news here:
The verdict is out! SANAA's meandering Grace Farms “River” project has won the second Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, as announced by IIT College of Architecture Dean Wiel Arets and MCHAP Director Dirk Denison during a ceremony tonight at the S.R. Crown Hall in Chicago. First awarded in 2014, the biennial MCHAP is IIT's way of illuminating the most distinguished architectural projects built in the Americas. Projects for the second edition had to be completed between January 2014 and December 2015.
As part of their prize package, SANAA founders Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa will be appointed as MCHAP Chair at IIT Architecture Chicago for the following academic year and will receive up to $50,000 to fund research and a collaborative publication with the school.
SANAA won over an international group of finalists that included Michael Maltzan, Grafton Architects, and Patkau Architects + Kearns Mancini Architects, to name a few (projects pictured in photo gallery below).
The River has co...
The Mirrorhouse is perched on the hillside of Beverly Hills with downtown views to the east and views to Palos Verdes and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The floor plan is developed around 5 offset volumes, enclosing the private spaces of the house. The negative space created by these volumes becomes the main living spaces and circulation, creating a free flowing indoor-outdoor living area that opens to the landscape and views in every direction - the entry garden and fountain to the east, a courtyard and reflecting pool to the west, an outdoor garden to the north, and an infinity edge pool reflects the views of the city grid to the south. A high roof sits gently upon the 5 volumes, which are separated by floor to ceiling glazing & sliding glass doors that pocket away to provide uninterrupted connection between the interior and exterior.
The new Guggenheim Helsinki is composed as a series of interconnected volumes that generate new relations between Tahtitornin vouri park, the boardwalk and the waterfront. Given the very prominent site of the project, the proposal is not only concerned with the building itself, but with creating a network of public spaces along the waterfront. The result is a literal extension of the public space to the water and a park that meanders through and around the museum. The creation of multiple public plazas at different levels of the museum not only serve as outdoor exhibition and event spaces for the museum, but also reshapes the waterfront into a space for both locals and visitors to enjoy. The building also creates an iconic image from the waterfront, of a glowing white granite roofscape inspired by the treetops of Tahtitornin vouri park that captures the Nordic sunlight for the museum galleries below.
Aecom, America’s largest design engineer, will have its skills tested with a contract to build a high-tech factory for Chinese electric vehicle start-up Faraday Future (FF) in Las Vegas. The work will have a construction value of $500m, signed on a guaranteed maximum price basis, but FF has said in the past it wants the factory built in half the normal time. In all, FF is reported to be investing $1bn in its new plant.
Architecture Billings Index declines further; reflecting uncertainty over U.S. presidential election
For the first time since the summer of 2012, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) posted consecutive months of a decline in demand for design services. [...] The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 48.4, down from the mark of 49.7 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.4, down from a reading of 61.8 the previous month.
“This recent backslide should act as a warning signal,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “But this drop-off in demand could be continued hesitancy in the marketplace to move forward on projects until the presidential election is decided. The fact that new work coming into architecture continues to slowly increase suggests that billings will resume their growth in the coming months.”
The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of September:
- Regional averages: South (53.4), Midwest (50.1), West (49.5), Northeast (44.0)
- Sector index breakdown:commercial/industrial (50.4), mixed practice (49.8), institutional (49.0), multi-family residential (48.8)
- Project inquiries index: 59.4
- Design contracts index: 51.4
The ABI in previous months on Archinect:
They want granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. They want a finished basement and an en suite bathroom. They want (original) hardwood flooring and His-and-Hers vanities. They want it for less than fair market value and in their current neighborhood. [...] According to HGTV, viewers in their target demographic watch the network for an average of two hours and 14 minutes per sitting. But why? What is it about HGTV that makes it so compulsively watchable?
HGTV isn’t a network that accumulates narrative, but it is a network that accumulates detail.
Searching for a job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our Facebook, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.
Here are the latest EOTD-featured firms:
A day after the Austrian government said it was planning to tear down the house where Adolf Hitler was born, the interior minister now says it is likely to be redesigned. The idea is to prevent the property from being a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. [...] "the new plan comes after members of a government-appointed commission on the future of the house suggested that erasing the house would give the impression Austria was trying to erase its past."
The tricky business of architectural preservation:
Land to the Rear 39-61 Gyndwr Road Hammersmith, London, SW14
Client: Stadium Housing Group
Date: 2007 - 2012
Services: Full Architectural Design
Type: 14 Units CFSH: Level 3
This project is located adjacent to Talgarth Road in London SW14 and raised considerable challenges in delivering a mixed tenure residential development on a site constrained by its busy urban context and site topography.
The final scheme is configured to resolve the issues generated by the linear site footprint and the A4 dual carriageway which defines the site’s Southern edge.
The properties to the North also presented a significant constraint due to overshadowing, day lighting, and privacy issues.
The proposed section was developed to resolve these constraints integrating circulation, section form, shading, and ventilation issues. The three storey mono p...
“DESIGN EARTH is concerned with relationships between design and the Earth—as matter, scale, and worldview—to open aesthetic and political concerns for architecture and urbanism,” state El Hadi Jazairy and Rania Ghosn of their collective practice.
Designed by the tall tower pros at Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, One Vanderbilt will rise to become the second tallest tower in NYC and the tallest tower in Midtown. However, unlike the city’s other skyscraper additions noted for their slim silhouettes, this tower will be a behemoth occupying a full block between Vanderbilt and Madison avenues and East 42nd and East 43rd streets; the site is also directly adjacent to Grand Central Terminal.
On Tuesday morning, developer SL Green held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the KPF-designed One Vanderbilt.
The tower, which will rise 1,401 feet when completed in 2020, will be New York City's second tallest, and one of its largest with more than 1.6 million square feet of office space distributed across 58 stories.
One Vanderbilt will also occupy an entire city block, bound by Vanderbilt and Madison avenues and East 42nd and East 43rd streets. Notably, the site is directly adjacent to Grand Central Terminal.
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It’s an exciting time to be an ARE candidate. With the release of ARE 5.0, new information is revealing itself daily. Keeping up with these updates can be difficult, but not impossible. Read on to discover essential ARE updates from NCARB that will help you on your path to licensure.
1. Earn a $100 Gift Card by Contributing to the Cut Score
If you’re among the first 600 candidates to take the ARE, not only will you contribute to the cut score (defined points on the score scale that determine the passing standard), but you will receive a $100 gift card from NCARB. NCARB will temporarily hold the release of ARE 5.0 score reports until the cut score of each division is decided, so encourage other ARE 5.0 candidates you know to test early.
2. Navigate the New Testing Interface with NCARB’s Demo Exam
The ARE 5.0 Demonstration Exam is an interactive tool that helps you become familiar with the interface of the new test, and can be accessed easily through yo...