From a single drop of water

January 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Iwan Baan

The Teshima Art Museum from SANAA’s partner Ryue Nishizawa is just a stunning piece of Architecture. This very minimal Art Museum is all shaped like a drop of water that rests on the ground. The final result has been accomplished through the use of a very thin concrete formwork that arches in order to create such beautiful spaces. The round openings allow for light water to penetrate the building in close relation with the surroundings.

If you just can’t get enough of this building, check out more brilliant photographs shot by Iwan Baan.

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Jacques Herzog’s unknown paradise

January 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Cyanmag

As read in Cyanmag, it seems that Mr Jacques Herzog from Herzog & DeMeuron has fallen in love with the Spanish Canary Islands, after having built a couple buildings in Tenerife for the past years. Therefore he and his family now own this happy place with an ocean view, designed by Herzog himself for his own enjoyment.

© Cyanmag

Usually when Architects build for themselves, they tend to experiment more and break some rules. This house seems to be interesting, with a clear aesthetic of Southern Spanish Architecture and built with traditional and local materials. Let’s hope that in the future we can, at least see some interior shots of the house.

The Mirror Box

January 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Åke E:son Lindman

Swedish Architects Tham & Videgård Arkitekter just completed this inspiring and unique room for the tree hotel in the far north of Sweden, near the small village of Harads, close to the polar circle. A lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4x4x4 meters box clad in mirrored glass. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view of the surroundings.

© Åke E:son Lindman

The construction also alludes to how man relates to nature, how we use high tech materials and products when exploring remote places in harsh climates (Gore-tex, Kevlar, composite materials, light weight tents etc).The functions included provides for a living for two people; a double bed, a small bath room, a living room and a roof terrace. Access to the cabin is by a rope bridge connected to the next tree.

To prevent birds colliding with the reflective glass, a transparent ultraviolet colour is laminated into the glass panes which are visible for birds only.

NYC – Mindrelic time-lapse

January 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Just discovered this stunning time-lapse video of New York City made by Josh Owens for a History Channel Documentary called “Prophets of Doom”. The camera work looks awesome and it was shot in HD with a 14mm 2.8L, 24mm 1.4L, 50mm 1.2L, 70-200 2.8L lenses on a Canon 5D MK2. Just great!

Roadmap 2050

January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

© OMA/AMO

This talk from AMO director Reinier de Graaf at TEDxRotterdam 2010 is quite interesting. What if we scaled the solutions to our energy crisis in order to fit the whole of Europe? What if we just thought of a new Europe without any country borders but with a global plan to enhance regional development associated with a global trading/solutions system?

The project Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe, commissioned by the European Climate Foundation, delivers on its title with a radical scheme of integrated green power generation stretching from North Africa to Norway. This is without any doubt a very interesting concept and worth exploring.

Architecture Photographer: Jesús Granada

January 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Jesús Granada

Plataforma Arquitectura has posted an interesting interview with Spanish Architecture Photographer Jesús Granada. His photographs document some of the contemporary Spanish Architecture with great vision and technique.

Be sure to read it here.

Transformation À Charrat

January 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Roger Frei

This house extension by Swiss Architects Clavienrossier Architectes looks stunning. It is great to see how they managed to restore the existing stone walls while introducing new materials such as concrete and wood. All the details look very sharp, specially those thin concrete corners. Hurray for Swiss builders!

More info here.

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