May 30, 2011

Project by Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, © AUDI AG

Project by Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, © AUDI AG

Project by Leong Leong, © AUDI AG

Project by Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY, © AUDI AG

Art Part, Photo: Maggie Lee

“Audi Urban Future: Project New York”, within the scale of 1:1200 a mockup shows Manhattan in the year 2030, © AUDI AG

Model "Project New York", Audi Urban Future Initiative, © AUDI AG

Project by Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY, © AUDI AG

Project by Matter Practice, © AUDI AG

NASA - Orbiter Cutaway Axonometric

Great cutaway axon of the orbiter in the NASA Image of the Day galleries.



May 27, 2011

Sliding House, casa con paredes y techos corredizos.











Sliding House es el nombre de una espectacular e innovadora residencia construida en Suffolk (Inglaterra) por el estudio londinense dRMM (bajo el diseño arquitectónico de Alex de Rijke y Joana Pestana Lages Goncalves). La casa recibe su nombre de una caracterí­stica que la convierte en única: Posee una especie de cubierta externa que se desliza sobre el resto de la estructura, cambiando la luz y los espacios. La casa es de propiedad de Ross Russell y su esposa.

La casa tiene la forma de un antiguo granero y consta de tres partes: la casa en sí­ (que es de cristal), la cubierta móvil que es de madera y con múltiples ventanas, y un garaje aparte. La cubierta se desplaza de uno a otro lado en 6 minutos, utilizando para ello cuatro pequeños motores, permitiendo cambiar la luminosidad o las caracterí­sticas de la vivienda en función de la hora del día y la estación, permitiendo así crear nuevos ambientes o disfrutar del paisaje.

May 26, 2011

Solohouse by Lebbeus WOODS

Solohouse by Lebbeus WOODS

Solohouse final design drawings and model detail:

Solohouse, interior detail and use of illumination:

May 25, 2011

pavillion for an artist/ DHL architecture

Pavilion For An Artist / DHL Architecture © Thomas LendenPavilion For An Artist / DHL Architecture © Thomas LendenPavilion For An Artist / DHL Architecture © Thomas LendenPavilion For An Artist / DHL Architecture © Thomas Lenden

coop himmelblau for sale!

Himmelhaus For Sale

Brian Linder's The Value of Architecture lists a a house in Venice, California designed by Austrian architects Coop Himmelb(l)au. The asking price for the 2,271-sf house, what Linder calls "the first project built by the Austrian team in the United States," is just under $2.6 million. I'm a fan of the Viennese duo, but this house isn't one I'm familiar. Most likely this stems from the fact it was never widely published; it's not in either of the monographs I have on their architecture, and it's not found on their web page.

According to a fairly recent Architectural Review article by Michael Webb (text but no pictures here), the 1995 project was a spec house completed after their widely published Open House failed to materialize. The Webb article further indicates that the single-family house, originally a duplex and subsequently owned by interior designer Virginia Moede, was "enhanced" by architect Michael Hricak and contractor Roland Tso in 2007. So the photos below reveal a project saved by a dozen years later...of course the original desire for communal living is eschewed in favor of a single owner and family. Regardless it looks like something that Coop Himmelb(l)au should now be proud of, as it certainly fits in alongside their more well known buildings with its dynamic form and disregard for context.

[Photos from The Value of Architecture | Aerial from Google Maps]

Designing Public Car Parking Spaces

Great, aesthetically pleasing design needn't be limited to traditional architectural forms.

Utilitarian spaces, such as car parks, present architects and designers with a unique opportunity to bring beauty and harmony to the everyday functional spaces that are normally ignored by great design minds.

Modern design is about experience and these car parks pictured acknowledge that one's experience of a private or public place begins the minute they pull up in their car. Innovative developers and designers are recognising just how crucial this is - it's almost too late by the time the consumer arrives at the front door. The "experience" of good design starts well before that.