Category Archives: ARCHITECTURE
The ‘Forest house’ is a project of studio Chris Tate Architecture, located in Auckland New Zealand. The residence that Tate himself uses on the weekend has very little site impact. It sits on 16 poles drilled into the ground, allowing trees to grow from under the house. The structure was also designed to point at the arch of a giant Puriri tree, which frames the rear entrance.
Located inside the W Hotel in Montreal, the Wunderbar Lounge is a space created by BPC, a hospitality development and management company.
The design is inspired by the four seasons and boasts vivid colors and beautiful lighting effects.
Photos by Stephane Groleau.
Artist of the moment JR is a very busy man. Whether it’s working with José Parlá in Cuba, exhibiting in Japan, or taking his Inside Out project around the world, JR is a man who is constantly on the run. So when Artsy was given the chance to catch the elusive artist in his New York City studios, it was a no-brainer. Likened to Andy Warhol’s Factory, JR’s expansive studio spans multiple floors and houses, among other things, an ever-growing library, a treehouse, a “tree,” a collection vintage candy machines, and artwork at every turn. The studio also serves as a guesthouse for a revolving cast of friends and artists, each one leaving their indelible mark on space. Check out the pics for yourself and read the full piece over at Artsy.
Tokyo-based photographer and the envy of all men Yasumasa “YONE” Yonehara has maintained a title as a household name in the fashion industry. His insistent use of the Fuji Instax Mini instant cameras has spawned copycats and a sudden resurgence in the format with countless collaborative efforts, limited colors, and designs popping up in Asia and Western countries as well. When he doesn’t publish his work in EYESCREAM and numerous girl fashion magazines, Yasumasa can be found pushing his creative talent onto Instagram, with over 35,000 followers eagerly awaiting his erotic, sexy photographs of Asia’s most stunningly gorgeous models and friends. For our continuing Spaces series, we visit YONE’s personal studio Creeps Tokyo in the ultra-trendy Aoyama fashion district. Eclectic furniture, pop colors on the walls, props from decades past, and even friendly reminders of his work scattered all over, including the restroom, help to set the mood for this fun and comfortable location.
Renowned for its casinos and yacht-filled marinas, Monaco has become a magnet for the richest and most discerning property tycoons in the world. Soaring to a height of 170m (557ft), the Odeon Tower will be the Mediterranean coastline’s second tallest building. The twin towers will contain 70 luxury apartments with between one and six bedrooms. Also available will be two sky duplexes and a 1,200sq m penthouse. Topping out the block will be a spectacular 3,300 sq metre multi-story penthouse complete with private water slide and exclusive infinity pool. One estimate for the value of this apartment suggests it could fetch as much as £256m when it is released onto the market in 2014. Each apartment will boast floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces with panoramic views of Monaco, Larvotto beach and the Ligurian Sea. The block will have Russian and Turkish saunas, several swimming pools, private spas, a full-time concierge, private chauffeured limousines and a cinema. Housekeeping, dry cleaning and valet services will all be organised by residents from touchscreen controls in each apartment. As well as being within easy reach of the Italian Riviera, occupants can take advantage of annual local events such as Monaco’s Grand Prix and Jazz Festival. Excavation and demolition work began on the towers in 2009. Structural work is expected to be finished by July 2013 before work can begin on the facade. The entire project is expected to be completed by July 2014. The venture was the dream of architect Alexander Giraldi, a master of “belle epoque” design, which is inspired by the atmosphere of early 20th century Paris. The belle epoque (beautiful era) was a period between 1871 and 1914 which was characterised by optimism and peace in Europe, and scientific discoveries. Responsibility for the apartment interiors has been given to the Alberto Pinto agency, whose previous clients include Saudi Arabian royalty and American captains of industry. The grounds will be designed by prominent landscape architect Jean Mus.
Benedict Redgrove was born in Woodley near Reading, England. Studied at Berkshire College of Art and Design. Travelled with his camera at 22 and had a small show of his work at 23. His background as graphic designer has heavily influenced his imagery. His carefully composed images are clean and strong. He see beauty in utilitarian spaces and structures, loves good design and functionality. His meticulously crafted photographs range in scope from vast landscapes to intimate technical interiors. Space craft, cars, planes, boats and technology, epic set-ups and close-up still life. Strong, striking and inherently stylish, his work has an uncommonly clean graphic quality, resulting from Redgrove’s subtle experimentations with space and colour. His award winning images have been commissioned by advertising agencies and magazines throughout the world. He is represented by Walter Schupfer Management in the USA and Paris and Visual Artists in the UK and Europe, His advertising clients include IBM, VW, BMW, Audi, Toyota, Honda, Sony, Virgin, BA, T-Mobile, BAe, GE, Wink Creative, Swiss, and his editorial clients include GQ USA, GQ UK, Wired USA, Wired UK, Esquire, Wallpaper, New York Times, The Times,
He is currently working on a number of projects that will be exhibited next year. He lives and works in London and New York.
Located in an office tower building in Melbourne’s CBD, the design for the Slattery Australia office was inspired by the “innovation and luxury of the uniforms and vehicles of Tron Legacy.” This slick and sexy interior is a study in sophisticated and restrained materials palette and impeccable detailing. Slattery is the national Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering firm. Who would of thought?
A favorite of bearded, lumberjack types since opening its doors seven years ago, Freemans Sporting Club will be bringing its distinctly American blend of menswear, barbershop and restaurant to a new frontier next month. The Taavo Somer-headed brand, in partnership with Yagi Tsusho Ltd., will launch a Tokyo flagship store in April, with two additional locations set to open in Japan over the next couple of years. Located in the Minami-Aoyama retail district, the new “Freemans Lifestyle Compound” — the first of its kind outside the U.S. — will count Thom Browne as a neighbor, and occupy a five-storey, 6,500-square-foot space designed by Somer himself. The exterior was designed to mimic the Rivington Street store, and will also feature an outdoor vertical garden, a restaurant and bar, and a barbershop. Inside, shoppers will find a unique mix of FSC sportswear, various collaborative pieces and footwear from the likes of Allen Edmonds and Viberg, along with off-the-rack, made-to-measure and bespoke suiting options and accessories. And, in keeping with Freemans’ “Made Local, Buy Local” initiative, Japanese leather goods and accessories from artisans will also be included in the mix, along with two new suit models — the semi-custom House Cut and more-affordable Freeman. Stay tuned for more on the launch.
This project is a residence for a couple in their thirties, built in Abiko City. The client desired a gallery-like concrete-made space where their pleasure of designed furniture stands out.
The location is at the bottom of two plateaus on a soft foundation. Therefore, stakes were necessary to support a reinforced concrete structure. In order to reduce costs, contacting area to the ground was minimized and the number of stakes was reduced. Accordingly, the upper structure was cantilevered. Then, the walls in varying volumes and the roof slab were made into three-dimensional continuous slanted surface and the stress transmission was rationalized, which became a characteristic form.
Living/dining room on the second floor has a large open composition towards the green way so as to take in the trees planted on the south side of the site to the interior space. The haircutting space was raised for 1.2 meters from the second floor, so that people will look at the south side green way and the upper side green way and the upper side of the parking on the north side. It also controls the eyesight from the surroundings. The interior space was given a modulated proportion and scale that respond to each space’s activities.
The monocoque form made of concrete was inflated and squeezed, following the necessary spatial volume at the living room, cutting space and the wet area. The stiff structure enabled a sash-less detail of glass and the exterior wall aligned in the same surface and realizes the exterior that emphasizes various facets.
The residence creates many senses of distance by the form that pursued the relationship of spaces and a rationality of the structure. Moreover, by the angles of the multi-surface composition the space is divided, though connected, and creates various sequences that are accompanied by sensual naturel light’s reflection and refraction.
fuse-atelier + Musashino Art University／fuse-studio
Main contractor: Shishido Koumuten
Structural Engineers: Ysutaka Konishi
The Liquid Light series is part of the Still Life project, where Melvær reinterprets traditional still life motives.
Liquid Light is a birch wood plate holding a glass carafe and a brass socket for a candle. When the carafe is filled with liquid and the light is lit, the carafe works as a lens that amplifies the light. The light is colored by the liquid and gives a glowing light to the dinner tables in the Scandinavian winter evenings. The object is inspired by the Cobbler’s Lamp from the 17th Century.
Liquid Light is exhibited at the Food Work Exhibition - an independent project initiated by Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll, two of the founders of Norway Says. 21 designs by 8 Norwegian designers are to be shown at Tokyo Midtown Hall during Designtide Tokyo 2012 from October 31st to November 4th.
As the title indicates, the topic of the project is food: storage, preparation, presentation, and eating. These objects spring out of simple and ordinary, yet essential and vital, actions that tie people together across cultural differences. The objects are designed for everyday situations in Norway – they are Norwegian. However, we have been inspired by Japanese culture, or rather by our particular understanding of Japanese culture. In other words, we have attempted to make Norwegian objects that could also be relevant to Japanese living. Our goal is to draw inspiration and knowledge from how our work is experienced in Tokyo.
Materials: Birch wood, brass socket, glass.
Photos: Erik Five Gunnerud
Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa has recently completed ‘house & garden’, a residence in tokyo, japan. a series of stacked concrete floor slabs bordered with transparent railings and curtains, this four-storey dwelling is enclosed with walls of household plants growing within pots. generous balconies and terraces push the main living space from the street.
these outdoor areas are filled with greenery, making the home seem more like a vertical garden. The architect has also opted to use curtains on both the interior and exterior of the house to provide privacy and divide up the living space.
Images © iwan baan
Thanks for the link Lachie.
The new eco-resort of Parque de Pedras Salgadas, Portugal, consists of a set of seven small houses in perfect harmony with the surrounding outstanding nature.
Designed in a modular prefabrication system but flexible to adapt to the specific places within the park, these houses result in several different combinations of the same three modules (entrance/bathing – living – sleeping) creating different morphologies and different dialogues with the surrounding nature, wisely occupying the empty spaces between the trunksof large trees and, at the same time, allowing each home to be unique, special and worth visiting.
The pitched roofs that caracterize the intervention redefine the contours of the park boundary and result, within the housesin comfortable but dynamic spaces.
The vain corner contradicts the structural logic of the house but creates the ilusion that the park is inside the house framing living nature pictures. The outer coating in slate tile reffers to the local contruction traditions and the slatted wood used when there is a balcony creates the perfect resting spaces.
The Paris New York restaurant specializing in burgers offer a place combining Parisian spirit and mind New Yorkers without falling into the cliches of the genre. A black ceiling, dressed bulbs Broadway recalling dialogue with floor tile cements geometric patterns. The provision mirrors facilitates dialogue between the patina of the walls and the fuselage of the bar and the staircase leading to the upstairs room.Dressed in riveted aluminum, the bar is monolithic telescope of the staircase whose aesthetic is reminiscent of the U.S. Air Stream. The steel structure of the staircase is visible from inside kept reminding workshop bays and structures Eiffel.
Photos by David Foessel
South Africa comes with some of the most beautiful, untouched land– and when you’re living amongst it all, there’s no way that you can’t take advantage of the views. This completely glazed home by Saota Architects sits along the edge of the Crescent Bay.
The overall layout of this home is quite open with plenty of secluded areas created within each space. The master suite is a sensual space, complete with a bed centered in the room and the bathroom just beyond, with a glass enclosure shower. The space remains quite linear within the natural setting, keeping the focus on the almost 360 degree views.
Italian interior magazine Case Da Abitare had the rare opportunity of visiting his Greenwich Village loft in New York City. The rather attention shy man rarely gives a look behind the scenes, which makes this tour of his apartment so much more special. Just like us, I am sure many of you would have expected something else from him, but there is not a single hint of Supreme or any of his other involvements to be found in the very minimalist space. A beautiful apartment for him and his family, far away from the bold streetwear that his Supreme brand presents season after season.
Google is building its new UK headquarters in central London. The search engine giant just purchased a 2.4-acre plot in the King’s Cross Central development in London, where the company plans to builda new, 1 million square foot office, said to range in height from 7 to 11 stories. Google did not disclose an official price for the land, but one source with knowledge of the deal told Reutersthat the company is investing £650 million ($1.04 billion) in the project. By the time construction is completed in 2016, the building is expected to be valued at more than £1 billion ($1.6 billion).
“This is a big investment by Google,” Matt Britin, Google’s VP for Northern and Central Europe, said in a statement. “We’re committing further to the UK, where computing and the Web were invented. It’s good news for Google, for London and for the UK.”
Carhartt WIP continues with another retail opening, this time in Taipei.
Carhartt WIP Taipei
1F., No.4, Aly. 35, Ln. 181, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Da’an Dist.,
Taipei City 106,
This house is sited among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima, overlooking a street with many passing cars and trams. To obtain privacy and tranquility in these surroundings, we placed a garden and optical glass façade on the street side of the house. The garden is visible from all rooms, and the serene soundless scenery of the passing cars and trams imparts richness to life in the house. Sunlight from the east, refracting through the glass, creates beautiful light patterns. Rain striking the water-basin skylight manifests water patterns on the entrance floor. Filtered light through the garden trees flickers on the living room floor, and a super lightweight curtain of sputter-coated metal dances in the wind. Although located downtown in a city, the house enables residents to enjoy the changing light and city moods, as the day passes, and live in awareness of the changing seasons.
Optical Glass Façade
A façade of some 6,000 pure-glass blocks (50mm x 235mm x 50mm) was employed. The pure-glass blocks, with their large mass-per-unit area, effectively shut out sound and enable the creation of an open, clearly articulated garden that admits the city scenery. To realize such a façade, glass casting was employed to produce glass of extremely high transparency from borosilicate, the raw material for optical glass. The casting process was exceedingly difficult, for it required both slow cooling to remove residual stress from within the glass, and high dimensional accuracy. Even then, however, the glass retained micro-level surface asperities, but we actively welcomed this effect, for it would produce unexpected optical illusions in the interior space.
So large was the 8.6m x 8.6m façade, it could not stand independently if constructed by laying rows of glass blocks a mere 50mm deep. We therefore punctured the glass blocks with holes and strung them on 75 stainless steel bolts suspended from the beam above the façade. Such a structure would be vulnerable to lateral stress, however, so along with the glass blocks, we also strung on stainless steel flat bars (40mm x 4mm) at 10 centimeter intervals. The flat bar is seated within the 50mm-thick glass block to render it invisible, and thus a uniform 6mm sealing joint between the glass blocks was achieved. The result?—a transparent façade when seen from either the garden or the street. The façade appears like a waterfall flowing downward, scattering light and filling the air with freshness.
The glass block façade weighs around 13 tons. The supporting beam, if constructed of concrete, would therefore be of massive size. Employing steel frame reinforced concrete, we pre-tensioned the steel beam and gave it an upward camber. Then, after giving it the load of the façade, we cast concrete around the beam and, in this way, minimized its size.