Tiny apartment in Paris made liveable

At the time of Haussmann’s big transformations of Paris, it was common to have domestics. Most of the time women, in french bonnes, they were sleeping under the roof in tiny rooms, between 8 to 11 sqm, having mutual toilets in the narrow corridor. This video is showing an example of how a former chambre de…

Fünf Höfe – Five Courtyards for the Munich City Centre

Close to Marienplatz, in the heart of Munich, a historical and traditional street block was transformed into a new city space. Retaining largely the overall structure and the street façades, the intervention designed by Herzog & de Meuron took advantage of the existing buildings to create unexpectedly singular spaces. The city block was carefully opened…

Movies for Architects: “The 5th element”

Hello and welcome to our new series “Movies for Architects”! In this series, we will advise you, young Architects, some movies you have to watch! Second episode: The 5th element, a movie directed by Luc Besson in 1997 with some well designed futuristic buildings (and very nice outfits also, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier). The…

Harbin Cultural Island

An atoll for culture. Surrounded by wetlands of the Songhua River, Harbin Cultural Island is the leading container buildings of the Grand Theatre and the Recreation Center Harbin, artificial plan which endorses natural geography mimicking the natural shape of the coast of the river located off the island.

White Box

Video of the week Production : TANGRAM co. ltd. Director : Makoto Yabuki Camera : Masashi Sasaki Music : Takaya Murakami “It is a work made as the visual identity of architects office Sturdy Style. Their corporate identity is home creating without stereotype. The architect faces the white box symbolizing a home, and designs harmony…

Festhalle on Constance Lake

Along the Nonnenbach river, near the city hall will be situated the new Festhalle – festival hall – of Kressbronn, on the Constance Lake. Thanks to its large openings on the site, the Festhalle allows a good vision of the surroundings and natural illumination. With the sawtooth roof, that allows to put photovoltaic panels (south)…

Transcendent by unnoticed

Sometimes to be important in a place is necessary to pass unnoticed. This formulation is meant discordant, is the preliminary concept employed by BIG to design new Danish Maritime Museum. A premise that nurtures new uses traditional space of the city without altering the skyline established in the collective memory of its citizens.

Perot Museum

A solid pop in a landscape of native ecologies. The new Perot Museum of Nature and Science is proposed as an experience of integration of nature into the urban. Morphosis design studio next to Talley Associates landscape is solved by two entities: A solid cubic volume that responds to introversion proposed program, located on a platform that favors the forms of nature.

Architectural Drawing Museum

A stacked block chaining. The museum of architectural drawings hosting the Tchoban Foundation collection. For its construction, the Foundation purchased a small plot in the old complex Pfefferberg brewery in Berlin.

Top 5 of what shouldn’t be done to buildings…

As an architect, you should definitely not… #5 …copy Paris one by one, or any other city. Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, China. An empty town. _ #4 …draw the exterior of a building and not really give importance about how it works inside. Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, by Frank Gehry (related article here).…

Beko Masterplan by Zaha Hadid

The curve applied as a dogmatist element. Zaha Hadid‘s intervention on the grounds of the former textile factory Beko Belgrade, Serbia, does nothing but confirm design criteria stagnant systematically repeated in each of the interventions of the past few years. The multifunctional complex Beko is only 500 meters from the historic center, on the banks…

The Color in Architecture – 6 of 10 – BLUE

Welcome to our new series “The Color in Architecture”, which offers examples of buildings, old and new, using one special color. Between Sea and Sky: Architecture. Blue. Click on an image to see the name of the design and of the architect, and scroll left and right to see the next images Connected articles: GOLD…

Il Teatro del Mondo

Il Teatro del Mondo, in english the “Theater of the World”, also known as the “Venitian theater”, was designed by Aldo Rossi in 1979 for the Biennal of Venice in 1980. Aldo Rossi analysis and condenses by numerous drawings the Venetian identity, his physical, geographical and architectural reality, but also his mythical reality. This “singular”…

Interview of architect Giovanni Lucentini

Giovanni Lucentini is an architect from Palermo in Sicily, Italy, associate of the firm Lg=mC (Giovanni Lucentini & Marcello Calà). We discovered the firm in October 2012 and wrote an article about it, right here: Presentation of the firm Lg=mC We do believe that the architect Giovanni Lucentini has a great talent, and it is…

Visions of space habitation: From fiction to reality

Visions of space habitation: From fiction to reality Farhad Pakan _   _   _ A thesis submitted to the faculty of architecture of the University of Nicosia (UNIC), Cyprus Supervisors: Prof. Solon Xenopoulos, Prof. Nikolas Patsavos January 2012 _   _   _ Abstract The purpose of this paper is to provide an analytic…

BIG | al Sowwah Island Bridges | Abu Dhabi

“Situated between the existing downtown of Al Reem Island, al Sowwah Island will be the new Central Business District of Abu Dhabi. The island will become not only an urban center, but also a main connector between surrounding existing and new developments. A total of 11 new bridges will connect to the neighboring urban areas,…

Palacio Itamaraty as example of sustainable architecture

The Palacio Itamaraty was inaugurated in 1970, when green architecture was not as trendy as today. However, it is one of the best examples of green building that I ever visited. Le Corbusier said that architecture is invention, as Oscar Niemeyer liked to remember. In this building, Oscar Niemeyer invented simple solutions for efficient sustainability.…

Premio Fondazione Renzo Piano 2013 – BREMBILLA+FORCELLA ARCHITETTI

The building is located within the pre-existing compound of Scuola Edile di Bergamo-SEB (school for construction workers), an heterogeneous mix of edifices built over the past 50 years that this new architecture joins accurately. Conceived as a mixed-use architecture, the building encompasses a variety of spaces devoted to the different processes and crafts of the…

An underwater hotel for high seas

The Maldives are getting overtaken by high waters, that was a great opportunity to design a fantastic hotel, the Water Discus… This hotel looks unreal with its 22 underwater rooms, offering an incredible view! In emergency cases, or for maintenance purpose, it is easy to re-float the underwater section. images

Tred Avon River House by Robert M. Gurney Architect

Easton, located in Talbot County on Maryland’s eastern shore, was established in 1710. Easton remains largely agrarian, with numerous farms interspersed among area’s many waterways. Diverging from several acres of cornfields, a one-quarter mile road lined with pine trees terminates at a diamond-shaped tract of land with breath-taking views of the Tred Avon River. Arising…

The Color in Architecture – 4 of 10 – ORANGE

Welcome to our new series “The Color in Architecture”, which offers examples of buildings, old and new, using one special color. For the fourth episode: Orange! Not only a nice color, but also the official color of ArchiTexts! Click on an image to see the name of the design and of the architect, and scroll…

Seagram: Union of Building and Landscape

Essay: Phyllis Lambert Seagram: Union of Building and Landscape Seagram building plaza panorama, looking south from the first setback of 399 Park Avenue, 2010. [Photo © Richard Pare, courtesy of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal] What led Mies to create the union of skyscraper and plaza on Park Avenue, a binding together so profoundly…

The Color in Architecture – 3 of 10 – RED

Welcome to our new series “The Color in Architecture”, which offers examples of buildings, old and new, using one special color. For the third episode, here comes Red. For me the color that best goes with black and white. Sometimes agressive, sometimes warm, we find the red in many different types of buildings, in many…

Video of the week: Elii 55 House of Would

Video of the week 20 Elii 55 House of Would Prefabhouse Pedrezuela, Madrid 2012 “This house is located in a 1316m2 sloping plot of land in the district of Pedrezuela, 45 km north of Madrid. There is little to no vegetation in the section closest to the street, which nevertheless provides a good viewpoint on…