Architecture

Barcelona’s Lost Utopia

Surrounding the borders of Barcelona’s old city, the Eixample district is an unmistakable grid of some 900 seemingly similar city blocks master planned by Ildefons Cerda. Characterized by its unique 45 degree cut corners and home to Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila and Casa Batlló, the area stretches from Mies Van der Rohe’s reconstructed […]

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House, Projects

22 Jalan Kembangan / Timurdesigns LLP

The site for this house posed several challenges to overcome. Firstly, it is located right at the junction of two busy 4-lane roads. And in addition to that, the overhead MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) viaduct for the East-West cross-island train is located just beyond one of these roads. There is constant noise coming from cars […]

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Architecture

To Fix Architecture, Fix the Design Crit

In architecture, the act of formally critiquing design is ubiquitous. The crit, as its called, is almost a rite of passage. And while the format of this practice is universal, its objective, goals and ultimate purpose are unfixed, beyond a broad and often vague imperative to make a given design better. This is a problem, […]

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Architecture, House

sergey makhno builds a japanese garden in ukrainian suburbs

architectural studio sergey makhno architects reveals its latest project located in the suburbs of kiev, the capital of ukraine. the private residence titled ‘oko house’ (in ukrainian oko stands for an eye) is a two-level structure overlooking the natural green landscape through its circular opening in the main façade, gridded with steel bars. walking through the terraced site, one would encounter with eventual sculptures […]

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Design, Ecology, House

Bruny Island Hideaway | Maguire and Devine Architects

“We value your ideas and work with you to create inspiring and functional living and working environments. We strive to create timeless architecture with embodied spirit, responsive to budget and the environment.”— Hugh Maguire We want to collaborate with you and build you a joyful place. Architecture is for living, after all. Our projects are […]

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Architecture, Factory, Utopian Green

Noma by BIG

Noma is a two-Michelin-star restaurant run by chef René Redzepi in Copenhagen, Denmark. The name is a syllabic abbreviation of the two Danish words “nordisk” (Nordic) and “mad” (food). Opened in 2003, the restaurant is known for its reinvention and interpretation of the Nordic Cuisine

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Architecture, Projects, Utopian Green

Cabins for Wildwood State Park

The final site plan was determined in situ: WXY’s designers staked the location of each cabin with flags and adjusted the composition in the rolling landscape to give the perception of diverse forms, while leaving the forest as untouched as possible. The cabin’s exteriors are simple, comprising unfinished cedar shingles, ipe decking, and galvalume roofing. […]

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Architecture, Ecology, House

Custom House Less Than 3,000 Square Feet

The Sonoma WeeHouse is, in fact, not one but two houses—one main house and one guest house—on a hillside site in Santa Rosa, Calif., just north and west of the vineyard-rich region that gave it its name. These small, impeccably detailed, minimalist, weathering steel-clad boxes were designed by St. Paul, Minn.–based firm Alchemy Architects for […]

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Utopian Green

The Bear Stand

The cabin aesthetic features a variety of wood: Exposed Douglas fir glulam beams and decking complement stained cedar siding, and wire brushed walnut floors. Black fiber-cement board panels and board-formed concrete walls supplement the varied woods, adding tactile variety within a constrained palette of carefully detailed finishes. “This is a really beautiful project, and the […]

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Architecture, House

House of Horns

“I like how it splits into individual elements that come together very well, but also break down the scale. The way it’s established on existing foundations that were extrapolated into something radically different is really powerful.” — juror Reto Geiser

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Projects, Utopian Green

Tulum art gallery was created by Peggy Guggenheim

Much like the Guggenheim Museums around the world, a new art gallery founded by the great-grandson of Peggy Guggenheim is a true architectural showstopper. Santiago Rumney Guggenheim commissioned designer Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel to create IK LAB, a stunning arts gallery that opened late last month in Tulum, Mexico. Topped with a curved timber canopy, the nature-inspired space […]

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