Monday, June 25, 2012

Studio Banana Tv:::Madelon Vriesendorp

Trailer for a Studio Banana TV interview of Dutch artist Madelon Vriesendorp, co-founder of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and wife of Rem Koolhaas. The interview is edited and directed by Felipe de Ferrari M. and Diego Grass P.

Trailer - Madelon Vriesendorp from 0300TV on Vimeo.

Edouard François

interview with French architect and green building protagonists Edouard François. His work follows a preoccupation of sustainable development that focuses on matter, context, use, economy and ecology.

blog wunderlust : 11th June 2012

Space is the breath of Art
Frank Lloyd Wright

(c)Madan Mahatta /PhotoInk

Future Architects Brace for Major Hike in Student Loan Interest Rates | Study: People prefer walkable communities | 2012 Serpentine Pavilion opens in London | Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest 2012 | Living Building Challenge | Forget Big-Box Stores. How About A Big-Box House? | Habitat for Humanity Tries Big-Scale Approach to Housing in Oregon | Delhi’s Modernist Architecture in Photographs | The battle over a war memorial | Colouring Outside the Lines

last word: What Is It About the [Cuban] Art Schools?

Interiors : Loft Bauhaus

images © Edgard Cézar

Loft Bauhaus is 160m2 living pavilion in Brasilia, Brazil designed by Ana Paula Barros. The interior is designed around a large wall clad in local Brazilian stone that separates the large living room / dining room from the kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area. Finished in organic and natural elements, including reforested pine, that provide warmth to the spaces in contrast to the straight contemporary lines.

FCAA Biennal and Congress

(c)Hugh Walker

The Federation of Caribbean Associations of Architects (FCAA) 2012 Biennal and Congress will be held in Bridgetown Barbados from September 27th until 30th. More information regarding registration to follow.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Trailer on China's most celebrated contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry by first-time director Alison Klayman

[by] Hand

The Creators Project : Mass Studies

VICE and Intel's art and technology initiative, The Creators Project, recently visited world-famed Korean architecture firm Mass Studies in Seoul to speak to the company's founder Minsuk Cho about Mass Studies' vision and ultimate goal of shaping communities through space and time.

Design + Build + Sustain

A Jeffrey Durkin directed documentary about building sustainable cities by architect/developer Jonathan Segal. Created for the Mix 9 architecture show on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla, California.

On the Boards : Museum of Concrete Art & Design

(c)Stanton Williams

The winning competition entry by Stanton Williams Architects for the Museum of Concrete Art and Design to be located in Ingolstadt, Germany. The museum retrofits a disused brick foundry maintaining the primary volume as an exhibition space. The in situ concrete extension contains the ancillary spaces and specialized areas – small exhibition rooms, foyer, café and services.

Sustainable Gothenburg

Swedish city Gothenburg faces a challenge comparable in size with the industrial revolution: to become a sustainable city. Kjellgren Kaminsky architecture, in collaboration with a team of local volunteers, have created a vision for a sustainable Gothenburg.

Studio Banana Tv:::Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani

Studio Banana TV interviews architect Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani professor of History of Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He also has his own architectural practices, one in Milan (Studio di Architettura) the other in Zurich (Baukontor Architekten).

Open to all students and graduates of design, architecture, art, engineering, camp leaders and schools interested in sustainable architecture and rural community development projects in Africa. TH!NK will be hosting a series of workshops on sustainable construction ranging from rammed earth construction, vaulted roof and natural acoustic design. TH!NK is designed as an art+architecture camp to bring together participants from diverse backgrounds to explore the relationship between art, architecture and community to generate a modern structure using sustainable materials from the environment such as earth, straw, stone, wood, and recycled/reused materials.

The roject is organized by Nka Foundation in collaboration with CCEIR at the University for Development Studies in Tamale and Sang Project Focus Team mobilized through the United Nation Volunteers.

For more information

blog wunderlust : 18th June 2012

our bodily contact with the edges of space is central to our awareness of ourselves and our spatial location
Tom Porter

Provide Poor With Better-Designed Homes | Brutal buildings: the architecture of Eastern Europe | Interior Awards 2012 finalists | What is the future of the built environment? | Amen: A Pictorial Journey to Historic Churches in Jamaica | An Interactive Journey Through New York's Roofscape Makeover | The Architect as Urban Care Provider | Mirror, Mirror by David Adjaye | Barbadian & Grenadian Architects on show during London 2012 Olympics |

last word: Energy Efficiency and the Proposed Building Code for Jamaica and Wind, Solar…Coconuts: Small Island Developing States Commit to Renewable, Sustainable Energy for All

House of the Week 143: Mop House

images © nelson garrido

The Mop house is a 1300m2 single family residence in Al-Nuzha,Kuwait designed by AGi architects. At a cost of €1.2 million, the house is composed of two curved wall volumes that sweep and overlap mimicking the motions of a mop, twisting and revealing to form an open air courtyard. More via


blog wunderlust : 28th May 2012

I want to see the traces, stains and dirt of my work, the layering of erased lines, errors and failures, the repeated re-tracings on the drawings, and the collage of corrections, additions and eliminations on the page that i am writing….These traces help me feel the continuity and purposefulness of the work, to dwell in the work, and to grasp the multiplicity, the plasticity as it were, of the task.
Juhani Pallasmaa (The Thinking Hand)

That Awkward Moment When You’re Not Invited to the Opening of Your Own Building | Frank Lloyd Wright Sketch Misinterpreted? | Costa Rica Architectural Firm Building Energy Efficient Homes To Combat Rising Electricity Rates | RIBA Falls Short on BIM, Say U.K. Architects | Kanye West hired OMA to design a temporary polyhedral pavilion | interactive map showing the location of Banksy's artworks | mid century (garage) door |

last word: trust me I'm an (unlicensed) architect and other sh*t architects say (part 1)

3XN ::: Hospital Extension, Copenhagen

A team of architects 3XN, Aarhus Architects, Nickl & Partner Architechten, Grontmij and Kirstine Jensen Studio has won the prestigious competition for the expansion of Copenhagen’s main hospital, Rigshospitalet, which is expected to be completed in early 2017.

House of the Week 144: Prospect

This private residence and studio is located on a triangular 7,200 ft2 site in La Jolla, California and was designed by architect and developer Jonathan Segal for himself and his family. The ground level has large glazed openings that allow the interior of the house to freely flow to the manicured landscape. The volume of the upper floor is a large stucco box with Corten steel details and has minimal fenestration, some with deep recesses, to restrict views from the outside in. The house is fully divorced from the grid with electricity provided by an array of solar panels mounted on the roof of the house.

Paris 2030

Winy Maas director of MVRDV talks about the design philosophy their vision of greater Paris 2030 that was presented to the Economic and Social Council of France. More

Installation ::: SNITT

SNITT is a collaborative project between architects and designers from the UK and Norway. The name translates as section and the installation represents the intersection between a bench, a facade system and a graphic canvas. Constructed of acrylic sheets intersected by dark slats of MDF, the piece can interpreted as furniture or if perceived at a different scale can be seen as a facade.

Design team:
ctrl+n and KONTUR arkitektur + konstruksjon as (architects, NOR)
Tuyo designstudio (product / furniture design, NOR)
Kirstie Little (graphic design, UK)
Center Stage (stage and industrial design, NOR)

Transparent house

House NA or the "transparent house" - the 900+ ft2 residence in Tokyo, Japan by Sou Fujimoto Architects

New Work ::: Council Flats in Sète

© Cécile Septet

Council Flats in Sète, France designed by architects Colboc Franzen Associates. The 3 blocks contain a total of 71 flats at nearly 4,000m2 in size and sit on a trapezoidal plot of land. The balconies that run along the exterior of the buildings are wrapped in a continuous galvanized steel brise soleil that offers solar and visual respite. The scheme borrows Corbusian logic raising the blocks on pilotis to provide both parking and an extension of the landscape.

CPH Arena

The winning competition proposal for the Copenhagen Arena designed by 3XN, HKS Architects, Arup, ME Enginners and Planit.

Public Spaces

House of the Week 145: Manhattan Beach House

This near 3,000 ft2 home designed by design-build practice Walker Workshop sits on a tight infill lot on Manhattan Beach. The massing of the house responds to the local zoning, views to San Gabriel Mountains and the programmatic needs of the clients. The exterior finish of cement plaster and cedar siding flow to inside of the central stair and circulation space.

blog wunderlust : 25th June 2012

Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.

Vittorio Garatti, School of Ballet, Cuban National Art Schools. [Photo by Adrián Guerra Rey]

Architect Zaha Hadid made dame | Red telephone boxes with a twist | 2012 Sketch Showdown | Pool on a background of Field of Barley | Landscape Architecture? There’s an app for that! | Here's why Google got rid of SketchUp | I'm a city changer | The 9 Best Countries For Architects To Find Work | In Its First Life, an Oil Platform; in Its Next, a Reef? | Iraqi Mud Architect Talks Sustainability and Corruption in the Middle East |

last word: Foster to redesign Fidel Castro’s School of Ballet

new software: OrthoGraph Architect 3D for iPad

Thursday, June 7, 2012

On the Boards : Blueprint Condos

Paul Raff Studio have designed a 21-unit luxury residential development set on a headland in eastern coast of Thailand. The dynamic facade of the 3500 ft2 boutique residences modulate light, shade, and views over the Pattong Bay and the Andaman Sea. The modular louvered screens is inspired by local craft and will be made of light-weight wood-plastic composite to assist in reducing heat-gain.

Monday, June 4, 2012

blog wunderlust : 4th June 2012

The artist, the architect, first senses the effect that he intends to realize and sees the rooms he wants to create in his mind's eye.
Adolf Loos

Eisenhower Family Still Unhappy with Gehry’s Memorial Design | The Land Art of Sylvain Meyer | Streets for People: Sunset Triangle Plaza | 2012 AIA Housing Awards for Architecture | Finalists of the 100 Mile House Competition | Step Inside a Creative Mind Installation | New directions for young architects: TECHNOLOGY | Lost Lakes of the Empire State Building [&] Saves Millions of Dollars in First Year of Energy Efficiency Plan | Constructive criticism: the week in architecture

last word: Glenn Murcutt and the Wisdom of the Elders

Thursday, May 31, 2012

On the Boards : Buffalo School of Medicine


International architecture firm HOK has been selected to design the new University at Buffalo (UB) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on its downtown campus. Located at the centre of the region’s emerging bio-sciences corridor, the new transit-oriented medical school development will anchor a lively, urban mixed-use district on campus and bring 1,200 students, faculty and staff downtown.

On the Boards ::: Al Ain stadium

© MZ Architects

Sunken into the cooler depth of the desert sand, the Al Ain stadium, designed by MZ Architects emerging from the ground like a hidden treasure. The mountain provides backdrop for the stadium and allows for the gathering of a large number of visitors in the heart of the vast landscape.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

House of the Week 142: Corallo House

(c)Paz Architects

The Corallo House in Santa Rosalia, Guatemala city, Guatemala designed by Paz Architects is a three level concrete residence completed in 2011. Located in a dense hillside forest the penetrates the home, merging nature into the daily activities of the users. The glass façades reinforce the connection to the landscape. The main structural element is fair-faced concrete that bears the texture of the formwork, creating a dialogue between the man-made and the natural.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Blog Wunderlust : 21st May 2012

The world is how you see it. Don't let anyone else's image of it determine yours.
Farshid Moussavi

From Bauhaus to Rundhaus | Silent World: What Makes A City A City | Marina Abramovic Institute in Hudson by OMA | Archifocus Awards | Work/life/work balance | 2nd Annual Small Project Award Winners | Calling All Women: Finding the Forgotten Architect | Now towering over London's Olympic Park: 'The Godzilla of public art'| Rehabilitating Vacant Lots Improves Urban Health and Safety | After the Meltdown: Where does Architecture go from here? | A Miniature City Built with Metal Typography |

last word: Bold, frank criticism can only nourish architecture