Jan09

Mall Transformed into a Mixed-Use Neighborhood

The redesign will be in line with many new urbanism projects. There will be shops, cafes and offices connected by walkways. Storefronts will be on the first floor and residential units will occupy the top floors. There will also be a mix of cottages, multi family homes, and condos in the neighborhood as to add variety. Parking will still be present but will be hidden behind the retrofitted mall, away from the storefronts.

Jan09

M Coffee / Hooman Balazadeh

The spatial concept was to present a significant solid mass that connects the entrance of the hall to the serving counter and also illustrates the roof and the walls as a continuous element. This solid mass provides the essential light of the area indirectly and eliminates any sharp and disturbing type of light. The form was generated through morphing two curves over each other that creates variety of different perspective views and diverse experiences in each spot.

Jan08

Ribbon House: Project of the Day

This home by G2 Estudio is sited in one of the most beautiful locations in the world: San Carlos de Bariloche, in Argentina. At the foothills of the Andes. Surrounded by lakes, creeks, and canyons. At the base of one of the best ski resorts in South America. Sitting at the confluence of a whole set of volatile forces of nature that clearly informed the dynamics of the massing. Check it out.

Jan08

NYC's Worst Bathroom Design Challenge

Sure, bathrooms in New York are small, but what they lack in size they usually make up for in economy of space, tidiness and design.  Kenny’s bathroom is another story. We want to help Kenny out and get you a new job at the same time. The competition asks for you to redesign Kenny’s bathroom.
Jan08

2011 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite students, architects, engineers, and designers from around the globe to take part in the 2011 Skyscraper Competition. The annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition is a forum for the discussion, development, and promotion of innovative concepts for vertical density. It examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

Jan07

A look at the Sagrada Familia

The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, often simply called the Sagrada Família, is a large, privately-funded Roman Catholic church that has been under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026. A portion of the building’s interior is scheduled to open for public worship and tours by September 2010.Considered the master-work of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the project’s vast scale and idiosyncratic design have made it one of Barcelona’s (and Spain’s) top tourist attractions for many years. The church is to be consecrated and proclaimed a Basilica by Pope Benedict XVI on November 7, 2010, during his visit to Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona.

Jan06

The Broad Museum: Unveiled

Major developments for Los Angeles today, where a press conference at Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall just wrapped up. LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and architect Liz Diller unveiled finalized plans for the 114,000-sf, $130 million Broad Museum, set to open in 2013. The Museum will represent the legacy of mega-collector Eli Broad, who has been working closely (too closely?) with Diller Scofidio + Renfro since he awarded them the commission last year.

Jan06

Letterbox house by McBride Charles Ryan Architects

There is a clear hierarchy in this house. Contrasting to the raked timber wall that stretches from the letterbox to become the westerly verandah, the remainder of the house appears as a simple modernist expression akin to many of the houses of the region. On approach, the raked timber wall appears to have morphed from out of the diminutive letterbox. Yet from other perspectives the house appears to have been carved away. The two techniques are conceptually contradictory.

Jan06

Dream Home : Urban Townhouse by Peter Gluck and Partners

Even for the concrete jungle that is New York City, a modern five-story townhouse masked behind a gleaming façade made of perforated aluminum is still something of a novelty. Especially when it’s the only one in a row of traditional brick-lined houses. Squarely set on a narrow 1,322-square-foot plot of land in lower Manhattan, this stunning urban home designed by the noted firm Peter Gluck and Partners Architects is a cutting-edge standout that goes against the grain of the townhouses typically seen around the city.

Jan06

Real life house from the movie ‘Up’

Pixar’s recent movie ‘Up’ is a story of an old man who refuses to give up his house to a monstrous development that is eating up all the homes in his neighborhood. It comes to a point that there is nothing left around him except for high-rise businesses. This notion is an exaggerated representation of how development companies find a way to buy up all the houses in a neighborhood.