Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
The Chicago offices of The Whitehouse Post got a sweet facelift recently. Designed by Bruce Bolander, a Los Angeles-based architect, the new space is a sweet mix of contemporary and fun (check out the graphics on the bathroom doors!).
The Whitehouse has occupied a set of offices in the historic Courthouse Place building since 1995. The existing space was very dark, so Bruce’s design sought to bring light into the interior.
“I focused the design so that the light from the outside came all the way through, which was occasionally as simple as changing the blinds, wall and floor color. In other areas, we cut out some of the perimeter offices to let light in along the large corridors,” said Bolander. “The intention was to try to peel back and get back to the basics of the building, so we uncovered the brick and steel pieces. We also as integrated other stripped-down elements such as vertical wood-paneling as an an additional material that kind of bridges the old and the new.”
Thursday, May 26th, 2011
All the Cité du Surf et de l’Océan by Steven Holl needs is a huge can of bondo and it would be nicely skateable.
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
A beautiful house half-submerged in a sand dune with a wood-sided upper level that floats above an open ground floor. Nice work by JVA and Mole Architects.
Monday, May 23rd, 2011
It’s been a few years since we graduated from college (exactly how many, I will keep to myself!), and it’s been fun to see several of our friends from architecture school go on to do their own thing. One friend, Hilary Scruggs, recently completed a housing project in San Antonio, TX, and I’m honored to feature her beautiful project here. What I appreciate most is the contrast between the persona of the houses at night and during the day. In daylight, the houses are very private, with an aluminum screen that sheathes the home and conceals almost entirely the daily activities going on inside. Though the aluminum screen seems opaque, the interior is very light, and the occupant is provided with great views of the outside. At night the exterior of the houses come alive as portions of the building are lit up from inside.
Consisting of two units of 1500 sf each, Biering was conceived as a prototype for sustainable and affordable urban living. The idea was not merely to integrate sustainable features into a contemporary-style home but create a design icon in the process; the thesis being to go beyond “eco-chic” to create an “eco-icon”.
The defining feature of the project is a diaphanous aluminum screen which envelopes the homes, providing shade, security, and privacy during the day while illuminating at night. The screen conceals conventional patio doors on both floors that offer cross-ventilation as well as expansive views of downtown. The screen utilizes continuous 20″ panels of perforated aluminum and the decking material, Trex, which was milled into battens that create an air gap between the screen and the building.
Mixing prefabricated components – like standard windows and IKEA cabinets – with simple but highly custom assemblies out of economical materials (aluminum, knotty pine plywood) – kept costs down while creating the look and feel of a more high-end home. The interiors are conceived to maximize flexibility and customization for an occupant, while lending a sense of warmth and comfort to the overall design.
All photos courtesy of Bailey Porter.
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
Beautiful long perspectives with planes of color that are brought to life by the shadows of the overhangs at the Josephine Baker School Group by Domenique Coulon & Associates.
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
The RATP Formation Center, by Stephane Maupin is a workshop building for maintenance of the Paris transportation system. It’s cited on a triangular site in an industrial zone. I think it’s ship-like form, round windows, and orange paint on the facades are perfect for its program and site.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
From the National Geographic Flashback Archives:
An ancient Roman bridge spanned the Wadi al Murr near Mosul, Iraq, in the 1920s. Credited to German archaeologist Max von Oppenheim, this image never ran in the Geographic—nor did his manuscript for a story about his work at Tell Halaf, Syria, found with it in the photographic file. Von Oppenheim discovered the site (which dates from the sixth millennium B.C.) in 1899 and conducted excavations there over the next three decades. He shipped several treasures from the dig home to Berlin for exhibition in his personal museum, but many were destroyed in an Allied bombing raid in 1943. Objects salvaged from the rubble have recently been restored and are scheduled to go on display next year.
—Margaret G. Zackowitz
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
Amazing Kindergarten Faberborg in Oslo, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Architects. I love the monolithic undulating diagram.
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
The Vilhelmsro Primary School, by BIG Architects, is such a beautiful project. Located in Asminderoed, Denmark, the project is still in the design development phase, and features a series of undulating strips that create a dynamic topography. Light filters into the buildings through the exposed peaks in each strip, and green roofs on each strip integrate the building into the landscape. I can’t wait until this is actually a built work.
The undulating roof, as experienced from inside the school. See more photos and drawings at Designboom.