sábado, 31 de agosto de 2013

All you need to know about Le Corbusier

Alix Bossard shares this must-watch video that outlines ’s five revolutionary principles of modern architecture. Using gorgeous motion design, the video briefly introduces us to everything from le Modulor to Villa Savoye and Les Cités Radieuses. Enjoy this two-minute recap of the career of one this century’s most influential architects. via openhousebcn

miércoles, 28 de agosto de 2013

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martes, 27 de agosto de 2013

Brooklyn Loft Home

Designer and artist Alina Preciado designed her Brooklyn loft space with a mix of international and industrial furnishings, many of which she sourced on worldly travels related to her business, an imported goods company. This is one home for which I’d gladly cross the bridge.

jueves, 22 de agosto de 2013

Jason Lewis Furniture

Jason lewis is a woodworker and designer, who runs a custom furniture studio in Chicago, Illinois. He produces and sells a line of his own original furniture designs, also working on custom fabrication projects for residential and commercial clients. Sometimes you’ll even find him designing for other furniture manufactures.
He spent time as an apprentice to Bauhaus guru Berthold Schwaiger in Chicago, who’s an award-winning furniture master craftsman. Schwaiger unfortunately passed away in 2006, but he will be forever known for his complex engineering and elegant design, with a focus on displaying an even flow throughout each piece. For the last ten years Jason has been self-taught, focusing on simplicity throughout his design, and trying to make furniture that’s both beautiful and unique at the same time.

lunes, 19 de agosto de 2013

House in a Forest / Paul Kaloustian

This house for a couple is located in a dense pine tree forest. The load bearing structure is the main feature of the house, defining its programs and spatial identity.
The curved walls that undulate both in plan and section expand and contract the space generated between them.
While Richard Neutra’s architecture deals with nature through the extension of the ground plane to the outside and making walls disappear, the house in a forest’s walls have more substance because of their curvature. And while Frand Lloyd Wright achieves integration with nature through horizontal extension, the house in a forest instead is extending vertically and loosing its domestic scale and blending more with the natural environment.
The new scale (the trees scale) and the pressurizing of the curves create a new relationship between nature and architecture.
The envelope of the house is all glazed and slightly curved which “absorbs” the surrounding forest creating a vertical abstract enclosure.
The project emphasizes on the elevation rather than the plan, the compressed walls and the curved glass surfaces focus on the elevation as a common ground between nature and architecture creating distorted views, filtering light, play of shadows, openness and enclosure, reflections and transparencies. 

domingo, 18 de agosto de 2013

Fred Fisher on A. Quincy Jones

A. Quincy Jones was a mid-century modernist whose architecture knew no bounds. He designed custom homes for the rich and famous, affordable tract houses, churches, restaurants, libraries, laboratories, university campuses, a factory and an embassy. He also taught, extending his considerable influence to a generation of younger designers. After languishing on the market since 2008, Jones’ Los Angeles home was purchased by the Annenberg Foundation earlier this year, ensuring that it will be preserved. When work is completed at the end of the summer, “the Barn” – as the structure is known – will serve as headquarters of the Chora Council, which is part of the Metabolic Studio, a multi-disciplinary Annenberg project devoted to the study of culture, sustainability and health. AIA award-winning architect Frederick Fisher, who has occupied Jones’ nearby business offices since 1995 and refreshed other Jones projects, is overseeing the restoration with contractor George Minardos. Here, Fisher tells us about saving the residential landmark.

sábado, 17 de agosto de 2013

Crescent Lake Oasis Gobi desert

For thousands of years pilgrims and traders on the Silk Road to the West have used the Crescent Lake oasis as a last stop off before they face the hardships of the Gobi Desert.  Six kilometers from the city of Dunhuang the oasis has persevered throughout the millennia.