The Aortic Arc designed by Visible Research Office creates a canopy over a student lounge in an existing two-story atrium at the heart of CCA’s San Francisco campus. The canopy is equal parts light scope, spatial definer and viewing portal. The canopy arc’s over an existing concrete beam and is topped by three portals. Two of the portals are located to pull in light from above while a third allows for discrete views into the lounge below. The panels of the canopy are shaped to direct natural light down into the space during the day and become a colorful surface when artificially lit at night. The canopy gives the lower level student lounge a sense of definition for large group activities and protection and intimacy for individual relaxation. The canopy acts as a screen to both direct and shield views from above. Read the rest of this entry »
This thesis by Alexa Getting proposes a disparate trajectory of architecture: a dissension from current design practice, a design practice that is no longer confined to or constrained by a building code and standardization which inevitably lends itself to apathetic and conditioned users. Rather, this thesis probes a trajectory of architecture that capitalizes on an urban and architectural reconsideration of conditioning, via a design intervention of perpetually transforming space. This spatial strategy affords the user a higher level of self-awareness through re-conditioning, or what this proposal terms “hyper-conditioning.”
Traditionally, conditioning exposes our detachment from the built environment. Highly-conditioned occupants are characterized by having a predictable or consistent pattern of behavior as a result of having been subjected to certain circumstances over time, which in turn prevents the user from experiencing architecture in a visually and a physically stimulating manner; autopilot engages. Users robotically pass through architecture, as if it is simply a way to get from point A to point B, forgetting that the majority of one’s life is spent confined within these conditioned walls. Read the rest of this entry »
Shanghai is a fragmented collage of different scales and styles. The identity of the city lies in the diversity of traditional, colonial, communist, and “post-modern” architecture united only through the city’s history. The Global Financial Centre on the Bund – yet another mixed-use project among all these opposing elements – has the natural task of addressing and emphasizing all the contradicting qualities of Shanghai without compromising their benefits.
The schizophrenic character of Shanghai calls for a cohesive agent: our project is a cluster of similar tilting towers but with different heights and footprints of different scales. The varying scales of each footprint allow different programs to inhabit the same complex and follow the logic of the site, with a smaller scale facing the old town, mitigating the difference between the various typologies surrounding the site. Global Financial Center on the Bund incorporates the richness of the small and the big, the local and the international, “hard” structures and “soft” elements, natural forms and man-made constructions. It can become a new landmark for Shanghai that is immediate, unique and identifiable while simultaneously remaining a fully-integrated and representative piece of the city’s rich culture. Read the rest of this entry »
The project designed by Vienna-based architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au has both to reflect the promising modern future of Dalian and its tradition as an important port, trade, industry and tourism city.
The formal language of our project is not pictographic, but associative; it will combine and merge the rational structure and organization of its modern conference center typology with the floating spaces of traditional Asian architecture as well as with a design reminescent of the soft surfaces generated by the forces of the sea.
A public zone at ground level allows for differentiating accessibility for the different groups of users, with the shopping and exhibition facilities directly connected to the conference center providing dramatic sight axis within the building. The actual performance and conference spaces are situated at +15 m above the entrance hall. The grand theater, with a capacity of 1,600 seats and a stage tower, directly opposite of a flexible conference hall for 2,500 seats, is positioned at the core in the center of the building. Read the rest of this entry »
FOPods (Future Office Pods) revamp the office building typology. The project was designed by Alexa Getting. As we continually advance technologically, the office needs transform from physical space to virtual (paperless) space. The office becomes hand-held, thus decreasing the office footprint. FOPods capitalize on this concept to create a unique, open air, minimal footprint, public, and hourly rentable office spaces. The jury noted that this “aspirational” plan is reminiscent of a 1960’s hyper-future in its forward thinking approach. Read the rest of this entry »
Antonio Di Oronzo, principal of bluarch architecture + interiors + lighting, designs Omonia Bakery in Astoria, NY. This bakery is a brand new project for the family that behind the renowned Omonia brand famous for its Greek pastries. It sells pastries and breads prepared on premises in the see-through kitchen.
The design of this store celebrates indulgence… the suspension of one’s everyday grind through the consumption of a sweet delight. The space is soft and warm, sexy and decadent – as chocolate. Much like the physiognomy of a pastry, this design wants to offer the exciting anticipation of a pastry in-fieri… the liquid concoction, the minced ingredients… The space shifts organically with the narrative of flavors as patrons taste the succulent delicacies. Read the rest of this entry »
“Emergent City” is Joseph A. Sarafian’s 5th year Thesis project at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
“By the turn of the Twenty-Second century, a new epoch in global survival had emerged. The human race was no longer concerned with sustainability as a trend, because it could no longer deny the fact that the world was in fact dying. The environmental catastrophes that surfaced in the Twenty-First century became increasingly frequent. Barraged with hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis, mankind was at the brink of extinction. Read the rest of this entry »
Proposal by Sanzpont Arquitectura for the Changing The Face Competition. This project goes beyond the reconstruction of the facade of the building, and aims to promote Russian cultural life from the inside out. While the interior is used as a cinema, the exterior becomes the cultural landmark of the city being used as an Urban Stage for everyone. The outdoor stage is designed to host performances and public events, including theater, film and fashion shows, sculpture, sound and light art, dance, video and music. Lateral facades are designed unfolding the roof of the building from top to bottom, creating urban stairs to reach the top, plus 2 exterior elevators that allow people to access the roof using it as an urban balcony and a figure skating rink. The LED media wall is an element that makes the building come alive and is used as the Cultural Media Wall of the city. Powered with green energy, generates a visual urban display contributing to the Moscow’s cultural life. Read the rest of this entry »
X|A is organizing an international workshop of Advanced Architectural Design, part of an ongoing academic research, which introduces participants into contemporary discussions of formal exploration in Architectureand Art, through technical attainment of design and production. The Omni(progra)chromatic by X|A is under the auspices of Benaki Museum, the Hellenic Institute of Architecture and the Athens School of fine Arts. It is an opportunity for architects, students of Architecture and Art, professionals designers and artists. Read the rest of this entry »
This project by computational architect Michael Hansmeyer involves the conception and design of a new column order based on subdivision processes. It explores how subdivision can define and embellish this column order with an elaborate system of ornament. An abstracted doric column is used as an input form to the subdivision processes. Unlike the minimal input of the Platonic Solids project, the abstracted column conveys a significant topographical and topological information about the form to be generated. The input form contains data about the proportions of the the column’s shaft, capital, and supplemental base. It also contains information about its fluting and entasis.
The input form is tagged to allow the subdivision process to distinguish between individual components. This allows a heterogeneous application of the process, with distinct local parameters settings. In addition to distinguishing among tagged components, the process parameters can be set to vary according to the input form’s topography as well as its topology. Finally, an environmental specification of parameters is possible to allow regional phenomena to occur. Read the rest of this entry »