In memoriam: Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016

Zaha Hadid passed away unexpectedly, suffering a heart attack in a Miami hospital where she was being treated for bronchitis. She was 65.  It would be disingenuous for me to claim I was an admirer of Hadid’s oeuvre. Doubtless she was an important figure within contemporary architecture, and...

Ser Arquitecto es el Infierno

Era un día, como cualquier otro. Yo estaba pensando en mis cosas cuando fui asaltado visualmente por una ducha en este hotel. (Así es… asaltado.) La mayoría de la gente, probablemente no se habrían dado cuenta. Seguro se ducharon y continuaron a la siguiente parte de su día sin...

Being an Architect is Hell

Being an Architect is Hell his was a day, just like any other day. I was minding my own business when I was visually assaulted by a shower in this hotel. (That’s right … assaulted.) For most people, they probably wouldn’t have even noticed. They would have taken their shower and moved on...

Self-Healing Concrete – Buildings Repair Themselves

When you break your leg, it eventually knits itself back together. Osteoblast cells produce minerals that create the structure of new bone, turning fragments back into a whole. Why, thought microbiologist Henk Jonkers, can’t buildings do the same thing? Inspired by the human body, Jonkers,...

Villa Saebin – Greg Wright Architects – South Africa

The property on which this house stands enjoys a unique position in a quite cul-de-sac in Tamboerskloof. Bounded on one side by a pedestrian stair and pathway it is this subtle factor that unlocks the potential within the property and the phenomenal vistas experienced from nearly all aspects...

House 02 – Daffonchio & Associates Architects – South...

The house is set on a secluded, tranquil stand surrounded by established trees. The main house consists of two wings: the living wing and the bedroom wing. Both wings have long, low roofs which appear to float over and past them. These roofs are supported on external steel posts, as all of the...

West Marin Residence – Turnbull Griffin Haesloop – US

Nestled on a knoll top within an expansive West Marin ranch, this compound creates a gathering place for an extended family. The cluster of buildings shapes a courtyard that frames a view back to Mount Tamalpais. The courtyard shields the strong winds and creates a warm sunny spot for the...

Pearl Bay Residence – Gavin Maddock Design Studio – South ...

This pristine contemporary home is located on the west coast 90kms north of Cape Town – bordered by a nature reserve adjoining the ocean. Sites like this don’t come much more spectacular. Taking full advantage of the ocean views and responding to the coastal dune context, Gavin Maddock...

Green Screen House – Hideo Kumaki Architect Office – Japan

Architects: Hideo Kumaki Architect Office Location: Saitama, Japan Design Team: Hideo Kumaki (Dir), Natsuko Mashimo Structure Engineering: Ohno Japan Area: 130 m² Year: 2012 Photographs: Yukinori Okamura, Courtesy of Hideo Kumaki Architect Office, Mayuko Ebina The green screen which is coved...

Bondi House – Fearns Studio – Australia

Architects: Fearns Studio Location: Sydney, Australia Project Team: Matt Fearns Area: 260 m² Year: 2012 Photographs: Tom Ferguson Builder: Promena Projects Structural Engineer: Andrew Derbidge – Partridge Partners Hydraulic Engineer: Michael Frost and Associates A renovation of an inner...

NeverWet’s ready to coat your home – US

Waterproof and water-resistant products have nothing on NeverWet. The superhydrophobic coating, now available in stores, repels liquids like you’ve never seen before. To bring NeverWet to the masses, developer Ross Nanotechnology licensed the product to Rust-Oleum, which recently started...

Happy Birthday Antonio Gaudí, Alvaro Siza and Robert Venturi

Apart from Antonio Gaudí, who would have turned 161 today, both Robert Venturi and Pritzer Prize Winner Alvaro Siza also share a birthday today. Portuguese architect Siza, who in fact decided to study architecture after an inspiring trip to Barcelona (where Gaudí’s influence left its mark...

Raul Diaz House – Mathias Klotz – Chile

Architects: Mathias Klotz Location: Laguna de Aculeo, Chile Project Architects: Mathias Klotz (KLOTZ y ASOC), Magdalena Bernstein Area: 180 m² Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Leonardo Finotti, Courtesy of Mathias Klotz Client: Raul Diaz Structural Engineer: Patricio Stagno Site Area: 6,000...

Queen Alia International Airport – Foster + Partners – Jor...

Architects: Foster + Partners Location: Amman, Jordan Collaborating Architect: Maisam – Dar Al-Omran JV Year: 2013 Photographs: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Design + Build Main Contractor: Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Ltd, J&P-AVAX S.A. Structural Engineer: Buro...

Clemson University College of Architecture – Thomas Phifer and P...

Architects: Thomas Phifer and Partners Location: Madison, Wisconsin, US Project Team: Thomas Phifer, Eric Richey, Anja Turowski, John Bassett Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Geotechnical Engineer: Nummelin Testing Services General Contractor: Poulsen Enterprises Area: 2,900...

AIANC Center for Architecture and Design – Frank Harmon Architec...

Architects: Frank Harmon Architect PA Location: Raleigh, NC, USA Design Team: Frank Harmon Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Timothy Hursley Project Area: 12,000 m² Landscape Architect: Greg Bleam, FASLA Contractor: Clancy + Theys Constrution Co Located on an oddly shaped, previously unused lot...

Toyo Ito has been announced as the Pritzker laureate for 2013 Mar18

Toyo Ito has been announced as the Pritzker laureate for 2013

Although Mr. Ito has built a great number of buildings in his career, in my view, he has been working on one project all along, — to push the boundaries of architecture. And to achieve that goal, he is not afraid of letting go what he has accomplished before.” — Yung Ho Chang, Member of...

Stacking green – Vo Trong Nghia + Daisuke Sanuki + Shunri Nishiz...

Architects: Vo Trong Nghia, Daisuke Sanuki, Shunri Nishizawa (Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd.) Location: Saigon, Vietnam Photographers: Hiroyuki Oki   The house, designed for a thirty-years-old couple and their mother, is a typical tube house constructed on the plot 4m wide and 20m deep. The front...

Sant Just Desvern – ONL Arquitectura – Spain

  Architects: ONL Arquitectura Location: Sant Just Desvern, Spain Area: 512.78 m² Year: 2008 Photographs: Marcella Grassi Construction: Tau Icesa Collaborators: Llorenç Vallribera, Cristina Ribera Building Services: AVANT Enginyers Structural Design: BIS Arquitectes Client: Ajuntament...

Autodesk Milano Offices – Goring & Straja Architects – Italy Mar08

Autodesk Milano Offices – Goring & Straja Architects –...

Architects: Goring & Straja Architects Location: Milan, Italy Design Team: André Straja, Giacomo Sicuro, Simone Marchiorato, Stefan Davidovici, Camilla Guerritore, Elisa Mori, Naohisa Hosoo, John North Project Manager: Jones Lang Lasalle Area: 850.0 m² Year: 2012 Leed Process: Theresia...