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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Kyushu Geibunkan (main building) – Kengo Kuma – Japan

  Kyushu Geibunkan (main building) – Kengo Kuma – Japan Architect: Kengo Kuma and Associates Location: Fukuoka, Japan ?Year: 2013 ?Type: Communication center, Cafe, Park ?Area: 4.157m2 In this project we propose a gate, or roof-centered cultural facility, which could replace...

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...

PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel – Woha – Singapore

PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel – Woha – Singapore Architect: WOHA Location: Singapore Client: Parkroyal Hotels & Resorts Area: 15.000 m² Park Royal Hotels has officially opened its latest property, the stunning PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore.  The new PARKROYAL is a masterpiece...

Daeyang Gallery and House – Steven Holl – Korea

Daeyang Gallery and House – Steven Holl – Korea Architect: Steven Holl Architects Location: Seoul, Korea Year: 2008-June 2012 Program: residential and art gallery Floor area (SQUARE): 10.703 sf Status: completed  The private gallery and house is sited in the hills of the Kangbuk...

CIPEA No.4 House – AZL architects – China

CIPEA No.4 House – AZL architects – China Architects: AZL architects Location: Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China Architect In Charge: Zhang Lei Design Team: Zhang Lei, Jeffrey Cheng, Wang Wang, Wang Yi Collaborator: Architectural Design & Planning Institute, NJU Area: 500 m² Year:...

“Golden Eye” – Zechner & Zechner, ZTGmbH – Austria...

“Golden Eye” – Zechner & Zechner, ZTGmbH – Austria Building Owner: Holding Graz Linien Architects: Zechner & Zechner ZTGmbH Location: Graz, Austria Traffic Planning: IKK ZTGmbH Construction: Steel: Zenkner & Handel, Concrete: Schimetta Consult Landscape building:...

Casa Olivi – Markus Wespi and Jérôme de Meuron – Italy

Casa Olivi – Markus Wespi and Jérôme de Meuron – Italy Architect: Markus Wespi and Jérôme de Meuron Location: Le Marche, Italy Year: 2010 Client: Paradizo, Casa Olivi Project Type: Renovation Floor Area: 260 m² Overview This three-storey, 18th-century farmhouse occupies an...

Guanabanos House – Taller Hector Barroso – Mexico

Guanabanos House – Taller Hector Barroso – Mexico Architect: Hector Barroso Location: Mexico, D.F. Year: 2009 Status: Built Area: 595 m² Collaborator: Rafael Montiel This stunning contemporary detached house has been designed by Taller Héctor Barroso in 2009 in Mexico City, Mexico. ...