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Architect Day: Denton Corker Marshall

John Denton, Bill Corker and Barrie Marshall founded this magnificent Australian office with headquarters in Melbourne, Jakarta and London who have already completed projects in 20 different countries. With a distinct architectural language they became one of the most sought after offices in the world. dentoncorkermarshall.com In 1972 in Melbourne, John Denton, Bill Corker and Barrie Marshall initiated a joint career, establishing a partnership that became one of the most sought after architectural firms in the world. The office Denton Corker Marshall believe that its distinctive architectural language is derived from the operation of a fusion between art, architecture and tectonics. Melbourne Museum, Australia Melbourne Museum, Australia Australian Embassy Tokyo, Japan Australian Embassy Tokyo, Japan The Australian firm won over the world with projects in Europe, Middle East and Asia with a reputation for producing dynamic and innovative design solutions. In addition to the founding members, over 10 principals and 120 architects work together throughout the three studios: London, Jakarta and Melbourne. After winning many awards, Denton Corker Marshall continue to develop excellent designs, beautiful urban insertions and volumetric balance. Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Manchester, UK Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia Art and Design Building, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia Brisbane Square, Brisbane, Australia Webb Bridge, Melbourne, Australia Wilson House, Medhurst Yarra Valley Marshall House, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia Cape Schanck Residence, Victoria, Australia Sheep Farm House, Kyneton, Victoria, Australia Harbour Lights Apartments, Cairns, Australia South Bank Arbour, Brisbane, Queensland East Building, AWM, Canberra, Australia Sensis Building QV, Melbourne, Australia Sydney Water HQ, Parramatta, Sydney Euro-City Plaza, Nanning, China Zhengxu Apartments, Beijing, China Chongqing International New Town, Chongqing Bluewater Events Venue, Kent, UK Sentul City Convention Centre, Jakarta Museum of Sydney, Syndey, Australia Computer Science Building - Monash University, Melbourne, Australia Zhongkun Tower, Beijing Sunshine 100 Beijing, Beijing, China Verge, Melbourne, Australia Chinese Consulate Melbourne, Australia No 1 New York Street Development, Manchester, UK Manhattan Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia Entertainment X'Enter, Jakarta, Indonesia 222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Australia Liuzhou City Plaza, Liuzhou, China Central Bus Station, Adelaide - Australia Monash Citylink Westgate Upgrade, Melbourne, Australia Department of Trade, Jakarta, Indonesia UOB Plaza, Jakarta, Indonesia HWT Office Building, Melbourne, Australia Milson's Point, Sydney, Australia Rupert Myers Building Uni of NSW, Sydney, Australia Bank Slaski, Katowice, Poland Liuzhou Classic Times, Liuzhou, China

Inspiring Shapes from Dutch Architecture Photography

In this post you will see a beautiful and very inspiring series of Dutch Architecture photography by the photographer Allard Schager. These photos bring you both sides of the Dutch architecture, the old and the new, the classic and the modern, full of incredible shapes and patterns it's a world of inspiration. For more photos from Allard Schager visit his flickr - flickr.com/people/allard1

Beautiful and Functional Birkenhead Library via Archoffice

This kind of materials combination is often a great choice and almost always delivers beautiful result: wood, bricks and glass. Of course that the architects talent has a considerable part on the projects result, but here we have nothing to say. Archoffice did a great job on the Birkenhead Library and Civic Centre, at New Zealand. The transparency is another element that was very wisely explored in this building. The intention was to allow natural light to come inside all rooms, and they did that by using glass in all the facades and also having a skylight in the center of the library. At the indoors we notice the attention with details common at the projects from Archoffice, using textures, few colors and vertical elements that contrasts with the horizontal line of the building. A sensational place for the piece it provides for a good reading and for the great architectural elements. Notions of canopy, transparency, solid, void & pattern are articulated in the design, & incorporate environmentally sustainable design principles giving substantial energy savings for cost in use, recyclable materials, night purging in summer and natural rather than artificial light. Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice Courtesy of Archoffice

Horizons, Architectural Photos by Bruno Cals

Horizons, a series of architectural photographs by Brazilian photographer Bruno Cals, will be on view at 1500 Gallery from May 6-July 31, 2010. The six photographs in the exhibition are part of a personal artistic project that Cals, a well-known fashion/advertising photographer based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been working on since 2008. The photographs in the Horizons series are suggestive of something beyond the record presented. The images of the buildings in São Paulo, Tokyo and Buenos Aires explore the limits of two-dimensionality, and articulate a radically different perspective on a commonplace visual scenario. In expressing this fresh point of view, Bruno Cals has invoked contrasting themes of possibility versus impossibility, presence versus emptiness, and search versus satisfaction. About Bruno Cals Bruno Cals was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1967. At age 19, Cals moved to Paris and began a successful career as a fashion model. At age 26 he decided that he wanted to be a photographer and returned to Brazil where he began shooting professionally. Initially a fashion photographer, Cals worked for Vogue and Elle and Visionaire. Since then, he has become a successful advertising photographer, working for the largest advertising agencies in Brazil. He has won several awards, including three at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. Some photos from the exhibition About 1500 Gallery Alexandre Bueno de Moraes and Andrew S. Klug founded 1500 Gallery in 2010. The gallery specializes in Brazilian photography and is the first gallery in the world with this explicit focus. 1500 interprets the notion of “Brazilian photography” to comprise photography made by Brazilian photographers, as well as images bearing a conceptual or thematic relationship to Brazil. 1500 represents the work of 17 artists, both emerging and established: 6 of 1500’s photographers are represented in the Sao Paulo Museum of Art’s Collection of Photography. 1500’s collection of images includes both contemporary and vintage photography. For more information, visit http://www.1500gallery.com

Architect Day: Archea Associati

A great Italian architecture firm; born in Florence and now with offices in more than five different cities. With major projects since the late 80s, they have presented works of high quality, various types and functions, but always with unique solutions.   archea.it   Architects Laura Andreini, Marco Casamonti and Giovanni Polazzi were all born in Florence and trained at the School of Architecture of Florence. In 1988 they founded the Studio Arche based in their hometown. In 1999, architect Silvia Fabi also joined the office. In 2001 branches in Rome and Genoa were opened with the participation of Gianna Parisse and Massimiliano Giberti. Besides the main activities of the office which consist of research on design and implementation of architecture at various scales, members of the Arche Associati reconcile intensive occupations of teachers and researchers in several universities in Italy within the area of architectural design. VILLA A GAZZANIGA, Italia VILLA A GAZZANIGA, Italia VILLA A GAZZANIGA, Italia VILLA A GAZZANIGA, Italia       The office has a large arsenal of projects, directed to all areas of architecture, and also a large list of projects in development with special attention to the interesting volumes of the buildings, details of materials and the use of natural light by taking advantage of the structure created. The Arche Studio Associati has offices in Florence, Genoa, Rome, Milan, Dubai and Beijing.   CENTRO DIVERTIMENTI STOP LINE, Bergamo, Italy   BIBLIOTECA E AUDITORIUM DI CURNO, Curno, Italy   CASA A LEFFE, Leffe, Italy     PISCINA GAZZANIGA, Gazzaniga, Italy     PALESTRA BODY'S GYM, Firenze, Italy       MUNICIPIO MERATE, Merate, Italy   BIENNALE DI ARCHITETTURA, Venezia, Italy   EX TEATRO LAZZERI, Livorno, Italy     ENZIMI, Roma, Italy   BIBLIOTECA COMUNALE DI NEMBRO, Italy   VINAR, Firenze, Italy       STABILIMENTO PERFETTI VAN MELLE, Lainate, Italy     GALLERIA TORNABUONI ARTE, Venezia, Italy       CAMPEGGIO ALBATROS, San Vincenzo, Italy     PADIGLIONE WORLD EXPO 2010, Shanghai, China     Residenza del Forte Carlo Felice, La Maddalena, Italy

Beautiful Houses: House in the Woods in Mexico

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week, we present you this beautiful house in the woods. The house in the wood, originally called Casa en el Bosque, is a project by Parque Humano, a firm whose primary concern is people and their needs. They are a team that work to find new relationships between human coexistence and nature, to build a relation between inside and outside. The 'Casa en el Bosque' is located at Valle de Bravo, Mexico and was projected based at the concept of constructing a house respecting the nature and forcing a connection with its surroundings - without mentioning the possibilities with energy, sustainability, and ecology. To cover the house and keep the look and the balance with the ares, they used artesian clay veneer, developed specially for the project. Apart from the clay veneer, the house is an steel frame structure with a sliding window system. The interiors and exteriors also count with different types of wood and stone, to give the house a unique touch. For sure the concept used for this project was perfectly executed! The house is in total balance with its surroundings and it's both cozy and beautiful. The combination of wood and glass, specially the wood sealing, gave the house a really intimate feeling. The different types of wood used on the inside and the stones at the outdoor areas also added a nice touch to the house, showing that you can have a house balanced with nature. Check out Parque Humano website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. :) We found this house at arch daily Photographs by Paul Rivera - archphoto.com

The Brain Sides on Cleveland Clinic, by Frank Gehry

I am a big fan of Frank Gehry , but not only because of the unusual shapes and remarkable work, but also because of the concept and behind each project, and this building in Cleveland shows that, it plays with our eyes and minds. Cleveland Clinic for brain health treatment in Las Vegas is Gehry's last finished project. The building has certainly his signature all over it, either by material or by mild forms in movement, a mark of his architecture. Together these extravagant forms create a composition with clean and simple shapes, representing the two sides of the brain (the classic left-side and the creative right-side). These two forms seem to be connected and at the same time being affected, as the shift in thinking we have all the time. Besides that all the space is terrific, the photos show the customization of each room, the connection of the shapes and the contrast of vibrant colors in some internal sites, in short, a great inspiration for architecture! photo © etslee photo © etslee photo © etslee photo © isaac brekken photo © etslee photo © etslee photo © etslee “The unobstructed, informal movement that the design promotes from one wing to another suggests the way we use our brains every day, flowing from left-brain to right-brain thinking and back again without noticing the difference.” - Christopher Hawthorne, LA Times photo © etslee photo © etslee photo © etslee photo © etslee photo © etslee photo © isaac brekken More images of Gehry's Cleveland Clinic at etslee's flickr photostream.

Architect Day: Querkraft

Querkraft shows a conceptual strength since the creation of the name until the last doodle at the sketch board. Since the foundation of the firm Jakob Dunkl, Gerd Erhartt and Peter Sappj manage this office and work with great projects in an architecture office that is currently considered the strongest in Vienna. querkraft.at Querkraft was founded in 1998 by four young architects graduated at the Technical University of Vienna that decided to work together. The name "querkraft" (sideways strength), is powerful and carries many different meanings for an office that counts with three architects and their teams, which are considered the strongest from all studios in Vienna. All of this quality can be noticed at their projects, from their first residential projects and alterations, to their most recent work. GH Private Residence, Vienna, Austria. Photos: Hertha Hurnaus GH Private Residence, Vienna, Austria. Photos: Hertha Hurnaus GH Private Residence, Vienna, Austria. Photos: Hertha Hurnaus The founders architects, that lead this big professional team are Jakob Dunkl, Gerd Erhartt and Peter Sappj. In 2004 the also founder architect Michael Zinner, moved to another city and changed his professional focus to teach architecture. Helmut Ritchter, contemporary architect from Austria, was a big influence for the professional life over at Querdraft, and they show admiration and respect for everything they learned with him. SPS Private Residence, Vienna, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Patricia Gapp / Bernhard Wolf TWI Forecourt, Vienna, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus PEN Private Residence, Mauerbach, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus TRE Operations Building, Grosshöflein, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl / Image Industries Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl / Image Industries Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl / Image Industries VIT Company Premises, Asperhofen, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Manfred Seidl DRA Private Residence, Vienna, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus DOK Twin House, Klosterneuburg, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Hertha Hurnaus LEE Apartment Building, Vienna, Austria Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Margherita Spiluttini / Rupert Steiner / Manfred Seidl Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Margherita Spiluttini / Rupert Steiner / Manfred Seidl Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Margherita Spiluttini / Rupert Steiner / Manfred Seidl Photos: Hertha Hurnaus / Margherita Spiluttini / Rupert Steiner / Manfred Seidl Adidas Brand Center, Herzogenaurach, Germany Photos: Gerhard Hagen Photos: Gerhard Hagen Photos: Gerhard Hagen Photos: Gerhard Hagen Photos: Gerhard Hagen Photos: Gerhard Hagen Private Residence, Feichtenbach, Austria Bunt Housing Complex, Vienna, Austria Photos: Patricia Gapp Photos: Patricia Gapp Photos: Patricia Gapp Roman Museum, Vienna, Austria Photos: Lisa Rastl / Birgit and Peter Kainz / Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Lisa Rastl / Birgit and Peter Kainz / Hertha Hurnaus Photos: Lisa Rastl / Birgit and Peter Kainz / Hertha Hurnaus Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus, Austria Photos: Lisa Rastl / Christine Bärnthaler Photos: Lisa Rastl / Christine Bärnthaler Photos: Lisa Rastl / Christine Bärnthaler Photos: Lisa Rastl / Christine Bärnthaler Photos: Lisa Rastl / Christine Bärnthaler Photos: Lisa Rastl / Christine Bärnthaler KSM Apartment Building, Vienna, Austria Photos: Lisa Rastl Photos: Lisa Rastl Photos: Lisa Rastl OS3 Apartment Complex, Vienna, Austria GGS Residential Complex, Liverpool, UK

Beautiful Houses: Rodriguez Harvey in Chile

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week, we present you the beautiful and elegant Rodriguez Harvey house. The Rodriguez Harvey house is a project by Loi Arquitectos, an architecture firm founded in 2002 by Nicolas Loi Valenzuela - an architect from the Universidad de Chile and a Master in Architecture and Urban Draw from Harvard. Since 2002 the firm has developed projects from residential to business and already got several prizes and recognition from their work. This house, the Rodríguez Harvey project, is a great example of Loi Arquitectos excellent works. A beautiful and modern house that mixes wood, steel and glass to create an stunning place surrounding by nature at the beach. The nature around the house is dry and mainly composed by pines and other native plants, which gives the house a really particular view... that mixed with the ocean is the perfect scene for relaxing and enjoying the house's outdoors. We found this house at Plataforma Arquitectura, and at moment I saw it, I decided to show it here for your guys. This project is really impressive. The way it mixes wood (dark on the outside and bright at the inside), steel and glass created an elegant and cozy place surrounding by nature, beautiful views and the ocean. This is for sure a great architectural project that allow you to enjoy a beautiful house, your privacy, a calm place and the nature! Totally approved. Check out Loi Arquitectos website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. :) s

Architecture for the Community at the Surry Hills Library

This library, located in Surry Hills, Australia, shows how important it is to have the participation of those who will use the space after the construction of a project. The architects from the FJMT a> office decided that for this project, the community would be participating in several decisions, which resulted in a gorgeous and totally usable building. The first idea was that community would like to have something beyond a simple library. The construction should be a place where everyone could share some activity. So they managed to host a library, a community center and even a child care for the neighborhood's children, showing the importance of having activities like these in one place. And to complete, the architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp put a lot of wisdom in certain choices, such as the use of transparency as a way of inviting the public into the building just as enabling a new way of viewing the neighborhood to those inside. The concern about he materials, to maintain an internal cooling of all spaces make this project a great inspiration to all of us who like architecture. The Centre has been designed to achieve excellence in sustainable design and set new high standards in environmental performance for multi-purpose public buildings. [It] will be a starting point for the development of a green rating system for public buildings… [and] an innovative example of design and sustainable design possibilities. — Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings This innovative new building provides specific services tailored to community needs and includes an integrated local library, community centre and child care centre. - FJMT © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings Thanks ArchDaily for the tip.

Architect Day: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

Takao Shiotsuka is part of a fascinating school of Japanese architecture, which impresses every project, every detail thought of, creating an architecture that is pure and simple, with a lot of culture and different sensations through each and every visited angle. shio-atl.com Shiotsuka Takao was born in 1965 in Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan. In 1987 he graduated from the Department of Architectural Engineering through the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Oita. Continuing his studies, he completed his master's at the same university in 1989. He worked four years in Archaic Associates, and in 1994 founded his own office, Takao Shiotsuka Atelier. Since 2002, Takao is a professor at the University of Kyusyu in Oita. N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa N Guesthouse, Oita, Japan. photo Kaori Ichikawa Takao Shiotsuka won the GOOD DESIGN AWARD in 2001 and the International Design Competition, which included a panel of judges with none other than Jean Nouvel and Tadao Ando. Like any good Japanese architecture, Shiotsuka Takao Atelier's projects breathe the culture in every detail of design and construction of the works performed. The purity of the volumes, the details of light and shadow creating new sensations in every appearance and minimalist interiors, drawing attention to the smallest details of architecture, are all bright points in this fascinating Japanese school of architecture. Ohno Bus Terminal, Oita, Japan photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa Private Gallery, Oita, Japan photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa Shigemi House, Oita, Japan photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa Atu House, Fukuoka, Japan photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa Banquet hall, Oita, Japan photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa Blue house, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. AKI co., ltd., Oita, Japan photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa photo Kaori Ichikawa Threefold House, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. K Urology Clinic, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. White Cave, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. 10 houses, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. Silent House, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. Salon O, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. Garden and Sea, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. Ceremony Hall, Oita, Japan photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc. photo Toshiyuki YANO iNacasa & Partners Inc.

Beautiful Houses: Quail Hill in Amagansett, NY

Following the success of Fabiano's article 'One of the Most Beautiful Houses I've Ever Seen' and also some requests from our readers, we are proud to announce a new post series here at Abduzeedo, a series about Beautiful Houses. The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week, we present you the unique Quail Hill house. Quail Hill is a project by Bates Masi Architects, an accredited firm with roots in eastern Long Island for over 40 years, responds to each project with extensive research in related architectural fields, materials, craft and the environment for unique solutions. For the quail hill project for example, the whole house is very unique and has a very beautiful style and concept. Starting with the chimney, that looks massive and heavy but is actually made of thin concrete panels. They also designed a very nice double paned glass wall filled with small seashells for the wall by the stairs, a reference to the nearby beaches. The double-height living/dining room is a compatible scale and space for the large works of art and family gatherings. The fireplace surround reflects fragmented images of the art and surrounding landscape while its crystalline appearance defies its humble origins: polished stainless steel military dog tags. I stumbled upon this house during my daily browsing around and I really liked its style... a beautiful and stylish house surrounded by nature and great architectural elements. I simply love clean houses with huge spaces and mixed materials - wood, glass, steel, etc. And the quail hill house has all that! So I had to show it here to you guys. Check out Bates Masi Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. :) And I would like to thank Paul Masi and Adam Jordan from Bates Masi Architects for the attention and the material for this post. Thanks a lot!

The 10 Stadiums of the 2010 World Cup

As a good Brazilian I'm a soccer lover, and as everyone should know I'm also an admirer of good architecture. In this case, as we are getting closer to the World Cup in Africa, I decided to make a collection showing the beautiful stadiums that were built for this event, which is certainly one of the biggest sportis events in the world. I can say I'm already starting my stock of popcorn and Coca-Cola (and a little beer) to watch the games and of course honor the architecture of the stadiums that should serve as inspiration to us Brazilians for 2014. Many were still unfinished in the photos (taken from the site FIFA a>) but they give us a good idea of what we can expect in terms of comfort and technology. p> Mapa dos estádios na África do Sul Now prepare your sofas and warm the mood for the show which begins on June 11. But before that you should check it out where the teams will play in that list that I separated. Oh, be prepared, Robinho and Kaka will bring the Hexa from Brazil! Green Point Stadium - Cape Town One of the most artistic football venues in South Africa, the newly-built Green Point Stadium is situated in one of the much sought-after areas in the city of Cape Town. Green Point Stadium is one of the two semi-final venues for the FIFA World Cup™. Durban Stadium The newly-built Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will host one of the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The ground epitomises the architectural innovation on display in South Africa and takes its design inspiration from the South African flag, with its grand arch representing the unity of this sport-loving nation. Ellis Park Stadium - Johannesburg Ellis Park Stadium is located in the centre of Johannesburg and has hosted many epic sporting events including the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup between Brazil and the United States. The ground was given a significant face-lift before the Confederations Cup finals and now seats 62,000 fans, increasing its capacity by almost nine per cent from the previous 57,000. Soccer City Stadium - Johannesburg The ground's design is inspired by the iconic African pot known as the calabash, and its aesthetic appeal will be heightened when the stadium is lit at night. Soccer City is located in Johannesburg's southwest and is only a short distance from one of the country's football-crazy townships, Soweto. Free State Stadium - Mangaung / Bloemfonteing The Free State Stadium was upgraded from a capacity of 38,000 to 45,000 during the refurbishments. The stadium has hosted numerous major football and rugby union matches, and Bloemfontein's natives are renowned for their passion for sport. Port Elizabeth Stadium - Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will host the match for third place , and a quarter-final amid a total of eight matches during the FIFA World Cup. The stadium has an eye-catching, unique roof-structure and a spectacular view, overlooking the North End Lake. Mbombela Stadium - Nelspruit The Mbombela comes as a welcome addition to football life in Nelspruit, and will leave a legacy of the beautiful game for all the people of Mpumalanga. Before the Stadium's construction, Nelspruit had no top football venue to host international matches. Peter Mokaba Stadium - Polokwane The design of the largely concrete structure is inspired by the locally iconic Baobab tree, with the steel structure supporting the roof plane gathered together at each corner of the stadium and supported by giant ‘trunk' structures which accommodate vertical circulation ramps and service cores. Royal Bafokeng Stadium - Rustenburg The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace is one of the stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The stadium is named after the Bafokeng people who live in the area. Loftus Versfeld Stadium - Tshwane/Pretoria Since 1948 it has undergone perennial upgrades. It has been used for both rugby and football matches and is home to one of the country's top rugby teams, the Blue Bulls. South Africa's national team, Bafana Bafana, achieved its first ever victory over a European side at this venue when they beat Sweden 1-0 in 1999.

Architect Day: Gensler

Founded in 1965 by architect Art Gensler, Gensler's office raised the standard of interior design, with a breathtaking portfolio in all sectors of architecture. Copyright © 2010 Gensler gensler.com Art Gensler, Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning graduate, founded the company in 1965 and is highly accredited to promoting the practice of interior design to a professional standard. This can be seen clearly in his portfolio with large-scale projects working both the exterior and interior very finely. Herman Miller, Chippenham, United Kingdom. Copyright © 2010 Gensler Herman Miller, Chippenham, United Kingdom. Copyright © 2010 Gensler Barneys New York, Texas, USA. Copyright © 2010 Gensler Barneys New York, Texas, USA. Copyright © 2010 Gensler Today, in addition to Gensler, the office has CEOs Andy Cohen, Diane Hoskins and David Gensler. With a vast repertoire of different types, selecting works to post becomes a difficult task. What stands out the most are the internal spaces for shops and services developed in the firm's recent years. With many projects still being built, Gensler has a large team of professionals with expertise in all areas such as interiors and sustainability. UC Tower, Shanghai, China Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler HNI Gunlocke, Iowa, USA Photo by Nic Lehoux Copyright © 2010 Gensler Photo by Nic Lehoux Copyright © 2010 Gensler Global Pharmaceuticals Corporation, New Jersey, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler The Absolut Spirits Company, New York, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Santa Monica College Humanities and Social Sciences Building, California, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Club One Silver Creek Sportsplex, California, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Center on Halsted, Illinois, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Gateway Plaza, Delaware, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler EMI Music Japan, Tokyo, Japan Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Lenovo, North Carolina, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler RGM Advisors, Texas, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Fallon Worldwide, Minnesota, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Hakuhodo, Tokyo, Japan Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler First Federal Savings Bank, Indiana, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler DLA Piper, Florida, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Comcast Center, Pennsylvania, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Westfield Annapolis, Maryland, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler REI Round Rock, Texas, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Myeongdong Tower, Seoul, South Korea Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler JetBlue Airways, JFK International Airport, Terminal 5 , New York, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Colorado, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler McClellan-Palomar, California, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Mineta San Jose International Airport, California, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler CityCenter Automated People Mover, Las Vegas, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler City Center, Las Vegas, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE, California, USA Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler Copyright © 2010 Gensler

Beautiful Houses: Ravine House in Toronto

Following the success of Fabiano's article 'One of the Most Beautiful Houses I've Ever Seen' and also some requests from our readers, we are proud to announce a new post series here at Abduzeedo, a series about Beautiful Houses. The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week, we present you the awesome Ravine House. Ravine House is a project by Drew Mandel Design, which was established in Toronto in 2004. Their projects include residences, commercial and residential interiors, landscapes, a small office building and product design. Ranging from personal objects to city fabric, the design intent is always the development of a place or thing connected to, and reflective of, its context and client. This replacement residence is referred to as Ravine House, as it is both oriented around and fundamentally concerned with its wooden ravine setting. The ground floor steps down to follow the sloping site topography, resulting in one-and-a-half-height spaces at the ravine edge. Glass walls define the interior and exterior. A steel structure permits spaces to be cast into the ravine and allows oversized sliding glass and mahogany panels to provide direct access and a real connection to the exterior. I discovered this beautiful house last week at the premier of the movie Chloe here in Brazil. I have to say that the most interesting thing in that movie was definitely this amazing house... As soon as I got out of the theater I 'googled it' to discover more about the house to show it here to you. I sent an email to Drew Design and got a kind reply. This house is really beautiful, stylish and elegant! I loved it. Make sure to visit Drew Mandel Design website for further projects. And check out the movie to see more of this awesome project! See you next time. :)

Habitat 825, a Housing Unit in Hollywood

I had no doubt that any of you guys would love to live in this condo. Habitat 825 is a project from the Californian architecture firm Lorcan O'Herlihy (LOHA). The condo can accommodate 19 housing and is a really interesting project, from its concept to the final result. Vibrant colors and common materials, a combination nothing exuberant but when analyzing the whole work we can see how well they are applied, it is something near perfection. They gave a personalized treatment for each unit, having private and public areas that integrate with a central common area to all the residents. A project that deserves to be contemplated as a huge architectural inspiration. Photos: LOHA This project provided an opportunity to address the critical issues of density, site and the cultural and social impacts that arise from building adjacent to a historical landmark. Attempting to “kick down the bamboo wall”, Habitat 825 and its expansive use of common open space creates an urban space without borders or property lines. © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA Materials are a combination of non-combustible cement board and Local forest managed dark stained Redwood siding. The utilization of a rain screen system promotes a long life-cycle reducing the need for maintenance and repair. In addition, given Los Angeles’ warm climate, the movement of air between the building and the cladding cools the inner face of the exterior and reduces the demand for cooling energy. © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA © LOHA

Architect Day: SOM - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, also known as SOM, have one of the largest portfolios of architecture in the world. With a 74-year career, the office continues to be very prestigious with highly skilled professionals producing high-level projects. som.com Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) was formed in Chicago in 1936 by American architects Louis Skidmore and Nathaniel Owings, and later John O. Merrill who joined in 1939. In 1937, they opened their first branch in New York, the first step for anyone who becomes a large architectural firm in the world. They first became specialists in commercial buildings, building some of the tallest in the world. Terraza Plaza Hotel, USA Terraza Plaza Hotel, USA Great Lakes Naval Training Center - Hostess House, USA Great Lakes Naval Training Center - Hostess House, USA Most post-war designs have become icons of modern American architecture. Over time, many qualified professionals have an extensive selection of works, large-scale to qualified interior spaces. SOM shows that over time their projects continue to improve. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, from Chicago and New York, have offices in San Francisco, London, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Brussels, and their work appears in almost every corner of the world. Inland Steel Building, Chicago, USA Crown Zellerbach Headquarters, California, USA Manufacturers Hanover Trust, New York, USA Alameda County Coliseum, California, USA United States Air Force Academy - Cadet Chapel, Colorado, USA Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, USA Miami University Art Museum, Ohio, USA National Commercial Bank, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Apollo Office Building, Amsterdam, Netherlands Atlantico Pavilion, Lisbon, Portugal Broadgate - Exchange House, London, United Kingdom Dulles International Airport - Main Terminal Expansion, Virginia, USA 201 Bishopsgate and The Broadgate Tower, London, United Kingdom 444 North Michigan Avenue - Storefront and Lobby Renovation, Illinois, USA Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, New Jersey, USA Birman 31, São Paulo, Brazil Broadgate Public Space Enhancements, London, United Kingdom Cathedral of Christ the Light Graphics, California, USA Changi International Airport - Rail Terminal, Changi, Singapore Edificio Portico, Madrid, Spain Electronic Arts Headquarters - Phase 2, California, USA Harvard University - Northwest Science Building, Massachusetts, USA Memorial Sloan-Kettering Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, New York, USA Poly International Plaza, Guangzhou, China Rondo ONZ, Warsaw, Poland San Francisco International Airport - International Terminal, California, USA St. Albans School - Marriott Hall, District of Columbia, USA U.S. Embassy - Beijing, China Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia, USA General Motors Renaissance Center, Michigan, USA Lenovo / Raycom Infotech Park - Building C, Beijing, China