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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

Beautiful Houses: Loft 3514 in New York

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 stunning Loft 3514. Loft 3514 is a project by Shelton Mindel & Associates, which is an architectural firm established in 1978. They provide complete architectural, interiors and product design services several kinds of clients, from corporate and cultural to residential. I found a picture of this loft when I was browsing around looking for the next house to show you guys. Since I simply love lofts and this one got my attention immediately, I decided to find more about it. Unfortunately I didn't got much information about the project, idea or concept, but as I found the firm responsible for it and some really nice pictures, I decided to show you the loft anyways. As you will be able to se here, we don't need to have details about the project to notice the beauty, elegance and the contemporary elements on it... I'm almost in love with this loft... the huge and clean spaces, the stairs, the floor and the terrace... everything was very well planned, perfect combination. Also liked this loft? Check out this project and lots more at Shelton Mindel & Associates' website. See you next time. :) Photos by Michael Moran.

Incredible Business School Building in New Zealand

The combination of glass and metal is practically perfect in this project. This school in Auckland, New Zealand, is a project from FJMT and Archimedia, 2 offices who like to abuse these materials. And we can see in this building how to perfectly combine these materials. There are some places that we would like to study and work, the Business School and Teaching Complex is an example. Besides the beautiful shapes of the building, the school was built with integrated areas of study for social contact among students and also a garden that invites people to relax after a few hours of studying. A warm and modern place, where the concept of the format of the building was designed as a gesture to invite the community to join. Photos by John Gollings are amazing and very helpful to understand and appreciate this project. We developed architectural forms that open through a series of organic flowing ribbons in a gesture of invitation, outreach and optimism, gathering the energy of the site into a major new public square. These layered glass and stainless steel planes are carefully composed to orientate and join the forms and internal volumes of the new building to significant landscape elements. © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings Tip from archdaily.com.

Architect Day: GH+A

Guillermo Hevia Architects is another good Chilean firm showing a lot of quality and boldness in their designs. With the majority of their projects in Chile, they have earned awards and international publications. © GH+A guillermohevia.cl Guillermo Hevia Hernandez was born on November 18, 1949 in Chile. Graduating in 1976 in Architecture and Urbanism Faculty at the Universidad de Chile, he formed the office "Guillermo Hevia y Cia Architecture" in 1993, dedicated to architectural design in different areas such as industrial, services, corporate, housing, educational, and consulting on bioclimatic architecture and sustainability. Terramater Wineries, Chile © GH+A Terramater Wineries, Chile © GH+A Terramater Wineries, Chile © GH+A The firm GH+A, Guillermo Hevia Architects, researches and develops new architectural proposals incorporating sustainable bioclimatic techniques, seeking energy saving and environmental protection; a key resource for all architectural offices, but one that's not always used. The Hevia team projects also result in interesting bold structuresnalways taking advantage of the aesthetic quality that it can generate. Castano Bakeries, Chile Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Ahumada Drugstores and Warehouse, Chile Photography: Juan Purcell and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Juan Purcell and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Juan Purcell and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Juan Purcell and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Juan Purcell and Guillermo Hevia H. Chilexpress, Chile © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A Cristalchile Bottling Factory, V Región, Chile Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Photography: Guy Wenborne and Guillermo Hevia H. Candelaria Building, Santiago, Chile Photography: Guillermo Hevia García Photography: Guillermo Hevia García Photography: Guillermo Hevia García Photography: Guillermo Hevia García Photography: Guillermo Hevia García Derco Center and Warehouse, Santiago, Chile Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Photography: Guy Wenborne and Francisco Carrión Alsacia Office Building and Warehouse, Santiago, Chile © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A Almazara Olisur Olive Oil Factor, Chile © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A BMW Showroom and Offices, Santiago, Chile © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A Benavides Drugstore and Warehouse, Mexico © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A Nestlé Social Building, Graneros, Chile © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A Aeropuerto 2, Mexico © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A Palapa, Mexico © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A © GH+A

Beautiful Houses: Alki Townhomes in Seatle

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 amazing Alki Townhomes. Alki Townhomes is a project by Johnston Architects. They are a highly experienced and talented team who believe that architecture is a language, and like any language, it has rules and conventions. Solving programmatic and functional problems is one of the basic elements of architecture and they work to excel this fundamental level, and at the same time, realize possibilities that transcend the ordinary. The project consists in two townhouses that are located near the beach boardwalk. The houses and their great glass facades are beautiful and stylish. The mix of different shades of wood, glass and steel matched perfectly and gave the house a cozy and unique touch. Well, this is for sure a place that I would live in! Just loved the whole combinations and simplicity. To read more about the project go to Johnston Architects website. See you next time. :)

Architect Day: Atelier du Pont

Atelier du Pont is one of the new and great architecture offices from France. With an incredible project, interesting volumes, forms and materials, the office is part of PLAN01, a junction of 4 french offices which counts with a really good project team. atelierdupont.fr Anne-Cécile Comar, Philippe Croisier and Stéphane Pertusier work together since 1997, when they created the Atelier du Pont in Paris. They started with small re vitalization projects, but soon they left their mark in competitions, winning some important projects to their initial career. From that moment on they could show the quality from their work with big residential projects, perfectly inserted in the beautiful french landscapes. Creche Paris, France Creche Paris, France Creche Paris, France In 2005, the Atelier du Pont moved to a storage with 600 m² and the moving was really beyond changing addresses. The PLAN01 was created with BP Architectures, Koz and Phileas and another offices, putting together 10 architects, a collective of high quality professionals working on big projects. Even with the partnership Atelier du Pont keep doing their separate works and they also have some nice stuff that are still on paper, giving us a look of the projects that are still to come. Housing Arcueil, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Housing Boulogne Billancourt, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Extension Hotel Particulier, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Residência Social, Clichy, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Showroom Nike VIP, Paris, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr House Montreuil sous Bois, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Housing Gennevilliers, France Pierre Antoine Pierre Antoine Pierre Antoine Pierre Antoine Pierre Antoine Pierre Antoine Pierre Antoine Centre Technique Municipal, Savigny-le-Temple, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Quartier Lucien Rose - Habitações, Rennes, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Quartier Lucien Rose - Biblioteca Municipal, Rennes, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Housing Paris 11, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Housing Ville Bondy, France atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr atelierdupont.fr Other projects Universite Paris 7, France Hospitalidade e Serviço de Odontologia, Créteil, France CFI Paris Extension, France Macro Lot, Evry, France Housing Athis Mons, France Social Housing, Paris, France

Beautiful Houses: Sotogrande in Spain

Following our 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 amazing Sotogrande House. Sotogrande house is the latest project by A-cero architecture studio, the project is a single-family house situated in a tourist town of the Mediterranean coast. It has been built as a house for holidays. A-cero has chosen the white colour as the main element in the house’s decoration in order to provide clarity and luminosity to the interior areas. The house’s structure is a cubic volume. It has an area of almost 400 m2 and it is distributed in two floors. The furniture, also designed by A-cero, includes lacquered modern pieces. White and beige woods have a main role in the furniture. In some places there are some details of dark wood which break the predominant white colour. Well, in my opinion, all the white, the elements, lines, shapes, material... everything matched perfectly and the result was a very beautiful house! To see more about the project go to A-cero's website. See you next time. :)

Nestlé Social Block by Guillermo Hevia Architects

This project got my attention mainly by the form that the architects from GH+A treated the shapes and materials, with strong and straight lines and a contrast among glass, steel and concrete. A modern composition which the hand of an architect makes all the difference to get an outstanding result. The Nestlé Social Block is located in Graneros, Chile. Designed by the Chilean office GH+A / Guillermo Hevia, the building was planned over a variety of climates strategies and racional usage of energy sources. The way that the plans were composed, allowing the air to circulate between the walls, the natural control of lightening and the clean and elegant lines, are only some elements that make the project an example of century 21's architecture. Photographs: Cristián Barahona, Guillermo Hevia H. & Guillermo Hevia García The corten steel is a meterial which oxidates in a short term period, in order to create its own protection, neutralizing its deterioration... The rythm of the designed standart-sheets breaks the monotony of the plane suspended surface and has been systematically illuminated to strengthen the night image of the building. We put a special attention to the water consumption of the restrooms and in general. Using high tecnology devices and designs, with automatic anti-vandal taps, guaranteeing a controlled water consumption, sending a strong signal of protecting both, natural resources and economics. Thanks archdaily.com/ for the tip!

Architect Day: Alejandro Aravena

Alejandro Aravena, seen as one of the great names of young architects, has produced great works in his own office, but with ELEMENTAL he stands to make great projects of public interest and social impact, an important issue for many cities. alejandroaravena.com . elementalchile.cl . Alejandro Aravena was born in 1967 and graduated in architecture from the Universidad Catolica de Chile in 1992. Since 1994, Aravena began executing his own works, including buildings for Universidad Catolica, Faculty of Mathematics, Faculty of Medicine, Torre Siamesa and the School of Architecture. He was a professor at the Universidad Catolica de Chile, Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia where he got his graduate degree in History and Theory, and visiting professor at Harvard. Since 2006 Aravena is the CEO of ELEMENTAL S.A.. ELEMENTAL Quinta Monroy, Iquique, Chile. Photographer Tadeuz Jalocha ELEMENTAL Quinta Monroy, Iquique, Chile. Photographer Cristobal Palma ELEMENTAL Quinta Monroy, Iquique, Chile. Photographer Cristobal Palma ELEMENTAL is based on the strength of innovation and design of projects of public interest and social impact. Their designs are transformed into an opportunity to bring the benefits of the city for all. “It’s a social and political problem, but we can use design to address these issues.” Alejandro Aravena “I really appreciate having been trained in an environment of scarcity. Somehow it’s a very efficient filter against what’s not strictly necessary. There’s not enough money, not enough time, to answer with tools that are not exactly the ones you need for that question.” Alejandro Aravena Alejandro Aravena has received numerous awards such as the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale XI, XII and XV Award Biennial of Santiago, was a finalist for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2000 and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2008 in Paris. He was also named one of 20 Essential Young Architects by Icon Magazine. ELEMENTAL Prototype House, Milan Triennale Garden, Italy designboom.com Montaje Prototipo Trienal de Milan from elementalchile on Vimeo. ELEMENTAL 95 viviendas + sede social, Antofagasta, Chile elementalchile.cl elementalchile.cl St. Edward’s University New Residence and Dining Hall, Austin, USA Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Pirehueico House, Pirehueico Lake, Chile Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Sculptor House, Santiago, Chile alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com Huelquen Montessori School, Chile alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com Architecture School, Santiago, Chile alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com The Siamese Towers, Santiago, Chile Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Photographer Cristobal Palma Medical School, Santiago, Chile alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com Mathematics Faculty, Santiago, Chile alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com alejandroaravena.com

Beautiful Houses: Casa Kimball in the Domincan Republic

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, to start our series, we present you the amazing Casa Kimball. Casa Kimball is a house located in the Dominican Republic. A place designed by Rangr Studio, an internationally published architectural design firm with experience in a variety of project types, scales and countries. The house is for sure really beautiful and wonderfully designed. The lines of the construction, the mix of elements, the huge spaces and the big windows/doors gave even a greater look to an already perfect located place, with amazing views. With its glass doors, the house's interiors kind of mix with the exteriors, giving the house a nice and natural lightning system and also allowing the breeze in with no barriers when needed. The pool with its infinite edge line that seem to merge into the ocean is also very unique and inspiring. Well, I could write much more about this place but I believe that the images will speak for themselves, so sit back and enjoy! And to read further details about this project go to http://www.rangr.com/Casa_Kimball. See you next time. :) And as for all these beautiful photographies, they are all made by Paul Warchol.

Architecture History: 50 Years of Brasilia

Yesterday, April 21st 2010, Brasilia - Brasil's capital - celebrated 50 years. A revolutionary project of a city built in only 4 years. Counting with talented hands from Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa, the city became a landmark for brazilian architecture. "...a person who visits Brasília can like or dislike the buildings, mas can't say that already seen something alike before. And architecture is that - invention." The History In 1956, Juscelino Kubitschek - the president back then - started a plan to build a new city for Brazil's government. With the goal to plan and execute the construction were Oscar Niemeyer, the mind who would give forms and curves to official buildings, and Lucio Costa, the man with the 'airplane shape' urbanist plan. And incredibly, in only 4 years, the city was inaugurated. Many buildings were only skeletons, but the candangos (name of the first inhabitants of the new city), were celebrating the new political city in Brazil. "Not even my friends, who helped me a lot, understood my ideas. People used to see the project and say: "Very beautiful!" But they didn't understand a thing." Brasilia Today We can certainly say that Brasilia changed the ways for brazilian architecture. Niemeyer showed in a couple os lines the harmony and beauty that those buildings would have. And it is interesting that during all these years, the buildings remain great and admired all over the world. The modern use of concrete and glass and the sensual shapes of buildings inspired in women curves are marks of Brasilia's architecture. Selo comemorativo 50 anos de Braília At the Cathedral, for instance, I avoided the usual solutions of old dark cathedrals, recalling sins. Official Website: brasilia50anos.com.br.

Architect Day: A-cero

A-cero is certainly one of the greatest offices of architecture and urbanism today, marking their territory in Spain and, with time, in other countries too. With a strong presence in residential architecture, they have a great sensitivity to drawing shapes, spaces, and details. a-cero.com Joaquín Torres and Rafael Llamazares are now the two architects who lead a large team of qualified professionals and stand out more with every project undertaken. Created in 1996, A-cero has a breathtaking portfolio of residences and housing. Each design has special features in the form or construction details, and the style is unique, regardless of type and material. La Finca 23, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 La Finca 23, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 La Finca 23, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 La Finca 23, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 With representatives in Madrid, La Coruña, Dubai, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, and Russia, A-cero has several works in development with all the same qualities. The experience for the user or visitor of their works begins with the presentation of the project, animations and perfect explanation of the proposal until the final finish, construction details and fine finishes. We look forward to future projects from this great office that will certainly continue to fascinate us more. Gondomar, Pontevedra, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Rías Altas, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Sanxenxo, Pontevedra, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Santander, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Coruña, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Coruña II, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Finca 4, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Finca 1, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 House in Somosaguas, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 House in La Finca 42, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Gibo, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Architecture Studio in Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Coruña University, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Santiago de Compostela, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 San Isidoro, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Finca I (21 Houses), Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 La Finca II (30 Houses), Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 88 Terraced Houses, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 House in Santo Domingo, República Dominicana © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Office Interior Design, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Modularing House, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 19 Housing, Madrid, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 Sotogrande Housing, Cádiz, Spain © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010 © A-cero 2010

A Brazilian Architecture Office - M² Arquitetura

I have been writing some articles showing you really nice offices around the world. And for my surprise there is one of this great offices in a brazilian city really close to me. I'm talking about an office called M² Arquitetura. As soon as I looked at it I was impressed and decided to show it to you... and I'm sure you will love it. M² Arquietura is located in Joinville, SC, Brazil. They are an architecture company that develops projects in many fields: residential, comercial, industrial, corporative, decoration and interiors. The current M² Arquitetura headquarter is a revitalization of an old storage place in the center of the city. The place has several industrial elements, such as apparent wooden structures, and systems of lightening and ventilation in sheds. A really beautiful place. And as I said to them, it makes me want to go back being an architect to work in a place like this! The main idea that inspired the project was preserving the original elements of the building and make the space bigger, transparent and as much integrated as possible. So to accomplish that they made an office with no walls and the doors are made of glass. All the departments of the company and the steps of the process are open so every team member and even the clients can see it. In the reception there is a store window. This space is turned to the side walk and is a multi-use area used for exhibitions of artists and stores, besides also showing some of their own designs. The window is a space of transition between the public and the private.

The Stylish Harley Davidson Headquarters

A building with strong lines, elegant and with some aerodynamic lines. This is the Harley Daivdson Hearquarters in Australia, a culture that goes beyond the 2 wheels and that was expressed in this project located at Lane Cove, a place close to Sydney. The architects Tony Owen Partners had the pleasure to be the brain behind this piece of art. Inside the building there is a mezanine where we can see everything we got to use: showroom, cafe, library and even a gym. A project that began in 2007 and that it was finished only by the end of 2009. It contains office space, showrooms as well as training facilities, classrooms, warehousing, gymnasium and breakout space. The design was inspired by the mechanical specifications of the motor bike engine. Thanks for the tip The Architectural Review!