I'm absolutely sure that this house is one of the most incredible houses I've ever seen. Of course, the pictures help a lot, but the shapes, the straight lines, the use of a few materials, elements that I believe are main points on the contemporary architecture, are all too evident on that house in La Finca, Spain. This is just one of hundreds of houses inside a complex and exclusive house development. A place with lots of green areas, lakes and wonderful houses designed by A-cero, an architecture studio in Madri. A-cero did a particular great job on this house: with simple and rectangular shapes working together with huge windows they have built a perfect exemple of modern architecture. And what to say about the interior?! Each bedroom following the same style with strong colors and the same space composition. And to complete this architectonic poetry, water mirrors and a beautiful pool help turn make pleasant every space on this house and easy to contemplate the emotions that a good architecture can transmit. Thanks ArchiDaily for the tip!
MVRDV gives us a good insight into the path that architecture can lead. With a new vision, they have a wide variety of topics in their large number of projects carried out, showing high quality in all of them. Fotos via mvrdv.nl. Winy Maas, born in 1959 in Schijndel, Jacob van Rijs born in Amsterdam in 1965, and Nathalie de Vries, born in Appingedam in 1965, joined together to form MVRDV in 1991. Some projects from the beginning of their career, such as the center of Villa VPRO television and houses for elderly Wozoco, brought international recognition to the office and took them to the level of the great new architecture firms in the world. Today, with nearly 20 years on the road they have already accumulated numerous international awards. "MVRDV pursues a fascination for radical methodical research: on density and on public realms. Through investigation and use of the complex amounts of data that accompany contemporary design processes, spaces are shaped methodically..” MVRDV Design Statement Calveen, Amersfoort, The Netherlands Calveen, Amersfoort, The Netherlands MVRDV was set up in Rotterdam and today has more than 60 architects and team members. A wide variety of topics of their projects allow them to show all their repertoire of new ideas, clear concepts and exemplary architecture. Their projects are private and mark a new architecture for Europe. We hope that their work can be seen everywhere in the world, with the assurance that there is much to be added to the landscape of many cities. Parkrand Building, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Cancer Centre Amsterdam, The Netherlands Pyjama Garden Medical Center Extension, Veldhoven, The Netherlands Gyre, Tokyo, Japan Didden Village, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Borneo, Amsterdam Porters Lodges, Hoge Veluwe National Park, The Netherlands Mirador, Madrid, Spain Wozoco, Amsterdam-Osdorp, The Netherlands Ypenburg Masterplan, The Hague, The Netherlands Villa VPRO, Hilversum, The Netherlands UPV Munich, Germany Matsudai, Matsudai Niigata prefecture, Japan Haus Am Hang, Stuttgart, Germany Anyang Peak, Anyang, South Korea De Effenaar Pop Centre, Eindhoven, The Netherlands Gemini Residences - Frosilo, Copenhagen, Denmark Barcode House, Munich, Germany Expo 2000 NL Pavilion, Hannover, Germany
One Shelley Street is an impressive place. Planned to break all kinds of space composition paradigms, Clive Wilkinson Architects implemented the project for the Macquarie Group, creating a modern environment to a investment company. Placed in Sydney, Australia, the project was conceived as a small villa, One Shelley Street abuses of enormous and flexible spaces with many functions, common areas are integrated to work environments and meeting rooms with panoramic views. A place with simple and modern lines, white in its majority but mixed with vibrant colors. A project that will be a referral point to the construction of sustainable offices buildings. Definitely a place that even Google would like to own! One Shelley Street has been designed to the highest levels of green star or LEED efficiency, using revolutionary technologies like harbor water cooling, chilled beams and zone controlled lighting. The business benefit of ABW is the elimination of ‘churn’—the cost of moving groups and redefining spaces. Investing now meant savings in the future and Macquarie is providing an unmatched quality of life for its employees—benefiting clients, investors, shareholders and the environment. For further information about this great project go to: clivewilkinson.com.
Belgian architect Bruno Erpicum is a great inspiration. His designs are very elegant and well resolved, both in their created areas and in their functionality in relation to integration of landscape. Photos from site erpicum.org. Bruno studied at Erpicum ISASLB - Institute of Architecture Saint Luc Brussels in Belgium between 1978 and 1983. In 1986, along with François de Montivault and Marc Timmermans, he created the office Bureau d'Estudes GMT. After 10 years the office was divided into 2 areas: All Projects led by Montivault and Concept by Erpicum GMT. In 2001, it was renamed Atelier d'Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners (AABE). "Integration is the ability to endorse the setting qualities.” Bruno Erpicum House Roly, Belgium. Photographer: Jean-Luc Laloux House Roly, Belgium. Photographer: Jean-Luc Laloux His designs feature a wide variety of detail, with clean and elegant solutions to the interior, constantly connecting with the outside and its strengths through the visual and landscape. His works are simply breathtaking, be it by the delicacy of the lines drawn or the magnificent look at the context, taking advantage of where they are integrated. "Esthetics are defined by proportion.” Bruno Erpicum House Can BB, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Can 9, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Light Breeze, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Orban, Belgium Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Helena, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Sigue 25, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House IXOS, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Labacaho, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House KM5, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Ibicaelum, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jo Pauwels Jo Pauwels Jo Pauwels Jo Pauwels House AIBS, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Les Heures Claires, Belgium Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Garage du Parc, Belgium Loft 11, Belgium Loft 1, Belgium Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Loft Kelle, Belgium Loft Dusseldorf, Germany Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Copel Office Building, Belgium
Now I can understand why Chuck Anderson has this amazing mind to create pieces of art that are so impressive. His office is incredible, those places where we can work and live, for sure. And you must be imagining that lots of people work there, right? But NoPattern is a one person company, yes, Chuck Anderson enjoy all this alone! The guy work for the biggest companies in the world, in a workspace absolutely inspiring. The use of wood and brick with some apparent metal tubes bring a industrial and very modern feel. Besides the natural light and the wide space that make this office so cozy, the illustrations give personality to the place. The choice of the mobiles seem to be done randomly, with no concern, but all of them are complementary. And to finish this list, one especial piece call my attention, is a Herman Muller chair, this is what I can call chair! For me Chuck was very happy when design this stylish and cool workspace, a perfect place to work! Thank you OfficeSpanshot for this amazing tip!
If there is something that can bring value for a project even before it's done I can say that are the renders. It's a way to show to the client how it will be the final result or at least show him something near to the real thing. I love this feature, but some people abuse of it, and have the gift to transform simply renders in realistic photos! There are lots of render softwares today, but to reach a good result, just choosing some elements, textures and colors it's not enough. Like the photos, the use of light and angle of the render I believe that are the key points to get a beautiful and realistic image. And as a huge a fan of 3D and architecture I selected 30 images from several styles that are the most impressive renders I've ever seen!
Professor of architecture in Barcelona, Octavio Mestre, who has provided numerous services to the Catalan city, now has major projects in Spain and is already present in other European countries with homes and housing of high quality. Photos from site octaviomestre.com. Octavio Mestre graduated with honors from the Higher Technical School of Architecture in Barcelona, Spain. After going through numerous schools in several European countries, he was a professor in the Department of Theory and Composition and municipal architect of Barcelona in the Planning Services between 1987 and 1990. Clinica de Aresa, Spain After, he decided to completely follow through with professional practice. Correspondent for various magazines and author of numerous articles, the views within Mestre's work stands out in his residential projects like the house Cubelles, for instance. Octavio was a visiting professor at Rhode Island School of Design during the Spring Semester in 1994, and a founding member of the School of Architecture of the UIC where he taught design between 1996 and 2001. Since the 1997 he is professor at the School Elisava in Barcelona. Restaurante Le Mex, Barcelona, Spain Sede Mutua Madrilena, Madrid, Spain Sede Mutua Madrilena, Barcelona, Spain El Palacete, Barcelona, Spain Viviendas en Sabadell, Spain Reforma Edificio en Calle Segur, Spain Viviendas en el Port d'aro Viviendas en Riera Sant Miquel, Spain Viviendas en Terrassa, Spain Edificio Viviendas en Calle Homero, Spain Vivienda en Sant Cugat, Spain Vivienda en Tamariu, Spain Vivienda en Pineda de Mar, Spain Vivienda en Coma-Ruga, Spain Vivienda en Arenys de Mar, Spain Vivienda en Andratx, Spain Vivienda en Goyrans, France Vivienda en el Maresme, Spain Vivienda en Valldoreix, Spain Vivienda en Cubelles, Spain
This housing complex in Rennes, France, was a project idealized by Edmond Herve, Rennes' mayor from 1977 until 2008. Last year, 2009, the project was finally conceived by Atelier du Pont Architects as an example of modern and social architecture. The Lucien Rose complex was built keeping the historic and the identity of its neighborhood, the Thabor Botanical Gardens. The complex consists in 81 housing units splited into 6 buildings carefully projected, with great care with the materials, colors and scale. All that to perfectly insert the building into the city context. Everything matches and create a feeling of unity between the buildings and the urban space. Besides the worries with the aesthetic of these buildings, the group of architects also offered a library to the local community, a building with cool singularities witch abuses of natural lightening and the contrast among neutral and vibrant colors. Besides being a cultural space well inserted in an area with a great flow of people. And to complete the awesomeness of the project, they used sustainable elements. Solar energy, water re-usage, plants that demand less water, solar heating to piped water and further details that make this space a reason of proud to the community of Rennes. Photographs: Luc Boegly Thanks archdaily.com for the tip!
Shea Murdock and Robert Young are the creators of office Murdock Young Architects. With a little more than 10 years behind them they have an interesting portfolio of work in the United States, with highlights on residential projects and art galleries. Photos from site murdockyoung.com. Founded in 1999 by Shea Murdock and Robert Young, the office Murdock Young presents very interesting works of architecture. Their residential projects show the harmony of the materials used and a balance in volume, reaching a great end result. Allied to this, the beauty and simplicity of the internal spaces, which can also be seen in their galleries, are important aspects in their works. "Architecture is produced by great teams, working together in creative and productive collaboration towards common goals.” MYA Cutler Loft, New York, USA Prior to forming Murdock Young Architects, Shea Murdock Parker worked in offices in Germany and in New York, working with large-scale buildings. Robert Henry Young worked as intern in offices in Barcelona, Boston and New York, the offices of Mathias Thoenes and Keenen / Riley. Today, in their own office, each one leads a project at a time with the support of the other, where the leader is responsible for the design, documentation, construction and customer relationship, while the other is part of the project team. With just over 10 years, the office Murdock Young has won prizes for some of its projects, such as the Cultler House in Montauk, New York, which has been published by several magazines and books. 66 Gloucester, New York, USA Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, USA George Adams Gallery, New York, USA Chelsea Art Building, New York, USA Stefansky Residence, New Jersey, USA Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, USA Kettle Hole House , New York, USA Cutler Townhouse, New York, USA Further Lane Bathrooms, New York, USA Cutler Residence, Montauk, USA Multipurpose Building, Greenwich, USA Lake House, Montauk, USA Friedman Beda, New York, USA
This studio we'll show you today is from Oklahoma, USA, more specifically in Tulsa, a small city that has the honor to have the headquarters of a creative mind group, this is the Creative State. The office is basically a big saloon with a meeting and conferences room placed in the center of it. Sounds weird? Well, I loved it. The appropriate choose of colors and materials, a dark sealing and a bright floor, gave the glass cube a really stylish look. The spaces with the work stations surrounding this cube are simple but very cozy. The highlight of this office is for sure its lightening. All the spaces have a great illumination showing that the lighting was very well applied in this project. The points of light in the dark sealing and the lamps in the walls are samples of this and show that a nice lightening project can transform a place. Creative State is a blank canvas. An empty piece of paper. An untouched block of wood. It gives you the ability to start fresh, with new perspective and a revived spirit. Now, you can create whatever you want. You can bring your idea to life. Creative State To check everything about Creative State, check their site out at creativestate.com. Thanks Office Snapshots for the tip!
Try to imagine a lot of houses built overlapped, 12 houses, one over another. Well, this is the project Vitrahaus, designed by Herzog e De Meuron to the Vitra's showroom, a beautiful sample of deconstruction and modernity. Located at the Weil Am Rhein, between Switzerland and Germany, will be latest architectural addition at the Vitra Campus complex, which already features buildings by Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando, among others. The house is a piece of art, built with concrete walls and huge windows, allowing you to have an amazing view form the campus during the day, becoming big 'store windows' at night, showing the pieces inside of it. Inside the Vitrahaus the architects achieve success on their mission to treat the minimalism and simplicity to bring even more value to the colors and shapes to each chair, each sofa, each Vitra mobil. To be honest, the designs are complementary, and the visitor's eyes are delighted by both architecture and the furniture showroom. The “VitraHaus“ is a direct, architectural rendition of the ur-type of house, as found in the immediate vicinity of Vitra and, indeed, all over the world. The products that will be on display are designed primarily for the private home and, as such, should not be presented in the neutral atmosphere of the conventional hall or museum but rather in an environment suited to their character and use. mage © designboom mage © designboom Herzog & De Meuron / VitraHaus from 0300TV on Vimeo Sources: dezeen.com and designboom.com.
Office for Metropolitan Architecture is an office that relies on collaborative partnerships. Rem Koolhaas, founder of the OMA, created AMO, which also does a great job with great brands, attending events and doing exhibitions and publications, producing a work "not architectural" within an architectural firm. Photos from site oma.eu. In the early 70's, Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis began working together in the Architectural Association, a school of architecture in London, where Rem studied and Elia was an instructor. Together they made some projects, all located in Manhattan, but none built. In 1975, Rem Koolhaas, Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp and founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, OMA. Soon after its founding, the firm was one of 10 winners of the architectural competition for the new building of the Dutch parliament in The Hague. This project was widely discussed and published, but the OMA was not responsible to run the project, a fact that has happened again several times in the early 80's. In this decade, however, they began to gain momentum to carry out the projects in The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin and Paris. . Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany "Our office acts like a kind of educational establishment and we are very careful who we educate.” Rem Koolhaas Nexus World Housing, Fukuoka, Japan The leadership of the OMA is organized as collaborative partnerships. It is divided into offices in Rotterdam, New York, and Beijing and will soon open one in Hong Kong to accommodate new projects in Asia. Today, besides Koolhaas, there is partner Ole Scheeren leading the office in Beijing, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, and Victor van der Chijs and Shohei Shigematsu who head the office in New York. In 1998 Koolhaas founded the AMO, a space within the OMA dedicated to producing work "not architectural" as special events, exhibitions, campaigns and trade publications. The AMO has participated in the Venice Biennale, has been guest editor of Wired and Domus, and has also done work for Universal Studios, Harvard University, Heineken, and Ikea. "Any architectural project we do takes at least four or five years, so increasingly there is a discrepancy between the acceleration of culture and the continuing slowness of architecture." Rem Koolhaas Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands Lille Grand Palais, Lille, France Dutch House, Netherlands Educatorium, Utrecht, Netherlands Bart van Damme De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands Maison à Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France Breda Carré Building, Breda, Netherlands Prada New York, New York, USA Netherlands Embassy, Berlin, Germany IIT – Mccormick Tribune Campus Center, Chicago, USA Dee And Charles Wyly Theater, Dallas, USA Leeum Museum, Seoul, South Korea Souterrain Tram Tunnel, The Hague, Netherlands Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, London, UK Zollverein Kohlenwäsche, Essen, Germany Prada Transformer, Seoul, South Korea
Maybe it a little too late to show this project, but as our architecture cycle here at Abduzeedo started after its construction, we can do this. Since its inauguration in 2008 I was impressed by this architecture, so I think the construction deserve an exclusive article showing its beauty. I'm talking about the Caja Vital Kutxa, in Spain. The project is from Mozas Aguirre Arquitectos, and it's a building for a local bank from Madri. The shapes represent the woods and trees that surround the building, a park from Natura 2000 Networking Programme. This idea was created with strong metallic structures covered with steal panels. In the hall of the building, a big polyurethane panel was created, a amazing art piece hand painted. The idea of this project, from its concept to its external shapes, is to treat the building as a life organism in movement. © Carlos Casariego © Carlos Casariego © Carlos Casariego © Carlos Casariego © Carlos Casariego
Some villages in Korea are in the process of modernization. This house shows the power of architecture in confronting modern with tradition, the shapes and materials in this construction shows that the strong culture position was destroyed. The project from IROJE KHM Architects, built in Seoul, was an efective proof of cost management, using cheap materials as concrete and choosing for simplicity during the construction process. The house is made of metallic translucence plaques and glass, to soften the light, the wind and even the sounds from the street, creating a calm and special place. And you can also see all the project concept, idea and the traditional korean contrapoint about the modernization of architecture in a great text in their website: IROJE KHM Architects. I expect Jo Rin Hun, un-architectural architecture, to be a 'light house of city' that always lightens the neighborhood and to be a place where record and preserve the historic character of the site. (IROJE KHM) © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim The city and architecture are endowed with strong mutual response and finally this mass become to carry the un-architectural property of matter of transparence introversively, translucence extrorsely. (IROJE KHM) © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim Section
Ricardo Legorreta brings to his designs, features that hard to see nowadays. With an impressive architecture of solid volumes, he makes colors and light and shadow the focus of his work. Photos from site legorretalegorreta.com. Ricardo Legorreta Vilchis was born in Mexico City on May 7th, 1931. He studied at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, also worked as a designer at this time. He left with a degree in architecture in 1953. After completing his studies, he worked for the Mexican architect Jose Villagran Garcia becoming a partner in 1955. After 5 years of this partnership, Legorreta opened his own office and founded the "Legorreta Architects". With a clear influence of fellow architect Luis Barragan, he works with a use of bold colors, effects of light and shadow, and the supremacy of solid volumes. Hotel Westin Brisas Antes Camino Real, Mexico "Surrounded by this magical world (Mexico), I have devoted my life to the most beautiful profession, knowing that the road is not long but endless and that when we disappear, if our ideals are worthy somebody will pick up our flag and continue. We live in a period of speed: in order to manage it we need to work together, looking at technology as a tool not as a goal, keeping the basic values of humanism, avoiding superficiality, solving people’s needs without serving power and materialism." Casa Montalban, California, USA In 1990, his son Victor Legorreta became a partner in the firm, which in 2000 became known as "Legorreta+Legorreta". Today they have a wide variety of projects in their portfolio and their concepts of architecture have been required in various locations outside of Mexico, mainly in the southwest United States. Ricardo Legorreta received the Gold Medals of the UIA (The International Union of Architects) in 1999 and the AIA (The American Institute of Architects) in 2000. Casa Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA San Antonio Library, Texas, USA Casa Japon, Japon Pabellon de Mexico EXPO Hannover, Germany ITESM Campus Santa Fe, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico Max Palevsky Residence Hall University of Chicago, Illinois, USA Residential Complex Zocalo I y II, Santa Fe, USA House in Maui, Maui, Hawaii House in Hillsboro Beach, Florida, USA Petaluma House, California, USA Hotel Sheraton Abandoibarra, Abandoibarra, Spain Sotogrande House, Sotogrande, Spain Kona House, Kona, Hawai Escuela de Graduados en Administracion Publica y Politica EGAPP, Monterrey, Mexico Hotel Boutique, Puebla, Mexico Texas A&M Engineering College, Doha, Qatar House in San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador Plaza El Roble, Escazu, Costa Rica Hotel Camino Real Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico Casa Morumbi, São Paulo, Brasil Casa en el Bosque, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
This project is a new sustainable social housing complex, built in Begles, France. It's a great architectural approach, a project with a diversity of architectural propositions and communal and private spaces. The brain behind this project is LAN Architecture, they tryied to invent a new urban lifestyle, witch I think it was amazing. I love the way they used the shapes and the holes on those huge walls. As they say "the first stage was to ‘sculpt’ the volumes in order to exploit their urban potential and intrinsic spatial qualities". The principle underlying our approach was that of stacking containers, and careful study of habitat modes, climatic conditions and the sun’s trajectory throughout the year suggested the way to organise this. The idea of variable compactness introduced the notion of a housing unit’s adaptability to seasons and times of day. All residents have the possibility of using their exterior space as a windbreak, a mini-greenhouse or, conversely, as a means of cooling or ventilating. More about it on designboom.com.
The building will be open only in 2011 but the project of the Qatar Convention Center already deserve being featured here. The organic shapes and structural solutions explore limits of imagination and transform a simple convention center in a master piece, a landmark of the Education City. The QNCC is a projects from the japanese from Yamasaki Architects. They are the responsible for bringing the inovation beyond arquitectural shapes, and that is why the QNCC is the first construction of this kind to receive the Gold Certification from U.S Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED). One of the reasons for this is the concerning with the energy generation, where 12,5% from all of the generated energy will be handle by solar plaques. QNCC’s spans over three levels consisting of: - 40, 000 m2 of exhibition space - Conference hall for 4,000 delegates - 2,300-seat lyric style theatre - Three additional tiered auditoriums - Theatre-style seating, banquet space for up to 10,000 in exhibition halls - Total of 57 meeting rooms - Spacious pre-function, exhibition foyers - Luxurious lounges, hospitality suites - Dedicated registration desks, business centre, media rooms QNCC is located alongside elite universities, research and technology institutions in Education City, a new global hub of ideas and innovation. It is only 20 minutes away from the central business district. More about the QNCC qatarconvention.com.