TEDx: Mark Foster Gage, Architect, Innovator, Possible Bender of Design Realities…

Mark Foster Gage is not only an architect and the
current Assistant Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, he’s also known to be quite an innovator of the practice with his design methodology merging advanced technologies (interactivity, virtual reality, robotics, 3D printing, spacial social media, etc.), philosophical speculation and interdisciplinary collaboration (with musicians, technology companies, clothing lines, media outlets, etc.).

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The Barcelona Pavilion Just Installed Some Freakin’ Lasers…

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I thinks it’s fair to say that Dr. Evil had a point, and now Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich’s legendary 1929 Barcelona Pavilion will be reaping the benefits. This new laser light installation, titled Geometry of Light, was created by Luftwerk and Iker Gil, and aims to use light and sound to showcase the building’s architectural elements and materials. Since the structure is a shining example of the modernist/international style of architecture, its gridded/open plan and vertical planes allow the installed lights will develop a interpretive layer that re-imagines the pavilion through highlights, animates and traces along and past the travertine floor and steel-framed glass walls.

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Someone Put a HOTEL in a QUARRY in China!

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We’ve seen this done with football stadiums, amusement parks and shopping complexes (with the last two examples having already happened in San Antonio), but architect
Martin Jochman and his studio JADE + QA had gone ahead and designed a hotel in a quarry. In fact, the International Shanghai Wonderland Hotel (a.k.a. the Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental) — located in Songjiang, Shanghai, China and opened on November 15th of last year — is the world’s first hotel to be designed and built in a quarry, in which only two levels are above ground, while the other 16 levels rest among and into the quarry below. The building’s international award-winning design (which won said award all the way back in 2006) includes amenities such as an underwater restaurant and aquarium (located in the two lowest underwater levels), all set within a form aiming to minimize its impact on the local environment.

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Are You Worthy of Entering DKO Architecture’s Queens Domain?

(c) Tom Blachford

From the Architects, DKO Architecture:

Queens Domain is located on Melbourne’s Queens Road. Queens Road together with St Kilda Road are Melbourne’s preeminent residential boulevards lined by buildings from various eras and different styles. When Queens Road is viewed from Albert Park, one can see a narrative of Melbourne’s architectural history emerge. Amongst them are some proud contributions by Frederick Romberg a renowned Modernist architect. The Stanhill and Newborn Flats are beautiful functionalist buildings with sweeping open balconies and fine glass detailing. Queens Domain takes up the next thread in this story, re-interpreting existing elements, whilst embracing design and construction techniques of our time.

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The Salariyeh Residential Building by Heram Architects is just…plain…lovely to look at…

Located in Qom, Qom Province, Iran, the Salariyeh Residential Building — designed by Heram Architects — opened this year, and aspects of the region’s religious beliefs include “privacy” and “lack of visibility from the exterior into the building.” Both of those guidelines are used in the decisions made in urban planning and creating relationships in the local neighborhood. In addition, usually when projects are built in this region … Continue reading The Salariyeh Residential Building by Heram Architects is just…plain…lovely to look at…

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Wanna See Six Destroyed British Castles Rebuilt Digitally?

Sorry, not a dead body this time, y’all. But this is still awesome, and much less graphic, smelly and vomit-inducing; I PROMISE! Onward and NoeMan Studios have come together to digitally rebuild some of the most historic castles in the United Kingdom. Why? Well, at one time, these structures were strong, proud monoliths — ranging from castles, churches, stately houses, etc. — that commanded the … Continue reading Wanna See Six Destroyed British Castles Rebuilt Digitally?

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Check out this Small Home in San Jose; it’s Currently Going For $798K…

This small, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom Spanish bungalow located in northeast San Jose, California — located at 759 N 19th Street — is pretty tiny in square-footage, but its character is ten-fold. Originally built in 1928, this 759-square-foot structure retains its old-school charm — original wood flooring, a big fireplace, and stained-glass windows — while containing modern upgrades — exterior solar panels and an electric vehicle charging station. The outside environment isn’t too shabby, either; the front patio has plenty of room for outdoor furniture, and a large backyard with fruit trees and drought-resistant landscaping, a pergola for outdoor dining, and even a hot tub. Continue reading “Check out this Small Home in San Jose; it’s Currently Going For $798K…”

Mecanoo’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan

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The recently-opened National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan — inspired by the mass collections of banyan trees that are common in its locale — was designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo.  This single building — which is also the largest performing arts center under a singular roof as well as Taiwan’s most significant cultural investment in a generation — covers a surface area of approximately 35 acres, a little over a quarter of the size of the surrounding 116-acre subtropical park in the area, acting as on of the country’s most culturally significant investment. The building features a 2,236-seat Opera House, a 1,981-seat Concert Hall, a 1,210-seat Playhouse, a 434-seat Recital Hall and an Outdoor Theater that connects the building to the park. Continue reading “Mecanoo’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan”

Kevin Hart Designed a Customized Tiny House, And Soon You’ll Be Able to Rent It!

Tiny houses and the culture surrounding it have been taking over the mainstream. Tiny house websites, blogs, magazines, TV shows and online videos have shared storage tips and tricks to save space, looking for interesting vacation areas, or renting one out on your property (a’la Airbnb). This past Thursday, comedian Kevin Hart, with help from Booking.com, revealed his customized tiny house in Herald Square Park of New York City. Continue reading “Kevin Hart Designed a Customized Tiny House, And Soon You’ll Be Able to Rent It!”

The Marília Fit Restaurant Shows That It’s Hip To Be Square…

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The Marília Fit, located in Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais, Brazil, offers healthy meals — for breakfast, lunch & dinner — in its refreshingly, comfortable space, and the building’s design aims to contribute to that help people feel better. The restaurant building is comprised of different-sized rectangular wooden boxes of varied permeability that cover the walls, taking cues to the flavors and smells of a more traditional public market. The aim of David Guerra Arquitectura e Interior was to create a space that invited a high-class experience for not just eating, but also for a person’s well-being. Continue reading “The Marília Fit Restaurant Shows That It’s Hip To Be Square…”