Category Archives: Architecture

Need To Save Crumbling Buildings? Just Use LEGO!

Courtesy of Jan Vormann

Artist Jan Vormann has spent 10 years exploring the world, visiting roughly 40 cities across Europe, Central America, Asia, and the United States, while making and installing LEGO masonry interventions to city walls and buildings in moderate disrepair.  His ongoing project, Dispatchwork, started making these colorful toy-block repairs and additions — some using only a handful of LEGO bricks while some installations use up to 20 pounds of LEGO bricks — in Bocchignano, Italy, and later expanded to Tel Aviv and Berlin. Continue reading Need To Save Crumbling Buildings? Just Use LEGO!

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Some of The Diverse Contemporary Architecture of Africa…

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The diverse continent of Africa is also host to diverse architectural projects, but many people outside of the continent are unaware (save for probably Kere’s lovely structures based on the local vernacular). Thanks to a wonderful slideshow post by Victor Delaqua of ArchDaily, we can catch a glimpse of some of the varied contemporary design projects installed in Africa. Of the 18 selected buildings from Mr. Delaqua’s original post (from 14 countries), here are my 7 favorite architectural projects from that post. Continue reading Some of The Diverse Contemporary Architecture of Africa…

The Oficinas Nexans Chile; A Greatly Lit & Circulated Office Space…

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This commission by Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados and  Ignacio Correa involved the remodeling the offices of Nexans Chile SA, located on the 2nd floor of a 1950s building, located within the southern area of Santiago, Chile.  The offices older configuration, part of the longitudinal direction of the plant, consisted of a central corridor divided two areas of open workstations, including private offices, meeting rooms and bathrooms. The problem: other than the wear-and-tear of age, these spaces were organized against building facades, resulting in the limited illumination of natural light in the work spaces located towards the center area of the plant. Continue reading The Oficinas Nexans Chile; A Greatly Lit & Circulated Office Space…

Candida Tabet Arquitetura’s House ACP

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The House ACP, designed by Candida Tabet Arquitectura and completed last year (2016), is located on a semi-circle-shaped plot of land in Indaiatuba, Brazil that is a single story tall and features a mezzanine — acting as a featured social area — and an annex playroom house for the two children of the couple who this house was designed and built for. The building’s orientation helps maximize the views of the beautiful surrounding environment, as well as showcase the ciruclation of the interior spaces, while the double-height of the mezzanine’s great cieling promotes cross-ventilation (allowing the hot air to do what it does best; RISE).

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How Does A Design Firm Build a 1,000-Square-Meter Building in Only a Few Months?

SUMMARY studio answered that question by unveiling its mostly-prefabricated concrete modular building system, after showing its Gomos#1 prototype and and displaying their method at the exhibition at the Venice Biennale. The project, located along a nation road in Vale de Cambra, Portugal, consists of several housing units and multi-functional service spaces, and the client’s demands were: fast, economical, and modifiable-over-time (depending on need) construction. This is based on the Gomos System, which is comprised of  a series of singular reinforced prefabricated concrete modules (gomos) that simply join together, providing a fully livable living space in moments. Continue reading How Does A Design Firm Build a 1,000-Square-Meter Building in Only a Few Months?

A Barn Replacement + Farmhouse Restoration by Singer Baenziger Architekten

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When Singer Baenziger Architekten took on this project of a farmhouse from the 1600s and a later-built barn (both sharing a cantilevered saddle roof) in the village center of Schlieren, Switzerland, they looked to restore the house while converting the barn building into a new living space. According to the design team, led by Roman Singer and Rémy Baenziger, the project will also include breaking up the singular roof through the use of roof windows and two roof sheds. Along with this, the outside landscape will retain the original exterior space, the unfinished nearby alley’s forecourt,  and the existing tree garden, but will add a new small private seating area for the farmhouse’s residential units. Continue reading A Barn Replacement + Farmhouse Restoration by Singer Baenziger Architekten

Check Out the Structural Bones of this new Airport Terminal in Beijing from Zaha Hadid Architects…

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This is the new passenger terminal for the Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is soon to be the largest aviation hub in the world. Why and how? This large structure will cover an area of 3,369,103.96 square feet thanks to the five “limbs” that spread outward from a central area.  The size of this new terminal will relieve pressure from the suburb-based (and really over-crowded) Beijing Capital International Airport. According to  Xinhuanet News, each “limb” will showcase images from Chinese culture, including “silk, tea, porcelain, farmlands, and Chinese gardens.” Continue reading Check Out the Structural Bones of this new Airport Terminal in Beijing from Zaha Hadid Architects…

The Parador Ariston, an Abandoned & Deteriorating Latin American Architectural Classic…

In 1948, Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer designed and built — along with fellow architects Carlos Coire and Eduardo Catalano — the Parador Ariston in the La Serena neighborhood of Mar de Plata, Argentina.  Formerly remembered as the well-known Ariston Restaurant, the building’s overall shape and form — designed to hold social gatherings, dances and cocktail parties — is inspired by a four-leafed clover to provide maximum glazing and natural sunlight, with its main space elevated a single level with curved walls. However, sadly the building today stands abandoned, deteriorated in ruins, neglected, and covered in graffiti. Continue reading The Parador Ariston, an Abandoned & Deteriorating Latin American Architectural Classic…

Time for some Architecture Funnies!

Let’s have some fun and laughs today.  After the break, be sure to enjoy some interesting and funny comics related to the realm of architecture, ranging from the profession, design theories, relating the practice to other real-world situations, and even a FREAKING CUT-OUT ACTIVITY!! (I’m 7). Continue reading Time for some Architecture Funnies!

Neoclassical Architecture – Doc’D #65

PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D,” is BACK in a new monthly format, and we’re kicking it off with a ‘somewhat fast-paced’ presentation of an architecture-themed episode, in which host Montez McCrary will be talking about the history, influence and lasting legacy of Neoclassical Architecture. Continue reading Neoclassical Architecture – Doc’D #65