Steven Holl’s Competition-Winning Museum Design Inspired by Historic 9th Century Fortress

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Steven Holl Architects international competition-winning design for the Angers Collectors Museum and nearby hotel in the historic city of Angers, France is an example of architectural history influencing and being paid homage in modern architectural projects. Their design — via collaboration with developers Compagine de Phalsbourg — takes inspiration from the nearby 9th century Chateau d’Angers fortress, and aims to create the city’s new cultural gateway. The museum’s exposed titanium and concrete connects to the linear hotel with a weaving clear adn translucent glass facade — inspired by the 14th century Apocalypse Tapestry on display at the Chateau d’Angers. But the historic connections don’t stop there; there will also exist a sereis of reflecting pools that will reference the river that used to consume that same site. Continue reading “Steven Holl’s Competition-Winning Museum Design Inspired by Historic 9th Century Fortress”

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…”

BOOS Beach Club Restaurant, the Best Old House & Japanese Origami-Inspired Bar & Grill in Luxembourg

Yup, that title pretty much tells it; there’s more to discuss, though. There now exists a modern and contemporary building with a new and iconic design, replacing the rather older BOOS Beach Club bar and restaurant. The newsest part of the building resembles folded sheets of paper– as it was influenced by Japanese origami art — is actually integrated around the existing triangular-shaped home to exist with the old and open to the local suroundings. Continue reading “BOOS Beach Club Restaurant, the Best Old House & Japanese Origami-Inspired Bar & Grill in Luxembourg”

Fav Materials Cricut DIY OC Records Champion Arquette – WIRed #85

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It’s time for Episode 85 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses the favorite materials of architects, increasing your DIY skills with the Cricut Explore, the launch of OverClocked Records, and the WCW Championship reign of….sigh… David Arquette. Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Fav Materials Cricut DIY OC Records Champion Arquette – WIRed #85”

Happy Birthday to the Late-Great, Oscar Niemeyer

This past Saturday (December 15th) would have been the 105th birthday for architect Oscar Niemeyer, born Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho (whew!).  However, the Pritzker-Prize winning, Brazilian master architect passed away last Thursday, December 6th, due to complications from a prior kidney condition.  Niemeyer was a professional who was known for seeing architecture as a higher calling, once stating that “the architect’s role is to fight for a better world, where he can produce an architecture that serves everyone and not just a group of privileged people.”   Continue reading “Happy Birthday to the Late-Great, Oscar Niemeyer”

Iron Men Blackitects on Simple.TV Portal Gun It To The Mid-South – WIRed #18

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This week on WIRed, Iron Man 3 trailer **squealing** MIT tries to solve the case or missing black architects, can the Simple.TV give the TiVo a run for it’s money, you can finally get a Portal gun from ThinkGeek- it’s cheaper, but it’s smaller – and now EVERYONE can get some of the that Mid-South Wrestling ACTION!   Continue reading “Iron Men Blackitects on Simple.TV Portal Gun It To The Mid-South – WIRed #18”

MIT’s “The Black Architect’s Journey” Conference on Architecture, Race and Academe

Architecture and planning dean Adele Santos, left: Ted Landsmark, director of Boston Architectural College, center, and Ho Yung Chang, architecture department head, welcomed participants to ‘Architecture Race Academe: The Black Architect’s Journey.’
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Back at MIT in March of 2007, almost 80 people gathered for a 1-1/2 day conference hosted by the MIT College of Architecture to discuss why only 1% of AIA members are black and why there are fewer than five black professors full-time at major architecture schools in the country.  Just to show how dedicated, tough, and COMPLETELY BOSS these guests and panelists were, they didn’t allow a late-winter blizzard (that shut down most of the airports in Boston) stop them.   Continue reading “MIT’s “The Black Architect’s Journey” Conference on Architecture, Race and Academe”

High School Students Explore Architecture/Design Through Website

My interest in architecture started before I even knew what architecture was. My parents bought be 3 set of LEGO on my 5th birthday and ever since then, I’ve loved buildings and design.  As years went on, I collected K’Nex sets and drew plans of paper towel roll ramps for my Hot Wheels and building them with tape, LEGO, and furniture.  Since architecture is a profession that has one of the hardest-earned degrees and licensure processes that recommends that suitors show early signs of intense commitment.  While few resources are openly available to secondary school students who have a passion for the profession, the Chicago Architecture Foundation found a way to close that gap.   Continue reading “High School Students Explore Architecture/Design Through Website”

The Eels Nest (more a house than…..eels’s nest, though…)

Sorry to disappoint fans of aquatic wildlife, but alas, this is a post about a work of architecture.  The name “Eel’s Nest” is a commonly used term that describes a very narrow lot (typically with a width of 15 feet). This particular lot in the area of Echo Park in Los Angeles has a width of exactly 15 feet, and architect Simon Storey decided to take up the challenge to experiment with designing and erecting a compact and efficient urban dwelling. But how would you achieve such a feat, you ask? Why, by building vertically, or course! Storey was able to design both simply and minimally in accordance to the site’s size limitations, and used the entire lot to create a functional house.

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Frank Gehry’s Residence, 2012 AIA 25-Year Award Winner; Can You See The House?

I hope you can see it; it should be the easiest Where’s Waldo puzzle you’ve ever come across (remember Waldo kids?). The American Institute of Architects (remember them) conducted an interview with famed architect Frank Gehry — the recipient of the 2012 25-Year Award and architect of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial project — to talk about his unorthodox residence in Santa Monica that has hugely impacted and influenced architectural practice and theory in the last 30+ years.  Plus, there’s a story that the Homeowner’s Association forced Gehry to put a chain link fence on the property, so he did; by incorporating it INTO the house itself.  Now that’s what we, on the internet, call “pwnage.”  Check out more about the house (and a video; ooh-la-la) after the break.

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