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”

MERRY Day-After-CHRISTMAS! – WIRed #131

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It’s time for Episode #131 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses affordable housing that merges the city and the forest, my favorite tech devices that died early deaths, the return of the mighty ZX Spectrum, and HO-HO-HO, it’s Santa Mick Foley! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “MERRY Day-After-CHRISTMAS! – WIRed #131”

Affordable Housing at the Edge of the City

Courtesy of Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design

This is the winning entry of an architectural competition, an affordable housing project in Rijeka, Croatia measuring at 7,161 square meter project by Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design and Projektura d.o.o.  The city asked for an urban design solution in order to place 80 condominiums in 3 – 5 buildings, with each building having its own newly formed lot, and the local area would include a playground, park areas, fire lanes, and 120 parking spaces.

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Shotguns & Elevators – WIRed #130

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It’s time for Episode 130 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a Canadian winter shelter competition, speedy elevators that can move sideways, DATING the diverse history of Nintendo, and the breath of fresh air called Shotgun Saturday Night! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Shotguns & Elevators – WIRed #130”

Beautiful Warming Huts In Canada ‘Warm’ The Harsh Winter….

Beautiful Warming Huts Are Proof That Canada Does Winter Better Than Us

The average temperature in Winnipeg during the winter is roughly 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit (HOLY FREAKING CRAP!), but even during those freezing days, the city hosts various events ranging from curling to broomball to the annual Warming Huts design competition, which chooses a new series of shelters to be built along the river’s banks.  These “warming huts” my be part of the festivities, but they also serve a very important purpose by making sure people don’t get seriously cold while traversing along the trail. Here are some of the winners that were announced from the competition: Continue reading “Beautiful Warming Huts In Canada ‘Warm’ The Harsh Winter….”

TreeTowers Cancerous 8-Bit Sandler Wyatt Rap – WIRed #93

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It’s time for Episode 93 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses towers inspired by trees, the fight against testicular cancer, 8-bit Happy Gilmore and the Wyatt Family goes Hippity-Hop! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “TreeTowers Cancerous 8-Bit Sandler Wyatt Rap – WIRed #93”

My Favorite Entries from Hello Wood 2013

For the fourth year, the creative camp Hello Wood took place last month in the countryside north of Lake Balaton in Hungary. At the event (under the motto “Step Closer”), 120 young architects and designers, along with leading experts, worked to design, create, and construct installations that address social and community issues in architecture.  The twelve teams assembled at Hello Wood had only a full week to create these installations using — you guessed it — timber as the primary material. At the end of the week, every project created would be judged and a winner is selected and awarded, but I want to share some of my favorite installations from this year’s Hello Wood event, after the break! Continue reading “My Favorite Entries from Hello Wood 2013”

Vietnam’s “Blade Runner”-Esque Pavilion Competition Proposal

It’s been a while since I’ve made references to “Blade Runner” in my architecture stories, so — ladies and gentlemen — here’s that follow-up you’ve been waiting for! This is a conceptual design for Vietnam’s Pavilion for the Expo 2015 in Milan, and it focuses on creating a space that mixes settlement and agriculture. Designed by H&P Architects, the building is steel-framed with large modules connected via simple joins and/or overlapping (the longest module is at least 23 feet long).

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Get Your Own Forest Lookout Tower Headquarters!

When you’re an architecture firm trying to prepare a winning competition entry for the Archi<20 competition festival of architecture held in the Alsace region of France, CLP Architects was attempting to come up with a design that could follow the proper criteria. The rules were that the building needed to be: functional, eco-friendly, sit on a 20-square-meter pavilion (while reflecting local, natural environment), and not exceed the budget of €7,000. Sounds a little daunting, huh? Well, CLP overcame the competition restraints and devised the L’Observatoire.  This tower-like structure provides people a whole, new way to interact with the surrounding forest, offers various lookout points and places to rest, kick back, relax on each floor. It appears that the firm’s resulting structure is a prime example of beautiful form and efficient function.   Continue reading “Get Your Own Forest Lookout Tower Headquarters!”