Remember “KerPlunk”? Here’s the Kerplunk House. It kind of resembles the Board Game “KerPlunk”. There You Go…

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Design collective I STIFFEN THEE (yes, that IS their name) designed the Kerplunk House to bridge the gap between built space and existing space but having architecture play the role of nature, rather than merely resembling it. Part of this 224 square foot building’s focus on playing off of nature is the fact that the pattern of organization is not readily apparent. The house was built as a multipurpose living and working space that would also act as the initial structure for a desert propagation center, as a mini-forest of desert flora was planted and transplanted over time in its surrounding area. Continue reading “Remember “KerPlunk”? Here’s the Kerplunk House. It kind of resembles the Board Game “KerPlunk”. There You Go…”

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”

The Dumbo Townhouses by Alloy Design; Don’t Let The Name Fool You…

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Located at 55 Pearl Street in Brooklyn, New York (near the intersection at Water Street), the Dumbo Townhouse — designed by Alloy Architects — is a 18,000 square foot 5 unit housing complex that opened in 2015. Now, about that name “Dumbo,” which I should immediately correct at “DUMBO,” as the project involved the demolition of the existing single-story warehouse in the DUMBO Historic Section of Brooklyn.  The typical townhouse units at Dumbo measure at approximately 18′ wide (with the corner unit measuring at 19′ 2″ wide) with a raised private entrance at ground level. Each unit also has a shared drive with parking spaces for each townhouse, placed behind the garden level at grade. Continue reading “The Dumbo Townhouses by Alloy Design; Don’t Let The Name Fool You…”

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…”

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…”

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”

Genyo Takeda, Nintendo Game And Hardware Designer, Is Retiring

Genyo Takeda, known for working on some of Nintendo’s most iconic games, consoles, and tech, will be stepping down from the company this June. Takeda, 68, was hired in 1971 by future Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi, and got started by creating the gun game that nearly sunk Nintendo (not by his doing, but due to the oil crisis of the late-1970s). However, he would go on to produce and direct classic games (like Punch-Out!!, Pilotwings 64, and Dr. Mario 64) and technology (like tapping the NES cart’s RAM to back up save data, the N64 controller’s analog stick and headed up the Wii’s development) as he had long been part of Nintendo’s technology brain trust.

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Project.DWG and LOOS.FM turn Recycled Plastic Waste into Building Materials…

A joint project from Project.DWG and LOOS.FM was recently revealed; a temporary structure project in a community park in The Netherlands. The project, titled the PET pavilion — which follows the elevated and structural framework of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House –, aims to focus on rethinking the ways buildings are developed, built and utilized through the usage of sustainable building, recycling, and waste. To be more specific, the PET pavilion is a study to educate and explore new possibilities of the use of a building material made of plastic waste, rather than a be-all-end-all sustainable solution. Continue reading “Project.DWG and LOOS.FM turn Recycled Plastic Waste into Building Materials…”