Tuesday, 30 November 2010

under the skin - twelve

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Frank O. Gehry by Stanley Greenberg

Monday, 29 November 2010

sedap makan

DSA+s designed a restaurant for an owner who dreamt of having an outdoor Japanese Noodle restaurant using bamboo to materialise an umbrella concept. The form would function as a shelter and by overlapping the umbrella together, the Architects hopes that it would create a giant roof. The structure is tied up by a rope called 'ijuk' and each roof is supported independently by 4 bamboos, which is tied up with a cross-beam. The wide and high roof allows the wind to flow freely through the restaurant.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Thursday, 25 November 2010

under the skin - eleven

Schermerhorn House, Brooklyn, Polshek Partnership by Stanley Greenberg

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

sunken traffic

Salto AB's concept of the open air exhibition grounds is based on a road; while passing by, your route will be surrounded by different landscapes. The Architects have came up with a solution that forms a long 8-shaped path, where functions with different character are placed in succession like a comic strip. All space necessary for the museum is scooped into the landscape leaving rest of the environment as natural as possible.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

toy blocks - one

Michael Wolf has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1994. Stimulated by the region's complex urban dynamics, he makes dizzying photographs of its architecture.

One of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the world, Hong Kong has an overall density of nearly 6,700 people per square kilometer. The majority of its citizens live in apartments in high-rise buildings. In his series Architecture of Density, Wolf investigates these vibrant city blocks, finding a mesmerizing abstraction in the buildings' facades.

Some of the structures in the series are photographed without reference to the context of sky or ground, and many buildings are seen in a state of repair or construction: their walls covered with a grid of scaffolding or the soft colored curtains that protect the streets below from falling debris. From a distance, such elements become a part of the photograph's intricate design.

Wolf explores the theme of the organic metropolis - that which develops according to the caprice of its citizens as much as the planning of its architects. In Architecture of Density, his vision has evolved to evaluate the high-rises that shape the spatial experience of Hong Kong's citizens. Wolf finds in each building a singular character, despite its functional purpose and massive form.

Michael Wolf (born in Munich, 1954) grew up in the United States and Germany, and studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and with Otto Steinert at the University of Essen in Germany. Two previous books—Sitting in China(2002) and Hong Kong: Front Door/Back Door (2005)—feature his much-acclaimed photographs of China. His work has been widely collected and exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland; Kestner Museum, Hannover, Germany; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; and the Daegu Photo Biennial, Korea. Wolf’s work is held in major collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Microsoft Art Collection; and the Neuberger Berman Art Collection. He divides his time between Europe and Asia.

Monday, 22 November 2010

under the skin - ten

Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Graduate Engineering Center, Clemson University, Greenville, SC, Mark Scogin Merrill Elam Architects by Stanley Greenberg

Friday, 19 November 2010

shanghai blade four

More from Horst + Daniel Zielske in Shanghai

under the skin - nine

San Francisco Federal Building, Morphosis Architects by Stanley Greenberg

Thursday, 18 November 2010

shanghai blade three

More from Horst + Daniel Zielske in Shanghai

orange skyline

I'll take Manhattan,
the Bronx, and Staten Island too
It's lovely going through
the zoo

It's very fancy

on old Delancey Street, you know
The subway charms us so
when balmy breezes blow
to and fro

And tell me what street
compares with Mott Street in July
Sweet pushcarts gently
gliding by

The great big city's a wondrous toy
Made for a girl and boy
We'll turn Manhattan
into an isle of joy

Tell me what street
compares with Mott Street in July
Sweet pushcarts gently
gliding by

The great big city's a wondrous toy
Made for a girl and boy
We'll turn Manhattan
into an isle of joy

I'll take Manhattan
I'll take Manhattan

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

shanghai blade two

More from Horst + Daniel Zielske in Shanghai

module nodes

Pietro Russo have designed the ecomo home to be compact for modern, simple living in collaboration with nature. The Architects design is based on basic sustainable, green design principles that offers a low-maintenance, modern, well-designed green housing alternative. The whole structure is a predesigned, prefabricated, customised home, offering numerous options in layout, size and finish through a modular system. The design consists of 3 units; sleep, play and live.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

under the skin - eight

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Diller Scofidio + Renfro by Stanley Greenberg

parallel axis

Shinichi Ogawa + Associates created a house on a 1.5m grid module in every XYZ spatial axis. This site is at a corner of the new residential area in Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan. The space is composed of a solid cube of 9.0m x 9.0m x 6.0m and a cubic void of 4.5m x 4.5m x 6.0m. The hall, children’s room, kitchen are laid out to surround the living-dining room on the ground floor. Meanwhile, on the first floor; the bedroom, walk-in closet, bathroom and court are are laid out to surround the double floor-height void which is 6.0m high. Each room of the interior space is connected through the void of the living room as well as letting the sunlight inside by cutting a geometric shape of the sky.

Monday, 15 November 2010

under the skin - seven

Phoenix Cardinal Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, Peter Eisenman by Stanley Greenberg

Friday, 12 November 2010

road leads back to you


the whole day through.
Just an old sweet song
keeps Georgia on my mind.
Talkin' 'bout Georgia

I'm in Georgia.

A song of you comes as sweet and clear
as moon light through the pines.
Other arms reach out to me.
Other eyes smile tenderly.
Still in peaceful dreams I see
the road leads back to you.

sweet Georgia

no peace I find.
Just an old sweet song
keeps Georgia on my mind.
Just an old sweet song
keeps Georgia on my mind.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

under the skin - six

Skirkanich Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects by Stanley Greenberg

dandelion motifs

Minimart's new kindergarten is located in the village Selo, Slovenia. The new building is located on the existing site of the old kindergarten and maintain contact with an adjacent building on the north-west. The Architects have created over 260 sq/m of internal space, two playrooms with common central space and services.