Located at the corner of Houston and Mulberry Street in Manhattan's NoLita neighborhood, Mulberry House consists of 8 full-floor, 3 bedroom residences, and one triplex penthouse. Its proximity to the Puck building, notable for its decorative brickwork, as well as contextual zoning regulations dictating a “predominantly masonry” façade, led to the contemporary reinterpretation of this ancient art form as a design objective. The rippled brick façade treatment acknowledges the fact that the brick is panelized not load bearing, and at the same time pays tribute to the highly articulated historic brick façades in the neighborhood.
This design approach provides an energetic contradiction between the inherent solidity of masonry and the suspended nature of a curtain wall, evoked through the undulating and highly textured pattern of the embedded brickwork. In its unusually decorative application of a solid and structured material, Mulberry House takes cues from the architectural style...
The 21-story, three-building apartment project now rising in Portland's Lloyd District will create more long-term bike parking than any other project in the nation, with four huge new storage facilities in four buildings and an on-site bike valet parking service to serve the biggest one. [...] Bike experts in Canada, Mexico and across the United States said they didn't know of any single project on the continent with more bike parking; Mexico's largest facility, at a train station, holds 800.
Portland, Oregon's new apartment complex by GBD Architects instates a new standard in bicycle infrastructure and planning, offering one bike parking spot each for its 657 housing units, plus underground parking space for as many as 547 bikes. That's 1,204 bike spots total, a number that assumes the average household will need to park 1.8 bikes. There will be 328 residential car parking spaces, squeaking by at roughly half a spot per household.
Known as Hassalo on Eighth (the four-block complex sits northeast of the corner of 7th and Holladay), the apartments fall in Portland's Inner East neighborhood, on the border of the city's center. Previously dominated by stretches of parking lots, the area could become a more active, walkable and dense neighborhood under GBD's plan. The building itself is not radically asserting the needs of "cyclists" -- a slippery and short-sighted demographic label that casts bicycle infrastructure as a radical objective of niche groups, and not jus...
Six years after Comcast Corp. moved into the tallest U.S. skyscraper between Manhattan and Chicago, the cable-TV and Internet giant expects to break ground this summer on an even taller, more dazzling $1.2-billion tower. [...] One of the world's leading architects, Britain's Norman Robert Foster, has designed the trophy building with a host of innovative features.
In a SPIEGEL interview, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, 56, discusses how the authorities monitor his movements in sometimes bizarre detail and the feud with the government in Beijing that has kept him from being allowed to leave the country for three years now.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
6:45pm Reception / 7:30pm Program Begins
UCLA A.UD opens its inaugural lecture series at the IDEAS satellite campus with a provocative look at Hyperloop, entrepreneur Elon Musk's concept for a high-speed tube transit system that could whisk passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes. The Hyperloop will be faster than airplane, travel at a fraction of the cost of typical High Speed Rail Systems and will transform the way we thinkof transportation today. UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) will partner with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., for its 2014–15 master of architecture II program, known as SUPRASTUDIO.
Engineers Patricia Galloway, the first female president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Marco Villa, former director of missions operations at SpaceX, will spearhead the development of Hyperloop and will join moderator and A.UD professor Craig Hodgetts for a dynamic conversat...
In designing a large new university library, various references come to the fore. Famous libraries, ranging from the old Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris (1875) by Henri Labrouste to the Stockholm Municipal Library (1927) by Erik Gunnar Asplund, have called for an advanced contemporary building.
Today such a building must be a gateway to the digital highway but must also refer to important traditions, including access to knowledge and the rarefied atmosphere of study within a splendid environment. In the case of Delft, with a thousand workstations and facilities to accommodate three thousand students each day, the building must also be the heart of the university and provide a landmark within a campus the size of a small town.
The design must also consider its relationship with the centrally placed auditorium, the brutalist building by Van den Broek and Bakema, great names in the history of the university and Dutch architecture. Through contrast, a symbiosis has been establishe...
Archinect's Get Lectured is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our Fall 2013 guide, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series — and their snazzy posters — for the current season. Be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.
Today's featured poster is from The Bartlett School of Architecture / University College London.
Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unless noted otherwise, lectures will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Christopher Ingold Auditorium - UCL Chemistry Building: 20 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AJ
Can't be there in person? Lectures will also be archived on the Bartlett Vimeo page.
Usman Haque / Umbrellium
Kees Christiaanse / KCAP
Felipe Mesa / plan:b
Manuel Herz / Manuel Herz Archite...
Ny-Krohnborg – The rehabilitation of a run-down local school becomes a vehicle for neighbourhood regeneration
The rehabilitated Ny- Krohnborg school and nursery is the beating heart in a renewed neighbourhood
From site study to urban renewal process.
In 2005 the architects in Arkitektgruppen CUBUS AS was asked to present a proposal for the conversion of a wartime bunker in a run-down neighbourhood to a local sports arena.
The bunker proved insufficient in size, and a search for alternative sites began. This quickly lead to the realisation that this run-down neighbourhood had very little social interaction and very low self-esteem, largely due to the lack of safe and attractive meeting and activity places and a negative community identity. An urban analysis was undertaken in order to map the area’s qualities and challenges. The process ended with an integration of the new sport arena as well as some neighbourhood functions into the existing school, thereby creating a new and lively focal point for the whole area. This proved to strengthen both the social structure and the identity of the neighbourhood.
The existing school.
The existing school-come-nursery has a central location in the neighbourhood of Løvstakksiden, close to the urban renewal seafront site by Damsgård and surrounded by housing areas, of which many are council flats. The area has easy access by lightrail and bus. The idea to co-locate the sports and culture arena with the existing school proved to have many advantages, and became the start of an exciting project that infused the neighbourhood with new energy and optimism. The school became the beating heart in the neighbourhood.
The project is a good example of how the closely interweaved design process between landscape architects (Arkitektgruppen CUBUS) and architects (Arkitektgruppen Cubus AS and Rambøll) allows for developing a more coherent project, where architecture, landscape and urbanity merge to create unexpected synergies and potential for both form and function.
The existing school occupies a tight and inclined space between two streets: Rogagaten below and Møregaten above. In order to fit in the programme of a new sports hall with international standard, stage and musical facilities as well as a neighbourhood café, the school yard was excavated and the new facilities located below. The neighbourhood- programme opens out onto Rogagaten at the bottom level whereas the school-related spaces are organised in direct contact with the school yard at upper level. On the mezzanine in between there is a gym as well as technical rooms.
The existing school was a listed building and close cooperation between designers and the heritage office was necessary in order to find a good balance between preservation and redesign. The original expression of the external facades, such as natural stone work, slate roof tiles, small pane windows, cast iron details and panelled doors has largely been maintained. Interior details and materials that were durable and aesthetically pleasing such as flagstone flooring and dado brickwork have also been preserved. Some subtle alterations have been made to allow for better use of daylight and increased functionality, new doors and internal windows between the corridor and the classrooms, two new bay windows on the north facade allow both a view out and let daylight in to the previously dark spaces.
The existing school was designed by the municipal architect Kaspar Hassel in 1924. The existing school has a massive and majestic expression. The new building has a contrasting expression of lightness and modernity, utilizing large areas of glazing allowing the surrounding distant landscape to be visible through it. The existing walls are terracotta red, a colour that is repeated in the new glazed facade with the addition of some contrasting shades of orange and mauve to create a more lively expression.
In addition to being environmentally beneficial, re-use of an existing building can also have exciting synergy effects; the co-location of and old school and new sports and culture facilities gives a wider range of use than any of the projects would have been able to provide apart. The sports hall is an integral part of the school and nursery during day-time, whereas it is open to the public after hours. The schoolyard landscape is likewise a popular arena for outdoor sports and activities in the evening. The central location of the school in the domestic neighbourhood reduces need of transport.
The schoolyard is created on the roof of the sports hall. Elements that invite play and activity are designed as an integral part of the form and materials, such as surfaces for skating, running and cycling, ramps for skating and sledging, walls for climbing or acrobatics and a small amphitheatre. The seamless coherency of architecture and landscape offers a safe, varied and inviting environment. Along the edges of the old school wall the roofscape is chamfered to allow for the authentic stonework to be visible.
The schoolyard is accessed from Rogagaten below by a natural stone amphitheatre with seating. This space provides a focal point for the whole neighbourhood and can be use for social gatherings and ceremonies.
Climbing plants add a touch of green to the buildings and this bright grass ”rug” marks the main entrance to the neighbourhood programme in Rogagaten, so as to encourage vehicle speed reduction. The cast iron fences, flagstones and existing vegetation has been carefully repaired and this has acted as an inspiration to the rest of the project so that high quality materials are utilised in the new elementsas well, so as to create a coherent whole and continuity between the different spaces and levels.
The original school gave access via narrow flights of dark stairs both externally and internally. The rehabilitation has established new infrastructure to give universal access to all levels of the main part by both lifts and ramps, as well as improved interior lighting and better visual signage including colour coding. The new part has its own lift connecting all 3 levels: U-1, U and level 1.
Also the external landscape is designed to give universal access via sloping planes and ramps to all areas whereas before there was a multitude of levels interconnected with stairs due to the topography of the steep site.
Møregaten pedestrian street
Møregaten is a pedestrian thoroughfare route as well as neighbourhood play area. The nursery has it’s own designated play-area but the youngest school children have direct access to the street from each classroom.
The design brief was to transform a rather dark and dank street into a bright and inviting activity area that is coherent despite the necessary railing and fencing. A variety of robust, high quality materials like paving brick, recycled cobbles, wood, impact flooring and vegetation creates a varied, inviting space in the street along the terracotta-red school walls.
Benches, new lighting, existing Linden trees, new climbers, flowering bushes and beach stones gives the street a luscious and comfortable atmosphere. Edges, planes and small terrain modulations creates a microspace with a variety of possibilities for play and enjoyment.+ Project facts
Arkitektgruppen Cubus AS in colaboration with Rambøll Norge
Project name: Ny-Krohnborg school
Adress: Rogagaten 9, 5055 Bergen
Opening date: august 2012
Client / property developer: Bergen Municipality
Arkitektgruppen CUBUS AS (Thale Bjørnerheim, architect MNAL) in colaboration with Rambøll Norge (Arnt H.Mandrup, architect MNAL)
Trude Ellingsen (architect MNAL)
Lena Beate Keilegavlen (architect MNAL)
Ingrid Melvær (architect MNAL)
Maria Molden (architect MNAL)
Ola B.Siverts (urban planner)
Lars Jarle Nore (architect)
Ingse Andersen (architect)
Torill Tverberg (architect)
Rasmus von Rolf (engineer / architect)
Helge F Samuelsen (architect MNAL)
Arkitektgruppen CUBUS AS
Arkitektgruppen CUBUS AS:
Eva Louise Korsøen, landscape architect MNLA
Arkitektgruppen CUBUS AS:
Ingvild Nesse (landscape architect MNLA)
Line Ramstad (landscape architect MNLA)
Grete Evenstad (landscape architect MNLA)
Merete Gunnes (landscape architect MNLA)
Consultant: Rambøll Norge
Client contact: Sverre Færevåg (Bergen municipality)
Project manager: Multiconsult AS
Site manager: Opak AS
Main contractor: Brødrene Ulveseth AS
New building: 3860m2.
Rehabilitated school building: 6400m2.
Outdoor area: 6300m2
Light sculpture in main staircase: Gita S.Norheim and Turid Uldal
Wall painting: Tine Aamodt
Wall painting: Silje Heggren
Photographer: Hundven-Clements Photography+ All images and drawings courtesy Arkitektgruppen Cubus AS
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Architects and designers Olivier Chabaud et Jean-François Bellemère has designed the Compagnie, the Light “Oiseau”.
Ralph Germann architectes designed this alpine house for a couple who wished to live in a harmonious environment, but there was a prerequisite that it could also comfortably handle gatherings of 20 persons.
The architects approached the brief by visiting the surroundings, observing the vernacular architecture of these pre-alps. The overall design was inspired by the simplicity of forms and volumes of the local farms. Ralph Germann architectes selected three key materials for the project: larch (facades, interior furniture and fixtures), concrete and lime (interior walls).
The house was designed as ecological as possible, installing a heating system that uses a wood pellet stove.
One of the most impressive features of the house is the 35m long “Wall sculpture” realized by Swiss artist Thierry Kupferschmid in Corten steel, which brings poetry to the entrance alley.
Some furniture and all interior fixtures were custom built for the house. A 12m long library was designed on the 2nd floor and the 5m high fireplace in the in the living area has been built with 8mm thick plates of laminated steel. The basement of the house incorporates a spa area and a 20 meter long swimming pool.+ Project facts
Architecture and interior design : Ralph Germann architectes , www.ralphgermann.ch
Photography: Lionel Henriod
Location: Swiss pre-alps / Fribourg
Size: 900 m2
Screen/Print is an experiment in translation across media, featuring a close-up digital look at printed architectural writing. Divorcing content from the physical page, the series lends a new perspective to nuanced architectural thought.
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Here are the Top Ten Reasons for signing up for the Foundations of Design workshop I’m teaching at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking the week of March 17th – 21st.
10. You’ll learn proportions as a second language.
9. It will transform the way you see furniture.
8. Port Townsend is a destination in itself, picturesque with great restaurants.
7. Be inspired and jazz your passion for furniture building.
6. Learn the truth about mixing plaids and stripes – can it really work?
5. Going forward your furniture will be designated BFD (not what you think – Before Foundations of Design) and AFD (After Foundations of Design).
4. You’ll walk away with the beginnings of a design portfolio you can build on.
3. Because Jim Tolpin makes great cookies.
2. Because design is rewarding, challenging, surprising, risky, and fun.
1. It’s January for Pete’s sake, treat yourself to something fun.
George R. Walker
Architects Bence Pap and Mario Gasser from Studio Lynn/University of Applied Arts IoA sent us their entry for the Austrian Pavilion competition for the 2015 Milan Expo. Pap and Gasser's collaborative proposal won 4th prize in the international, two-stage open competition.
Check out the rest of the proposal on Bustler.
supported by CAAD, ETH Zurich
Resinance 2.0 is the successor of Resinance, realized six month after the first project. Its general system is building upon the initial installation with improved behavioural complexity and technical and material resilience. The project emerged from a student application to showcase the work at the 2013 ACADIA conference at the school of architecture, University of Waterloo, Cambridge, Canada.
While the main concept of the installation is similar to the previous one, e.g. responsive smart material elements, that change colour when physically touched and share the information with their neighbouring elements in order to develop a global emergent behaviour based on local interactions, several parts of the installation are significantly different.
The layout of the installation is changed to a linear arrangement consisting of ten clusters, each containing three elements. The clusters are linked wireless a...