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Archive for January, 2012

Lik House in Tokyo, Japan / by satoru hirota architects

Lik House in Tokyo, Japan / by satoru hirota architects

© satoru hirota architects

Lik house is located in the place which went into the residential section from the business district. It was rebuilding in the land in which it was born and the client grew up. It was expected of the residence with a feeling of a resort which can be relaxed, securing privacy, since medium-rise collective housing is also scattered around besides the single-family house of a low layer.

Steven Holl Named 2012 AIA Gold Medal Winner

In recognition of his contributions to architecture in both theory and practice Steven Holl has been named the 2012 AIA Gold Medal Winner. The AIA Gold Medal, voted on annually, is considered to be the profession’s highest honor that an individual can receive. Steven Holl will be honored at the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C.

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“What, in my view, especially commends him as a candidate for the Gold Medal,” said Harry Cobb, FAIA, founder of Pei Cobb Freed, “is his brilliantly demonstrated capacity to join his refined design sensibility to a rigorously exploratory theoretical project.”

Steven Holl stated, “I am grateful, I am still beginning and I consider this award shared with all my collaborators. I feel this award is a positive advocacy to make theoretical explorations and experimental works. I was on the way to my final review at Columbia University when I received the call from Washington D.C. and felt it connected to my teaching and efforts toward education. I remember John Hejduk’s statement that teaching is a social contract, and I remain committed to teaching.”

MUNICH’s New Store in Ireland / by DEAR DESIGN

MUNICH, the Barcelona based fashion- and sports footwear brand opens a shop in Ireland. Carrying on with its expansion plan, the brand has chosen this country to make its international gate with its first shop in the shopping mall Kildare Village.

MUNICH New Store in Ireland / by DEAR DESIGN
©David Murphy Photography

DEAR DESIGN created this 60 m2 space following the design spirit that characterises all MUNICH STORES: art and design in every shop. The interior evokes a warm and comfortable feeling to make the client feel at home. To achieve this effect, the studio used simple and everyday materials, such as the fireproof MUNICH shoelaces. More than 67 km of red shoe laces wrap and furnish the room. The shoe laces are spread over the ceiling, taking form of a traditional roof and dropping like pendulums.

Une Longue Salle de Séjour in Chatou, France / by kotaro horiuchi architecture

The site is located in Chatou, 14,4 km west of Paris, FRANCE. Around this area is known as a quiet residential area of the riverbank of the lower stream in the Seine.
This house is two-household house of couple households (one child + couple) which live the life without shoes and their parents households which live the life of shoes.

Common Areas Skyview Residential Complex, Mexico City / by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea

In this project was done the design for the common areas of the Skyview Residential Complex located in Mexico City. The spaces are: lobby, gym, multipurpose room, playroom, SPA, pool, gardens and general circulations. The overall result maintains the contemporary atmosphere of the whole project, but with special elements in each space to create the functional individuality of each one.

Malbaie V, Québec / by MU Architecture

Located in the magnificent region of Cap-à-l’Aigle in the heart of Charlevoix, the Malbaie V residence is part of a unique residential hillside development offering stunning views of La Malbaie, the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding mountains.

Malbaie V, Québec / by MU Architecture
© YUL Photo

The clear and simple external play of geometrical volumes embracing one another seems to arise from the steep terrain. The house is fully covered with a green roof that facilitates its integration into the landscape and acts as an insulating layer as well as helping reduce heat build-up in summer. A wide gateway acting as a carport and covered entrance rests on a retaining wall/storage unit that was necessary given the condition of the very steep terrain. Retaining walls of the lower bearing has been achieved by moving large round stones recovered during the construction of the street above.

Ptuj Archaeological Museum in Slovenia / by Enota

The site of what is today the town of Ptuj has been settled since prehistory. The architectural heritage from the later Roman period is particularly rich with the extent of settlement in those times having been surpassed only recently. After the fall of Rome, the town’s development exhibits a slowdown but sustains until the present day and results in an abundance of archaeological findings. On the one hand, this means an incredibly rich archaeological collection and vivid archaeological activity, but also problems with any construction or infrastructural intervention done below ground level.

“URBAN FUTURE” at Design Miami 2011 / by BIG + AUDI

BIG + Kollision + Schmidhuber & Partner team up to bring BIG’s vision of future urban mobility to life for AUDI at Design Miami/ 2011, running from November 30th through December 4th adjacent to Art Basel Miami Beach. BIG originally presented the concept as an entry for the 2010 AUDI Urban Future Award introducing a future city paved with a digital surface that liberates the streets from existing boundaries and allows for a new flexibility of public use.


The 190 m2 three-dimensional LED installation provides a glimpse of the future city where the public space is shared between pedestrians and driverless cars. The entire surface would be infused with a continuous flow of information allowing for real-time interaction between vehicles and their environment. Mounted above the Design Miami installation, 3D cameras track the movement of passers-by processing the data into a generative artwork that feeds back into the LED panels.