Philippe Weisbecker - Greenhouse Studies21/05/2012
Born in 1942, Philippe Weisbecker studied interior design in Paris. By 1968 he had moved to New York and was working as a draftsman in an architectural firm, before forging a career as an illustrator at the age of 30. His work has been acknowledged by and published in major American publications such as the New York Times, Time magazine and The New Yorker, amongst others. Weisbecker's work shifted gradually during the late 90's from commissions to his own original productions, which now exhibit in galleries worldwide.
Source - Nieves Books
Opus Hong Kong17/05/2012
'Opus Hong Kong' is a residential tower recently completed by Los Angeles-based architect, Frank Gehry. The property, located on top of a winding hillside road and set amidst dense bush, in Happy Valley, Hong Kong, is comprised of twelve residential units, two double-level garden suites with private swimming pools on the lower levels and ten custom apartments, each occupying an entire floor with unprecedented 360° views, ranging from 560–640 sqm in space.
Source - designboom
First Works - Emerging Architectural Experimentation of the 1960s & 1970s16/05/2012
The newest title from AA Publications features key early projects of 20 young architectural practices of the 60s and 70s, together with commentaries by invited critics, including Kenneth Frampton, Sylvia Lavin and Pier Vittorio Aureli.
Source - AA Publications
Casa Del Fascio12/03/2012
Architect Giuseppe Terragni (1904-1943) was a key figure in the development of the Italian Rationalist movement, and worked primarily in the Lombardia region of Northern Italy during the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini. Terragni was able to translate into architecture the key ideologies, symbols and metaphors of Mussolini's fascism described as thus:
"Fascism, a house of glass into which everyone can see, giving rise to this wholly faithful interpretation: no encumbrance, no barrier, no obstacle between the political leaders and their people."
Source - Annalisa Sonzogni, Passeggeri, 2010
The Tour de Super-Crans (built 1963-1969) stands on a high plateau overlooking the Rhone Valley in the Valais canton of Switzerland. It's architect, Jean-Marie Ellenberger was born in Bern in 1913, and moved to Crans-Montana, the ski resort town that the tower stands above, in order to combat the tuberculosis he had contracted in his early childhood.
Katie Lockhart of Everday Needs Interview02/03/2012
Katie Lockhart launched Everyday Needs as an online sourcebook of her lifestyle philosophy. On the day that Everyday Needs opens it's first physical store in Auckland, New Zealand, we spoke to the acclaimed stylist about her work and the evolving concept of Everyday Needs.
Adam Bryce: Tell us a little about yourself and what you do? Its not just Everyday Needs which takes up your day...
Photographer - Megan Christiansen
Architectural Dialogues by Sasha Waltz19/01/2012
Architectural Dialogues is a series of works by German choreographer Sasha Waltz which took place at the the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Neues Museum in Berlin and the MAXXI National Museum of the XXI Century Arts in Rome between 1999 and 2009. The films offer the viewer a look at the dialogue between the musicians, artists, dancers and the architecture.
The full films can be found through the following links:
Source - Archdaily
Biodiversity Center by Tomas Garcia Piriz and Jose Luis Muñoz Muñoz11/01/2012
The Biodiversity Center by Tomas Garcia Piriz (CUAC.arquitectura) and Jose Luis Muñoz Muñoz is located on the outskirts of Loja town, Spain. The towns agricultural beliefs are rooted in consciousness, protection and publicity - this building aiming to compliment these issues while minimizing its impact on the landscape. The Bio Diversity Centre provides an education program for farmers, high schools and investigators.
Source - Archdaily
Endémico Resguardo Silvestre by Gracia Studio10/01/2012
The Endémico Resguardo Silvestre's beauty and simplicity is hard to fathom from mere photos and written description. A a cluster of twenty hotel rooms which sit carefully scattered across the landscape of Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico. The creation from San Diego-based practice Gracia Studio allows guests to close up their room to isolate themselves in nature or expose themselves by enjoying their own personal patio and fireplace or by using the nearby pool and exploring the vineyards.
Source - Designboom
The Shenzhen Stock Exchange06/01/2012
The Shenzhen Stock Exchange is due for completion, August 2012. A massive undertaking by Rotterdam based Architects OMA, the building is located in the heart of the commercial district, with its elevated podium adding to the buildings minimal and utilitarian look. The area itself is under constant architectural growth and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange will act as the perfect central t-point to the ever developing city in more ways than one.