Posts from July 2012

‘Lolo’ by Maison Martin Margiela for Cerruti Baleri

The Belgian fashion house Maison Martin Margiela strikes yet again and ventures back into the world of furniture design with this simple, asymmetric bookcase-cum-closet called ‘Lolo’. Manufactured by the Italian brand Cerruti Baleri, the self-assembly unit is made of solid exotic wood and birch plywood panels and it is available in two finishes: black and light grey. (more…)

Museum of the Bavarian Kings by Staab Architekten; photo by Marcus Ebener

Berlin-based architectural practice Staab Architekten have converted an old hotel into a new museum dedicated to the history of the Bavarian Kings. Located in the German village of Hohenschwangau and overlooking the picturesque Alpsee lake, the development features a striking, glass-clad roof which has been added to the former dining room of the hotel. (more…)

Two Single-Family Residences by Arndt Geiger Herrmann; photo by Thomas Züger

Located on the left shore of Lake Zurich, this seemingly unitary four-storey development is, in fact, composed of two, entirely separate single family houses. At 150-square-meters each, the floor plans of the apartments have been interlaced while maintaining ‘maximum privacy for each residence’ with the parking floor being the sole shared space. Completed in 2010 by a Zurich-based practice Arndt Geiger Herrmann, building’s striking, opalescent façade is made of ‘manually tin-coated copper panels.’ (more…)

‘Kyoto’ model from the ‘Candil’ table lamp series by Alvaro Catalán de Ocón; photo by Alfonso Herranz

Madrid-based designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón has realised this series of decorative table lamps whose composition ‘reflects the different physical properties necessary to make the electrical apparatus work.’ Composed of three simple parts in different materials: copper and brass which act as conductors and wood which has been used due to its insulative properties, the collection comprises three different models named after three cities: Madrid, Milan and Kyoto. The series was first presented earlier this year at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan. (more…)

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Prefabricated Architecture

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 24.07.2012 - Tagged as: , , , ,

A pile of prefabricated concrete beams form the structure of Antón García- Abril’s Hemeroscopium house Antón García- Abril 2008 Photo: courtesy Ensamble Studio

When architects such as Jean Prouvé and Charles Eames began experimenting with buildings made using off-the-shelf components following the second World War, little did they know that technology would one day allow buildings to be created from kits cut by a computer anywhere in the world. Architonic looks at some of the more radical examples of contemporary prefabricated architecture, and the materials and technologies making these possible. (by Alyn Griffiths)

 

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‘Lightworks – Disc’ table lamp by Jonas Wagell

Swedish architect and designer Jonas Wagell has realised this small circular table light as part of his self-initiated ‘Lightworks’ series. Composed of two, differently-sized cylinders, the pared-down ‘Disc’ emanates soft, dimmable light ideal for desks, tables or side boards. (more…)

Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton William is one of the six projects shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Stirling prize; photo by Hufton+Crow

UK’s Royal Institute of British Architects has just announced the six projects which have made it to the shortlist of this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize. Among the contenders for Britain’s top architecture award are: Hepworth Gallery by David Chipperfield Architects, London Olympic Stadium by Populous, Lyric Theatre in Belfast by Dublin-based O’Donnell + Tuomey, Maggie’s Cancer Centre by OMA, New Court also by OMA (with Allies and Morrison) and Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams. The winner, selected by the judges led by the architect and former president of the Royal Academy Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, will be announced in Manchester on Saturday 13 October.

 

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Asakusa Culture and Tourism Centre by Kengo Kuma and Associates; photo by Takeshi Yamagishi

Tokyo-based Kengo Kuma and Associates architectural practice have recently completed this multilayered culture and tourism centre located in Asakusa district, Taitō, Tokyo. Realised as a mixed-use venue intended to ‘accommodate plural programs such as tourist information centre, conference room, multi-purpose hall and an exhibition space,’ the building is composed of eight separate layers which not only divide the structure but also determine the role of each floor. (more…)