Posts tagged as 'facade'

Svalbard Science Centre 78°north by Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL, photo by Nils Petter Dale /

This extension of an existing university and research building in Svalbard (Spitzbergen), in the very north of Norway was realised by the Oslo based Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL. The construction which also provides new facilities for the Svalbard Museum is characterised by a faceted insulated copper-clad skin. Its shape is the result of climatic 3D simulations which have been undertaken in order to assure that the accumulation of snow would not create undesired conditions in front of doors and windows.


'Harmonia 57', photo by Leonardo Finotti

The Sao Paulo based practice Triptyque Architecture recently unveiled this contorted studio in the heart of an artistic neighborhood in their hometown. Its facade is characterised by a comprehensive tube-system where the rain and soil water are drained, treated and reused, creating a complex ecosystem.


Museum of Memory and Human Rights, photo by Cristobal Palma

The Brazilian architectural practice Estudio America realised the new building of the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago de Chile. The competition was arranged by the Chilean Ministry of Public Works, Dirección de Arquitectura, Comisión Presidencial de los Derechos Humanos. The monolithic building is based on two major elements: the Exposition Beam and the Base. The first, elevated and airy, forms the exhibition space of the museum. The other, the Base, in a first step deep as a mine, where the study, the production, the invention, the seminars, the knowledge of the land and the territory are located.


'Dream Cube' by ESI Design, photo by Basil Childers

The New York based architectural practice ESI Design realised the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion (SCP) which is characterised by its illuminated façade – an unique 3D display surface comprised of a 65 km long grid made from plastic tubes, each spaced half a meter apart with LEDs every ten inches. Heart of the pavilion is the Dream Cube Control Room, an immersive, interactive 360-degree theatre experience where the visitors’ collective movements trigger changes to millions of LED lights on the Dream Cube’s façade.


Middle East Technical University Modsimmer Modelling and Simulation Research Center, photo by Yunus Özkazanç – Kerem Yazgan

The Turkish architectural practice YAZGAN Design-Architecture-Construction designed the Modelling and Simulation Research Center for the Middle East Technical University Modsimmer in their hometown Ankara. The building’s composition is based on consecutive functional strips: sun shading steel frame, the eye-catching facade strip made from painted glass in five different colors, the strip of work spaces, storage, counter, shaft, door band, circulation band, atrium and the mirror coated pool base.


Jovanovic Residence by LOHA Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, photo by Michael Weschler

The US architectural practice LOHA architects recently realised this extension of a single family home situated on an aggressively sloping site in the Crestwood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. A textile facade made from a continuous foil wrap merges various program elements including a new guest suite, significant modifications to the master bedroom, exterior decking, and exterior facade.


'autoR' by Carsten Nicolai, photo by René Zieger, Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig/Berlin and PaceWildenstein

Designed by the Austrian architect Krischanitz the ‘Temporäre Kunsthalle’ (temporary art hall), one of Berlin’s major venues for contemporary art, is situated on one of the most prominent sites at the heart of Berlin, the Schlossplatz. The hall is conceived as a wooden construction with open-web girders. The surrounding strip foundations form a stable basis for the wooden elements that emerge from them. The surfaces of the exterior skin and the inner walls in the three main rooms (foyer, exhibition space, café) are made of fibre-cement panels.

Recently Berlin based artist Carsten Nicolai was invited to re-design the plane facade temporarily. The project ‘autoR’ is a self-organising process based on the visitor’s intervention. Graphical stickers designed by the artist can be applied randomly. The result is freely designed forms, clusters, and structures.


‘Skrúdás’ by Studio Granda (IS)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 22.07.2010 - Tagged as: , , , ,

'Skrúdás' by Studio Granda, photo by Åke E:son Lindman

This single family home in Gardabaer, a small town close to Reykjavik was designed by the Icelandic architectural practice Studio Granda. The roof and walls are covered by sheer copper plates with minimal fenestration of the public façades. The backside of the house with its private garden, however, is characterised by a series of interconnected terraces with large sliding doors.