Posts tagged as 'Katharina Sommer'

Tue 24.5.

Going Ape: New Zoo Architecture

Posted by Walter Phillips on 24.05.2016 - Tagged as: ,

The giraffe shelter at the Auckland Zoo by Monk Mackenzie and Glamuzina Patterson pays attention to the collision of human and giraffe scales

The giraffe shelter at the Auckland Zoo by Monk Mackenzie and Glamuzina Patterson pays attention to the collision of human and giraffe scales

Building for zoo animals is no easy task. It means designing complex facilities to ensure that diverse species are appropriately housed, while also creating an attractive, immersive experience for visitors. (by Katharina Sommer)

 

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Mon 25.4.

Smart Homes

Posted by Walter Phillips on 25.04.2016 - Tagged as: ,

Nico van der Meulen Architects gave the Kloof Road House a sculptural appearance. The idea of the flowing transitions is also found in the intentionally unobtrusive integration of the smart-home technology

Nico van der Meulen Architects gave the Kloof Road House a sculptural appearance. The idea of the flowing transitions is also found in the intentionally unobtrusive integration of the smart-home technology

Digital technology is becoming increasingly embedded in the architectural fabric of the home. Sometimes foregrounded, occasionally centre-stage, but mostly taking an almost invisible back-seat. (by Katharina Sommer)

 

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Tue 15.3.

German Engineering Meets American Design

Posted by Walter Phillips on 15.03.2016 - Tagged as: , ,

Large expanses of glass, projecting flat roofs, and the reflecting pool are recurring elements in Neutra’s modernist buildings. The Kaufmann House (1947) in Palm Springs, California, is among his best-known works

Large expanses of glass, projecting flat roofs, and the reflecting pool are recurring elements in Neutra’s modernist buildings. The Kaufmann House (1947) in Palm Springs, California, is among his best-known works

RICHARD NEUTRA made his name as an architect of modern Californian homes, yet is relatively unknown as a designer of furniture. His furniture designs, which long lay dormant in the archives of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), are currently going into production as a factory collection by the German furniture manufacturer VS. They can also now be seen in Switzerland for the first time. (by Katharina Sommer)

 

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With its numerous international companies, Zurich is eminently qualified to host the international Workplace Strategy Expo, which takes place in April and is the meeting-place for experts in workplace design

With its numerous international companies, Zurich is eminently qualified to host the international Workplace Strategy Expo, which takes place in April and is the meeting-place for experts in workplace design

The modern world of work is in a process of constant change. Workplace Strategy Expo, being held in Zurich on 12 and 13 April 2016, offers ways of ensuring that our working environments are fit to meet the new challenges they face, thanks to its diverse programme, which ranges from worksite architecture and office furniture, through communication solutions, to office services. (by Katharina Sommer)

 

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Mon 21.9.

The Heat is Off: natural cooling in architecture

Posted by Walter Phillips on 21.09.2015 - Tagged as: ,

The open staircase of the detached house by Vo Trong Nghia forms an atrium that connects all storeys and functions as a filter between the interior and exterior space. It additionally allows warm air to escape upwards as in a chimney; photo: Hiroyuki Oki

The open staircase of the detached house by Vo Trong Nghia forms an atrium that connects all storeys and functions as a filter between the interior and exterior space. It additionally allows warm air to escape upwards as in a chimney; photo: Hiroyuki Oki

Long before the advent of air-conditioning, lo-tech means of cooling buildings were well established. Now, architects worldwide are rediscovering the sustainable benefits of natural temperature control through clever design. (by Katharina Sommer)

 

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