Our friend Matsunami Mitsutomo’s “Apartment in Katayama” is one of the five finalists in the housing category of ArchDaily Building of the Year 2010. Take a look at our five-part article of the architecture and visit ArchDaily to vote if you like!
Hotel Viura, Rioja, Spain
…how wine producers are using architecture to seduce consumers
Although the Phoenicians first bled wine from the river Ebro’s environs, Rioja’s image only recently got a makeover. Motivated by worship of wine, inspired by the edificial dynamism of crowded Napa and showcasing Spain’s purveyors of new wave gastronomy in their chic restaurants, the region’s enlightened bodegas, shimmering sharply and curvaceously in concrete, glass and steel, represent an affluent confidence.
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installation by Bik Van der Pol
Bik Van der Pol, Museo D’Arte Contemporanae Roma
The new installation by Bik Van der Pol – a house with hundreds of butterflies inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s popular Farnsworth House – is the work chosen to inaugurate the new wing of the MACRO museum.
(4 December 2010 – 13 February 2011)
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Photo © Nelson Kon
São Paulo rocks!
Volume B’s raw concrete finish has been my favorite since it opened in 2007. IMO, it transcends the impeccable finish of Ando’s concrete, period.
© Noriyoshi Morimura Architects
The owner of this house runs a steel beam construction company. We can see that he has combined his resources and skills together Continue Reading
via The Designer Pad
In my recent trip to Spain I came across this very interesting article about a solar house contest produced by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, where the Fab Lab House received the audience award for the best in its kind. Because of its organic shape some referred to is as the peanut home, cinnamon submarine, forest Zeppelin or even whale belly.
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Photo © Koji Sakai
An urban home with a sense of privacy in a less than ideal location.
This is a small outbuilding which has been extended and transformed into a house – now a bed and breakfast. The aim was to introduce steel sheets into the existing structure to create a mezzanine floor; the aim then was to extend these sheets outdoors in order to create a living room enclosed solely in glass which opens out generously into the natural surrounding environment Continue Reading