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HANEGI G-House: A Deceptive Exterior of the Future


Photo © KOICHI TORIMURA
 
The architect may not have done much on the exterior, but he has given a completely new meaning to it. I like contrast and contradiction in general, and that is the first reason why I am intrigued by this apartment. And there is another reason, which may have more significance. Japan is notorious for demolishing structurally sound buildings and houses to build brand spanking new ones in a relatively short period of time. Although remodeling and renovation have grown considerably in recent years, many Japanese architects consider those as sideline businesses. There are still so many houses and buildings worth to be renovated rather than torn down and replaced, and it is time to preserve what is still recyclable. Here, a typical middle-class single family house from the 1980s, which had not been inhabited, has undergone a magical transformation into a two unit apartment house. HANEGI G-House, designed by Makoto Yamguchi (whose most recent project I FIND EVERYTHING was shown here a week ago) recently, is a perfect example what more architects of his generation should be doing Continue Reading

IOD Park Thunder Bay

 

Strong visual contrasts between the Iron Ore Dock’s stained exterior, the clear water of Lake Superior and the subtle growth of grasses and plantlife, provide inspiration for the potential transformation of what this domineering structure may become. (Brook McIlroy Urban Design + Planning)

 

 

Standing within the Iron Ore Dock’s belly proves an overwhelming experience; while the stream of light at the structure’s terminus provides magnificent views onto the ‘Sleeping Giant’. (Brook McIlroy Urban Design + Planning)

 

Photos © Mike Lalich
 
One of the 2010 summer exhibitions at Harbourfront Centre on Toronto’s waterfront is an exhibition which investigates how we can re-imagine or re-purpose abandoned, under-utilized industrial spaces and structures to create revitalized landscapes Continue Reading

La Suite Cassis


via. cotemaison.fr (Photo © Henri Del Olmo)
 
3年前にマルセイユに滞在した際にカシスに足を伸ばしたが、その日はあいにくの曇り日で視界もあまり良くなかった。今回のアマルフィ滞在後、車でトゥールーズに戻る際にマルセイユ近辺に一泊するのを楽しみにしていたのだが、その前の経由地であるフィレンツェからの距離が長くなり過ぎてしまうため手前のカンヌに一泊することにし、お気に入りのマルセイユ周辺は高速道路で素通りするだけだった。天気も良かったのでカンヌではなく、カシスのこの宿に泊まることができたらずっと良かったことだろう Continue Reading

Blog on vacation

 
One of the most magical places in Rome was built neither by Romans nor by the Medici family. The American Academy in Rome was built by the Americans and it is probably the most beautiful research center for the fine arts and the humanities.

(Sorry for having no posts last week. The blog will be on vacation till the end of July.)