Switzerland-based architecture firm of Herzog & de Meuron has designed 56 Leonard Street. The architects’ intention is to preserve the celebratory spirit of traditional skyscrapers while introducing new structural possibilities and suggesting fresh ways for people inside such towers to relate to their city.
Inspired by the permeability and spatial qualities of Modernist houses and the great American dream of a customized home, Herzog & de Meuron has replaced the usual extrusion of standardized skyscraper floor plates with a staggered progression of structural slabs turning slightly off axis by degrees as they ascend, creating constant variety among the apartment floor plans.
House HB, Spodnje Pirniče 89, Ljubljana Pirniče, Slovenia, by Matija Bevk, Vasa Perović, Maja Valič, for Bevk Perović Arhitekti
The client, purchased a 1950′s single storey home located in Winter Park, Colorado. With little to work with it was suggested that the existing residence be removed and relocated elsewhere. Working with the existing basement foundation a two storey solution allowed the living, dining, and kitchen to fly above the dense evergreen forest. The lower level, contains two master bedroom suites, entry and a commons room. The basement was designated for use as a painting studio with natural light borrowed by the use of light wells located on the west elevation.
The McCormick Tribune Campus Center, IIT is designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, he was chosen for the project as a result of an international design competition. The design includes a concrete and stainless steel tube that encloses a 530-foot stretch of the Green Line elevated commuter rail (“L”) tracks, passing directly over the one-story campus center building. The tube dampens the sound of trains overhead as students enjoy food courts, student organization offices, retail shops, a recreational facility and campus events.
Spot the portrait of Mies van der Rohe.
Photography for Domus d’autore, a signature issue of Domus magazine by AMO/Rem Koolhaas.
Photos by Iwan Baan
Situated on a site above the Silverado Trail with a broad panorama of the Napa Valley, this house is composed of one long bar with two wings projecting to the North. The sliding doors make the house is open to the landscape on both sides, with inviting views, from courtyard to valley.
Zakin Residence, Napa Valley, California, USA by Stanley Saitowitz Natoma Architects
A small house in a residential neighbourhood, with a inner courtyard that allows openness and privacy at the same time.
Szirtes House, Australia, by Chenchow Little
Shigeru Ban and Dean Maltz have designed and furnished a house for Houses of Sagaponac, a development of 34 summer homes designed by internationally recognized architects on a 65-acre site. Based on an unbuilt Mies Van der Rohe brick country house.
An image of a 1925 Lithuanian LTL 1000 banknote is applied to this 10-story building using special enamel paint. During the process the paint turns into a ceramic print that lasts forever. This particular banknote came out between the two devastating world wars during a period that Lithuania was independent. The façade consists of 4500 glass panels in different shapes, manufactured by Saint-Gobain. Two major banks have rented office space in the banknote building, SEB and Lithuania’s Snoras Bankas.
“At around the same time we were assessing some of the design projects for a new office building [...] we happened to come across a very elegant banknote dating from 1925, and decided to use it as our overall theme.”
Architect, RA Studija in The Baltic Times.
A great idea for a summer house designed for Polish photographer Szymon Szcześniak. The house is open except for a billowing curtain. We have a few lingering doubts about locating this house in continental Europe.
While the facade is the work of the French architect Jean Nouvel, each of the Hotel Puerta América’s 12 floors – from the elevator lobbies down to the blankets and bathrobes – has been conceived by powerhouse architects and design studios, among them Arata Isozaki, Norman Foster, Marc Newson, Ron Arad, Richard Gluckman, Javier Mariscal, Victorio & Lucchino and Zaha Hadid. With public spaces like the Black Tears restaurant designed by Christian Liaigre and the underground garage by Teresa Sapey, the Puerta América can bill itself as “12 floors with 19 stars.”
Hotel Puerta América, Madrid, Spain, $250 to between $1,500 and $3,900 for the suites, designed by Starchitects.