BIG’s latest project is the Danish Pavilion for Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The exhibition takes the best of living in Copenhagen and placing it in China for visitors to experience. This includes the The Little Mermaid as the center piece, a statue that has become a symbol for Denmark, this time, it will be moved temporarily to China.
“it is considerably more resource efficient moving The Little Mermaid to China, than moving 1.3 billion Chinese to Copenhagen”
- Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG
A Beach house in Australia, designed to beat the summer heat by simply adjusting the shades.
Freshwater House, Australia, by Chenchow Little
Rooms on the ground floor open out using rotating wooden panels, which are reminiscent of other elements frequently used in Brasilia. Throughout this area there is cross-ventilation. The small foyer in the entrance connects to the second floor with a delicate staircase.
The upper floor is organized in a prism of glass and concrete and is supported by stilts. The living room is in spatial continuity with the kitchen, separated only by a table used to prepare the food. All of the equipment and furniture of the kitchen are available on this table, in order that nothing vertically interrupts the visual transparency of the volume.
Osler House, Brasilia, Brazil by Marcio Kogan
Located in a remote area in the Australian outback, this very small house occupies a footprint of only three square meters. Built offsite and transported to its final destination, it includes a wood burning stove and rainwater collector, and the ability to shut tight when not in use.
Jacqueline Wagar has hand-selected a collection of holiday properties that encompass contemporary architectural design, Ultimate Hides aims to promote great architecture and design through first-hand experience. By spending time within a property, visitors are able to observe & appreciate the use of materials, colour and space, as well as gain insight into the design process.
Design Destinations: Accommodation by Design, at Ultimate Hides
A resident of Los Angeles since 1920, Julius Shulman has been documenting modernist architecture in Southern California and across the globe for nearly eight decades. His images of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House No. 22 (1960) in Los Angeles and Richard J. Neutra’s Kaufmann House (1947) in Palm Springs are among the most recognizable and iconic architectural photographs of the 20th century.
Photography: Case Study House #21, Los Angeles, USA 1958, by Pierre Koenig, at Wright
This appealing cantilevered building by Rem Koolhaas, is designed to provide a better view towards Madison Square Park in the Flatiron district.
“Mirroring the traditional New York setback, the building’s form is at once familiar and distinctive”
- OMA founder and partner Rem Koolhaas
Approached from the north, the forms of the Modernist-inspired home rise and fall with the gently rolling wooded site. Made from locally quarried stone, two parallel planes slide past one another to create the major axis of the house. Their materials echo the low, stone walls that meander through the site, whose presence provided the inspiration for this initial gesture. Around these two walls, all interior and exterior spaces are organized into three distinct spaces.
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.