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Endeavor Office by NMDA

Everybody deserves to work in an office like this. Located within a 1961 Charles Luckman building in downtown Beverly Hills, this interiors project consists of 63,000 sf of offices for nearly 200 people and an 80 seat screening room. Endeavor is the third largest talent agency in the world and the company represents a wide range of writers, directors, and actors including Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson. The main premise of the open office space was to allow for daylight to reach into the assistant’s area. The sectional raise toward the perimeter and a band of clerestory glass creates natural lighting conditions that significantly enhances work life and the collective spirit of the agency.

Endeavor Office, Los Angeles, USA by NMDA

Low Budget Pre-fabricated House in Chile by Sebastian Irarrazaval

House in Las Palmas, Los Palmas, Chile by Sebastian Irarrazaval and Guillermo Acuna at Sebastian Irarrazaval

Icon: Philip Johnson’s Glass House

The Glass House is one of the most inspiring examples of the mid-century American interpretations of European modernism or, as Johnson and Henry Russell Hitchcock dubbed it in their 1932 book, The International Style. Perched on a leafy hill with a picture postcard view across the Rippowam Valley, the house consists of a roof, a floor and four glass walls supported by eight steel piers. The bathroom and a fireplace are enclosed in a brick cylinder, leaving the rest of the 65-by-32 square-foot, or about 6-by-3 square-meter, space entirely exposed to the surrounding greenery.
Hopelessly impractical though a transparent home would be for a family – or for anyone who wasn’t lucky enough to be able to afford quite so much land – it was perfect for the fastidious Johnson and his lovers.

“The only house in the world where you can watch the sun set and the moon rise at the same time. And the snow. It’s amazing when you’re surrounded at night with the falling snow. It’s lighted, which makes it look as though you’re rising on a celestial elevator.”
Alice Rawsthorne, the International Herald Tribune

Philip Johnson’s Glass House, 1949, New Canaan, Connecticut.
Official Site: Philip Johnson Glass House

+ Buy the DVD, Philip Johnson: Diary of An Eccentric Architect at Amazon

Checkers in Helsinki – The Aleksandria Learning Centre

Central Helsinki’s, Aleksandria Learning Centre is part of the University of Helsinki. The Orginal building dates from 1907 and was designed by Gunnar Stenius (Lindgren & Stenius)

Aleksandria Learning Centre Extension, Helsinki, Finland, by Arkkitehtitoimisto Davidsson

Via: Below the Clouds

Ribera del Duero Wine Headquarters in Spain

HQ Ribera del Duero Wine, Roa, Spain, by Barozzi Veiga
More at: Eikongraphia

Model: T-House

Thomas Kinslow and Simon Ungers. (German, 1957-2006). T-House, Wilton, New York. 1988-92. Steel and plywood.

Permanent Collection MoMA

Glenburn House, Victoria, Australia

The house is located at the top of a hill and enjoys panoramic views of quintessentially Australian landscape. It is partially embedded into the hilltop as a means of protecting the occupants from the prevailing weather and buffering the west side of the building from extreme heat in summer.
Our clients are committed to environmentally sustainable design and the building skin which is an identifiable part of our work includes solar collectors for power and hot water. Other elements such as double glazing, rainwater harvesting and digital power management make this apparently simple house a sophisticated device for passive environmental management.

Glenburn House, Glenburn, Victoria, Australia, by Sean Godsell

Dolce & Gabbana Headquarters in Milan

The new D&G headquarters in Milan contains the showrooms for the collections, offices, a restaurant and a series of image spaces. Two buildings dating back to the 1920s and the 1960s, facing three streets, are combined in a complex with five floors above ground. The project is based on an architectural principle of great rigor, with the use of natural materials like white Namibia stone, glass and unfinished steel sheet.

Dolce & Gabbana Headquarters, by Studio Piuarch

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