Beach house in the Laranjeiras condominium, São Paulo, Brazil, by Marcio Kogan
Mies van der Rohe’s famous Tugendhat House is the subject of a bitter custody battle. One of European modern architecture’s early classics, it was designed by Mies for an owner of a textile factory in Brno Czechoslovakia. It was also a project for which Mies designed every detail, from the doorknobs and light fixtures to the Tugendhat and Brno chairs, now classics of 20th-century design produced and sold by Knoll. The villa was seized from its Jewish owners Fritz and Greta Tugendhat by invading Germans in 1939, and was never returned to the family.
Tugendhat House, by Mies van der Rohe, 1929, Brno, Czech Republic.
Official Site: Tugendhat Villa
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High Rise Office Building proposal, Doha, Qatar, by Jean Nouvel
Richard Neutra. (American, born Austria. 1892-1970). Dr. Phillip M. Lovell House, Los Angeles, California, Scale model, Lucite and wood.
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The project is combined design of a dental clinic and a dentist’s residence, located in the suburbs of Nagano, Japan.
A concrete plate 300 millimeters thick forms zigzag structure, which makes up three shells and two open courtyards. As well as lying in alternate shifts, they face each other across the plate. Each shell has different functions inside, residence, clinic and waiting lounge. In each courtyard two glass boxes are set and used as pathways and entry halls between two adjacent shells. Inside the glass there is the same visual environment as outdoor. People pass through the glass can see the sun or the rain falling above their head. They move from one function to another with change in mood.
Minami-Nagano Dentai Clinic & Residence, Nagano, Japan by Hiroki Tanabe
Inspired by small structures found in nature, the Chicago Spire, formerly known as the Fordham Spire and 400 North Lake Shore Drive, will be the tallest building in North America when it is completed in 2010. At 2000 feet it will be the first building to reach that milestone.
This subtle “removable skin” echoes the neighboring gallery after-hours shutters, subtly contextualizing the building within its site. The building can literally become a uniform minimal cube, or it can open completely (as well as virtually unlimited permutations between). South of the loggia, twenty foot tall, upwardly pivoting glass walls open completely, thus blurring the boundary between the inside and outside – the double height living room and loggia become one. Similarly, a series of interior sliding glass doors create an open “universal floor” in each of the duplex houses – one vast and uninterrupted expanse which transitions seamlessly from inside to outside, or partition the space into private areas.
- Shigeru Ban