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Offices La Defense Almere

Offices La Defense Almere, Netherlands by UNStudio Architects

Al Sharq Tower, Dubai

To be completed in 2010, the Al Sharq Tower is a unique mix of an iconic form, ingenious structure, and spatial qualities of sky-high living. The purity of its form as nine cylinders defined by a spiraling filigree structure will be a timeless, elegant marker on Sheikh Zayed Road. We especially like the steel cable metaphor.

Al Sharq Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by Skidmore Owings Merrill

Ultimas Photography

Architectural Photography, by Fernando Guerra, at Ultimas Reportagens

ICA Holiday Home Exhibit

“The Holiday Home is an experiential installation exploring areas in which the holiday home departs from modern design conventions. Visitor movement through the installation activates unexpected view corridors and the multidirectional shadows create unpredictable perspectives.”

Holiday Home, Philadelphia, USA, by UNStudio

Icon: John Hancock Center

When completed in 1969, the John Hancock Center was the tallest building in the world outside New York City. A mixed use building of offices and retail, it also contains the highest residences in the world. One of the most famous buildings of the structural expressionist style, the skyscraper’s distinctive X-bracing exterior is actually a hint that the structure’s skin is indeed part of its ‘tubular system’. This idea is one of the architectural techniques the building used to climb to record heights (the tubular system is essentially the spine that helps the building stand upright during heavy wind loads). The only drawback from my point of view is the ceiling height in the condominiums; I have entertained in several units and while the night light views are expansive and the morning views above the clouds are a real pleasure, and a heavy diagonal beam slashing through a window adds a distinctive interest, there is a certain interior claustrophobia that modernism should alleviate — bets are, it was a client decision to pack more floors in.

John Hancock Center, by Skidmore Owings Merrill

Model: Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret ). Chapel de Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Ronchamp, France. 1950-54. Wood, paint, and plaster.

Permanent Collection MoMA

Mind the Gap


What do you do with a remnant space only 2.4 meters (7 feet 10 inches) wide?
Turn it into a live/work space.

Architects Pieter Peerlings & Silvia Mertens, Sculpt(IT)

Klein Bottle House

 

This holiday house is situated on the Mornington Peninsula 1.5 hrs drive from Melbourne, Australia. It is located within the tee–tree on the sand dunes, a short distance from the wild 16th beach.

Klein Bottle House, by Rob McBride, Debbie-Lyn Ryan, for Manufacturer
via Materialicious

Icon: Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann house up for Auction

A classic house is up for Auction. Christie’s expects the house to sell for somewhere between $15 million and $25 million (€9.7 million-€16 million). It sits on 2.1 acres on a cul-de-sac in an exclusive section of Palm Springs.

Auction: Kaufmann house, by Richard Neutra, at Christie’s New York on May 13.
via IHT

Palm Springs Retrospective

It was the heyday of modernism in Palm Springs — some images from that time.

via: The Palm Springs Modern Committee

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