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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

New Tradition in Martha’s Vineyard

A fresh take on traditional siding.

House Martha’s Vineyard, by Architecture Research Office

via: Below the Clouds

Villa NM by UNStudio

An elegant solution for a sloping site, this single family home hits all the right notes.

Villa NM, Upstate New York, USA, by UNStudio

Icon: Millau Viaduct

This Iconic bridge is a cable-stayed, masted structure, one of the finest structures built in this century. To accommodate the expansion and contraction of the concrete deck, each column splits into two thinner, more flexible columns below the roadway, forming an A-frame above deck level. The tapered form of the columns both expresses their structural loads and minimises their profile in elevation. The bridge enables motorists to take a drive through the sky, 270 metres (equivalent to the height of the Eiffel Tower) above the Tarn River valley for a 2.5 kilometre stretch through France’s Massif Central mountains

Millau Viaduct, by Foster and Partners Co-architects: Chapelet-Defol-Mousseigne

Concrete House in Tenerife

New house in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Vivienda en Jardín del Sol, Tacoronte, by Antonio Corona Bosch, Arsenio Pérez Amaral, Corona y P. Amaral Arquitectos

via: Arkinetia

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