In September 2014, twelve Master Product Design students of ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne were invited to reflect on a collection of objects to meet everyday needs in the Cité Radieuse in Marseille. The outcome of this research is being displayed as part of an exhibition staged in Apartment 50 from 4 to 19 July 2015. Apartment 50 was restored by two enthusiasts, Jean-Marc Drut and Patrick Blauwart, as close as possible to its original condition. Listed as a historical monument, the venue occasionally hosts exhibition projects.
World-renowned designers have already exhibited there, such as Jasper Morrison, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic and Pierre Charpin. Thus, under the direction of Thilo Alex Brunner, head of the Master Product Design at ECAL, and of ECAL professor Augustin Scott de Martinville, a series of objects was produced over one semester by the Product Design Master students. The project began in September 2014 with a three-day workshop in the Cité Radieuse, allowing students to experience life in the building.
Set on an irregular site with unique site constraints, this new residence is a relaxed and informal family home that embraces its lush garden surrounds. The house is composed of two intersecting volumes arranged to make best use of the sites orientation and outlook. Entry is via a wide loggia space which overlooks the garden and spills into the living areas. Bedrooms are accommodated on the second storey gaining access to district views to the North-East. The master suite is surrounded on three sides by sliding windows and shutters that retract completely to open the room completely to the view and the surrounding trees.
Woollahra Residence, Sydney, Australia, by Tzannes Associates
Photography by Michael Nicholson
The dimensional constraints of the existing structure (the plot measuring only 4x9m) prompted the conception of this house in historic downtown Bayona (Pontevedra, Spain) as a spatial sequence of relatively autonomous rooms, defined by variations in their proportions, the geometry and layout of their ceilings, and a diversity of materials. The different arrangements of oak wood, and the contrast between the paved surfaces of polished concrete, tiling, white marble and wood, result altogether in a fragmented interior which is thus illusively expanded, while embodying the distinctive intimacy of domestic space.
Oak wood is the dominant, unifying material. Its extensive use allows for an understanding of the “small house” as a “big piece of furniture”, in which compartments, drawers and doors proliferate. A system of wooden lintels defines the divisions between compartments. On the upper floor, the lintels support a series of pyramidal ceilings which emphasize the autonomy of each room and expand its inner height. This solution includes light niches and skylights, which evoke the so-called lumieiras, a typical element of vernacular architecture in Galicia. At ground level a repetitive system of joists rest on the main lintels. The space between two joists is equal to its section, thus making a strong floor structure which, again, allows for the vertical expansion of the interior. Moreover, the wooden joists and lintels are structurally connected to a layer of reinforced concrete which supports the heating “carpets” for the upper floor: electric radiant cable underneath a cement tiling.
The warm, wooden interior contrasts with the hard coldness of the exterior, characterized by the existing golden granite walls. The new exterior elements (cornice, door, shutters, latticework, ventilation shafts, etc) stem from a continuity with the old building’s construction logic, and were used to set the tone for the whole intervention. By that continuity it is revealed the priority given in this project in particular to “coherence” as a goal in architectural refurbishment, beyond “style” and “taste”.
Aguirre House, Bayona, Spain, by Carrascal Blas
Photography by Lluìs Casals
This modern glass house set in the landscape evokes a midcentury vibe. A masonry fireplace divides the living area in the front from the functional greenhouse in the rear. The building has a painted steel frame with aluminum sliding glass doors set on an exposed concrete slab. The front features a green roof with native grasses and the rear is enclosed with a glass roof. The landscape was designed by Ron Herman and implemented by Zen Associates.
A Glass House In The Garden, by Flavin Architects
Photography by Peter Vanderwarker, Greg Shupe
Montreal photographer Chris Forsyth captures the ideals of the city’s underground system through ‘The Montreal Metro Project’, an ongoing photo series that accentuates the beauty of each station and encourages others to acknowledge it, too. Forsyth shifts one’s attention to the striking designs of some of Montreal’s 68 metro stations — each one designed by a different architect and reflective of the architectural trends, such as Brutalism and Modernism, that were dominant during the construction of the metro system in the ’60s and ’70s.
Montreal Metro’s Underground Architecture, by Chris M Forsyth
The client’s requirement was for a pavilion to be connected to the main historic house causing the least visual interference with the surrounding parkland. The pavilion was for an indoor pool, and some space for fitness, service and leasure in a climate controlled space. The main house, an early 1900 liberty building had been renovated by the clients ten years previously. The main house ground floor sat 100 cm above the external ground and as such had little connection to the surrounding parkland.The client also desired a glass enclosed space attached to the main house to enjoy the view of its natural surroundings.
The previous renovation of the house included landscaping and the addition of a small artificial lake in the south corner of the parkland. The aim was to achieve a sense of continuity within the volume inside and outside the pool. A small white ceramic mosaic tile was chosen. The west side of the pavilion (front) houses a sliding door. The door totally disappears into a structural cavity to maximize the connection with the surrounding artificial lake and parkland. In summer the indoor and outdoor spaces become one, a seamless conversation between both water surfaces (pool and lake).
La Piscina del Roccolo, by act_romegialli
Photography by Marcello Mariana
Project created in collaboration with furniture company Todeschini, on the occasion of the temporary decoration exhibition Casa Cor São Paulo 2015.
Inspired by the American décor diva Dorothy Draper, architect Guilherme Torres has created a cosmopolitan, playful and contemporary vision on 400 square meters that brings back the glamor of the golden days of the Jockey Club building – host of the exhibition and stage of memorable parties of São Paulo high society on its golden years.
Project for Casa Cor 2015, by Studio Guilherme Torres with Todeschini
Photography by Lufe Gomez
The architectonic models of 41 great Japanese designers are on display at the Triennale di Milano exhibition facilities between July 10-19, 2015. They express the deepest inner spirit of an architectonic culture that thrives on the connections between the avant-garde and the memories of the past. The Archi Depot Foundation (Organization for the conservation of the culture of architecture) was founded in 2015 by Terrada Warehouse and Tokyo Design Center companies, to safeguard and conserve the models and designs of Japanese architectonic culture. The primary objective of the foundation is to conserve and present to the general public architectonic models that still play an important role in the transmission of the architects’ vision and thoughts to the public at large.
The design of No.2 is rational and long-lasting, but more so the new monochromatic solid brushed steel case, domed sapphire glass and Swiss quartz movement construction, marks outmost premium details which are what makes No.2 a successful evolutionary inheritor of No.1. The new addition to the TID collection is also available in two sizes, both the 40 mm and 36 mm. Besides working as a natural part of your everyday life, the watch you wear must be able to match any fraction of your life. That is why No.2 is both minimal and efficient.
TID No.2, by Form Us With Love, for TID
Implanted between two historic stone buildings, in an exceptional place, the new building is characterised by a volume inserted into the ground and emerging at both ends at different altitudes. Its size and orientation are precisely defined by the topography of the site. The upper terrace, old area of milking cows, retains its character and proportions of origin.
The volumetric impact on this remarkable site is reduced. It boils down to the appearance on the surface of two precise and mineral shapes, abstract marks and isolated contextual scale. These emergences define the access to the main space and bring the natural light as differentiated way.
For its physical, properties, the concrete, here used in its simplest form, replaced the stone. At the time wall and roof, it expresses multiple possibilities of use. The strong mineral expression becomes the dominant feature of the new construction and gives the building a real authenticity and established a particular dialogue between tradition and modernity.
Community Shelter, Mollens, Switzerland, by frundgallina
Photography by Milo Keller