Wednesday, 31 March 2010

anderson anderson architecture: chameleon house

Orignal post here

anderson anderson architecture create a tower-like residence overlooking lake michigan named ‘chameleon house’. the home is located on a cherry orchard and rises above the trees to peer out over the landscape. the home was designed as a single volume with a skin cladding made from recycled translucent polyethelene. this second skin is located two feet from the building and suspended from an aluminium structure that is used for window washing and an emergency fire escape. the material gives the structure an ever-evolving appearance that reflects the landscape around it. this chameleon-like functionality is the home’s signature trademark and namesake. inside the home is very open and warm thanks to light wood panelling which covers the walls and ceilings. the layout is staggered giving the home many floors. the living area takes precedence with a floating room on the upper-most floor looking directly out the double height front windows.

BOOK: The Thinking Hand by Juhanni Pallasmaa


"The Thinking Hand is a superb piece of writing. A primer not just for architecture, but for life." (Blueprint, July 2009) "...beautifully illustrated sequence of essays...It is philosophical, emotional and, unusually for architectural theory, as clear as a building made of glass." (The Guardian, August 1st 2009)

Product Description

In this book Pallasmaa progresses his case for a multi–sensory approach to architecture, espoused in The Eyes of the Skin, by taking a wider view of the role of embodiment in human existential reactions, experiences and expressions as well as the processes of making and thinking. ‘The Thinking Hand’ is a metaphor for the characteristic independence and autonomous activity of all our senses as they constantly scan the physical world. Many of our most crucial skills are internalised as automatic reactions that we are not consciously aware of. Even in the case of learning skills, the sequence of movements in a task is internalised and embodied rather than understood and remembered intellectually. Prevailing educational philosophies continue to emphasise conceptual, intellectual and verbal knowledge over this tacit and non–conceptual wisdom of our embodied processes, which is so essential to our experience and understanding of the physical and the built. 

Juhani lectured last year at the Bartlett, here the lecture link:
Juhani Pallasmaa
Juhani Uolevi Pallasmaa is a Finnish architect and former professor of Architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology and a former Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1978-1983). He runs his own architect's office - Arkkitehtitoimisto Juhani Pallasmaa KY - in Helsinki. He is also Ruth & Norman Moore Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis,U.S..
His exhibitions of Finnish architecture, planning and visual arts have been displayed in more than thirty countries and he has written numerous articles on cultural philosophy, environmental psychology and theories of architecture and the arts.
A selection of essays written by Pallasmaa, from the early years to more recent ones, has been translated into English and collated together in the book "Encounters - Architectural Essays" (Helsinki, 2005), edited by Peter MacKeith. The book was shortlisted for the RIBA 2005 International Book Award.
In 2006 Pallasmaa turned 70, and the occasion was marked by the publication of the book Archipelago.
Pallasmaa is a member of the Finnish Association of Architects, and an honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.


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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Caravan by Van Braak

UME magazine - Rem Koolhaas - House in Floirac

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The Rooftop Shanty towns of Hong Kong

I saw this book in the Tate Modern shop last week. The photos were beautiful and it had plans and sections of the rooftop communities.

Shanty towns are nothing new in large cities with little (enforced) regulation, but this is something you have to see to believe: everything from small shacks to multi-story structures, individual buildings to entire villages, all spread out in organic mazes over the rooftops of apartment structures and skyscrapers throughout Hong Kong – a set of smaller communities within the larger surrounding city.

In Portraits from above – Hong Kong’s Informal Rooftop Communities by Rufina Wu and Stefan Canham, a particularly stunning set of rooftop dwelling structures is explored through vivid and though-provoking pictures, drawings, diagrams and the stories of a few families who live their lives in makeshift houses built piece by piece on existing buildings.

The penthouse is historically the most prized property of a building, but that was not always the case. Before the introduction of the elevator – an invention that made the tenth floor far more appealing almost overnight – the poorest people were forced to walk the stairs to their high-up homes.

“The roof is a maze of corridors, narrow passageways between huts built of sheet metal, wood, brick and plastics. There are steps and ladders leading up to a second level of huts. We get lost …. They hear us out, smile back and invite us into their homes.” This is an amazing phenomena – a William Gibson-style vision of urban futures unregulated by building codes and allowed to evolve out of the available space and needs of a city’s people

Sukiya by Yukiharu Suzuki

House in Yoga by Nobuya Kashima and Aya Sato

Nobuya Kashima and Aya Sato have designed a house for themselves
on a small,narrow site in Tokyo.

Art & Architecture: 3 Beautiful Dream-Like Building Models

There is no place like these homes. Danish designers Ben & Sebastian show through vivid 3D renderings, real-life building sculptures and life-sized architectural models that there is a way to take our imagination – the architecture we dream of – and make it come alive.

City of the (Re)Oriented is one of their most incredible works, like something straight out of a William Gibson vision of a futuristic three-dimensional cityscape, an MC Escher piece for postmodern times or perhaps the urban pathways of our very minds. So what does it mean? ”The ‘map’ has long been useless in a city whose streets are continually reshaped by their walkers, vendors, sponsors, hobby street artists and salvation-sellers. In this anthill of possibilities only the most elastic orientation software can direct the city’s inhabitant through its myriad of shifting, tangled streets.”

If the work shown above is whimsical, playful and carefree, then this piece is anything but. Titled ‘Domestic Violence’ it is quite self-explanatory: a physical manifestation (in the form of a shattered interior design scene) of the real psychological damage that violent actions can cause in a home. Only a conceptual model, it is nonetheless compelling (not to mention disturbing) even at as a small-scale miniature mock-up.

Other pieces by this designer duo include a conceptual Tower-of-Babel-style spiral structure that winds its way to the clouds – composed entirely of chairs – and furniture-like works that blur boundaries between various arts and crafts, inviting us to think big and small all at the same time.

from here on DORNOB thank you

Villa dall'Ava by Rem Koolhaas OMA

The client wanted a glass house with a swimming pool on the roof and two separate “apartments” – one for the parents, the other for the daughter. They also wanted a panoramic view – from their swimming pool – of the surrounding landscape and the city of Paris. The house is conceived as a glass pavilion containing living and dining areas, with two hovering, perpendicular apartments shifted in opposite directions to exploit the view. They are joined by the swimming pool which rests on the concrete structure encased by the glass pavilion.
Source: Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Monday, 29 March 2010

Suburban Nomad: Hybrid Igloo, Yurt, Tent + Tipi Home Idea

The juxtaposition of such lifestyle  extremes – fixed-space suburban living and nomadic world-travel dwelling – makes for a fascinating conceptual challenge. It was, in fact, similarly neighboring opposites that gave rise to the idea in the mid of design student living on a lovely nature-filled campus but surrounded by suburbia on all sides.

John Paananen took it upon himself to discover what would happen if he were to make over one of the most mobile kinds of traditional buildings – the tipi, with inspiration from its yurt, tent and igloo cousins – turning it into a stationary home with all of the creature comforts to be found in contemporary suburbs.

Instead of a portable and organically-evolved design, he chose to force-fit the general shape and style of a conventional nomadic dwelling into the space and settings. Rather than put the emphasis on easy construction (and deconstruction) for living on the move, the construction methods and materials follow those of a typical suburban house – complete with a wood frame and artificial siding (no poles and soft materials one would expect).

The results? a translucent-skinned, semi-solid structure that lacks the mobility of a historic yurt, tent or tipi – almost a parody of (or at least a commentary on) the static nature of modern dwellings. Furnished in clean and casual style, the interior gives a strange not to nature via a forest printed in photo-realistic fashion on the wall. So is this art, architecture or something else? That only you can judge – but it sure looks more comfortable than what most people take camping. Still, if you are looking for one on sale look elsewhere: this one-off design was anything but cheap and easy to buy parts for and assemble – which, in a way, is part of the point.

from DORNOB thank you