Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Vladimir Tatlin, The Monument to the Third International

Tatlin (center) and assistants working on constructing a model of the tower in 1920.

Tatlin’s Tower or The Monument to the Third International is a grand monumental building envisioned by the Russian artist and architect Vladimir Tatlin, but never built. It was planned to be erected in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, as the headquarters and monument of the Comintern (the third international).

OMA, Rem Koolhaas: Casa de Musica, Porto: Drawings, Plans, Sections,

Casa de Musica, Porto

Plan Niveau 5

Royal Institute of British Architects European Award, 2007

Competition: 1999
Completed: 2005

Porto 2001 / Casa da Música

Rotunda da Boavista

22,000 m2 including grand auditorium with 1,200 seats, small auditorium with space for 350 seats, rehearsal rooms with recording facilities, music shop, computer and educational facilities, VIP room, restaurant, roof terrace and parking (600 cars)

Local Architect:
ANC Architects, Jorge Carvalho

Structure: Arup / AFA Lda
Cecil Balmond, Rory McGowan, Asim Gaba, Toby Maclean, Andrew Minson, Rui Furtado, Rui Oliveira, Pedro Moas

Services: Arup / AFA Lda/RGA
Tim Thornton, Stefan Waldhauser, Dane Green, Rodrigues Gomes, Joaquim Viseu, Luís Graça, Paulo Silva, Marco Carvalho, Pedro Albuqüerque

Fire engineering: Arup Fire
George Faller

Code Consultancy:
OHM /Gerisco

Acoustics: TNO Eindhoven / DHV
Renz van Luxembourg, Theo Raijmakers

Interiors, Curtains: Inside Outside
Petra Blaisse, Peter Niessen, Marieke van den Heuvel, Mathias Lehner

Scenography: dUCKS scéno
Michel Cova, Stephan Abromeit, Aldo de Sousa

Robert Jan van Santen, Rob Nijsse (ABT), Arup Facades

Auditorium chairs:
Maarten van Severen, Loose Furniture Foyers: Daciano da Costa, António Sena da Silva, Leonor Álveres de Oliveira


Partners in charge:
Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon

Adrianne Fisher, Michelle Howard, Isabel Silva, Nuno Rosado, Robert Choeff, Barbara Wolff, Stephan Griek, Govert Gerritsen, Saskia Simon, Thomas Duda, Christian von der Muelde, Rita Amado, Philip Koenen, Peter Müller, Krystian Keck, Eduarda Lima, Christoff Scholl, Alex de Jong, Catarina Canas, Shadi Rahbaran, Chris van Duijn, Anna Little, Alois Baptista, André Cardoso, Paulo Costa, Ana Jacinto, Fabienne Louyot, Christina Beaumont, João Prates Ruivo

Competition Team:
Rem Koolhaas, Fernando Romero Havaux, Isabel Silva, Barbara Wolff, Uwe Herlijn

Jan Svankmajer - Virile Games

Indian Living Root Bridges

In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren't built - they're grown.
The living bridges of Cherrapunji, India are made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree. This tree produce a series of secondary roots from higher up its trunk and can comfortably perch atop huge boulders along the riverbanks, or even in the middle of the rivers themselves.
In order to make a rubber tree's roots grow in the right direction - say, over a river... use betel nut trunks, slided down the middle and hollowed out, to create root-guidance systems. The thin, tender roots of the rubber tree, prevented from fanning out by the betel nut trunks, grow straight out. When they reach the other side of the river, they're allowed to take root in the soil.
The root bridges, some of which are over a hundred feet long, take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional, but they're extraordinarily strong - strong enough that some of them can support the weight of fifty or more people at a time.

Images and text from The Living Root Bridges Blog - follow the link for more!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Red Bull Headquarters by Sid Lee Architecture

Red Bull recently commissioned Sid Lee Architecture to create the company’s new Red Bull Amsterdam headquarters. Building on the Red Bull DNA and established philosophies, the team under the direction of Senior Partner and Lead Design Architect Jean Pelland set out to divide the interior spaces according to the juxtaposition of “reason versus intuition, arts versus the industry, dark versus light, the rise of the angel versus the mention of the beast.” The result of the restored and redesigned former shipbuilding factory is a carefully struck balance of structure, elegance, simplicity and fascination. (via hypebeast)

I think the ethos behind this project was amazing, not a massive fan of the chairs though...

Clemens Behr: New York Subway

New York City 2011
Subway: New York City 2011

Monday, 28 November 2011

Bartlett - Architecture of Seduction Catrina Stewart

Instant City

Despite its status amongst some architectural
practices, the Bartlett is not praised by all
architects and has caused much controversy
since it opened in 1841. The school became
famous in the 1990s when it employed professor
Peter Cook, the founding member of architecture
magazine, ‘Archigram ‘, which was released in
the 60s. Although he no longer holds the post,
the Bartlett continues to ask important
questions tackling the essence of architecture;
challenging its function in culture and society
and redefining what architecture can and should
more here... LINK

Metro by Clemens Behr

Riding on the Metro from Everything and Me on Vimeo.


Saturday, 26 November 2011

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Nacho Carbonell: Organic Dwelling

“biomimicry in design & architecture”
State Museum of Architecture (MUAR), Moscow
(exhibition continues until November 30th, 2011)
This exhibition will explore how designers and architects have embraced a more organic language,
welcoming technology while not letting go of our more primal instincts. The installation will
investigate the following 9 architectural concepts from nature:


Nacho Carbonell Website

Martin-Lancaster House by Mackay - Lyons Sweetapple Architects

Martin-Lancaster House / Mackay - Lyons Sweetapple Architects via ARCHDAILY thank you!
Martin-Lancaster House / Mackay - Lyons Sweetapple Architects

Monday, 21 November 2011

Underwater sculptures of Jason de Caires Taylor

Underwater sculptures, constructed out of concrete and steel serve purposes of preserving reefs by becoming a surrogate to appeal to marine life thus taking pressure from real reefs. 
It is interesting to follow alterations in sculptures as they interact in unpredictable ways with the surrounding environment. Artist comments, saying that the "people" will become a habitat and there is no way he could create that kind of beauty himself.

More of the artist's work can be found here

mikio tai/architect cafe: house in akiya

mikio tai/architect cafe: house in akiya via DESIGNBOOM thank you!

Sunday, 20 November 2011


Saw a cluster of old lampshades in a pub today; made me realise lampshades are so unappreciated:



Getty . Gunawan . Jacobs: Temporary festival structure

more here on AFASIA thank you!

Temporary festival structure . Providence

+ Holcim Awards

This small construction project explores the reintroduction of the ancient phenomenon of “Sukkahs”, temporary structures, biblical in origin, ostensibly used for one week as a dwelling during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The basic principles of the small structure as an ephemeral, translucent and not fully enclosing hut are taken up in the Shim Sukkah as a wooden structure relying on one material and construction element – prefabricated stacks of cedar shims. Uniquely, this secondary construction material, commonly used to fill small gaps or spaces between objects, becomes the main feature of the construction, providing the needed shelter and capacity for rather easy dismantling and reconstruction.

Bunker 599

Rietveld Landscape

This project lays bare two secrets of the New Dutch Waterline (NDW), a military line of defence in use from 1815 until 1940 protecting the cities of Muiden, Utrecht, Vreeswijk and Gorinchem by means of intentional flooding.

A seemingly indestructible bunker with monumental status is sliced open. The design thereby opens up the minuscule interior of one of NDW’s 700 bunkers, the insides of which are normally cut off from view completely. In addition, a long wooden boardwalk cuts through the extremely heavy construction. It leads visitors to a flooded area and to the footpaths of the adjacent natural reserve. The pier and the piles supporting it remind them that the water surrounding them is not caused by e.g. the removal of sand but rather is a shallow water plain characteristic of the inundations in times of war.

The sliced up bunker forms a publicly accessible attraction for visitors of the NDW. It is moreover visible from the A2 highway and can thus also be seen by tens of thousand of passers-by each day. The project is part of the overall strategy of Rietveld Landscape | Atelier de Lyon to make this unique part of Dutch history accessible and tangible for a wide variety of visitors.

iredale pedersen hook architects: dunedin street residence

iredale pedersen hook architects: dunedin street residence

Whether it’s building cities, railroads, or even power lines, our interconnected world has a heavy footprint on the rest of the environment.

A Maze Of Tunnels Made Only Of Packing Tape, Suspended In Mid-Air

A Maze Of Tunnels Made Only Of Packing Tape, Suspended In Mid-Air

This For Use/Numen's largest installation of its monumental Tape project to date.

 from here, thank you: