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The NYBILLBOARD in Brooklyn, Staten Island by Prechteck Architect

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Article source: Prechteck

This proposal seeks for a way to add a new horizontal layer to Manhattan. An elevated link between towers, separated from traffic and noise, filled with public functions, bicycle lanes and walkways. The groundarea covered by towers will be given back to the public by integrating its roofs  to the grid of linking walkways, elevated gardens and public facilities and, as a unique aspect, it introduces public life into the skyline of Manhattan.


Night View

  • Architects: Prechteck Architect
  • Project: The NYBILLBOARD
  • Location: Brooklyn, Liberty and Staten Island


Cradle in Santa Monica, California by Ball-Nogues Studio

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: Ball-Nogues Studio

Commissioned by the City of Santa Monica, Cradle is situated on the exterior wall of a parking structure at a shopping mall – originally designed by Frank Gehry.  The site is near the beach, and is heavily trafficked by tourists on foot and in automobiles. An aggregation of mirror polished stainless steel spheres, the sculpture functions structurally like an enormous Newton’s Cradle – the ubiquitous toy found on the desktops of corporate executives in Hollywood films. Each ball is suspended by a cable from a point on the wall and locked in position by a combination of gravity and neighboring balls. The whole array reflects distorted images of passersby.

Images Courtesy Monica Nouwens

  • Architect: Ball-Nogues Studio
  • Name of Project: Cradle
  • Location: Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Principals in Charge: Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues
  • Project Manager and Lead Fabricator: James Jones
  • Custom Software Design: Ayodh Kamath
  • Photography: Monica Nouwens
  • Project Team: Benjamin  Jennett,  Rach Shillander, Alison Kung,  Daniel Morrison, Jielu Lu, Amador Saucedo, Ron Shvartsman. Lawerance Shanks, Norma Silva, Andrew Lyon, Tim Peeters, Will Trossell
  • Structural Engineer: Buro Happold, Los Angeles. Matthew Melnyk


Ecco by NAU

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Article source: NAU

Since their introduction, automobiles have been a source of passion and meanings as individual as their drivers.  Today they are often associated with luxury, performance or safety, but the Ecco aims to remind us they can still be about freedom.  Following on the heels of design classics like the Airstream or VW camper van, this concept vehicle gets passengers to their destination, and becomes a temporary home when they get there.  Compact, stylish and aerodynamic while on the road, when it is parked, the Ecco expands to provide a level space and comfort than its fore bearers could only dream of.


  • Architects: NAU
  • Project: Ecco


Ratatoskr in London, UK by Helen & Hard

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Article source: Helen & Hard

Ratatoskr – Installation of the exhibition 1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2010

Ratatoskr According to Norse mythology, a squirrel who lives in life-tree Yggdrasil. There, it brings news and gossip from the Eagle Vidofnir, which sits at the top of Yggdrasil, and the worm Nidhogg gnaws and that is the root.

Finished Pavilion

  • Architect: Helen & Hard
  • Name of Project: Ratatoskr
  • Location: London, UK
  • Software used: Rhino and FormZ


Falkonergården by JAJA Architects

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

The objective was to create an expansion of the school and its gym facilities. We proposed an infill conceived as a contemporary interpretation of the existing building mass that connects and transforms the detached gyms into one coherent functional facility. The interior spectatpr stands and space is then extended into the courtyard, thus creating a continuous space where gym and schoolyard, building and landscape merges into an unified entity.

Aerial View


Hope Tree in Tokyo, Japan by 24° Studio

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Hope Tree installation was envisioned as a spatial condition that attended to question our surrounding as we know it and hoping to generate a discussion and understanding amongst the visitors about the place of our everyday life, our environment. Lately, we are bombarded with products that try to deal with the consequences of environmental damages throughout the world, but occasionally we overlook the roots of these occurring problems by not fully understanding our environment.

Interior View

  • Architect: 24° Studio (Fumio Hirakawa + Marina Topunova)
  • Project Title: Hope Tree
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Type: Installation
  • Completion Date: October  2010
  • Client: Design Association NPO (Japan) + Dezeen (UK)


McCarthy Begins Construction For New $456 Million Scripps Cardiovascular Institute and Central Energy Plant in La Jolla

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of the nation’s leading healthcare builders, has construction under way for the new 383,000-square-foot Scripps Cardiovascular Institute and adjacent 26,000-square-foot Central Energy Plant on the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus, located at 9888 Genesee Ave. in La Jolla, Calif. Construction completion is targeted for January 2015, with an anticipated tenant move-in date of April 2015.

Scripps Cardiovascular Institute Tower SE View

  • Structural and civil engineer: KPFF, Inc.
  • Mechanical engineer: X-NTH
  • Landscape architect: MWPA
  • Location: La Jolla, California
  • Cost: $456 Million
  • Completion: due 2015


Chantier Créatif de Prévention Partagée by Butong + Cochenko + Quatorze

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

CCPP – Chantier créatif de prévention partagée –

Space, light, sound and drugs

CCPP is a design collaboration between the Collectifs Cochenko and Quatorze. It was carried out by Butong together with the two collectives. The installation will travel to schools and institutions in a drug awareness campaign commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture and MILDT.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Butong + Cochenko + Quatorze
  • Name of Project: Chantier Créatif de Prévention Partagée
  • Credits: French Ministry of Culture, MILDT, Cochenko
  • Quatorze team: Sylvain Gaufillier (chichou), Damien Beslot, Joachim Bolanos, Antoine Demarest, Romain Minod,
  • Butong team: Benjamin Levy, Augustin Brisedou Sagot
  • Photographs: Per Lundström, Lucas Haegeli


A8ernA in Zaanstad, The Netherlands by NL Architects

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Koog aan de Zaan is a sweet little village near Amsterdam. It is located at the river Zaan. In the early seventies a new Freeway was constructed. In order to cross the river Highway A8 was build on columns. The new road crosses town in a fascinating way. It produced a brutal cut in the urban tissue. Ironically, progress has resulted here in a radical separation between the Church and the State: on one side of the elevated highway is a Chapel and on the other the former City Hall. The columns are about seven meters high. The space under the deck is strangely monumental: a stretched cathedral.

Aerial View

  • Architect: NL Architects, Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
  • Name of Project: A8ernA
  • Location: Koog aan de Zaan, Zaanstad, The Netherlands
  • Client: Gemeente Zaanstad
  • Project leader: Sören Grünert
  • Team: Erik Moederscheim, Sarah Möller, Annarita Papeschi, Michael Schoner, Wim Sjerps, Crystal Tang


Ornamented Columns by Michael-Hansmeyer

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The Subdivided Columns project explores the use of algorithms to develop a new language of form. The columns are produced using customized subdivision processes. The allure of these processes is that despite using a very simple input, they can produce something that is extraordinarily complex.

Fabricated Column Outside

  • Architect: Michael-Hansmeyer
  • Name of Project: Ornamented Columns
  • Image credits: Michael Hansmeyer


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