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Visitors Centre at the Niederwalddenkmal in Rüdesheim, Rhein by René van Zuuk Architects

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Article source: René van Zuuk Architects

The Middle Rhine Valley is characterized by its historical towns, castles, vineyards and indeed the Rhine which meanders between the undulating landscape. 1.8 million people visit the area yearly arriving by bus, car or cable car.

Exterior View


6×11 Alpine hut in Stara fuzina, Slovenia by OFIS arhitekti

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Article source: OFIS arhitekti

This hut is situated in a small Alpine village, part of the Triglav national park with very strict rules on construction and architectural design. The client bought the site together with an existing construction permit for a generic project. The demand of the client was not to change the construction permit but to change the elements of the house to suit his family – to position the openings toward the views and to increase its sustainability.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy tomaz gregoric)

  • Architect: OFIS arhitekti – Rok Oman & Spela Videcnik
  • Name of Project: 6×11 Alpine hut
  • Location: Stara fuzina near Bohinj Lake, Slovenia
  • Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Tomaz Gregoric, Andrej Gregoric, Anna Breda
  • Client: private
  • Photography: tomaz gregoric


Stratocruiser by NAU Architect

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: NAU Architect

“Merging the soothing ride of an ocean cruise with Richard Branson’s futuristic visions of space travel, the Stratocruiser offers short, regenerative journeys for the cosmopolitan traveler. The project aims to bring lifestyle and health into travel routines, which have become increasingly compacted and frenzied. Like modern nomads we can again enjoy travel, arriving more refreshed than we left, thanks to incredible views of the world’s most exciting landscapes and cities.”



The Truffle in Costa da Morte, España by Ensamble Studio

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Article source: Ensamble Studio

The Truffle is a piece of nature built with earth, full of air. A space within a stone that sits on the ground and blends with the territory. It camouflages, by emulating the processes of mineral formation in its structure, and integrates with the natural environment, complying with its laws.

Trufa Vaciado Interior (Image Courtesy Roland Halbe)

  • Architects: Ensamble Studio
  • Project: The Truffle
  • Location: Costa da Morte, España
  • Date of project:Agosto 2006
  • End of building construction:Febrero 2010


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)


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