Fernanda Canales completes reflective pavilion for Design Week Mexico 2018

October 17, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Trees, bark chips and visitors are all reflected in mirrors behind the severe black exterior of this pavilion, which Mexican architect Fernanda Canales created for this year’s Design Week Mexico. Canales’ pavilion is built beside Museo Tamayo in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park, close to a path that runs from the art institution to the nearby National Museum of

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Ryo Kan hotel blends Mexican materials and Japanese traditions

October 13, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Guests at this hotel in Mexico City, designed by local architect Regina Galvanduqu, can bathe in rooftop jacuzzis, drink tea on tatami mats or find zen in its courtyard garden. Galvanduqu, who runs GLVDK Studio, designed the Ryo Kan hotel for slender plot on Rio Panuco in the city’s Cuauhtémoc neighbourhood. The surrounding area has

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Barclay & Crousse’s “deceptively simple” Peruvian school wins Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

October 11, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Architecture studio Barclay & Crousse has won this year’s Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for its fragmented concrete university building in rural northern Peru. Edificio E by the Lima-based practice – led by Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse – was recognised as the best project in the Americas completed between January 2016 and February 2017

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Plans to overhaul New York’s JFK airport updated

October 10, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

The governor of New York has released more details of plans to transform John F Kennedy International Airport in Queens into one of the “finest in the world”. Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed the updates for his JFK Vision Plan – including new design details, renderings and a timeframe for completion – on 4 October 2018.

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Richard Meier steps down following sexual harassment allegations

October 9, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier is leaving his eponymous firm to be spearheaded by new management, following the accusations of sexual harassment made against him earlier this year. Richard Meier & Partners Architects announced today, 9 October 2018, that the founder is taking a permanent “step back” from the firm, seven months after the New York Times

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Grass terraces zigzag up Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos’ Mexico City apartments

October 7, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Black porcelain walls appear to fold up and around the huge windows and gardens of this luxury housing block, which Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos has staggered down a hill in Mexico City. Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos’ five-unit Alcázar de Toledo apartment block descends in four levels. The three glass-fronted lower floors – occupied by the residences and amenities – are

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Giant roof tops Montreal golf clubhouse by Architecture49

October 5, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Canadian studio Architecture49 has covered this minimal golf clubhouse in Montreal with a massive wooden roof, to shelter driving ranges so members can play in bad weather. Architecture49’s local office was enlisted to design the clubhouse for Golf Exécutif Montréal on Nuns’ Island – a “green oasis” located in the city’s Saint Lawrence River. Measuring 855 square metres,

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Casework turns Portland industrial building into collaborative workspace

October 5, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Interior design studio Casework has transformed a 20th-century building in Portland, Oregon, into a collaborative hub for a digital product agency. Occupying an 80-year-old structure in the city’s Chinatown, the office is the new outpost of digital product agency Work & Co, which was was founded in New York City five years ago and has

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Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall illuminates with dream-like visuals

October 4, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Patterns created by Turkish media artist Refik Anadol are being projected onto the facades of Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles each night for a limited time. The temporary Walt Disney Concert Hall Dreams light show was developed by the LA-based artist to celebrate the centenary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which

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Storefront for Art and Architecture names José Esparza Chong Cuy as new director

October 4, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Mexican architect, curator and writer José Esparza Chong Cuy has been appointed as the new head of New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture. Esparza was named as the new executive director and chief curator by the Manhattan-based organisation today. He will replace Eva Franch i Gilabert, who left to become the director of the Architectural Association school in London earlier

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Amazon to develop Alexa-enabled prefab homes

October 2, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Amazon has invested in Californian home design and prefabrication company Plant Prefab, with plans to integrate its suite of voice-controlled Alexa devices into affordable easy-to-build houses. Rialto-based Plant Prefab announced that it has received funding from Amazon’s Alexa Fund, which was established to support projects that innovate in voice-enabled technology, on 25 September 2018. Amazon

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Lego Apple Park took its builder two years to complete

October 1, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

This mini version of Apple’s Cupertino campus is made entirely of Lego, and was modelled on drone footage taken during construction. The Lego Apple Park depicts the 175-acre (71-hectare) expanse of California’s Santa Clara Valley at 1/650th of its real size. The model includes Apple’s Foster + Partners-designed ring-shaped headquarters, ancillary buildings, and large areas

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Buchanan Architecture designs “simple and sculptural” Rio Vista Residence in Dallas

September 28, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

The corrugated-steel facades of this house in Downtown Dallas, designed by local firm Buchanan Architecture, have slightly differently hues across its three zones. Buchanan Architecture designed the 2,160-square-foot (201-square-metre) Rio Vista Residence for a clearing on a hill in a central neighbourhood of the Texas city. Accessed via a bridge that crosses a dip in

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The Met to give Breuer building to Frick Collection during renovation

September 28, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art intends to vacate its Marcel Breuer-designed building, giving the Frick Collection a home during its controversial overhaul, and revive its plans for David Chipperfield’s extension to its Fifth Avenue location. The Met is planning to transfer its Met Breuer programme back to Fifth Avenue in 2020, allowing the Frick to temporarily

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Renzo Piano tops Columbia University’s The Forum with staggered concrete auditorium

September 27, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Italian architect Renzo Piano has completed his third building for Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus in Harlem, a project he describes as an “interesting experiment” in gentrification. The glass and concrete structure known as The Forum joins the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s Lenfest Art Centre, which opened last year, and the Jerome L Greene Science Center in

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Five vacation homes at California’s modernist marvel The Sea Ranch

September 25, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

The Sea Ranch community in Northern California will be spotlighted in a forthcoming SFMOMA exhibition. We’ve rounded up five residences on the coastal site that demonstrate why the 1960s development remains a holiday hotspot today. Bluff Reach by Ralph Matheson, renovated by Butler Armsden Architects A wood-panelled window seat offer views of the Pacific Ocean

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California’s Sea Ranch “still has a magical lure” says SFMOMA curator

September 25, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

The Sea Ranch, a haven for modernist architecture on the Californian coast, will be the focus of a major exhibition at SFMOMA. Curator Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher gives an overview of its history and explains why it remains an important example of “environmental stewardship” in this interview. The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism will include

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Charles Trevelyan exhibits pebble-like benches and spindly tables in New York

September 24, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Works by Australian designer Charles Trevelyan, including skeletal-looking furniture and monolithic marble benches, are currently on show at New York’s Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Trevelyan, who runs London-based Studio Trevelyan, came up with the concept for the Fuse benches when walking along the coastline in his native Australia. He spotted “surf-rounded pebbles that had fractured off from

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Steel porch connects Coastal Retreat at Sea Ranch by Malcolm Davis

September 23, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

San Francisco firm Malcolm Davis Architecture has divided this holiday home at the Sea Ranch community in California into two cedar-clad volumes, which face out in different directions to overlook the rugged coastline. Malcolm Davis Architecture’s Coastal Retreat is located at the top of a grassy slope in Sea Ranch – a planned community in California’s Sonoma

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Crazy Rich Asians house represents region’s changing taste, says architect

September 21, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

The real-life counterparts of the extravagantly wealthy characters in new movie Crazy Rich Asians are “very interested in modern architecture”, says the architect of a contemporary home featured in the film. Private clients in the economic powerhouses of Southeast Asia have acquired a taste for more minimal design that has fuelled a stylistic shift, said

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