Júzcar - The Smurf Town

Photo by Nucamari

Júzcar is a town and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. The municipality is situated approximately 22 kilometres from Ronda and 113 from the provincial capital. The town is one of the White Towns of Andalusia, with buildings whitewashed. In spring 2011, buildings in the town (including the church and gravestones) were painted blue to celebrate the premiere of the Smurfs movie

Paris Timelapses

Two great Paris timelapses: the first covers everything while the other focuses on the details.

Wip and Co - Paris Sightseeing Tours

- Place de la Bastille - Place Saint-Paul - Palais du Louvre @ Rue de Rivoli - Place de la Concorde - Ave des Champs-Elysées - Arc de Triomphe @ Place Charles de Gaulle-Etoile - Ave de la Grande Armée - Palais des congrès @ Place de la Porte Maillot

- Porte Dauphine - Avenue Foch - Arc de Triomphe @Place Charles de Gaulle-Etoile - Avenue Kléber - Trocadero - Iena Bridge - Eiffel Tower

- Quai Branly - Alma - Invalides - Pont Alexandre III (Bridge) - Grand Palais - Avenue des Champs-Elysées - Concorde - Assemblée Nationale - Boulevard Saint-Germain - Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Wip and Co - A Walk Trough Paris

Wip and Co
Walking through Paris, from Saint-Michel, Latin Quarter to Place des Vosges, Le Marais.

Taken between 9:30 and 10:30am, so there are not many people in the street.

Music : Johnny B. Goode, by Chuck Berry

Starting in Rue Gît-le-Coeur
0:12 - rue Saint-André-des-Arts
0:17 - place Saint-Michel
0:19 - Saint-Michel Fountain
0:25 - rue de la Huchette
0:32 - rue du Chat qui Pêche
0:34 - quai Saint-Michel
0:38 - Petit Pont
0:44 - parvis de Notre-Dame
0:48 - Notre-Dame Cathedral
0:53 - rue du Cloître Notre-Dame
1:12 - pont Saint-Louis
1:13 - City Hall
1:18 - rue Jean du Bellay
1:22 - pont Louis Philippe
1:39 - rue des Barres
1:48 - place Baudoyer
1:54 - rue du Roi de Sicile
2:13 - place Saint-Paul
2:20 - rue Saint-Antoine
2:28 - inside Hôtel de Sully
2:34 - place des Vosges

made out of 667 photos

BIG + OFF - The Research Centre of the University of Jussieu, Paris

The video for the Research Centre of the University of Jussieu, the competition winning design by BIG and OFF architects. The new multidisciplinary research centre, Paris PARC, located between Jean Nouvel’s Institut du Monde Arabe and the open green park of the Jussieu Campus will become a significant addition to the campus, strengthening the international appeal and openness of the leading French University for Science and Medicine.

As a form of urban experiment the Paris PARC is the imprint of the pressures of its urban context. Wedged into a super dense context – in terms of space, public flows and architectural history – the PARC is conceived as a chain of reactions to the various external and internal forces acting upon it. Inflated to allow daylight and air to enter into the heart of the facility, compressed to ensure daylight and views for the neighboring classrooms and dormitories, lifted and decompressed to allow the public to enter from both plaza and park and finally tilted to reflect the spectacular view of the Paris skyline and the Notre Dame to the Parisians.


From the director of "Helvetica", a documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Director: Gary Hustwit

OLGGA Architects - 100 Social Housing Units in Caen

100 logements sociaux par OLGGA from ArtefactoryLab on Vimeo.

Architect: OLGGA Architects
Client: Caen Habitat
Images and Film: ArtefactoryLab
Director: Olivier Campagne / Renny Bossu
Montage Intro: Jerome Pesnel
Modeling 3D / Texture: Tokiko Maekawa
3D / Compositing: Romain Bourzeix
3D Animation: Emeline Degand
Graphics: Mirjam Linschooten
Music: Brice Tillet

Such an interesting presentation of the concept!

OLGGA Architects put together this creative video presentation for a social housing competition in Caen, France. The mixed-use building includes 100 affordable housing units, ground floor retail units and community spaces. The residential units gradually stack up to six stories, maximizing the potential of the site while remaining sensitive to the surrounding context. Stepped terraces provide private outdoor spaces for each dwelling unit while simultaneously allowing for optimal daylighting and natural ventilation.


Le Corbusier - Villa Savoye, Poissy, France

Film by Onnis Luque 

Villa Savoye (French pronunciation: [sa'vwa]) is a modernist villa in Poissy, in the outskirts of Paris, France. It was designed by Swiss architects Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, and built between 1928 and 1931.[3]

A manifesto of Le Corbusier's "five points" of new architecture, the villa is representative of the bases of modern architecture, and is one of the most easily recognizable and renowned examples of the International style.
Originally built as a country retreat on behest of the Savoye family, the house fell into disuse after 1940, and entered a state of disrepair during World War II. It passed on to be property of the French state in 1958, and after surviving several plans of demolition, it was designated as an official French historical monument in 1965 (a rare occurrence, as Le Corbusier was still living at the time). It was thoroughly renovated from 1985 to 1997, and under the care of the Centre des monuments nationaux, the refurbished house is now open to visitors year-round.[4] [5]

BIG - “Urban Future” / Design Miami 2011

Architects: BIG
Location: Miami, Florida, United States
Collaborators: Kollision Aarhus, Schmidhuber + Partner
Partners in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen
Project Leader: Martin Voelkle
Team: Daniel Kidd, Chris Malcolm, David Tao, Laura Youf, Lucian Racovitan
Client: AUDI AG
Size: 190 m2

BIG + Kollision + Schmidhuber & Partner team up to bring BIG’s vision of future urban mobility to life for AUDI at Design Miami/ 2011, running from November 30th through December 4th adjacent to Art Basel Miami Beach. BIG originally presented the concept as an entry for the 2010 AUDI Urban Future Award introducing a future city paved with a digital surface that liberates the streets from existing boundaries and allows for a new flexibility of public use.

he 190 m2 three-dimensional LED installation provides a glimpse of the future city where the public space is shared between pedestrians and driverless cars. The entire surface would be infused with a continuous flow of information allowing for real-time interaction between vehicles and their environment. Mounted above the Design Miami installation, 3D cameras track the movement of passers-by processing the data into a generative artwork that feeds back into the LED panels.

“Our pavilion for AUDI renders visible the invisible forces that flow through our city – the driverless car is relying on sophisticated sensory and computational technology that constantly observes and calculates the dynamic space that the living city constitutes. The result is an architecture of movement whose forms have not been predetermined by the architect but are constantly being recomposed by the people populating the pavilion.” Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Partner, BIG.

“We have created 190 m2 of future public space around the concept car, visualizing how pedestrians and cars interact digitally. Pedestrians are creating digital safe zones and the movement of the car is simulated, navigating between people. We believe that infusing the surface of the city with information technology will create a new kind of true shared space – a condition similar to a public square. In a single day, the function of the street may alternate multiple times between entirely pedestrian, vehicular, or even recreational functions. ” Andreas Klok Pedersen, Partner-in-Charge, BIG.

Google Maps Indoors

Google Maps has introduced new feature Indoors as logical next step. The videos bellow illustrate the applicability of this feature in airports or malls, and I really like the message that all the previous maps have left you at an entrance door. This app among everything else, for me as a virtual tourist, brings a joy of getting inside of many places like NYC High Line or Colosseum in Rome (that is just is presented in the advert video...who knows what else is there :). Bliss.

Hillman Curtis - Artist Series : Daniel Libeskind

Hillman Curtis is the author of the Artist Series, the set of videos with established and celebrated artists speaking about its work and views on art. Among many interesting videos which can be found in this series on his websites there is one with Daniel Libeskind.

David Hillman Curtis is a filmmaker, designer and author. His film work includes "Ride, Rise, Roar", a feature length documentary on David Byrne which premiered at SXSW 2009, as well as several national commercials for Ogilvy/IBM, online commercial work for Rolling Stone, Adobe, Sprint, Blackberry and BMW and the popular documentary series "Artist Series". He has also produced nine short narrative films; "Bridge", was selected as one of only seven shorts for the GenArts 2009 festival in New York, "Embrace", and "Spinal Tap" each won "Best Dramatic Short" Webby Awards.

As a web designer David has designed sites for Yahoo, Adobe, Aquent, the American Institute of Graphic Design, Paramount and Fox Searchlight Pictures among others.

His three books on design and film have sold close to 150 thousand copies and have been translated into 14 languages.

David Hillman Curtis' work has been featured in numerous design publications worldwide. He has also lectured extensively on design and film related subjects throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. He was nominated for the Cooper Hewitt National Design award in 2009.

He generally goes by his middle name, Hillman.

Spirit of Space - Waterline Chicago

Chicago + Weimar
Spirit of Space
Creating films solely about architecture will bring many benefits to the architectural profession and the public’s awareness + understanding of the value of the designed built environment.

The cadence of morning rush hour reflects the rhythm of the Chicago River, but how often do we allow the river to reflect a wandering glance from us? This "glance" aims to bring to light the potential of Chicago's socially under utilized, aqueous artery.

Koen van Velsen

Architect Koen van Velsen, son of a building contractor, profoundly investigates the questions posed to him by his clients, reformulates them, and responds with unexpected answers. 

In 1997 he won the Gerrit Rietveld prize for his Museum of the University of Utrecht, and in 2002 he won the prestigious BNA Kubus prize for his entire oeuvre. 

One of his latest projects is this new entrance of a museum complex. While the original request was to simply re-design the building entrance, he found that relocating it would be key to a entirely new master plan.

Recently Van Velsen has been working on a huge plan for the Central Station of Breda, aiming to better integrate the station in the city. He was commissioned to singlehandedly design every element of the project himself, and was asked to pay special attention to how the buildings blended with their surroundings. This integrated approach can also been seen in Groot Klimmendaal, a Medical rehabilitation centre, for which he won several prizes.

Commissioning editor: Geert van de Wetering
Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen
Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix 
Commissioned by DutchDFA 
Research: Liselotte Francken 
Director: Noud Holtman 
Camera: Pierre Rezus
Sound: Eric Leek 
Editor: Noud Holtman 
Colorcorrection: Maurik de Ridder 
Music Sound Design: Big Orange

Isay Weinfeld - Square Nine Hotel, Belgrade

Images Courtesy of Square Nine Hotel
Project: Square Nine Hotel
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Author: Isay Weinfeld
Collaborator architect: Domingos Pascali
Project manager: Elena Scarabotolo
Design team: Adriana Aun / Adriana Zampieri / Ilza Fujimura

Woodworks: Moveis Teperman
Marble: Marble & Granite Service Srl – VR Italy
Flooring and Wood on façade: Indusparquet

Beginning of the project: 2005
Building completion: February 2011

Jardin du Luxembourg

Photo by arnauldgrassindelyle

The Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Gardens, is the second largest public park in Paris[1] (224,500 m² (22.5 hectares) located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris,France. The park is the garden of the French Senate, which is itself housed in theLuxembourg Palace.

Ben Mendelsohn - 60 Hudson Street / Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors

Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors
from Ben Mendelsohn
on Vimeo.

Lower Manhattan’s 60 Hudson Street is one of the world’s most concentrated hubs of Internet connectivity. This short documentary peeks inside, offering a glimpse of the massive material infrastructure that makes the Internet possible.

Featuring interviews with Stephen Graham, Saskia Sassen, Dave Timmes of Telx, Rich Miller of, Stephen Klenert of Atlantic Metro Communications, and Josh Wallace of the City of Palo Alto Utilities.

Paris Squares

We start with my favorite Place de la Bastille and continue with Place de la Concode, Place Charles de Gaulle and finally Place de la Nation. Enjoy!

Place de la Bastille

The square straddles 3 arrondissements of Paris, namely the 4th11th and 12th. The square and its surrounding areas are normally called simply Bastille.

The July Column (Colonne de Juillet) which commemorates the events of the July Revolution(1830) stands at the center of the square. Other notable features include the Bastille Opera, theBastille subway station and a section of the Canal Saint Martin. Prior to 1984, the formerBastille railway station stood where the opera house now stands.
The square is often home to concerts and similar events. The north-eastern area of Bastille is busy at night due to many cafés, bars, night clubs, and concert halls.
As a consequence of its historical significance, the square is often used for political demonstrations, including the massive anti-CPE demonstration of 28 March 2006.

MVRDV - Balancing Barn, Suffolk

Balancing Barn / Living Architecture

The Balancing Barn by MVRDV is built on a stunning site beside a Suffolk wildlife nature reserve, and overlooking a small lake.

From the road, the barn is almost invisible, with a pitched roof that faces the long straight driveway and suggests a property with a small and traditional shape. However, the whole house is in fact 30 metres long, extending right over the grounds it occupies. At its midpoint, the house starts to cantilever over the descending slope; a balancing act made possible by the rigid structure of the building; resulting in 50% of the barn being in free space, and giving a wide view over the Suffolk landscape, adjacent lake and surrounding garden. The long sides of the structure are well hidden by trees allowing privacy inside and around the barn. The exterior is covered in reflective steel tiles, resulting in the barn changing its exterior with every new season.

Mecanoo - Delft University of Technology / Library

Delft University of Technology / The TU Delft Library

The TU Delft Library, constructed in 1997, was designed by Delft-based Mecanoo architecture bureau. It is located behind university aula. The roof of the library is covered with grass, which serves as a natural insulation. The structure lifts from the ground on one side allowing to walk to the top of the building. The library is topped by the steel cone, giving its unique shape. The wall, opposite to the Aula is completely filled with glass. The library has won the Dutch National Steel Price in 1998 in the category buildings of steel and hybrid constructions.


Julien De Smedt - Holmenkollbakken Ski Jump, Oslo

Holmenkollbakken is a large ski jumping hill located at Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway. It has a hill size of HS134, a construction point of K-120, and a capacity for 30,000 spectators. Holmenkollen has hosted the Holmenkollen Ski Festival since 1892, which since 1980 have been part of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup and 1983 the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup. It has also hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics and the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 1930, 1966, 1982 and 2011.
The hill has been rebuilt 19 times; important upgrades include a stone take-off in 1910, an in-run superstructure in 1914, and a new superstructure in 1928. During the Second World War, the venue was used as a military installation, but upgraded in the late 1940s. Further expansions were made ahead of the 1966 and 1982 World Championships, as well as in 1991. From 2008 to 2010, the entire structure was demolished and rebuilt. As of 8 February 2011, the hill record is unofficially held by Anders Jacobsen at 142.5 meters. The official hill record was set at 5 of March 2011 by Andreas Kofler at 141 meters. The hill is part of Holmenkollen National Arena, which in addition to cross-country and biathlon venues has the normal hill Midtstubakken.

Henning Larsens - The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo, Norway

Location: Oslo, Norway
Client: Rikshospitalet University Hospital Gross
floor area: 8,500 m2 Year of construction: 2003 - 2006
Type of assignment: 1st prize in invited competition

The radiation treatment department is located on the highest and most hilly part of the site. It comprises five new radiotherapy facilities, examination functions partly below terrain as well as laboratory, teaching and office facilities above terrain. The oldest buildings of the hospital, the new extension and the tall trees of the nearby Mærradal provide the framework of a new local arrival’s area from where patients have direct access to the facilities of the building. The existing main entrance of the hospital has level free access to the four-storey high and bright foyer. A high south-facing glass facade ensures a rich inflow of daylight into all building functions. The flora and stream of the Mærradal is visible through the large west-facing windows in the resting area of the foyer and from the examination and conversation rooms of the lower west wing. The light timbered walls and sloping ceilings of the entrance areas and treatment rooms reflect the daylight far into the rooms. The angled shape of the entrance area makes it possible to avoid heavy metal doors and instead use tall glass doors as the only separating element during treatments.

Henning Larsens - IT University, Orestad, Copenhagen

IT University of Copenhagen

Henning Larsen (born 20 August 1925) is a Danish architect. He is internationally known for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Riyadh and the Copenhagen Opera House. He is the founder of the company that bears his name, Henning Larsen Architects (Formerly Henning Larsens Tegnestue A/S). ---
New university research and teaching building (ITU) in the northern part of Ørestad. Between ITU’s two main buildings there is an impressive inner courtyard, an atrium. The five storeys are open to the atrium and from the balconies you can survey activities elsewhere in the building. A number of group and meeting rooms have been extended out into the atrium, suspended like a long row of see-through ‘drawers’ that have been pulled out to different lengths. On the ground floor you will find the common facilities; lecture halls, students’ café, canteen and library. All research and teaching areas are located on the upper floors. The inner courtyard has been decorated with a digital art installation. Screens have been staged on several ‘drawers’ that can display digital images and animations. The intention is to make the digital works of art interactive and controllable from computers and mobile phones, or they will be dependent on traffic and temperature inside and outside the building.

Marleos Faber / Mimoa

Delugan Meissl - Porsche Museum, Stuttgart

Porsche, a global brand, consistently combines innovation and tradition. The company’s history spans more than 100 years and is shaped by passion and vision. The new Porsche museum is a place which expresses the company’s self-confident attitude and its high standards through architecture. Know-how, credibility and determination are as much part of the company’s philosophy as are courage, enthusiasm, strength and independence. Each idea is seen as a chance to offensively tackle new challenges and to push boundaries. The museum represents exactly this position of representing exclusivity without exclusion, of reflecting tradition without forgoing the vivid exchange which makes Porsche so unique.

"The new Porsche museum represents our
conception of architecture which is constantly
moving in the field of interaction between
buildings and their users."
Roman Delugan

Benthem Crouwel Architects - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam


Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Founded in 1874, theStedelijk Museum Amsterdam (lit.Municipal Museum Amsterdam) is a museum for classicmodern andcontemporary art inAmsterdam in theNetherlands. It has been housed on the Paulus Potterstraat, next toMuseum SquareMuseumplein and to theRijksmuseumVan Gogh Museum and theConcertgebouw, inAmsterdam Zuid since 1895. The original red brick, Neo-Renaissancestyle building was designed by architect Adriaan Willem Weissman. The museum is currently being renovated and enlarged, and expects the grand reopening in 2012.

3XNielsen - Ørestad Gymnasium, Copenhagen

The company was founded in Århus in 1986 as Nielsen, Nielsen & Nielsen (later 3 X Nielsen) by Kim Herforth Nielsen, Lars Frank Nielsen og Hans Peter Svendler Nielsen. The latter left the company, which is today led by a partner group of three with Kim Herforth Nielsen as the Principal Architect. The practice had its international breakthrough in the late 90s with the Danish Embassy in Berlin (completed in 1999) and the Muziekgebouw Concert Hall inAmsterdam (competition win in 1997). In 2005 3XN won the competition for the new Museum of Liverpool which will open in 2011.
Among 3XNs high profiled Danish projects are Ørestad Gymnasium (High school) (2007), the renovation of Tivoli’s Concert Hall (2005), Alsion, university, koncert hall and research centre in Sønderborg (2007), the headquarters of Saxo Bank in Copenhagen (2008), the headquarters of the law firm Horten (2009), Middelfart Savings Bank (2010) and KPMG Headquarters (2011). Under construction are Bella Sky – the biggest hotel in Scandinavia, Lighthouse, a highrise in Århus, a new town hall in the Dutch city Nieuwegein and last but not least Denmark’s new Aquarium, The Blue Planet in Copenhagen. Recently 3XN has won the competition to design the new headquarters for Swedbank in Stockholm and another Swedish residential project in Vällingby. 3XN is also present in Norway with projects such as the Theatre and Jazz House in Molde and a Culture House in Mandal.

Santiago Calatrava - Montjuïc Communications Tower

The Montjuïc Communications Tower , popularly known as Torre Calatrava and Torre Telefónica, is a telecommunication tower in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, construction on the tower began in 1989 and was completed in 1992. The white tower was built for Telefónica to transmit television coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympics Games in Barcelona. The 136 m (446 ft) tower is located in the Olympic park, and represents an athlete holding the Olympic Flame.

The base is covered with trencadís, Gaudí's mosaic technique created from broken tile shards.

Because of the tower's orientation, it works also as a giant sundial, which uses the Europa square to indicate the hour.

William van Allen - The Chrysler Building

 Let my spirit carry me, I want to fly like an eagle, till I'm free!
Photo: Simon Gardiner

The Chrysler Building
The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of Manhattan in the Turtle Bayarea at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Standing at 319 meters (1,047 ft),[5][6] it was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. After the destruction of the World Trade Center, it was again the second-tallest building in New York City until December 2007, when the spire was raised on the 365.8-meter (1,200 ft) Bank of America Tower, pushing the Chrysler Building into third position. In addition, The New York Times Building, which opened in 2007, is exactly level with the Chrysler Building in height.[7]

The Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to beone of the finest buildings in New York City. In 2007, it was ranked ninth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.[8] It was the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation from 1930 until the mid-1950s, but, although the building was built and designed specifically for the car manufacturer, the corporation did not pay for the construction of it and never owned it, as Walter P. Chrysler decided to pay for it himself, so that his children could inherit it.[9]

Sarah Klein and Tom Mason - Sub Cities

A films by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason
Concept by Jennifer McClory

A series that explores that moment of uncertainty and magic that happens when you emerge from the depths of the subway system.

© Redglass Pictures 2011,


Music by Duke Ellington

"Three years ago in Paris I got out of a "metro" train at La Concorde, and saw suddenly a beautiful face... I could not find any words that seemed to me worthy, or as lovely as that sudden emotion." - Ezra Pound

New York City

Music by Erik Satie

Diller + Scofidio - Lincoln Center, New York / Alice Tully Hall

Alice Tully Hall  02.23.09 2102

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 16.3-acre (6.6 ha) complex of buildings in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of New York City's Upper West Side. Reynold Levy has been its president since 2002.

A consortium of civic leaders and others led by, and under the initiative of John D. Rockefeller III, built Lincoln Center as part of the "Lincoln Square Renewal Project" during Robert Moses's program of urban renewal in the 1950s and 1960s.[1] Seventeen blocks of ethnic tenement neighborhoods were demolished through eminent domain, forcing out 7,000 families.[2] Respected architects were contacted to design the major buildings on the site, and over the next thirty years the previously blighted area around Lincoln Center became a new cultural hub.[2] Rockefeller was Lincoln Center's inaugural president from 1956 and became its chairman in 1961. He is credited with raising more than half of the $184.5 million in private funds needed to build the complex, including drawing on his own funds; the Rockefeller Brothers Fund also contributed to the project.[1]

BIG – Mountain Dwelling, Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark


Mountain Dwellings (Danish: Bjerget) is an award-winning building in the Ørestad district of Copenhagen, Denmark, consisting of apartments above a multi-storey car park. The building is designed by Danish architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group. The apartments are scaling the diagonally sloping roof of the parking garage, from street level to 11th floor, creating an artificial, southfacing 'mountainside'. Each apartment has a "backyard" on the roof of the in-front, lower-level apartment. The resulting courtyard panthouses are an attempt to balance "the splendours of the suburbian backyard with the intensity of an urban lifestyle".[1] Throughout the building, it plays on a mountain metaphor as well as the clash between the urban vibe of the interior parking space as well as the surroundings and the peaceful and organic hillside

BIG + JSD – VM Housing, Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark


Ørestads Boulevard 57-59
2300 Copenhagen
The VM Houses, shaped like a V and an M when seen from above, is the first residential project to be built in Ørestad; a new quarter of Copenhagen. The characters represent PLOT’s vision of how to create the most light possible and a view for the most residents possible. The total project houses 41 shared-ownership flats and 180 owner-occupied apartments. To leave room for life around the buildings they lifted the V House on five meter high columns, opening the courtyard to the park area on the south side, and broke down the facades with niches and angles, creating a series of informal meeting places. Each apartment in the V Building has a tapering, triangular balcony with a panoramic south-facing view and rooms with up to five metres’ ceiling height. Instead of the usual high-rise apartments the units are designed as loft spaces, each different both in width and height, letting residents design their own individual apartments.

Asymptote - Hydra-Pier, Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands

Das pulsierende Wasser auf dem Glasdach, des von Asymptote gebauten HydraPier Pavillon, vermittelt einen Begriff unendlichen Strömens und Ineinandergreifens von Natur- und Kulturkräften. HydraPier, Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands 200205

Asymptote is a New York-based architectural office founded in 1989 by principals Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture.
Asymptote Architecture recently announced the opening of the Yas Marina Hotel, a 500 room Hotel complex in Abu Dhabi.The Yas Hotel is the world's first building designed specifically to span a Formula 1 race circuit. The opening coincided with the inaugural 2009 Formula 1 Ethiad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 1. Asymtptote's latest project 166 Perry Street, a luxury residential building on Manhattan's west side in the West Village, is near completion opening late January 2010. Other completed projects by Asymptote in recent years include the HydraPier Pavilion in the Netherlands and the American flagship stores for Carlos Miele and Alessi in New York City. The firm's current projects include a large-scale cultural, hotel and performing arts complex in Penang, Malaysia and a commission to build the World Business Center Busan in Busan, South Korea. The design for the World Business Center Busan consists of three separate, tapered towers "soaring" out of a single base and will, upon completion, be among the tallest buildings in Asia at 560m.
For nearly two decades Asymptote has produced experimental art installations and exhibition design work involving multi-media technologies for such venues as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. In 2000, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum commissioned Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture to design a Virtual Guggenheim Museum. In 2000 Hani Rashid co-represented the United States at the Seventh Venice Architecture Biennale, and in 2004 Rashid and Couture created the exhibition design for the Ninth Venice Architecture Biennale.
In 1992, Lise Anne Couture and Hani Rashid were asked by The New York Times to design a hypothetical building for Times Square.
In 2004, Rashid and Couture were presented with the Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and Art. Recently, Asymptote Architecture has secured second place in the 'Kaohsiung port terminal 2010' competition, featuring a sculptural design for the Kaohsiung port terminal in Taiwan.

Bertrand Goldberg Associates - Marine City, Chicago


Marina City is a mixed-use residential/commercial building complex occupying an entire city block on State Street in Chicago, Illinois. It lies on the north bank of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, directly across from the Loop district. The complex consists of two high rise corncob-shaped 65-story towers (including five-story elevator and physical plant penthouse), at 587-foot (179 m) tall. It also includes a saddle-shaped auditorium building, and a mid-rise hotel building, all contained on a raised platform adjacent to the river. Beneath the raised platform at river level is a small marina for pleasure craft, hence, giving the structures their name.

Future Systems - Metropolis project, Sluseholmen, Copenhagen


Future Systems was a London-based architectural and design practice, formerly headed by Directors Jan Kaplickýand Amanda Levete.

Future Systems was founded by Kaplický after working with Denys Lasdun, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, andRichard Rogers. The work of Future Systems can be classified within the British high-tech architects as either bionic architecture or amorphous, organic shapes sometimes referred to as "blobitecture". "Compared to his peers, Kaplicky was the avant-garde incarnate, relentlessly pursuing the new new thing, refusing to settle into some predictable, and comfortable, architectural niche."[1] Future Systems proposals adapted construction methods from other professions, including (most commonly) the curved monocoque shell structures found in aircraft design, car design and boat building.

In the 1990s the company moved from theoretical projects to fee-paying work with projects such as the "spacecraft-like"[2] Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground in London (completed 1999), and the Selfridges Building(completed 2003). For Lord's, Kaplicky received the Stirling Prize. The Selfridges department store is a prime example of the early 21st century movement referred to as "blobitecture", and has been compared to Peter Cook's Kunsthaus inGraz, Austria.

Antonio Gaudi – Casa Batllo, Barcelona


Antonio Gaudí (Riudoms or Reus, 25 June 1852 – Barcelona, 10 June 1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect and the best-known representative of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí's works are marked by a highly individual style and the vast majority of them are situated in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, including his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família.

Much of Gaudí's work was marked by the four passions of his life: architecture, nature, religion and his love for Catalonia. Gaudí meticulously studied every detail of his creations, integrating into his architecture a series of crafts, in which he himself was skilled, such as ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry. He also introduced new techniques in the treatment of the materials, such as his famous trencadís, made of waste ceramic pieces. After a few years under the influence of neo-Gothic art, and certain oriental tendencies, Gaudí became part of the Catalan Modernista movement which was then at its peak, towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. Gaudí's work, however, transcended mainstream Modernisme, culminating in an organic style that was inspired by nature without losing the influence of the experiences gained earlier in his career. Rarely did Gaudí draw detailed plans of his works and instead preferred to create them as three-dimensional scale models, moulding all details as he was conceiving them in his mind.

Gaudí’s work has widespread international appeal, and there are innumerable studies devoted to his way of understanding architecture. Today he is admired by both professionals and the general public: his masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, is one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Between 1984 and 2005 seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. He awakened to his Roman Catholic faith during his life and many religious images can be seen in his works, a fact which has led to his being nicknamed "God's Architect" and calls for him to be beatified.

BIG (Bjarke Ingels) - 8-Tallen, Ørestad, Copenhagen


Project details:
SIZE: 60,000 M2, 475 RESIDENCES
COST: €92,000,000

“8 House is a three-dimensional neighborhood rather than an architectural object. An alley of 150 row houses stretches through the entire block and twists all the way from street level to the top and down again. Where social life, the spontaneous encounter and neighbor interaction traditionally is restricted to the ground level, the 8 House allows it to expand all the way to the top.”
Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG

TED: Robert Hammond on The High Line

The post on High Line Park in New York City has been posted recently, and now Mr. Robert Hammond , the Co-founder of Friends of the High Line, talks on TED about this project. For folks from Serbia and Croatia there is a subtitle option (as for 26 other countries).

Also visit TED where you can find many interesting talks and lectures on various amazing topics:
TED: Ideas worth spreading

Amanda Levete Architects - 10 Hills Place, London

Amanda Levete
I like the work that Amanda Levete is doing with its retro futuristic touch. This building was built two years ago, near the Oxford Street in London and it is perfectly tapped into the narrow street. The sloped eye shaped windows provide as much light as possible and create signature facade.
‘The existing building was profoundly uninteresting,’ says Levete. While surrounded in her own office by evidence that profoundly uninteresting buildings can be transformed, Levete recalls that, at Hills Place, ‘it was hard to see at the outset how we could do anything because it was such a dog of a building – an unglamorous site that involved linking two buildings of differing periods and scales.’ The challenge, it seems, was more to do with addressing the relationship between the two structures and their relationship to a troublesome streetscape. Architects Journal

Rene van Zuuk - Arcam, Amsterdam

Prins Hendrikkade 600
1011 VX Amsterdam, Netherlands
020 6204878
ARCAM | architectuurcentrum amsterdam
Local Architecture Centre ARCAM is located in the heart of the city, on Prins Hendrikkade. It consists of a compact, sculptural structure whose three storeys are interconnected by voids. ARCAM’s office is situated on the top storey. At the level of Prins Hendrikkade are the exhibition space and the information point. The lowermost storey, on the water, is used for small-scale discussions, large meetings and for receiving school groups. The elevation on the waterside is entirely of glass. The building is clad with coated aluminium, folded over the roof, right down to the ground. An unusual feature is the sculptural form of the entrance on this side. The bottom floor, the “Lage Kade”, of the ARCAM building can be rented for commercial and cultural events. The space is available during the day and in the evening for meetings, book and product presentations, workshops, lectures and receptions. Moreover, the entire building can be used for photographic reports and filming.

René van Zuuk Architekten

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