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

TEN Arquitectos – Mercedes House, Clinton Park, NYC


Architects: TEN Arquitectos
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA

I was very thrilled when I saw the design of this building earlier, as it is very simple in concept and does so much. With the glimpse of BIG mega multiplied  terraces, it never loses the shape of the classical urban block.

Bellow are some data from Archdaily:

Located at the Western edge of Midtown Manhattan, the Mercedes House mixed-use development occupies more than half of a city block, comprising a total of 1.3 million square feet of commercial and residential programs. The building integrates multiple commercial uses at the base and provides 27 floors of housing above. The base building will include a 55,000 square-foot auto showroom fronting 11th Avenue with 275,000 square feet of service floors below grade, a 37,000 square foot space for community use and retail, a smaller retail space, a 28,000 square foot health club and 200 parking spaces.

Claude Lelouch - C'était un Rendezvous

Directed byClaude Lelouch
Written byClaude Lelouch
Music bySound of revving car
Distributed bySpirit Level Film (DVD)
Release date(s)1976
Running time8 min 38 seconds

The film shows an eight-minute drive through Paris in the early hours of the morning (05:30hrs), accompanied by sounds of a high-reving engine, gear changes and squealing tires. It starts in a tunnel of the Paris Périphérique at Porte Dauphine, with an onboard view from an unseen car exiting up on a ramp (and from there following this route) to Avenue Foch. Well-known landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra Garnier, and Place de la Concorde with its obelisk are passed, as well as the Champs-Élysées. Pedestrians are passed, pigeons sitting on the streets are scattered, red lights are ignored, one-way streets are driven up the wrong way, center lines are crossed, the car drives on the sidewalk to avoid a rubbish truck. The car is never seen as the camera seems to be attached below the front bumper (judging from the relative positions of other cars, the visible headlight beam and the final shot when the car is parked in front of a curb on Montmartre, with the famous Sacré Cœur Basilica behind, and out of shot). Here, the driver gets out and embraces a young blonde woman as bells ring in the background, with the famous backdrop of Paris.


Ivan Leonidov

Commisariat for Heavy Industry in Red Square, Moscow 

Ivan Leonidov lived from 1902 to 1959. He was a constructivist architect, but also a painter, urban planner and a dreamer. From all of his works he only was able to build this staircase on a hillside in Kislovodsk.

“It is sad that the vast majority of sketchbook plans and competition entries reproduced in this album were never built. Ivan Leonidov was surely one of the most innovative and humanistic architects to come out of early Russian modernism. His Constructivist-inspired projects embody the same revolutionary spirit as Vladimir Tatlin’s celebrated 1919 tower. In his later buildings, medieval Russian motifs mingle with pyramids, amphitheaters, pagodas, to reflect his love of Eastern and classical cultures. Many of his visions were quixotichis United Nations headquarters, for example, or the Island of Flowers park in the Dnepr Riverbut all are inspirational. Vilified in the 1930s, Leonidov has lately undergone a “rehabilitation” in the Soviet Union.”

From the review of the book Ivan Leonidov


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