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.

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