Posts Tagged ‘architect

28
Jan
11

Philippe Rahm : Typologies (Architecture)

Conduction
“The Hot Death”
Paris, France
2006

Digestion
“Fermented Movies”
Berlin, Germany
2009

Conduction
“The Hot Death”
Paris, France
2006

Digestion
“Fermented Movies”
Berlin, Germany
2009

Conduction
“The Hot Death”
Paris, France
2006

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Philippe Rahm : Conduction Project : The Hot Death

Philippe Rahm : Digestion Project : Fermented Movies

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TOWARDS A METEOROLOGICAL ARCHITECTURE
by Philippe Rahm

The building industry is one of the main culprits in global warming because the burning of fossil fuels to heat or cool dwellings is the source of nearly 50% of greenhouse gas emissions. Following some resistance and procrastination the whole industry is now mobilised in favour of sustainable development and arguing for improved heat insulation on outside walls, the use of renewable energies, consideration for the whole life cycle of materials and more compact building designs.

It is clear that these steps all have a definite objective, which is to combat global warming by reducing CO2 emissions. But over and above that goal, beyond such socially responsible and ecological objectives, might not climate be a new architectural language, a language for architecture rethought with meteorology in mind? Might it be possible to imagine climatic phenomena such as convection, conduction or evaporation for example as new tools for architectural composition? Could vapour, heat or light become the new bricks of contemporary construction?

Climate change is forcing us to rethink architecture radically, to shift our focus away from a purel visual and functional approach towards one that is more sensitive, more attentive to the invisible, climate-related aspects of space. Slipping from the solid to the void, from the visible to the invisible, from metric composition to thermal composition, architecture as meteorology opens up additional, more sensual, more variable dimensions in which limits fade away and solids evaporate. The task is no longer to build images and functions but to open up climates and interpretations.

At the large scale, meteorological architecture explores the atmospheric and poetic potential of new construction techniques for ventilation, heating, dual-flow air renewal and insulation. At the microscopic level, it plumbs novel domains of perception through skin contact, smell and hormones. Between the infinitely small of the physiological and the infinitely vast of the meteorological, architecture must build sensual exchanges between body and space and invent new aesthetic and philosophical approaches capable of making long-term changes to the form and the way we will inhabit buildings tomorrow.

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Philippe Rahm Interview : Archinect Part 1

Philippe Rahm Interview : Archinect Part 2

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Radiation : Conduction : Convection : Pressure : Evaporation : Digestion

31
Jul
10

Amanda Levete Architects : Corian Super-Surfaces

Award-winning architect Amanda Levete, together with directors Alvin Huang, Kwamina Monney and Ho-Yin Ng formed Amanda Levete Architects on a strong foundation of established and new projects with a reputation for work of originality and integrity. The ethos of the office is rooted in design research and a commitment to exploring the transformative potential of space. Developments in digital fabrication have allowed the office to challenge conventional notions of form and space alongside the continued value placed on hand-drawings and hand-crafted models. The team’s collaborative approach to the design process extends clients’ ambitions for their projects and produces groundbreaking work. As an extension of its design research agenda, the office uses the design of furniture and objects to explore architectural ideas and test material possibilities at a smaller, more intimate scale and collaborates with materials manufacturers to push the boundaries of their fabrication techniques.

Designer : Amanda Levete Architects
Fabricator : DuPont : Corian Super Surfaces
Milan Design Week April 2009

Designer : Amanda Levete Architects
Fabricator : DuPont : Corian Super Surfaces
Milan Design Week April 2009

Designer : Amanda Levete Architects
Fabricator : DuPont : Corian Super Surfaces
Milan Design Week April 2009

Designer : Amanda Levete Architects
Fabricator : DuPont : Corian Super Surfaces
Milan Design Week April 2009

Designer : Amanda Levete Architects
Fabricator : DuPont : Corian Super Surfaces
Milan Design Week April 2009

Designer : Amanda Levete Architects
Fabricator : DuPont : Corian Super Surfaces
Milan Design Week April 2009

More than just an expression of the material, the surface transformations push the technical possibilities of DuPont™ Corian® by exploiting its pliability and using the twisted geometry of the sheets to bring structural integrity. Advanced digital technology was used as part of the process for generating the design as well as for the fabrication of the installation. The lighting is designed to emphasise both the voids and the visual movement of the piece.

The lounge is a loosely defined architectural concept about a space that is animated by the movement of people in transit. A drop of water creating a series of ripples became our metaphor for transforming space through movement. Just as the ripple causes intricate moiré patterns in water, the Corian lounge installation is about revealing the moment of change through visual complexity. With the repetition of identical elements that have been physically transformed, a frozen moment is captured through a sequence of dynamic surfaces creating kinetic visual effects.

Amanda Levete Architects Portfolio

31
Jul
10

Jan Kaplický : Antonín Dvořák Congress and Concert Hall Centre

When Jan Kaplický gave a lecture in Prague several years ago, he enumerated ten guiding principles of his work. They are as follows: freedom, creativity, people, beauty, elegance, plasticity, sensuality, color, innovation, and inspiration.

Design for a proposed Antonín Dvořák Congress and Concert Hall Centre
in České Budějovice

Design for a proposed Antonín Dvořák Congress and Concert Hall Centre
in České Budějovice

Design for a proposed Antonín Dvořák Congress and Concert Hall Centre
in České Budějovice

Design for a proposed Antonín Dvořák Congress and Concert Hall Centre
in České Budějovice

Design for a proposed Antonín Dvořák Congress and Concert Hall Centre
(Main Hall)
in České Budějovice

Design for a proposed Antonín Dvořák Congress and Concert Hall Centre
(Isometric View)
in České Budějovice

‘Just out side of Prague in the town of Ceske Budejovice a new Concert and Congress Centre has been designed by the Future Systems team headed by Jan Kaplicky. The new centre is named after one of the Czech Republic’s most famous composers Antonin Dvorak, and is to be built on an old military site, showing the Czech commitment to a cultural agenda.

The unique design will be the centrepiece for a new development and will encompass both cultural and commercial spaces. The cultural space and grand entrance is a wonderfully light and open space constituted from restaurant areas, café lounges, dancing floors and the music halls. The two concert halls, seating a 1000 people in the philharmonic music hall and 400 in the chamber music hall, are of a completely new breed in musical design. They display large and elegant rear windows behind the musicians that are carved out to allow for spectacular views in to the park behind the building. Each hall is formed of sensual free form curves that manage to combine aesthetic beauty with outstanding acoustic quality that is only enhanced by the ‘eye’ window concept.

As the home of the Ceske Budejovice philharmonic orchestra the design will achieve an exquisite blend between culture and music with the utmost sensitivity and understanding of every user and does so while maintaining a thrilling narrative, as is true of all one of Future Systems projects. ‘ [Extract : Future Systems]

Future Systems Website

12
Jul
10

Tony Smith : Sculptor

Tony Smith : Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
Installation View : Matthew Marks Gallery
2008

Tony Smith : Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
Installation View : Matthew Marks Gallery
2008

Tony Smith : Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
Installation View : Matthew Marks Gallery
2008

Tony Smith : Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
Installation View : Matthew Marks Gallery
2008

Tony Smith : Marriage, Night, We Lost
Installation View : Matthew Marks Gallery
2006

Tony Smith : For Series
Installation View : Matthew Marks Gallery
2002

Tony Smith : For Series
Installation View : Matthew Marks Gallery
2002

Tony Smith (born 1912) made more than 50 large-scale sculptures between 1960 and his death in 1980. Their distinct black finish and geometric forms represent one of the supreme achievements in American sculpture, and his unique vision has proven enormously influential on subsequent generations. A contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists, many of whom were his close friends, Smith studied architecture, then began painting in the 1930s before turning to architecture full-time in the 1940s to support his family. It was not until the late 1950s that he began to make sculpture, and he had his first one-person exhibition in 1964. Two years later Smith was included in Primary Structures, one of the most important exhibitions of the 1960s, at The Jewish Museum, New York. [Extract : Matthew Marks Gallery]

Tony Smith : Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

Tony Smith : Marriage, Night, We Lost

Tony Smith : For Series




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