Jens Risom’s prefab getaway on Block Island is one of my favorite examples of modernist architecture of all time. I previously posted about it several months here on campsite. When I originally posted it there were only two quality photos I could find, but I have discovered several more great photos in addition to the video tour by Gary Nadeau after the jump.
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Channeling some strong elements of local building vernacular the Bowali Visitors Center was designed by Glenn Murcutt. It is located in the Kakadu National Park in Northern Australia. Murcutt is known for the simple construction of his designs and both referencing and utilizing industrial building materials.
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Most talented architectural photographers are capable of capturing the most general aspects and characteristics of a building. Julius Shulman was able to delve deeper into elements of the constructed world and expose their essence. A feat few others have been able to replicate and many continue to chase. With all of that on the table, maybe photography isn’t the perfect medium for viewing architecture that we can’t experience firsthand? Shulman’s images turned homes into poetry and public works buildings into crafted pros. But to truly experience a building we need to see how it feels surrounding you and how it feels to navigate the space. The tactile nature of the fixtures and the mechanism that powers windows and doors.
This beautifully shot video for a recently completed project by S-AR walks the viewer through the house and through the point of view perspective gives the viewer a fulfilling tour of building. Casa 2G is a minimal modern structure with many unique elements, objects, and features which truly could not be communicated through traditional photography. The combination of moving image and sound gives the building a voice, and allows it to tell it’s story.
In a time when ecotourism is on the rise, boutique hotels are popping up almost underfoot, and concept resorts are a dime a dozen. Fabriken Furillen is a “post apocalyptic getaway” with some serious originality. Located in Gotland, Sweden out on a peninsula the hotel is a mix of post industrial landscape and architecture blended with minimalist modern design. A forward thinking experiment into what the modern landscape may look like in the post apocalyptic world.
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Building a home on or by the beach of course presents a different series of problems. This simple concrete box has a modern and minimalist interior, but it is slightly more than meets the eye. The large front and rear glass walls which open up to the elements. These openings are surrounded by small eye hooks which can be used to affix mesh sheeting to protect the house from the rain, wind and flooding in a storm. Completed in 2012, villa921 was designed by Harunatsu Archi.
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Of course with its vast wilderness and unending natural beauty the Northwest is one of the greatest places to live and carve out a little spot of your own. Puget Sound holds many perfect little homesteads of that variety, but I recently came across one specific one which really grabbed me. Tucked up on a ridge above shore in the Case Inlet house is at one with it’s surroundings while still offering a cozy modern feel. The house was designed by MW Works whose aesthetic and approach some very interesting elements of rustic natural and industrial materials.
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Swiss studio Allegory(léonard de rham + albert schrurs) created this awesome storefront window installation. The twisted and criss crossing strings are an attract depiction of the urban and architectural typology. Personally I find them to be reminiscent of the interaction between people and the environment, in context of this being mainly related to architecture and the constructed world.
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A little more futuristic and stark then I usually like, the Taylor House designed by Paul Archer Design is a great minimalist dwelling. Originally a classic Victorian public house the architects only left the front and one side wall opening up the ground floor and basement to an amazing courtyard.
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I am continually impressed with New York City and their green space development projects, especially under Mayor Bloomberg’s direction. The newly opened FDR Four Freedoms Park is another great accomplishment right up there with the re-imagined Brooklyn Bridge Park, The High Line and the revitalization of the Hudson River Park. The park was designed by Louis Kahn and is located on a triangular point of land at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. The park opens to the public October 24th and if you are interested in reading more about the project check out the article over on NY Times.
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MIT is known for being at the forefront of technology in math, sciences, engineering, architecture among other fields. This video shows some students and faculty explaining some of their current work and experiments, which certainly support my previous statement. Many of the experiments include technologies and processes not yet in use by the building industry. All with the ever present goal of changing and advancing how architecture and the built world are conceived, manufactured, fabricated, constructed or interacted with. The video was created by Boston area Paper Fortress.
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After the success of The High Line it seems like The City of New York is up to try and make some of the most out there public space and park projects happen. In this case it happens to be the LowLine(giving a nod to its above ground compatriot in Chelsea). An old warehouse in the Lower East Side is currently open to the public as a proof of concept for a new type of underground park and green space. The project has successfully raised over 100K on Kickstarter this year and has the support of many local officials and politicians. My favorite part of this idea and the project in general has to be the technology behind it. To create a naturally sun drenched park underground is of course by no means impossible, but it does take some serious engineering feats. Here they have utilized six tubes or collimators, which are controlled by a computer and GPS system to follow the movement of the sun and channel the greatest amount of light into the underground space during all times of the day. Once the light has made it below the surface and into the space it is reflected by a series of lenses and the anodized aluminum parabolic curve diffuses the light.
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The Glass/Wood House was originally designed by John Black Lee as his personal residence completed in the 1950s. The current owners purchased the property in 1990 and commissioned Kengo Kuma & Associates to do some additions and renovations to the property. Toshiko Mori of KK&A is known for his controlled and appropriate work on designs by some of the modernist greats.
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A simple cabin like this overlooking a Swiss meadow seems to be as idyllic as possible. This two story dwelling is perched atop 4 concrete pillars and the wood facade is made entirely of fir. This small weekend getaway was commissioned by architect Roberto Briccola.
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This minimalist single volume home design by Tezuka Architects uses a giant step two divide the living area from the more private lofted sleeping space. Aptly dubbed the Step House both the upper and lower sections of the house open up fully to outdoors and nature. With massive glass sliding panels you can easily expand the living area to include the large deck jutting off the house and the rest of the yard. The work of TA is always extremely thoughtful and has a unique approach that I really enjoy, you can view some other work of theres posted on campsite here.
Opened the first of June this year Blaxland Riverside Park is a massive playground and play space in the Sydney Olympic Park. Designed by JMD Design this playground has some of the most amazing features ever. Some of my favorites include the massive net, the grassy hills with the rock climbing holds, and the tunnel slides that cut through the hillside.
The designs of Kengo Kuma and Associates have a certain communication or connection with the natural environment. They unobtrusively became a part of their surroundings as much as a new sapling or patch of tall grass. Y Hutte in Eastern Japan illustrates this approach while also showing their unwillingness to use ornate or superfluous forms or finishing techniques. Simplicity in form and construction makes this small cabin a wonderful living space.
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Growing up skateboarding Janne Sarrio was a hero of mine. His impact on the progression of skateboarding is undeniable. His passion for skateboarding is spoken of more as artistic expression than of a competitive or athletic one. Riding around the world touching its surfaces and learning how to move through it pushed him towards his transition or “Second Nature”. From rider to creator, artist, architect and engineer. Element created this film which I think successfully captures how Sarrio has shifted his medium, but his passion and artistic drive have remained.
The Edge Prefab House consists of a single volume, a narrow box with high ceilings. The interior is centralized around an open full height living area and kitchen. On either end the is a raised loft which is occupied by an office or master bedroom respectively. The space created beneath the lofted sections is used for several uses including housing the bathroom, a guest bedroom, storage and the utilities of the house. My favorite part of both prefab architecture and the design of small living spaces is the necessity to pare everything down to the bare essentials both in fixtures and square footage. Designed by Revelations Architecture this small prefab living space truly demonstrates how living smaller can still be as beautiful as having a 5000 square foot monstrosity. In many cases more beautiful.
Towards the end of the summer the heat always starts to wear on me and I start dreaming of winter, snow, and places like this. Summit Shelter designed by Tilla Theus is perched atop Weisshorn Arosa a pristine and beautiful mountain in Southern Switzerland. The modern structure is clad in sleek geometric metal siding, and panoramic windows offering 360 degree views.
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Constructed in 1996 Kern House was designed by Austrian architects Baumschlager Eberle. The exterior lattice structure provides a certain level privacy while letting in the maximum amount of light. The second story also provides a nice vantage point over the beautiful green surroundings.
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