Henry Ford Hospital Detroit 1959
Albert Kahn Associates
Stumbled across this in Simon Henley’s The Architecture of Parking, published in 2007 by Thames & Hudson. This could be the best parking structure I’ve ever seen, and a case study in how to do precast concrete.
San Juan Island, Washington USA
architect: Olsen Kundig Architects
A secure and unexpected retreat nestled into a rocky outcropping, the residence celebrates the materiality of its Pacific Northwest site and visually and physically merges with nature. … more
photos by Benjamin Benschneider
When Payette embarked on a master plan for the Aga Khan University Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2003, it was a unique opportunity to plan and design a new campus from scratch in the ex-urban desert outside Karachi, Pakistan. The scale of the project was daunting: 560 acres (by way of comparison, New York’s Central Park is 778 acres); about two million square feet in the first phase for 1,600 students; planned growth up to 12,000 students. The first thing we needed was an organizing principle.
This Seattle-based shop makes custom cabinetry, furniture, and millwork, all from Baltic birch plywood with exposed edge laminations, maple and walnut veneer faces, and judicious use of plastic laminate. Charles and Ray Eames would surely approve.
The joinery is simple and elegant, and the use of finger hold cutouts in lieu of hardware pulls is very smart and true to their commitment to the expressive potential of plywood. They opt for Blum Tandem undermount slides on drawers and Blum hinges on doors, showing a commitment to quality in the unseen (but certainly felt) aspects as well.
all photos from kerf
Places Out of Order series, 2013
Yiannis Krikis, of Thessaloniki, is an extremely talented photographer with a prolific presence on Tumblr. This particular series stands out for its irony, wit, and a tinge of sadness, especially considering the economic backdrop in Greece. But he brings a touch of playful humor as well: some of these photos read like snapshots from a dystopian holiday with abandoned artifacts standing in for friends or family, who sometimes pose for the camera or are captured as candids. The discipline and rigor of the format and composition makes each image strong in its own right; taken together, they form a very compelling series.
photos by Yiannis Krikis
architect: Trace Architecture Office Beijing (2012)
architecture as viewing apparatus:
The pavilion is located in woods on the hill of TashanPark in Weihai, a coastline city in Shandong. To protect the trees in site and offer the view to major sights of city, the building is conceived as a merged volume with three viewing tubes like tree branches orientating to different axis. Half buried and half cantilevered, the building provides to the visitor different experience on two levels: walking down half level, one will enter the inside of teahouse and gallery space with framed views to various scenery; walking up through the preserved trees in landscape to the roof terrace, one will enjoy a unfolded breathtaking panoramic view to the ocean on this viewing platform.
photographer: Yao Li
Ninth in a series to showcase the 2013 cycle of shortlisted projects from what is arguably the most rigorous and thoughtful architectural award program in the world, encompassing design excellence, historic preservation and rehabilitation, and socioeconomic dimensions; focused on results, eschewing the cult of the hero-architect.
Museum of Handcraft Paper Gaoligong, Yunnan Province, China (2010)
Architect: Trace Architecture Office, Beijing
Description (from the AKAA):
The Museum is located close to a village at the foot of Gaoligong Mountain, in the province of Yunnan, an area of significant Muslim presence. It provides exhibition space for ancient paper craft and artefacts produced locally. Six galleries clustered around a courtyard form a micro-village. The exhibition is extended through displays of paper-craft in the village. Texture is articulated through local materials, formal expression and visual connection with the landscape. The spatial experience of the village is consolidated within the museum. Interior spaces alternate between galleries and views beyond. Accommodation on upper levels includes offices, tea and guest rooms. Local timber, bamboo, handcrafted paper, low energy-consuming and decomposable natural materials are used.
Image credits: all images copyright Aga Khan Award for Architecture; photos 1 and 2 by Shu He; axonometric courtesy of the architect
design architect: The Manser Practice
architect-of-record: IPA Architects
Completed in 2002 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and known locally as Umoja House, this 70,000 SF building houses consulate offices for Germany, the Netherlands, and the European Union, and the British High Commission.
The quality of concrete work in Dar is astonishingly good, and the build quality of this project overall is impressive. Holding up very well after 10+ years.
Will post my pictures separately … well, maybe not, as they’re not very good. Only managed to get 1-2 shots before being chased away by security goons.
photos courtesy Guy Barlow, The Manser Practice
source: all images from Nigel Peake
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