a problem with most new construction in the residential high-rise segment is everything sort of looks the same, nothing really distinctive and unique. another irrational feature of new is the bedrooms are so small, quite out of scale with the rest of the unit and if you have a king-size bed your only hope is a big walk-in closet. chicago now offers an exception within the newly converted chicago tribune tower, a gothic masterpiece of a building. the tower was originally designed for commercial office space but has been repurposed into unrivaled residences and public spaces. below are a few examples.
for those who’s only option in a lockdown world is to close their eyes and find that happy place london design firm child studio and sustainable british skincare brand plenaire have created a lockdown project alternative: a virtual world imaginary hideaway casa plenaire.
meaning ‘in the open air’, plenaire puts an emphasis on emotional wellbeing and self-care. ‘casa plenaire is designed to evoke the memories of a perfect holiday’ – commented che huang and alexy kos, the founders of child studio. “we were interested to explore how architects and designers can collaborate with like-minded brands beyond the limits of the physical world. casa plenaire is an attempt to present our shared inspiration, values, and vision.”
the design brief — using 3D rendering software, the collage-like environment balances a sense of realism and playful illusion. the undulating architecture flows freely from indoor to outdoor, taking cues from the archetypal villas of balearic islands and santorini houses, as well as the experimental modernist architecture of eero saarinen. sculptural interiors follow the daily rituals of a ‘plenaire girl’, within the subtly defined zones of the lounge, terrace, bedroom and the sculptural circular pool.
the house is furnished with iconic mid-century pieces by pierre paulin, eero aarnio, and greta von nessen, complemented with a quirky mix of nostalgic memorabilia, such as pottery, exotic seashells, books, and flowers. the meditative atmosphere is reflected in the muted sandy palette, set against the dazzling blue sky.
studio child and plenaire were working on the brand’s forthcoming london showroom interiors before everything went into lockdown. as the real world began to shutdown they conceived a fanciful world which would be shared on instagram. brilliant and appreciative of a virtual recess.
geometry of light is a three-night light and sound art installation in the iconic farnsworth house, designed by mies van der rohe and lilly reich, and on the surrounding land, in plano, illinois. completed in 1951 and opened to the public in 2004,
the art installation will coincide with the third edition of the chicago architecture biennial. both vip and general entry tickets are already available for purchase. geometry of light will run each evening from 7 pm until 10 pm. presented in concert with a sound-piece developed in direct response to the site by oriol tarragó, this intervention will reveal underlying geometries that relate the house to its river floodplain site, topography, and natural landscape.
[ tickets ]
friday, 11 october 2019 (vip)
7:00 pm | $75 | virtue cider, hors d’oeuvres, & shuttle service to/from aurora metra station included in ticket price. event also features a conversation between zoë ryan, john h. bryan chair and curator of architecture and design at the art institute of chicago, artists petra bachmaier and sean gallero, and architect iker gil.
saturday, 12 october 2019
7:00 pm | $35 | shuttle service to/from aurora metra station available for additional fee
sunday, 13 october 2019
7:00 pm | $35 | shuttle service to/from aurora metra station available for additional fee
the farnsworth house was the weekend home of chicago research physician dr. edith farnsworth. this outdoor intervention will uncover the forgotten history of the site and remnants of earlier landscape by revealing the underlying geometries that relate the world-renowned house to its river floodplain, site topography, and key trees that no longer exist.
geometry of light premiered this past february at the german pavilion in barcelona designed by mies van der rohe and lilly reich. the installation was presented as part of the fundació mies van der rohe’s ongoing program of artistic interventions also corresponding with the llum bcn festival and the santa eulàlia festival.
geometry of light is part of the year of german-american friendship 2018|19 initiated by the german federal foreign office, the goethe-institut, and is supported by the federation of german industries (bdi). this project is generously supported by the graham foundation for advanced studies in the fine arts and bosch power tools – north america. additional support provided by chuck thurow, virtue cider, and many individual donors.
above > tirpitz / blåvand, denmark / big – bjarke ingels group / courtesy > laurian ghinitoiu
a biennial selection featuring some of the world’s best new—or recently completed—buildings, the riba international list 2018 comprises 62 individual buildings drawn from 29 countries. this list will get narrowed down to just four by a grand jury. across nine categories of buildings embracing public and private offices, places of worship, private homes and museums, apartment blocks, assembly plants, buildings responding to conflict and natural disasters, and new architectural landscapes.
the riba international list 2018 features 62 exceptional buildings from more than 28 countries: from a tranquil chapel wrapped within a forest canopy (sayama forest chapel japan) below>
to the bold re-imagining of a grain factory into a new contemporary art museum (zeitz mocaa, africa) below>
from a unesco world heritage site (wadden sea centre, denmark) below>
to a post-earthquake reconstruction project (guangming village, china) below>
the winners will be announced in december 2018. #RIBAIntPrize
[freelandbuck ] has recently completed an 8,000-square-foot office interior for [ hungry man productions ] headquarters in los angeles. asked to rethink the organization of the office, the project aims to match the light-heartedness of hungry man’s identity with a series of tumbled cubicles that playfully challenge the regularity of the typical office space. loosely organized across the large open floor area, the informal arrangement of office spaces creates a diversity of stable and flexible working configurations.
feigning randomness, the cubicles are calibrated to support specific relationships between staff while leaving adjacent breakout spaces open and flexible. in addition, cubicle boxes pile up to make visually prominent display and projection areas that take full advantage of the generous ceiling height of the warehouse shell.
the tumbling cubes are reproduced graphically in the finish treatment of surfaces with cnc-milled mdf and painted details. from specific points of view, these articulated surfaces create spatial illusions and a lively, dynamic work atmosphere. the linework of the paneling reflects and augments the corrugated metal cladding of the existing steel-frame warehouse.
the design team for hungry man productions is david freeland, brennan buck, taka tachibe, belinda lee, and alex kim.
[freelandbuck ] is a los angeles and new york city-based architectural office led by david freeland and brennan buck. established in 2009, the office makes buildings, spaces, and objects that open multiple modes of engagement through layers of meaning, illusion and visual effect.
drawing, as both design method and autonomous form of representation, is central to the firm’s work, producing visual richness, intricate spatial sequences, and cultural reference. with each project, freelandbuck aims to form distinct spaces with an inherent connection to the activity around them that contribute to a more stimulating, aesthetically engaging, and challenging world.
freelandbuck was named a finalist for the 2018 moma ps1 young architect’s program, a member of architectural record’s 2017 design vanguard, and a winner of the 2017 aia la next la award for their project, second house. other recent projects include parallax gap, an installation for the smithsonian american art museum and the los angeles headquarters of hungry man productions, among other residential, commercial, and cultural commissions. david freeland teaches at sci-arc and brennan buck at the yale school of architecture.
above > drone view of nearly completed site taken august 2017 / courtesy lego / lego house opens september 2017
below > narrative from big website
type > competition
client > lego
size > 39, 370 sqft / 12,000 m2
location > billund denmark
status > completed 2017
“lego house is a literal manifestation of the infinite possibilities of the lego brick. through systematic creativity children of all ages are empowered witht the toools to create their own worlds and to inhabit them through play.
at its finest – that is what architecture – and lego play – is all about: enabling people to imagine new worlds that are more exciting and expressive than the status quo – and to provide them with the skills to make them reality. this is what children do every day with lego bricks = and this is what we have done today at lego house with actual bricks, taking billund a step closer towards becoming the capital of children.” bjarke ingels
the 23 m tall lego house is conceived as an urban space as much as an experience center. 21 overlapping blocks are placed like individual buildings, framing a 2,000 m2 lego square that is illuminated through cracks and gaps between volumes. above the square, a cluster of galleries overlap to create a continuous sequence of exhibitions. each gallery is color-coded in lego’s primary colors.
the first and second floors include four play zones that represent: red is creative, blue is cognitive, green is social, and yellow is emotional. some of the rooftops can be accessed via pixelated public staircases that double as informal auditoria for people watching or seating for performances.
the vault – located underneath lego square – is where children and afols (adult fans of lego) can witness the first edition of almost every lego set ever made, including the new 774-piece, 197-step kit replicating the stacked-block formation of the lego house.
mondrian doha is different. less a hotel and more a fairytale. doha is miami’s delano by philippe starck on steroids. wanders has a unique relationship with a stable of designers via their relationship with his furniture showrooms moooi. various moooi objects are sprinkled throughout the project.
above > architecture by south west architecture below > interiors by marcel wanders / interior images courtesy of marcel wanders