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Alexis Dornier's cross-shaped house elevated on stilts to include continuous living space underneath

WA Contents • Nov 15, 2019 • 584

Alexis Dornier's cross-shaped house elevated on stilts to include continuous living space underneath

German architect Alexis Dornier has built a house, raised on stilts, to include a continuous living space and landscape underneath in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Called Butterfly House, the house aims to push boundaries between living and nature by proposing a radical and complex form that is shaped to experience the new ways of living with nature.

Located in a lush green of Ubud, Bali, the architect wanted in this house to design 4-bedroom units elevated from the ground on slender stilts.

Encompassing a total of 420-square-metre area, the plan of the house is a cross shape that is surrounded by a circle. The cross is the primary building component, where as the circle is the secondary. This circle holds programs such as t (...)

Nomade Architecture completes family house enveloped by white brick walls in Argentina

WA Contents • Nov 15, 2019 • 882

Nomade Architecture completes family house enveloped by white brick walls in Argentina

Nomade Architecture has completed a family house, wrapped by white brick walls which make a depth for the house and create a contrast with its surrounding.

The house, named FHC.283 House, is located in the Funes Hills Cadaques private neighborhood, a growing metropolitan area of the City of Rosario.

The office was commissioned to design a dwelling for a family, who have five members, the project brief included a large social space for common use and some denial to the west orientation.

The terrain is characterized by a predominant depth with respect to its width and the west orientation of its back facade, with the challenge that this implies from the climatic point of view.

Covering a total of 240-square-metre (...)

Here’s A Peek inside the New Bauhaus Museum at Dessau, Germany

Pappal Suneja • Nov 15, 2019 • 663

Here’s A Peek inside the New Bauhaus Museum at Dessau, Germany

Here is a quick visual tour of the newly inaugurated Bauhaus Museum, located in the city park in the center of Dessau by Pappal Suneja, Research Scholar at Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. The museum demarcates the centenary celebration (1919- 2019) of the founding of the Bauhaus.

Rudolf Marwitz Touchdrum, 1928

The museum was opened on 8th September 2019. It comprises of prized collection of around 49000 artifacts and is the second largest collection globally on the theme of the Bauhaus. The new museum has an exhibition space of 2,100 square meters and a total usable area of 3,500 square meters. The iconic building is designed by addenda architects (González Hinz Zabala) from Barcelona. The design was selected from 831 entries (...)

Luca Curci Architects proposes zero-energy city settled in the water which aims to reduce poverty

WA Contents • Nov 15, 2019 • 820

Luca Curci Architects proposes zero-energy city settled in the water which aims to reduce poverty

Italian Architecture firm Luca Curci Architects has unveiled its design for Vertical City, a project proposal for a vertical city-building of 25,000 people settled in the water.

Dubbed as Vertical City, the project aims to incorporate a number of renewable energy resources, such as wind, water turbines and solar panels into the structures, as well as energy storage solutions, water desalination.

Food production and farming, integrated into the plans, try to achieve a zero-waste policy with healthier life-style, and non-suburbs, which embraces less poverty-oriented approach.

"We will build a new way of living. More sustainable. With more interconnected communities programs. Deleting suburbs. Reducing poverty," said Arch (...)

Shortlisted Teams Announced for National Railway Museum Central Hall Design Competition

WA Contents • Nov 15, 2019 • 424

Shortlisted Teams Announced for National Railway Museum Central Hall Design Competition

The National Railway Museum and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) has announced the five teams shortlisted in the competition to design the museum’s new emblematic Central Hall, which forms part of the museum’s strategy to become the "world’s railway museum" by 2025.The shortlisted teams are: 6a architects (UK) and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (Belgium), Atelier d'Architecture Philippe Prost (France), Carmody Groarke (UK), Feilden Fowles (UK) and heneghan peng architects (Ireland). The 4,500-square-metre Central Hall will bridge the space between the National Railway Museum’s two main exhibition halls, integrating the museum estate for the first time in its history and creating an appealing and compelli (...)

Zhang Hua Architecture's fractal sculptural volumes for a gallery refer to spatial evolution process

WA Contents • Nov 15, 2019 • 585

Zhang Hua Architecture's fractal sculptural volumes for a gallery refer to spatial evolution process

Seven major sculptural volumes, made of clad-clad surfaces, form a gallery at the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tianjin University.

Designed by Chinese architecture studio Zhang Hua Architecture, the building is designed as a process of spatial evolution rather a result. Called Yu Qingcheng Gallery, the project was completed in 2016 in Tianjin, China.

Image © Zhang Hua

The building has a powerful architectural language that makes the structure difficult to read as a building at first sight. The project was modeled based on the principles of Yu Qingcheng, a world famous original clay sculpture artist - who is renowned in China and oversea, the unique style of the artist strikes out a new line for h (...)

T SAKHI Architects' interactive wall for Lebanese Pavilion addresses Lebanon's social barriers

WA Contents • Nov 15, 2019 • 437

T SAKHI Architects' interactive wall for Lebanese Pavilion addresses Lebanon's social barriers

Multidisciplinary architecture and design studio T SAKHI Architects has installed an interactive wall for the Lebanese Pavilion, addressing Lebanon's social barriers in recent years.

Named WAL(L)TZ, the wall has been installed to represent Lebanon as one of this fifth edition’s three national pavilions, as part of Dubai Design Week’s special project space Abwab, which is being held from 11 to 16 November 2019.

The pavilion, consisting of a 15-meter linear wall – features a porous surface that people engage with it. The installation is envisioned as a physical and psychological construct, addressing Lebanon’s socio-political climate in recent years.

Prompted to reflect on this year’s th (...)

MU Architecture releases Pekuliari tower that features irregularly-shaped exoskeleton in Quebec

WA Contents • Nov 15, 2019 • 535

MU Architecture releases Pekuliari tower that features irregularly-shaped exoskeleton in Quebec

Quebec-based architecture practice MU Architecture has unveiled design fo a residential tower in a vast forest of Quebec, taking cues from its natural surrounding and trying to connect a new relationship between humans and their natural habitat with its peculiar form.

Called Pekuliari, the 48-story tower aims to redefine the way of inhabiting and occupying one territory, the project announces a new relationship between humans and their natural habitat.

Diametrically opposed with the concept of urban sprawl, this impressive tower that stands in the heart of the vast forest of Quebec greatly diminishes its impact on nature and the destruction of more and more rural land. Straight out of the imagination, this iconic and enigmat (...)

HW Studio Arquitectos converts old wood drying oven into its own studio with all-white colour volume

WA Contents • Nov 15, 2019 • 469

HW Studio Arquitectos converts old wood drying oven into its own studio with all-white colour volume

Mexico and Valencia-based architecture practice HW Studio Arquitectos has transformed an old wood drying oven into its own architecture studio with all-white colour and simplistic volume in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.

Named Kaji or Fire Cradle, the 80-square-metre building is located at a site where the wood drying ovens of Señal furniture factory occupied - which was owned by Don Shoemaker, one of the most important Mexican furniture designers of the 20th century.

When the factory closed, the ovens remained abandoned and the studio thought it was a good idea to occupy and revamp them to develop its studio inside.

The space was divided into two areas, which HW Studio created a wide transition linking the t (...)

Architecture For People Event Series will be held between 18-22 November in İzmir

WA Contents • Nov 15, 2019 • 402

Architecture For People Event Series will be held between 18-22 November in İzmir

This year Building For Humanity (B4H) International Design Competition aims to address the notion of having architecture as a social and cultural facility, by seeking design ideas that would contribute towards the social inclusion and integration of Syrian war refugees in the Turkish border city of Reyhanlı.

Within the competition framework, Yaşar University, Faculty of Architecture will host a series of events - titled Architecture for People - including an exhibition, a series of panels, workshops and a colloquium which will be held at Yaşar University, Faculty of Architecture and İzmir Architecture Center between 18-22 November 2019.

Among the panelists, Professor Juhani Pallasmaa, who was prominent in the theory of archit (...)