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* Residential Architecture: X House by Cadaval & Solà-Morales

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 24 February 2013

X House by Cadaval & Solà-Morales

Residential Architecture: X House by Cadaval & Solà-Morales: “..This X-shaped house by architects Cadaval & Sola-Morales hangs over the edge of a hillside on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain..Aptly named X House, the two-storey residence is based on a simple rectilinear form but features four triangular recesses that create the X-shaped plan. One of these recesses allows the structure to avoid a nearby tree, while two others provide windows that avoid overlooking neighbouring houses and the fourth lengthens the glazed facade to offer a wider view of the surrounding landscape..”The form is not a priori, but an effort to give a unitary response that satisfies each of the questions that rose up in the design process,” explains Cadaval & Solà-Morales..The walls without glazing appear as solid, undecorated concrete and were set using a single-sided formwork. “[The house] accumulates in its skin the diverse and continuous knowledge acquired within the process of construction,” say the architects..Residents enter the house on the top floor by following a staircase around the edge of the pine tree and locating a door that is two metres below street level, alongside a garage for parking two cars..A bedroom, bathroom and study occupy two arms of the cross on this floor and overlook a double-height living room on the storey below..Downstairs, the living room and kitchen wrap around the facade to offer views out across over the hillside..”X House uses form to qualify spaces of very different nature and provide them with an individual character, always incorporating landscape as a main actor,” add the architects..”  Extensive glazing, natural light, views; very interesting form, interior volumes, contextuality on a steep site; roof terrace; very good photos, some by the excellent photographer Iwan Baan, in a 20-image slideshow accompanying the original article.

image: Sandra Pereznieto; article: Dezeen

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* Architecture: Key projects by Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil photographed by Pedro Kok

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 9 December 2012

Key projects by Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil photographed by Pedro Kok

Architecture:  Key projects by Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil photographed by Pedro Kok: “..here’s a look back at some of his best-known projects from around São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, documented by Brazilian photographer Pedro Kok..”  Article includes a 22-image slideshow..

image: © Pedro Kok; article: Dezeen

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* Architecture + Photography: New York After the Storm by Iwan Baan

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Architecture + Photography:  New York After the Storm by Iwan Baan: “..this set of images by Dutch architectural photographer Iwan Baan shows the scene in New York over the past week as the city recovers from the effects of Hurricane Sandy that swept across Manhattan last Monday, cutting the electricity and flooding the streets and subways..Iwan Baan also photographed the city from the air, creating a striking photograph that made the cover of New York Magazine..The image shows part of the city in darkness, while the rest is is filled with light and colour. “It was the only way to show that New York was two cities, almost,” Baan told Poynter magazine. “One was almost like a third world country where everything was becoming scarce. Everything was complicated. And then another was a completely vibrant, alive New York.”..A week later the city is now getting back to normal, with power mostly restored, schools reopening and subways running again..Earlier this year Iwan Baan photographed a vertical slum in Venezuela for an exhibition that won the Golden Lion for best project at the Venice Architecture Biennale..”   Excellent, as are most of Iwan Baan’s photos..  Original article includes a 21-image slideshow..

See some of our posts with photos by Iwan Baan:

image: Iwan Baan; article: Dezeen

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* Architecture: Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects

Posted by the editors on Friday, 2 November 2012

Architecture: Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects: “..The Galaxy SOHO project in central Beijing for SOHO China is a 330 000m2 office, retail and entertainment complex that will become an integral part of the living city, inspired by the grand scale of Beijing. Its architecture is a composition of five continuous, flowing volumes that are set apart, fused or linked by stretched bridges. These volumes adapt to each other in all directions, generating a panoramic architecture without corners or abrupt transitions that break the fluidity of its formal composition..The great interior courts of the project are a reflection of traditional Chinese architecture where courtyards create an internal world of continuous open spaces. Here, the architecture is no longer composed of rigid blocks, but instead comprised of volumes which coalesce to create a world of continuous mutual adaptation and fluid movement between each building. Shifting plateaus within the design impact upon each other to generate a deep sense of immersion and envelopment. As users enter deeper into the building, they discover intimate spaces that follow the same coherent formal logic of continuous curvilinearity .The lower three levels of Galaxy SOHO house public facilities for retail and entertainment. The levels immediately above provide work spaces for clusters of innovative businesses. The top of the building is dedicated to bars, restaurants and cafés that offer views along one of the greatest avenues of the city. These different functions are interconnected through intimate interiors that are always linked with the city, helping to establish Galaxy SOHO as a major urban landmark for Beijing..”  Excellent photos by the incomparable Iwan Baan..

See our posts on some other work by Zaha Hadid Architects:

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image: © Iwan Baan, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects; article: Saieh , Nico . “Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects” 29 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/287571&gt;

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