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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 + Design: Dignifying Design

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 7 October 2012

Architecture + Design: Dignifying Design: “..(A) new breed of public-interest designers proceeds from a belief that everybody deserves good design, whether in a prescription bottle label that people can more easily read and understand, a beautiful pocket park to help a city breathe or a less stressful intake experience at the emergency room. Dignity may be to the burgeoning field of public-interest design as justice is to the more established public-interest law..” Excellent, inspirational, motivational article on public-interest design and architecture in The New York Times..

The article includes a 9-image slideshow, here.

See some of other posts with photos by the excellent architectural photographer Iwan Baan:

image: Iwan Baan; article: John Cary and Courtney E. Martin, The New York Times

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* Residential Architecture: House D by HHF Architects

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 8 September 2012

Residential Architecture: House D by HHF Architects: “..The view is one of a kind. You might imagine you’re in South America or upstate New York, and it is really hard to believe that Basel, Switzerland, is just 25 minutes away. As the last house to be built in Nuglar, in the canton of Solothurn, House D is privileged. It is oriented parallel to the landscape, thereby making the view a matter of prime importance. Across more than 180 degrees, you gaze over unbuilt, verdant land with mature fruit trees..HHF radically exploits this situation, thematizes it, and accentuates it even more with a few simple moves: The main level is an open space – with the kitchen as well as dining and living areas – and alongside a concrete core, the stair to the upper and lower floors. The space is entirely glazed and blends seamlessly with the space outdoors. The outdoor space itself is an oversized terrace. No more but also no less. The client, who lives here since the beginning of 2012, explicitly did not want a garden that he would have to maintain. And so he got a terrace with wood decking and a pool. Because the terrain slopes downward slightly, the wood deck is elevated, which protects the main living space from the curious glances of passers-by..The large terrace, which is emphasized through a simple gesture, is symbolic for the subtle radicalism with which HHF has approached the building task. The entire house is kept very simple, which is also manifested in the three basic materials: glass, wood and concrete. The simple and straightforward treatment of the outdoor space has its counterpart in an equally uncompromising interior. HHF is interested in working with what is available; they are not bent on developing elaborate details when industrially made products can be tailored to their needs. But they submit to the temptation to develop their own details when the market does not have something suitable available..The untreated wood of the ceilings and doors exhibits a raw immediacy that you would not expect to see in an exclusive home in a location like this. But any claim that House D is simple would be toying with the word. The house comprises 241 m2 of usable floor area on three floors, with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a gym, an office, and the living spaces mentioned at the outset. A separate garage with space for four cars and direct access into the house completes the list..”  Truly extensive glazing, abundant natural light, lovely views; interesting materiality, interior volumes, details..

See our posts on a home and a guesthouse by HHF Architects, in collaboration with Ai Weiwei:

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image: © Tom Bisig; article: Cifuentes , Fabian . “House D / HHF Architects” 02 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. <;

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* Residential Architecture: Tsai Residence by HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 2 September 2012

Residential Architecture: Tsai Residence by HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei: “..The Tsai Residence is a country house designed for two young art collectors. The design reflects their request for simple abstract looking piece, sitting almost without scale on top of the vaste property, which is located two hours upstate from New York City..The four equal sized boxes are built as simple wood construction covered with corrugated metal panels on the outside and wood and gypsum panels on the inside. The floor plan is based on the needs of a traditional country house. Only partially the organization of the rooms is a direct consequence of the rigid outer form..The Living Room focuses on the different light conditions needed for an existing and future art collection, while the great view into the nearby countryside is present without being dominant. The sequence of the different rooms reflects the idea of a private gallery. Natural light is coming into the spaces through the openings in between the outer boxes..”  Extensive glazing, abundant natural light, views; interesting form; materials sensibility..(article includes photos by the excellent architectural photographer Iwan Baan..)

See our post on the guesthouse of the Tsai Residence, also by HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei: Residential Architecture: Guesthouse by HHF architects + Ai Weiwei.

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image: Iwan Baan, Nikolas Koenig; article: “Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei” 02 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. <;

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