domingo, 18 de noviembre de 2018
The controversy surrounding the site of Santiago Calatrava's ill-fated Chicago Spire continues, as the city stalls the pair of skyscrapers that SOM's David Childs has proposed for the vacant waterfront plot.
Child's 400 Lake Shore Drive, designed for developer Related Midwest, was rejected by Chicago's vice mayor Brendan Reilly on Monday 22 October 2018 – 10 years after construction on Calatrava's 150-storey Spire was halted.
Reilly announced the news in a letter sent to the community surrounding the Spire Site, which is located where the Chicago River flows into Lake Michigan.
lunes, 27 de agosto de 2018
Early this year, Amazon commemorated the opening of its Seattle Spheres, the showpiece of its burgeoning headquarters designed by Seattle-founded NBBJ. The three nested glass bubbles containing some 40,000 plants from over 30 countries at the base of Amazon’s Tower II serve as an iconic gathering spot and ancillary workspace for company employees and the “new visual focus and ‘heart’ ” of the company’s Seattle offices, according to a Popular Science article. The unusual programming of the building for both plants and people signifies a remarkable advancement in conservatory architecture with intriguing future implications.
The conservatory model traces back to the 16th-century Italian limonaia, or lemon house, a simple brick shed devised as a protective winter shelter for citrus plants. Orangeries emerged further north in Europe with the same purpose, endowed with tall apertures oriented to maximize solar exposure. These structures were not markedly different from other styles of residential construction at the time.
lunes, 28 de mayo de 2018
British architect Will Alsop, who passed away this week, sought to push the boundaries of architectural possibility. Here we take a look at eight of his unrealised designs, which demonstrate his ambitious approach.