lunes, 22 de abril de 2019

DEZEEN: Cave-like gift shops created by Koichi Takada Architects inside National Museum of Qatar

Interiors of National Museum of Qatar by Koichi Takada Architects

The two cave-like gift shops are the first of a number of interior spaces that Koichi Takada Architects is creating inside the new museum, along with three restaurants set to open later this year.

Now open to the public, the shops are intended to complement the organic form of the museum building by Atelier Jean Nouvel, which was unveiled in March.


domingo, 18 de noviembre de 2018

dezeen: SOM's "sister skyscrapers" for doomed Chicago Spire site halted

400 Lake Shore Drive by David Childs

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

ARCHITECT MAGAZINE: Amazon’s Seattle Spheres and the Evolution of the Architectural Biosphere

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.