Photo credits: studio_01
Tokyo apartment dwellers are famous for dining in their shower! Not when the water is running of course. The point being, that space used for one thing during a short period of the day, can be used for something else at other times. Electronic engineers call this “time multiplexing”. And, if a convincing architectural solution could be found to this problem, our cities could be half the physical size with the same number of inhabitants as “live” space would be used for work during the day, and “work” space for living at night… that is what the theory suggests at least.
Two Japanese practices were selected via a competition to design a studio apartment, and were invited to present their rooms at the Tokyo Designer’s Week 2012. The public voted for studio-01 to win the Grand Prix with their entry, “barcode room”. Read more
Chefs work notoriously long hours. So if they must cook at home, they at least want to see their families whilst they are doing it. This is the assumption behind a space designed by architects: Renata Faudin Gilli, Mariel Silvia Maria Jimena Acuña and Vicar for the latest edition of Casa FOA 2012 Molina City, an Argentinian exposition. The idea is to put the chef at the heart of the household when he is working.
Photos: Debora Berke Partners.
Debora Berke is a New York City based architect who has just been awarded the University of California, Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and prize. It is the first time the prize has been awarded.
By way of celebration I thought to dig deep into her practice archive for an insight into the her work. For this introduction I have choose the Museum Hotel, in Louisville, USA. It is a complete renovation of four contiguous historic buildings to create a ninety room hotel with gallery, destination restaurant and topped off with the usual collection of public spaces and facilities one would expect from a quality hotel. Read more