The Crescent House occupies a position verging on art. It also act as a mediator suggesting to others, ordinary things that might merit aesthetic consideration. It frames a hedge, transforms sunlight into a galaxy of stars, and calms the tumult of an outside world. Read more
Photos: the Gustavo Sosa Pinilla.
When a company builds its own HQ to feature a product it manufacturers, it can sometimes produce interesting architecture. But such hubris also produces bombastic and often dull buildings. More often, the efforts should be immediately forgotten.
It is therefore fitting that we view this form of corporate advertising with a jaundiced eye, at least until it can be established that the work merits closer inspection. The industrial installation for the Hydro Aluminium company of Argentina is a small addition to a factory complex that is worth looking at. Read more
Photos: Namgoong Sun.
Students are often left confused by their tutors ,when asked to fuse dissimilar functions into a single architectural proposal. Usually, this teaching device is employed by tutors to get students to think creatively.
Here, the Korean architect Moon Hoon, has carried through his convictions to create a library that is also a children’s slide. Read more
The masterplan for the renewal of the French town Villeneuve d’Ascq will be designed by MVRDV after they beat off competition from four other practices.
The scheme is distinguished by the massive cantilever of the upper level accommodation over the existing motorway. The idea is that the daring structure flags the town’s renewal and acts as a reference point for the centre itself. Read more
Stereo music systems in the 1980s and 90s were often composed of a stack of individual components such as an amplifier, a radio tuner, a record deck and …a tape deck. Each component was housed in a box around 400mm x 300mm x 60mm. The individual boxes were tethered to the amplifier and usually stacked on top of it. Remote from the stack were a pair of speakers that were sized in direct proportion to the size of the owner’s ego. The idea was that if you wanted to add more functionality to your system, such as a reel to reel tape player, and later a CD player, you could simply plug-in another component to the stack. Yes, I know this sounds bizarre in the age of the smartphone where all this functionality resides in a couple of apps, but I promise you it is true!
Well the same idea has been revived in this heating system designed by Adriano Design. Read more