Photos: Iwan Baan.
The internal centre piece of this house is a wonderfully sinuous and sculptural stair that appears as though it is allowed to twist the form of the entire building. But from particular viewpoints outside, this twist becomes an extension of the landscape.
Located between the city, a vineyard and the hills beyond, UNStudio have taken the profile of a surrounding hill from a particular view point and used it to inform the lines of the exterior and what ultimately becomes the sinuous stair.
The result is that the house looks almost plugged into its surroundings, or better still, extended or unravelled from them. Read more
Building sexy cars, or any other volume produced product, is one thing. A lot of time and effort can be spent polishing every aspect of the object before it goes into production. But creating a sexy building, a one-off masterpiece is, as every architect knows, another thing altogether!
Porsche certainly design and make beautiful and refined cars. To celebrate and show them off in style, it has also commissioned a very special building in its new pavilion at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg. When the company became part of the VW Group it needed a bold and exciting presence alongside the pavilions of Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini. This pavilion by Henn Architecten gives the brand its due. Read more
Could you manage with just 39 square metres to live in?
Well if it was in a spectacular setting on the River Nagold and your essential needs were catered for in such elegant style as with Häfele Functionality Cube you might be tempted to downsize.
The pavilion was designed by Werner Aisslinger, for the Germany’s National Garden Festival in Baden-Wuerttemberg. The accommodation provides living, cooking, working and sleeping space. There is also external space as the cube sits on a floating pontoon. Read more
This building, designed by UN Studio, has received a Gold Certification from the German Sustainable Building Council. The building is essentially an office building but it aims to expand “contemporary understandings of new working environments and affect a design approach that creates working environments which stimulate communication, experimentation and creativity…”
We are also told: “The traditional office grid and the separation of work spaces is replaced by the incorporation of extensive visual connections, spaces for incidental and planned meetings and flexible office ‘laboratories’ with shared work stations.“
Photos: Karo* Architects
A poetry pavilion made of beer crates does not sound like a promising start for a public library. But Karo* Architects could see their vision for what it was, not for the way it was rendered. So when the local people of Salbke, who wanted to energise and regenerate their neighbourhood, chose such a radical design for their new public library, they wanted to see if it would actually work. To test it they built a 1 to 1 model from beer crates! When it attracted a two day poetry festival they new they were on to something! Read more
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