Ward Roberts - Billions (Hong Kong Reflections)
FT Architects - Archery and Boxing facilities, Tokyo 2013. Each timber structure, while similar in scale, materiality, and design concept, is given a different treatment based on the activity within. The timber roof of the archery range is light, delicately detailed, and set against a black back-drop, referencing the proportions and precision of the archer’s arrows. The boxing studio has a stacked timber roof that is heavy, aggressive, and detailed with over-sized bolts, creating a visual movement akin to the physical contact of the boxing match. The exterior continues the theme; the light brown stain on the archery studio responds to the materials of the bow and arrow, while the more concrete finish of the boxing ring feels heavy and solid. Via.
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Citi Bank Corporation Building On E. 44th Street
New York, NY
A flat in Habitat ‘67 by Maria Rosa Di Ioia
The housing complex designed by Moshe Safdie is very well known from its exterior, so finally there are some good interior shots.
More and more architects are talking about “super-furnitures” and “micro-structures”–hip nomenclature for large, oversized spatial objects whose compact dimensions and surprising depth constitute portable rooms that can be inserted into any context. Given their inherent mutability, these rooms can be shifted at will with little regard to the spatial dissonance (or opportunity) they may provoke (or inspire). The same cannot be said about the Aquadom, a colossal 25-meter aquarium situated in the atrium of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin.
The concept (if you can call it that) behind the aquarium appears similar to that of super-furnitures, in that it was designed to accommodate, if not galvanize perceptive shifts in the observant’s spatial memory. In the case of the Aquadom, the structure inhabits two opposing premises, that of scaling up a domestic glass tank populated with goldfish and tiny reef-like mounds and, conversely, of harnessing the ocean and perversely introducing it into a man-made environment. Of course, the aquarium–the world’s largest–cannot be moved or adjusted so as to drastically vary experiences over time, but that is not to say that it cannot beget variation. Light passes through the water in different intensities throughout the day; schools of fish dart past to avoid a scuba diver; and the glass elevator at the tank’s core continuously ferries guests to and from the viewing platform overlooking the oceanic spectacle. That, or it’s just an easy way to lure tourists and boost revenues. Happy Friday!
Library at the Shiba Ryōtarō Memorial Museum by Tadao Ando. (via teachingliteracy)
José Vasconcelos Library, Mexico City, Mexico.
This may be my definitively favorite library of all time.
Green Side-Wall by Capella Garcia Arquitectura
Maintenance is easier than standard green walls due to its interior stairs and embedded pulley system for transporting materials.
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