Salesmanship Snøhetta Style – National Opera From a Different Perspective

Just by looking at the mind-boggling New Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, an architectural cliff on the edge of a fjord, you might think there’d be a lot of dense archibabble floating around at the firm Snøhetta.  I have been paying closer attention to them out here in San Francisco, after hearing rumors that they are in the running for the SFMOMA extension in partnership with locals EHDD. So it was doubly refreshing to hear one of the two principals, Craig Dykers, give a presentation about the firm last Friday at the AIA SF offices that was not only highly intelligible but often humorous: many choice quotes have been posted elsewhere on the Dwell blog.

Dykers searched Flickr and YouTube to find photos  and videos that people have taken of the firm’s buildings, including one (very daring) video of a stunt cyclist climbing the opera house.

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Flake House by Olgga Architects

Architects: Olgga Architects
Location: Nantes, France
Client: Le Lieu Unique
Consultants: Home Bois Distribution
Project Area: 22 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Fabienne Delafraye & Olgga Architects

The flake house, a nomadic, road-gauged dwelling, has been conceived to clad the places wherever it lands, as to transpose theses in an unusual vision. A poetical shelter, a “folie”,that merges low-tech and hi-tech. The interior finish is smooth and stripped down as to contrast with the traditional look of the external log cladding.

Created in 2006 for the competition “Petites machines à habiter” held by the CAUE 72, OLGGA’ proposal for this nomadic wooden shelter is based on the concept of the «folie», where the wooden structure is broken in two halves establishing a radical spatial boundary while materializing an unexpected entry sequence. Read the rest of this entry »

2010 AIA San Francisco Design Awards Winners Announced

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) announces the winners of the 2010 AIA San Francisco Design Awards program. The winners were revealed and celebrated last night at a special gala held at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. The emcees for the evening were Sarah Lynch, Editor in Chief, California Home + Design and Bill Roger, 2010 AIA San Francisco Board President.

At the gala, winners were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the built environment in the categories of Architecture and Interior Architecture, Energy + Sustainability, Historic Preservation and Innovation in Rehabilitation, Integrated Project Delivery, Young Architects and Associates, Unbuilt Design, and Urban Design in the Bay Area. Each of these award categories was divided into three subcategories—Honor, Merit, and Citation. In addition, awards for Special Achievement were also presented. Read the rest of this entry »

VIDEO: Metropolis by Rob Carter

Metropolis is a quirky and very abridged narrative history of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. It uses stop motion video animation to physically manipulate aerial still images of the city (both real and fictional), creating a landscape in constant motion. Starting around 1755 on a Native American trading path, the viewer is presented with the building of the first house in Charlotte. From there we see the town develop through the historic dismissal of the English, to the prosperity made by the discovery of gold and the subsequent roots of the building of the multitude of churches that the city is famous for. Now the landscape turns white with cotton, and the modern city is ‘born’, with a more detailed re-creation of the economic boom and surprising architectural transformation that has occurred in the past 20 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Het Kasteel by HVDN

Architects: HVDN
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Project Team: Arie van Der Neut, Albert Herder, Vincent van Der Klei, Monika Pieroth, Pascal Bemelmans
Structural Engineering: Jean-Marc Saurer, Vincent van Der Klei
Client: Hopman Interheem Groep Gouda
Project Year: 2004-2008
Budget: € 17.000.000
Photographs: John Lewis MarshallLuuk KramerJean-Pierre Jans

The Science Park is hemmed in between the Flevopark, the neighborhood of the Indische buurt and the Amsterdam-Almere railway line. Until recently, the site was occupied by allotments alongside research institutes and science and technology companies. The allotments are to be replaced by five new residential buildings situated in a park-like environment of restricted traffic speeds. Car-parking is located within the buildings so the area’s appearance is not defined by on-street parking. As ‘Het Kasteel’ (the castle) stands at the entrance to the project, on the west side facing the city, it acts as its calling card. Read the rest of this entry »

Atelier Bardill by Valerio Olgiati

Architect: Valerio Olgiati
Location: Scharans, Switzerland
Collaborators: Nathan Ghiringhelli (project manager office Olgiati), Nikolai Müller, Mario Beeli
Client: Linard Bardill, musician + poet
Structural Engineer: Patrick Gartmann, partner of Conzett, Bronzini, Gartmann AG, Chur
Project Area: 285 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Valerio Olgiati

The Atelierhouse Bardill replaces an old barn in the protected centre of the village Scharans. The building permission was granted by the local authorities only under the condition that the new building would have exactly the same volume as the old barn. Read the rest of this entry »

Jobs: French Architect with UN Studio

Employer: UN STUDIO
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Field: Architecture, 6+ years experience

As an international architectural firm UNStudio is active in the broadest fields of architecture. We have projects in Europe, Asia and the US. Our project portfolio covers every aspect of architecture, ranging from small to large scale projects, research and theory.

The atmosphere within our office in Amsterdam is open, international, multidisciplinary and ambitious, but also friendly with attention to personal development and career planning. Because of our growing international practice of 105 > 120, UNStudio is looking for an experienced and highly ambitious architect who will be involved in several French and Belgium projects. You will be working in our Amsterdam office.

We expect:

  • about 6 years experience through all building phases
  • excellent communication and organization skills
  • good knowledge of French and English
  • excellent knowledge of French market and building codes
  • excellent design and management skills.
  • excellent technical knowledge
  • good aesthetic sensibilities
  • affinity with business development
  • good knowledge of AutoCAD, Rhino, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • good team player

Working conditions and salary according to the Dutch CAO (collective agreement on working conditions)

Applications consisting of C.V. and port folio can be send digitally to Floris Sterke HR@UNStudio.com

Our website www.UNStudio.com gives additional information regarding our office, HR policy, clients and projects.


Swedbank Office by Audrius Ambrasas Architects

Architects: Audrius Ambrasas Architects
Location: Konstitucijos Ave. 20, Vilnius, Lithuania
Design team: Audrius Ambrasas, Vilma Adomonytė, Tomas Eidukevičius, Donatas Malinauskas
Client: UAB “Swedbank valda”
Construction: Idea Constructiva
Engineering: COWI Baltic
Project manager: Saulius Mikaliūnas
Total area (above-ground): 23,000 sqm
Total area (underground): 19,000 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009

Audrius Ambrasas Architects

The site for the Banks building was treated as an integral part of the newly formed center on the right riverbank of Neris, which is being developed on the axis of the old Ukmerges street. At that point meet the Konstitucijos Avenue and the pedestrian street. As a result, this pedestrian street becomes the main axis of the buildings composition, which consists of three main parts. Read the rest of this entry »

Re-cover Residence by Bates Masi Architects

Architect: Bates Masi Architects
Location: East Hampton, NY, USA
Client: Private
Structural Engineer: Steven L. Maresca
Contractor: Paul Cassidy
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Christopher Wesnofske

Thirty-five years after the firm originally designed this vacation residence, its new owners sought to rejuvenate the house while preserving its spaces, seasoned tones, and texture. Clad inside and out almost entirely in twelve-inch wide cypress boards, the original house exuded a straightforward simplicity the owners wished to maintain. By constraining the palette of materials and reusing salvaged parts of the existing house, the line between new and old becomes nearly imperceptible, limited only to minimal inflections in finish. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Houses by On Office

Architect. On Office – Joao Vieira Costa, Leon Rost, Ricardo Guedes, Francesco Moncada
Collaborator: Tudor Vlasceanu
Location: Oslo, Norway
Program: 500 m2 (residential)
Client: Hecht
Status: Cancelled

On Office (Joao Vieira Costa, Leon Rost, Ricardo Guedes, Francesco Moncada) designed a housing project located right outside Oslo.  Since the existing neighborhood presents the same architectural atmosphere, where nature and landscape dominate the land between houses, for this project, the architects wanted to preserve that natural and built relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

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