Hank bought a Bus!
In architecture school I was tired of drawing buildings that would never exist, for clients that were imaginary, and with details I didn’t fully understand. I prefer to work with my hands, exploring details thoroughly, and enjoy working/prototyping at full scale. So for my Masters Final Project I decided to buy a school bus and convert it into a tiny living space.
Read more about this beautiful project, which transforms architecture from the always so far seeming and cost-intensive reality into a small scale with a mobile aspect. Welcome to the world of mobility.
Rock House, Sydney: MCK Architects about their project:
On first visiting the site we were met with a modest bungalow perched on a hill overlooking Vaucluse House. The clients were equally modest, simply needing more space for their family with better connection to the garden, sunlight and air.
The garden was very important, and it became intrinsic to the design. A large rock that sat in the hill to the rear of the house became our focal and pivotal natural element in the new architectural composition. With the underlying philosophy of relative modesty, the new form is setback, maintaining existing amenity enjoyed by neighbours. The first floor is concealed in the black roof form, providing a recessive appearance from the street, nestling into the landscape. Resting on two legs at opposite corners allowed the possibility of a clear opening to the garden at ground and main living level. Opening like an eye to the sky and trees it folds along the perimeter of the plan. When describing to the client the experience one might feel standing in the lounge room looking out, the analogy of a skirt was used and then stuck, hence skirt and rock.
Architecture Studio, a new set from Lego, comes with 1,210 white and translucent bricks. More notable is what it lacks: namely, instructions for any single thing you’re supposed to build with it. Instead, the kit is accompanied by a thick, 277-page guidebook filled with architectural concepts and building techniques alongside real world insights from prominent architecture studios from around the globe. In other words, this box o’ bricks is a little different.
Sergei Tchoban formed SPEECH with Sergey Kuznetsov to create a showroom for architectural drawings. The new museum will mostly showcase art of the Tchoban Foundation Collection, but also invite temporary exhibits from leading cultural institutions around the world.
The striking construction is extended from a fire-wall and latches onto a row of typical old Berlin houses. The Museum for Architectural Drawing is a four-storey solid corpus with a glass floor stacked on top. The profile of the four floors is reminiscent of casually piled up blocks. The building’s silhouette is created by a regression and progression of façade elements, and demonstrates a freedom of form that relates to the conventions of the neighboring historic Berlin buildings and yet is unorthodox and minimalist in its gesture.
The choice of materials, the way it is designed and the powerful expression of its formal language makes it an exceptional example of contemporary architecture right here in Berlin. The museum has a floor area of around 490 square metres, and contains an entrance area, two exhibition rooms, the museum depository and a conference room.
For having a first look from inside the Museum for Architectural Drawing will open its doors on the 4th June 2013 - Pfefferberg Berlin.
Floating Barn by NRJA
This is a quite cool concept, which combines the ideas of house boats and cozy wood cabins. Latvian architects of NRJA (No Rules, Just Architecture) created a concept for a so-called Floating Barn. The houseboat features two storeys, a living room, bathroom and a sleeping area. On see-level there is also a small deck for sun-bathing. The architects tried to create a consistent look by using same materials for walls and roof, which spreads a modern and warm atmosphere. In the storage room the boat features tanks for clean water, wintered greywater and fuel. Unfortunately there are no more information about this interesting project on their website.
Selgascano Head Office
In the adjacent woods near to Madrid, Spanish architects Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano of Selgascano created a very unique office experience.
Falling leaves, animals, and wildlife pass by, creating a shifting forest landscape that changes throughout the day. Employees can also look up into the trees and sky through the curved part of the glass casing. The office is formed like an aerodynamic tube with huge windows acting as both a window and a skylight. Half of the building is embedded in the ground, which provides an excellent degree of insulation. During Madrid’s hot summers, the building stays cool naturally, with less need for air conditioning.
The extraordinary office creates an unique and intimate atmosphere to nature to be both cozy and inspiring! The innovative architecture was beautifully photographed by Iwan Baan.
3D printed Facilities on the Moon
The future is here. Imagine huge 3D printers that are able to print buildings out of the materials of the moon. This is no joke and London-based architects Foster + Partners have revealed plans about such a science-fiction project in partnership with the European Space Agency.
"The technology will allow the team to use local materials on the moon as a building material, meaning they can print entire buildings from scratch."
The 3D printer itself will spray binding solution onto the sand-like material, building up structures one layer by one.
"First, we needed to mix the simulated lunar material with magnesium oxide. This turns it into ‘paper’ we can print with,’ explains monolite founder Enrico Dini. "Then for our structural ‘ink’ we apply a binding salt which converts material to a stone-like solid. Our current printer builds at a rate of around 2 m per hour, while our next-generation design should attain 3.5 meters per hour, completing an entire building in a week."
If this whole 3D printing movement is evolving - nothing will stay the same anymore. Find out more!