This is a super posh hotel, so the theatricality is to be expected. And what stunning theatricality it is, in a kind of ‘walk on water’ sort of way.
In overall form it’s not all that dissimilar from Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute, with a row of angular forms creating an axis, highlighted by a water feature, and open to the sea. Though certainly heightened here by making the entirety of the axis the water feature, and the forms all that more bold (and, at night, colourful!) Plus the addition of a bird’s nest…
A neat mix of architecture creating spatial art. I dig it.
The new Greek church near the WTC in NYC is interesting for a couple of reasons… for one, it’s designed Santiago Calatrava in a very restrained way that is decidedly uncharacteristic for him:
For two, it is clad in sections of translucent marble. Which is always mind tweaking for me; whenever I think of stone the first thing that comes to mind is light passing through it such that it can become downright luminous, and yet, that is a thing that some stone amazingly can do. Such that, at night, this building very much becomes a lantern:
I will admit, my first thought was that this school was in a Nordic country. Awesomely, it is not; it’s in Arkansas, with an amazing design that wraps a couple of buildings in a sculptural and continual roof that turns downward to become a screen wall.
And something about that matte grey metal really works here – it’s not a bland neutral, but instead subtlety reflects the hues of its surroundings and of the ever-changing sky. It also pairs well with the wood of the building itself that resides behind the sheltered arcade/atrium created by the screen wall. Then add in a sweet connection to its site (including on-site stormwater catching), a site replete with native plantings, and a couple of protected courtyards with playful water elements. Good stuff.
Inside the spaces follow the bold lines of the roof to create dynamic and bold spaces that also tie themselves to the outside. And that cafeteria! Wood slat roof (with chandeliers) creating this striking and strong linear pull towards the grand vista.
Certainly, we all need an artistic photo of rain drops falling onto our educational pool…
High grade work! And only one of several buildings on this property that follow the school’s teaching organization of Reels (narrative and visual communications through film), Wheels (physics and mechanics through bikes), and Meals (biology and chemistry through food).
Another adaptive reuse! This time in Amsterdam, with a rejuvenation of a former mercantile exchange. While the outside’s been brought back to all its turreted pointiness, it’s the addition of the glass geodesic-like dome on top that caught my interest.
It’s not much of a presence from the street, and it’s not trying to be. It even cuts into itself to avoid impinging on the turrets (while, as a bonus, creating an outdoor gathering space). But it’s one wicked, column-fee space inside, a soaring crystal cover whose diagonal rib work offers dynamic windows onto the world.
And then, in one of those turrets, is this very cool time-infused room…
In keeping with the recent somewhat-theme… a home with a courtyard! But with a circular twist… so even better it’s a tower/courtyard theme mashup…
But it’s not a round building. The perimeter is fully rectangular to fit the site and the surroundings. Only the wedge-shaped carport with rounded fence and the equally angular window on the front façade gives any hint of what’s within. (Nicely, the box also is a rich grey stucco that both hides the wood within and the wedge cutout once again gives it away.)
Add in a few double height spaces and a few choice changes in levels to create different conditions within, all splaying from that central atrium, and you’ve got yourself a nifty little house. Cool stuff.
Is this a house for Rapunzel? Sure, why not… but it’s even cooler than that! Take a restored hull of and old mill as the literal core, add an airy addition to one side to compliment the heavy brick construction of the mill on the other, and you have a most intriguing place to live.
Not surprisingly given both living in a tower but also its smallish size, the tower, there’s a lot of vertical division going on within, with the library on the first floor, the bathroom on the second, bedroom on the third, and crowned with an office (with a view!). All accessed by a sweeping stair that travels along the outer edge and punctuated with arched windows.
This photo shows off much of what I love here, including the way the heavy texture of the brick plays off the slickness of the floors and the steel and glass addition. And the fun of tower living! But also how much that arched opening into the brick tower it looks like a giant pizza oven…
Adaptive reuse, tower living, libraries, and more. Great stuff.
A fun little folly tonight, in the form of the Smile. A temporary pavilion at the London Design Festival back in 2016. Made of cross-laminated wood as a double cantilever structure, it seems to rest, precariously balanced, in the middle of the courtyard. As a folly it’s akin mostly to spatial art, inhabited purely for the experience and joy it brings.
There’s something quite appealing to me about the “simplicity” in this house design, with its solid, board-formed concrete base topped with an airy wood top that’s entirely ringed with windows.
Though the base is created in concrete, there’s plenty of openings, some with a perforated concrete screen, and similarly though the upper story is all windows, each has a shutter as well. The mix of the concrete base, wood mid, and steel roof all are well proportioned and pair well into a most pleasing combination.
Oh, and it’s got a two-story courtyard down its centre, because apparently I am very much on a courtyard kick right now…
Unfortunately there aren’t too many photos of the inside that show the gamut of different spaces that the plans hint at, so we have to let our imaginations fill out what’s just offscreen.