Category Archives: Diseño Espacial

prada’s boutique store in tokyo has backlit ‘sponge’ walls designed by OMA

prada has again collaborated with OMA, the architecture firm founded by rem koolhaas, in the design of its boutique store in tokyo. forming part of the miyashita park shopping mall in the city’s shibuya district, the 300 square meter single-storey outlet offers a selection of clothing, bags, accessories, and footwear for men and women in unisex and thematic versions.

all images courtesy of prada

opening onto the street, the external façade includes a large window that presents passersby with a view into the dreamlike, yet minimal interior. a black and white chequered floor extends throughout the space, while the walls are clad with backlit green sponge — a material designed by OMA in 2002 for the prada epicenter in los angeles. referred to as ‘prada sponge’, its development started with an architectural model made using a regular cleaning sponge.

‘as the visual effect of this backlit texture was very intriguing, an extensive search was initiated to recreate this material in 1:1 scale,’ OMA said at the time. ‘many hundred tests and prototypes were handmade in order to test hole sizes, percentages of openness, translucencies, depths, colors, etc.. simultaneously, mass production and 3D computer modeling techniques were investigated that could help translate the properties of the handcrafted prototypes and all technical requirements into the final product.’

elsewhere in the store, the luminous ceiling and video wall of the backdrop allow the displayed products to command full attention. found at the center of the space, aluminum display elements enhance the minimal aesthetic and contemporary feel of the interior.

available products include bags, backpacks, accessories, and shoes made of brand new re-nylon, a selection of visual books from prada, as well as exclusive cotton poplin T-shirts featuring original prints dedicated to the store’s opening. one such garment features the prada oval logo, which has been reinterpreted by OMA to include the prada miyashita park store name, and a travel tag print with TYO (tokyo) symbols. see the T-shirt designs below.

project info:

name: prada miyashita park
location: tokyo, japan
design: OMA
status: open

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takayuki suzuki architecture atelier drapes sheer fabric across the ceiling of japanese house

located on a mountain slope in gamagori, japan, this house by takayuki suzuki architecture atelier is built for a couple and their three children. the project is topped with a single slanted roof that unifies its multiple levels while blocking out the view from the neighborhood and the western sun. inside, the japanese architecture studio has draped sheer, lightweight fabric across the ceiling, creating a serene living space.all images ©︎ ToLoLo studio

takayuki suzuki architecture atelier has designed the two-story wooden house as an open, lightweight construction that connects to its surroundings while maintaining enough privacy for its residents. the large, slanted roof that tops the entire residence brings in the trees of the garden while allowing for views of the park and the seascape in the distance. this way, ‘the residents can feel the presence of the city at every stage of their lives,’ as the studio explains.

the roof extends to the edge of the road, and by adjusting the height of the eaves it is possible to control the amount of visibility from the side of the road. the interior of the house oozes out beyond the boundary line of the road with the intention of connecting with the city. its wooden ceiling is draped with sheer fabric, which adds a lightweight, serene character to the building. 

project info:

name: house in gamagori

architect: takayuki suzuki architecture atelier

location: gamagori, aichi, japan

site area: 251.19 sqm

total floor area: 118.70 sqm

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Cool Contemporary Style Home In A Boatshed

Lavender Bay Boatshed is cool contemporary style home designed by Stephen Collier Architects located in Lavender Bay, a harbourside suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

This awesome house is nice example how imagination can turn almost every object into cool home. Living right next to the water is a must for some people and this is the chance where creativity kicks in. Architects designed interiors to fit every need of its residents. Wooden roof structure gives another level of charm to this home.

Existing floor plan offered interesting shape where curves challenged architects which created this space into creative modern stairs. There’s also priceless Sydney Bay Bridge view.

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All photos © Peter Bennetts

rivate car showroom by bureau fraai in amsterdam frames views of iconic jaguar models

Its quietly amazing how the european design always mesmerize the senses by proposing amazing features out of things that seems to come from clients ego, and even if the feat seems just to justify the needs of a random individual, the result can be pretty amazing if lands in the hands of a compelling architect.

all images courtesy of bureau fraai

a couple of owners of two jaguar models have asked architecture firm bureau fraai to design a garage where they can store their cars safely, and also showcase them in an elegant way. 

the architects have come up with a private showroom concept to be located within the backyard of the clients’ main house in amsterdan. formed as a distinct black volume with an automatic car lift, the garage is completely visible from the residence. 

all images courtesy of bureau fraai

all images courtesy of bureau fraai

the showroom by bureau fraai stores the two jaguars, stacked on top of each other, with the use of an automatic car lift. the structure features a large steel plate window, framing the client’s favourite model as if it were a painting to be enjoyed from within their own living room. the characteristic design of the garage is enhanced by integrating a custom-designed grill with the jaguar logo, referring to classical models from the car brand’s history.

all images courtesy of bureau fraai

besides the showroom, bureau fraai has also designed a matching black roof extension for the main residence. the roofing connects to the two different roof heights of the neighbouring buildings. here, two big steel plate framed windows enclose the interior of the top floor living and working area, creating an edward hopper like appearance when observed from the exterior.

all images courtesy of bureau fraai

both window frames also serve a second purpose; the front one extends into the interior as a desk while framing the view to the neighbourhood. meanwhile, the rear one facing the roof terrace and garden evolves into a bench where one can relax and enjoy the sky. in contrast with the black exterior shell, the interior has a warm and light character. both the ceiling and the connected built-in wall cabinet are made from wood, with clear matching partitioning and refined detailing.

all images courtesy of bureau fraai

project info:

name: black gems
architects: bureau fraai
location: amsterdam, the netherlands

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bamboo club + cafe by VTN architects takes center stage in the heart of vietnam

The place were the bamboo becames a part of the city scenary…

vinh, in central vietnam, has been a battleground for multiple wars resulting in a massive amount of destruction to the city and the surrounding region. renovation for vietnam’s biggest city in the central region of the country has steered toward european design with colonial style façades, providing VTN architects with its latest challenge.

from street level, the bamboo material is visible on both levels: the rooftop dome and cafe under
all images by trieu chien



the project, titled ‘nocenco cafe,’ focused on morphing a middle-rise concrete building located in the city center of vinh. this scheme sees a renovated a cafe on the last floor and rooftop of a 7th floor turned into a neighborhood and city icon, with an emphasis on using a unique local material to create a new structure.

nocenco cafe‘ provides a completely unique interior but follows the bamboo theme

after a study period, VTN architects decided to use bamboo; an easily accessible material in the tropical climate reducing construction time and budget, but one that is also light and structurally sound.

the club has a cave like feel but sports open views of the surrounding city



the end product was a large dome structure on the roof with a club/lounge recognizable from any part of the city and a redesigned cafe on the floor below with an interior built using bamboo. this project equips a city that was once ravaged by war with a gathering place that has ‘a great view over the surrounding low-rise houses, towards the river, magnificent forest scape and various aged buildings.


the rooftop’s structure is built from bamboo and take the shape of an ‘L’



the vietnam-based architecture firm used ten bamboo columns to hide the existing structure and four additional columns to elegantly divide the space into different private areas, thus creating a cave-like space but juxtaposed with an open view of the surrounding city.


center of the dome is an open area

the club dome supported by bamboo columns opens up the surrounding views of the city

the dome is left open at the top

the bamboo structure provides a local and organic aspect to the neighborhood

clear views of the city from the rooftop club

the cafe under the rooftop club also sports views of the surrounding neighborhood

the incorporation of bamboo creates a unique environment complimented by shrubbery

the bamboo cafe also allows for natural light to enter

project info:

name: nocenco cafe

principal architects: vo trong nghia, nguyen tat dat

design team: to quang cam, le hoang tuyet ngoc, takahito yamada

office credit: VTN architects (vo trong nghia architects)

status: built in may 2018

program: café, club

location: vinh city, nghe an, vietnam

footprint: 438 sqm

GFA: 687 sqm

bamboo contractor: VTN architects

photography: trieu chien

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JR’s hut is a true australian home on the range, built by a two person team

R’s hut at kimo estate is an australian home on the range. typically for property value, location is everything. most people pay top dollar to be were the action is, but this project in rural new south wales has the exact opposite virtue. there is absolutely nothing around it, except for beautiful rolling hills. the house appears as if part of a dream. as a true little house on the prairie, the plot was historically used as a farm but is now used to host weddings and other special getaways. it was designed by anthony hunt design and luke stanley architects to reference the a traditional farm house construction with some modern touches. it’s both cozy and bright inside, where the scenic views do not go to waste.

all images by hilary bradford


as impressive as the project’s design, is its construction. the structure at kimo estate was built by a two person owner-builder team, who used ‘sustainable australian hardwoods’. therefore the materials needed to be easily sourced and handled on site. according to the designers, ‘the hut’s form was inspired by a classic ‘A’ frame tent, which simultaneously provides both refuge from, and connection with, the natural environment.’ it only measures 28 square meters, but its small size contributes to the comfort and minimalism inside. in realizing this hilltop abode, anthony hunt and luke stanley have created a beautiful addition to this picturesque landscape.



project info:


name: JR’s hut at kimo estate
architect’ firm: anthony hunt design with luke stanley architects
lead architects: anthony hunt & luke stanley
project location: gundagai, new south wales, australia
completed: 2017
gross built area: 28 square metres
photography: hilary bradford
clients: david & emelia ferguson at kimo estate

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ENGEL House / CMC architects

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In a small community in the Western region of the Czech Republic, not far from the spa town of Karlovy Vary, this villa was designed as a recreational house for an accomplished man, his family and friends.  The architect’s intention was essentially to assimilate the romantic context of this small village, posited just under the massive cliffs and ruins of a Gothic castle, where the town originated. Andelska Hora (originally in German Engelsburg), belongs to a protected area of the country, and sits above 600 meters in altitude.  The local climate, as one could expect, has dramatic extremes.

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The concept of this villa evolved from traditional forms of Czech village living typologies, which include ‘saddle’ or A-frame roofs made from wood timber construction.  The design brief was of course for a completely modern recreational villa, for both summer and winter seasons.  The land plot is 2 163m2 and has ideal South orientation, approached from the North, with fabulous views of the regions ‘waves’ of green hills.  The built-up footprint of the villa is 346m2.

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After careful analysis of the site and surroundings, a ‘cross’ configuration was proposed in plan, with double-height massing of the main functional components of the villa.  The crossing forms are flat-roofed and one floor in height, containing secondary or support spaces. The orientation is North-East/South-West for the axis of the main body of the villa. The basic planning principle allows for a simple and clear entry court, off the local street, with easy garage access.  This resulting ‘L’ shape forms a semi-enclosed space, giving ground-floor orientation and an excellent view to the open countryside.

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The main living space is in the South-West end of the double-height volume, which also includes an open gallery to the upper level. The living style is informal, with the kitchen-dining also oriented to the roofed, outdoor kitchen and entertaining area.  Separating the living room from the kitchen area is a towering black metal fireplace with glass doors, which is a main feature of the well-proportioned space.  The side wings of the ground floor, which form the cross in the plan, have master bedroom, study and service functions. The upper level of the main villa body, with its open gallery to below, has three guest bedrooms and bathrooms.

Roof Plan

The villa brief asked for wood timber construction, made from massive wood beams and panel walls, which ultimately form the ‘wood-living’ concept of the house.  The wood panel wall system is left exposed to view, with a light white-toned stain, elegantly contrasting the dark wood floor and wall cladding.  The primarily wood interior is contrasted with metals, both finished and unfinished, and features decorative lighting made from Czech crystal.  Bathrooms are generous, but simple in design, also with contrasting, large format ceramic tiles in dark brown and beige colors.

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Lower Floor Plan

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The façade materials were selected so as to fit well into the context and have lasting beauty.  The forms and materials concept attempts to assimilate simpler, utilitarian objects and buildings common in the region.  The vertical ends of the main villa body are from recycled, charred Spruce wood, and the East-West façades are clad with standing seam, pre-oxidized RHEINZINK. The lower crossing wings are clad with CORTEN, or rusted steel sheets, which give the feeling of workshops or shed-like service buildings supporting the main living spaces.

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Generally, the landscape is composed of existing trees and new indigenous plants, complimented with low-maintenance, succulent types of bushes and flowers.  The swimming pool is oriented South-West, and, like the villa, is warmed with a heat pump system.  Terraces have Ipe wood, which ages quite well and has very good durability.

Nordea’s new Danish Headquarters

Copenhagen / Denmark / 2017

Built on a base of slate with scintillating, transparent facades, this bank sets new standards for work in the financial sector by providing an approachable environment that opens up to the city. With a tribute to the great Nordic landscapes, the new Nordea Headquarters rises like a sparkling giant ice block on a charcoal slate base. The crystalline facade allows daylight to flow through the building and is a key component in the vision of creating transparency between employees, clients and…
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Project details
Year 2017
Client Nordea Properties
Status Completed works
Type Office Buildings / Corporate Headquarters
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lily jencks + nathanael dorent transform 17th century ruins into contemporary country home

 the collaborative efforts of lily jencks and nathanael dorent have transformed a set of stone ruins in scotland into a contemporary and environmentally friendly country home. in repurposing the original structure — the remains of an old farmhouse — the design team has created a property that affords sweeping views across the region’s picturesque, undulating landscape. ‘located in a remote countryside area, this project was conceived as passive and self-sufficient, well-insulated and using solar energy,’ explain the architects.

all images © sergio pirrone



as the original farmhouse had been modified on a number of occasions since its construction, lily jencks studio and nathanael dorent architecture carefully selected a sequence of materials and geometries that would highlight its storied history. ‘the first layer is the existing stone wall, within which sits a black waterproofing EPDM rubber clad pitched-roof ‘envelope’, and within that a curvilinear interior ‘tube’ wall system,’ says the design team. ‘this interior curved surface is made of insulating polystyrene blocks within a gridded wood structure, and is covered with glass reinforced plastic.’

a set of stone ruins has been turned into a contemporary country home



the different layers serve two main purposes: they emphasize the narrative of time, while reflecting a variety of architectural expressions. ‘these three layers are not designed as independent parts, rather, they take on meaning as their relationship evolves through the building’s sections,’ the architects continue. ‘they separate, come together, and intertwine, creating a series of architectural singularities, including in some areas a particularly revealing simultaneous reading of these three layers.’

the design team preserved the existing ruin walls



the house’s more public programs, including the kitchen and dining areas, are contained within the ‘tube’, while private areas, (including bedrooms, and bathrooms), are found at each end of the property. the home’s windows and doors are positioned in response to the the structure’s existing walls, as well as the views from the site. ‘at the windows and doors the tube funnels out towards the light, creating a ‘poched’ space within the thickness of the tube wall, and between the envelope and the tube, that can be used for furniture and storage,’ explains the design team.

the house’s public programs, including the kitchen, are contained within the central ‘tube’

the home’s windows and doors are positioned in response to the the structure’s existing walls

more private areas are found at each end of the property

the architects reinstituted the pitched roof that would have been there originally

the house is located in a remote countryside area

the dwelling affords sweeping views across the region’s picturesque, undulating landscape

project info:


design team: lily jencks studio [lily jencks (director) + pati santos (architect)] and nathanael dorent architecture
executive architect: savills [michael leybourne (architect) + allan lees]
structural engineering: manja van de worp (nous engineering)
program: private house
location: dumfries, scotland
area: 180 sqm
year: 2014-2016
photography: sergio pirrone

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rojkind arquitectos opens ‘foro boca’, a sculptural concert hall in coastal mexico

in boca del río, mexico, rojkind arquitectos has completed ‘foro boca’ — a structure designed to house the city’s philharmonic orchestra. the building’s shape was informed by the stones used for the foundation of the neighboring breakwater, with large sculptural volumes housing the concert hall and other programs. the project is located in the center of the city along a coastal avenue, and forms part of a larger masterplan intended to revitalize the neighborhood.

all images by jaime navarro



able to accommodate 966 guests, the main stage — designed for classical, traditional, and contemporary music — can be adapted for dance and theater performances. meanwhile, the back of house area has been designed specifically for the orchestra, containing all necessary facilities. the boca del rio philharmonic orchestra, formed in 2014, has attracted local and foreign musicians, making it the heart of the cultural life of the city. in addition to providing a yearly season of orchestral concerts, the center will house an after-school social development program for low-income children named ‘orquestando armonia’.

the project is located in the mexican city of boca del río



‘the foro boca has the goal of functioning as an urban detonator capable of inciting modernity in the area’, explains rojkind arquitectos.‘the forum itself is a tool that has permitted the reconstruction and renovation of the infrastructure and urban image of this part of the city.’ see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

the building’s shape was informed by the stones used for the foundation of the neighboring breakwater

large sculptural volumes house the concert hall as well as other programs

internal circulation routes span a central void

timber has been used throughout the scheme’s interiors

illumination is provided via carefully positioned apertures

the concert hall can accommodate up to 966 guests

the project forms part of a larger masterplan intended to revitalize the neighborhood



full article here

project info:


architect: rojkind arquitectos | michel rojkind
team: agustín pereyra (project manager), arturo ortíz, adrián aguilar, sandra carvajal, fernanda casar, salvador cortéz, diego díaz lezama, paulina elizalde, rubén garcía, daniel gaytán, paulina goycoolea, jorge gonzález r., alfredo hernández , laura hernández, pablo herrera, julieta inclán, carsten lemme andrea león, félix mendoza, gerardo salinas, julio serralde, alfonso paz, cynthia ponce, víctor velázquez, ditter vergara, beatriz zavala
media: lorena garcía cordero / dinorah martínez schulte


structural engineer: EMRSA — enrique martínez sergio pérez, martín s. lópez, elsa serrano, miguel ángel allende josé mejía, kevin cruz, josé martínez vargas
acoustic consultants:
akustics — octavio barragán, cristian ezcurdia, hugo garduño
auerbach pollock — friedlander, len auerbach, kevin macphearson, tom neville
seamonk — lincoln aguirre, itzel alba, cristian ezcurdia, jorge romero
MEP engineer / specialties: gralte S.C. — jorge romero, daniel velázquez, ismael hernández, mario navarro, germán muñóz
lighting consultant: artec3 — maurici ginés, jose cardona, ana ayala, carmen valle, itzae cardeña
builder: ingenieria y desarrollo arquitectónico S.A. de C.V.

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seattle-based firm, goCstudio, embraces natural landscape in the design for a local winery

in a landscape like columbia river gorge, built architecture must take into account the area’s changing, and sometimes unpredictable, weather conditions. seattle-based firm goCstudio has completed a 5,200-square-foot vineyard and winery complex for COR cellars that sits along the scenic route of old highway 8 in washingtonstate. from the site, located in the designated national scenic area, one is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. working alongside the vineyard owner, the structure was designed to preserve the landscape, to create a well organized space to accommodate the multi-faceted business, and protect workers and visitors from the harsh conditions of the surrounding environment.

goCstudio has designed and expanded an existing vineyard in columbia river gorge
images by kevin scott

maintaining some similarities to the vineyard’s earlier building on the site, the architects have maintained a similar entry sequence, but integrated a crucial element — the central courtyard. the two wings of the building contain the barrel storage. large doors that measure from floor to ceiling, can be opened to expose the barrels. this design streamlines a visitor towards the tasting room in between. bi-fold glass doors create a space that can easily transition between interior and exterior depending on the weather conditions, but more importantly, to harness the view and natural light. additional light enters the space through the ceiling’s skylights.

COR cellars is located on old highway 8, within the designated national scenic area

the additional gathering space in COR cellar’s interior maintains a tranquil vibe — enhanced by the central fireplace. following the vision of the owner, goCstudio’s design for this room allows it to function as a living room space that can accommodate both social interaction and personal contemplation.‘the courtyard is the heart of the building’ describes the architect. ‘it is protected by the new wings of the winery that form a berm against the steady winds. this provides a calm, protected center for day- to-day operations and a welcoming exterior space for visitors as they enter the new tasting room.’

mount hood and the carved mountainside create breathtaking surrounding views from all angles

the winery opened in 2004, but need additional space to accommodate the growing business

a central courtyard provides protected exterior space for employees and visitors

aggressive weather features, such as wind, were taken into account in the design

the overall design uses a refined palette of colors and textures

the wine storage rooms can open to expose the stacked wine barrels inside

the entry sequence was preserved from the original structure so that the new and old remain connected

the project is a 5,200-square-foot space

the design was proposed as a ‘respite from the wind’

the large overhangs surrounding the courtyard allow visitors to view it as an inviting space

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giant bird’s nest in kenya lets safari guests sleep luxuriously above the trees

guests visiting one of kenya’s best known safari resorts can now spend a night in a giant bird’s nest, elevated above the trees. the exclusive accommodation has been built alongside a river at the heart of laikipia, a region that contains a host of safari lodges and camps. offering panoramic rooftop views, the entire nest has been constructed using raw materials, such as farmed wood and tree branches that have been woven together by local community members.

all images by jimmy nelson, courtesy of segera retreat and NAY PALAD

the project is the collaborative work of segera, a wildlife sanctuary situated in central laikipia, and NAY PALAD, a company led by carolin dekeyser that creates both objects and destinations. the duo joined forces to launch the one-of-a-kind structure, which was conceived as a ‘peaceful jewel at the very heart of the natural world’. the team also enlisted architect daniel pouzet, who worked with the team to bring their idea to life.

the bird nest is designed to sleep two guests

after enjoying a day on safari, guests arrive at the bird nest just before sunset to see the structure illuminated with lanterns. the experience includes champagne and a picnic-style dinner on the top deck. after sundown, visitors can either gaze at the sparkling african sky or move indoors where they are met with luxurious linens and comforting hot water bottles. the following morning, guests are left a picnic breakfast on their doorstep, which can be enjoyed while watching the elephants and giraffes at the river below.

the structure offers panoramic rooftop views

‘as close friends and supporters of segera, we were delighted to work with the talented NAY PALAD team to bring this incredible vision to life,’ says segera GM, jens kozany.‘we cannot wait to welcome our guests to this peaceful haven and to offer them a truly authentic and unique sleep-out experience, one that is sure to surpass expectations. to wake up to the magical sound of wildlife and birds, surrounded by pristine nature as far as the eye can see, is a life-changing experience; this is a place of true, untouched wonderment.’

the exclusive accommodation has been built alongside a river at the heart of laikipia

the bird nest is designed to sleep two guests, but could also host a family with children or more adventurous guests able to sleep out on the top deck. the experience is included in the rate for guests staying at segera retreat for five nights or more, while for those on a shorter stay, the cost starts at $1,150 USD per night.

prices for a night’s stay start at $1,150 USD

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New AppleStore shines in the Chicago Riverfront #MacGasmic

back in 2015, rumors of a new foster + partners-designed store along chicago’s riverfront had been circulating among the apple community. dubbed its ‘newest and most ambitious store’ yet, apple michigan avenue will make its grand debut on october 20, 2017. intended as a gathering place for the local community, the store will host year-round ‘today at apple’ programming, building on chicago’s city-wide initiative to enliven the riverwalk. celebrating the opening, the apple store will host ‘the chicago series,’ a month-long set of events that will provide attendees with the tools to pursue their passions, from photography and music to coding and app design.

the apple store connects the chicago river with pioneer court and michigan avenue
image courtesy of apple (also main image)



foster + partners adds new access to the riverfront from pioneer court by linking them through a granite staircases on both sides of the transparent store, opening up views from the plaza to the river and beyond. ‘it’s about removing boundaries between inside and outside, reviving important urban connections within the city,’ explains jony ive, apple’s chief design officer. ‘it unites a historic city plaza that had been cut off from the water, giving chicago a dynamic new arena that flows effortlessly down to the river.’

the building’s 111×98 foot carbon-fiber roof was designed to be as thin as possible
image courtesy of apple


every design feature serves to minimize the boundary between the city and the chicago river. even the building’s 111-by-98 foot carbon-fiber roof was designed to be as thin as possible, and the entire structure is supported by four interior pillars that allow the 32-foot glass facades to remain unobscured.

apple michigan avenue sits atop a wide new public stair
image © nigel young / foster + partners



the store will launch the ‘the chicago series,’ a set of five programs, each with a different area of focus at the intersection of technology and liberal arts, hosted over the course of four weeks. each program is co-created with local non-profits and creative organizations, and focuses on a theme or project designed to make a positive impact in the community.

the venue is a source of creativity, education, and entertainment
image © nigel young / foster + partners


‘apple michigan avenue exemplifies our new vision where everyone is welcome to experience all of our incredible products, services and inspiring educational programs in the heart of their city,’ says angela ahrendts, apple’s senior vice president of retail.‘we can’t wait to welcome the community for opening weekend, and to launch ‘the chicago series’ with our incredible local partners on monday.’

generous glazing ensures sweeping external views
image © nigel young / foster + partners

‘we fundamentally believe in great urban life, creating new gathering places, and connecting people in an analog way within an increasingly digital world,’ says stefan behling, head of studio, foster + partners.‘the design of apple michigan avenue embodies this in its structure and materiality with a glass wall that dissolves into the background, revealing the only visible element of the building – its floating carbon fiber roof.’

‘the chicago series’ is a set of programs that focus on making a positive impact in the community
image courtesy of apple

the store is located at the intersection of the chicago river and north michigan avenue’s ‘magnificent mile’
image © nigel young / foster + partners

the outlet cascades down from pioneer court to the river’s edge
image © nigel young / foster + partners

the scheme creates new connections between the city and the river
image © nigel young / foster + partners

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The Y House by co(X)List Studio

Architects: co(X)ist Studio
Location: Austin, United States
Team: Megan Lin, Frank Lin
Area: 1936.0 ft2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Patrick Y. Wong
Consultants: MJ Structure Engineer
Construction Duration: 12 Months
Construction Cost: $260,000 USD

The spaces are meant to be lived, the places were we spend most of our lives are meant to be usefull and beautifull. In this amazing work, the guys at co(X)ist Studio created an amazing field hideout were inspiración meets desing and under the pretty summer sun of Austin, must be an amazing place to let the creativity flow on.

In the words of the architect:” Originally built as a ranch-style house in 1962, the remodeled Y House is sensitively designed to weave into the fabric of the Sherwood Oaks neighborhood in South Austin while simultaneously providing a fresh and modern way of living. Conceived by the architect-clients as an investment property, the remodel and addition to the house provide both living and working space for the owners, as well as a reflection of the design values of their architectural practice”.

The addition portion of the project splits the rectangle at the center to create a Y shape at the private end of the house. This split allows for the master bedroom to have privacy and separation from the other bedrooms, both physically and visually. The split also creates a courtyard at the end of what was once a dead-end corridor, bringing light, views and an added level of interest to a typically mundane space.

In the main living area of the house, the previously compartmentalized rooms have been opened up to create an open concept floor plan. The back wall of the dining room can be completely opened up to the back porch, extending the living space to the outdoors to take advantage of the warm Texas weather. This design also allows for cross-ventilation of air from the front of the house to the back, and creates a strong visual connection to the outside from all spaces within the house.

The back porch is an extension of the indoor living space, running the entire length of the back of the house with access from the dining room, guest room, and master bedroom. The porch canopy incorporates the natural canopy of the large existing crepe myrtle tree to provide shade and protection from the Texas sun.

The garage of the house has been transformed into an office for the architectural practice of the owners. This provides them with a space to meet with clients, as well as access to their home as a living example of what they do professionally through their design practice. The home uses several re-claimed materials, including a bench and front porch trellis constructed from the wood studs of the original home. The house also uses abundant daylighting of the spaces through ample windows and skylights to reduce the electrical load.

More images and descriptions can be found on the Archdaily site

Vía ArchDaily / Images by Patrick Y. Wong

Tengbom Arquitectos y su diseño de una casa mínima para estudiantes #smalllofts.

Imágenes de bertil hertzberg


Es una regla cuando se es estudiante, que si debes ir a otra ciudad a cursar tu carrera, siempre se vuelve un problema complejo encontrar un lugar no muy caro para dormir, hacer tareas y en general tener una vida digna cuando se esta lejos de casa. En otros países el asunto se vuelve mas complicado por las limitaciones de espacio, sobre todo en Europa donde los precios ya son demasiado elevados en las rentas y los espacios urbanos son muy limitados.

Por ello el estudio de Arquitectura Tengbom con sede en Suecia desarrollo un proyecto de un espacio habitacional para estudiantes reduciendo los elementos necesarios al mínimo sin sacrificar habitabilidad. El espacio en cuestión es un área de 10 metros cuadrados con todo lo que un estudiante pudiera necesitar usando madera laminada de origen local, materiales reciclados y optimizando espacios pero aun mejor, reduciendo el costo promedio de la renta del espacio en un 50%, lo cual para un estudiante foráneo con presupuesto limitado es ideal.


El proyecto recibe el nombre de “Smart Student Unit” y cuenta con un baño, una cocina, un pequeño comedor y una cama elevada en un espacio que legalmente seria imposible de considerar – al menos no en Suecia, donde las leyes no permiten áreas habitacionales tan pequeñas por motivos de derechos humanos – y contó con la colaboración de los propios estudiantes de la Universidad de Lund, así como de la compañía de bienes raíces AF bostäder.


Tal ves en Latam este concepto es muy extraño debido a que no sufrimos de las limitaciones de espacio que padecen en ciudades europeas, donde los costos de las rentas son tan elevados que aun con un poder adquisitivo alto un estudiante termina pasando penurias – como mas de uno en todo el planeta – pero el diseño inteligente del espacio le da un valor a este proyecto increíble, y aunque no seamos estudiantes, es un lugar individual muy agradable para vivir.


Vía DesignBoom y Tengbom Arquitectos

El Centro FRAC en Orleans, Francia de la mano de jakob + macfarlane #arquitecturadebolas

El duo de arquitectos afincados en Paris jakob y macfarlane, han sido encomendados para el diseño del nuevo sitio del Centro Frac en Francia, una fundación regional de arte dedicada a mostrar la mal-llamada arquitectura radical, afincada en un centro de detención después convertido en hospital. Después de ser en 1837 un deposito de equipamiento militar, el edificio histórico comenzó su labor de ser un repositorio de expresiones culturales.

La nueva estructura diseñada por el colectivo, usa de base el viejo edificio creciendo y añadiendo superficies continuando las ya existentes. La instalación se comunica con los edificios cercanos a través de un patio y lo rehabilita como espacio publico.

Un punto a favor es la intervención del colectivo electronic shadow que intervino parte de las superficies con luces led, permitiendo interesantes muestras de arte conceptual en las paredes del propio edificio lo cual en las noches crea un espectáculo increíble. Las formas irregulares del edificio ayudan a crear una atmósfera casi futurista donde el principal componente es el propio edificio, un casi orgánico extracto de la mente de estos talentosos arquitectos.

Si desean saber mas de este centro de artes o de los autores sigan las ligas debajo, pueden consultar ademas el articulo original para mayor referencia.

Vía Design Boom

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