Check out my weekly architecture spotlight as House M in Meran, Italy caught my eye at the top of the month via ArchDaily. I love the floor-to-ceiling windows, the white exterior and interior, the defining horizontals, and of course - you gotta love that swimming pool. Looks like quite the tranquil place for relaxation!
The project M, a residential building in the centre of Meran, is embedded in the quit area of Obermais. The concept of the design was it to play with transparent and solid surfaces what fallows fascinating insights and outlooks. The interior melts together with the outside space. The terrain flows through the building and finds his renewal in the pool- and meadow area. Because of a refined external design and the arrangement of the pool, lawn, garden and house the whole concept seems like a unity with seamless transition.
Here is another amazing home that I want to spotlight from one of my favorite architecture firms, SAOTA. Named "Plett 6541+2" (I'd like to volunteer my services for naming these amazing homes), SAOTA once again utilizes the beach-front site to work with large and wide views from the structure. Large glass surfaces or openings, combined with some more horizontally-focused cantilevers, are evident to experience the site and are aesthetically pleasing facades as well. I love the firm's overall style as "Plett", finished in 2010, is another pin-drop across the globe that I'd love to see in person one day.
Over the weekend, the Chicago Bulls announced plans for a new practice facility, to replace Lot J next to the United Center, and transition away from the team's facility in Deerfield since 1992, the Berto Center. The practice facility will help the continued revitalization of the West Loop neighborhood surrounding the UC and from the initial architecture rendering released above, it looks like it will be quite the beautiful addition (and look at the El in the background. Chi-City!). Plus, the way the Bulls have played the last couple games, this new practice facility couldn't come soon enough (hey!). That expected date will be for the 2014-2015 season. More details below, via Bulls.com.
The facility is anticipated to be approximately 55,000-square-feet in size. The firm, 360 Architects, has been selected as the lead project architect, and McHugh Construction has been named the General Contractor. The Bulls are committed to providing opportunities for Chicago-based companies, including women/minorities owned businesses, to be selected as part of the construction project.
“Today’s announcement is the latest example of our longstanding commitment to the City of Chicago and to our fans,” said Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “Investing in a modern facility for our players and coaches will help us to achieve our team’s number one goal – winning championships – while also playing an important role in the city’s ongoing redevelopment efforts in our West Side neighborhood.”
Hey, Singapore Sports Hub, come back here with my breath! Why you gotta take it away like that?
Ok, I guess I coulda gone with "Breathtaking", but you get my point. This looks like it's gonna be pretty amazing.
Construction has begun on the Singapore Sports Hub - Singapore's National Stadium, that will actually be the only one in the world to host football, rugby, cricket, and "athletic events" in one venue. I'm assuming these athletic events will also include basketball (an All-Star Game has to happen here), a track for Usain Bolt to set more world records in, and a Capture The Flag field (a severely underrated athletic event, if you play in pitch black dark and wear camo and face paint like I did with the homies back in high school). Whatever the case, I'm quite impressed.
Construction will commence in 2014, which will double as my planning for a flight to Singapore. Not only is the structure and the moving roof itself gorgeous, but how about the stadium's site, in juxtaposition with the water and the skyscrapers behind it. Makes for some beautiful views as you can see. Be sure to check out ArchDaily for more on how it adapts to Singapore's climate, its structural and environmental efficency, and more. Salute to Arup on the design.
425 Park Ave. winning proposal from Foster + Partners
NYC readers, get a first glimpse at your newest skyscraper along Park Avenue. Today, the firm Foster + Partners was announced as the winner of a competition to revitalize 425 Park Ave., replacing the aging tower with a world-class one full of offices. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2015 with the tower's completition coming in 2017. Soooo begin your five-year plan today to get one of those offices!
More info via ArchDaily. Might I add that this is one sleek looking office building. *Tibs Fav.
The underwater disc features 21 private rooms, custom lighting systems, and large panes of glass to view the marine life on the other side of the window. The abovewater disc features your typical restaurant, spa, swimming pool, rooftop garden, and helipad. Safety wise, if danger arises, the coolest feature may be that the underwater disc will automatically surface. Plus, each disc is sized according to the local condition and has the ability to be relocated if “any changes in the environmental or economic conditions occur”, meaning the marine life will be safe as well.
All in all, this is quite the ambitious and eye-catching project to be constructed. I can only imagine the experience if and when this gets built and if and when I put down my life's savings for a one-night stay.
*tips hat* Drydocks World and Switzerland’s BIG InvestConsult, on behalf of partner Deep Ocean Technology (DOT). More info/pics via ArchDaily.
Hive Apartments, located in Melbourne, Australia by ITN Architects, fuses two of my favorite loves: architecture and hip hop. Besides the beautiful exterior seen in the slideshow above, this complex is attractive to me because of its function as well. It carries out a graffiti theme throughout the exterior and interior and the video below walks us through the building and how some of the graffiti pieces are load-bearing parts of the structure. So they had to be placed first to support the building under construction and upon completition. Pretty cool. Take a look at the photos and video and see for yourself.
Under contstruction now is the Primorsky Aquarium in Vladivostok, Russia - a massive space being built at the request of the President of the Russian Federation. The architects, OJSC Primorgrajdanproekt (it took me about .005 seconds to decide I was copying and pasting that), did a magnificent job on the exterior facades and with the site in general, as seen in the pictures above. Plus as a fun fact: the two biggest tanks will hold 7,000 tons. Whoa there. More pics/info via ArchDaily.
Shouts to my brother (the fam and I call him 'Meffrey') for passing this beautiful, contemporary example of architecture along to me over this Labor Day Weekend. What you see in the slideshow above is an added loft at the top of a church. The design utilizes the church's grandiose windows, with the interior design and furniture adding to the already inspiring energy that is undoubtededly experienced if up there in person. Love the concept and would definitely love lofting in a holy place like this.