LES BELLES ECHAPPÉES | Chevallier Architectes
The project began with the discovery of this exceptional land by the architect who proposed it to the client. The latter, seduced, envisages the construction of three chalets, which will be reduced to two constructions to conform to the agreements made with the municipality.
The client, who has already carried out other projects with the agency, wanted a contemporary, unprecedented, and striking proposal. He asked for a strong and pure signature of the Agency’s architectural style. And thus, the kiosks on the roofs, these open volumes tore from the agreed space, are born and gives the master-bedroom a spectacular view on the chain of Mt Blanc, a luminous escape.
The whole was devised taking particular care in framing the view, to isolate themselves from the road while ensuring easy access and good relations with the neighborhood.
CONTEMPLATIVE ARCHITECTURE: Role of Architecture in Nation Building
-Yakin Ajay Kinger
Architecture can be seen as a microcosm of the society and humanity at large. The root cause of both, imagination and perception is the human thought. Thoughts are the instigators which give shape to ideas and opinions which in turn lead to the merger of shared values to create a collective whole. This very virtue has prevailed and made architecture an improvisational art. The contemplation of historical narratives along with traditional ones forms the base for expanding the possibilities of tomorrow. If we look at architecture as a continuous cycle on a timeline, three governing factors which can be observed in varying proportions are traditional principles, pragmatism and innovation. The merger is greater than the sum of the total and has varying impactful abilities.
COMPLEX TAJ RISHIKESH RESORT & SPA | yh2
The Indian Himalayas, a steep mountain landscape through which the sacred Ganges River meanders, is a nature that supersedes all human construction.
For the development of the hotel complex Taj Rishikesh, it was this modesty in face of the grandiosity of the place that guided our approach.
The project was developed following a trip to the Indian Himalayas, where we studied the traditional vernacular architecture developed over millennia. This architecture evolved in response to the rugged mountain topography and the locally available materials, and this established the foundation of the project.
The resort, located 250 km north-east of New Delhi, incorporates the main hotel block and a series of villas on a vast and steep site overlooking the Ganges River. The site layout is inspired by traditional Himalayan villages, anchored around a Darbargadh, the traditional residence of local rajas or lords.
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TEO CENTER FOR CULTURE, ART AND CONTENT | A.Lerman Architects Ltd.
In a beachside residential area of Herzliya, TEO (the Theodor Herzl Center for culture, art, and content) comes into view as a distinct single-story building, eminently lower than the neighborhood’s enclosed private mansions. The freestanding TEO opens up a wide panorama toward the west—the horizon over the ocean—thus rupturing the visual and social narrative of walled luxury villas this area of Herzliya is known for. The insertion of a fully exposed public cultural center as an event in the surrounding urbanscape was key to the design strategy.
Announcing the Winners of the 2020 AZ Awards
On Friday, September 18, AZURE took to the world wide web and social media platforms to reveal the 20 winners of the 2020 AZ Awards. These standouts in categories as varied as product design, architecture, landscape architecture, concepts, and student work represent the very best work being created today. They include a spiraling tower that rises above the forest floor in Denmark, a public swimming pool sanitized by natural processes (no chlorine!), and an ethereal light fixture that seems to disappear when switched off. The winners were awarded a unique trophy designed by Luca Nichetto, one of this year’s AZ Awards jurors, made of glass blown in his native Venice.
The four other jurors were: Canadian architect Omar Gandhi, designer Stephanie Davidson of Davidson Rafailidis, architect Marion Weiss of New York’s Weiss/Manfredi, and Los Angeles landscape architect Mia Lehrer. They selected the 20 AZ Awards Winners and 48 Awards of Merit, chosen from 1,241 entries from 47 countries.
BE29 | Arshia Architects
BE29 is located in Beverly Hills, California, and is a representation of a cross-section of history at the helm of art as a painted medium. This epoch is untethered by the advent of new media, mainly film and television presented spectators with journeys in possible times and space. As impressionist and expressionist movements marked a sharp and radical departure from realist techniques, they returned to social realism as their subject. This in turn presented a complete repeal in the history of the medium, projecting itself as a paradigm shift. Aligning the project with this essential notion of departure, the concept for the gallery materialized with an interest in creating a background to amplify the presence and appearance of the historic artwork.
The design of the gallery is a balanced composition of three milieus: the historic artifact (paintings), the contemporary shell (existing building), and the future cloak (new improvements).
THE LINE | Regroup
The Line is a temporary structure designed by REgroup architecture in rural, Northern California. The structure, which was designed for small events, from musical performances to weddings, offers a new type of rural event space for the area.
The minimal design is a direct result from working with a ‘micro-budget’ of less than $5,000. “The design offered an interesting challenge to design something that had a strong presence while removing all unnecessary components. It creates a kind of spectacular ‘generic’ quality” said Gary and Julia Lewis principals of REgroup.
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SCRIBIT | CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati
Write&erase robot Scribit and artist-illustrator Worry Lines present “Odd Rituals at Work”, a lighthearted illustrated guide to reimagine working life in the highly stressful year of 2020. The guide features a set of drawings, done in Worry Lines' typical "oddly comforting" style, which can be reproduced by Scribit on the wall or window of any workspace, with the objective to diffuse work-related stress or share simple messages of mindfulness. The content was developed in collaboration with the European coworking network Talent Garden and is available worldwide as part of Scribit's art streaming platform that is sometimes referred to as the "Spotify-for-Art".
Scribit is the world's first write&erase robot that can turn any vertical surface into a low-refresh screen. Functioning as a "printer for walls", it ushers in a new way of presenting digital content and allows users to instantly personalize a vertical plane. Launched with one of the top crowdfunding campaigns ever, it was named one of the Best Inventions of the Year by TIME magazine in 2019.
A BIODIVERSITY CORRIDOR FOR MONTRÉAL | civiliti, LAND Italia, Table Architecture, Biodiversité Conseil
The Biodiversity Corridor is landscape infrastructure superimposed on the existing urban order, creating diagonal links between a highly fragmented set of environments and sites. Unlike a transportation corridor, this is multifunctional infrastructure that encompasses urban design, landscape design, biology and mobility. Underpinning the creation of the Corridor is a holistic vision that marries the logic of life with the logic of urbanization by integrating new designs into the borough’s pre-existing urban and social fabric. The vision also includes plans for the addition of an even larger territory, going beyond administrative boundaries and the distinction between public and private spaces.
One of the key aspects of our proposal involves the transformation of three long segments of Hydro-Québec rights-of-way into a vast flowery meadow. Like a large green canvas, the meadow’s impressive scale will allow it to connect existing and newly created fauna habitats. Our project could also be described as a threedimensional landscape composition: in addition to the richness of the new habitats, microtopographies will create inner spaces that break the horizon through the introduction of vertical vistas, and generate places and paths for discovery. There are also a multipurpose trail and clearings in the vegetation to facilitate active transportation and local social activities.