Archive for Architecture
San Francisco is still a very provincial city when it comes to architecture but University of California’s recently opened ‘Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building’, designed by firm Rafael Vinoly architects, seems to have made it past the nimby approval apparatus with a very “edgy” design.
“The building’s location on a steeply sloping hillside – in a city plagued by earthquakes – was a defining element in its construction. The architects’ circuitous use of stairways and sloping walkways has deftly resolved the former, maximising all available space and ensuring a fluid and cohesive whole. Meanwhile, the entire complex is also supported by steel space trusses and concrete piers, which are specifically engineered to absorb earthquakes through seismic base isolation. ”
I could live in a hole as long as it’s good design. Take this Swiss Villa designed by Dutch Architectural Studio SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects. It’s a beautiful building that blends in with the hillside, although the fencing surrounding it distracts from the visual form. The exterior patio area is an amazing use of exterior space and captures the view with a subtle smile-like curve framing the mountain in the distance. The interior appears a bit cold with the harsh angles and exposed concrete, which would be too much for long winters. So maybe I could live in a hole during the summer and spend the winter in a tree.
“How it would be, if a house was dreaming” by Urban Screen
I hate the phrase “thinking outside of the box”, it’s such a corporate schmuck thing to say but I have to give it to the Dutch and Danish architects that came up with this new building, it’s kind of taking the whole clichéd phrase to a new level.