Located in Miami’s most extreme food zone, this waterfront project by Brillhart Architecture offers a new design aesthetic for elevated coastal architecture. The Stewart Avenue residence not only tackles environmental challenges from an adaptation and resiliency point of view but also incorporates inventive architectural devices that offer conceptual, material-based strategies – elevating Miami’s waterfront landscape.
The house is situated a few miles outside the predominantly red-brick town of Dundalk in the seaside village of Blackrock. The clients, a retired couple, sought a modestly-sized, low-energy, warm, and welcoming home that enjoyed sunlight all day long.
Garnham Street comprises eight bright and expansive apartments configured across a building of four stories providing a mixture of one, two, or three bedroom apartments. Working with Artform Group and Scenesmith, Garnham Street is a unique design with beautifully crafted interiors, situated just five minutes walk from the station and two minutes to the bustling Stoke Newington Church Street.
The Fuggerei in Augsburg is the world’s oldest social housing complex. In celebration of their 500th anniversary, the Fugger Foundations initiated an interdisciplinary debate on the topic of housing, culminating in the presentation of a “Fuggerei Code” for the future of social housing, alongside a series of studies for future Fuggereien around the world. The Next500 Pavilion, outside the town hall in the Fuggerei’s home city of Augsburg, is the epicenter of this debate and program.
The installation is a result of the collaboration by the international team composed of Claudio Araya (Chile), Yahya Abdullah (Canada), and Iga Majorek (Poland) in collaboration with AMDL Circle, the architecture studio led by Michele De Lucchi (architects of record). Commissioned to design the facade for Silk-FAW’s grand reveals of the Hongqi S9 electric supercar at the Fuorisalone 2021 design week, the proposal poses the question of the reveal itself.
Apple Brompton Road, another close collaboration between Apple and Foster + Partners, is now open. The new Knightsbridge store is situated between high-end department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols. It is flooded with natural light from floor-to-ceiling arched windows.
New York-based studio Architensions has designed House on House, the transformation of a compact suburban home in Babylon, Long Island, that includes the addition of a second-floor volume that looks as if another house has been placed on top of the house. A juxtaposition of past and present, visually and programmatically, characterizes the design: the original light gray vinyl siding was retained on the exterior of the first story, but the second-floor addition is clad in a thick stucco to enhance the volume’s solid, heavy, massing; and, in select areas, a skin of smooth, light pink rectangular ceramic tile. In several places, the tile descends onto the exterior walls of the original home in inverted arcs, arches, and swoops, as if the new is slowly overtaking the old. The stark aesthetics of this transformation accompany a layout, geometry, and overall approach that challenges the cookie-cutter single-family suburban typology that is typical of the surrounding area, and more broadly representative of mid-century middle-class white flight.
Fortunately, architecture has the power to solve numerous issues of the modern world and how we live in it, and there are infinite ways of doing so. However, not all architecture is effective in providing solutions while also being sensitive and thought-provoking. With a portfolio that is getting richer every year, SO–IL, an architecture practice based in New York City, has proven that buildings can actually do this and much more.
Konishi Gaffney Architects have completed the overhaul of Greyfriars Charteris Centre in Edinburgh’s city center following an invited competition in 2017. The £1.7m refurbishment, improvement, and extension of the former church provides a flexible workspace, a community hub, events spaces, and a non-denominational sanctuary.
In the beginning, there was a vision of a house made of renewable raw materials in the Homolje Mountains. The task confronted us with various questions: How can we think of a holiday home in the periphery that justifies the destruction of an intact landscape inherent in the building? How do we build in a foreign context, with simple craftsmanship and local resources?