When the Dubai Government recently unveiled the grandly titled Museum of the Future, the building looked like it was missing something: A vast void pierces the center of the oval structure, designed by an unnamed architecture firm and set for construction in 2017.
The distinctive shape of the building forms the latest attempt by the United Arab Emirate’s most populous city to create an instant civic icon, following in the footsteps of Abu Dhabi’s string of new museums, currently under construction further along the coast of the Persian Gulf.
It would be easy to dismiss such ostentatious orifices as being devoid of architectural substance… quite literally. But can there be more to such a proposal, other than a superficial desire to grab attention on the skyline with the aid of a novelty silhouette? Here are six more buildings with a hole in their heart — I’ll leave it up to you to fill these voids with your own opinions...
Attention Mac-using architects: Apple just announced a new 12-inch MacBook. First, the pros: It is astonishingly thin, includes a Retina Display, a new touch-sensitive trackpad and a new port for data transfer and charging in a single connector. It's being offered in 3 colours: silver, gold, and the effortlessly cool slate grey.
However, somewhat perversely, Apple's latest iteration uses Intel's new low-power Core M processor. This seems a peculiar backwards step, altough it does provide for a longer battery life (up to 9 hours) and that über-thin design. Then there is this big controversy about ports... there's just one of them in the super slim device. Yes... one.
Check out the images below and decide whether this one could be for you... or if it's another major faux pas from the tech giant in the wake of mixed reviews for their latest luxury accessory, the Apple Watch.
Check out Part 1 here, 2 here, 3 here, 4 here, 5 here and 6 over here!
So, I'm frequently asked what makes me so ANGRY. The truth is, I'm not always in a rage... in fact, quite often I'm a veritable ball of sweetness and light! (Within reason of course, I am an architect after all...)
The infamous anger only really occurs only when I see architecture, design, engineering and project managing that is - how do I put this? - at the WRONG end of the intelligence spectrum. This includes everything from a dodgy door handle to an enormous, post-modern mess...
The question is: How can we reduce this source of face-palming frustration? By compiling a handy pamphlet for all concerned, succinctly named:
A QUICK GUIDE: HOW NOT TO ARCHITECT.
Peruse the articles below for examples of what not to do, and feel free to contribute to the collection as you see fit, just send me your photos over on the official Facebook page... for the benefit and continuing professional development of us all, of course. You can thank me later.
The Angry Architect
ARTICLE 61: Green Wall Down!
This sustainable feature is proving a little... unsustainable.
ARTICLE 62: A Sight For Sore Eyes.
Dear Extroverts: Please note that standing out is not *always* a good thing...
ARTICLE 63: Castlevania.
Are you a King or Queen? If no, reconsider turrets.
ARTICLE 64: The Hotel Of Doom.
Esquire called it "The Worst Building In The History Of Mankind". Whatever your thoughts on the architectural qualities of North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel, one thing that can't be argued is that the management of this project was far from ideal.
The hotel was scheduled to open in June 1989, but problems with building methods and materials causedsevere delays. In 1992, after the building had reached its full architectural height, work was halted due to a lack of funds amid electricity and food shortages in North Korea following the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Japanese newspapers estimated the cost of construction was $750 million, consuming a massive 2 percent of North Korea’s GDP.
It remained a concrete shell for 16 years, before the project finally resumed in 2008. The exterior of the building is now finished (it is now sheathed in highly reflective glass) but it is unclear exactly when it will officially be open for business... the mystery continues.
ARTICLE 65: Frightful Fenestration.
ARTICLE 66: Bawdy Bushes.
Aw, come on now. Really?
Believe it or not, this kind of thing makes headline news in the UK. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2431713/Premier-Inn-removes-spherical-bushes-plants-outside-new-hotel-topiary-look-like-phallus.html
ARTICLE 67: Knowledge.
Always do your research before posting about architecture on social networks. Don't worry, Rachael - we've all been there (more or less).
ARTICLE 68: The Wheelchair Foundation.
Spot the mistake.
ARTICLE 69: Every Man's Home Is His Castle.
Also, taking proverbs literally is generally not the best idea.
ARTICLE 70: The Ramp Riddle.
Go up the ramp, open the door, go in--- oh wait.
It's Frank's 87th Birthday! In the great man's honour, here are 10 buildings that may have served as inspiration for the above cake, and in no way indicate that Gehry could ever be accused of replicating branded architectural concepts around the world, ignoring context at will... ahem. Enjoy!
1: Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis
2: Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao
3: Neuer Zollhof, Dusseldorf
4: Peter B. Lewis Building, Cleveland
5: Richard B. Fisher Center, New York
6: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
7: DZ Bank Building, Berlin
8: The Lou Ruvo Center, Las Vegas
Given the physical nature of the built environment, it would be easy to assume that the visual qualities of spaces dominate our our perception of a building. However, many artists and architects have experimented with specific sensory devices over the years, proving that every sense can be significant in transforming the experiential qualities of architecture. Here are five spaces designed to heighten your awareness in very unexpected ways: step inside and leave your preconceptions at the door…
Shopping centers have long been a source of conflict and contradiction for architects. Successful malls are celebratory cathedrals of consumerism that, for all their vitality, can suck the lifeblood out of the surrounding cityscape and transform high streets into ghost towns. The functional motivation of malls is at once glamorous and gluttonous, often necessitating aesthetics that tread the fine line between class and kitsch; this was the challenge that MVRDV took on in their proposal to renovate the huge Vandamme Nord shopping center in Paris, which was approved last week.
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The regeneration of Vandamme Nord continues a trend in righting the wrongs of inner-city mall design, with the overhaul of many shopping centers constructed in the 1970s to reflect the contemporary preferences of developers and end users alike. Examples include La Part Dieu Centre Commercial in Lyon, which was built in 1975, sporting large amounts of artificial lighting and oppressive dark finishes. Building Design Partnership renovated the complex in 2001, cutting away a huge section of rooftop parking to allow natural light to flood in through huge new skylights.
Bjarke’s been busy lately — not just with edifying and exhibiting but also his day job as, you know, an architect. The Danish architect’s firm has unleashed a veritable blizzard of new projects this winter, with the scale and program of each varying significantly. Following on from the recent groundbreaking of their twisting TELUS Sky Tower in Calgary, we can now bring you news of 4 fresh projects — in ascending order of size — on BIG’s digital drawing board.
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