Monday, December 06, 2010

tower in a field

The text of this project is all in Czech, which we are unfortunately not fluent in [yet], but the images say plenty by themselves. What we can gather, it is a "Tower on a Hill" located in a field near the town of Židlochovice, Czech Republic and designed by architect Pavel Jura.Constructed entirely of Acacia lumber and galvanized steel, it seeks no other function other than revel in the surrounding landscape, and as much of that landscape as the eye can possibly see. A crude English description is part of the images captured below, so please excuse the shortcomings of the translation.

"The tower is proposed on a regular plan of thirty acacia wood columns. The circular ground plan corresponds to the topography of the site with an equivalent view in full 360 ° circular profile also provides rigidity to the horizontal wind load."

"Each of the acacia poles is composed of several planks, whose number reduces as the column height decreases. Thinning of the structure corresponds to the reduction of tension in the material, loaded from the most massive pedestal to the crown of the tower - the subtle elements of the balustrade without load. Thinning of the structure follows the winding up of the internal spiral staircase, while climbing the tower with views gradually opening up - from nearly closed base, to open top level."

"The internal staircase procedure confirmed the building's presence - each step is made of planks from a console supporting pole. Dimensional spiral interlocking brackets which strengthen the structure, and defines the internal space above the illuminated free kernel. Spatial stiffness is gathered from the circular cross section (as well as barrels in the cellar at the bottom of the hill), as well as steel hoops, complete with wooden braces between the columns."






"The aim was not looking for a new, or necessarily any other similarly modern architecture - the advertising slogan "Please come - see what you've already seen" remains with variety-show entertainers. It was neither to exhume historical or any other referenced architectural forms - from the final of the building one cannot expect more than the picture of the principles used in the construction."

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

engineering without engines

“Engineering without engines. We should use contemporary technology and computation capacity to make our buildings independent of machinery. Building services today are essentially mechanical compensations for the fact that buildings are bad for what they are designed for – human life. Therefore we pump air around, illuminate dark spaces with electric lights, and heat and cool the spaces in order to make them livable. The result is boring boxes with big energy bills. If we moved the qualities out of the machine room and back into architecture’s inherent attributes, we’d make more interesting buildings and more sustainable cities.” -- Bjarke Ingels, BIG
[props to the schuster for finding these words of insight]

Friday, October 01, 2010

quote for 2010.Oct.01

This is a time in which belief is often overwhelmed by exponential change. Even in the most serious architectural circles, intellectual games and superficial dogma can take the place of affirmation, and the mediocrity and deadness of much of our environment continue to spread.

Yet, in all of our surroundings there is great richness and power. Belief in the sensuality of place, the emotive qualities of materials, and the ability to give pleasure and insight, to comfort, and to transport, can produce humane and spirited architecture. It is our belief that exceptional architecture comes from the search for solutions which respond to the particular circumstances inherent in each situation.

Increasingly, we have come to see that, in a sense, circumstances are infinite and that working within any one set of habits is too limiting. We must be alive to the subtleties of place, whether manmade or natural; to the varied nature of humans and their particular activities; to the qualities of their institutions; and to the nature of the means with which we build. With both intellect and intuition, we seek solutions that respond to the web of circumstances at hand.

Over the years the interplay of architects within our practice and our responses to more complex and demanding programs and varied environments have broadened our view of the circumstances that affect our work. We are peeling away the layers of our habits and preconceptions. We require open-mindedness, willingness, gentleness - a soft, yet no-holds-barred approach.
-- BCJ website

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

clyfford still museum: the final design [video]


description from the museum's website:

The Museum is conceived as a solid, a mass of concrete, deriving its presence from the earth—a single construction that is opened up by natural light and that itself becomes the source of light for the art within. The museum structure will exist, simply and elegantly, to make room for the voice of a single artist.

The Still Museum’s final design envisions a two-story 28,500 square foot structure made of highly textured and resurfaced concrete that will modify light on both the exterior and interior of the Museum. The landscaped forecourt will serve both as a place of refuge and repose, transitioning from the urban neighborhood to the experience of viewing Still’s art within the Museum. A cantilevered canopy of concrete will lead visitors into the first-floor lobby, and glass walls will allow visitors to see into the conservation studio and collection storage. An open corridor will include educational materials, and its two-story expanse will provide views from below of the second-floor galleries and views from above into the library and study areas on the first floor. The Museum’s open design embodies the founding principle of the institution, the revealing to the public of this once-private and very personal collection.

A beautifully-crafted wooden staircase will lead visitors to the second floor, which consists of a series of eleven distinct galleries, having varying ceiling heights and proportions designed for the optimal display of the different elements of the Still collections. The galleries, totaling approximately 10,000 square feet, will feature changing exhibits of work from throughout Clyfford Still’s career and will enable visitors to progress chronologically through Still’s works. One of the singular features of the Museum will be its daylight system that includes diffusing skylights and motorized shades situated above a custom-formed, surprisingly delicate concrete tracery ceiling that almost disappears in the scattered light. The intensity of each gallery's light will vary with changes in daylight, and electric lighting will further enhance curatorial flexibility to modify the tonalities in each exhibition space. The Museum is currently expected to open in the fall of 2011.


this will take more study, but our first impression [mostly questions]:

1] The approach is one of the best things going for the design if the wild flower meadow "forecourt" stays intact through the design process. a nice entry to a long expanse of glass, beneath the cantilevered upper level.

2] what is with the monster trees in the "forecourt"? every denver-ite knows that trees in this city take 200 years to get that tall. there is simply no water...maybe they will transplant full grown maples or oaks to the site...

3] Exteriors:
the textured concrete looks promising with the subtle random vertical shadow pattern, but how does this translate to the interior? Also-what is the significance of choosing this method of concrete and its aesthetic? What is the significance to Clyfford Still/Denver/museum-goers? is it just to look "cool" or does it have a deeper meaning to place and culture? and please don't tell me it is to imitate the nearby mountains [libeskind...argh!]. if we want to experience mountain textures and forms, making a 30 minute drive would allow you to experience the real thing.

4] Interiors:
oh we get it now! the random vertical wood panelling references the exterior concrete texture [kind of...sort of...]. the animation doesn't do any favors to the interior experience, but the main level is definitely non-hierarchical in organization [also a theme in adjaye's mcart denver]. the entrance is very un-monumental [no atrium, no grand staircase, etc.] but maybe that is okay. not sure though...the ambiance of the random lighting layout and glowing stairwell is another play of subtlety, but it doesn't make for a public space you want to linger in--more like a interstitial space to grab tickets and be herded through the galleries. libeskind's denver art museum has the great atrium that while even though induces vertigo, at least makes you feel something special about the place spatially.

5] Gallery Ceilings:
not sure what that perforated sunscreen/sunshade is or how it gets manufactured / built, but it looks like it has potential. a bit of a rip-off from renzo piano, but if you are going to plagiarize, do it from the best [which renzo is the master of daylight manipulation]. from the description above, it sounds like GFRC [Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete] to us.

6] Animation/presentation:
this may be perceived as a minor issue, but does it bother anyone else that there are no shadows or reflections on the floor for the people in the animations? because it is driving us absolutely mad! very distracting and also a little creepy to not have the kind of depth that is created by those little details [pay attention young architecture students]. the autumn setting is very nice and sets a good mood, but we are suckers since autumn is our favorite season in denver.

all in all, we are eagerly awaiting the completion, and one cannot truly judge a work without being inside it, around it, immersed in it... while this critique may be somewhat cynical, it is merely curious and has anxious questions to the incomplete. follow the construction progress on the museum's website here:


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Friday, August 06, 2010

secret ghost garden


a terrific write-up on brian mackay-lyons ghost village by elena safronsky for hgtv canada:



at the bottom of the article is a more extensive slideshow, and this is only part I. stay tuned for part II.

Monday, August 02, 2010

the tent and the whale's smile




apologies for such a lag on the draw, but here is calatrava's proposal for adding a south terminal at denver international airport, including rail station/overpass bridge and 500-room hotel.

from the denver post:

video animation of new DIA south terminal [calatrava architects]

Day said the south terminal project includes at least 100,000 square feet of retail and other concession space that — along with the hotel — will generate revenue and help offset the cost of the project.

Calatrava's design calls for the hotel-train station-plaza complex to dominate the view of the terminal from the south, but those traveling to DIA will retain a view of the terminal tent through a low, saddle-like space between the hotel's twin towers.

The south terminal project also includes a commuter-rail bridge over Peña Boulevard just east of the E-470 interchange that will accommodate the $1.2 billion East Corridor train from Union Station to the airport. Train service is expected to start in 2016.


rendering of interior at new south terminal & rail stop [calatrava architects]


And of course the money has yet to be thrown down:

DIA still must determine if it can afford the Calatrava-designed commuter-rail bridge.

The airport has proposed "enhancing" RTD's design for the bridge and paying the difference between the "base price" the Regional Transportation District will budget for the bridge and what it would cost to build it according to Calatrava's design.

RTD recently selected a consortium of private companies to build the East Corridor train under a public-private partnership.

On Aug. 12, RTD and the firms will be able to identify the amount of money they have for the rail bridge after they complete financial terms of the public-private partnership, said RTD spokeswoman Pauletta Tonilas.

DIA will have until Jan. 31 to decide whether it can afford to pay the difference between the base price for the bridge and the amount needed to realize Calatrava's design, said Day, DIA's manager. When an early Calatrava design came in around $60 million, airport officials said they could not afford that price.


a glowing, but still somewhat deprecating write up from the Post's Architecture critic:

This bird has beaks too. On both its north and south side, large curved roofs cant outward to create giant covered plazas between the two buildings.

While the main terminal — with its iconic, pointy tents — pushes downward, the expansion appears to lift off like a gravity-defying jumbo jet. It is very much in the space-age school of Eero Saarinen, designer of the landmark TWA terminal at JFK and St. Louis' Gateway Arch, except that like all of Calatrava's designs, it is lighter and brighter, an awing combo of engineering and fine details.

Is it a bit too obvious for an airport building to reference both birds and planes? Perhaps. Architects have made it routine. Still, Calatrava's design feels new, and aside from its overwhelming size, it is a kind neighbor to Denver architect Curt Fentress' 1995 terminal.


now do you see what I mean by "whale's smile"? imagine a giant humpback whale skimming for plankton...

I'm not sure what is going to be the first thing to hit the chopping block: the over-emphasized rail bridge or the 500 room hotel?

the article mentions calatrava's sensitivity to the original tent structure, but the above rendering seems to tell a different story...



Monday, July 26, 2010

still museum: final design presentation



now you must decide between santiago and allied works! brad cloepfil shows off the final design of the clyfford still museum tonight:


Clyfford Still Museum: The Final Design
Brad Cloepfil, Allied Works Architecture

Since the initial schematic design unveiling, the design of the Clyfford Still Museum has advanced in exciting ways. Architect Brad Cloepfil will detail innovative solutions conceived to present Still's artworks, including a state-of-the-art daylighting system and an innovative, highly expressive custom-formed concrete exterior. As part of his lecture, Cloepfil will premier a 2-minute “virtual animation” of the building which will simulate a walk-through of the museum, including the landscaped forecourt.

7pm, Monday, July 26
Denver Art Museum Sharp Auditorium

Please RSVP at
info@clyffordstillmuseum.org

Friday, July 23, 2010

Calatrava in Denver


Another inbox gem:

Renowned Spanish Architect

Santiago Calatrava to Visit Denver

DOCA will host special public presentation

on Calatrava’s unique vision & career July 28

DENVER, CO – JULY 21, 2010 – The evening of July 28, the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs will host a special public presentation on the unique vision and career of renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, to be followed by Q & A. Calatrava will be in town to unveil his design for Denver International Airport’s South Terminal Redevelopment, which will take place the following day July 29. The public presentation on July 28 is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required; however, seating is first-come, first-served.

WHAT: Public presentation on unique vision & career of architect Santiago Calatrava followed by Q & A

WHO: Architect Santiago Calatrava

WHEN: Wednesday, July 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sharp Auditorium, Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.

DOCA’s public presentation on the unique vision and career of Santiago Calatrava is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the celebrated architect, who was selected for the City’s latest civic venture, DIA’s South Terminal Redevelopment.

Architect, artist and engineer Santiago Calatrava was born on July 28, 1951, in Valencia, Spain.

Calatrava began his formal instruction in drawing and painting at the age of eight. He earned a degree in architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Valencia, where he also took a post-graduate course in urbanism. Attracted by the mathematical rigor of certain great works of historic architecture, and feeling that his training in Valencia had given him no clear direction, Calatrava decided to pursue post-graduate studies in civil engineering and enrolled in 1975 at the ETH (Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich. He received his Ph.D. in 1981.

In 1984, Calatrava designed and built the Bach de Roda Bridge in Barcelona. This was the beginning of the bridge projects that established his international reputation. Since then, Calatrava has been commissioned for bridges and buildings across Europe, as well as numerous projects in North and South America.

Calatrava’s first building in the U.S.—the expansion of the Milwaukee Art Museum—was completed in 2001. It was named “Best of 2001” by Time Magazine, “2002 Best Large Structure” by the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, “2004 Outstanding Structure” by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering and “2004 Outstanding Project Award” from the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, Chicago, Illinois. Sundial Bridge in Redding, California, was Calatrava’s first bridge in the U.S., completed in 2004. Recent U.S. commissions include the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York and three bridges over the Trinity River in Dallas, Texas.

Calatrava’s honors and awards are many. They include being named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (1993) and one of the “Time 100” most influential people by Time Magazine in 2005. He has received 18 honorary doctorates to date, is an Honorary Citizen of Liege and a Permanent Honorary Guest (Ständiger Ehrengast) of the University of Zurich.

Santiago Calatrava has offices in Zurich, Valencia and New York. For more information, visit www.calatrava.com.

The mission of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs is to advance the arts and culture in the City and County of Denver.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

pecha kucha night denver: vol. 10

In my inbox this morning:

Untitled at the Denver Art Museum presents:

PechaKucha Night Denver volume 10

projected on the side of our own
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Friday, July 23, 8:20 - 10 pm
Show starts at sun-down
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Monday, July 19, 2010

glimpses of a ghost



there are some glimpses of this summer's ghost 12 in an article over at architzer.com. [with photos taken by builder gordon maclean for mls architects]. special thanks to parkinperspective for the heads up!


ghost 12 'boat house' from the northwest


ghost 12 'boat house' from the southeast


the article also features some past ghost projects as well, but his year's "boat house" stayed within the language of last year's minimalist wooden boxes perched towards a view or over a body of water.

see also some good blog documentation by Cherish Rosas at moxie 5.25


photo of brian's sketch for ghost 12 "boat house" [by cherrymoxie4.com]

we will keep our eyes peeled for new images/blog posts, etc. and post the links here.

stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

summer parties


In my inbox:

this means that ghost 12 will be completed soon, and taow will be linking to pics of the latest project. if any of you ghosties have photos you'd like to share, leave us a message in the comment thread.

Brian MacKay-Lyons and a model of Ghost Five. (Credit: Mark Buckley)


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

random stuff



since we are hard at work trying to push the fifth LEED platinum building in colorado through the permitting process, here are some random readings that have caught our eye:

-typically, peter eisenmann is not on our radar, but this interview of the man had some good sound bites:


we're not a regular subscriber to the old man's work, but he sure makes some good points.

-dan rockhill illustrates the trials and tribulations of his kansas university design build program:


last year, the group went for LEED platinum, now they are shooting for the much higher Passive house standard, defined by germany's housing code. here is a rendering of the new studio 804 project:

the slatted wood rain screen will be douglas fir boards, finished with a japanese technique called "shou-sugi-ban":


photo from pursuing a life of wabi

this process consists of blackening the surface of the boards with a propane torch that will make them resistant to rot and insects:


photo from pursuing a life of wabi

the boards are finally washed and dried and coated with penofin oil:

photo from pursuing a life of wabi


check out the current project status here: studio 804.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

LECTURE:

APRIL 14th, 2010

Clyfford Still Museum: The Final Design

Brad Cloepfil, Allied Works Architecture


POSTPONED INDEFINITELY


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Friday, April 09, 2010

pecha kucha night denver: vol. 9


In my inbox this friday afternoon:


PechaKucha Night Denver volume 9 is coming up on Tuesday, April 13th!


Create Denver Week and AIA Colorado present this edition of PechaKucha Night, an evening of creative chit-chat where local architects, designers, and artists will share 20 images of their work, timed for 20 seconds each.

As usual, PKND volume 9 will feature a mix of creative talent - including some buildings, playgrounds, cake, furniture, end-of-life photographs, and living via thinking. Come to be entertained and informed about the creative talent here in Denver!

PechaKucha Night Denver volume 9
Tuesday, April 13
doors 7:30 / event 8:20
@ Flower Garage
1430 Delgany St. / Denver (across from the MCA)
free/donation - rsvp suggested

RSVP! Save yourself a seat: http://bit.ly/CDWRegistration

Featuring (but not limited to) presentations by:

Amir Alrubaiy, Matt Shea, Ken Renaud / architecture
Meg Rapp / ATELIER-xs
Jeanne Connolly / Vintage Renewal furniture
Ian Coyle / Thinking for a Living
Lucia De Giovanni / "My Life" photography, with music by John Common
Cate Townley / Learning Landscapes


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Friday, March 12, 2010

a secular retreat


all imagery from living architecture blog

as many [or not so many] readers know, we here at taow are big, slobbering fans of peter zumthor and whatever is released from his office into the wild blue yonder. we just recently noticed the update over at the living architecture blog regarding 'a secular retreat' that the zumthor is currently working on. at first glance the concept model images seem crude and elementary, but rough texture and the hand made quality of the presentation is not only a trademark of PZ's craftsman background, but maybe that is the entire point of the project...

after all the chosen title 'secular' brings to mind some intriguing concepts [and meaningful interpretations] for a house:

  • Not specifically religious.
  • (Christianity) Not bound by the vows of a monastic order.
  • Temporal; something that is worldly or otherwise not based on something timeless.
  • Happening from age to age.
  • Long-term.
  • (astrophysics) Of or pertaining to long-term non-periodic irregularities, especially in planetary motion.
  • (atomic physics) Unperturbed over time.
  • [all definitions from Wiktionary]

    but we must say that the suspense is killing us--what is the material palette? where is the site? is it this place mentioned in the photo caption called chivelstone, great britain? how many obscure places do we have to travel to see zumthor's projects? ; ]

    in the between time, this vague and brief description will have to suffice for now:

    Peter Zumthor is frequently described as the greatest architect at work in the world today, and has recently been awarded the internationally prestigious Pritzker Prize. He is famous for his baths at Vals in Switzerland, as well as for his Bruder Chapel outside Cologne in Germany and his Kolumba Museum in Cologne itself. He is a master of craftsmanship, and an expert in the use of natural materials, which gives his buildings an eternal quality. For Living Architecture, Zumthor is designing his first project in the UK – a hill-top retreat, to which people will be able to go for periods of sustained work and reflection.




    model view 1 - dining room


    model view 2 - kitchen & dining room


    model view 3 - corridor


    Peter Zumthor discussing structural concepts with structural engineer
    Jane Wernick for the 'chivelstone' secular retreat
    [a glimpse into the plan hidden in the background?]

    Stay tuned...

    be sure to check out the other houses on the blog...
    we are particularly interested in the shingle house and the in-between house.

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