23o5Studio completed the design of BQ-17 Residence, a contemporary home located in an uncrowded neighborhood of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The design was adapted to the living needs of a couple and their three children, while taking in consideration the laws of urban planning. Local legislation required to leave 2.5m (8ft) front and 2m (6.6ft) behind the house, which somewhat challenged the initial plan of developing the construction more horizontally. According to the project developers, the solution was to “build interleaving spaces, which have different foolproof, placed around a central vertical space”, thus creating voids and connections between rooms.
Minimalism is the key feature of this residence; yet, quite a few elements stand out: “Seen from outside, the house has simple lines, yet strong enough to combine cubes as a sculpture. Lot of squares, with different sizes and free layout, joined with graceful greenery to attract people and make them curious about entering inside. The squares become highlighted from the front door to the central block. They do not only get natural light for the house, but also create an aesthetic effect at night.” By employing wood extensively for the furniture elements, doors, floors and central staircase, the designers achieved a welcoming family atmosphere-have a look! [Photography by Quang Tran]
image © cecile septet (all images courtesy of RMDM)
french firm RMDM architects have recently completed ’10 very high performance apartments’, a social housing building within the 18th arrondissement of paris, france. with the encompassing urban block undergoing transformation, this pair of structures offers a home to lower income residents while an outdoor area for repose creates a vegetated buffer zone between the building and densely developed district. an entry elevation clad with vertically sliding aluminum cassette panels in three tones of white to gray activate the facade projecting a structure which is entirely closed off from the surrounding environment or dynamically adjusts to the daily activity of dwellers. the hinges allow the shutters to be opened in diverse degrees, offering privacy and protection from solar gain.
a U-shaped plan wraps an open-air patio to benefit each of the units from natural daylight. living spaces are oriented to overlook the dynamic and communal spaces. two of the roof wings feature terraces while a row of inclined solar panels mirror the exterior’s aesthetic and support hot water production. (db)
db, lauren. “RMDM architects: 10 very high performance apartments – social housing, paris.” designboom. N.p., 16 Jul 2012. Web. 16 Jul. 2012. <http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/22427/rmdm-architects-social-housing-in-paris-10-very-high-performance-apartments.html>.
the works of japanese artist keita sagaki are highly detailed drawings portraying a larger figure or image comprised of hundreds and thousands of smaller sketches. his portfolio of painstakingly detailed, multi-layered pieces are approached in this way as the artist was deeply affected by mandara, a form of religious painting in esoteric buddhism, to which he was exposed at a very young age. his father took him to witness the making of this psychological and meditative artistic process at the age of ten. his exposure to mandara was around the same time that the other prominent feature of sagaki’s work, comic-like figures, was beginning to enter his artistic repertoire. now, sagaki begins his especially
image-dense illustrations in ink from one corner of the canvas until the entirety of the work-surface has been covered in his whimsical doodles, ultimately forming a fine-art work when viewed from a distance.
‘all things are composed of whole and part. for instance, the human body is built from 60 trillion cells. moreover, every matter is formed by an atom or a molecule. when all people live in this world, everybody belong to some organization such as a family, school, company and nation, even if we are unconsciousness. let’s broaden your horizons. your country is part of nations all over the world. and, the solar system including our planet is a part of the galaxy. however, the concept of ‘whole and part’ is not fixed. it’s in flux if we interpret from a different viewpoint, the wholeness which we defined is converted into the partialness. domain in the relations of both, it never ends. the concept of my creation is the relations of borderless ‘whole and part’. as i draw a picture in this concept, i want to express conflict and undulation from relations of ‘whole and part’, cannot be measured in addition and subtraction (the whole in the grand total of the part. and the part by the whole division)‘ – keita sagaki
leigha, db. “sagaki keita: comic fine art drawings.” designboom. N.p., 18 Mar 2012. Web. 20 Mar. 2012. <http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/10/view/19752/sagaki-keita-comic-fine-art-drawings.html>.
Common Assembly II: Nottingham
Exhibition: 28 Jan 2012 – 15 Apr 2012
The centrepiece of DAAR exhibition is a life-sized section through the abandoned Palestinian Parliament in a suburb of Jerusalem – a parliament that has never been used. Construction started during the 1996 Oslo Accord when peace seemed possible and was halted in 2003 after the Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, marked the failure of the political process.
The project began with the discovery that – mistakenly or intentionally – the building was constructed on Israel’s unilaterally declared border within Jerusalem. The parliament is partly within Israeli territory and partly within Palestinian controlled land – a small strip, no wider than the border line, is in legal limbo.
DAAR has build the section of the abandoned Palestine Parliament that the border line crosses in three dimensions. This suspended and elongated structure will act as a forum for debate on the future of Palestine during the exhibition.
How can political participation be organised for a partially exiled and geographically dispersed people? Palestine’s complex and developing nationhood offers the opportunity to think beyond the nation state.
Common Assembly is a project by Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, Eyal Weizman, Nicola Perugini with Yazeed Anani, Nishat Awan, Ghassan Bannoura, Benoit Burquel, Suzy Harris-Brandts, Runa Johannessen, Zografia Karekou, Cressida Kocienski, Lejla Odobasic, Carina Ottino, Elizabeth Paden, Sameena Sitabkhan, Amy Zion.
For the occasion of DAAR’s exhibition — A Common Assembly — this one day conference will deal with new forms of political action and association – collective protests — in the Middle East and around the world.
The term Common Assembly comes to name a radical form of political participation and collective actions that has been used, in different variations, within different contexts of revolutionary protest from Cairo’s Tahrir square to the stairs of St Paul’s cathedral.
Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar 2012. <http://www.decolonizing.ps/site/>.
When it comes to color, I’m a middle of the road person. While I admire people who go for the gusto with four walls of bright, bold color, I’m more in tune with moderated uses. Accent walls deliver a robust dose of color with less work, more flexibility and require slightly less color confidence. In other words, they’re perfect for lazy, timid, commitment phobes like me.
I rounded up twenty rooms to inspire readers who are looking to incorporate more color in a room, but who aren’t quite ready to take the 4-wall plunge. As you can see, wallpaper is as effective as paint in adding color and pattern on an accent wall and walls with paint treatments like stripes and chevron equal more than the sum of their parts.(McBride)
(Images credited in the original posts)
McBride, Carrie. “Accentuate the Positive: 20 Colorful Accent Walls.” ohdeedoh. Apartment Therapy , 15 Nov. 2011. Web. 15 Nov. 2011. <http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/color/accentuate-the-positive-adding-color-with-accent-walls-160212>.