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Must-see architectural wonders during your travels

Thursday, 5th February 2015 at 2:04pm

Must-see architectural wondersTwo websites teamed up to highlight inspiring structures to visit during your travels.

Expedia Viewfinder and ArchDaily came up with a list of the most noteworthy buildings in terms of their architecture in some of their favourite cities.

For example, you can learn more about the impressive Willis Tower in Chicago, the admired Guggenheim Museum in New-York, the majestic Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and more.

This list gives us a wide range of architectural wonders from the Renaissance to nowadays and they all deserve your attention during your travels.

Take a look at them here and tell us what you think. 
Tagged architecture, wonders, design, travel, must-see, archdaily, expedia viewfinder, construction

Milan Design Week 2013 Showcase

Thursday, 18th April 2013 at 1:24pm

Pure shoeTools for Life3 Nuns StoolMilan Design Week an event that showcases the latest designs from around the world with a focus upon furniture took place at the beginning of the month.

Many architects have worked in collaboration with manufacturers to design pieces to be shown here, and ArchDaily has compiled a list of what they feel are the Best Architect Designed Products from the week.

The list includes work by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line, where he explored fashion, creating Pure - a high quality trainer that idolizes “purity of form”.

Also featured is Tools for Life,  a new furniture range designed by OMA for Knoll and Ron Arad’s 3 Nuns Stool for Moroso’s American Collection.

Tagged Architects, design, fashion, furniture, Milan Design week, ArchDaily, Jean Nouvel, Ron Arad, OMA, Ruco Line, Knoll, Moroso

Most Popular Design Projects of 2012

Friday, 4th January 2013 at 5:01pm

Moses BridgeNingbo Historic MuseumTverrfjellhyttaArchDaily has released their top ten most popular design projects of 2012. These breath-taking and inspiring designs, predominately based in architecture come from all over the globe and include Moses Bridge by RO&AD Architecten in Halsteren, Netherlands, Ningbo Historic Museum by Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio in Ningbo, China and Tverrfjellhytta by Snøhetta in Hjerkinn, Norway   

Have a look at the full list here
Tagged Design, architecture, innovative, top ten projects, 2012, archdaily, interiors

National Museum of Scotland is beautifully redeveloped by Gareth Hoskins Architects

Tuesday, 8th November 2011 at 12:03pm

National Museum of Scotland.jpgThe National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh has just completed its most significant redevelopment in over a century, breathing new life into one of the finest Victorian buildings in Britain. 16 new galleries, home to over 8,000 objects, take visitors on an inspirational journey through the wonders of nature, the cultures of the world and the excitement of science and discovery.

Working with the Museum, award-winning practice Gareth Hoskins Architects has opened up and expanded the Museum’s public space, restoring and revitalizing the grandeur of the Victorian Grade A listed building. Ralph Appelbaum Associates, international interpretive planners and designers, were responsible for creating dramatic new exhibitions for visitors.

Spectacular stone-vaulted spaces on Chambers Street, which were originally used for storage and hidden from public view, have been carefully excavated and sensitively developed to form an impressive new Entrance Hall.

From here visitors enter the breathtaking and light-filled Grand Gallery. This beautiful ‘birdcage’ structure, with its delicate cast-iron balconies and soaring glass roof, was opened in 1866. Designed by the Royal Engineer Captain Francis Fowke, architect of the Albert Hall, it was inspired by London’s Crystal Palace. It offers one of the most memorable architectural experiences in the UK.

The Grand Gallery has been reinstated as a dramatic focal point of the Museum’s displays, with its impressive feature the ‘Window on the World’. Spanning the four stories of the majestic Grand Gallery space, this spectacular vertical installation rises over 20 metres and showcases extraordinary objects from across the collections of National Museums Scotland.

The redevelopment is the centerpiece of a visionary Masterplan to realize a 21st century museum which will stimulate and inspire people for generations.

Photography by Andrew Lee

To read more visit ArchDaily.
Tagged Andrew Lee, ArchDaily, Edinburgh, Gareth Hoskins Architects, redevelopment, renovation, The National Museum of Scotland

Sir Peter Cook’s 75th Birthday Art Auction and Exhibition

Monday, 31st October 2011 at 10:39am

Peter Cook.jpgSir Peter Cook is 75 and to celebrate the iconic British architect and Archigram co-founder’s birthday, 75 established and emerging international artists have produced a portrait of Sir Peter to auction for charity Architecture for Humanity aiding post disaster relief in Haiti and Japan. Both the auction and exhibition started on October 26th and runs until November 9th. The online art auction can be found at The Adam and Eve Projects while the exhibition is up at Space, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia. The image shown here is by WIll Scobie. To see more images visit ArchDaily.
Tagged ArchDaily, Archigram, Architects, Architecture for humanity, Exhibitions, Peter Cook, The Adam and Eve Projects

Taranta, An Office To Create

Thursday, 21st July 2011 at 3:44am

Taranta.jpgWhen you think of an office, you don't normally realise how different it would look from floor level.

The fascination in the Red Town Office (Shanghai, China) of architecture firm Taranta Creations lies exactly in this difference of perspective.

The building originally hosted a metal factory, and the distance between the structure and ceiling was far too small to accommodate a modern office layout of floor and tables.
Taranta - concept diagram.jpgHence the beautiful design, including four working stations placed in the space between the steel profiles. This transforms the floor into a continuous desk, inviting the designers to use the open space for sketching, brainstorming, planning, drawing, modelling and generally creating their new projects. Productive and beautifully informal.

Read more on ArchDaily.
Images © Shen Qiang / Shen Photo
Tagged ArchDaily, Enrico Taranta, Shanghai, Taranta Creations

Villa Ronde provides an organic flavour

Thursday, 12th May 2011 at 1:25am

Villa_Ronde_Ciel_Rouge_2.jpgVilla_Ronde_Ciel_Rouge 1.jpgThis amazing building, set on the coast of Japan, houses a private museum, a guest house and a resort. It has been designed to allow a free organic space to be created, with rooms opened or closed to the internal patio area. The circular design captures the best of the views whilst also helping to resist the strong typhoon winds.

An amazing design and a great space that works with its environment whilst optimising views and offering resistance to the elements.

It was designed by Architects Ciel Rouge.

Read more on Arch Daily

Images © Henri Gueydan
Tagged ArchDaily, Architecture, Ciel, Design, Gueydan, Marketing, Rouge, Villa Ronde

The Guest House in a Container

Friday, 15th April 2011 at 2:26am

Container guest house.jpgShipping containers are not one of the first places you would normally call homey. Yet, award winning Poteet Architects is best known for their creative reuse of existing building facilities, with a fresh touch of modern interior design. A client wished to experiment with shipping containers and the built project now lives just south of downtown San Antonio, Texas. We at the Think Tank find the result charming - the finished project is adapted to a guesthouse and is fitted with services as shower/WC and a stainless sink. The very broad steel and glass lift/slide together with the end wall-window open the whole interior to the landscape.
In the perspective of re-using unwanted materials, the emphasis was on sustainable strategies. The shipping container itself was originally "one-way" and has been adapted to a permanent use. Held off the container top, is a planted roof, which provides shade and air-flow to reduce heat gain. The roof is irrigated using the captured grey water from sink and bathroom. Surprisingly, the whole structure "floats" on a foundation of recycled telephone poles. Charming... and fascinating. Great to make an original guest house at the other side of the garden.
To read smart features of this guest house and see more images click here.

Image © Chris Cooper
Tagged ArchDaily, Architecture, container, container guest house, green architecture, Poteet Architects