As a follow up to the lauded Woonhuis Residence 1.0, the Dutch practice FARO Architecten recently completed an energy-neutral row house in Ljburg near Amsterdam.
Built on the campus of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) — one of the best universities in the world for science, engineering and computer science — The Rolex Learning Center functions as a laboratory for learning, a library and an international cultural hub for students and the public alike.
The Messner Mountain Museum, born of the passion of Mountaineer and Statesman Reinold Messner, is dedicated to man’s encounter with mountains. The museum complex is comprised of five small museum buildings located throughout the Alps, each with individual exhibitions, all devoted to the intimate relationship between man and the mountains throughout the centuries and the world.
The intimate Danish summer house, designed by Mette and Martin Wienberg, is a rigorous play of light, material and volume. The design is simple and abstract; the hard lines of concrete and steel are tempered by the warmth of wood, and softened by leather and fur, white curtains, large windows, and soft lighting. The result is a sense of intimacy– a ‘warm cove’, beautiful, functional and cosy, where every family member can find their own space. It is unpretentious and simple, in harmony with tradition. “If you have quiet rooms, the views of the garden look almost like paintings,” Mette says.
Whether driven by passion or the relentless demands of change, design is a full time job, 24/7. Now, Netherlands-based Zecc Architects has designed a flexible, multi-use office space for the communications firm Heldergroen in Harlem that helps accommodate and diversify round-the-clock studio life.