Don’t be fooled by the deceptively simple exterior of this library building in Saint Denis, France. Don’t even be fooled by the word library. This is the Saint Denis Archives Building. It was designed by Antonini + Darmon Architectes to function as hard drive– a reference to the most popular form of storage since the shelf. Even though the architects don’t mean to take this metaphor literally, there are moments where it becomes conspicuous. For instance there is a giant turntable on the ground floor that allows bookmobiles and shuttles to be more efficiently packed away inside the building. In plan, it makes a giant circle that briefly makes the plan look like the innards of a computer.
Like many projects, the Morphosis-designed Emerson College Los Angeles has a construction camera that allows anyone with internet access and the latest Flash plugin to watch the slow-going construction process. It’s an excruciating pace for me but some folks find it entertaining. The project was developed over the course of nearly three years before construction started. The project will finish sometime in 2014, providing Seniors from the Boston-based Emerson College with a place to stay while they intern within the television and film industry.
This might be the home of my dreams. What you see above is the Edgeland House which was designed by Bercy Chen Architecture Studio, a small firm based in Austin, Texas founded by Thomas Bercy and Calvin Chen. The design of the houe was inspired by the Native American pit-house, a style of residence which is partially buried under the earth. The benefit of this is that the house will stay warmer in cold months and cooler in warm months. It also looks freaking cool.
Earlier this week, the doors opened to Herzog & de Meuron‘s latest project, Messe Basel. The project is a new convention center on the outskirts of H&dM’s hometown, Basel Switzerland. Convention centers aren’t usually something to get too excited about, they’re big dumb boxes that are often so big they’re hard to integrate into the surrounding urban fabric. But this one is somehow different.
Exciting news this morning out of Kensington Gardens! Sou Fujimoto has designed the Serpentine Pavilion for 2013. Fujimoto had this to say about his design: “The delicate quality of the structure, enhanced by its semi-transparency, will create a geometric, cloud-like form, as if it were mist rising from the undulations of the park. From certain vantage points, the Pavilion will appear to merge with the classical structure of the Serpentine Gallery, with visitors suspended in space.” It sounds stunning and if he’s able to achieve a quality similar to the renderings, the pavilion will be phenomenal. Oddly enough, to me it looks like a larger and more complex version of another recent project: No Dog, No Life.