Eugene's Blog Posts Tagged 'Modern Architecture' (73)

Modern Architecture: The Black Panther (12 pics)

GS Architects designed this black cantilevered office building in Graz, Austria. MP09 Black Panther is Uniopt Pachleitner Group's new headquarters. The company specializes in eye-wear and jewelery, so the architects wanted to reflect those products, as well as the company's culture and philosophy. The $45 million building also includes a hotel, office space, shop, and… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 24, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Modern Architecture: Hidden Underground (11 photos)

From afar, Villa Geldrop in the Netherlands looks like any other home. Walk a little closer, though, and you'll notice that is has an awesome underground level.

Four bedrooms and a living room are located in the underground level. Hofman Dujardin Architects designed the home to allow tremendous amount of natural light to flow through the open spaces in the axe-shaped foundation. The… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 20, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Modern Architecture: Inverted Pyramid Muesum (8 pics)

Designed by German architectural firm GMP, the Hanoi Museum was conceived as an inverted pyramid. The museum seems to float, while a park appears to protrude beneath the building. The landscape is beautiful, with water basins and large areas for outdoor exhibits in the style of old Hanoi.

The 323,000 sq ft (30,000 sq m) museum can be entered from all four cardinal points. Visitors can… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 13, 2011 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Modern Architecture: City of Westminster College (8 pics)

The new campus for City of Westminster College by schmidt hammer lassen architects is designed to support new ways of teaching and learning. The 258,000 sq ft (24,000 sq m) college provides much greater amounts of open learning spaces than typical colleges in the UK, and is designed to embrace interaction and diversity. The seven story building includes an exhibition area, a theatre, and a… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 9, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Modern Architecture: Guangzhou Opera House (15 pics)

This past weekend, Zaha Hadid celebrated the completion of Guangzhou Opera House, the architect’s first completed project in China. Shaped to resemble two pebbles on the bank of the Pearl River, the design was influenced by river valleys and the way they are transformed by erosion.

With a 1,800-seat Grand Theater equipped with the very latest acoustic technology, a 400-seat… Continue

Added by Eugene on March 1, 2011 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Modern Architecture: Floating House (8 pics)

The Napa River House in California is located on a site with mature oak trees and stone pathways winding down a gently sloping hill. Craig Steely Architecture didn't want to disturb the paths and root structure of the trees, so they built a structural system, originally inspired by a chairlift tower, that floats the main living area into the existing oak canopy.

The 2,382 sq. ft.… Continue

Added by Eugene on February 25, 2011 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Modern Architecture: Reflective Layers (4 pics)

Melbourne-based architectural practice Lyons digitally rendered this stunning façade, which belongs to the John Curtin School of Medical Research at Australian National University.

The glazed panels express the research work of the school at various scales, including the scale of humankind, the molecule, and the codified representations of the DNA strand.

The building is… Continue

Added by Eugene on February 17, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Urban Pyramid in NYC (11 pics + video)

Danish architects BIG recently unveiled their design for an eye-catching, new residential building to be located in Manhattan, New York. The 600-unit project entitled West 57th introduces an entirely new residential typology to New York City that will add an inviting twist to the Manhattan Skyline. Striving for LEED Gold Certification, the building is scheduled to be comple in… Continue

Added by Eugene on February 16, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Modern Architecture: The Spiraling Library (8 pics)

Conceptualized by Beijing-based architect Chris Prechteck, the National Library of Austria houses its core exhibition hall underground. The spiraling structure features a mosaic form of crystal-like excisions along its body, allowing natural daylight to filter through to the interior. The design is an extension of a bordering park and contains a number of cultural facilities including a smaller… Continue

Added by Eugene on February 2, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Modern Architecture: Urban Library of the Future (4 pics)

Amsterdam-based UNStudio recently submitted this proposal for the Urban Library of the Future and Centre for New Media in Gent, Belgium. The project features a dynamic, flexible environment with an open landscape, several meeting areas, and a public plaza. The sleek and sexy building is fluid in form and includes "green" roof terraces that provide nature sunlight inside the… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 20, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Modern Architecture: LA’s Broad Museum (6 pics)

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Broad Museum will play a central role in the re-urbanization of Los Angeles' Grand Avenue, as well as provide a contrast to Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall that sits across the street.

Dubbed the “Vault and The Veil,” Broad Museum is characterized by its large archival space, which is covered in a honeycombed, veil-like exterior. The… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 7, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

The Largest Cultural Building in China (2 pics)

Zaha Hadid Architects recently unveiled their design for the largest cultural building in China. Located in Sichuan Province, the Chengdu Contemporary Art Centre is a visually striking new landmark that will act as a gateway to the city.

The Chengdu Contemporary Art Centre will provide the city with an unprecedented collection of world-class arts,… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 15, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Modern Architecture: Razor's Edge (13 pics)

This pointy building by architect Daniel Libeskind is like that hot chick with a bad attitude. The Frederic C. Hamilton Building is an extension of the already existing Denver Art Museum. Inspired by the vitality and growth of Denver, the addition currently houses the Modern and Contemporary art collections as well as the collection of Oceanic and African… Continue

Added by Eugene on October 18, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Modern Architecture: Venom's Lair (6 pics)

Designed by Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, the Basque Health Department building looks like it came straight out of a Spiderman movie. Its façade looks sinister and foreboding, perfect as Venom's lair...

The striking façade is a shell of glass placed at irregular angles. The folds generate multiple reflections visible from the inside, changing its appearance… Continue

Added by Eugene on October 10, 2010 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Modern Architecture: La Finca Residence in Madrid (8 pics)

The architects at A-cero continue to impress us with solid structures that are intelligently spaced and magnificently designed.

Located in the town Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid), La Finca is a two-story home made of travertine marble, combined with dark gray granite. Outside, guests can relax in the jacuzzi by the pool, or have a drink by the bar and barbecue… Continue

Added by Eugene on October 6, 2010 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Modern Architecture: The Wave Apartments (7 pics)

The curvy shape of the Wave Apartments in Vejle, Denmark makes me want to go on a thrilling rollercoaster ride. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, the structure was inspired by the characteristics of the area: the fjord, bridge, town, and hills.

The building includes 140 modern apartments,… Continue

Added by Eugene on September 24, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Modern Architecture: Palacio de Congresos (4 pics)

Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen was awarded first place in a competition to design a new concert and congress hall on one of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote.

Taking inspiration from the jagged landscape of the island, Palacio de Congresos is a 161,000 sq ft (15,000 sq m) crystalline-shaped structure that is designed to be as flexible as…


Added by Eugene on April 13, 2010 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Modern Architecture: Iceland Pavilion

Designed by Plús Arkitektar, Iceland Pavilion looks like it's going to be one of the stand-out structures at the upcoming 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Arkitektar's concept was to create the image of an ice cube. The exterior is made out of back-lit printed fabric which captures complex ice patterns that are only visible within a glacier.

Inside the Pavilion, a…


Added by Eugene on March 30, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Modern Architecture: Casa Son Vida 1 (8 photos)

Located on the Spanish Island of Mallorca, Casa Son Vida 1 is a world-class modern luxury villa. The first of six planned villas on the island by Cosmopolitan Estates, Casa Son Vida 1 represents a new standard of progressive design that leans more toward futuristic than nostalgic.

As with all Cosmopolitan projects, a world-class network of architects and…


Added by Eugene on March 24, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Modern Architecture: See-Through Tower (4 pics)

Thanks to firm Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Miami Dade College is getting a gorgeous new campus center located in downtown Miami. The LEED certified structure will maximize energy savings and generate renewable energy to help power the campus.

Designed in the form of an extruded quadrangle, the building is carved to maximize openness and provide a…


Added by Eugene on March 16, 2010 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

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