Lucky Seven: See how seven famous architects rethought Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 Chair

Design, National, Product
Thursday, August 6, 2015

(Courtesy Republic of Fritz Hansen)

In observance of the 60th anniversary of the Series 7 chair, furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen enlisted seven architects to re-envision the classic Arne Jacobsen design. Explaining the impetus behind the program, Jacob Holm, CEO of Fritz Hansen, said, “If we fall asleep on top of our heritage, design becomes museum items. And if that happens, it (design) no longer adds new value to the present time.”

The participating firms—BIG, Snøhetta, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Neri & Hu, Jun Igarashi, and Carlos Ott in association with Carlos Ponce de Léon—certainly created some eye-opening interpretations of the chair. The architects’ comments on their designs reveal their inspirations and intentions.

View the redesigned chairs after the jump.

An expanse of sustainable timber just clinched the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s Lakefront Kiosk Competition

Chicago Architecture Biennial officials today announced "Chicago Horizon" by Ultramoderne as the winner of the inaugural design festival's Lakefront Kiosk Competition. (Ultramoderne)

Chicago Architecture Biennial officials today announced “Chicago Horizon” by Ultramoderne as the winner of the inaugural design festival’s Lakefront Kiosk Competition. (Ultramoderne)

Officials with the Chicago Architecture Biennial today announced the winners of the Lakefront Kiosk Competition, choosing a team whose stated goal was “to build the largest flat wood roof possible.”

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Master adobe architects are looking for volunteers interested in building with little more than the earth around them

(Courtesy Adobe Alliance)

(Courtesy Adobe Alliance)

Simone Swan is perhaps this country’s most important advocate for adobe or mud brick architecture.  In 1997, Swan left her New York home and moved to “500 acres of scenic fringe of the Chihuahuan desert near Presidio, Texas. There she founded the Adobe Alliance to teach the earth building techniques she had learned from the great Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy.

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Mark Sexton on Designing a High Performance Facade for the FBI

Krueck+Sexton Architects' FBI South Florida Headquarters. (Courtesy Krueck+Sexton)

Krueck+Sexton Architects’ FBI South Florida Headquarters. (Courtesy Krueck+Sexton)

For Krueck+Sexton Architects, determining the essential design character of the new FBI South Florida Headquarters was a no-brainer.

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Unveiled> Egypt’s National Cancer Institute hires SOM for 9 million square foot campus

Despite its mammoth size, the 200-acre campus is intended to feel cohesive, according to SOM's project description, because of its highly organized layout. (SOM)

Despite its mammoth size, the 200-acre campus is intended to feel cohesive, according to SOM’s project description, because of its highly organized layout. (SOM)

Looking to expand its footprint across 35 acres outside Cairo, Egypt’s National Cancer Institute has hired Skidmore Owings & Merrill to design and plan nine million square feet of healthcare space for an “international nexus of cancer research, education, and discourse” that is targeting LEED Gold.

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Mies van der Rohe’s Lafayette Park complex in Detroit was just named a national landmark

"Lafayette Tower West After A Storm," shot in HDR. (Bryan Debus via Flickr)

“Lafayette Tower West After A Storm,” shot in HDR. (Bryan Debus via Flickr)

More than 50 years after its construction, the single-largest collection of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe‘s built work is now a national landmark. The National Park Service on Tuesday designated Detroit‘s Lafayette Park its 2,564th National Historic Landmark, validating the efforts of the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, which began the documentation and nomination process in 2012. Quinn Evans Architects of Ann Arbor led those efforts as part of the preservation group’s Michigan Modern Project.

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Could evaporating water be the newest renewable energy source? Columbia researchers harnesses the power of bacterial spores

(Courtesy ExtremeBio)

The Moisture Mill (Courtesy ExtremeBio)

A biophysicist at Columbia University has discovered how to tap evaporating water as an electrical energy source using a simple device made from bacterial spores, glue, and LEGO bricks. Ozgur Sahin’s findings operate at the cellular level, based around his research on the Bacillus bacteria, a microorganism commonly found in soil—and its implications could potentially be far reaching.

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Heather Roberge’s En Pointe installation finds stability in eccentricity

Architecture, West
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Heather Roberge's En Point installation is a mediation on the history of the column. (Joshua White)

Heather Roberge’s En Point installation is a meditation on the history of the column. (Joshua White)

“They don’t rely on anything except each other to stand up,” noted Heather Roberge, principal of the architecture practice Murmur, as she wove through the leaning, gleaming steel columns of her installation En Pointe. “There is a structural interdependence between each member, showing that you can use strategies of eccentricity to produce stability.”

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Products> Hot Products for Hot Summer Days

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Vitrocsa)

Landscape lighting, kitchen systems, pavers, and wire mesh: readers of SpecSheet certainly have wide-ranging interests. Here are some of the most popular products of the year thus far, as measured by the volume of online traffic.

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The always-superlative Dubai is set to build the world’s first fully functional 3D-printed office building

Architecture, East, Technology
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
(Courtesy Museum of the Future)

(Courtesy Museum of the Future)

What do office buildings and onions have in common? Layers! Dubai is gearing up to 3D-print an entire office building to temporarily house staff of the Museum of the Future. The high-tech structure takes the shape of an elliptical-shaped spectacle engraved with Arabic letters set to open in 2017. Its breathless marketing vaunts the fact that all interior fixtures and furniture will also be 3D-printed.

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See this majestic aerial drone footage of Jordan’s breathtaking canyons, ruins, and architectural history

(Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

(Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Travel and lifestyle brand Matador Network released breathtaking footage of an aerial fly-over by drone, offering a soaring bird’s-eye-view of Jordan’s architectural marvels.

Watch the video after the jump.

For the Birds> Michael Graves’ last design for Alessi updated his Bird Kettle with a dragon

Design, International, Product
Monday, August 3, 2015

(Courtesy Alessi)

The last project Michael Graves completed for Alessi references one of his earliest creations for the company: The 9093 kettle, better known as the Bird Teakettle. To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the iconic piece, the late architect designed a new component for what’s being called the Tea Rex kettle.

In January 2015, Graves explained the development of this update.

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