Within the past five years many important parks have been designed for a wide variety of areas within the Los Angeles Basin. Yet there has been little discussion about these parks: what they look like, how they function, and how they relate to contemporary Los Angeles. This exhibition will survey six major parks that are currently being designed, that are in construction, or have been completed recently. The hope of this exhibition and symposium is to open up a dialogue among the Los Angeles design community and discuss the work critically.
This maximum-security home just outside of Warsaw is literally an impenetrable concrete block with movable walls. At the touch of a button, the Safe House can open up and reveal the windows and doors or close completely so that onlookers can only see the house's exoskeleton and thick walls that surround the property. When it is in an open state, a draw bridge lowers, connecting the home to its adjacent indoor swimming pool. Architect Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes and his collaborators designed this home in response to the client's interest in creating a feeling of maximum security.
Neues Museum by David Chipperfield Wins EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Award
UK architect David Chipperfield's renovation of the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany, has won the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture of the Mies van der Rohe award. The original museum, built in the mid-19th century and designed by Friedrich August Stüler, was severely compromised in World War II. Whole sections were missing and the rest was in poor condition. Reconstruction began in 2003.
At first glance, this small living space on a Spanish sea-side cliff looks like a hollowed-out boulder with a window. Perhaps the most interesting part of the Truffle House is the unique process through which it was constructed, showcased in this video. To build it, the Ensamble Studio group began by digging a hole in the ground and pouring concrete into it. To create the hollow interior that would be the living space, they incorporated hay in the middle of the concrete. They then covered the whole structure with earth and let moss grow on it to give it an aged, natural look before uncovering it. The two ends were sliced off to create two openings and, finally, a cow named Paulina ate away the hay, opening up the space to fit a bed, kitchenette and sink.