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.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Perkins+Will last week and made our March/April "Infrastructure" issue event such a success! Special thanks to Photographer Claudio Farias, Jack Skelley, Perkins+Will, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Michael Bohn, AIA, Cliff Garten, and Deborah Weintraub, AIA.
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