As a young boy I was always impressed by the structure of the Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany when my grandpa and my uncle took me along to attend soccer games of their favorite team “Bayern München“. Years later at school we learned about Frei Otto and his unique structures but now there’s a totally different opportunity to explore Frei Otto’s life… Read More Catch of the Week: Frei Otto – Spanning the Future
Every year people are flocking in to spend their holidays on the “Isola del Sole” which has always had a vast offer of leisure time opportunities and recreation possibilities thanks to its location in the Adriatic Sea and its beautiful surrounding lagoon. Some of them became real enthusiasts over the years and decided to acquire… Read More Grado Weekend Hideaway by Architect and Friends
Niklas Maak, writer of the book “Living Complex” we wrote about last year, has published a new book about strange houses and their inhabitants: This is no classic architectural history! Eccentrics, art collectors, film-makers: Their houses tell the most amazing stories. Niklas Maak has written them down – not just for architecture lovers. Suddenly there is a house: a… Read More Atlas of strange buildings and their inhabitants – Atlas der seltsamen Häuser und ihrer Bewohner
Working on a Mac has always been a great experience for us. Since the comeback of AutoCAD to the Mac platform there’s an even richer palette of applications available. But what when it comes to connectivity on the 2016 MacBook Pro? If you are used to work on your huge display like the Apple 27″ Cinema… Read More ARC Hub – The perfect solution for your new MacBook Pro?
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Here in Italy people and authorities don’t think much about Mid-Century Modern architecture having failed completely to protect important buildings and hidden gems in the past – nationwide. 1960’s and 1970’s are mainly wiped off the map and more like candidates set to be demolished or replaced by anonymous, functional buildings without any sense for style and without… Read More Mid-Century Modern in Italy and California – Then and now
Take a look at our updated website with new images of our recently completed project in the Historic Center of Grado, new images of Döllerer’s Enoteca and new images of the Grado Beach Residence featured by Greenwood. Continue here and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter! @architectontour #architecture #architecture Grado #Grado #MichaelAtzenhofer
Last week we were invited to a, as we thought, dinner party at Castello di Buttrio next to Udine but it turned out that there was something very special behind it. Later that evening we watched a touching, not yet released video about preventing lost generations. It was all about the Building Peace Foundation, established in 2014… Read More RE:BUILD – HOW TO DRAW A BEAUTIFUL FUTURE
Finding the right lighting (and light) for your project can be tricky nowadays! Till now LED lamps and bulbs had the problem that most of them generated horrible results when thinking about natural old-style bulb light and the color rendering index hardly reached a CRI of 80. With today’s warmer colors at 2700 K and a… Read More FontanaArte IO – Designed for LED light sources – The perfect shaped wall lamp
At first sight the title “Architecture of Happiness” seems to be a book about architecture dedicated to fun like theme parks or shopping malls (when thinking of what many people consider to be happiness nowadays) – but it isn’t! Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton, a Swiss writer who lives in London, is a dazzling… Read More It’s all about books this summer – Here’s another recommendation! The Architecture of Happiness
Los Angeles has changed a lot since the 1940s, and few neighborhoods have changed as much as Bunker Hill. Once an affluent community filled with some of California’s finest Victorian mansions, today there are located some of the most important buildings of Los Angeles just like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Meanwhile the… Read More LA then and now – 70 Years definitely can change a City
During our last visit in fabulous Cape Town, South Africa by accident we popped into a cute little store located at 201 Bree Street and Buiten Street. Skinny LaMinx is a design company that’a all about mid-century style, scandi-inspired, japanese-crazed pattern & colour, with a dose of African chic thrown in for good measure. Heather Moore was… Read More Fresh Mid-Century style fabrics from Capetown
Mark your calendars! If you are in Los Angeles on Monday, August 1, 2016 you should join a master of contemporary architecture in one of his most acclaimed projects for a fascinating conversation with Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne about the future of L.A. A pre-event reception, a guided walking tour of… Read More What are you doing Monday, August 1?
In one of our latest projects in Italy, a renovation of a beach residence in Grado, we introduced a decorative facade element and handrail made of Greenwood, an eco-compatible hi-tech composite wood. Greenwood is the result of a research project to protect the Venice lagoon. Originally used for mooring poles and public transport landing stages Greenwood… Read More Brise Soleil Grado – Catch of the week – Project by Architect and Friends
On June 17th, 2016 dezeen posted an article about the concerns and fears of creatives all over the UK. OMA founder Rem Koolhaas says that Britain’s EU Leave campaigners believe they can change England back to the way it was, but don’t understand what that really means. Koolhaas studied at London’s Architectural Association and in the 2000s OMA and its research arm AMO worked on a… Read More Europe could be fun!
Today we would like to reblog a newsletter from Christopher Kennedy, an interior designer we met in Palm Springs during Modernism Week that speaks for itself: So many emotions today. “I am in Chicago to launch a product — and I ought to be excited — but suddenly that seems terribly trivial to talk about.… Read More Be nice!