No. 14. Firm: ADN Garden Design; RA Architectural & Design Studio; Subvert. Site: Lisbon, Portugal. Idea: One 2,700-square-foot house distinguishes itself—and its Lisbon neighborhood—with 1,100 square feet of vertical garden, providing a drab culdesac with a new kind of park. A private residence is also a public amenity. Photo by FG + SG Architectural photography/photofoyer.
Firm: UID Architects. Site: Fukuyama, Japan. Idea: A house set in a suburban development in Fukuyama is constructed so the back of the two-level, 1,350-square-foot structure extends into unspoiled woods. Photo: Sergio Perrone. From "100 Big Ideas".
Firm: Architecture and Vision. Idea: Invented to alleviate dependence on wells in parched regions of northern Ethiopia, the WarkaWater tower has nylon mesh suspended inside its 29½-foot-high bamboo frame that extracts potable water from fog. Photo: Gabriel Erigon. From "100 Big Ideas".
Firm: Harrison Atelier. Site: Brooklyn, NY. Idea: Inspired by Timothy Pachirat’s book, Every Twelve Seconds, the performance “Veal” combined music, dance, video, sculpture, and sets to cattle-prod vegetative minds into reassessing their relationship to the meat industry. Photo: Ben Louis Nicholas. From "100 Big Ideas".
Firm: David Stark. Site: Washington DC. Idea: Art in Embassies, a U.S. department of state program, promotes cross-cultural dialogue through the visual arts. For AIE’s 50th anniversary, the event designer transformed a 26,000-square-foot courtyard at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington into fête central. Photo: Heidi Ehalt. From "100 Big Ideas".
Firm: MaRS. Site: Houston, TX. Idea: Houston natives Kelie Mayfield and Erick Magni of MaRs created an intimate space within a cavernous convention hall for the VIP lounge at the 2012 Texas Contemporary Art Fair—and they’ve been hired again for 2013. Photo: Eric Laignel. From "100 Big Ideas".
Firm: Steve E. Blatz, Architect; Antonio Pio Saracino. Site: Rome, Italy. Idea: A space shared by a pediatric-dental practice and children’s speech therapist is united by a system of ribbons. In the waiting area, thin layers of dry wall, which were moistened on-site, are molded over a wavy substructure to form inviting benches, shelving, stairs, and even the ceiling. From "!00 Big Ideas."
Firm: Paul C. Dominguez Architect. Site: New York, NY. Idea: The Out NYC markets itself as Manhattan’s first openly gay hotel. Rather than pander to stereotypes, however, the architects aimed at making the 105-room urban resort “straight-friendly”— restaurant, trendy dance club, spa, and all. Photo: Magna Biernat. From "100 Big Ideas."
Firm: Ann Hamilton. Site: New York, NY. Idea: As swings dangled from the wrought-iron trusses of the Park Avenue Armory, its drill hall morphed into a playground called "The Event of a Thread." Photo: James Ewing. From "100 Big Ideas".
No. 5. Firm: Richard Meier & Partners Architects. Site: Bergamo, Italy. Idea: The iLab headquarters for Italcementi, one of the top concrete manufacturers in the world, is rocksolid but startlingly airy, too. The 250,000-square-foot building is constructed with a high strength, low maintenance reinforced concrete that Italcementi developed specifically for it. Photo: Scott Frances/Otto. From "100 Big Ideas".
Firm: New Architects; Newtone Architects. Site: Rome, Italy. Idea: The online bank ING Direct Italia needed a banking outpost and a concept store in one. The brand’s avatar, a pumpkin, lent its shape and shade of orange for a 13-foot-long, 8-foot-high lacquered pod that sits in the middle of the 4,800-square-foot branch. Photo by Leonardo Aloi/Courtesy Of ING Direct Italia. From 100 Big Ideas.
Filip Dujardin assembled D'Ville 001 out of 19th-century houses in Deauville, a resort town on France's northeastern coast. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and the Highlight Gallery. From "Photographic Constructions by Filip Dujardin".
Firm: Iroje KHM Architects. SIte: Seoul, South Korea. Idea: A clients’ respect for classic Korean architecture conflicted with a strong desire for both high security and the latest in design and technology. To reconcile these opposites, a 3,600-square-foot home encircles a 2,200-square-foot courtyard to maximize light penetration and air circulation. Photo: Sergio Pirrone. From "100 Big Ideas".
Firm: ADN Garden Design; RA Architectural & Design Studio; Site: Lisbon, Portugal. Idea: On the roof of a house, a 30-foot lap pool hugs a glassed-in cabana topped with solar panels that power the water heater. Photo: FG + SG Architectural. From "100 Big Ideas".
Firm: El Equipo Creativo. Site: Barcelona, Spain. Idea: The 2,700-square-foot interior of Ikibana restaurant references Japanese flower-arranging, using all parts of a plant to emphasize line and form: petal-shape tables, decorative foliage and a canopy of sinuous hardwood “branches.” Photo: Adrià Goula. From "100 Big Ideas".
Guimarães 008's shanties, digitally collaged from shots of assorted walls, stack up beneath a toll bridge in the northern Portuguese city. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and the Highlight Gallery. From "Photographic Constructions by Filip Dujardin".
Single-bottle, stainless-steel shelves attach with hinges to the storage-display modules. They, in turn, are joined with anodized steel connectors. Photo: Zooey Braun. From "Furch Gestaltung Reinvents the Wine Rack."
Jumbo-sized reprints of book pages, beautiful script translated into carpet, and a hopscotch-style alphabet are whimsical touches by Johnson Favaro at the freshly renovated Beverly Hills Library. Photo: Zale Rchard Rubins. From "Beverly Hills Library by Johnson Favaro."
Firm: Benny Jepsen and Kristoffer Tejlgaard. Site: Bornholm, Denmark. Idea: A lattice of local Douglas fir formed what appeared to be an exploded geodesic dome, a temporary pavilion called People's Meeting Dome and built for Denmark’s department of public housing. Photo: Courtesy of the artists. From "100 Big Ideas".
Firm: Servo. Site: Los Angeles, CA. Idea: Comprising glass pendant fixtures, porous ceramic tiles, and “algae” made of cablewire, "Aqueotrope" at SCI-Arc’s gallery addressed roof-scapes as sites for the development of architectural systems that integrate organic matter. Photo by Joshua White. From "100 Big Ideas."
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