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  • Reindeer Pavilion
  • Reindeer Pavilion
  • Reindeer Pavilion
  • Reindeer Pavilion
  • Reindeer Pavilion
  • Reindeer Pavilion
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NORWEGIAN WILD REINDEER CENTRE PAVILION by SNØHETTA

Too often, the intent of architecture is to shock and awe with grandiose scale. A 90-m² observation post in the middle of Norway’s most mythical mountain range exemplifies how pocket-sized structures can elicit an equal sense of wonder.

 

The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Foundation commissioned the architects to design a pavilion in Hjerkinn where visitors could witness Europe’s remaining wild reindeer herds roam. 

 

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THEORY OR PERSONAL POSITIONS

Theory is given a place of considerable significance in almost all serious writings on architecture. According to Vitruvius, architecture is an art consisting of two things: theory and practice. But the place of theory, and its relation to practice has rarely been clear.

 

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Chair of the Century: LCW by Eames

TIME magazine proclaimed it “the chair of the century.” The backstory behind one of modern design’s most recognizable pieces of furniture is as fascinating as the reverence it still inspires 70 years after the first model rolled out of Herman Miller’s factory.

 

First, a misconception must be set straight: as brilliant as he was, Charles Eames did not singlehandedly design this icon. In truth, like all famed Eames designs, the chair could never have been made without a lifelong collaboration with his wife Ray.

 

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  • Cambridge Public Library Extension by William Rawn
  • Cambridge Public Library Extension by William Rawn
  • Cambridge Public Library by Ann Beha Architects
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Quiet, please by Laura Wernwick

I walk by William Rawn’s Cambridge Public Library extension twice a day on my way to and from work. I love the transparency of the south façade. It is sharp and crisp, and I can see right through to all of the exploring, socializing, reading, and working taking place within. When I go into the library for research or study, however, I tend to move quickly away from the openness of the new building into the old one. I find a semi-enclosed quiet spot away from the crowds, turn off social media, and get to work.

 

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  • The Garden Bridge by Thomas Heatherwick
  • The Garden Bridge by Thomas Heatherwick
  • The Garden Bridge by Thomas Heatherwick
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Cities Alive by Arup

A research programme and report exploring the future of green infrastructure in the design and function of cities. Cities Alive highlights the social, economic and environmental benefits of green infrastructure, including case studies of best practice from across the globe.

 

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  • The old exterior factory windows were replaced and re-purposed to create dividing walls; these become interior light sources in the main open desk and conference room area.
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Brooklyn Desks by Steve Napier

An innovative Brooklyn-based design team have breathed new life into a derelict 1920’s warehouse. StudiosC ’s adaptive-reuse concepts completely transform an abandoned building in New York into a contemporary and sustainable new communal office space.

 

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