Design and Science, Past and Future

Design practice and scientific methodology became increasingly intertwined in the twentieth century.  This shift may have begun at the Bauhaus school in Germany, where designers, artists, and architects explored the relevance of industrial materials with an experimental curiosity.  The question that arose then remains much the same today: with our ever-expanding empirical understanding of the […]

Pezo Von Ellrichshausen: Simple Forms, Complex Spaces

Architecture’s interpretations are as varied as the individuals who practice it.  The world’s second oldest profession is kept alive by a constant stream of new designers offering fresh insights into the realm of space.  Two such architects are the duo of Maurizio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen of Chile.  In their writings they speak of […]

A childhood fantasy come to life: Sweden’s Treehotel

We are enamored with the Treehotel located deep in the forrest of Harad, Sweden. The Treehotel lives at the very tip top of what feels like the whole world, Harad and is an excellent resting place for travelers on their way to see the Northern Lights in the nearby Arctic Circle. Owners Kent and Britta Lindvall commissioned […]

Daydreaming at The Rookery

Chicago is a visual wonderland. We could walk downtown every day and still see something new and intriguing. One delightful location to sketch and let your eyes wander is The Rookery.   The lobby or “light court,” designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has an airiness unlike any other skyscraper in the Financial District. The openness gives […]

National Library of France renovations: weaving worlds together

After years of renovations commencing in 2011, the National Library of France in Paris was unveiled. We are particularly drawn to the complexity of the project bravely taken on by architects Bruno Gaudin and Virginie Bregal. The project’s objective to update the building, constructed in 1869, for the growing visitor population and to update the site […]

Zaha Hadid’s posthumous vision: Opus Office Tower

Although architect great Zaha Hadid “Queen of the Curve” left us in 2016, we are delighted to learn that her visions will continue to live on. Over the next few years Zaha’s plans will guide thirty more projects. The Opus Office Towers in Dubai are one example of her in progress projects. The interior office and […]

Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

The design of a museum can be a curious exploration. The structure needs to meet the needs of the art that will be displayed within yet it also should present itself with comparable style and innovation.  The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis has risen to the challenge. The most striking feature is the undulating rooftop […]

Ash + Ash sustainable design

Recently, we came across Ash + Ash, a home in Mount Tabor in Portland, designed by eco-friendly architecture firm Hennebery Eddy. Ash + Ash not only has lovely proportions, it’s also LEED certified.  The space includes rainwater recovery processing, transforming Oregon’s rainy days into safe drinking water. The wood covered interiors activate our creative thinking serving as a retreat from the […]

Ghost Architecture by Edoardo Tresoldi

In Puglia Italy, artist Edoardo Tresoldi has created a masterful sculptural installation that reinterprets the remains of an ancient church. Tresoldi worked with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and the Archaeology Superintendence of Puglia to re-imagine the splendor of the church at the Archaeological Park of Siponto. The work, simply named Basilica di Siponto revives […]

Updated 60’s Home Keeps Its Prairie Roots

A long time family home in Quebec was in need of an update.  Architecture Open Forum worked with the owners to honor the prairie style and horizontal lines of the 60’s home while bringing a contemporary feel both inside and out. The outdoor area provides an excellent space to enjoy the surrounding landscape.  The yard […]