Pionen – White Mountain in Stockholm, Sweden, designed by Albert France-Lanord Architects, functions as the WikiLeaks Headquarters. It is housed in a former 1,200 sqm Cold War bunker (originally built as a World War II bunker); 30 meters down under the granite rocks of the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm. The starting point of the project was to consider the rock as a living organism. One of the original founders of WikiLeaks is architect John Young. Visit the Albert France-Lanord Architects site HERE for more info!
We love Photography and we love Architecture. Conclusion: we LOVE Joe Fletcher’s architectural photography. What a stunning portfolio (and gorgeous homes, all of them!)…He was born and raised in London, UK, studied painting at Chelsea College of Art & Design, receiving his BA in Fine Art, and later attended London’s Goldsmiths University, graduating with a MFA in photography. In 2003, he left soggy London for foggy San Francisco. See more of his amazing work on his site HERE!
Ma Yansong is one of China’s youngest architects and the leader of the firm MAD. The firm has earned international fame and has created some stunning projects! I especially love his attitude towards the role architecture should play in our society. He Says: “People shouldn’t fit architecture…architecture should fit people!” Check out the video below and read more about Ma Yansong over at The Creators Project HERE! (While you are there, make sure to check out some of the other amazing creators).
Ok, first of all, i LOVE The Selby…If you all have never looked at the amazing interiors of creative folks from all over, you are seriously missing out…I fell in love with this one in particular: Lyndsay Caleo, a jewelry designer and Fitzhugh Karol, a furniture designer, share this pad…Does this not look so inviting and stylish?!…Check out more by The Selby HERE! and see the post on Lyndsay and Fitzhugh’s home HERE! You can also check out Lyndsay’s jewelry HERE! and Fitzhugh’s furniture HERE!
Mitsutomo Matsunami was born in Osaka, 1977 and founded Mitsutomo Matsunami Architects Inc. in 2005. This is just one of the companies simplistic, clean designs…this residence in Kamikawaraya is so filled with light and demands quiet and calm...see more projects by Mitsutomo Matsunami Architects here!
This Wood Patchwork House by Peter Kostelov is soo interesting. very interesting use of wood and such a simple structure. It also happens to have won the Laureate of International Architect Award «ARCHIP 2009» in the category «Private House», the Laureate of Russian Wood Architect Award “ARCHIWOOD 2010“ and was the Grand Prize Winner at the XII International Festival of Architecture and Interior Design “Under the Roof of Home” 2010 …Check out some pics below and see more images on his site HERE!
Beautiful Sagaponac House designed by architect Richard Meier of New York-based architecture firm TsAO & McKOWN. This “custom-designed house for a hypothetical client explores the universal human desire for both orderliness and spontaneity, while firmly rooting itself to the landscape and creating privacy by shaping the terrain.” This 4,500 square foot house in an east Long Island community looks oh so inviting…see more projects by TsAO & McKOWN here!
SsD Architects designed the beautiful Big Dig house in Lexington, Massachusetts. I love when a building can look both simple and modern, and warm and “homey”…the Big Dig house definitely achieves this…check out more projects by SsD Architects here!About the Big Dig house: “As a prototype building that demonstrates how infrastructural refuse can be salvaged and reused, the structural system for this house is comprised of steel and concrete discarded from Boston’s Big Dig utilizing over 600,000 lbs of salvaged materials from elevated portions of the dismantled I-93 highway. Planning the reassembly of the materials in as if it were a pre-fab system, subtle spatial arrangements are created. These materials however are capable of carrying much higher loads than standard structure, easily allowing the integration of large scale roof gardens. Most importantly, the project demonstrates an untapped potential for the public realm: with strategic front-end planning, much needed community programs including schools, libraries, and housing could be constructed whenever infrastructure is deconstructed, saving valuable resources, embodied energy, and taxpayer dollars.”