Concrete as a Chameleon: The Amangiri Resort in Utah

Curator: Brandon Ralph
date: January 7, 2015
Categories: Architecture, Environmental Design
Tags: architecture
The Amangiri resort in southern Utah is stunning. The entire structure is built using geometric concrete planes which have been mixed with local sand from the surrounding desert.
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Concrete as Texture: David Zwirner 20th Street, by Selldorf Architects

Curator: Brandon Ralph
date: January 6, 2015
Categories: Architecture
Tags: architecture, art
At first glance, you don’t even realize Annabelle Selldorf’s second gallery for David Zwirner is made entirely of concrete.

To achieve this wood-like texture, the design started in the pouring process. They created concrete slabs in board form, blended it with polished concrete, and integrated wood details throughout the entire surface.

I think the texture creates a truly unique juxtaposition between the plain concrete sidewalk outside and the beautiful wood-like concrete façade of the gallery. The wood finish creates a beautiful texture complement to the board-form concrete.
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Concrete as Function: 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, by Herzog & de Meuron

Curator: Brandon Ralph
date: January 5, 2015
Categories: Architecture
Tags: architecture
Parking garages are typically not intended to be beautiful. They provide a specific utility and are purely functional. Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron transformed the garage into a fully open concrete structure that provides a unique space for private residences, restaurants, retail shops, events, and, of course, parking.

The asymmetrical design has art deco and mid-century modern influences, and the entire structure blends beautifully into its downtown Miami surroundings. It’s beautiful from any angle, night or day.
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Clients from Hell (and Not the Website)

Curator: Isabella Bruno
date: October 31, 2014
Categories: Architecture, Environmental Design
Tags: architecture, client, holidays

In the lead-up to Halloween, I’ve selected five projects to scare, provoke and stimulate the designer’s brain. These aren’t all ghosts and goblins, but each has something special to offer.

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Building a Sukkah, the Ultimate Design Brief

Curator: Nora Wolf
date: October 16, 2014
Categories: Art, Sustainable Design
Tags: architecture, holidays

If you’ve been through Willamsburg this week you’ve probably seen a lot of what looks like huts, shacks or makeshift shelters. These are actually Sukkahs, part of Sukkot, a Jewish holiday. Until recently, I wasn’t very well educated about them. I knew that many families ate all their meals inside them, and some (even entire families) will sleep in their sukkah for the duration of the holiday. They're built for entertaining and being together, which sounds great to me!

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