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Loved this photo…great presentation of architectural design principles: Scale, Geometry, Light, Axis, Symmetry/ Asymmetry,Linearity, Solid/Void, Vertical/Horizontal, Negative/Positive, composition…

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Great Hotel Design : The Nolitan

I love the design of the Nolitan hotel by New York based architects Grywinsky + Pons.  Located on a corner site, the architecture emphasizes the dynamics of the site by the solid/void relationship on the facade. The dynamics and simplicity of the exterior continues to the interior that are full of life and energy.  I think the attention to detail and the connection of the exterior/interior makes this project very successful.

Casa en la Ladera de un Castillo

I love the design of this house by Spanish Architects Fran Silvestre Arquitectos  in the valley town of Ayora, near Valencia, Spain. The wedge-shape solid block extrudes out of a rock in harmony with its solidity. In contrast to the rock is the simple white geometry with few openings. What  I love the most about it is the angular cut through the walls which masterfully hides the glass and emphasizes the solidity of the whole structure. Even though the interior is illuminated beautifully through the openings in the mass, it looks too minimal for  me; I wish I could see few splashes of color and different materials inside to contrast the simplicity of the exterior. Click here to read more about this house if you know how to read Spanish.

In spirit of the Olympics…my favorites!

London 2012 Olympic, beside being the most important sport event of the year, was an amazing showcase of great “English” design. Beside the great pieces of  architecture, one thing that seriously caught my attention during the opening ceremony was the Olympic Cauldron designed by British artist  Thomas Heatherwick .  204 petals resembling  all the teams participating in the Olympics were laid on a concentric structure. As the first petal was flamed up by the torch, slowly all of them started burning and moved up into a big flame or the main Cauldron. What I really loved about this sculpture was the way of celebrating that “very moment” of turning up the flame by putting it into a beautiful slow motion process.  Once the Olympic finishes each participating  team can take their own petal from the cauldron back home as a memory of London 2012 Olympics. I think the design is a great example of the power of “ART” in unifying all cultures into a peaceful world which is one of the purposes behind the Olympics. I also loved the design of the Torch by designers  BarberOsgerby ; the smooth triangular form made of golden aluminum alloy successfully put this historic object into the modern context of 2012 Olympics. The body of the torch was perforated by 8000 circles symbolizing the number of people who had carried it making it both a functional and symbolic object. Click to read more about the Cauldron and the Torch.

Nonsense…

  When it comes to design and famous designers, one thing annoying to me, is that a great deal of people think whatever they do is “automatically” a contribution to the field. Hence their projects get so much coverage in the media only because they were designed by that famous person. I was literally sick of seeing this boat designed by Zaha Hadid in every single blog; I am not going to talk about it because its a simple (normal) sculpture. Honestly, if we remove the name of the designer from this boat, are we gonna see anything special?