for many years while i live in london i would pass this box of glass on a quiet residential street in hampstead every time i would go to the park. usually it’s blind were closed, giving nothing away of what was inside or beyond. andrew trotter
hopkins house by michael hopkins via somewhere i would like to live
Michael and Patty Hopkins’ own house is probably what you might expect from one of the pioneers of the “high-tech” style (Michael was once a partner at Foster Associates). It clearly draws inspiration from the Californian case study houses; the Eames house in particular (and probably Foster’s work for IBM at Cosham – 1971) being constructed from a framework of 63mm square hollow steel sections, lattice beams and profiled metal sheeting. The garden is 2.5m below street level, so one enters at first floor level, via a bridge. This upper floor contains a studio, sitting area and the master bedroom. The lower floor holds three children’s bedrooms, kitchen and dining area. A toilet core features on both levels, which are connected by a spiral staircase. Measuring 12 x 10m, the structural grid of 2 x 4m was deliberately kept small, to keep down the sizes of the structural members (and their cost) and provides a useful internal space planning grid. Front and rear elevations are fully glazed.
photos and text via A Dolls House
Inspired by the dolls’ house that Edwin Lutyens designed for The British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1922 – using a very traditional children’s toy to display the very best of modern British architecture, craftsmanship, art and interior design – Cathedral Group has asked 20 contemporary architects and designers, in collaboration with artists and other creatives, to design and build a dolls’ house for the 21st Century. Each dolls’ house will be designed to include at least one feature that makes life easier for a child with a disability.
The dolls’ houses will be exhibited publicly at Bonhams in November 2013 and auctioned at a high profile evening event in support of KIDS. The Architects’ Journal is media sponsor for the project and both Quatro and ING Media will be publicising the project.
KIDS is a UK charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families. They run home learning programmes, specialist nurseries and crèches, short-break programmes for disabled children and a series of inclusive adventure playgrounds. They offer a wide variety of services to parents of children with disabilities and programmes for siblings of disabled children and young carers. You can read more about them here. Cathedral Group have pledged to raise £100,000 for KIDS to support their valuable work. Our staff have all agreed to personal fundraising targets and we are working together as a team to raise the balance. Members of our team have run marathons, Tough Mudders, quiz nights, bake sales and cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End. We are already half way there.
text and images via dezeen
the seminal London home designed by British architect Richard Rogers for his parents – and which influenced his later design for the Pompidou Centre – has been put on the market for the first time since it was built in 1968. Rogers House, in Wimbledon in south-west London, was designed to provide a flexible, open interior and is cited by Rogers himself as the precursor to the Pompidou Centre, the groundbreaking 1977 arts centre in Paris he designed with Renzo Piano. The Grade II*-listed property, regarded as one of the finest and most historically important modern houses in England, has been owned by Rogers’ family since it was built but is now on the market for £3.2 million with estate agent The Modern House. In their description of the property, the agents describe it as “one of the most important and celebrated houses of the 20th century”.Talking to Dezeen recently about the house, Rogers said: “If you look at the house in Wimbledon for my parents, which is a single storey house, it’s steel and highly insulated, it’s transparent, the bathroom is very compact and all the partitions can move – you can see a link from that to the Pompidou with the difference being about a thousand times the scale,” Rogers said.
text and photos via archdaily & dezeen, images by united visla artists , visit until 20 october 2013
London-based United Visual Artists (UVA) has brought Sou Fujimoto’s “cloud-like” Serpentine Pavilion to life with an “electrical storm” of LEDs. With the intention of making the architecture “breathe” from within, UVA seamlessly integrated a network of LED lights into the latticed, 20mm steel pole structure that mimics the natural forms of an electric storm. In addition, carefully conducted auditory effects further enhance the experience, transforming Fujimoto’s “radical pavilion” into an electrified geometric cloud.
text and photos : max lamb
crockery available through : 1882 ltd
a collection of fine bone china tableware slip-cast from plaster models carved by hand, with glazed interior for functionality and raw exterior reflecting the modest surface texture of the plaster original. the process of slip-casting begins with the creation of a three-dimensional model of the design known as a ‘master’ by a professional model-maker, from which the production mould is cast. crockery bypasses this process by placing the responsibility of both designer and model-maker in the hands of max lamb. using the tools of a stone mason lamb chips and carves a solid block of plaster to make a jug, bowl or mug, the design of each formed quite simply out of their own making. from the ‘master’ one or more plaster production moulds can be made, often consisting of three or more parts to enable the cast to be safely removed in one piece. crockery is now ready for casting in fine bone china.
text and photos via domus
during the recent inaugural edition of the art13 london art fair, chinese abstract artist zhu jinshi presented boat, an installation for pearl lam galleries composed of bamboo, cotton and 8,000 sheets of rice paper in a striking 12 metre-long structure. . Read More
i discovered rAndom international on my recent visit to the carpenters workshop gallery in paris. their retrospective, before the rain was amazingly beautiful. their works, that mix art with design and technology, react with the on-looker, and in different ways give a self portrait of the viewers them self. the rain room, showing until the 3rd of march 2013, at the barbican center, london, gives a whole new experience. this is a room that in every part of it, is raining, and quite heavy rain at that. you must put your trust in them and their technology not to get wet. as you walk towards it, and into it the rain stops, but only where you are. it is free, but you will have to queue, but it is well worth the experience. photos : andrew trotter .