Austria

2X BEHF by Michelle Linden



I feel like I should hate this project by BEHF.... The colors alone should be way too much in such a large structure. And generally, I would find the rotated floor plates a bit heavy handed. But for some reason, I really like this project. Maybe it is because I know that the high-rise is located in the Philippines. It just seems totally appropriate for a tropical city. I wish I could read the German on the website to see if it actually is slated for construction.




Of course, the retail space above has already been built, so we don't have to wonder about what would actually make through the design process. Personally, I don't have strong feelings one way or the other about the interior; there's nothing wrong with it, but I do feel as those I've seen it before. But the exterior... now that is lovely. I love the way the canopy engages the street; it's both welcoming and protective. I can easily see that store becoming a meeting place... it would be easy to recognize, and fun to visit!
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WoZoCo Inspired? by Michelle Linden





Its really impressive how many apartment projects have been influenced by MVRDV's WoZoCo... The Lanserhofwiese Residential Project by Wimmer Zaic Architects is an interesting project, almost looking fake the way its perched atop those spindly legs. Intended as a high density housing solution, providing interest and interaction with its neighbors, it seems somewhat, although not entirely successful. Obviously, the neighbors will be intrigued by the project (and its bright colors!), but the building actually seems somewhat isolated to me. It could be plopped down on any flat lot anywhere in the world... It doesn't seem to me as if its interacting with the neighborhood at all.
What do you all think?
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On the Side by Michelle Linden


I quite like this mountain cabin by Austrian architectural firm Raumhochrosen. This simple exterior actually looks moderately affordable, and the horizontal lines of the board formed concrete at the exterior contrast nicely with the verticality of the exterior. Even with large expanses of glass, the change in levels and materials provides a cozy interior. I'm certainly ready to sip some hot cocoa and watch the snow fall...
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These modern birdhouses are also by Raumhochrosen and are too cute... while I'm pretty sure that any architecture student willing to part with one of his/her models could retrofit it for a few birds, I'm really amused by this architecture firm's foray into fowl architecture. Everyone has got to have something going on the side, right?!?!


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