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CPH Arch by 3XN


By now I assume that most of you have seen Steven Holl’s wining design for the harbor entrance in Copenhagen. That said, we got this in our mailbox last week [I know, I slept – my fault] from 3XN, showing-off their proposal for the competition. From what I understand, 3XN designed the original masterplan, upon which the competition itself was based – which you can read more about here.

Essentially, the concept of the masterplan is to give the residents of Østerbro direct access to the harbor and the Sound while creating a ‘gateway’ for the city. Now, I’m not coming down on Holl’s design, but how sexy is this thing 3XN submitted? I mean, I’m not even necessarily a fan of this kind of curvy architecture usually – but this makes Holl’s proposal look dated and clunky by comparison.


The design results from an evolution of three forms: a low, broad structure to the West [Marmormolen], a high-rise tower to the East [Langeliniekaj], and a ‘classic’ arched bridged to connect the two and span the water. The three forms then twist and melt together, emulating the flowing movement of the water, and the directionality of the desired movement across/through the site. Sick.


From the architects:

A bridge spanning a body of deep water, providing the only dry connection between two stretches of land, is one of the most powerful architectural experiences in the landscape. Another classical element is the town gate, which marks the boundary between the countryside and the town, and ‘contains’ the town, physically, structurally and aesthetically.

3XN’s proposal for a construction on Marmormolen in Copenhagen is both: a town gate and a bridge that links Marmormolen with Langeliniekaj, creating a new coherent area in Copenhagen Harbor.

The towers and the bridge constitute one single, floating dynamic movement, characterized by the bold span across the harbor entrance in terms of both the plan design and the facade. Establishing a connection across the harbor radically improves public access and creates brand new opportunities for life and growth in the area.


On both sides of the harbour entrance there is, in terms of both architecture and development, a movement towards the water, which is reinforced by the urban traffic patterns and the public flow in general. Extending this movement in an arch across the harbour creates a progression that connects the buildings on either side of the harbour. While the tall tower will be perceived as a natural extension of the existing buildings on Langeliniekaj, the lower tower on the opposite side will be bound to the coming development on Marmormolen: in towards Østerbro in a snake that forms the desired noise screen; and towards the water in a more open construction which opens up for views. On the Marmormolen side, pedestrians will emerge onto the gently arching bridge from the tower’s central atrium. On the Langelinie side, when you step ashore, so to speak, from the bridge, it will be possible to take a lift down to the foyer. A key element in the design has been to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists will experience the public link across the harbour as a continuous route and as an easily accessible continuation of the infrastructure on both sides.

.:More info on the project [3XN and Holl]->via

.:Additional info on 3XN’s proposal->via their website

::Special AMNP thanks to Lise of 3XN for the email/links/info::

Posted: December 5th, 2008
at 1:11am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,featured ninjas,towering pagodas

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Putting the ‘New’ in Newburyport


Dan Hisel, previously featured here on AMNP, has completed a renovation/addition on a home in Newburyport, MA – which was featured in this past week’s Boston Globe Magazine. Check it out.

The house the Ultmans found, originally a cottage for workers at the James Steam Mill across the street, is at least 100 years old by their estimation. Architect Dan Hisel, whom the couple hired to head up the renovation, immediately appreciated what he calls the structure’s “iconic house shape.” “It’s almost like a Monopoly house in the sense that it has such a simple elevation and clean lines,” he says.

The inside was another story. The home had been a rental property for a number of years and had fallen into disrepair. “I think there were probably four different materials on the floors of the first floor,” Hisel remembers. “It was a seriously challenged house.”

His design preserved the exterior simplicity of the house, so that it exists in harmony with its neighbors, while completely transforming the interior to accommodate the Ultmans’ dream to live in open, connected spaces that would bring the outdoors in.

I’ll see what I can do about getting some more images.

.:Organic Chemistry->via

Posted: December 4th, 2008
at 5:22am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,housing,interiors,featured ninjas

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Eye Candy: Sydney Opera by Jorn Utzon


Photographer, AMNP reader, and ninja Tobin dropped us an email on Saturday about the passing of Mr. Jorn Utzon – architect of the Sydney Opera House – and submitted some photos he took while in Australia.


Photo credit: Tobin Russell

Posted: December 3rd, 2008
at 5:00am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,photographie,featured ninjas,eye candy

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Tom Kundig: Prototypes and Moving Parts


Nothing like a video of some crazy Tom Kundig projects – with rotating walls, sliding ceilings, and all round awesomeness – to make up for my lack of time to post today…enjoy.

::Thanks to Adam from SGLA for the link::

Posted: November 13th, 2008
at 5:30am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,featured ninjas,videos

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Bourbon Barrel Furniture


Pretty ill-looking, right?

Brooklyn-based Uhuru Design has taken used Bourbon Barrels – which normally find second lives as planters or fire wood – and up-cycled them into furniture. Now, if taking what’s essentially been considered trash in the past and repurposing it into high-end, expensive furniture isn’t the work of a true ninja, I just don’t know what is.

Dubbed The Küpe line, after the middle Dutch word KUPE – the origin of the word “cooper,” which is the profession of making staved wooden vessels including barrels – the series currently includes chairs, benches, side table, coffee table, ad mirrors. Not bad.


More on the work, from Uhuru:

The Küpe line is crafted from used bourbon barrels from Bardstown, Kentucky, the Bourbon Capital of the world. The barrels are constructed from new white oak and charred on the inside to produce the unique flavor and color of the bourbon. These barrels are only used one time to age bourbon, after which some are sold and shipped to Scotland to make scotch. The remaining barrels are discarded by the distillery and often sold for firewood or planters.

While many people have repurposed barrels for other uses, our intent is to work with the material in striking new ways. We begin by dismantling the barrels into to individual pieces, the staves, metal bands, and circular heads. We explore how these parts can work together to create a simple functional design while retaining the individual characteristics and natural colors of the aged wood from the original barrels, thus creating a new vernacular. We even hoped to impart some sense of the added quality of working with the barrel parts In our Red Hook shop where the sweet scent of bourbon permeates the process.

The furniture in this line clearly demonstrates using reclaimed material to its fullest potential. These pieces represent six simple solutions to repurposing aged-oak bourbon barrels into unique contemporary functional furniture. They demonstrate beautiful applications for the material far beyond firewood or planters.


So, is it acceptable to call it ‘Bourbon’ furniture if it’s made in Redhook? Should the title revert back to ‘just regular whiskey furniture’ when it isn’t assembled in Kentucky?

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Head on over to Uhuru Design’s website to see more of their furniture – all of which is made from reclaimed, recycled, and repurposed materials.

.:Images, info and video – > via Uhuru Design

Posted: November 12th, 2008
at 2:11pm by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,green arch,furniture,featured ninjas

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Dutch Architecture’s 5 Euro Coin


Check out the winner of a competition to design a new 5 Euro commemorative coin, meant to celebrate the theme ‘Netherlands and Architecture’.

The winning coin, designed by Stani Michiels [using entirely open-source software], depicts an image of the Queen on the front [as is standard in the Netherlands], but her face i made up of the names of famous Dutch architects.

There are obviously just so many influential Dutch designers – how did he choose who fit on the coin? Check it out:

The tension between what is readable and what not, is also a metaphor how time shapes history. Some big names of the past, might be smaller names in the future and vice versa. To reflect this idea, I chose to order the architects not alphabetically or chronologically but in a new way: I used the internet as a seismograph and ordered the architects by the number of hits on the internet.

Of course this order changes over time and as such this is another time stamp on the coin besides the number ‘2008’. Only the first 109 architects fitted on the coin, so that was immediately the selection.


The back side of the coin depicts a collection of influential architecture books by Dutch architects / about Dutch architecture – all pointing inward on the coin to create a central void. This is both meant as an absraction of the a city skyline, and also to form a rough profile of the Netherlands. Pretty ill.

On the back side of the coin I treated the edge of the coin as a book shelve. The books rise as buildings towards the center. Through their careful placement they combine to outline the Netherlands, while birds’ silhouettes suggest the capitals of all the provinces.

From what I understand, 350,000 coins will be produced an entered into circulation – and there will be addition coins minted for collectors [larger silver and gold editions, I believe], and available at higher [than 5 Euros] prices.

Check out more info on the design process – from concept to the software used – over at the designer’s blog.

.: via SPE IDE – Stani’s Python Editor ->

Posted: November 7th, 2008
at 1:30am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,tech,featured ninjas,competitions,news

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VS: Shigeru Ban @ the Architecture League

[Shigeru Ban from Architectural League of New York on Vimeo.]

You know, every time I see Shigeru Ban’s name somewhere a voice in my head says it like something out of some anime movie. Shi-Ge-Ru BAN! [wow, how ignorant is that…]

Moving along – here’s the description of the lecture Ban gave earlier this year for the Architecture League:

The Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment is an annual invited lecture by an international figure whose work has significant implications for understanding and reconceiving the relationship between architecture and the environment, created in honor of long-time League trustee Ulrich Franzen. The 2007-08 Franzen Lecture was given by Shigeru Ban on January 22, 2008 at the Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City. Click above to view the entire lecture, with introduction by League President Calvin Tsao.

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s innovative work tests the limits of structure and form. Often based on elements derived from traditional Japanese architecture, his firm’s designs are ecologically sensitive and flexibly programmed, from quickly constructed temporary paper structures to modular, reconfigurable galleries and pavilions to permanent urban structures. Recent and current work includes the Nomadic Museum; the Seikei Library; Papertainer Museum, Seoul; Nicolas G. Hayek Center, Tokyo; the Metal Shutter Houses; and the Pompidou Center – Metz.

The Franzen Lecture on Archiecture and the Environment is made possible by contributions from the Riggio Foundation, Juliana Curran Terian, and Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown.[via]


::Video Sundays, or VS, is a weekly feature here on AMNP. For more architecture-related videos, click on any Sunday in the sidebar calendar – or on the ‘videos’ category in the ‘archjutsu’ section. Additional videos that have been featured on any of the MNP sites can be found here on our YouTube page. And don’t hesitate to submit suggestions for video features to architecture[at]myninjaplease[dot]com::

Posted: November 2nd, 2008
at 12:34am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,featured ninjas,videos

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Architecture is a Special Effects Machine


Liz Diller speaks at TED:

In this engrossing EG talk, architect Liz Diller shares her firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro‘s more unusual work, including the Blur Building, whose walls are made of fog, and the revamped Alice Tully Hall, which is wrapped in glowing wooden skin.

Also, if you haven’t seen it be sure to check out Diller Scofidio + Renfro‘s new website – pretty cool.

::Video Sundays, or VS, is a weekly feature here on AMNP. For more architecture-related videos, click on any Sunday in the sidebar calendar – or on the ‘videos’ category in the ‘archjutsu’ section. Additional videos that have been featured on any of the MNP sites can be found here on our YouTube page. And don’t hesitate to submit suggestions for video features to architecture[at]myninjaplease[dot]com::

Posted: October 26th, 2008
at 5:00am by orangemenace

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Work on 1 km Tall Towers!


Woods Bagot, designers of the proposed 1km tall Nakheel Tower in Dubai are opening a US office!

Woods Bagot, a global architecture and consulting firm employing more than 1,000 professionals worldwide, announced today that it opened its first North American office to service the growing interests of the firm’s international clients.

The San Francisco office expands Woods Bagot’s network of 14 offices currently serving Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The move advances the firm’s “one global studio” strategy, which uses proprietary technology to deliver its international expertise to clients around the world.

“Competing in the global economy requires a different approach, one that is agile and innovative and driven by the best talent worldwide,” said Ross Donaldson, Group Managing Director of Woods Bagot. “The new North American office adds an important link to our knowledge network, tapping into the remarkable design and technological expertise that resides here. We foresee exciting collaborations that will continue to elevate our worldwide presence as an architectural innovator and better serve our clients’ interests in the region.”

Thank the architecture gods – maybe now we’ll get something like this ridiculousness built in the US! Because size matters, my ninjas, and good design does not…

Seriously though – why doesn’t someone just build FLW’s mile-high skyscraper? That thing was nice-looking, anyways. This thing here just looks like some kind of torturous vibrator.


I wasn’t sure if I was going to take it here, but this was too amusing not to post – a co-worker of mine had this to say of the announcement:

Employment opportunity : Woods Bagot Design

We are looking for those who have high ego and pretentiousness that can only be matched by the size of the towers that we are specialized in.

Qualification : Men. Small genital, less than 1/4″ from the base to its tip (preferably uncircumcised).

Hilarious. All those interested [meeting these criteria], leave a hater-ish reply in the comments.
.: Woods Bagot ->

Posted: October 15th, 2008
at 10:39am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,featured ninjas,towering pagodas,news

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Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David Lewis]

The following text [and the video above – just click to play, or click here if it won’t play for you] was taken from the Architeture League NY website. If you haven’t checked out their podcasts, you’re missing out my ninjas.

13:100 | Thirteen New York Architects Design for Ordos

The Ordos 100 is a new residential development in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. One hundred emerging architects from around the world have each been invited to design a 10,700 square foot villa on lots ranging from a quarter to a half acre. With a master plan by artist Ai Weiwei and architect selection by Herzog & de Meuron, the Ordos 100 challenges conventional ideas about urban design, placemaking, and context. Criticized by some for its scale and environmental impact, applauded by others as a form of art practice, Ordos underscores and intensifies the complexities of contemporary architectural practice.

The Architectural League presents projects by the thirteen New York-based architects participating in the Ordos 100 in the current exhibition 13:100 | Thirteen New York Architects Design for Ordos, on view through November 26, 2008. For this exhibition, interviews were conducted with the participating architects, to allow them to describe in their own words their experiences working in Ordos and how they feel about it now that the design phase has come to an end. Audio excerpts are included in the exhibition installation; extended video interviews are available below.

For more information on the exhibition, click here [and here for the other video podcasts for 13:100].

Posted: October 13th, 2008
at 9:19pm by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,housing,installation,featured ninjas,competitions,videos

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