Studio Gang : Windermere West


I want to start this post by saying that that ninja Preston over at Jetson Green is NOT to be trifled with, my ninjas – don’t sit on green architecture posts, fellow bloggers, as he WILL get it up first. Damn…

Kookiekrumbles [from the main site] sent me this link on the Windermere West building being designed by Studio Gang, to be built in Chicago. Working with Arup, Studio Gang basically developed a passive solar strategy where the building’s sawtooth facade shades itself from the harshest sun [high in the sky summertime sun] to save on cooling costs/energy consumption. In contrast, the winter sun [low in the sky] will not be shaded, but instead shine through to warm the condos. Its so simple that I almost feel foolish featuring it…

::article via wired, and JetsonGreen::

‘I pick up my pen. A building appears’


Boom – just like that. This ninja doesn’t even have to put that pen to paper anymore. Oscar Niemeyer, who will turn 100 in December, recently sat down with Jonathan Glancey over at The Guardian.

Is he aware of his place in the history books? “When people ask me if I take pleasure in the idea of someone looking at my buildings in the future, I tell them that this person will vanish, too. Everything has a beginning and an end. You. Me. Architecture. We must try to do the best we can, but must remain modest. Nothing lasts for very long.” [via the Guardian]

Head on over to the Guardian’s Art & Architecture section to read the full [siiick] interview for yourself. Enjoy.


::the interview – ‘I pick up my pen. A building appears‘::



My ninja César from our Spanish sister site arquitectura.MNP hooked me with the link to Hyposurface yesterday – a new programmable/interactive 3 dimensional moving wall surface designed by MIT Professor Mark Goulthorpe. To be honest, I’m not sure I see the wide range of uses that some are predicting – and I don’t think its going to revolutionize/redefine the way we design, as others seem to – but, its pretty siiick nonetheless. To get the best feel for the product, you hould head over to the Hyposurface website and view the videos there too.

Enjoy, my ninjas!


Shigeru Ban Interview


This week Video Sundays here at architecture.MNP brings you a video interview [in three parts] with Shigeru Ban [from Designboom].



For our other Video Sundays posts, you can click on any of the past few Sundays on the calender in the sidebar over there to the right – or you can check out the YouTube category to see all the videos we’ve featured.

North Korea’s Hotel That Wasn’t


Since we’re featuring projects today that have already been covered on architecture.MNP, I thought I’d throw this link MNP reader Chris D. emailed me yesterday – to an article about the Ryuyong Hotel in North Korea. To recap for those who don’t know, the hotel is a gargantuan pyramid that has been ‘under construction’ for something like 20 years. Today it stands as a husk of a building, nothing more than a giant concrete monolith looming over the city. Oh, and my favorite part: the government doctors photos of the city that show the pyramid, making it appear as if it is lit at night, etc. My ninjas, Please!


I just threw the video in for good measure – I feel that it captures the eerie quality of the building, especially with the music selection.

New Feature: Ninja Arithmetic


Check out our newest addition to the architecture.MNP repertoire: whatever the hell you want to call this thing. César [our arquitectura.MNP ninja extraordinaire] dubbed it ‘Ninja Arithmetic’ when he first emailed me the idea [which was his, by the way - and is ill - so props to César!], and so thats the name we’re going to run with. Now, after today there will be no explanation, just the image showing the ‘Ninja Arithmetic’ and a link. So enjoy, my ninjas – and check out the new category [in our 'archjutsu' section of the sidebar] we’ve started if you think you’ve missed some ninja math in the future.

Reminds me of Conan O’Brien

Portland City Storage


Well, my ninjas, the designers [David Soderstrom Architects - who have no webpage - enter the millennium, my ninja] pulled no punches when working on the new Portland City Storage building. First off, yes – I said storage building, as in a place for you to rent space and store all that crap you have no room for but won’t throw/give away. Surprisingly enough, not only did the designers give the building an interesting aesthetic quality, but they’re also making it super sustainable [or trying to, anyways]. Striving for LEED Platinum status, the building will have over 100,000 square feet of photovoltaic panels on its roof and south side [it is in Portland tho, so I wonder how much that matters] – making it the largest solar farm in the North West. MyNinjaPlease!


Sustainable/green features include:

-view corridor between the towers, to preserve existing views of the surrounding area

-connection to bike and walking trails, with riverfront access

-removal of an existing concrete sea wall and restoration of a 75′ greenway habitat along the riverbank

-those solar panels, 100,000 SF, along the roof and south side – surplus power will be sold to the local utility

-’eco-roofs’ for stormwater management

-storage for 100 bikes

-and a community center, because social sustainability is important too, my ninjas!

::images & info via Portland City Storage – project found at

Steven Holl Architects : Linked Hybrid


Welcome to another edition of Green Tuesdays here at architecture.MNP! This week we’ve got a video [in two parts] featuring the Linked Hybrid project by Steven Holl Architects. A few of the project’s notable green features include:

-green roofs

-bicycle storage [although, its in Beijing - so that was a given]

-600 geothermal wells to heat & cool the building

-a recycled gray-water pond

-green-space made up of 5 distinct ‘mounds’ created using soil displaced by the underground parking provided for the project – the 5 mounds are meant to speak to historical Chinese culture, and represent the Zen view of the cycle of life : a mound for childhood, adolescence, middle age, old age, and a mound of eternity – each with programmatic elements linking to the others

…and its simply pretty siiick. I just hope it isn’t another sponge building in the making.