The Groovy Interior Of Mocha-Mojo

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Mocha – Mojo by Mancini Design

Distinctive architecture and design is a necessity for bars, restaurants, and cafes. Customers visit establishments not only to satisfy their appetites, but also to socialize in unique environments. The interior spaces need to capture the imagination of patrons, creating a one-of-a-kind experience that inspires return visits.

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Mocha – Mojo by Mancini Design

Mocha-Mojo, located in Chennai, India, embodies that necessary balance between the funky and the functional needed to turn a café into a design destination.

Read the full article on Architizer here.

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Mocha – Mojo by Mancini Design

To Everything Turn, Turn

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Haus am Weinberg by UNStudio

In many projects, the incorporation of the natural world into an architect’s design is obvious. Other times, though, the inspiration is not so readily apparent. Take the Haus am Weinberg, for example. This contemporary residence does not blend into its rustic vineyard environment rising out of the hillside. Upon closer inspection, however, it becomes clear that the architects reflected the terraced slope of the surrounding topography in the very structure of the home, a design they call “the twist.”

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Haus am Weinberg by UNStudio

The twist begins at the central axis, from which the interior spaces radiate,stacking upon each other at rotated angles as the building rises like a spiral staircase. The result is that the top floor is cantilevered over the bottom floor, creating a sculptural profile that echoes the slant of the hillside.

Read the complete article on Architizer here.

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Haus am Weinberg by UNStudio

An Amazing Visual Tour Of European Architectural Treasures

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Photo: Luke Shepard.

From the Renaissance until the middle of the 20th Century, artists from all over the globe would travel to Europe to pursue their trade—whether painting, sculpting, poetry, or architecture. This artistic rite of passage was known as the Grand Tour, as these cultural pilgrims traveled throughout the Continent in order to absorb what were considered the greatest works of art and architecture.

Luke Shepard, a precocious American photographer based out of Paris, has done a contemporary take on the Grand Tour, wandering through Europe photographing some of his favorite structures at night and turning it into a video named “Nightvision.”

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“Nightvision” includes many of the architectural icons that traveling Americans would have visited on a traditional Grand Tour of the past, such as the Roman Coliseum. But Shepard’s pilgrimage was more catholic than most, featuring such contemporary structures as Renzo Piano’s Shard in London, Calatrava and Candela’s L’Hemisferic in Valencia, and Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao.

Like all journeys, Shepard’s did have its bumps. “The biggest obstacle [my assistant and I] encountered was weather,” he said. “Rain and snow kept us from shooting many nights and set us back. … Furthermore, freezing temperatures brought about problems with numb fingers and toes. My lens frosted over on two occasions!”

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via Experiments in Motion

The whole project was completed on a shoestring budget with Shepard and his assistant living on trains and in hostels, on a budget of just $100 per day between the two of them. “We were nomads,” he said.

The result, however, was worth it: a stunning, rather moving grand tour through the Continent’s finest architectural monuments. Shepard’s favorite buildings in the video are the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, and the Atomium in Brussels. Which buildings are your favorite?

NIGHTVISION from Luke Shepard on Vimeo.

Article originally appeared on Architizer here.

Naum Gabo’s Material Gamble

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What the statue is supposed to look like. Model for “Construction in Space: Two Cones,” 1927. Photo © Nina & Graham Williams/Tate, London 2011 via the Tate Museum.

Brittle, brown, and crumbling, Naum Gabo’s sculpture “Construction: Two Cones in Space” is a harbinger of what is to come for artwork fabricated out of plastic. The sculpture, part of the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has so deteriorated that it is no longer feasible to display.

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The state of the sculpture today, housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s storage.

Gabo was a key member of the Russian Constructivists, an avant-garde group active in the beginning of the 20th century. The Constructivists had many radical ideas: the autonomy of material, imbuing everyday objects (such as chairs and utensils) with aesthetic concerns, and using contemporary materials and technology to wipe away the past. Gabo’s use of plastic was rooted in another of their beliefs: in using contemporary materials to create a new art.

Read the full article at Architizer here.

Skate This!

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What makes a great “skate spot”? Smooth surfaces, sweet inclines, and such bonus features like ledges, steps, rails, and transitions help. Now, skateboarders, being a notoriously inventive and industrious bunch, could have fun in any parking lot with a curb. But built environments that push skateboarders to new feats of daring offer more options than just a flat surface to roll on.

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Rest Stop by J. MAYER H.

Modernist architecture, for example, with its embrace of concrete, marble, and granite, has proved a great boon to the sport. Two of the most famous skate spots in history—the Embarcadero in San Francisco and Love Park in Philadelphia—were built as public plazas in the Modernist style. The Embarcadero’s Gonz Gap, created by a gigantic concrete wave, and Love Park’s low granite benches helped transform these spaces into, to paraphrase Le Corbusier, “machines” for skating.

See the full collection of architectural projects I curated for Architizer here.

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Discontented With The Barnes Foundation

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Photo: K. Scott Kreider

The Barnes Foundation, the recently relocated art museum in Philadelphia, is no stranger to controversy and acrimony. Its move from Lower Merion to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was a long and litigious journey involving many of Philadelphia’s cultural heavy hitters, including Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. The intricacies of the plot are too detailed and winding to describe here (see the movie “Art of the Steal” for a good primer on the issues involved), but it’s needless to drag out that point: the move has concluded, and the collection is now housed in a new building by Tsien and Williams.

Read the complete article on the Architizer website here.

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Megawords At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art

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There are big questions surrounding the role of the art museum in the digital age. Maintaining relevance in today’s unending stream of information and entertainment is a challenge for cultural institutions whose programs operate on a larger scale. One strategy museums have found success with is the digitization of the museum-going experience itself: podcast tours and interactive websites globalize an otherwise local show. Another strategy is the construction of a new building or addition built by a big-name architect, attracting civic and international attention. Examples of this abound. The most striking is perhaps the MAXXI in Rome, designed by Zaha Hadid, which had its grand opening without a single piece of art on view.

Read the full article at Architizer here.

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Photos: Constance Mensh.