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3Novices:Isaac-Rae hides cave-like cocktail bar behind Williamsburg coffee shop

A green rock counter curves in front of bulbous plaster walls inside this bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, designed by local architecture studio Isaac-Rae for a space tucked behind a cafe.

Isaac-Rae – run by husband and wife Clay and Margot Coffey – completed cafe-cum-cocktail spot Bar Beau for a slender space at 61 Withers Street.

Bar Beau by Isaac-Rae

The front portion is occupied by a coffee and pastry shop that operates during the day, while the rear cocktail bar – which also serves small plates – opens at night.

Isaac-Rae chose a simple and rustic material palette, and curvaceous forms to reference Bar Beau owner Claire Chan’s home in the US Pacific Northwest region.

Bar Beau by Isaac-Rae

Textured grey floors and stained black ceiling beams feature throughout. Walls are a mix of white-painted brickwork walls and curved plasterwork, and form a narrow meandering passageway from cafe to bar.

Bar Beau by Isaac-Rae

“[The] design draws upon the rough edges, waves, and natural palette of the wild coastline of the Pacific Northwest,” said the studio in a project statement. “We focussed on creating a space with atmosphere that was fluid like the coast: calming to be in, easy to move within.”

Bar Beau by Isaac-Rae

Behind the bar counter, a protruding section of the back wall has a large section cut out to create a cabinet for storing drinks.

The green leathered quartzite bar in front ends in a curve at one end. A chunk on top features tapered edges, while the underside has an angular profile.

Bar Beau by Isaac-Rae

Seating is provided by black bar stools around the counter and dark wooden benches built along the walls. Another seating nook is built into the far corner.

One the other side of the room, a pink neon light illuminates an arched doorway to the bathroom. An adjacent arch-shaped window also provides a view to the kitchen.

Bar Beau by Isaac-Rae

Curving forms continue the in coffee shop, where the rounded counter for serving customers is faced in wood. A series of latticed pink-hued pendant lamps hang from the ceiling, and a slender counter with bar stools runs along one wall for customers to enjoy their drinks.

These muted tones form a stark contrast to Bar Beau’s bright blue front, which helps it to stand out on the bustling Williamsburg street.

Bar Beau by Isaac-Rae

In neighbouring Greenpoint, architect Arnold Cheung created a similar hybrid bar and restaurant – with a ramen shop at the front and a tiny Japanese-style speakeasy tucked in the back.

Over in Manhattan, a cafe called Patent similarly provides a front for an after-hours speakeasy.

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3Novices:US Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer becomes Pritzker Prize chair

Justice Stephen Breyer has been appointed to lead the jury for architecture’s most prestigious award.

The American lawyer will head the seven-strong panel of jurors that decide the recipient of the annual Pritzker Prize, organisers Tom Pritzker and The Hyatt Foundation announced last week.

Breyer follows former chairs, Australian architect Glenn Murcutt (2017-18), and British arts patron Peter Palumbo (2005-16) – who both retired from the jury this year. The lawyer has been a member of the judging panel since 2011, and has a longstanding interest and involvement in architecture.

Breyer, 80, represented the federal government as the client for the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse and Harbor Park in Boston. He and judge Douglas Woodlock worked closely with Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed and Partners on the project.

Breyer also wrote the foreword for the book, Celebrating the Courthouse: A Guide for Architects, Their Clients, and the Public. He has held his seat in the US Supreme Court – the country’s highest federal court – since 1994, when he was appointed by then-president Bill Clinton.

“His devotion to civic-minded architecture underscores the mission of the prize, and his unparalleled ability to guide a group deliberation is essential in creating a unified voice within this diverse and international panel of jurors,” said Tom Pritzker.

The other jury members for the 2019 prize, which will be announced in the spring, include architects Richard Rogers, Kazuyo Sejima, Wang Shu and Benedetta Tagliabue; critic and curator André Corrêa do Lago; and philanthropist Ratan N Tata. Nominations are managed by Pritzker Prize executive director Martha Thorne.

This year’s winner was Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi, and other recent recipients include Spanish studio RCR Arquitectes, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, and late German architect Frei Otto.

The prize, widely considered the industry’s most important award, was set up in 1979 by the late Jay A Pritzker and wife Cindy. “Its purpose is to honour annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture,” according to the organisation.

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3Novices:Man injured in Anish Kapoor art accident at Serralves museum

A visitor to the Serralves museum in Porto, Portugal, has been hospitalised after falling in an art installation designed by Anish Kapoor.

British artist Kapoor’s 1992 piece, Descent into Limbo, features a cube-shaped building with a 2.5-metre hole set into its floor, which is painted black to give the impression of an infinite drop.

An Italian man in his 60s fell over inside the installation at the Serralves, reported local newspaper Público. It is unclear if he fell into the hole or within the general vicinity.

The man is now recovering in hospital, and the area of the exhibition where the work is displayed has been closed off for repairs.

A spokesperson for the museum said all security measures had been followed, including warning signs and a member of gallery staff positioned inside the installation. When the Descent into Limbo reopens the museum plans to add additional warning signs.

Anish Kapoor: Works, Thoughts, Experiments is the first major show for the artist in Portugal, and Descent into Limbo is the oldest of his 56 work’s on display in the museum’s parklands.

The Serrevales museum, which opened in 1999, was designed by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Also in the grounds is the Casa de Serralves, an art deco villa and museum designed by architects Charles Siclis with José Marques da Silva in the Streamline Moderne style.

Turner Prize-winning artist Kapoor often plays with optical illusions that create the impression of infinite depths in his work, such as the seemingly bottomless whirlpool he installed in a park in New York in 2017.

The artist, who has been outspoken about opposing Donald Trump, said the piece stood as “obvious” comment on American politics.

In 2016 he acquired exclusive rights to a the blackest black, a pigment developed by British company NanoSystems that absorbs 99.96 per cent of light. Kapoor’s attempt to monopolise the colour started a feud with fellow British artist Stuart Semple, who has attempted to bar Kapoor from using the “world’s pinkest pink” and a colour-changing pigment.

Image courtesy of Getty Images.

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3Novices:Walker Warner Architects overhauls Silicon Valley building using industrial materials

Metal, wood and concrete were used to revamp a 1960s mixed-use building near Facebook’s main campus and Stanford University, which houses a cafe at ground level and leasable office space up above.

The two-storey rectangular building is located in downtown Menlo Park – a city in the southeastern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, and one of the main communities within Silicon Valley.

Coffeebar by Walker Warner and Nicole Hollis

The original building, constructed nearly 60 years ago, had light grey stucco and wood siding, white trim, and vertical fins on the upper level. The ground level contained a nail salon and an Asian food market, and the upper storey housed offices.

The overhauled building still contains offices on the second floor, but the ground level is now occupied by Coffeebar, a company with several locations in California and one in Nevada.

Coffeebar by Walker Warner and Nicole Hollis

For the exterior of the building, San Francisco-based Walker Warner Architects fully revamped the facades, adding blackened standing-seam metal panels and light-stained horizontal wood siding. The facade materials are meant to convey a “sophisticated, industrial quality that complements the interiors”.

Coffeebar by Walker Warner and Nicole Hollis

Oversized windows are framed in dark aluminium. Glazed apertures are covered with screens made of rounded, cypress slats. The screens provide sun protection while still allowing light to pass into the building.

The full extent of the renovation is visible on the west side of the building, which overlooks a parking lot. The entrance lobby for the second-floor offices was incorporated into the street-facing elevation on the north side.

Coffeebar by Walker Warner and Nicole Hollis

“A simple material palette of steel, cypress and glass creates a contemporary ambiance while offering durability in a heavy traffic environment,” the team said in a project description. “The exterior was transformed from a simple commodity building to a bespoke retail destination.”

For the interior of the coffeehouse, Walker Warner collaborated with interior designer Nicole Hollis, who runs an eponymous studio is San Francisco, and Coffeebar’s founder Greg Buchheister. The aim was to create “a curated, modern cafe that would draw in commuters and residents alike”.

Coffeebar by Walker Warner and Nicole Hollis

The linear space is divided into several zones. The central area encompasses the main counter and a kitchen behind it. This zone features countertops and walls made of terrazzo – a material typically found in Italian coffee bars. A custom-designed display area is filled with Coffeebar merchandise, from branded T-shirts to bags of roasted coffee beans.

Coffeebar by Walker Warner and Nicole Hollis

Flanking one side of the central zone is a seating area with booths, a sofa and lounge chairs, along with a wine bar lined with high stools. Situated on the other side is a communal lounge, anchored by a large live-edge walnut table with turquoise-coloured butterfly joints. Adjoining the communal area is a semi-private lounge with dark tables and sienna-coloured banquettes.

Coffeebar by Walker Warner and Nicole Hollis

The semi-private lounge is concealed behind a metal mesh curtain – one of several references to the biking culture in Silicon Valley. Bicycle enamel paint was used in certain areas of the cafe, while a chandelier made of bicycle chains is suspended over the wine bar.

Throughout the cafe, walls are sheathed in ash and ceilings are covered with acoustic panels. The concrete floor is original to the building and has been highly polished.

Coffeebar by Walker Warner and Nicole Hollis

As coffee consumption in the US increases, coffee shops continue to pop up around the country. Recent projects include a Devoción cafe in Brooklyn by LOT Office for Architecture featuring verdant foliage and wooden decor, and an underground Manhattan espresso bar by Only If Architecture, where metallic paint and black rubber give the space a futuristic feel.

Photography is by Laure Joliet.

Project credits:

Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Architecture team: Greg Warner (principal), Helen Tsang (senior project manager), Charles Gurrey (designer)
Interior design: NICOLEHOLLIS
Interior design team: Nicole Hollis (principal and creative director), Danielle Yuen (senior designer), Shannon Niehenke (senior designer), Julia Clements (project designer)
Contractor: Cody|Brock
Lighting design: Eric Johnson & Associates
Cypress siding: ARC Wood & Timbers
Elliptical cypress louvers: ARC Wood & Timbers
Steel trim: Custom metal by Mountain Forge Inc (Anton Standteiner)
Standing-seam metal panels: Sheffield
Oversized glass windows and doors: Arcadia Storefront System
Ash interior paneling: ARC Wood & Timbers
Bike chain chandelier fabricator: Facaro Designs
Terrazzo: American Terazzo Co
Menu signage: Vestaboard
Metal curtain material: Fabricoil-Cascade Architectural
Tufted banquettes: Shelby Williams
Tufted banquette upholstery: Kravet#606 Valera
Linen/vinyl banquettes: Alexis Moran
Furnishings designer: NICOLEHOLLIS (bike chain chandelier, walnut table, water station, copper-top tables and terrazzo hightop tables)

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3Novices:Treewow Retreat is a Chinese village house featuring a round freeform roof

An irregular undulating roof tops this tree-house-inspired holiday home on stilts, built in a remote Chinese village by architecture studio Monoarchi.

Monoarchi, which has offices in Shanghai and Rotterdam, designed Treewow Retreat for a site operated by rural holiday brand Xband Club, in the mountain village of Zhongcun in China’s Zhejiang Province.

Treewow by Monoarchi

The building is located on the banks of a stream that runs through the village, dividing it into two parts. The site is flanked on either side by bamboo-covered hills and looks across the stream towards a former tea-production facility.

Angled steel columns raise the cabin above the ground, so its terrace extends out over the water, and are clustered together to minimise disruption to the earth. The resulting structure is described by the architects as a tree house, despite not being built around a tree.

Treewow by Monoarchi

When viewed from above, the building appears to consist of three offset circles: the decked terrace, the two-storey guest house, and the central roof terrace.

The building’s roof and walls are supported by a ring of 57 wooden trusses of varying lengths, resulting in an eave that constantly changes height as it encircles the guest room. This shifting form provides unique views from windows positioned at different points in the wooden shell.

Treewow by Monoarchi

“The ostensibly soft roof not only helps to outline the elegant skyline,” the architects suggested, “but more importantly, the wavy eave introduces the landscape into the room from the window and maintains the privacy of the rooms.”

Treewow by Monoarchi

In addition to framing specific views of the mountains and the bamboo forest, the irregular roof form was designed to be constructed by local artisans using traditional methods. It is covered in simple wooden shingles.

“The non-linear eave has extremely high error-tolerant rating, which can be considered as a respect of rural construction to natural laws,” the studio added.

“During the design and construction process, the architects remained in close communication with local craftsmen to achieve a balance between the design form and local construction skills.”

Treewow by Monoarchi

Guests enter the building by ascending a set of wooden steps to the outer terrace, before following the curve of the wall towards a fold incorporating the front door.

The spatial sequence that gradually progresses from public to private areas begins with a living room that looks out towards the stream and old factory through a large bay window.

Treewow by Monoarchi

The bed is positioned against the inner edge of the spiral for added privacy, while a bathtub standing next to the outer wall is situated below a high window to prevent overlooking.

A curving staircase ascends to an upper level accommodating a toilet and tea room, which opens onto a terrace where guests can look out over the low sections of the fluctuating roof.

Treewow by Monoarchi

The Treewow Retreat features on the architecture longlist for the Dezeen Awards, in the Small Building category. Its competition includes a minimal wooden chapel in Uruguay, and a gabled garden shed in Eindhoven that can be reconfigured by sliding its walls along tracks.

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3Novices:Foster + Partners’ Budapest tower will be built despite city’s new skyscraper ban

Budapest is to introduce a ban on all buildings over 90 metres, but this will not impact Foster + Partners’ plan to build a 120-metre-tall tower, which has already won planning permission.

The Hungarian government is introducing a skyscraper ban in order to preserve the skyline of Budapest, said Gergely Gulyás, minister of the prime minister’s office, during a press conference.

Gulyás is reported in English-language news website Hungary Today as stating that the government is planning to introduce an outright ban on all buildings over 90 metres tall being built in the capital city.

Foster + Partners will still be able to build a 120-metre-tall tower in Budapest, despite the new ban on tall buildings

Foster+Partners unveiled plans in 2017 to build the skyscraper in the south of Budapest, for national oil and gas company MOL Group. It is expected to become the tallest building in the city.

The 28-storey skyscraper will not be impacted by the ban, said Gulyás, because it has already been given the green light.

Scheduled to be complete by 2021, the MOL Campus will be more than 30 metres taller than Budapest’s current tallest building, the 88-metre-tall Semmelweiss Medical University tower, which completed in 1976.

Significantly, the Foster + Partners-designed building will also rise taller than the cupola on top of the dome of the Hungarian Parliament and the spires of St Stephen’s Basilica.

The tips of both buildings are 96 metres high, which is said to represent the equal standing of the church and state.

The tower will form part of a sustainable office campus for Hungarian oil and gas company MOL Group

Along with an outright ban on buildings over 90 metres high, Gulyás also announced that the government is intending to tighten control over the development of all tall buildings.

According to the minister, decisions on buildings over 65 metres high will now be taken on a case by case basis.

Earlier this year, UNStudio won a competition to design a new road, tram, cycle and pedestrian bridge in Budapest, crossing the Danube river. The cable-stayed structure would include two 93-metre-tall triangular-shaped pylons, which would support a span of 220 metres.

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3Novices:Top 15 designs revealed in Dezeen and Samsung’s TV Ambient Mode competition

Dezeen promotion: a virtual architectural extension, a window to other parts of the world and an interactive ninja feature on the longlist in the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode Design Competition, revealed today.

Fifteen designs have been longlisted in the graphic design competition, which asked entrants to create a visual experience that displays when the TV is not in use and will award prize money totalling €29,500.

The competition attracted a large number of submissions. Other highlights include an immersive meditation experience, a sunshine-inspired visualisation for people whose homes lack daylight and a pointillist artwork that gets painted while you watch.

The designs are for the Ambient Mode feature on Samsung‘s new QLED TVs. The feature makes the screen look almost transparent by mimicking the appearance of the wall behind the television, and adds additional imagery and information to enhance the home environment.

The winner will be picked in September by a jury made up of graphic designer Neville Brody, industrial designer Erwan Bouroullec, Samsung Electronics’ head of the design centre Dontae Lee and Dezeen’s editorial director Amy Frearson.

Judging will take place at electronics trade show IFA in Berlin from 31 August to 5 September 2018, with the winner announced on 3 September 2018 on Dezeen.

Each of the entrants longlisted here receives €1,000, with €8,000 for the ultimate winner.

The winner will be displayed at the IFA show, and will have the opportunity to commercialise their idea.

Read more about all of the longlisted designs below:


Architectural Extension is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Architectural Extension by Gerard Puxhe
UK

Gerard Puxhe offers an architectural illusion with this design, which creates a virtual niche that combines the wall pattern with decorative objects like vases and candles. Weather and time information can be coded into the design.


Mind Place is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Mind Place by Jaemin Cho
South Korea

Jaemin Cho’s design turns the QLED television into a “meditation platform”. It uses the full screen and sound system to create a calming immersive experience that roots participants in the here and now.


Time Frame is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Time Frame by Alex Warr and Zach Walters
USA

Alex Warr and Zach Walters’ Ambient Mode design features a window whose outline points to the time of day, mimicking the hands of a clock. The concept is highly customisable – the exterior scene depicted can either resemble the television’s actual environment or offer a glimpse of somewhere completely different.


Alight is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Alight by Zsófi Ujhelyi
Netherlands

Zsófi Ujhelyi’s design targets people whose indoor space lacks natural light, whether because of geography, climate or urban density. It mimics the look of sunlight shimmering through a window and onto a wall.


Floating Points is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Floating Points by Devin Ariyaratne
Canada

Devin Ariyaratne’s design allows users to watch a pointillist artwork evolve from just a few dots overlaid on the wall background to a completed picture. Ariyaratne says it is for people who appreciate a “minimalist approach to life”.


Bird Clock is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Bird Clock by Jianshu Wu
USA

The time may be displayed in digits on our personal devices, but Jianshi Wu and Yitan Sun wants to make the act of checking the time less of a mindless errand and more of a “joyful experience”. Wu and Sun’s design uses an arrangement of birds to indicate the time of day.


Kinetic Decor is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Kinetic Decor by Swift Creatives (Matthew Cockeril, Stephen Waller, Peter Hälldahl)
UK

Swift Creatives’ Ambient Mode design is intended to be “calming and reflective”. A decorative mobile of hanging fish (easily switched for alternative objects like balloons or sheep) transforms with the passage of the day, coming to life in response to increased lighting in the room.


Hiding Ninja is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Hiding Ninja by Lenny Ming Lo
Canada

Lenny Ming Lo’s plays with the idea that Ambient Mode disguises the TV by making it blend into the wall. Ming Lo’s design hides an animated ninja in the camouflaged display — the closer a person comes to the screen, the more the ninja is revealed.


Post Screen is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Post Screen by Clint Heyer
Denmark

Clint Heyer’s design is an evolution of the fridge door — a place that might be “cluttered and messy” but helps a household to communicate via reminders, notes and mementos. It is intended not for individuals but for families and people living together with others.


Lume is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Lume by Jan Augsberg
Germany

Jan Augsberg brings the sun and moon indoors with Lume, by simulating their current position in the sky. Augsberg says the design is not just about indicating the time of day but also serves as a visual centrepiece that provides “soothing comfort”.


Cymatics is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Cymatics by Bennett Oh
Canada

Bennett Oh has designed a visualisation based on the phenomena known as cymatics, which refers to the patterns that become visible when a surface thinly coated in liquid or paste vibrates. Oh’s design would make it look like the wall behind the QLED TV is undulating.


Pattern Clock is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Pattern Clock by Sam Aitkenhead
UK

“Today we don’t tell the time, we are told it,” says Sam Aitkenhead. Aitkenhead’s design explores the idea that a rough idea of how far through an hour we are might, in some situations, be more useful than millisecond accuracy with this abstract visualisation.


Particle Graphs is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Particle Graphs by Adam Pickard
Canada

Adam Pickard’s design presents data visualisations based on a users’ location and life. It also makes use of the television’s motion sensor to change the visualisation depending on whether a user is close to the device or far away.


Sphere is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Sphere by Doisign (Duhan Ölmez and Irem Deniz Akçam)
Turkey

Doisign serves the TV’s users with imagery and information based on their preferences as well as their social media and other personal data. “Our identities are based on things we have done, we are doing, we are to do, and this shapes our decisions,” says the studio.


Elements for Living is on the longlist for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode design competition

Elements for Living by Sandra Lettow
France

Sandra Lettow’s decorative display features an arrangement of seven discs that capture natural textures and the patterns of light refracting through glass. The textures are meant to create an ambiance of “elegance and timeless beauty” in the room.

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