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3Novices:All-white home by Bloco Arquitetos sits on compact plot in Brasília

A sloped roof tops this white house in Brazil’s capital, which architecture studio Bloco Arquitetos built within the initial masterplan for the city.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

The local firm designed 711H house for a couple with a child and two dogs.

Built on the foundations of a single-storey home that had been demolished, it is located in a part of the Plano Piloto masterplan that architect and planner Lucio Costa designed for Brasília during the 1950s.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

The residence’s surrounding area was originally intended to be used for farms and food production, but because of the city’s housing needs, it was transformed into a series of tightly packed row houses.

Many of the homes exceed the allowed height limit and face a service alley, which makes the green public spaces in the front derelict and dangerous, according to Bloco Arquitetos. The studio’s scheme for the 711H house aims to reverse this trend.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

The team uncovered and restored the front yard back into a garden. Two pairs of white metallic screens front the space to offer the residents privacy and provide access to the public green space in front of the house.

“It acknowledges the present reality, and its official and unofficial rules of occupation, and aims to recover the activation of the green strip that is adjacent to the house,” said Bloco Arquitetos.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

With a white exterior that also differentiates it from its surroundings, the house is topped by a mono-pitched roof that connects the different roof heights of its two immediate neighbours.

“The form of the roof is generated by an imaginary line connecting the highest point that is officially allowed for the constructions in the neighbourhood to the slightly sloped roof of the construction on the other side,” said the firm.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

A second set of perforated metal doors are placed on the inner side of the courtyard, as part of the front wall of the house. One folds open to lead into the long and narrow, kitchen, living and dining room. The other provides access to a pair of bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms that run down the southern side.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

As most of the old structure and foundations were condemned, the studio rebuilt the ground floor using laminated steel beams and columns with exposed concrete blocks forming the partition walls. All are painted white to match the exterior.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

Concrete ceilings and floors are left exposed and complemented by furnishings with rough finishes, like the dining table that extends from the kitchen counter and a bench in the living area. Plants in terracotta pots are dotted throughout to offset these more neutral tones.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

A black staircase leads up to the middle of the new first floor, which the studio constructed from concrete blocks.

Because of the steep slope of the roof, all the functions are placed along the southern side where the pitch is at its highest. A large terrace, where the residents’ dogs can bathe in the sun, occupies the north-west end.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

Glazed doors from the terrace lead into the master bedroom at the front. The space is adjoined by a long closet featuring windows to a small void in the residence, and an en-suite bathroom.

A study and a small home office are set to back on this floor.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

Bloco Arquitetos was founded by architects Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho and Matheus Seco. The firm recently completed another home nearby, made of longitudinal concrete ribs and red brick infill.

Along with Costa’s masterplan, Brasília is well-known for its modernist architecture by Oscar Niemeyer. His building that serves as the presidential palace is feared haunted by the country’s current leader.

Photography is by Joana França.

Project credits:

Architecture firm: Bloco Arquitetos
Project team: Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho and Matheus Seco
Collaborators: Fernando Longhi, Giovanni Cristofaro and Elisa Albuquerque

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3Novices:Nike unveils “world’s first” running shoes with 3D-printed uppers

Athlete Eliud Kipchoge will be wearing the a pair of Nike trainers with 3D-printed uppers when he competes in the London Marathon this weekend.

Nike revealed the shoes, which they claim are the first running shoes in the world to have 3D-printed uppers, earlier this week at an event in London.

The uppers – the top part of the trainer normally made from fabric – are made form a material dubbed Flyprint, which is constructed using a process known as solid deposit modelling. Through this, plastic filament is unwound from a coil, melted and laid down in layers to form the shoe’s shape.

While Adidas unveiled its 3D-printed offering in 2016, Nike claims this is the first time in the world that an upper has utilised this technology.

Nike unveils "world's first" running shoes with 3D-printed uppers

The shoe is the result of a year-long collaborative project with athlete Eliud Kipchoge – one of the runners who attempted to break the sub-two-hour marathon time wearing Nike’s specially developed Zoom Vaporfly Elite trainers.

Kipchoge ended up missing out by only 25 seconds, and Nike decided to work alongside him to improve the trainer for this year’s event.

Nike unveils "world's first" running shoes with 3D-printed uppers

His main feedback was that the shoe’s upper absorbed water, making his trainers heavier as he made his way around the course. Apart from that, he noted that the shoe was “perfect”, so Nike set about experimenting with a 3D-upper they had been working on for over 10 years.

“The process of solving expressly for Kipchoge’s needs began in earnest in early 2018,” said Nike. “Designers kicked off a rapid-fire prototyping phase, where they went through thousands of upper possibilities before hitting print on several variations for each prototype.”

They went forward with so-called version D, but Kipchoge said the knitted upper still had its issues.

In response, the designers quickly made changes and sent the new shoes in a matter of days. Kipchoge tested and approved these, before suggesting he wore them for the London Marathon taking place this Sunday, 22 April 2018.

Nike unveils "world's first" running shoes with 3D-printed uppers

The design process for the shoes begins with data taken from the athletes, including their running gait and foot’s form.

This data is then put into software to create the correct composition of the material, so the printer knows where to layer up and where to create a tighter weave.

Nike unveils "world's first" running shoes with 3D-printed uppers

Not only does this mean a tailor-made shoe, but Nike notes that through printing, it can prototype shoes “16 times quicker than in any previous manufacturing method”.

“One interesting benefit of 3D textiles over traditional 2D-fabrics is the increased dynamism made possible by adding an interconnection beyond a warp and weft; an advantage of Flyprint textiles comes in the fused nature of the material,” Nike said.

Nike unveils "world's first" running shoes with 3D-printed uppers

“Whereas in a knit or woven textile there is frictional resistance between the interlaced – warp and weft – yarns, in a printed textile, due to its fused intersections, there is greater potential for precision-tuned containment,” the brand continued.

Nike, which ranked at number 37 on Dezeen Hot List, often works alongside athletes when innovating new shoes. The company previously produced a custom Zoom Superfly Elite shoe for Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for the Rio Olympics, and it also scored goals for football, with a Magista boot that’s said to allow players to better feel the ball.

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3Novices:B.E. Architecture “rejects stark minimalism” with eclectic interior for Melbourne house

Melbourne studio B.E. Architecture has renovated and extended a Victorian property in the city for an avid art collector, adding a varied palette of materials that help distinguish the old and new parts of the building.

St Vincents Place by BE Architecture

The design project for the St Vincents Place Residence began with a heritage building in Melbourne’s inner suburb of Albert Park. The owner wanted to retain the house’s historic character while creating a suitably contemporary home for his family and his art collection.

“The client, as a patron, put his belief in architecture, artists and artisans to create a nourishing environment that goes beyond surface treatments by inscribing contemplative experiences into the physical form,” said the studio.

St Vincents Place by BE Architecture

The house and its two neighbours were originally part of a convent that had been remodelled and repurposed over time, so the only thing remaining was the front facade’s 200-millimetre-thick masonry wall.

B.E. Architecture developed a proposal for a 750-square-metre home to replace a cluster of sheds and outbuildings occupying the land behind the facade.

The rebuilding process enabled four levels to be created, including a rooftop terrace and a basement that would not have been possible to implement underneath an original structure.

St Vincents Place by BE Architecture

The studio sought to achieve a sense of timelessness in the design, by incorporating classical details alongside carefully chosen contemporary materials to give the building an ageless quality.

St Vincents Place by BE Architecture

“We shy away from trends or faddish materiality and are wary of architectural thumbprints, where the building is more about the architect than the space and the client themselves,” B.E. Architecture’s design director Broderick Ely told Dezeen.

“St Vincent Place was a great site to develop in this sense as it was a period building shell that needed to be built up from scratch, so there were design opportunities not appropriate in a modern home.”

St Vincents Place by BE Architecture

The rooms to the front of the house incorporate features such as cornices, arched doors, and custom steel fireplaces that are intended to provide a strong connection to the Victorian frontage.

An entrance foyer adjoins a formal living room and leads into a circulation space containing a grand staircase, which sweeps upwards towards a large first-floor landing.

Due to the property being part of a Victorian terrace, it is enclosed on either side by its neighbours, so the stairwell was designed as a way to bring natural light into the centre of the building.

St Vincents Place by BE Architecture

A wine room and study are also accommodated in the front section of the building, which is connected by a corridor to further spaces with a more contemporary feel toward the rear.

The corridor leads into an open kitchen and dining area flanked by a terrace. The terrace is enclosed by facades of in-situ concrete that emphasise the modern construction methods used for this part of the house.

St Vincents Place by BE Architecture

Daylight and views of landscaping including a 38-year-old grape vine are provided by glazed walls that look onto the terrace, as well as a three-storey lightwell connecting all of the house’s levels.

At the top of the building there is a roof terrace and barbecue area planted with olive trees. The upper floor contains the bedrooms, and the stairs continue down past the main living spaces on the ground floor to a basement accommodating a spa and utility areas.

St Vincents Place by BE Architecture

The spa level includes a pool, steam room, a Japanese-style onsen, or spring, and a gym. The majority of surfaces on this level are lined in bluestone to add a natural texture to the spaces.

In addition to the concrete and bluestone, the modern material palette used for the rear extension also includes terrazzo-style stone floors and painted-timber ceilings.

“Rejecting stark minimalism, the classical details are exchanged for rich textures continuing the hand-hewn character throughout the house,” said the studio.

St Vincents Place by BE Architecture

Artworks are carefully distributed throughout the building, and in some places are even incorporated into the architecture. A text-based piece by Nathan Coley is fixed to the wall of the light well, while a niche carved into a wall alongside this space contains a wax sculpture by artist Berlinde De Bruyckere.

Vintage furnishings sourced from Europe and Asia contribute to the home’s eclectic and exotic atmosphere. These pieces combine with custom-made furniture designed by the architects, including a cluster of transparent coffee tables containing books in the living room.

St Vincents Place by BE Architecture

B.E. Architecture specialises in high-end residential projects, such as a house combining various textures of granite in Melbourne, and another property comprising a series of brick buildings arranged around internal courtyards in the town of Windsor.

Photography is by Derek Swalwell.

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3Novices:Eight highlights from Vitra’s Typecasting exhibition selected by curator Robert Stadler

Vitra is presenting hundreds of items from its archives at an exhibition during Milan design week. Curator Robert Sadler has revealed his favourite pieces, including Verner Panton’s Living Tower, and a cork chair by Jasper Morrison.

Typecasting is currently on show as part of this year’s Milan design week. The exhibition has taken over a huge space in the city’s Brera district, named La Pelota.

Stadler has grouped hundreds of furniture pieces from Vitra’s archives into what he describes as “characters” – each representing a different human behaviour or habit.

They include: the communals, the compulsive organisers, the slashers (people who are combining professions), the dreamers, the beauty contestants, the spartans, the restless, the athletes and the dating-site encounters.

“The idea behind this way of grouping is that the exhibition should tell something about us as people, not just the furniture presented,” Stadler told Dezeen. “It gives a different insight into well-known objects.”

“I went through an intensive course of Vitra, I found many things I’d never seen,” he added. “We wanted a ‘transhistorical’ approach, so each community has historical and current items.”

From the 200 objects on show, here are eight of Stadler’s highlights:


MVS Chaise by Maarten van Severen

The MVS Chaise was designed by Maarten van Severen, whose collaboration with Vitra began in 1996.

“There’s something unstable when you look at it, as though there’s one foot missing. But this missing part is actually something that adds to its function,” said Stadler.


Nelson Perch stool by George Nelson

This chair was designed by George Nelson as he was researching his when open-plan office system Action Office 1.

“There’s something discomforting about it,” Stadler said. “There’s a tool-like minimal seat and backrest, but it’s interesting because it’s a very early answer to the idea of dynamic working.”


Living tower by Verner Panton

Panton’s Living Tower can be used on four different levels, and stands over two metres high. Nooks are designed to create small seating niches in different positions – but also give the piece a sculpture-like feel.

“It’s a fantastic piece in itself, it’s as much a sculpture as it is a piece of functional design,” Stadler commented.


Geometric chair by Scott Burton

The blocky geometric chair was designed by Burton in the 1980s, and was included as part of a limited edition range of Vitra pieces.

“In the exhibition, this is paired with a Hella Jongerius sofa as they’re both made by stacking cubical elements,” said Stadler.


Freeform sofa by Isamu Naguchi

Originally designed in 1946, the Freeform sofa features surfaces that look like flat stones found on the beds of rivers.

“I got to work with Noguchi last year, and what I love about his work is an ongoing back and forth between functional and sculptural objects,” said Stadler. “This object shows that.”


Cyl by Bouroullecs

Stadler also chose this range by the Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, which was released in 2016 and aims to bring the atmosphere of home into the office.

The Cyl collection of tables and sofas are made from solid wood and have a natural, minimalist look. In designing the range, the Bouroullecs rejected the integrated power solutions that come with office furniture, in an attempt to create a more domestic environment.


Cork chair by Jasper Morrison

Jasper Morrison’s Cork chair is made from blocks of recycled wine-bottle stoppers.

“It’s a surprising material and is also surprisingly comfortable,” Stadler said. “I don’t always need concept – I sometimes can enjoy pure beauty and this is an example of that.”


Physics office chair by Alberto Meda

Meda base the idea of his Physix chair is made from a single textile panel stretched across a frame.

Stadler noted that its construction allows for a dynamic range of movement – an essential for an office chair.

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3Novices:This week, Dezeen reported from the world’s biggest design fair

This week, we provided extensive coverage of the best installations, product launches and events from the world’s biggest design fair, Milan design week.

Since Monday, Dezeen’s editorial team has been exploring the annual festival of design and reporting on key exhibitions and trends found in the Italian city.

Peter Pichler builds pyramidal pavilion using 1,600 wooden beams

Highlights included COS and Phillip K Smith III’s large-scale mirror installation, MINI Living and Studiomama’s series of colourful capsule homes, Italian architect Peter Pichler’s pyramidal wooden pavilion, and an American-style diner by Rockwell Group installed in a railway arch.

Hem’s new furniture range included a sofa that can be packed into boxes

Among this year’s eye-catching product launches were Hem’s modular flat-packed sofaHay and Sonos’ vibrant speaker range and Lara Bohnic’s first seating collection, inspired by the orbits of planets.

Rossana Orlandi to launch initiative to create “guiltless plastic”

Our prediction of recycled plastic being a key trend at the event was validated, as influential Milanese design curator Rossana Orlandi announced the launch of a “guiltless plastic” initiative at her gallery space.

In a similar vein, Israeli designer Erez Nevi Pana’s vegan furniture, created by experimenting with different plants and minerals, was displayed in a bid to promote the “guilt-free” movement to the design industry.

Dezeen teams up with Instagram to launch its new @design account in Milan

Dezeen also worked with a number of leading global brands during Milan design week, with founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs discussing the integration of technology into people’s lifestyles with Google and design in the age of Instagram with designer Yves Behar and others as part of our collaboration with Instagram to launch its new @design account.

OMA’s Qatar National Library opens in Doha

Elsewhere, the Qatar National Library by Dutch architecture firm OMA opened in Doha. The building houses some of the country’s most important texts and manuscripts in tiers of marble bookcases within a single open-plan space.

Another Dutch practice, Mecanoo was also in the news, as images emerged of their near-complete arts centre in Taiwan, which will host opera and theatre under a bulging roof.

BIG reveals plans for Swiss hotel with zigzagging ski slope on its roof

In other architecture news, Bjarke Ingels Group revealed plans for a hotel in western Switzerland, complete with a zigzagging ski slope on its roof.

 Zaha Hadid Architects also unveiled a new project, a barrel-vaulted primary school to be built in China’s Jiangxi province that will be partially built by robots.
Fuzzy House by SO features stepped roof terrace and public alleyway

Popular projects on Dezeen this week included a bunker-like concrete house in the Thai city of Chiang Mai, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio overhaul of infamous London members’ club Annabel’s and a hack of an IKEA kitchen for Danish brand Reform designed by Cecile Manz.

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3Novices:Timber-and-glass boxes contain pair of residences on a Norwegian hillside

Norwegian studio Reiulf Ramstad Architects arranged the living areas of these two homes in a stack of concrete, timber and glass boxes that extend out from a steeply sloping site in an Oslo suburb.

Two-in-One House by Reiulf Ramstad

Two-in-One House is located on a challenging site at the end of a dead-end road in the Ekeberglia neighbourhood of Oslo’s Høvik suburban area.

Local firm Reiulf Ramstad Architects was invited by a private client to develop a proposal that could accommodate two residences in a single cohesive structure.

Two-in-One House by Reiulf Ramstad

The owner’s family occupies one of the houses and the other was developed for sale. A smaller apartment in the basement provides space for guests or children as they become old enough to live independently.

The development clings to the terrain below the ridge of the hill, with its slender rectalinear form orientated towards the southwest.

“The building soars up from the slope to provide the best exposition for lighting and views from the house with a minimal footprint,” the architects told Dezeen.

Two-in-One House by Reiulf Ramstad

A simple, rectangular form was chosen early on in the project to lend it an understated presence in the landscape. A concrete base supports a timber-clad volume that projects out from the slope to further reduce the building’s footprint.

The concrete volume also accentuates the connection between the earth and the timber facades above, which echo the tones of the surrounding broadleaf trees.

Two-in-One House by Reiulf Ramstad

“Materials are carefully chosen to endure the rough Norwegian climate, and to ensure a beautiful greyscale patina over time,” said the studio.

“The crisp windows framed by slender black steel add to the beautiful palette of winter tones and form a very neat and elegant facade.”

Two-in-One House by Reiulf Ramstad

Sophisticated 3D-scanning equipment was used to map out the terrain and ensure the building fits snugly against the steep terrain.

The main living spaces for both homes are accommodated on the ground floor, which is lined on either side with bands of glazing that provide views of the landscape and incorporate doors opening onto private gardens.

The more private spaces on the first floor are largely concealed behind a facade wrapped in vertical cedar cladding. Windows set behind the facade look out through gaps in the timber panels.

Two-in-One House by Reiulf Ramstad

Reiulf Ramstad Architects has previously worked on a holiday home comprising three interconnected glass-fronted cabins, and an entirely wooden church with a dramatic pyramidal spire.

The Oslo-based studio also designed a visitor facility in the Norwegian mountains where zig-zagging pathways lead visitors to elevated viewing platforms

Photography is by Ivar Kvaal.

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3Novices:Studio Gang designs curvaceous tower for LA’s Chinatown

American firm Studio Gang has unveiled plans for a tower in Los Angeles with a curvy exterior evocative of a rolling wave.

The tower is planned for 643 North Spring Street in Chinatown, and is the first LA project for the firm.

Reaching 26 storeys, the series of floor plates are shaped to give the building its figure-eight footprint. Exteriors walls made from glass will curve diagonally across the floors.

In front of the glazing, a collection of terraces will wrap around the building and provide views of the city and mountains.

643 North Spring Street is designed to link Chinatown and the recently opened LA State Historic Park to Union Station and the El Pueblo neighbourhood.

“This project transforms a parking lot and commercial strip into an architecture that opens up the potential of the site to connect neighbourhoods,” said Studio Gang founder Jeanne Gang.

Public plazas are incorporated into the design with foliage and green pathways. They are planned to be along both Spring Street and New High Street.

“Responding to the growing needs of the city, we designed the footprint to enable new generous outdoor public space at ground level while simultaneously creating a curved upper volume to capture views, light, and air for the building’s inhabitants,” said Gang.

The mixed-use tower has a narrow footprint and is planned to be approximately 55 feet (17 metres) wide, taking up most of the property.

The LA project will include roughly 300 rental apartments, ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments. All of the residences will share amenities with a 149-room hotel inside the building, including communal terraces on the second and third levels, along with a rooftop lounge.

Retail spaces will occupy the ground floor, on the north and east sides, while underground parking is also planned.

The mixed-use tower will be built in collaboration with a local development firm, Creative Space, as well as European brand MOB Hotel.

“MOB Hotel’s mission to encourage cooperative living, shared amenities include a gym, coworking spaces, rentable private offices, pop-up stores dedicated to young creators, a rooftop swimming pool and bar, and spaces for outdoor cooking and dining,” said a statement.

Studio Gang is an American architecture and urban design firm with offices in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Other projects designed by the studio include an angular glass tower near the High Line in New York City, as well as a high-rise for St Louis, Missouri with hundreds of cornered edges from its slanted exterior walls.

Studio Gang also revealed plans for a 51-storey residential tower in Brooklyn with a rippled concrete exterior earlier this week.

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