Canadian-American Pirtzker Prize-winning archtiect.
For the next in our unconventional-campus-spaces series, I could not neglect one of Boston's most controversial works, Frank Gehry's Stata Center. Home to MIT's computer scientists and electrical engineers, it has been described as both "an architectural nightmare" and "a metaphor for the freedom, daring, and creativity of the research that's supposed to occur inside it." I chatted with computer science student David Stein who, though doesn't actually live in Stata, has spent countless hours inhabiting and exploring this highly-debated deconstructivist megastructure.
Ever since the Georgian mansion from Home Alone went on the market in May, we've wondered about the other iconic houses for sale. We’ve gathered a short list of notable nests with a modern feel, from a classic Frank Lloyd Wright in Houston to Dennis Hopper’s Venice Beach house. Whether you’re on a house hunt or just want to window shop, take a peek at these masterpieces.
With its diverse architectural landscape and community that thrives on robust design discourse, Los Angeles is an ideal home for the annual Dwell on Design show. In June, the city will, once again, host and inspire the great minds who descend upon it each year, further elevating our collaborative exploration of the built—and even the unbuilt environment.
I had the good fortune to meet Anne Midgette, a classical music critic for the Washington Post, a while back at the Post offices. Though we talked more about German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau than design, I decided to ask her which concert halls hit the right notes in terms of acoustics, design, and ambiance.
Last month I traveled to Basel, Switzerland, a European city first founded during the Roman Empire and still boasting beautiful buildings constructed more than 1,000 years agos. In Touring Basel, Switzerland, Part 1, I explored the city's historic downtown, which is a mix of neo-Gothic cathedrals, knit graffiti, ancient bridges, and Richard Serra sculptures. In Part 2, we share the fun to be had in and around the Rhine and travel outside the city to the Vitra campus and the Laufen bathrooms factory.
In addition to my tour of the Freitag factory in Zurich, a huge high point of my recent trip to Switzerland involved hopping over the border from Basel to 1 Charles-Eames-Strasse in Weil am Rhein, Germany, to see the Vitra Design Museum and Vitra campus. Since a fire did major damage to the buildings and factories on the Vitra campus in 1981, the company has taken rebuilding very seriously. Buildings by the likes of Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and Herzog and de Meuron now dot the campus giving it the most starchitect for the buck that I've ever seen. Click on the slideshow above to get the tour.