by Tony Duran
Modern home in Portugal by Frederico Valsassina
D.C. Monument Renovation | Via
Washington D.C. is getting old. To other countries, our nation’s capital might seem like a spring chicken, but it’s actually aging rapidly—a fact proven by the scaffolding that’s draped around some of its most important monuments this year.
Smithsonian Mag’s Jimmy Stamp points us in the fascinating direction of the unique art of scaffolding, which has flowered in DC thanks to several factors. For one thing, tourism is important in this town—making the Capitol building or the Washington Monument look halfway decent in your iPhone selfie is actually important to a city where visitors are an essential part of the economy. Then there’s the issue of keeping up appearances, which is actually more important than it might seem. After all, these building serve as political symbols—and a symbol of power wrapped in protective scaffolding conflicts with that image (despite how appropriate it might seem, considering).
Ptuj Performance Center, Slovenia by ENOTA
The Dominican monastery in Ptuj boasts more than 800 years of history, which is, in various degrees of apparentness, expressed in its building structure. The Dominicans came to Ptuj in the early 13th century, when they were given a plot within the city walls, at the very edge of the west corner. Alongside the existing Romanesque buildings, they began the construction of the monastery and the church, whose transformation of its Romanesque configuration to the current Baroque form had several interim Gothic phases. The rest of the monastery complex shares a similar fate also; however, much more of the Mediaeval, Gothic structure is preserved there.
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Kub by Victor Vasilev
Milan-based architect Victor Vasilev produced the Kub basin in 2010. Its styling, lines and considered designed elements stand classic three years on. Made from carrara marble and glass, this piece challenges the traditional solid styling of bathroom vanity systems.
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Bette was unique among actresses of her generation in her willingness to sacrifice beauty for realism. She promoted wigs, costumes, and makeup that would distinguish her from the typical young movie star and emphasize her image as a serious actress. What mattered most to Bette was not how she looked but how her brought the audience into the story.
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Can Durban 2 House, Spain by Bruno Erpicum
CAN DURBAN is a modern interpretation of a traditional « finca »…the architecture gives new proportions to the traditional components and allows wide and generous openings to the site : a platform surrounded by terraces levelled with antiek retaining stone walls and a 210° view to the campo punctuated by 3 sea views. The house is an articulation of several solid volumes which define, in between each other, an internal garden and a patio. The main volume contains the living area of the owner, the two secondary constructions welcome friends. The wide opening in the main façade allows the composition of the frameless glazing around the salon and the outside dining room, the two functions embrace the view, free from any vertical structure. The solid stone work of the retaining walls is used on the floorcovering and a plain oak carpentry achieves the equipment of this timeless house.
Photographer: Jean Luc LALOUX
Loft Düsseldorf, Germany by Bruno Erpicum
Bruno Erpicum was the architect entrusted with designing this warehouse conversion. It is now the home of a couple with a passion for architecture who were keen to make one of Düsseldorf’s rare ruins their own. The reconversion was closely overseen by the administrative authorities, since this old factory in the city centre miraculously avoided damage during the many bombings of World War II. Across from the coachman’s passageway are some garages that stand in front of the entrance court. The court is dotted with screens that flank the entrance and seclude off the “day patio”. The history of the city is reflected in the glass panels, reminding you of the building’s heritage. A facade made entirely of glass stands completely independently of the old structures, showing off their immense scale. The building is now protected against the elements and complies with energy performance requirements. The study opens boldly onto the garage and gym. The gloss painted furniture designed by architect Bruno Erpicum reflects the structural elements. A vast white space devoid of any accessories houses the sleeping accommodation in the conversion; the rotating door appears to be floating in the air. An enormous living room is arranged between the pilasters that are displayed with pride. The artist’s design highlights the existing brickwork that supports the flagstone roof; here again the wear inflicted over time is openly displayed. The architecture unpretentiously magnifies the materials. The kitchen is arranged in the exterior deambulatory. The bedroom is housed in a “white box” that has been perfected with the utmost care. It is encircled by a “night patio” illuminated using zenithal light that sweeps across the surrounding brickwork. The light itself becomes a material, rebounding off the objects it touches and reminding us of the building’s history. The walls of the bedroom are perfectly smooth, whereas the bathroom is surrounded by rough pilasters (p. 106-107). A flow of natural light is ensured by the night patio, a space created by the removal of the roof around the edge of the bedroom. Pieces of raw concrete were used to create the bath, shower and washbasin. The starry ceiling over the Turkish bath completes the composition.
Photographer: Jean-Luc Laloux