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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009



Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
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This month’s issue of Wallpaper* gets an A+. It has a nudie cover with a hidden message on it, some fashion, some Siza, some Danish design, Antoni Burakowski’s home, and it showed me this hotel for the first time:

It’s a hotel by VHM in Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

Wow, I am really drawn to this and I’m not sure why. Is it a fascination with this:

? Stacking seems to be a trend in architecture lately, including white gift boxes:

The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. And this glass box madness:

Have you seen any others around? Share with the class in the comments section!

You know what’s funny? As I linked over to my old posts after writing this post, I realize I am saying the same things over and over again without wavering in my opinions whatsoever, or even having a deja-vu that I’ve said it before! That really cannot be a good thing. I’d better start eating more brain food and doing crosswords.

  • Stacked Hotel photo by Dan Holdsworth for Wallpaper*
  • Jenga photo linked to source
  • New Museum photo from here.
  • 56 Leonard renderings via Curbed (head over there for a huge range of comments and opinions on this design), copyright Herzog and de Meuron, Basel 2008

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  1. grace says:

    March 5th, 2009 at 7:11 am (#)

    I’ve been collecting imagery of stacked architecture for some time!

    Gehry has designed a few buildings, but architects Herzog and de Meuron are truly the experts



  2. becky says:

    March 5th, 2009 at 9:14 am (#)

    Thank you Grace! Great list!

    The bottom image is a rendering for the latest Herzog and de Meuron.


  3. kitpollard says:

    March 5th, 2009 at 9:43 am (#)

    I do that all the time, Becky. As I’m writing, things will start to sound familiar and I’ll wonder where I read something before. Then I’ll realize that I didn’t read it, I wrote it.

    I figure, at least I must really be true to my point of view!

  4. becky says:

    March 5th, 2009 at 11:04 am (#)

    Kit, you made me feel better! Recently I used the word “amazing” about seven times in the same paragraph, now I’m trying to never use that word again. OK, I’m off to buy some ginkgo biloba…

  5. Dana says:

    March 5th, 2009 at 11:29 pm (#)

    All these building designs are amazing. each one is so unique.

  6. Hatch: The Design Public ® Blog » Blog Archive » STACKED! II says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 6:48 am (#)

    [...] I was writing the post about Jenga buildings the other day, I had not seen the photos of the Axis Viana Hotel from the front. It’s interesting how [...]

  7. Vasco Branco says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 9:55 am (#)

    Very nice project !

  8. m.campbell says:

    March 16th, 2009 at 5:22 am (#)

    just thought i’d let you know that there is new architectural stacking proposed in stockholm! i saw this in today’s new york times.. the stacking is in slide 5:

  9. becky says:

    March 16th, 2009 at 8:38 am (#)

    Thanks M. Campbell. You gave me something to blog about today! I am off to a slow start this morning/afernoon!

  10. Hatch: The Design Public ® Blog » Blog Archive » Stacked in Stockholm: The Slussen Project Proposals says:

    March 16th, 2009 at 8:41 am (#)

    [...] cannot seem to get it together today. Thank you to M. Campbell who just wrote in on the STACKED! post to let me know about a cool slideshow in today’s NYTimes. It’s about urban planning in [...]

  11. Around the Web: Modern House Notes :: Hatch: The Design Public® Blog says:

    February 1st, 2010 at 11:45 am (#)

    [...] Logs, check out the new Vitra Museum building by Herzog & de Meuron. First we had a bunch of Jenga architecture, and now everywhere I look I see Lincoln [...]

  12. sabinesgreenp says:

    August 28th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (#)

    Just seeing the green community in action makes me confident of the future! Think of how far green building products have come and how far they will go in the future!

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