Villa Varoise on ArchDaily

Posted on June 2nd, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Villa Varoise, Press

Villa Varoise is featured today on ArchDaily!

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Tanderrum Bridge named in Urban Land Institute’s round-up of most creative pedestrian bridges

Posted on June 1st, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Tanderrum Bridge, Press

Read on HERE.

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LUMINOUS MONOLITHIC: VILLA VAROISE IN THE PLAN

Posted on May 27th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Villa Varoise, Press

FRANCESCO PAGLIARI writes: ‘The overall result is a multiple-feature architecture: multiple interrelated façades; abstract stereometric monumentality alongside homey light-filled interiors reaching out to connect with their surroundings: a sharp-angled monolith that is also an open, family-friendly holiday home. The striking materiality of these closed compact shapes is further accentuated by the use of unrendered concrete, the horizontal lines of the formwork still showing the veins and rough cut of the formwork, lending the manmade object an organic quality. The architecture is one with its terrain- its varied composition and natural color all dialogue with the landscape.’

Read on HERE.

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MIT Site 4 in The Architect’s Newspaper

Posted on May 24th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _MIT Site 4, Press

AN’s Matthew Marani present’s Site 4’s complex façade systems in this month’s special issue of AN.

“At Site 4, the aluminum panels are enormous—each is 10 feet tall, anywhere between 15 and 29 feet wide, and weighs 4,200 pounds—yet they are arranged like courses of masonry. Pushing the comparison further, they dagger at the tower corners like coppery quoins.”

Read on HERE.

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Site 4 gets public art by Agnieszka Kurant

Posted on May 17th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _MIT Site 4, Things We Like

Check out a preview of Agnieszka Kurant‘s first installation of her two-part site-specific commission ‘The End of Signature’ commissioned for two new buildings on MIT’s campus in Kendall Square including Site 4 show above. Kurant developed this site-specific iteration of ‘The End of Signature’ in collaboration with students and faculty at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). A companion work will be installed on the facade of an adjacent building later this year. Kurant was the 2019-20 Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at MIT.

Learn more HERE.

Thank you Mark Pasnik for the photo!

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MIT mock-ups featured in David K. Ross’s new book

Posted on May 15th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _MIT Site 4, construction

Archetypes features a recent series by Canadian artist David K. Ross, who works at the interface of photography, film, and installation. His images of architectural mock-ups, staged at night with dramatic lighting that isolates structures from their surroundings, demonstrate how these objects have become a charged form of proto-architecture. The book offers an effective platform to consider what it means to pre-construct fragments of buildings in all their complexity. Published alongside Ross’s images are four essays framing the historical, technological, and civic significance of the mock-up.

NADAAA, Kendall Square, Cambridge, United States, 2018 (I and II)

For more information or to order a copy please click HERE.

Many of Ross’s works will be exhibited at upcoming shows in Zurich, Munich, Basel, and at Daniels Building’s Architecture and Design Gallery.

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Vote for Villa Varoise and RISD North Hall!

Posted on April 23rd, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _RISD NORTH HALL, _Villa Varoise, Awards

Both projects are finalists for the AZ Awards 2021.

Vote for Villa Varoise and RISD North Hall for a People’s Choice Award HERE!

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Stella Betts reviews ‘My House Is Better Than Your House’

Posted on April 7th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Villa Varoise, Press

Architectural Record’s April Issue features a book review of NADAAA’s forthcoming book on Villa Varoise!

‘With its conversational tone, the exchange captured in the book manages to complement the images and drawings more successfully than is usual in a conventional monograph. The dialogue goes beyond a comparison of the houses and leads to discussions of the typology of the house itself. By doing so, it transcends the conceit of dueling dwellings, opening up a larger discourse on the practice of architecture. But it’s a fun read—both light and serious.
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The art of this book is that it can be enjoyed on several levels. It is a deep dive into the design process and the meticulous execution of one single house and its surrounding landscape, taken from initial concept and site strategies through drawings, diagrams, models, and construction details. [] But the book is also a manifesto—a reminder to all of us that as architects it is “our responsibility to change the status quo . . . to motivate the discipline, and produce not novelty, but innovation.” If you manage that, then the results of the design process just may be “better.”’

-Stella Betts, founding principal at LEVENBETTS

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The Architect’s Newspaper on NADAAA at Venice

Posted on March 24th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Venice Biennale, Installations + Exhibitions, Press

AN’s Samuel Medina writes on NADAAA’s dual exhibits for La Biennale di Venezia 2021–that both happen to revolve around the potentials of CLT.

‘[The NADAAA] installations pursue opposing trajectories for CLT and, for that reason, should be taken together as a complementary pair. As Tehrani explained, whereas the portico is “a one-off that radicalizes, let’s say, the ‘figure’ of architecture,” its counterpart “suppresses it to instead explore how something as standard as a CLT panel can become the basis for mass customization.”’

Read on HERE.

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MIT Site 4 Graduate Tower Complete!

Posted on March 10th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _MIT Site 4, Things We Like

We are excited to see MIT Site 4 complete, and can’t wait for students and staff to enjoy the space!

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