Mexican architecture magazine Arquine has announced the launch of an interactive version for the iPad and other tablet computers, billing it as the first of its kind in Latin America.
“There’s no (architecture) magazine in Latin America that has a digital version. Many have Web pages that function as blogs, which is what we’ve had since 2007, but … Arquine is a pioneer in this version,” architect Andrea Griborio told Efe.
Arquine will present this new application in Mexico City on June 7, a launch that coincides with the celebration of the magazine’s 15th anniversary and which is aimed at disseminating architectural knowledge and insight via new media.
The application will be formally unveiled in a “Jam” session, or roundtable discussion, that will analyze the significance and scope of the various platforms for disseminating an architectural culture and bringing together and linking architecture, design and all that relates to the city.
Arquine’s goal is to reach its audience - whether already established or not - in a more accessible way, Griborio said.
The new interactive platform is based on the print version of the magazine, which has been in circulation for 15 years in several Latin American countries, Europe and the United States.
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Gazing out at the sweep of metropolis that is modernMexico City, you’ll have to catch your breath once in a while. A culture known for it’s historic public murals of the 20th Century, it appears a resurgence is at hand, but this time the muralists are international Street Artists, and the scale is soaring.
ACCOR office decides to move because the space occupied previously did not meet the needs of the hotel chain, which, besides being a limited space, it lacked a certain comfort, spatially speaking. Because of this, the premise of design to give ourselves the space was to give a stamp that matched and outside of the image representative of the Company.
The lighting played an important role because it is an open space in 2 of its 4 sides that allowed thinking created from the use of it, conceptualizing configure the required fields with trimmings of glass to allow visual communication in addition, a light permeability due to the transparency of the glass. Within this site and visual permeability were careful different aspects such as the definition and customization of the spaces so that this virtue not become an invasion of space, which is why we decided to filter the visual effect through application of color in certain crystals, without obstructing the light. The color selection was made through an analysis in the studio, experimenting with different ranges to determine the ideal color to give us the warmth and comfort needed and that in turn will highlight not or would be aggressive to the daily life, the AMBER gave us that quality-duality, space-visual. The distribution is made from a glass box start leaning on one side blind, so as not to obstruct the light, which placed all major private, leaving the central part of the space for work areas well lit . The nuclei of bathrooms and services (such as site, store, kitchen, etc) were located near the port, located near the center of the office, to allow placing the rest of the spaces at perimeters and achieve leverage both seen as lighting.
Natural light is central to the design and orientation of this house located in Mexico City, Mexico.
The guidelines were intended to use the movement of light and shadow as part of the decor of each of the spaces.
Nature is the element that integrates the exterior and interior of the house.
For the construction of the house were used exposed concrete and wood to ensure low maintenance requirements of all areas, and proper aging of space with the natural patina of both.
“The Countess” a colony of Mexico City coupling of contrasts that attracts people from various points looking for the environment and village life.
The colony has had a boom remarkable in recent years, accounting for a vast number of new restaurants, galleries, cultural centers and cafes but is also characterized by new buildings that are mixed with those of the 40’s, creating an atmosphere that clearly reflects the intention of the architects to provide a new reading of the place. Such is the case of “La Panaderia” an emblematic “La Condesa”, once a European bakery, then an alternative art gallery located on the ground floor of the old building.
Folding and cutting the surface, establishing the program, the terrace and the spaces inside are defined by the manipulation of the plane. The interior layout works in two modes that incorporates the required program: access, living room and kitchen in the public and private primary site. The terrace serves as the surrounding space can be accessed by all rooms, working as a transitional space between home and city.
The project for offices Quant Corporate Services, by Architects ART / ART & id LLC, is located in the Williams Tower building located in the Galleria area in Houston, Texas. The needs of the company required that the project is divided into 4 floors as follows: 26th floor reception area and administrative services, floors 27 and 28 operating on the 29th floor and management, a total of 9.000 m2.
In the 4 levels complete plants were used so the interior design includes elevators and service area to generate a comprehensive environment. These are located at the center of square plants releasing the full space in other areas which enjoy panoramic views of the city of Houston. At the reception a sculpture, made from the raw material of the work of the company, which integrates into space through the design of the panels and rugs, marble and granite floors.
Steven Harris Architects is an award winning firm that has been in business since 1985. The company offers interior, exterior and landscape design and an example of their thoughtful designs is Casa Finisterra in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico built into a cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
The 800 square meter home features seven bedrooms that also look out onto the ocean through substantial windows designed especially for that purpose. Since the home is perched on a cliff, an outdoor living area was built in that includes an infinity pool, patio, and cactus garden. Take a look at the wonderfully designed home in the following gallery.
In a set of multi-family apartments with high environmental performance.
There are 7 apartments of 2 or 3 levels and high ceilings. centrally located in a suburb of Mexico City.
The design and conception of the building was created with the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team consisting of architects, engineers, biologists, consultants and steel construction, resulting in a structural façade inspired by the trees of the same neighborhood, (biomimicry) offering security and a very good seismic performance by optimizing the use of steel and concrete by 15%. Also one of our intentions was to involve four important aspects: optimizing the use of water-energy-materials-habitat.
The development has urban gardens and roof terraces with food production, developed by a plant palette with species that may provide some food source, respecting patterns of migratory birds and insects and residents. It has a management and recycling. Are captured rainwater cascadeandolas with re use and recycling. It has straw bale walls between departments to provide better thermal and acoustic performance, and intent on building energy efficiency compared with a normal building is 70% so that users we have less power consumption.
The building transcends the barriers of only being a place to hold human life and begins to allow the shelter and allow the life of the environment in which this.
How would you celebrate your 250th birthday? The beer makers over at Guinness decided to go large, and couldn’t possibly have been drunk when commissioning this $125,000 submarine-turned-bar with an interior that looks like a futuristic golf ball.
The Guinness Dead Sea Bar was designed for the company by London’s Jump Studios, which created the custom interior by starting with a glass-reinforced plastic chassis and then fitting it into the interior of the sub. That means Jump Studios didn’t have to try and rejigger the original interior as much as use it as a general shape, and build from its own foundation. The exterior got a little love, too, displaying Guinness’s harp logo and spelling out “250” in rivets to mark the company’s 250th anniversary.
The only bummer: no libations will be enjoyed 20,000 leagues under the sea. The sub, which Gizmag’s David Szondy reckons is a “a typical tourist boat of the sort used around the world to take visitors on short trips down to depths of about 330 feet,” always keeps part of the vessel in contact with the water’s surface. Wouldn’t want to get the bends while drinking brews, after all.