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Photo: Gio Sumbadze

Floating Piers for Water Skiing in Kvareli

Location: Kvareli, Georgia Studio: David Giorgadze Architects Authors: David Giorgadze (1985 Georgia); Ivane Khuchua (1955 Georgia) Total area: 440 sq.m Usable floor area: 69 sq.m Year completed: 2015   A floating pier for water skiing is beyond the traditional understanding of architecture and reaches more wide perception of art. Its aesthetical values are based on golden […]

თბილისის ძველი ფოტოები. Old photos of Tbilisi

Dead Places in Tbilisi and How to Revive Them

“It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth.” – David Attenborough (Planet Earth II) BEGINNING While the laureate of the highest architectural award, the Pritzker Prize 2016, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena sees a solution to […]

Photograph by Tony Webster

Donald Trump’s Architectural Taste

US billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump won the elections and will take over the US 45th president’s place in 2017. Therefore the world’s attention is drawn to him. The Trump family is under the watchful eye of the media and any detail about them is a headliner in news. Owner of a various businesses, […]

Courtesy of Stipfold

Stipfold Team Designed Whitest Interior and Named It Cave

Architecture: STIPFOLD Design/Project Leader: Beka Pkhakadze Copywriter: Mika Motskobili Location: Tbilisi, Georgia Area: 150 sq.m. Year: 2015-16   Architectural studio Stipfold finished their interior project in Tbilisi. The apartment is in white color and makes contrast with the timber and water color blue. Design, which was developed by a team for this particular apartment, has […]

Courtery of Foster + Partners

Droneport – The Smallest Airport in Norman Foster’s Career

Droneport – Norman Foster is reducing scales and builds the smallest airport in Rwanda for drones. With the message ‘Reporting from the Front’ the Curator of the XV architectural Biennale Alejandro Aravena has put the focus of the star architects on interesting concepts for developing countries. One of these projects is Droneport by Foster + […]

Polish Pavilion 'Fair Building'

Polish Pavilion ‘Fair Building’ Shows what Working Conditions at the Building Sites are

Very different from other countries’ pavilions, Poland at the same time has raised very important issues. Pavilion consisted of metal scaffolds and screens placed between them, where different videos from construction sites were running. The composition created by scaffolds occupied the entire room. Videos conveyed the hard life of construction workers, events taking place there […]

© Iwan Baan

Bjarke Ingels completed VIA 57 West on Manhattan

Star architect’s, Bjarke Ingels (BIG) half-pyramid VIA 57 West is completed on Manhattan and it’s exactly what we expected it to be: sharp, moderately ambitious and filled with the spirit of “ it should be completely different from the city’s other skyscrapers”. Founded in 2005, the Danish company (BIG) consists of architects, designers and builders […]

Photo: Nanuka Zaalishvili

Soviet Bus Stops In Georgia #2

My “hunt” on Soviet bus stops continues in different regions of Georgia. This time I’m presenting the second (and not the last) part of the collected material. First part you can check here: This isn’t a photo project yet, it’s more of a documentation of currently existing material. Photo project turned out to be more […]

Photo Courtesy: Villamartin Museum

Restoration of Castle Matrera in Spain

Built in ninth century castle of Matrera near Villamartin in Spain for a long time had stood firm against enemy and endured numerous invasions and sieges; but no one can withstand time and the building became more like the ruins over time. Over the period of its existence, Matrera has changed its owners for several […]

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Ricardo Bofill’s La Muralla Roja aka Red Wall in Calpe, Spain                

In Mediterranean coastal city of Calpe “red wall” has been “erected” since 1968. La Muralla Roja’s bright colors contrast with environment , or perfectly compliment it. In this apartment complex of Ricardo Bofill, influence of Arabic Mediterranean architecture can be felt. Construction of La Muralla Roja was completed in 1973 and the design belongs to […]

Photo: James Mollison
Image courtesy of Surface Magazine

The Architecture of Improvement: How Alejandro Aravena Is Changing the World With Beautiful, Practical Buildings

IDAAF PRESENTS AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THIS YEAR’S PRITZKER PRIZE–WINNING ARCHITECT, ALEJANDRO ARAVENA, FROM SURFACE — THE AMERICAN MAGAZINE OF GLOBAL CONTEMPORARY DESIGN. THE ARTICLE APPEARS AS THE COVER STORY OF ITS POWER 100 ISSUE, WHICH LAUNCHED LAST WEEK. READ ON FOR THE INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY ROCKY CASALE AND REFLECTIONS FROM SURFACE’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, SPENCER BAILEY: […]

© Paulina Lise

Dune – Workshop from EASA NOT YET DECIDED

Tutors: Zak Pulis | Ciara Geary Participants: William O’Donnell | Gavin Campbell | Joe Keohane | Leyla Musayeva | Anastasia Prodromou | Michaela Paschali | George Fergusson | Gio Pkhachiashvili | Ričardas Bertašius | Nanka Bagaturia | Levan Mamsikashvili | Hilda Uusitalo | Magdalena Blok | Karina Picus | Olga Berning | Nuria Cánovas Bernabeu | Danae Tselou | Shreyansh Sett Area: 55m2 Location: Nida | Lithuania Photo: Paulina Lise EASA 2016   The Dune project […]

Tiny apartment at Tabidze

Tiny apartment at Tabidze str. Tbilisi

  Author of project: Bacho Dzagnidze Location: Tbilisi, Tabidze str. Area: 12m2 Year: 2015   Even a very small area can be transformed into a functional and visually attractive space, as it was mentioned in one of our article about a small burger bar, not so long ago. The apartment presented in this time is such type; […]

© Alexandra Kononchenko

Resosseous

  Tutors: Ramin Shambayati | Mehran Davari Participants: Senad Jamini | Ema Velkovska | Diana Ferro | Hristina Sekuloska | Joanna Lewanska | Will Judge | Ela Zdebel | Karina Armanda | Tamara Rangelova | Irena Milojeska | Miisa Lehtinen Dimensions: 3m x 3.4m Location: Nida | Lithuania Photo: Alexandra Kononchenko Video: Resosseous team EASA 2016   Resosseous is the […]

Photo courtesy of PACE

MahaNakhon by OMA/Ole Scheeren is completed in Bangkok        

Construction of MahaNakhon, 314-meter skyscraper in Bangkok is slowly coming to an end; it’s the tallest building in the capital of Thailand, replacing 304-meter Baiyoke Tower II. Its completion was celebrated with big presentation and a dramatic show. The project was announced on July 23, 2009 and is valued at approximately 620 million US dollars. […]

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