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Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe by Schemata Architects | Café interiors

Upon integrating Blue Bottle Coffee –– coming from America's West Coast culture –– with the machiya (traditional townhouse) located along the approach way to Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto, we continued to focus on our design concept for all of the Blue Bottle Coffee shops we designed, which is to "create equal relationships" throughout the space. The existing floor, raised 50cm above the ground conforming to a characteristic style of traditional Japanese architecture, was demolished to make a new floor level with the ground. In order to visually continue the pebbled ground into the interior, terrazzo containing the same type of pebbles as the ground was used to finish the floor. The floor inside the counter is also level with the customer area to maintain the same eye level between customers and staff following the same concept as the other shops, while integrating Japanese and American cultures at the same time. The terrazzo floor not only serves as a floor but also elevates itself… continue

Pecos County Safety Rest Area / Richter Architects

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7 Shout-Outs to Architects in Rap Lyrics

© Messe Basel © Messe Basel

About a month before he unveiled his eighth album Ye in June, Kanye West re-entered architectural conversation with the unexpected and mostly unexplained announcement that he intends to hire architects and industrial designers to staff an architecture practice connected to his Yeezy brand. An outspoken fan and admirer of contemporary architecture, Kanye’s fashion and design projects have been a major focus for him since shortly after the prodigious producer started making his own rap albums. Kanye’s architectural ambitions have been an interesting factor in the relationship between architecture and rap culture, which seems to be just coming into focus through programs like the Hip Hop Architecture Camps organized by Michael Ford’s Urban Arts Collective, and the research of Sekou Cooke. Architecture and rap music have influenced each other in ways we’re just starting to notice—with the connection between the two even revealed as consciously and conspicuously as rappers including references to notable architects in their lyrics.

L.A. Poke by Ester Bruzkus Architekten | Café interiors

Refreshing as a dip in the pool! Ester Bruzkus Architekten have designed the interior of the new Berlin restaurant L.A. Poke that recalls the lightness of California through color contrasts and custom furnishings. “We were inspired by the chill mood of the West Coast,” says architect Ester Bruzkus. So the design idea was to make a poke restaurant that was as relaxed as a day at a California pool. The interior design of the L.A. Poke makes use of contrasts of thick and thin, sharp and soft, curved and straight, rough and smooth. The space is screened by arches in different heights, widths and depths. While some arches were already in the room before the renovation, the architects playfully added more to transform the space. Framed vistas and views bring the eye deep into the space, defne open and intimate spaces, and tease the sense that there are mirrors, even though there are not. Another playful use of symmetry is the horizon line that bisects all front rooms exactly at eye level.… continue

Rainbow Road: Light Painting Blazes a Trail Through Forests, Cities & the Sea

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Photography & Video. ]

Surreal and at times a bit eerie, a rainbow road made of pure light winds through muted landscapes as if illuminating a path to another world. As it makes its way through snowy forests, across rocky creeks and along the seashore before pausing within an abandoned shed, it almost seems alive. For filmmaker and photographer Daniel Mercadante, there’s a sense of hope to it, a narrative that only becomes apparent when you see all of the images in the series on his Instagram. “When the journey felt long and lonely, can you remember you’re on the Rainbow Road?”

Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe / Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota

Stradella / SAOTA

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch
  • Architects: SAOTA
  • Location: Los Angeles, United States
  • Lead Architects: Mark Bullivant, Tom Burbidge
  • Landscaping: Fiore Landscape Design
  • Interior Décor: MINOTTI Los Angeles
  • Area: 1865.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Adam Letch
  • Architects Of Record: CM Peck
  • Development Managers: PLUS Development
  • Contractor: Gordon Gibson Construction
  • Structural Engineers: JLA Structural Engineers
  • Brokering Company: Bond St Partners
  • Lighting Consultant: Oculus Light Studio
  • Artwork: Creative Art Partners

Spotlight: William Pereira

Geisel Library. Image © Darren Bradley Geisel Library. Image © Darren Bradley

Winner of the 1942 Acadamy Award for Best Special Effects, William Pereira (April 25, 1909 – November 13, 1985) also designed some of America's most iconic examples of futurist architecture, with his heavy stripped down functionalism becoming the symbol of many US institutions and cities. Working with his more prolific film-maker brother Hal Pereira, William Pereira's talent as an art director translated into a long and prestigious career creating striking and idiosyncratic buildings across the West Coast of America.

Wilson School of Design / KPMB Architects + Public: Architecture + Communication

© Andrew Latreille © Andrew Latreille
  • Architects: KPMB Architects + Public: Architecture + Communication
  • Location: 5600 Kwantlen St, Richmond, BC V6X 2X9, Canada
  • Lead Architect: Bruce Kuwabara (KPMB)
  • Project Architects: Glenn MacMullin; Associate in Charge (KPMB) , Geoffrey Turnbull (KPMB), Chris Forrest (Public Project)
  • Interiors: Carolyn Lee (KPMB)
  • Principal: Luigi LaRocca (KPMB)
  • Area: 60000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Andrew Latreille