The ‘Hanging Villa of Beijing’ was an infamous 1000 square meters illegal rooftop structure built between 2007 and 2013 on top of the Park View building, a 26-story high-end residential complex in Beijing’s Haidian district. Commissioned by Zhang Biqing, a wealthy acupuncture clinic owner and self-proclaimed doctor, the two-story structure covered in artifical rocks and complete with walkways, shrubs, grape trellises, a pond and a waterfall,was built around an existing rooftop apartment owned by Zhang (also the owner of the 26th floor apartment right below).

Despite the obvious risks posed to the structural integrity of the building and the repeated complaints by furious neighbors, Zhang’s megalomania was left uninvestigated for six years until wide news media coverage in late 2013 eventually forced Beijing authorities to order the structure to be teared down. Dismantlement is still ongoing.

São Paulo SESC Pompéia cultural center, Lina Bo Bardi, 1977-1982

Choisy Le Roi fire station, 1990 by Jean-Luc Le Petit and Jean Zunz (Groupe Daviel)

Choisy Le Roi fire station, 1990 by Jean-Luc Le Petit and Jean Zunz (Groupe Daviel)

The Sea Library in Awashima by ETAT arkitekter: The new library is housed in a heritage-classified building from the 1920’s overlooking the harbor. ETAT’s refurbishment is designed to highlight the material and spatial qualities of the existing wooden building and to enhance its relationship to the sea. A rectangular brass table and brass screens with gently rippled surfaces create wavy reflections of the interior that are reminiscent of water.


Junya IshigamiKanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop, Kanagawa 2008. While seemingly random, the dozens of columns that populate the space were designed with great specificity so as to encourage certain clusters of activity. Various nodes settled organically within the space, creating distinguishable zones that simultaneously maintain an open and collaborative environment. 

There are also two different types of columns in the space, despite their visual similarity. Roughly half are embedded into the concrete slab, and support the weight of the roof. The others are welded to the roof structure, and combat sheer and seismic forces. Photos (C) Jonathan Savoie

Curved concrete art warehouse/studio by A31 Architecture (via)

There is no way to perform architecture in a book. Words and drawings can only produce paper space, not the experience of real space.

Bernard Tschumi’s Advertisements for Architecture (1976-77) is “a series of 16 postcard-sized juxtaposition of words and images” in which the French architect explores the possibility of using the language and format of print advertising to instill in the audience a desire to experience Architecture beyond its two-dimensional paper representation, much in the same way products advertisements operate.



01. Open the imaginary
02. Operate in illusion
03. Dislodge the immobile
04. Think continuity
05. Surf on the surface
06. Live the obliqueness
07. Destabilize
08. Use the fall
09. Fracture
10. Practice inversion
11. Orchestrate conflict
12. Limit without closing


Casa Butantã, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, 1964-66 (renovated by the architect in 2011)