Located on the edge of Soho, NYC, a former six- story warehouse is renovated, with a new 11 story ‘smart loft’ building wrapping up and over it. The introduction of modern architecture creates a nice contrast; its innovative folded glass curtain wall allows an amazing view over the Hudson River. The NYC building code is here re-interpreted; the horizontal plane of the traditional urban fabric is questioned by the insertion of a diagonal surface that bifurcates the facade plane. It integrates the strict building setback codes into the new folded vertical landscape of the glass facade. The code allows the façade to rise straight up to 85ft and then to follow an inclined plane of 2.7:1 as a setback. Here the code was re-coded; the two rules were followed and the mathematical tool of inflection was introduced to provide a system that would “equalize” the façade, and create a ‘glass waterfall’.
During the summer, nothing is better than the smell of freshly cut grass. That is, unless, you have a giant vegetable garden growing in the place of your lawn. Instead of turf, this awesome homeowner, user locolukas on Reddit, opted for tomatoes. The results are absolutely epic.
Instead of mowing grass, one man decided to say “screw the lawn” and plant vegetables. He filled his yard’s grid with compost that the city gave away. Seeds began growing quickly and he had to keep up by planting support systems around them. He even developed an irrigation system, which is much more difficult than it looks. He lined his garden with cinder blocks, covered the ground with wood chips and filled the cinder blocks with compost as well. The man even began giving out the veggies he couldn’t possibly eat, helping to spread the wealth.
I was asked by designer Koen de Wilde to participate in his project “huisnr.” (see huisnr.koenst.nl). He is fascinated by the basic shape of a house and hands out little wooden houses to designers and artists so they can do their own thing with it.