Readers voted with their clicks in March to determine the top five articles published on the AN Blog. The roundup includes a canyon installation for thrill seekers, the beautifully organic architecture of the 2015 Pritzker Prize–laureate Frei Otto, an apartment designed for Kanye West, and more. Take a look at March’s top stories below.
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Frei Otto Wins the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize
Frei Otto has been given the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The 89 year old architect and engineer known for his daring glass and steel superstructures including the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium. Often compared to Buckminster Fuller, Otto experimented with tensile structures, new materials, and inflatable architecture, and went on the build major buildings including the German Pavilion at Expo ’67 and the roof for the Multihalle in Mannheim, Germany.
This 400-foot-high hammock in the Moab Desert is a mid-air playground for climbers in Utah
A hammock suspended 400 feet above ground in Utah’s Moab Desert has become an aerial playground for the professional base jumpers and highliners who flock to the canyons every year.
Satirically named the “Mothership Space Net Penthouse,” the approximately 2,000 square foot hammock was wrought by climber Andy Lewis with the help of 50 base jumpers using basic rope weaving techniques.(COURTESY CLAUDIO SILVESTRIN ARCHITECTS)
Imma let you finish, but Kanye West had the best minimalist Manhattan bachelor pad of all time
The utilitarian Manhattan loft formerly owned by rap mogul Kanye West bespeaks deep pockets and a distaste for cluttering decor. The 1,585 square foot bachelor pad, which West sold in 2013 for $4.5 million, is an ultra-minimalist expanse of French limestone and pear wood—and not much else.(COURTESY PLATEK)
Product> Six Brilliant Designs for Exterior Lights
Whether it’s adding architectural definition to buildings or landscapes, providing ambient illumination, or as a way-finding tool, these luminaires bring an after-dark shine to design.
Animated film shows how growing up with modernist architect parents comes with its own challenges
A short film called Me and My Moulton by director Torill Kove takes a humorous look at growing up with parents who are “modernist architects”—and it’s been nominated for an Academy Award under “Best Animated Short Film.” Told from the perspective of of a seven-year-old middle child, the challenges of growing up with architect parents include three-legged dinner table chairs and a house that your friends think is a bit odd.