Editorial 5—Out of Focus Domesticity

Global contagion has brought about changes at many different scales, including that which we inhabit daily. While the role of the domestic in our lives becomes clearer, our relationship to time and space is beginning to blur. At the same time, we are starting to see an attention to the details that emerge in the performance of our constant present. Our daily rhythms have gone awry; we are homing in while spiraling out. With this in mind, this editorial explores what it means to stay at home, as much personal as critical, as much within the confinement of four walls as beyond them. It will delve into topics such as feminism and productive frictions, touching and exploring in digital spaces, the temporary and the temporal, dwelling as postponing, fictions and fiddling, mediums for gesturing, and experiments in designing for the unknown. As the editorial unfolds, some spaces that we reside in may slowly come into focus while others, instead, will open up new questions, paths, and domestic feelings.

Bokeh

A very personal “species of spaces” that became our starting point for Out of Focus Domesticity.

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Ph. Pablo Gerson

Landscapes of the Unstable

An exploration of landscape that opposes the formalistic, closed, stable, and objective.

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A Luminous Solution: First House by Hanghar

A total renovation of an old apartment that distributes space through the use of incorporated furniture.

One of a Kind: Fuso, the Crystal Collection by Ries

A handblown glassware collection that captures matter in a unique and organic state.

Erlenmatt Ost by Abraha Achermann Ph. Rasmus Norlander

Practical Flexibility: Erlenmatt Ost by Abraha Achermann

Two new residential buildings propose a non-conventional typological variety in Basel.

NESS Reads, Watches, Explores, Listens, and Shares

A list of what is inspiring us as we #stayhome.

Dodge House by Leopold Banchini and Daniel Zamarbide Ph. Dylan Perrenoud

Eluding Dream: Dodged House by Leopold Banchini and Daniel Zamarbide

A renovated house in the historic center of Lisbon that boldly occupies space.

Illustration by Daniel De León Languré, architect.

Playing with Architecture: Boxing Boxes / Caixas de Boxe by Daniel De León Languré and Carlos Ortega Arámburo

Boxing becomes a spatial tool for body movement and empowerment in this community in Portugal.

Brandweerpost Antwerpen (B) by Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven Ph. Karin Borghouts

From Inside Out: Brandweerpost Antwerpen (B) by Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven

A two-story fire station whose bright-red façade dialogues directly with the building’s inner structure and functional nature.

251 1st by ODA New York Ph. ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzmán)

Neighborhood Personality: 251 1st Street by ODA New York

A puzzle-like series of setbacks and terraces generates units with their own unique configurations.

Weird Sensations Feels Good

An exhibition at ArkDes curated by James Taylor Foster that explores design and ASMR.

The Garden of Forking Paths by Beals Lyon Arquitectos Ph. Cristóbal Palma

An Invitation to Explore: The Garden of Forking Paths by Beals Lyon Arquitectos

An installation within a park in Santiago that invites people to disconnect from the daily rush and dive into different narratives.

Ph. José Hevia. Courtesy estudio Herreros

Sant Boi Mixed Housing Building by estudio Herreros

This building makes use of all available space providing generous collective and individual living areas.

Parque del Centro de Exposiciones y Convenciones, by Bullan Ph. Fernando Schapochnik

Functional Landscape: Parque del Centro de Exposiciones y Convenciones by Bulla

In the existing urban landscape, a Convention Center is placed on a lower level and a park is created on its roof.

The Discovery Slides at Jewel Changi Airport complex by CARVE and Playpoint Ph. Playpoint (SINGAPORE) Pte Ltd

The Discovery Slides at Jewel Changi Airport complex by CARVE and Playpoint

An adventurous sliding attraction inside the Jewel Changi Airport.

Courtesy of Enlace Arquitectura

The Meeting Place: Plaza Jorge Somaca, Chapellín by Enlace Arquitectura

A restoration of a plaza located in an informal settlement in Venezuela developed together with the community.

Small But Mighty: Togo House by Tomoaki Uno Architects

Making use of a small space and budget, this project uses a traditional Japanese building method.

Tainan Spring by MVRDV Ph. Daria Scagliola

A Peaceful, Urban Jungle: Tainan Spring by MVRDV

MVRDV completes Tainan Spring, a lush lagoon and park in the preserved ruin of a mall in central Tainan.

Overview. Dom Pedro II Park by FUPAM / LUME, H+F Arquitetos, Metrópole Arquitetos, UNA Arquitetos

Breaking Dichotomies: Dom Pedro II Park by FUPAM / LUME, H+F Arquitetos, Metrópole Arquitetos, UNA Arquitetos

A masterplan for the city of São Paulo that re-signifies the existent urban landscape in a project that speaks of both form and functionality.

Brick Vault House by Space Popular Ph. Mariela Apollonio

A Flexible Canvas: Brick Vault House by Space Popular

This suburban house in Valencia, Spain is a prototype that integrates industrialized construction methods with traditional craftsmanship.

Kasmin Gallery by Studio MDA Ph. Roland Halbe

Extending the Visual Field: Kasmin Gallery by Studio MDA

The new gallery in Chelsea is a flexible space that maintains continuity with the High Line.

The Parchment Works by Will Gamble Architects Ph. Johan Dehlin

Modern Intervention: The Parchment Works by Will Gamble Architects

This project subtly combines contemporary architecture, an existing building, and ruins into a single-family house.

Aerial view of the park Nabor Carrillo Lake, Courtesy PELT

Green and Bold: Lake Texcoco Ecological Park by Iñaki Echeverría Guitiérrez

An urban scale recovery process in Mexico that aims to regain the city’s natural landscape while improving its hydrological management.

Impress Dental Studio by Raúl Sánchez Architects Ph. José Hevia

Young and Fresh: Impress Dental Studio by Raúl Sánchez Architects

A new take that moves away from the sterile atmosphere of a dental clinic.

Memorial to Victims of Violence in Mexico by Gaeta Springall Arquitectos Ph. Sandra Pereznieto Courtesy of Gaeta Springall Arquitectos

To Design, To Remember: Memorial to Victims of Violence in Mexico by Gaeta Springall Arquitectos

A memorial park in Mexico City that reflects on the process of creating a dynamic and sensitive public space in an urban context.

Jiangyin Greenway Loop by BAU Ph. Pavel Shubskiy - Egghead Photo

Flowing Paths: Jiangyin Greenway Loop by BAU

The project responds to the Yangtze River, creating new connections and circulations for this city in China.

El Camarín by IR arquitectura Ph. Fernando Schapochni

Visual Functionality: El Camarín by iR arquitectura

This compact unit is expanded through a balcony, façade device, and multi-functional furniture.

Host and Nectar Garden Building by Husos ph. Manuel Salinas

Sensitive and Efficient: Bioclimatic Prototype of a Host and Nectar Garden Building by Husos

A building in Colombia that explores the relationship between eco-friendly devices and the social and cultural practices of its inhabitants.

Sloped Simplicity: Residential Building Gapont by Uli Mayer and Urs Hüssy

This new apartment building takes advantage of the local landscape.

Plaza Houssay by RDR Arquitectos ph. Javier Agustín Rojas

Architecture for the Community: Plaza Houssay by RDR Arquitectos

Reformulating the relationship between a park and its surroundings, this project reactivates a forgotten public space in Buenos Aires.

It Has to Do With Time

An exploration of Manthey Kula’s post-potential drawings, site-specific projects, and an email conversation with lead architect Beate Hølmebakk.

TreeHugger by MoDusArchitects © Oskar Da Riz

Culture Magnet: TreeHugger by MoDusArchitects

A bold concrete building wraps public space with sinuous curves.

Your reflection by Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa Ph. Adrian Aleson

Architecture as Experience: Your Reflection by Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa

A mirroring scenario invites visitors to a Chilean Park to experience public space in new and unexpected ways.

Urban Geographies by Pedro Correa

Contemporary Strategies: Common Places by Plan Común

A collective research that proposes critical solutions to encourage public spaces and social interaction.

Landscape as Cult. Courtesy Bureau Europa

Romantic Nature, Raw Cultivation, and Verticality in “Landscape as Cult”

Questions (re)emerge around landscape and nature in this exhibition at Bureau Europa.

NESS 2 Mad World Pictures Cover

Mad World Pictures

How can we present and represent this mad and uneasy to synthesize world?

Ladeira da Barroquinha by Metro Arquitetos Associados Ph. Ilana Bessler

Innovative Connections: Ladeira da Barroquinha by Metro Arquitetos Associados

A staircase that allows for different user experiences and that engages with the built heritage of the city of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil.

Grito Alcorta by Opera Publica Ph. Gustavo Esmoris

How to Remember: El Grito de Alcorta by Opera Publica

Memorial Space and Monument to the 100th Anniversary of the Alcorta Farmers Revolt.

To Rebalance the Landscape: Paseo Civico Metropolitano – Alameda Providencia Corridor by Groundlab

A historic avenue in Santiago is updated to keep up with the cultural necessities of today’s citizens.

The Notebooks of Giancarlo De Carlo, Triennale Milan, Exhibition design by Parasite 2.0 Ph. Gianluca Di Ioia

Beyond the Diary

Parasite 2.0 has done the exhibition design for a show on the archive of the Italian architect Giancarlo De Carlo.

Chaptal Residence by Nathalie Eldan Architecture Ph. Loreno Zandri

Feels like Home: Chaptal Residence by Nathalie Eldan Architecture

An apartment in a historical building in Paris is renovated for a contemporary and active lifestyle.

What is a River in California?

Heidegger, technological control, and the artistic perspective meet to explore California’s rivers.

Pyramids Playground. Courtesy AFA Group.

Urban Reliefs: Pyramids Playground by AFA Group

A play hub designed to redistribute activities between the courtyards and public spaces in a Moscow neighborhood.