Cushion architecture at its finest.

May 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

via BUILDblog (April 21, 2010):

“Before we were influenced by Mies van der Rohe or Frank Lloyd Wright, before we had seen the visual delights of Ronchamp, Pompidou Center and the Bauhaus school in Weimar, we were driven by a greater force of design inspiration. More primal and immediate than any of the previously mentioned examples, it was couch cushion architecture that established the basic building blocks of our design logic. Unrepresented and ignored for too long in the architectural industry, today’s post pays respect to the wonders of couch cushion architecture. We’ve rounded up a (mostly) admirable collection of projects, taken from a randomly conducted search on the internet. Join us as we take a critical analysis of the architecture, methods and design philosophies of living room furniture re-appropriation.”

Here’s what BUILDblog had to say about my personal favorite (which received the A+ grade that it truly deserved):

“A brilliant synergy between the weighted foundation and the light tensile structure, this project impressed us with its attenuation of structure and bright interior spaces. The courtyard and formal entry are also well thought-out and provide a clear means of way-finding.

May 27’s daily design idea is the architecture industry could benefit from a solid dose of embracing the inner child. It can be so refreshing and freeing not to take yourself too seriously. Maybe everyone should have to build couch cushion forts at some point in architecture school?

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