Monday, February 27, 2017

Bringing It - A Better Shelter

Each Better Shelter unit comes with a Photo Voltaic system which
provides energy for the supplied LED light or for charging a mobile phone
IKEA really showing up with this 2017 Beazley
Design of the Year

award winning project -
A Better Shelter

With years of expertise in squeezing complex items of furniture into the smallest self-assembly package possible, Ikea has come up with a robust 17.5 sq m shelter that fits inside two boxes and can be assembled by four people in just four hours, following the familiar picture-based instructions – substituting the ubiquitous allen key for a hammer, with no extra tools necessary.

Ikea’s solar-powered Better Shelter lasts six times longer than a typical emergency tent and has already changed the lives of thousands of refugees around the world.

Consisting of three main parts — a frame, panels, and a solar power system — the weatherproof structure can go up in under four hours. It's designed to house up to five people.

Designboom time lapse construction video here
Guardian article here

Thursday, February 23, 2017

ARTISAN / Beinfield Architecture / Fairfield Restaurant Week - Feb 27-Mar 5

Voted One of the Best Restaurants in Connecticut 2016: Experts' Picks CT Magazine 

"Parisian chef Frederic Kieffer dreams up wonderful New England–style cuisine spotlighting sensational seafood at this easygoing but elegant Southport American in the Delamar Hotel, where the menus in both the main dining room and the no-reservations tavern emphasize seasonal, mostly local ingredients; unobtrusive servers navigate the lively scene amid old-world, 18th-century Swedish furniture, striking floral murals and contemporary copper chandeliers, while dining on the amazing outdoor patio is like being on vacation.”

Friday, February 17, 2017

Tappas and Tiramisu

Stamford Restaurant Week starts tonight 2/17 - March 2nd !
Featuring two Beinfield designed restaurants, Bar Rosso and Barcelona:

Bar Rosso Menu                                                                                Barcelona Menu

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Beinfield Architecture's Audubon Square OK'd

New Haven can model itself on the car-free Brooklyn lifestyle - article here

“This is going to generate bicycle trips and pedestrian trips. People will be shopping locally. Not driving in their car out to East Haven to go to Shop & Stop” 
Matthew Nemerson Economic Development Administrator

Friday, February 10, 2017

Dude man der Rohe

Jeff Bridges to star in movie about Mies van der Rohe -  Abide here...

Farnsworth House, Plano Illinois - completed in 1951, US National Register of Historic Homes / Jeff Bridges

Thursday, February 2, 2017

An Elevated Escape

The Sanctuary of the Madonna della Corona is a place of silence and meditation perched among the rocks, set in the rocky wall on the eastern slopes of Monte Baldo, at an altitude of more than 700 meters high above the Adige valley.

In 1522, according to legend, the villagers living in the virtually impassable rocky cliffs of the Monte Baldo region, observed a mysterious light emanating from the valley below.  A few were lowered by rope to a secluded spot in the middle of the rocks where they found a stone statue depicting the Pietà. 

3 times they collected it and 3 times it was returned to the spot where they found it. Later it was determined that it was a statue that vanished from the island of Rhodes when the island was invaded by the Muslim army of Suliman II, miraculously transported through angelic intervention.

The original sanctuary was built around the statue where it was discovered. In 1625 construction began on a larger church 4 meters above on a ledge, bare walls of the mountain became the walls of the sanctuary. In 1974 demolition and reconstruction of the Shrine was overseen by architect Guido Tisato, preserving significant elements and maintaining the spiritual atmosphere and intention.