A New Kind of Studio

A recent gradutat design studio at the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota's College of Design let students explore concepts of natural construction. Marc and Blaine designed the studio using Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature as the point of departure. Blaine wrote a great description of the new studio for Architect.
The image above is of one of the projects. An interior enclosure composed of crystalline masonry designed by a student team (Jesse Campos, Holly Engle, Katherine Loecken, Sienna Mathiesen) explores the potential for nature-based design in architectural applications.




Hypernatural now has a web presence. The book Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature (Princeton Architetural Press, March 2015) drops soon. But the project does not end there. Today marks the launch of, an ongoing enterprise that will present more outstanding projects that explore the relationship between nature and design. 


A Hypernatural Review

Coming Soon! Hypernatural: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature (Princeton Architectural Press, March 2015) is close to being released. We are really excited to see the volume reviewed on Architect Magazine's website. The volume, a collaboration between Transmaterial author and materials expert Blaine Brownell and Marc, explores the process of working with nature—rather than against it or in a way that only emulates it—to enhance the performance of a technology or design. Blair contributed research and core diagrams to the book and the forward was written by Michael Weinstock of the AA. Click on the images to see the review.



More Core77 Press

From permanent installations to temporary structures, perhaps no area of design reflects our current cultural disposition more than the design of space itself. This year's submissions for the Interiors & Exhibitions category of the 2014 Core77 Design Awards did a fantastic job of reminding us of the many ways it can be interpreted. It goes unsaid that an architecture school has to be housed within a memorable structure. The University of Minnesota School of Architecture looked to HouMinn Practice to give them a front office worthy of a few photo ops. 


2014 R&D Award: Breaking the Mold

We are excited to announce that our variable vacuum forming project (VarVac) was awarded a 2014 R&D Award from Architect Magazine. The VarVac Wall is an ornamental, acoustically absorptive wall installed at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. Juror Bill Kreysler was enthralled (with our entry). "It’s huge,” he said. “Forty percent of the cost of making a panel is just creating the shape. Taking that whole issue of cost out of the equation is a big breakthrough.”