Zaha Hadid's Bergisel Ski Jump

Bergisel Ski Jump by Zaha Hadid This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bergisel Ski Jump designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. In 1999, the firm won an international competition sponsored by the Austrian Ski Association and completed the structure three years later. Situated on Bergisel Mountain, ski jumpers take flight with downtown Innsbruck in the background. On the flip side, the striking tower provides a recognizable landmark from the city streets below. It was built as part of a larger initiative to revitalize the Olympic complex and bring the jump up to international competition standards.

The building program combines specialized sports facilities, offices and public spaces, including a café and viewing terrace. At 90m length and 50m height, the building is a unique structural hybrid – part tower and part bridge. For ski enthusiasts and tourists alike, the glass enclosed restaurant provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

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source: Zaha Hadid Architects posted by: Nancy H.

Taking a Dip in Hong Kong

Kennedy Town Pool by TFP Farrells If you want to get your feet wet in Hong Kong, take to the waters in the Kennedy Town Swimming Pool that recently opened to the public.  The pool is the first wave of a leisure complex sitting at the entryway to Kennedy Town, a former meatpacking district. The previous swimming hole was re-envisioned by the architecture and urban planning firm, TFP Farrells, as part of the development of the West Island Railway Station.

The building's low-lying profile extends the views across Victoria Harbour on one side while providing a protective shield against the high-rise buildings in the background. A gently curving roof serves as a canopy over the outdoor seating area. It currently includes two outdoor pools, decks and changing facilities. There will be an additional multi-purpose pool, a teaching pool and a Jacuzzi when the second phase is completed in 2016.

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via Design Boom; source TFP Farrells posted by: Nancy H.

Weekend Retreat - Park City, UT

Washington School House Hotel If you're looking for a place to rest your head during the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, look no further than the new Washington School House Hotel in the heart of Park City, Utah. This stunning historic landmark recently opened after an eight month gut renovation of the town's 1889 limestone schoolhouse.

Meticulously restored and upgraded, the interior features beautiful reclaimed oak barn wood floors, locally quarried Utah quartzite, and ice-white marble and heated floors in the baths. Guests will appreciate the curated collection of European antiques, vintage modern paintings, crystal chandeliers, silver flatware and serving piece as a welcome respite from standard mountain town decor.

The former school's belfry makes a perfect beacon as the hillside heated pool calls for a little après-ski unwind. Let the ski valet take care of the rest. Or, if you prefer, engage in post-film dialogue in the spacious fireside lounge over organic culinary dishes courtesy of the private chef.

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There are seven rooms and five suites in all, just enough to accommodate your entire entourage – or not. Rates from $700 per night. Washington School House  Hotel, Park City, UT. 800-824-1672.

posted by: Nancy H. exterior photo (top) by: Michael Spengler, PRNewsWire

Horsing Around in Paris

Le Grand Stade by joly & loiretLocated in Fountainebleau, France – a stone's throw from Paris – architects joly & loiret recently shaped an elegant equestrian arena to gently blend into the surrounding earth. The entrance winds through the exhibitor's zone and horse rest area, leading up to a grand wooden stairway with rooftop promenade. While the edges of the site are loosely defined by a series of riding trails with intersecting bridges and pedestrian paths. Every angle and surface has been molded and morphed into the existing topography of the suburban landscape, effectively shifting the visual impact from the man-made to the equine.

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via designboom: source joly & loiret posted by: Nancy H.

Weekend Retreat: Norwegian Boathouse

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Since Norway is considered a leader in weekend cabins, it's no surprise that architects TYIN tegnestue would be called upon to build a boathouse with as much attention to detail as most houses.

Located in Aure, More og Romsdal, and called Naust paa Aure (Boathouse Aure), the structure is built with wood reclaimed from the original boathouse, which dated to the 1800s. Indeed, some of the paneling is 150 years old. It’s mixed with an exterior of Norwegian pine that’s treated with a sugar cane byproduct to give it a grey hue that settles nicely into the landscape. So, too, does the fact that the boathouse is built around and on top of the site’s boulders, which peek under one of the walls and remind that habitation is temporary compared to the endurance of rock.

via: Adventure Journal; photographer Pasi Aalto posted by: Nancy H.

Aether's Airstream Pops-up in NYC

Aether Apparel has set up shop in NYC for the next six weeks, bringing with it a sophisticated, urban aesthetic for snow and outdoor enthusiasts. The owners brought in Paris-based designer Thierry Gaugain (a Philippe Starck alum) to help customize the Airstream PanAmerica and give it a certain Je ne sais quoi. In addition to the full line of men's and (growing) women's apparel, the shop is decked out with framed pictures of winter landscapes, a leather sofa bed, an IBM Selectric II typewriter, a bottle of Macallan's and other ephemera to set the tone of a weekend hideaway. Launched in 2009 by former film producers, Palmer West and Jonah Smith, the collection fills a huge gap in the market – balancing performance with a refined style – a quality rarely found in sports / lifestyle brands. The thirty-something owners clearly appreciate that some of us don't want to look like teenagers on- or off-piste. But don't take my word for it; get yourself to the AETHERstream before it decamps on December 31st.

Location: 47 Prince Street (at Mulberry), New York, NY 10012 Hours: Seven Days a Week 11AM to 7PM.

Aetherstream: Aether Apparel in NYCphotos + post: Nancy H.

Snarkitecture's Ping-Pong Projects

Ping-Pong Apartment by Snarkitecture Daniel Arsham has a fascination with ping-pong balls. It shows in several of the projects he's created with his Snarkitecture partner Alex Mustonen. The two collaborators take on projects that investigate structure, material and program  to serve new and imaginative purposes. Case in point: Arsham's living quarters in Brooklyn, New York are a mere 90 sq. ft. but presented the designer/artist an opportunity to experiment with 25,000 ping-pong balls, presumably remainders from other projects. There is only a bed and shelves in the room, so the owner can have a place of rest and contemplation. Colors gradate from dark to light and illumination on the ceiling and counter mirrors on opposite walls allow the space to visually expand. The interior design project was completed into two months at a cost of just under $9000, making it a cool $100/square foot.

Ping-Pong Apartment by Daniel Arsham

Ping-Pong Apartment by Daniel Arsham

Safety note: the creatives at Snarkitecture had the good sense to ditch the hot plate and treat the balls with a fire-retardant intumescent coating. Smart play, since these little decorative spheres are highly flammable.

Pixel Clouds by Daniel Arsham

Above: Arsham shown with an earlier (2010) work "Pixel Clouds," from his solo exhibition at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris.

via Fast Company and Colossal; source Snarkitecture posted by: Nancy H.

Destination: Rolling Huts, North Cascades, WA

Rolling Huts, exterior Whether you’re a hiker, mountain biker or cross-country skier, these six Rolling Huts, located in the beautiful Methow Valley of Washington’s North Cascades, are the perfect accommodation. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects as a modern alternative to camping, the six huts are grouped as a herd, each with views of the mountains.

Each hut comes equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, fireplace and Wi-Fi. Full bathrooms and showers are housed in the centrally located barn a short distance away. There is an outdoor deck with fire-pit. The units sleep two comfortably, but can accommodate up to four. At $125 per night, why not invite a dozen friends and shack up for the weekend.

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via: Knstrct. source posted by: Nancy H.

Weekend retreats

Until I have my own little cabin, nestled in the snowy mountains, I'm going to fill my idea file with the results of other people's efforts. Here's the first in a series of postings dedicated to that idea known as the weekend chalet – a retreat, escape, sanctuary or temporary respite from the everyday. What will characterized these small houses is an informal chicness in body and spirit, as well as the proximity to sporting activities. The inspiration can be credited to the Adventure Journal, but it will surely take on a life of its own. Inspiration: Kvitfjell, Norway

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Per Yngland and Hanne Borge-Yngland had their priorities straight when they set about creating their weekend cabin in Kvitfjell, Norway. It had to be at the ski area that he’d spent most of his days shredding; the one that also served as the alpine downhill course for the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. The entry needed to accommodate a family of four getting in and out of their boots and gear. They wanted to see sunrise from kitchen and sunset from the living room. The rooms should be open and airy so the kids could run around. And it should be a traditional log cabin.

While the log cabin layout had to be compromised, what they gained is a large, open, light-filled space. Hanne, who owns an interior furnishings store in Oslo called Bolina, pulled together the part rustic, part tongue-in-chic contemporary look. Case in point is the smoking skull pillow that serves as a centerpiece for a rough-hewn wood sleigh bed. This Norwegian delight gets regular use from autumn through spring, and it isn't hard to see why.

via Adventure Journal posting by: Nancy H