This week's top architecture and design jobs include 3XN and OMA

Our selection of the most promising architecture and design roles on Dezeen Jobs this week includes positions at Copenhagen studio 3XN and Dutch architecture firm OMA.


Top architecture and design jobs: 3D artist at 3XN in Copenhagen, Denmark

3D artist at 3XN

3XN is hiring a skilled 3D artist that can make high-end architectural renderings to join its studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. The firm has built the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ new headquarters on the shore of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, creating a glass facade that represents the high-powered energy of an Olympic athlete.

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Top architecture and design jobs: BIM support specialist at OMA in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

BIM support specialist at OMA

Dutch architecture firm OMA has designed a sports and science block for a historic college in Brighton, which features a roof garden that overlooks the school and playing field. The practice has an opportunity for a BIM support specialist to join its firm in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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Top architecture and design jobs: Architects and urban designers at ACME in London, UK

Architects and urban designers at ACME

ACME is seeking architects, urban designers or masterplanners to join its practice in London. The studio has designed a modern family home in the Kent countryside, which comprises four towers clad in over 41,000 tiles of six distinct hues, ranging from dark reds to lighter shades of grey.

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Top architecture and design jobs: Architects at reMIX Studio in Beijing, China

Architects at reMIX Studio

Architecture firm reMIX Studio oversaw the extension of a villa in Beijing’s Shunyi District, which features a mixture of transparent and semi-open facade systems that filter light and shadows throughout the minimal interior. The local studio has an opportunity for architects to join its office.

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Top architecture and design jobs: Designer at Interface in Yorkshire, UK

Designer at Interface

Interface is looking for a designer to join its team in Yorkshire, UK. The flooring company has created a range of carbon-neutral carpet and vinyl tiles, designed to help customers lower their carbon footprint.

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How to create a playable city

Technology may be reshaping how we engage with urban spaces, but does it risk sucking the life out of them in the process? We explore some of the creative projects that are making our cities more playful

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Shake off your January work blues with Laurence King’s self-help career cards

It’s January, which means it’s officially the month of fad diets and well-intentioned but false promises about how we are going to do things differently this year.

Careers typically feature prominently in many of our new year’s resolutions, whether we are feeling unfulfilled by our current job, or are unsure about where to go next. Thankfully, publisher Laurence King’s got all the confused creatives among us covered with its new set of career-oriented, self-help cards.

The publisher enlisted the help of Gem Barton, director of architecture and design practice studioBartonBandy, to bring the set of 50 cards to life. Below are five of CR’s favourite bite-sized pieces of advice.

BE A WARRIOR, NOT A WORRIER

I have often wondered why so many inherently creative people are such excellent worriers. It wasn’t until I heard the quote ‘Worry is a misuse of the imagination’ by US creativity consultant Dan Zadra that I made the connection. Imagination is the amazing gift of being able to ‘see’ things that are unreal. Used well, this talent can achieve amazing things: the designing of a new product, the writing of a screenplay, the creation of an algorithm for calculating great stuff. But when this wonderful gift gets muddied with a lack of confidence, your brain begins to imagine negative scenarios, in life as well as at work: ‘Did I leave the oven on?’, ‘What if my client can’t pay their bill this month?’ Use your ability to ‘foresee’ problems to your advantage (rather than letting it own you) and it will become an extremely beneficial asset.

KNOW YOUR VALUE

Determine your own measure of value, and don’t be afraid to monetise your skill and talent. In this increasingly socially aware world there can be stigma attached to wanting to rake in the big bucks. But remember, this is about you – not everyone is born to be a social entrepreneur, a board member of a non-profit organisation, or a governor at a local school. Making money is a necessity for the majority of the population. Sadly, money has also become a primary measure of success and value. Aim to make enough money; be fair to yourself but also to those around you – your success does not need to mean another’s failure. Other measures of value are equally important – the joy you feel when you sign a book contract, the satisfaction of completing a project on budget, the happiness of receiving praise for doing a good job. You can’t buy these feelings.

FAIL (MORE) OFTEN

It is common to avoid challenges and change because of the fear of failure. This fear has the power to keep us barricaded deep in the pits of our comfort zone. And while it is warm and cosy down there, most people forget that the comfort zone also has a tendency to protect us from all the fun, new, exciting, brilliant, fab, cool, ace things too. You need to fail at something to realise that failure is relative, and only ever temporary. That doesn’t mean it isn’t important, because it is – every failure is an opportunity to learn a lesson. So take a walk to the edge. You never know, the view might be beautiful. Embrace it, live it, and move on.

DON’T BE AFRAID OF DIFFICULT DECISIONS

One of the few certainties in life, alongside death and taxes, are difficult decisions. If a decision is difficult to make it means it is inherently important, and that you have given it the time, attention, and respect that the situation deserves. The decision might be whether to terminate a relationship with a collaborator, or whether to take on a lucrative project that you do not necessarily want to work on. These situations are difficult because the outcome is unknown and therefore mapping out pros and cons is complex. However, more often that not, making difficult decisions leads to incredibly rewarding outcomes. Let the tough situation become a catalyst and motivator for the future – a turning point in your career or personal and business growth. Making difficult decisions will be the making of you.

CHALK UP AND LEAP IN

The ‘career ladder’ is an outdated and mythical concept. Today the idea of ‘career asymmetric bars’ would be more appropriate – full of twists, turns, flips, falls, jumps, spins, and chalky dust. This is a good thing, because the myth that all careers are linear, that if you stay long enough and try hard enough you’ll end up at the top, has crippled so many. Don’t let the impossible expectation of a junior > middleweight > senior > retirement track discourage you from following your dreams – instead, sidestep tradition and try new things. The career ladder simply does not translate effectively into all new modes of business and employment. So whether you are on the ladder, the asymmetric bars, the pommel horse, or the balance beam … chalk up and leap in.

These Cards Will Change Your Career are available from Laurence King from 3 February; gembarton.com

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What makes a hit mobile game?

Mobile gaming has come a long way since the days of Snake. But with so many titles now competing for attention, how do you create something that stands out? We explore what makes for a great experience – and what we can learn from successful titles

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Design Indaba announces speakers for 2020 anniversary edition

Founded in 1995, Design Indaba has since been championing creativity from all corners of the field of design. The 2020 edition runs from February 26 for three days, and will explore the value of ‘solutions-driven thinking’ as the world continues to cope with various crises.

As with previous years, the conference will centre around a series of illuminating talks from a range of figures making a difference in all areas of design. This year’s speakers include Pentagram partner Sascha Lobe, designer, author and curator Debbie Millman, and graphic artist Patrick Thomas.

Other speakers include artist Ibrahim Mahama, and designers Bas Timmer and Natsai Audrey Chieza, who all focus on how materials can be used in new ways as part of their respective creative practices. Meanwhile, talks from design engineer Kinya Tagawa and artist duo Studio Drift are set to delve into the tension between technology and humankind. Discover all of the speakers announced so far here.

Alongside talks, there will be a number of exhibitions, including an Emerging Creatives showcase, and a series of workshops. Tickets are on sale now, with discounts available for groups.

Buy your ticket here

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This floating treehouse brings to life your childhood fantasy!

Somewhere in Mexico City, suspended on a treetop is the Casa Flotante. It translates to floating house, and to be honest, the name completely fits. Designed by Talleresque, this elegant cabin gives the impression that it is floating in mid-air. However, supported by nine stilts, it is firmly bound to the ground. It’s a treehouse for adults! Constructed from locally available materials, with a heightened usage of timber, the cabin is effortlessly connected to nature.

An impressive staircase encircles the exterior section of the structure, making it interesting to actually climb! Plus you’ll get some good exercise done in the open air. With an aim to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces, one half of the ground floor consists of a workspace, a kitchenette and a section for a drum set, while the other half functions as an outdoor living room. Climb the stairs, and you reach the first floor, which hosts the bathroom and the shower. Embark a little further, and you reach the last floor, which comprises of the bedroom.

Wide floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights transform the house into an open and spacious zone, with natural light streaming in, and a constant view of the surrounding greenery. Casa Flotante makes for a perfect getaway from our hectic modern lives, ideal for just relaxing and allowing us to truly enjoy the beauty of nature.

Designer: Talleresque

Layers of mirror and glass feature in Shenzhen's "ghostly" Geijoeng store

Geijoeng store in China, designed by Studio 10

Studio 10 has layered an array of reflective, translucent and transparent materials to create an ethereal store for a womenswear brand in Shenzhen.

Designed by Studio 10 for Geijoeng – a Chinese minimalist womenswear brand – the 120-square-metre store features glass brick walls, a mirrored dropped ceiling and a green terrazzo floor.

The studio’s aim was to create a dream-like interior that would fit with the brand’s pared-back aesthetic, while also contrasting with its autumn/winter collection which features heavy fabrics like wool, cashmere and velvet.

Geijoeng store in China, designed by Studio 10

“The interior design explores the interactivity between materials, light transmission, refraction, reflection, and fabric,” said the studio.

“We wanted to create a rich spatial hierarchy and ghostly spatial dimensions.”

Geijoeng store in China, designed by Studio 10

Set within Shenzhen’s Coastal City shopping mall, visitors enter the store through a corridor paved with glass bricks.

One side of the walkway has been lined with mirrored panels, while on the other has been turned into a glass-brick display area dotted with green marble plinths.

Geijoeng store in China, designed by Studio 10

A mirrored dropped ceiling has been installed directly above the corridor, and a half-height glass partition has been erected to separate the display space from the shop floor beyond.

The main body of the shop space is defined by its custom green terrazzo floor and translucent glass walls that curve around the store’s periphery.

Several of the walls are backed by a shiny silver material that reflects and refracts the colour of the green floor throughout the space.

Geijoeng store in China, designed by Studio 10

A fitting room that the studio compares to a “small stage” sits at the centre of the store, enclosed by a curved wall made from acrylic tubes. It’s fitted with a green-velour privacy curtain made by Danish fabric brand Kvadrat in collaboration with fashion designer Raf Simons.

“When the curtain is opened, the interior and exterior of the fitting room is faintly visible creating theatrical effect and drama,” the studio explained.

Geijoeng store in China, designed by Studio 10

Clothes rails are crafted from frosted acrylic rods connected by silver metal rivets. Designed to operate like scaffolding, the rails’ joints are adjustable and adaptable.

The acrylic rods are set in green marble bases that vary in size depending on their functionality, as some are used as display stands while others are benches or storage platforms.

Geijoeng store in China, designed by Studio 10

The emerald hue of the store’s fixtures is echoed in the terrazzo flooring, which is set with large chunks of green and white marble aggregate.

Rows of calibrated tube lights and spotlights are hung on a grid overhead, creating patterns of light across the store’s surfaces.

Geijoeng store in China, designed by Studio 10

Last year, Studio 10 completed an MC Escher-inspired guesthouse in the city of Guilin, China, which features cotton candy-coloured walls and maze-like stairways designed to trick the eyes of lodgers.

The project was highly commended in the 2019 edition of Dezeen Awards.

Photography is by Chao Zhang.

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An Eye-Catching Walking Bicycle

Carv, une start-up basée en Californie a créé The Walking Bicycle – un mélange entre un vélo et un robot ambulant.

Ne prenez pas ce vélo comme mode de transport car il ne vous mènera pas du point A au point B à une vitesse record. Il s’agit plutôt d’un travail d’ingénierie de génie. Vous êtes sûr de ne rien voir de pareil sur le trottoir de si tôt.

La roue arrière du vélo a été remplacée par un squelette métallique avec des jambes actionnées par les pédales manuelles. Il est composé de plus de 400 pièces qui agissent comme un assemblage pour le faire fonctionner.





House of Finn Juhl reissues Little Mother sofa after 75 years "in hibernation"

Danish furniture producer House of Finn Juhl has relaunched a sofa created by the renowned furniture designer for his own home in 1945.

The Little Mother Sofa is one of the lesser-known furniture designs developed by Finn Juhl, who was responsible for iconic pieces such as the Chieftain Chair and Pelican Chair.

House of Finn Juhl, which owns the exclusive rights to reproduce the designer’s furniture, based the reproduction on Juhl’s original drawings.

It is thought that only a few copies of the Little Mother were made and it has not been in production since it was first designed.

Describing their reasons for relaunching this particular design, House of Finn Juhl’s founders Ivan Hansen and Henrik Sørensen said they find the design “beautiful and extremely relevant in a modern context.”

“We are very much looking forward to adding another piece to our Finn Juhl range,” the company added, “even more so one that has been in hibernation since 1945.”

The sofa comes in two lengths and features a slight inward curve at its centre, referencing shapes similar to those found in nature.

This design is typical of Juhl’s organic take on modernism, and serves to embrace and support the human body in a comfortable but efficient way wherever the user chooses to sit.

Born in 1912, Juhl studied architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. He never completed his studies, instead working for the architect Villhelm Lauritzen before founding his own studio.

His most important projects include the interiors of the Danish Broadcasting House, Copenhagen Airport and the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN headquarters in New York.

The Little Mother sofa was developed a few years after the better known Poet sofa, a stylised version of which featured in a popular Danish cartoon published in the Politiken newspaper for over five decades.

The cartoonist, Jørgen Mogensen, was in fact inspired by a prototype of the Little Mother sofa that was gifted by master joiner Niels Vodder to his daughter Kirsten and her husband, the poet Frank Jaeger.

Mogensen, who visited the family often and observed Jaeger pondering the events of life on his sofa, named his cartoon The Poet and the Little Mother.

As with Juhl’s other designs now produced by the company, the Little Mother sofa is made by hand using traditional joinery and upholstery techniques.

House of Finn Juhl has reintroduced several of Juhl’s designs since it was given the rights to reproduce his furniture in 2001 by the designer’s widow, Hanne Wilhelm Hansen.

Among the items relaunched in recent years is the graphical and organic Grasshopper Chair. One of the original versions of this chair sold at auction in 2018 for €319,000 (£275,000).

The company also reproduced the FJ 136 chair, which it presented in Milan in 2016, before House of Finn Juhl became a separate brand within its parent company, Onecollection.

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Forest house of stone and glass is reflected back in water

House BRAS by DDM Architectuur

A stone-clad house in woodland close to Antwerp by DDM Architectuur features an indoor pool and a double-height music room overlooking a pond.

Called House Bras after its location in the municipality of Braschaat, DDM Architectuur clad the home with slabs of Muschelkalk stone, so it sits like a boulder among the trees.

House BRAS by DDM Architectuur

A pond wraps around one end of the house, reflecting its facade on its flat surface and concealing an underground entrance.

Three different sizes of stone panel were used to compose the home’s monolithic elevations.

House BRAS by DDM Architectuur

Embedded within the thick roof are structural trusses.

These allow the large living spaces to be entirely column-free, with unobstructed, panoramic views out to the landscape.

House BRAS by DDM Architectuur

House Bras has an angular S-shaped plan split into three main areas.

A single-storey block contains fitness spaces including a yoga room and an indoor pool, next to a large living, dining and kitchen area at the project’s centre.

House BRAS by DDM Architectuur

At the other ends, a two-storey volume houses the bedrooms and a double-height music room, illuminated by a full-height window.

The master bedroom occupies a mezzanine level above alighted to look at the adjacent tree canopy.

House BRAS by DDM Architectuur

“The meandering plan allows daylight to penetrate during all seasons and at any time of day while achieving unobstructed views of the garden,” said the studio.

Three-sided courtyards created by the S-shape are accessed via paved pathways.

House BRAS by DDM Architectuur

A concrete ramp providing access down into an underground parking area appears to disappear into the pond.

Slatted wooden elements line the main entrance and are placed alongside windows.

House BRAS by DDM Architectuur

Continuing the approach of keeping the largely glazed interiors as open and unobstructed as possible, service areas and bedrooms are encased in black wood boxes.

The dark wood contrasts starkly with the otherwise all-white interiors.

House BRAS by DDM Architectuur

More homes that have been designed organised around ponds or lakes‘ include project in Connecticut that wraps around a fish pond, and Hsü Rudolphy’s design for a home emerging from a forest to overlook a lake in Chile.

Photography is by Lenzer.


Project credits:

Architect: DDM Architectuur
Design team: Dirk De Meyer, Haodong Hu, Laurent Temmerman, Angelo Vandecasteele, Annelies De Keersmacker
Structural engineering: Abicon
Landscape: Aldrik Heirman

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