Following the opening of our New York office in Could, we’re celebrating American Independence Day with a roundup of Dezeen’s favourite US tasks from the previous 12 months, including a property with walls built from soil, a remote family members retreat and a noisy set up in a New York factory .

Desert Courtyard House by Wendell Burnette ArchitectsDesert Courtyard Property by Wendell Burnette Architects

Phoenix-primarily based architecture firm Wendell Burnette used soil from the surrounding desert internet site and covered it with steel sheets to construct the walls of their Desert Courtyard home.

“We wished the residence to recede like a shadow into the landscape and a great way of doing that is making it possible for the surfaces to weather so the rust and patina help accomplish a form that is pretty anonymous and does not give significantly away,” Burnette advised Dezeen.

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Corning Museum of Glass by Thomas Phifer and PartnersCorning Museum of Glass by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Tom Phifer appropriately extra an opaque glass exterior to his design and style for the fourth wing of the Cornig Museum of Glass in New York.

Curved walls created to “dissolve the separation amongst the art, ambiance, light and area” define 5 different gallery places, every single committed to showcasing contemporary glassworks.

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The reflective white construction sits amongst three existing buildings by Gunnar Birkerts, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson and Wallace K Harrison.

“It grew to become immediately clear that our new addition must forge a deep connection with the present museum buildings and serve as a central and clarifying structure on the Corning campus,” Phifer advised Dezeen.

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Please Touch the Art exhibition at Brooklyn Bridge by Jeppe HeinPlease Touch the Art exhibition at Brooklyn Bridge by Jeppe Hein

18 sculptures such as abstract park benches and a maze constructed of mirrors have been installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park by Danish artist Jeppe Hein, for an exhibition entitled Please Touch The Artwork.

“As an alternative of the respectful distance demanded in museums, Hein’s operate invites participation,” said Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator for the Public Artwork Fund who supported the exhibition.

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Studhorse by Olson KundigStudhorse by Olson Kundig

Washington’s mountainous Methow Valley is the setting for Tom Kundig’s loved ones retreat – a building created up of 4 structures that are located all around a giant rock like a “campsite”.

Clad in pre-rusted steel, the building is created to be suitable for all 4 seasons and was selected as one of the American Institute of Architects best 10 housing projects of the final year.

“It’s like a small campground, and you go from tent to tent,” Kundig informed Dezeen. “The supplies are tough on the outdoors, due to the fact of the substantial-desert climate, but the inside is cozy, like acquiring into a sleeping bag – protected, warm, and dry.”

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Studio Zimoun installation at the New York Knockdown CentreStudio Zimoun set up at the New York Knockdown Centre

250 wooden poles on thin ropes were hung from the ceiling of an outdated factory developing in Queens for an installation by Swiss artist Zimoun.

Each and every length of rope was connected to an electrical motor that raised and dropped the laths at diverse intervals, generating a sea of uneven motion and cacophony of thuds.

“By way of this technique, all laths are in motion and create complicated visual and acoustic patterns, rhythms and structures,” Zimoun explained.

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