Posts by Samantha Pires

Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern MetTop Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online

December 19, 2021

16-Story Residential Tower Will Have a Nature Trail Going Through It

Chinese studio MAD Architects is known for its ambitious cultural projects featuring sculptural forms inspired by nature. Now, the firm is working on a new residential project in Denver, Colorado. One River North is a 16-story tower defined by a dramatic nature trail that cuts across 10 of the stories into the façade of the building. The tower includes over 13,000 square feet of natural features all inspired by the surrounding landscape.

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December 11, 2021

151,000 Artworks Are Stored in World’s First Publicly Accessible Museum Art ‘Depot’

The Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam is a highly anticipated project by Netherlands-based architecture firm MVRDV. Branded as the world’s first publicly accessible art depot, the structure will store 151,000 pieces from the nearby Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The new station means that, unlike most museums where a large portion of the collection remains in storage, the entire body of artwork can be enjoyed by the public. The building is 130 feet (39.5 meters)

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December 6, 2021

Bamboo Bungalows in Thailand’s Turtle Bay Eco-Tourism Destination Celebrate Local Folklore

Located on the waters of Hua Hin’s Khao Tao Reservoir in Thailand, there is a hotel made up of five bamboo bungalows, all constructed with local materials. These series of guest houses in the eco-tourism destination—aptly known as Turtle Bay—are a bit more exciting than your average hotel room, though. The design itself harkens back to local folklore.

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November 27, 2021

3D-Printed ‘Rain Catcher’ House Reimagines Sustainable Home Design

A conceptual house design by Tactus Design Workshop called Rain Catcher uses 3D printing to reimagine how we might build homes more sustainably. The house includes a 3D-printed shell of crude earth insulated with cork and other natural materials. It aims to be self-sufficient and flexible to a user’s future needs, as well as a model for sustainable fabrication.

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