Opening of Centro Botín, cultural facilities by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

June 30, 2017

The building lies on the edge of Pereda Gardens, hovering 20 meters over the sea. Composed by two lobal-shaped volumes, the Centro Botín reflects the sunlight and the sparkles of the water through 280,000 small ceramic tiles that cover the building’s façade.

 

Centro Botín. Renzo Piano Building Workshop, 2017 © Enrico Cano

Centro Botín. Renzo Piano Building Workshop, 2017 © Enrico Cano

 

Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s latest construction, the Centro Botín in Santander, Spain, was inagurated last week. The building is a Cultural and Arts Centre for the Botín Foundation, which has a history of over 50 years of dissemination and promotion of educational programmes in the realms of the arts and culture, education, science and rural development.

Besides the building design, the surrounding public garden area has also been renovated by creating an underground tunnel and restoring existing small-scale buildings in the park in order to adapt them to new uses, such as cafeteria, visitor’s information and tourist office, etc. The garden design also comprises the implementation of a series of fountain sculptural works by Cristina Iglesias, a renowned Spanish sculptor famous for her naturalistic pieces.

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“Save | Change the City” an unbuilt, alternative Brussels at CIVA Stichting

June 29, 2017

The exhibition shows a Brussels that used to exist, but is no longer there. A Brussels that somehow was proved possible to save. And a Brussels that could have been: a perfect fit in the CIVA’s new Unbuilt Brussels series, which shows a city that was thought up but never built.

 

Petit Château Quarter, 1976. Architects Jean-Pierre HOA, Philippe LEFEBVRE-BRANDES, Elie LEVY, Caroline MIEROP & Anne VAN LOO // La Cambre  Students (Didier ANGE& Brigitte BUYSSENS )

Petit Château Quarter, 1976. Architects Jean-Pierre HOA, Philippe LEFEBVRE-BRANDES, Elie LEVY, Caroline MIEROP & Anne VAN LOO // La Cambre Students (Didier ANGE& Brigitte BUYSSENS )

 

Brusselisation” is the key word behind the new exhibition at CIVA Stichting, “Save | Change the City“. The exhibition is part of a double-programme focusing on half a century of town planning in Brussels, under two unique perspectives. “Save | Change the City”  presents an overview of local residents’ initiatives in opposition to ‘Brusselisation’ and explores the alternatives that the two main neighbours’ associations proposed at the time in order to achieve a liveable city – one with respect for its citizens, its architecture, and its heritage.  (more…)

‘Japanese architectures in Paris 1867-2017′ at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

June 28, 2017

Through seventy emblematic projects, the exhibition “Japanese Architecture in Paris, 1867-2017” explores the history and present of the Grand Paris project through the prism of a dialogue between two cultures that began 150 years ago.

 

64, rue Pierre-Rebière, Paris. Atelier Bow Wow,  Brunnquell & André, architectes. Paris Habitat-Oph, work management 2006-2012©David Boureau

64, rue Pierre-Rebière, Paris. Atelier Bow Wow, Brunnquell & André, architectes. Paris Habitat-Oph, work management 2006-2012 © David Boureau

 

Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris has just inaugurated its latest exhibition on Japanese architecture, this time focusing on the influence and works of Japanese architects in the city of Paris. Featuring both built and unbuilt projects, the exhibition displays photographs, drawing, renderings and a comprehensive selection of models in order to draw the picture of 150 years of cultural exchange.

The exhibition’s opening was highlighted by the presence of many of the protagonist contemporary artists themselves, such as Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto, Tadao Ando and Kazuyo Sejima.  (more…)

‘Bearth & Deplazes: Amurs’ architecture and identity in the Canton of Graubünden

June 27, 2017

An inmersive display of large-scale, back-lit photographs by Ralph Feiner and Tonatiuh Ambrosetti introduces the spectator into the “Bündner” world of Bearth & Deplazes, a work in search of the true spirit of local Alpine architecture.

 

"Bearth & Deplazes: Amurs" exhibition display © Kristyna Dvorakova

“Bearth & Deplazes: Amurs” exhibition display © Kristyna Dvorakova

 

Amurs (Romansh for Amours – loves) is the title of an exhibition on the building culture of Bearth & Deplazes Architeckten (Valentin Bearth, Andrea Deplazes, and Daniel Ladner), and at the same time, a declaration of love for the Canton of Graubünden. The architects’ work displays their desire and strivings to come as close as possible to whatever “Bündner” might be—far from historical and tourism-based clichés. (more…)

“Yona Friedman. Mobile Architecture, People’s Architecture” at MAXXI Rome

June 26, 2017

The MAXXI dedicates the YONA FRIEDMAN. Mobile Architecture, People’s Architecture exhibition, curated by Gong Yan and Elena Motisi, which shall take place from 23rd June to 29th October 2017 to Yona Friedman (Budapest 1923), a legendary architect, an exuberant, creative artist transcending disciplines, whose thinking is extraordinarily relevant.

 

MAXXI Spatial, 2017  Fotomontaggio su vista del MAXXI / Photomontages on MAXXI views Courtesy:  Yona Friedman photocredit © Francesco Radino-courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

MAXXI Spatial, 2017, Fotomontaggio su vista del MAXXI / Photomontages on MAXXI views, Courtesy: Yona Friedman, photocredit © Francesco Radino-courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

This exhibition, which was organised by Power Station of Art, Shanghai – where it was presented in 2015 – is now hosted by the MAXXI with a new outfitting, conceived together with the architect. Friedman – who built an apparently floating modular structure in 2016 for the Serpentine Gallery of London – believes that anyone can use simple, flexible mobile structures to design and build their own architecture, such as houses and the “spatial cities” that fluctuate over real cities.  (more…)

“Care + Repair” a public workspace by Architekturzentrum Wien within Vienna Biennale 2017

June 24, 2017

How can we repair the future? And how can architecture and urbanism contribute to it? Care and repair are concrete activities; they are effective at specific locations. Architekturzentrum Wien is going beyond the in-house Museums Quartier exhibition spaces for the Care + Repair project, establishing a public workspace on the former railway territory of the Nord-bahnhof grounds, one of the largest inner-city development zones in Vienna.

 

Rotor, Spoor Oost Project, Antwerp/BE, 2014-2015 © Andrea Ferreri

Rotor, Spoor Oost Project, Antwerp/BE, 2014-2015 © Andrea Ferreri

 

The Care + Repair project initiates a trial run on the Nordbahnhof, as an exemplary slice of urban space, with its old and new neighbours and impressive overgrown grounds. The official urban planning concept foresees to keep the large-scale overgrown area with the old water tower and the coexistence of lizards, toads, birds, and recreational users open for the public. The curators Angelika Fitz and Elke Krasny have invited six international architectural teams (a-works – Cristian Stefanescu/Bergen, Gabu Heindl/Vienna, Zissis Kotionis+Phoebe Giannisi/Volos, Rotor/Brussels, Meike Schalk/Stockholm and Rosario Talevi/Berlin) to develop proposals for Care + Repair prototypes. (more…)

“Zaha Hadid in Italy” at MAXXI Rome

June 24, 2017

Considered to be one of the most influential and visionary architects of our time, Zaha Hadid redefined the architecture of the 21st century and captured the imagination of the entire world. A year after her sudden death, MAXXI is hosting “Zaha Hadid in Italy”, an exhibition curated by the director of MAXXI Architettura Margherita Guccione and Woody Yao, associate director at Zaha Hadid Design.

 

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Kronplatz, Sud Tirolo, Italy) 2012 / 2015 Foto Inexhibit, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Kronplatz, Sud Tirolo, Italy) 2012 / 2015 Foto Inexhibit, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

 

Zaha Hadid in Italy, organized in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design, Zaha Hadid Architects and the Zaha Hadid Foundation, intends to highlight the architect’s intensive and enduring relationship with the country. Giovanna Melandri, President of Fondazione MAXXI says: “This exhibition devoted to Zaha Hadid, a creative and innovative woman of great strength and courage, is a tribute to her work and her style, an exploration of the mark she has left in Italy. It is also the most authentic way that MAXXI, “her” creature, could choose to commemorate an extraordinary friend and woman, an eclectic genius who we miss greatly and with whom we subtly converse every day, together with our artists, curators and visitors.”

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Opening of the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Francis Kéré

June 23, 2017

Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso is the designer of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, who responded to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. 

 

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré © Kéré Architecture, Photography © 2017 Iwan Baan

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré © Kéré Architecture, Photography © 2017 Iwan Baan

 

Kéré, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture, is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds. Since its launch in 2000, this annual commission of an international architect to build his or her first structure in London at the time of invitation has become one of the most anticipated events in the global cultural calendar and a leading visitor attraction during London’s summer season. Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel made their selection of the architect, with advisors David Adjaye and Richard Rogers. (more…)

Last days for “Berlin Projects. Architectural Drawings 1920 – 1990″ at Tschoban Foundation

June 22, 2017

The exhibition features Berlin as seen throught the eyes of the most successful architects of the XXth Century: from actually built projects by Álvaro Siza and OMA to utopian visions by Bernard Tschumi, Hans Scharoun, Mies Van der Rohe and many others.

 

OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Matthias Sauerbruch, Elia Zenghelis, 1980 – 1990 House at Checkpoint Charlie Competition, building complex, isometry Watercolour on Xerox copy 82 x 166 cm © Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main; Photo: Uwe Dettmar, Frankfurt am Main © OMA

OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Matthias Sauerbruch, Elia Zenghelis (1980 – 1990)  House at Checkpoint Charlie. Competition, building complex, isometry  © Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main; Photo: Uwe Dettmar, Frankfurt am Main © OMA

 

Berlin Projects. Architectural Drawings 1920–1990 shows an exciting selection of important moments in Berlin’s urban and architectural development, illustrated by hand-drawn designs by Hans Scharoun, Hans Poelzig, Frei Otto, Gottfried Böhm, Zaha Hadid, Álvaro Siza Vieira and other renowned architects. A selection: the exhibition should therefore by no means be seen as a complete chronological documentation of the capital’s architecture during this period. It is rather a presentation of the variety of ideas and visions for Berlin, a stimulus to comparison of the drawn and the actually built architecture, and a highlighting of the high artistic quality of the exhibited works. (more…)

‘envejezANDO’ Design for All: Architecture and Third Age’ at COAM Madrid

June 20, 2017

The exhibition focuses on specific aspects of human life – aging, illness, decadence – that seem to be attached to certain physical spaces that remain separate from the space of everyday life that surrounds us.

 

EnvejezANDO exhibition display © Paz Martín , COAM

EnvejezANDO exhibition display © Paz Martín , COAM

 

Architecture as a means of organizing human relations in space and time is subject to a strong orthodoxy as to where and how certain functions should be located. The objective of this project is to introduce and facilitate the experimentation of the existing reality of old age in a contemporary and purposeful way so that to make the visitor understand the intrinsic values of Architecture itself as generator of solutions for real needs. It also aims to make contact with the consequent particularities of a group hitherto invisible in order to understand that respect to aging should be part of our present.

Organized in four exhibition directions that address aging itself and its relations with the city (urbanizANDO), housing (habitANDO) and leisure (disfrutANDO), proposes the visitor a temporary trip to confront the inexorability of time asking at the end to decide in which world he/she would like to live in. (more…)