Maggie’s Centre Barts: a lantern-like building by Steven Holl

December 31, 2017

Its façade – composed of panels rising in a single sloping wrapped band, actually references a sound: the staff of a musical score, with the random panels of colour that are embedded in it, apparently inspired bya Medieval ‘neume’ musical notation.

 

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

 

Text description provided by the architects. The site in the centre of London is adjacent to the large courtyard of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. Founded in Smithfield in the 12th century, the hospital is the oldest in London and was founded at the same time as the St. Bartholomew the Great Church in 1123. Rahere founded the church and hospital “for the restoration of poor men.” Layers of history characterize this unique site, connecting deeply to the Medieval culture of London. While most all of the realized Maggie’s Centres have been horizontal buildings, the centre at St. Barts will be more vertical, sitting on the historically charged site. It will replace a pragmatic 1960s brick structure adjacent to a 17th century stone structure by James Gibbs, holding the “Great Hall” and the famous Hogarth staircase.


 

Project data

Project: Maggie’s Centre Barts, London
Client: Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust
Architect: Steven Holl Architects, New York . Steven Holl, FAIA (design architect, principal); Chris McVoy (senior partner-in-charge); Dominik Sigg (project architect, associate) Bell Ying Yi Cai, Gemma Gene, Martin Kropac, Christina Yessios, Assoc. AIA (project team)
Landscape Architect: Bradley Hole-Schoenaich
Associate Architect: JM Architects
Civil/Climate/Mechanical Engineer/Glass Consultant: Arup
Archaeology: Museum of London Archaeology
Size: 6,534 square feet

 


The building is envisioned as a “vessel within a vessel within a vessel.” The structure is a branching concrete frame, the inner layer is bamboo and the outer layer is matte white glass with coloured glass fragments recalling “neume notation” of the Medieval music of the 13th century. The word neume originates from the Greek pnevma, which means ‘vital force.’ It suggests a ‘breath of life’ that fills oneself with inspiration like a stream of air, the blowing of the wind. The outer glass layer is organized in horizontal bands like a musical staff while the concrete structure branches like the hand. The three-story centre has an open curved staircase integral to the concrete frame with open spaces vertically lined in bamboo.

 

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

 

The glass facade geometry, like a musical “staff”, is in horizontal strips 90cm wide, which follow the geometry of the main stair along the north facade, while lifting up with clear glass facing the main square, marking the main front entrance. There is a second entry on the west opening to the extended garden of the adjacent church. The building tops out in a public roof garden open to a large room for yoga, Tai Chi, meetings etc.

 

 

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

 

The interior character of this building will be shaped by coloured light washing the floors and walls, changing by the time of day and season. Interior lighting will be organized to allow the coloured lenses together with the translucent white glass of the facade to present a new, joyful, glowing presence on this corner of the great square of St. Barts Hospital.

 

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Iwan Baan

 

ABOUT MAGGIE’S
Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Built in the grounds of NHS hospitals, their Centres are warm and encouraging places, with professional staff on have to offer the support you need to find your way through cancer

 

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie's Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects

Maggie’s Centre Barts / Steven Holl Architects © Steven Holl Architects


 

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COAM Madrid hosts “Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon”

December 29, 2017

Exhibition about the work, projects and way of looking of the architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça, illustrated from the city where he has worked for more than 30 years: Lisbon. Da Graça is the architect of the Pavilion of Knowledge of the Seas at the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon and the musealization of the archaeological zone of the New Castle Square.

 

“Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon” exhibition at  COAM  ©  COAM

“Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon” exhibition at COAM © COAM

 

This is not an exhibition about João Luís Carrilho da Graça or his work, but its anthological character is inevitable. The show reveals a way of looking that has been present since the beginning of his professional and teaching activity. It is a way of looking that is illustrated from the city where he has worked for more than 30 years: Lisbon. This exhibit has previously been exhibited at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, at the Leopoldo Rother Architecture Museum in Bogotá, and at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo. (more…)

“Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers” at Centre Pompidou, celebrating it’s 40th anniversary

December 28, 2017

In this presentation in room 1 of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Centre Pompidou looks back over this period, stage by stage, through countless press cuttings, special articles in trade magazines and photographic reports. These all shed light on its construction from its foundations up to its ethereal superstructures.

 

"Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers" exhibition © Centre Pompidou

“Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers” exhibition © Centre Pompidou

 

The Centre Pompidou is 40 – counting from the moment that an eager public discovered it at its inauguration on 30 January 1977. However, that does not factor in the building’s long gestation period, from the competition to its delivery, which mobilised teams of architects, engineers from design firms and the staff of all the companies involved in building this incomparable edifice. In this presentation in room 1 of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Centre Pompidou looks back over this period, stage by stage, through countless press cuttings, special articles in trade magazines and photographic reports. These all shed light on its construction from its foundations up to its ethereal superstructures. (more…)

“Tabula – Arvo Pärt Centre” by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos at AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

December 28, 2017

The exhibition TABULA presents the Arvo Pärt Centre created by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos in Estonia. The new home for the centre is currently under construction and will house the legacy of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The building complex is situated in Laulasmaa, 35 km from Tallinn, on a peninsula with a magnificent natural surrounding within a pine forest near the sea.

 

"Tabula – Arvo Pärt Centre" by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos © AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

“Tabula – Arvo Pärt Centre” by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos © AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

 

The core of the Arvo Pärt Centre will be the archive, which brings together the entire creative heritage of the composer, providing a research and learning environment for cultural education. The exhibition presents a visual-acoustic installation which captures the atmosphere of the Arvo Pärt Centre, while visitors can listen to Arvo Pärts composition ‘Tabula rasa’. (more…)

Law-Court Offices in Venice by C+S Architects

December 26, 2017

Today we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Italy: Law Court Offices in Venice by C+S Architects, a dark monolithic building respecting the historic city fabric.

 

Law-Court Offices In Venice by C+S Architects © C+S Architects

Law-Court Offices In Venice by C+S Architects © C+S Architects

 

The LCV project responds to the challenge of questioning the given site and program during the competition phase, in which architects were expected to work only on the adaptive reuse of a series of 19thcentury buildings within an abandoned tobacco factory. The team decided to introduce a new building, and designed a physical adapter in a unique, leftover open space in the dense urban landscape of Piazzale Roma. According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] a courthouse featuring a dark and slender design, which the panel feels conveys the neutrality and elegance needed of an administrative building situated in an environment and city of such heritage and value.”

(more…)

Architecture Faculty in Tournai by Aires Mateus

December 24, 2017

For the construction of this new addition to the Catholic University of Louvain’s Faculty of Architecture, Aires Mateus Architects (AMA) have designed a new faculty building that stitches the internal elements of the site together whilst projecting its perimeter respectfully against the junction of the old.

 

Architecture Faculty in Tournai by Aires Mateus  © Tim Van de Velde

Architecture Faculty in Tournai by Aires Mateus © Tim Van de Velde

 

The project occupies the interior of a historical city block where buildings from different identities and periods coexist. There are two industrial buildings and a convent that has been used as a hospital. The new building is positioned in order to bond together each of these structures and to define new external spaces.
(more…)

“Power Architecture” inaugural exhibition at Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura

December 23, 2017

“Poder Arquitectura” is Casa da Arquitectura – Portuguese Centre for Architecture’s inaugural exhibition. Organised by the architects Jorge Carvalho, Pedro Bandeira and Ricardo Carvalho, the exhibition will occupy the approximately 800 square meters of the Exhibition Aisle with a proposal of reflection around eight powers that align, intersect, inflect and diverge from each other.

 

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

 

In an exhibition of architecture, the only space that visitors experience is the gallery that houses it, the rest are representations of it. The exhibition Power/Architecture, which inaugurates Casa da Arquitectura, is designed for the former warehouse of the Royal Winery. The project explores the monumental extension and height of the nave with a single central void that encourages non-sequential visits and activities with the public. An electro welded mesh is the limit of the void, the first of three planes where photographs, models, objects, clippings, films, drawings and texts assembled. (more…)

“The Architecture Gallery Xmas” at Barbecho Madrid

December 21, 2017

The Architecture Gallery is devoted to works of architects and artists working in the environment of architecture. Its singularity is to be a solidarity gallery: 20% of the profits of each sold work it’s assigned to projects of social architecture.

 

Enorme Studio, Kurul © Enorme Studio

Enorme Studio, Kurul © Enorme Studio

 

Its other singularity lies in being an itinerant gallery, which travels to different cities to present the works and the social projects. It represents architects, interior designers, designers and artists of different nationalities, who create pieces in formats ranging from photography, illustration and painting to design furniture passing through volumetric pieces. The gallery offers originals and limited series, sometimes edited by it. (more…)

Prefabricated prototype house on a sturdy rocky surface by A69 – Architekty

December 19, 2017

In this edition of our weekly post we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Czech Republic: a prefab housing prototype in a picturesque setting of the river Sázava in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty.

 

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

 

In words of Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia member of the panel of judges): “The prototype house built in a former granite quarry in the picturesque setting of the river Sázava is a further example of the long-lasting fascination of the A69 architecture studio in family house design. It benefits from their previous experience with organic arrangement in an orthogonal sense and with the concept of transparency. The construction of the prototype also tests the phenomenon of reversibility. The timber frame of the house is erected on a steel load-distributing raft bedded on the rocks, which can easily be taken down and removed. Besides, this the prototype is intended as a poetic work that reflects the very finest in modernist aesthetics.”




The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty
BigMat ’17 National Prize in the Czech Republic 

Architects a69 Architekti
Location: Czech Republic
Architect in Charge: Boris Redčenkov, Prokop Tomášek, Jaroslav Wertig
Design Team: Michal Nohejl
Area: 235.0 sqm
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Tomáš Rasl
Main Contractor: DIY
Technical Design: OMEGA project s.r.o.
Construction Radek Brandejs

 


According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] the prototype house in Posazavi features a self-supporting structure that can be prefabricated and erected on a sturdy rocky surface. The structure of the house is equally as impressive as its functional aspects.”

 

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

 

A prototype of a family house is built in a former granite quarry in Posazavi. The purpose of this built project is to check structural, typological, and user qualities of the prototype. The house is located on the edge of a rock above a lake. The project preserves grown trees, emphasizes the view to the water, and allows access to the meadow in the middle of a forest.

 

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

 

A simple cubic mass measuring 15x15x4 m contains interior spaces formed in a more complex manner. The organically molded labyrinth of the interior living space allows more daylight and sunlight, vistas out and through from the depth of the layout.

 

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

 

The interior is monochromatic, using different shades of white — a neutral frame for the colors of the forest at different periods of the day and year. The house is DIY. It can be taken apart. It may disappear without a trace.

 

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

 

The house hovers over the landscape. It is not founded in traditional fashion. A steel load-distributing modular raft is bedded on existing granite blocks – remnants of mining. A 2×4 timber frame is erected on the raft. The roof structure is nailed on truss work. The roof is flat, finished with extensive green. The ventilated facade is made of wood. Windows are aluminum. A sliding glass wall connects the living area with an outdoor terrace on the meadow.

 

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © A69 – Architekty

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © A69 – Architekty

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © A69 – Architekty

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © A69 – Architekty

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © A69 – Architekty

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © A69 – Architekty

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © A69 – Architekty

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © A69 – Architekty

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © A69 – Architekty

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © A69 – Architekty

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl

The Prototype of the House in Posazavi, Czech Republic, by A69 – Architekty © Tomáš Rasl


 

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Barcelona Design Museum presents the most complete exhibition devoted to the Viennese architect Adolf Loos

December 18, 2017

From 14 December 2017 to 25 February 2018, the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona ( Barcelona Design Museum) presents, for the first time, a show featuring practically the complete works of the Viennese architect Adolf Loos, considered to be one of the pioneers of the Modern Movement.

 

Lina Loos room interior © The Albertina Museum Vienna

Lina Loos room interior © The Albertina Museum Vienna

 

The exhibition, curated by Pilar Parcerisas, focuses on the work of Loos (1870-1933) as a designer of interiors and furniture who emphasised the dialogue between spaces in public life and private life. A central theme of the show is the aesthetic revolution that Loos led in Vienna at around the turn of the twentieth century, when he rebelled against Secession to champion economy in architectural construction and design. (more…)