86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience

January 30, 2018

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Architecture Category Prize: a concentric structure in concrete defines the building’s layout. The result is a plan without a corridor, consisting only of a set of rooms with the double-height interior. Dwellings are surrounded by outdoor spaces that give them a high quality of interior.

 

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience © Éric Lapierre

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience © Éric Lapierre

 

In words of Marc Barani (French member of the panel of judges): “The structure provides a number of convincing solutions to the matter of tower blocks and high-rises. Without doubt, this project is best described as an oxymoron: compact/bright, bars/flexible, rational/diverse, concrete/scalability. A work there to serve its inhabitants, where the architect has wisely fused classic and modern culture.” (more…)

“Shadow Soundings” Bill Fontana at MAAT Oval Gallery

January 29, 2018

Bill Fontana’s latest project turns the architecture of a suspended bridge into a sound and video installation. In this installation, especially created for Lisbon, the artist captures the sonority of the bridge and surrounding areas – so familiar to the city’s residents – and amplifies them until they acquire a musical quality.

 

Shadow Soundings, Bill Fontana, MAAT Oval Gallery, 2017 © MAAT

Shadow Soundings, Bill Fontana, MAAT Oval Gallery, 2017 © MAAT

 

Shadow Soundings, the new international commission for MAAT’s Oval Gallery, is an immersive sound and video installation by American artist Bill Fontana, which was created from the sounds and vibrations of the 25th of April Bridge and the Tagus River. In this installation, especially created for Lisbon, the artist captures the sonority of the bridge and surrounding areas – so familiar to the city’s residents – and amplifies them until they acquire a musical quality. (more…)

“Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino” by Rizzoli Publishers

January 27, 2018

The photographic book Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino, published by Skira Rizzoli, comprises 129 color photographs and a preface by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, along with essays by Manuel Blanco, Alberto Campo Baeza (winner of the BigMat Award 2015), Marvin Heiferman, Miguel Quismondo and Vittorio Calabrese.

 

Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino © Marco Anelli

Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino © Marco Anelli

 

Celebrated Italian photographer Marco Anelli captures the construction of Magazzino Italian Art, a new Hudson Valley institution dedicated to postwar and contemporary Italian art. The transformation and expansion of a 1960s factory building in Cold Spring, NY to house an extraordinary art collection has been documented by Marco Anelli, Magazzino Italian Art’s first artist in residence. From initial excavations to the installation of artworks in the galleries, Anelli traces Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo’s plan to create a space that bridges the artistic legacy of the Hudson Valley with the demands of ambitious contemporary artworks. Several essays and examples of founders Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu’s stunning Italian art collection enliven Anelli’s series of landscape photographs and portraits. (more…)

“Mudun. Urban Cultures in Transit” at Architectural Association

January 26, 2018

The exhibition Mudun, Urban Cultures in Transit presents the varying dynamics and atmospheres of urban areas in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region through ten years of research and documentation by the Dubai-based magazine, Brownbook. These distinct mudun (‘cities’ in Arabic) include Ankara, Baghdad, Sharjah and Tangier, as well as the diaspora in Altach, Nashville, Santiago and Södertälje.

 

Rashid Karami International Fair Tripoli by Oscar Niemeyer

Rashid Karami International Fair Tripoli by Oscar Niemeyer

 

As a whole, this region’s rapid urbanisation has resulted in heterogenous city landscapes that oscillate between deeply rooted connections to tradition and an openness to globalisation and technological progress. Because of this tension the cities of the MENA region provide the grounds for a number of paradoxes – for individual opportunity and development, conflicts and injustice, for both the establishment and for subcultures, as well as for debates about identity and participation in the urban habitat.

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“Sotto il cielo di cristallo” the story of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, 150 years after its inauguration

January 25, 2018

This exhibition aims to briefly review the administrative, architectural, technical and urban history of the Gallery through a selection of the numerous documentary materials belonging to the Civic Collections: drawings, letters, legal documents, printed matters and manuscripts, photographs and paintings, objects and relics of various kinds, which allow us to present a significant cross-section of Italy’s most famous gallery.

 

"Sotto il cielo di cristallo" © Comune di Milano, Archivio Storico Civico e Biblioteca Trivulziana

“Sotto il cielo di cristallo” © Comune di Milano, Archivio Storico Civico e Biblioteca Trivulziana

 

«Magnificent hall», «splendid and opulent place», «enchanted atrium» – thus wrote journalists in Milan of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which opened to the public on 15th September 1867. Its architecture caught the imagination of writers and journalists and inspired the satisfaction of the city fathers, the admiration of citizens and, inevitably, some criticism. It had taken only two and a half years to build this creation that had required unheard-of financial, technical and artistic resources, had completely redefined the city centre, and had projected Milan towards an international horizon of modernity. (more…)

Royal Collections Museum by Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos

January 23, 2018

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Spain: Royal Collections Museum by Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos, a museum which is part of the natural-artificial landscape of the western ‘cornice’ of Madrid while also preserving the open, public character of La Almudena Square.

 

Royal Collections Museum by Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos © Luis Asín

Royal Collections Museum by Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos © Luis Asín

 

According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] a sprawling museum that further enhances Madrid’s most iconic cityscape known as “la Cornisa”, tying in beautifully with the existing Royal Palace.” From an urban perspective, the project is based on two planning principles: on the one hand, the Royal Collection museum should be part of the natural-artificial landscape of Madrid’s western edge, and on the other hand, it is necessary to maintain the open, public nature of La Almudena Square and preserve the views of the gardens beneath the western lip of the city.

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“Every House on Langland Road” at Architectural Association

January 21, 2018

Every House on Langland Road is an exploration of Netherfield, a unique housing project built in the new city of Milton Keynes in the early 1970s. The houses were designed before the collapse of the post war consensus in an optimistic spirit of public housing and social mobility.

 

"Every House on Langland Road" © AA  Simon Phipps and Darren Umney

“Every House on Langland Road” © AA Simon Phipps and Darren Umney

 

They were however built under the pressures of the three day week and within the budgetary constraints of a remote central government with shifting policies. The unique length, presence and history of the Netherfield streetscape provides a backdrop against which long standing and unresolved questions around the nature of housing, and social housing in particular, are brought into focus. An exhibition by Simon Phipps and Darren Umney. (more…)

“Región (The Narratives). Changes in Landscape and the Politics of Water” at MUSAC

January 20, 2018

The exhibition is the result of the research into how great hydraulic works have produced transformations in territory. It focuses especially on the reservoirs in the north east of the province of Leon, the Porma Reservoir and the Riaño Reservoir,the fiftieth and thirtieth anniversaries of which are commemorated respectively in 2017.

 

"Región (The Narratives). Changes in Landscape and the Politics of Water" © MUSAC

“Región (The Narratives). Changes in Landscape and the Politics of Water” © MUSAC

 

The project takes its title from the literary work Volverás a Región (1967) by Juan Benet (Madrid, Spain,1927-1993). The story is the conceptual starting point for the show.Benet, an engineer who built the dam of the River Porma in the Leonese valley of Vegamián, mythologisedin his novel the natural and human space that would be flooded under the waters, thus exemplifying the essential dilemma of these processes that make past and future, progress and memory antagonists. (more…)

“Wiewiorra Hopp Schwark: Location and Illusion” at Architektur Galerie Berlin

January 18, 2018

The exhibition by Wiewiorra Hopp Schwark deals with their new extension for the tax office (Finanzamt) in Oranienburg, Germany, which is nearing completion. Although the construction task is a rather mundane one, the architects were faced with a special challenge.

 

WHSA, Finanznamt Oranienburg, 2018 ©  Allard van der Hoek

WHSA, Finanznamt Oranienburg, 2018 © Allard van der Hoek

 

The tax office is located in the former administrative building of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, meaning that the new building is directly docked onto a historically “contaminated” substance. Given this context, the architects developed a design concept that connects the site as a source of inspiration to the idea of an illusion as a concrete creative medium. (more…)

Footbridge Sulin in Slovakia by ZeroZero

January 16, 2018

Today we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Slovakia, the Footbrige Sulin by Zerozero, a pedestrian bridge which crosses the river Poprad, the natural national border between Poland and Slovakia.

 

Footbridge Sulin – Zegiestow by ZeroZero © Jaroslav Val´ko

Footbridge Sulin – Zegiestow by ZeroZero © Jaroslav Val´ko

 

According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] the short-listed project is a pedestrian bridge made from reinforced concrete, the design of which is a logical product of the function it serves and of the structure needed to create the work in the chosen material.”

In words of Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakiamember of the panel of judges): “The bridge crosses the river Poprad, which builds the natural national border between Poland and Slovakia. It should be a generator of the trans border tourism development in one of the most beautiful European natural settings. The concrete slightly vaulted bridge body with brutalist surface reacts on the surrounding landscape and enhances it, similarly as the stone bridges or castles have done in past. The down-to-earth character of the structure is underlined by the simple vertical grooves of the concrete body and the wooden cladding of the floor and inner railing. Balancing on the borderline between original and banal the authors of the bridge succeeded to create architecture perfectly consistent with this (none) ordinary place.” (more…)