“Domestic Pools” at Villa Noailles

February 19, 2018

This season, Villa Noailles is casting the spotlight on pools across the world, from extravagant projects left unfinished, to impressive architectural feats. The exhibition, “Domestic Pools”, will take place from February 11 to March 18, and includes the most extraordinary pools found in private homes across Los Angeles, Spain and the South of France.

 

Piscine d'Alain Capeillères dans le Var © Romain Laprade, 2017

Piscine d’Alain Capeillères dans le Var © Romain Laprade, 2017

 

Following on from Landskating  and La Boîte de Nuit, the villa Noailles continues its exploration of cultural architectures specific to spaces intended for entertainment. The 2018 architecture exhibition, entitled Domestic Pools, will focus upon private swimming pools. From their initial appearance in modern homes for which the villa Noailles serves as a notable example to the utmost contemporary experimentations, this exhibition will retrace the architectural devices employed for bathing. (more…)

David Bestué “ROSI AMOR” at Museo Reina Sofía Madrid

February 17, 2018

The artist, David Bestué (Barcelona, 1980) presents this exhibition in which he carries out material and formal research inspired by the Madrid neighbourhoods of Las Tablas and Vallecas and the El Escorial Monastery.

 

David Bestué "ROSI AMOR" © Joaquín Cortés / Román Lores

David Bestué “ROSI AMOR” © Joaquín Cortés / Román Lores

 

In recent years, David Bestué (Barcelona, 1980) has realised a series of sculpture projects which critically review certain historical events and aesthetic/formal developments characterising last century’s avant-garde movements in the fields of art, architecture and literature. (more…)

Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) at La Arqueria de Nuevos Ministerios Madrid

February 17, 2018

The XIII BEAU’s selection showcases a breadth of talent from across Spain, not just its biggest cities. It also highlights some of the country’s practices on the rise. In addition to projects by studios such as Arquitectura-G and H Arquitectes, much of the work included in Alternativas / Alternatives represents Spain’s up-and-coming architects and studios such as Abalo Alonso Arquitectos, Victor López Cotelo, Olalquiaga Arquitectos and more.

 

Casa Andamio (Girona,España)_Arquitectos: bosch.capdeferro arquitectures © José Hevia

Casa Andamio (Girona,España)_Arquitectos: bosch.capdeferro arquitectures © José Hevia

 

The Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) is being shown in the Arqueria Nuevos Ministerios, in Madrid, Spain. The XIII BEAU, entitled Alternativas / Alternatives, has traveled to United States, France, Germany, Japan and Sweden. The exhibition, which also includes an additional 20 shortlisted works, features large-scale image displays and audiovisual commentary about the winning projects, as well as drawing reproductions and architectural models.  (more…)

“Franco Grignani: Subperception” at A.M. Art Gallery Milano

February 15, 2018

From 10 February to 24 March 2018, the Galleria 10 A.M. Art in Milan will be paying a tribute, on the 110th anniversary of his birth, to Franco Grignani (1908-1999), one of the most innovative artists of the twentieth century.

 

"Franco Grignani: Subperception" at A.M. Art Gallery Milano © Franco Grignani

“Franco Grignani: Subperception” at A.M. Art Gallery Milano © Franco Grignani

 

In the context of a constant work of the rediscovery and presentation of Franco Grignani’s work, a multifaceted figure who acted on the subtle boundary between art, design, and graphics, and who was honoured last summer with an important anthological show at the Estorick Collection in London, the Galleria 10 A.M. Art is now concentrating on the use of photography that this great Lombard artist and producer of graphics constantly undertook throughout his whole career, but with particular zeal in the 1950s. (more…)

Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center by Menos e Mais and João Mendes Ribeiro

February 13, 2018

Today we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Restoration Category Prize: the leading art museum and exhibition center in the Azores housed in a late-19th century former alcohol factory, located in the town of Ribeira Grande.

 

Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos © José Campos

Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos © José Campos

 

In words of Paulo David (Portuguese member of the panel of judges): “How can one re-inscribe the value of a factory and prolong its physical morphology? By finding a space between the new volumes to which character is given and a new design is defined for this place. By adjusting the scaling and gently touching the preexistence, and not surpassing its limits. By expressing the will to lay bare the weight of the volcanic materialization of this place, with new bodies built with apparent, smooth and dark concrete. By prolonging the mineral positioning and showing a differential tactile datum. By investing and allowing the materiality to respond in a contrary way to its exterior, smooth and docile, seeking to accommodate a program for the unpredictability of the arts. The BigMat International Architecture Award, through these three winning projects, shows by way of example the different fields of work of Portuguese architects with a persistent and rigorous posture of “building on the built-up”. (more…)

‘UNFINISHED’ opens in Berlin – Winner of the last edition of the Venice Biennale

February 12, 2018

Curated by the architects Iñaqui Carnicero and Carlos Quintans, Unfinished presents a selection of works that shows how creativity and commitment can transcend material limitations. The exhibition UNFINISHED is now open at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. It’s an adaption of the exhibition held at the Spanish Pavilion during the last Venice Architecture Biennale; winner of the Golden Lion for the best National Pavilion.

 

© Juan Rodriguez

© Juan Rodriguez

 

The exhibition is a response to the problematic situation in Spain that arose during the economic crisis after the real estate boom. The situation made many architecture practices reflect and respond with serenity and sensibility to the excesses that had occurred. UNIFINISHED displays a ‘combative architecture’, based on concepts such as resignation, adaptability and re-appropriation, offering a new vision on how Spanish architects have reflected on and related to new strategies. (more…)

Meeting Centre in Grândola by Aires Mateus

February 10, 2018

Grândola Meeting Centre is located on a block of several historic buildings in Grândola, Portugal. The gorgeous structure was designed by Portuguese acclaimed architecture firm Aires Mateus. The new building stands out among the city’s traditional architecture with a boxy form and smooth white façade.

 

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus designed a white sculpted building that serves as a Meeting Centre in Grândola, Portugal. A new Meeting Center rises in a small city of Portugal, in Grândola. The design of Aires Mateus is based on a simple white volume of concrete in which certain incisions have been sculpted and compose the doors and windows of the building.

Project data

Architects Aires Mateus
Location 7570 Grândola, Portugal
Authors Manuel Aires Mateus, Francisco Aires Mateus
Area 670.0 m2
Project Year 2016
Photographs Nelson Garrido
Client Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Grândola
Coordination Jorge P Silva
Collaborators Marco Campolongo, Matteo Foresti, Előd Golicza
Specialism Axial / Três Cês Construction Manuel Mateus Frazão

The interior is a free square floor space and it is configurable by movable elements, which allows the realization of meetings of great amount of people, but also those with smaller scale. The structure of the ceiling, like the facades, also appears sculpted, but this time in its interior, dividing itself in different skylights with funnel forms. In this way, the roof reveals and configures the different parts in which the interior can be divided.

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

The context in its distances, alignments, proportions, define the mass. The program determines the project. A meeting centre for large gatherings or small groups. The ceiling, in its variations and geometry answers the program. A complete horizontal clearness outlines the space as a whole, which as atmosphere opposes to the weight of the vertical voids. The support functions deepen the external and peripheral wall. The final image is determined by the interaction of internal space and occupied façade.

 

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

 

Grândola Meeting Centre is located on a block of several historic buildings in Grândola, Portugal. The gorgeous structure was designed by Portuguese acclaimed minimalist architecture firm Aires Mateus. The new building stands out among the city’s traditional architecture with a boxy form and smooth white façade. Although undoubtedly modern in design, Aires Mateus’ structure respects the surrounding buildings in mass and height. The design therefore opens a dialogue between the new and old buildings on the street, rather than overshadowing them.

 

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

 

Prisms, reminiscent of children’s blocks, are cut into the white façade, serving as indents for the door and window placements. At night these prisms glow brilliantly, creating a collection of illuminated shapes on the façade like a terrestrial broadcast to the sky. The building’s attention to geometry is heightened throughout the interior: the ceiling is covered in an expansive stretch of varying angular forms. Other than the ceiling, the interior program is quite simple: large meeting rooms allow the user to define the space based on their needs.

 

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido


 

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“Poésie de la lumière” exhibition at la Galerie d’Architecture

February 10, 2018

The Poetry of Light exhibition presents the projects they have worked on together since then and shows the parallels that light has drawn between their careers. In doing so, the exhibition celebrates the moment when architecture receives its most beautiful raw material, light, a beacon to those who are lost and a trigger of emotions.

 

© tvaa Architectes / tvdw

© tvaa Architectes / tvdw

 

Architect Thierry Van de Wyngaert and lighting designer François Migeon, a founding partner of 8’18’’, first met 20 years ago on a project that set a seemingly impossible challenge – to build a water tower no one would notice. Light would be the starting point of their relationship, as the solution they chose was to stand the notion on its head by showing off the structure, magnifying it and lighting it so it appears lighter and blends into the landscape. (more…)

“The Magic Eye of Carlo Mollino. Photographs 1934-1973″

February 8, 2018

The exhibition traces Carlo Mollino’s entire photographic production, in a display itinerary featuring more than 500 images from the archive of Turin Polytechnic. This initiative follows on from the exhibition ‘Carlo Mollino. In viaggio’, held at CAMERA in spring 2016, testifying to the strengthening of the bonds between the Polytechnic and CAMERA, also thanks to a collaboration agreement signed in April last year.

 

Carlo Mollino e Riccardo Moncalvo - La Società Ippica Torinese da corso Dante, fotomontaggio, 1941. © Politecnico di Torino, sezione Archivi biblioteca Roberto Gabetti, Fondo Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino e Riccardo Moncalvo – La Società Ippica Torinese da corso Dante, fotomontaggio, 1941. © Politecnico di Torino, sezione Archivi biblioteca Roberto Gabetti, Fondo Carlo Mollino

 

In his extraordinary and polymorphous figure, Carlo Mollino condenses both these aspects: Turinese by birth and always active in the Piedmontese capital, over recent decades, Mollino has become a figure appreciated far beyond the city and national borders, an eccentric maestro of 20th-century culture.” (more…)

Public Condenser in Saclay by Muoto Architecture

February 6, 2018

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Architecture Category Prize: a minimal structure using rough materials, robust and long lasting techniques, the “urban shelf” is organized vertically with its different activities superimposed on one another, using the roof as a panoramic playground for football and basketball games.

 

Public Condenser in Saclay, France, by Muoto Architecture © Maxime Delvaux

Public Condenser in Saclay, France, by Muoto Architecture © Maxime Delvaux

 

In words of Marc Barani (French member of the panel of judges): “The building directly and effectively expresses and illustrates the energy contained in the process of planning this living and breathing space. The vertical public space was conceived thanks to a subtle and clever arrangement of heavily glassed spaces. This general sense of transparency makes the structure the centre of the project and affords it a potent and unmistakeable presence.” (more…)