Factory of Electrical Assembly by José María Sánchez García

February 27, 2018

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Sustainability And Innovative Use Of Material Category Prize: a project for this electrical assembly factory transforms the industrial landscape of Don Benito, overcoming its anodyne setting.

 

Factory Of Electrical Assembly in Spain, by José María Sánchez García © Roland Halbe

Factory Of Electrical Assembly in Spain, by José María Sánchez García © Roland Halbe

 

According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] the projects is an electrical assembly workshop located in Extremadura, where we were impressed by the clever use of materials and geometry, the result being a place of work that is closed to the outside yet bright inside.” (more…)

“The Florence of the North” exhibition at the Alvar Aalto Museum

February 26, 2018

This exhibition opens a window on some of Alvar Aalto’s unrealised visions and on some of his designs for Jyväskylä, which became reality. Aalto took the first steps of his career as an architect in the city for which he designed dozens of buildings and other projects between the 1920s and the 1970s.

 

Jyvaskyla University Main building 1954-56. Photo Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum © Alvar Aalto Foundation

Jyvaskyla University Main building 1954-56. Photo Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum © Alvar Aalto Foundation

 

In the mind of the architect, the lush, rolling landscape of Central Finland could be compared with the hills of Tuscany. Aalto had an important role as someone who helped to develop the Jyväskylä townscape – indeed the city has a unique and comprehensive display of his architecture from every decade of his career. (more…)

“Las voces del GPS” at CentroCentro Madrid

February 25, 2018

“The voices of the GPS”, a project curated by Paula García-Masedo and María Rogel, emerges from a research context generated ex-profeso for the meeting between architecture and choreography. Team pairs of both disciplines have worked on a selection of events that occurred during car trips in the decades of 2000 and 2010.

 

Los fantasmas de Susie Sierra, elii y Jonathan Martineau © elii y Jonathan Martineau

Los fantasmas de Susie Sierra, elii y Jonathan Martineau © elii y Jonathan Martineau

 

From this real news, a joint investigative process has been developed that ends with a series of proposals in room, hybrid between the choreography and the installation. Other pieces, outside of CentroCentro, circulate in a car with driver. Crash crash crash crash. The exhibition is a journey through events, oscillating between the reality of the installations of the exhibited pieces and the world of fiction in which we live. (more…)

“The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule: A Retrospective” Trix & Robert Haussmann at KW Institute

February 25, 2018

The architect and designer duo Trix & Robert Haussmann may be counted among the most important Swiss architects of the twentieth century. They have realized about 650 projects in their lifetime including the legendary Da Capo Bar, Shopville in Zurich’s main railway station, the boutique Weinberg, the famous Kronenhalle Bar and numerous successful experiments in artistic and handcrafted furniture.

 

"The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule: A Retrospective", Trix & Robert Haussmann © KW Institute for Contemporary Art

“The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule: A Retrospective”, Trix & Robert Haussmann © KW Institute for Contemporary Art

 

Since founding their “Allgemeine Entwurfsanstalt” (General Design Institute) in 1967, Trix & Robert Haussmann have been pioneers in breaking with the premises of modern, canonical orders and concepts, reinterpreting playfully the linguistic dogmas of architecture theories. (more…)

House in Alfama in Lisbon by Pedro Matos Gameiro

February 20, 2018

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award City And Landscape Category Prize: a house which features a symbiotic relationship between its interior and exterior spaces.

 

House In Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal, by Pedro Matos Gameiro © Daniel Malhao

House In Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal, by Pedro Matos Gameiro © Daniel Malhao

 

In words of Paulo David (Portuguese member of the panel of judges): “How can a small house in a place of the city of Lisbon re-inscribe the value of the site? By responding in a precise and clear manner to an appealing program of revision, from the ability to reactivate the life value in reinforcing a centrality in the direction of a (new) place. By incorporating, with the exact scale, lending integration and hospitality, sublimated by the material of its delicate, flat walls, that join the different times of this place. By proposing a bedroom located in an extremely high position of the house, that poetically possesses a liquid moment, of an exclusivity with the sky, reinforcing seclusion in the densest place in the city”. (more…)

“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…)