“Léon Stynen, architect” at deSingel International Arts Campus

September 17, 2018

The exhibition ‘Léon Stynen, architect’ displays iconic designs from Stynen’s rich archive. This material is brought to life with photos, models, pieces from private collections and testimonials from colleagues, employees and clients.


BP-building, 19560, Léon Stynen i.s.m. Paul De Meyer  © VAi

BP-building, 19560, Léon Stynen i.s.m. Paul De Meyer © VAi


The best-known designs by Léon Stynen (1899-1990) include the Belgian Pavilion for the World’s Fair in New York – in collaboration with Henry van de Velde and Victor Bourgeois -, Antwerp’s BP building, the casinos at Ostend and Knokke, and deSingel. As director of the Academy of Antwerp’s architecture department (1948) and the National Superior Institute of Architecture and Decorative Arts La Cambre (1950), he also played a leading role in the development of architectural education. In 1963 he became the first national chairman of the Order of Architects.  (more…)

“Kasper Akhøj. Welcome (To The Teknival)” at Ivorypress Madrid

September 16, 2018

Ivorypress is pleased to present artist Kasper Akhøj’s latest project, entitled Welcome (To The Teknival). The exhibition, open until 3 November 2018, consists of a photographic series taken by Akhøj between the spring of 2009 and summer of 2017 during the ongoing restoration of E-1027, Maison en bord de mer.


"Kasper Akhøj. Welcome (To The Teknival)"  © Kasper Akhøj

“Kasper Akhøj. Welcome (To The Teknival)” © Kasper Akhøj


They are based on a series of photographs by Eileen Gray, first published by Jean Badovici in a special issue of the journal L’Architecture Vivante from 1929, the year their villa in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Côte d’Azur first stood finished. (more…)

“Machines à penser” at Fondazione Prada Venice

August 23, 2018

Fondazione Prada presents the exhibition “Machines à penser”, curated by Dieter Roelstraete, exploring the correlation between conditions of exile, escape and retreat and physical or mental places which favor reflection, thought and intellectual production.


"Machines à penser" exhibition view at Fondazione Prada Venice © Mattia Balsamini

“Machines à penser” exhibition view at Fondazione Prada Venice © Mattia Balsamini


“Machines à penser” focuses on three major philosophers of the 20th century: Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). The latter two shared a life-long need for intellectual isolation: Heidegger spent long periods of his life in a secluded hut in the village of Todtnauberg in the Black Forest in Germany, whilst Wittgenstein retreated on several occasions to a small mountain cabin situated in a fjord in Skjolden, Norway. Adorno, on the other hand, was forced into exile from his native Germany during by the Nazi regime, first to Oxford and then to Los Angeles, where he wrote Minima Moralia, a collection of aphorisms that also reflects on the fate of forced emigration. These reflections inspired the installation conceived by the Scottish artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay in 1987 titled Adorno’s Hut, a centerpiece of the exhibition alongside architectural reconstructions of the actual huts of Heidegger and Wittgenstein. (more…)

“Lacaton & Vassal / inhabiting: pleasure and luxury for everyone” exhibition at AUT

August 15, 2018

The architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, winners of the latest BigMat International Architecture Award are among the internationally most important representatives of a “pragmatic” and at the same time social architecture that questions the economic as well as the ecological foundations of building.


Lacaton & Vassal, Cité Manifeste, Mulhouse, 2001 – 2005 – © Philippe Ruault

Lacaton & Vassal, Cité Manifeste, Mulhouse, 2001 – 2005 – © Philippe Ruault


They see the creation of open areas and “luxurious” living spaces as one of the main tasks of their architecture. Thanks to simple and industrial materials, they succeed in generating affordable and architectonically high-quality living space. In their first project, the single-family House Latapie from 1993, they already formulate the basic features of their further work. An adapted greenhouse construction is pulled over a simple wooden structure and defines a climatic shell that acts as a winter garden or extended living space. In this way, 185 m2 of usable space arose for what was then just over 55,000 Euros. The greenhouse theme subsequently assumes a central role in their work, because there is hardly a project that does not take up certain elements or set pieces of this industrial horticultural product. (more…)

“Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen” at Serralves Museum

August 12, 2018

“Besides, History” is a three-party conversation that took place over the past year, involving Go Hasegawa, based in Tokyo, Kersten Geers and David Van Severen (OFFICE), based in Brussels, and the history of architecture.


Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen. Installation view, 2017 © CCA

Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen. Installation view, 2017 © CCA


This conversation was initiated by the CCA, an institution that was founded on the conviction that studying architecture’s ideas involves using the past and the present as tools to envision the future. (more…)

Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 “FREESPACE”

May 30, 2018

This year’s Venice Biennale, to be held from Saturday May 26th to Sunday November 25th 2018, has been curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. Under the title “FREESPACE” the mission statement of  the curators of the 16th Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia, focuses on the question of space, the quality of space, open and free space.


Switzerland won the Golden Lion for best national participant, with its exhibition Svizzera 240 House Tour © Wilson Wooton

Switzerland won the Golden Lion for best national participant, with its exhibition Svizzera 240 House Tour © Wilson Wooton


The Awards Ceremony of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition took place on Saturday 26th May 2018 at Ca’ Giustinian, Venice. Portugese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale for “Vol De Jour” project exhibited at the Arsenale, while the Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Best Pavilion as National Participant at the Giardini. (more…)

Lacaton & Vassal wins 2017 BigMat Grand Prize for Architecture

November 29, 2017

The FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais art center, completed in 2013 by the French architects, follows the office building by Alberto Campo Baeza and the kitchen tower by Xaveer De Geyter as Grand Prize of the biannual award. The third edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award rewards European architecture with one Grand Prize (30.000€), six National Prizes (5.000€ each prize), six Category Prizes (1.500€ each prize), one Public Prize (1.500€) and one Special Mention for Young Architects.


BigMat '17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence  © BigMat

BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence © BigMat


The awards ceremony took place on November 24th, at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, in the presence of the architects competing for the Grand Prize, the members of the international panel of judges and the companies making up the BigMat Group. The selected 14 finalists were chosen from the initial selection of 87 participating teams of architects disclosed last July.

Out of a list of almost 900 projects from 7 European countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Slovakia, Portugal and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer De Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, decided to give the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award to the French National Fund for Contemporary Arts building ‘FRAC’ in Dunkirk, by French architects Lacaton & Vassal. (more…)

Olivier Mosset, “Untitled” at MAMO Centre d’art de la Cité Radieuse

September 22, 2018

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of its opening in 2013, MAMO (Marseille Modulor) hosts an exhibition by Olivier Mosset. Mosset is the sixth artist invited to MAMO (Marseille Modular) since the inaugural exhibition in 2013 by Xavier Veilhan and subsequent shows by Daniel Buren, Dan Graham, Felice Varini and Jean Pierre Raynaud.


Olivier Mosset at MAMO Marseille © MAMO

Olivier Mosset at MAMO Marseille © MAMO


Mosset’s exhibition offers the sixth unique point of view on the rooftop of La Cité Radieuse – Le Corbusier’s modernist residential housing design project, which includes 337 duplex apartments, a restaurant, bookshop, grocer, hotel and school all connected by interior streets. The rooftop of La Cité Radieuse was converted into the arts center and exhibition space by designer Ora Ito in 2013. (more…)

“Dario Passi. Forma Urbis” at MAXXI Rome

September 22, 2018

An homage to the recently deceased architect and artist, made through the presentation of architectural drawings in which the unique use of the medium of painting is the instrument through which constructed reality is investigated and revealed.


"Dario Passi. Forma Urbis" © Dario Passi

“Dario Passi. Forma Urbis” © Dario Passi


Some of the emblematic works that sanctified Dario Passi’s abandonment of architecture in favour of painting will be shown. At the entrance to the Architecture Archives Centre are two large oil canvas paintings, recently acquired, that represent a kind of cultural legacy of Dario Passi, whose activity over time passed from architectural practice, always carried out through high quality graphic representations, to tout-court artistic creation. (more…)

“Primož Bizjak” exhibition at _2B SPACE TO BE Madrid

September 21, 2018

_2B space to be presents an exhibition by the Slovenian photographer Primož Bizjak, curated by María Milán, as part of the Hybrid Festival 2018 and the XV Madrid Architecture Week. The exhibition includes a selection of large format photographs of abandoned spaces.


Forte Treporti n˚4 © Primož Bizjak

Forte Treporti n˚4 © Primož Bizjak


The main subjects of my incursions are places that have lost their original function or had it temporarily suspended – places where there’s a strong feeling they’re being ‘reclaimed’ by society. With a head-on approach I try to show the subject as it is, as an important document that talks about the past and present whilst submerged in an undefined time. It’s no longer about a ‘moment’, but a temporary space able to capture the unsettling, sublime dimension as a result of long, nighttime exposures that reveal colours and shapes invisible to the human eye – Primož Bizjak (more…)

“agps transformations” exhibition at Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera Prague

September 17, 2018

The exhibition focuses on the relationship of different time-horizons of spatial transformation: the urban design framework with a long-term perspective, the construction of buildings addressing intermediate timeframes, and the immediate events of everyday life.


adidas Parkhaus Nordost, agps © agps

adidas Parkhaus Nordost, agps © agps


The exhibition “agps transformations” explores the notion of time in urban design processes using a number of projects of the Zurich and Los Angeles studios of agps architecture. Considering that long-term processes face the challenge of the unknown, the exhibition illustrates the significance of open and adaptable spatial and architectural constellations that can transform in time – as opposed to the a priori determination of an idealized final state that can rarely, if ever, be achieved. (more…)

“Mario Bellini. Il disegno del progetto” exhibition at Politecnico di Milano

September 16, 2018

The exhibition presents over two hundred sketches and drawings made by Mario Bellini and his studio in the last forty years, concerning some of the most significant projects developed in his long and prolific career.


Mario Bellini. Louvre competition © Mario Bellini

Mario Bellini. Louvre competition © Mario Bellini


It is to be considered an introductory review ranging from design to architecture, with some fantastic digressions; four architectural projects in chronological order; nine furniture design projects.Looking at the sequences of drawings, witnesses of the different design paths undergone by Bellini, it is clear that the drawing is the place where the project takes shape. Drawing becomes an instrument of research, of thought, of examination of reality; an effective means of communication to visualize, verify and share an idea; a powerful memory aid, which refers to the personal repository of images and references, stratified over time, which the architect can use – even unconsciously – whenever he undertakes a new interpretative or design adventure. (more…)

“The last days in Galliate” Leonor Antunes at Pirelli HangarBicocca

September 13, 2018

Through her sculptures Leonor Antunes (Lisbon, 1972) reinterprets the history of art, design, and architecture of the twentieth century, and in particular the Modernist tradition, in its most radical and experimental instances. Thanks to a meticulous research into several projects and works, Antunes, after selecting specific details and fragments, transforms them into new forms and elegant artworks.


“The last days in Galliate” Leonor Antunes exhbition view ©  Pirelli HangarBicocca

“The last days in Galliate” Leonor Antunes exhbition view © Pirelli HangarBicocca


For her sculptures Antunes prefers to use natural and organic materials on which the traces of time passing remain visible—rope, wood, leather, brass, rubber, and cork, among others—employing artisanal and vernacular techniques in clear opposition to mass production, in an ongoing attempt to preserve and hand down knowledge and traditional skills. (more…)

“Oh Mountains, Oh Mountains, Oh Mountains” at Vila Flóra

September 12, 2018

The exhibition previously shown at the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prague and at the Design Factory in Bratislava is now presented at Villa Flora in Starý Smokovec. It features contemporary architecture in the Czech and Slovak mountains in the historical and landscape context.


"Oh Mountains, Oh Mountains, Oh Mountains" exhibition view © Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera

“Oh Mountains, Oh Mountains, Oh Mountains” exhibition view © Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera


After several inspiring exhibitions dedicated to quality new buildings and renovations of mountain structures in Alpine or Norwegian environment, the GJF will present works in the Czech and Slovak mountains and mountain ranges. Although both countries have different morphological layout, they share almost a century of common history that has fundamentally influenced their architectural development. (more…)

“Spanish Architectures. Chronicle from Europe” at La Arqueria de Nuevos Ministerios Madrid

September 11, 2018

The exhibition will present all the works built by Spanish architecture studios and also from the rest of Europe in Spanish territory and which have been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.


2007 MUSAC by Mansilla y Tuñon. Photograph © Luis Asín 2007 MUSAC by Mansilla y Tuñon. Photograph © Luis Asín Image 8 of 12

2007 MUSAC by Mansilla y Tuñon. Photograph © Luis Asín


All these works have been highlighted by independent experts and have been analyzed and debated by international juries who have contributed to the recognition and dissemination of contemporary Spanish architecture. The exhibition will feature models, photographs, drawings, texts and interviews and will be contextualized with the cultural, social, technological, political and economic events that have taken place in Spain and Europe since the country joined the European Union. (more…)