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…)

“The Terrassenhaus. A Viennese Fetish?” at Architekturzentrum Wien

October 5, 2017

The Terrassenhaus is more topical than ever. The new SammlungsLab exhibition format provides an opportunity to examine the concept in the context of contemporary building practise. Since the design of the Terrassenhaus by Adolf Loos in 1923, this type of development has been regarded as an innovative type of urban housing in Vienna.

 

Harry Glück & Partner, Kurt Hlaweniczka, Franz Requat und Thomas Reinthaller, Housing complex Alterlaa, 1973-1985, 1230 Vienna, Anton-Baumgartner-Straße 44 © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

Harry Glück & Partner, Kurt Hlaweniczka, Franz Requat und Thomas Reinthaller, Housing complex Alterlaa, 1973-1985, 1230 Vienna, Anton-Baumgartner-Straße 44 © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

 

The first SammlungsLab pursues the phases of development and significance of the Terrassenhaus from that day to this. The Terrassenhaus promises to fulfil user-demand for a closeness to nature in combination with urban density. It also opens up formal possibilities for architects to reinterpret the closed housing block. (more…)

“Peter Zumthor – Dear to Me” exhibition celebrating Kunsthaus Bregenz 20th anniversary

October 2, 2017

During the exhibition “Peter Zumthor – Dear to Me” over 160 events will be taking place at Kunsthaus Bregenz– literature, film, music, discussion, and the KUB outreach program. In addition Peter Zumthor himself will be inviting guests to discussions.

 

Dear to Me, 2017 Exhibition view, Kunsthaus Bregenz  Photo: Markus Tretter © Peter Zumthor, Kunsthaus Bregenz

Dear to Me, 2017 Exhibition view, Kunsthaus Bregenz Photo: Markus Tretter © Peter Zumthor, Kunsthaus Bregenz

 

Following announcements to be made in due course and in a loosely sequential order, Peter Zumthor will be speaking to people whose artistic ventures he is interested in,on Sunday mornings at 11 am. All events will be described in detail in our program booklet that will be published in time for the beginning of the exhibition. »Music is being be performed, authors are reading, drinks are being served, pictures exhibited, and a library assembled, films are being screened, a music box installed, and plants made to flourish. Over 160 live events are due to take place during the period of the exhibition.« (more…)

“Does permanence matter? Ephemeral urbanism” at Architekturmuseum der TU München

September 19, 2017

How long-term should urban planning be? Munich’s Oktoberfest, the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage in India (or the largest gathering of humans on the planet), the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, and other major events demonstrate that flexible architectural configurations are temporarily deployed around the globe to provide medium-term shelter, often to enormous crowds.

 

Burning Man Festival, USA © 2015 Google, DigitalGlobe

Burning Man Festival, USA © 2015 Google, DigitalGlobe

 

Such structures fulfill a range of functional tasks and are used in religious and cultural festivals or can take the form of military camps, refugee camps, or even temporary mining towns. This show traces a global phenomenon that has become increasingly topical given today’s current state of mass migration triggered by climate change, political strife, and natural disasters. (more…)

“Galerie Party” installation by Studio GGSV at Centre Pompidou

September 9, 2017

This artistic fiction has been dreamed up Studio GGSV, Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard. In the heart of a fantastical garden, R & R take the children on an exploration of an eccentric house. Throughout the year, they choose various artists to transform this unusual house at the crossroads of the visual arts, architecture and design.

 

Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard, Studio GGSV, Galerie Party, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2017  © Studio GGSV

Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard, Studio GGSV, Galerie Party, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2017 © Studio GGSV

A workshop exhibition with Studio GGSV for children aged 4 and up. Since the creation of the Centre Pompidou, two little characters have lived in hiding in its pipes. R & R know the place by heart: they observe the visitors, play with the artists and sometimes have fun with the works. To celebrate the Centre Pompidou’s 40th anniversary, they invite children and their parents to explore the Galerie des Enfants: a place full of surprises! This artistic fiction has been dreamed up Studio GGSV, Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard. In the heart of a fantastical garden, R & R take the children on an exploration of an eccentric house. Throughout the year, they choose various artists to transform this unusual house at the crossroads of the visual arts, architecture and design. (more…)

“Zaha Hadid in Italy” at MAXXI Rome

June 24, 2017

Considered to be one of the most influential and visionary architects of our time, Zaha Hadid redefined the architecture of the 21st century and captured the imagination of the entire world. A year after her sudden death, MAXXI is hosting “Zaha Hadid in Italy”, an exhibition curated by the director of MAXXI Architettura Margherita Guccione and Woody Yao, associate director at Zaha Hadid Design.

 

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Kronplatz, Sud Tirolo, Italy) 2012 / 2015 Foto Inexhibit, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Kronplatz, Sud Tirolo, Italy) 2012 / 2015 Foto Inexhibit, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

 

Zaha Hadid in Italy, organized in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design, Zaha Hadid Architects and the Zaha Hadid Foundation, intends to highlight the architect’s intensive and enduring relationship with the country. Giovanna Melandri, President of Fondazione MAXXI says: “This exhibition devoted to Zaha Hadid, a creative and innovative woman of great strength and courage, is a tribute to her work and her style, an exploration of the mark she has left in Italy. It is also the most authentic way that MAXXI, “her” creature, could choose to commemorate an extraordinary friend and woman, an eclectic genius who we miss greatly and with whom we subtly converse every day, together with our artists, curators and visitors.”

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“Interiors” everyday living space at MAXXI Rome

May 18, 2017

MAXXI presents the exhibition “Interiors: rooms of everyday” as part of this spring’s Re-Evolution series. The show follows Italian architect’s approach to interior space and design through the work of 10 of the most celebrated architects from 1930 to today: Scarpa, Rossi, Cini Boeri…

 

FRANCIS ALŸS Sleepers II, 2001  © Photo: Maurizio Cecchetti, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

FRANCIS ALŸS Sleepers II, 2001 © Photo: Maurizio Cecchetti, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

What is there inside architecture? All you need to do is open a door, cross a threshold and you are inside the space, a space which architects have always been asked to tackle.

From 6 May to 29 October 2017 in the spaces of the Archives Centre, the exhibition INTERIORS. Le stanze del quotidiano (The rooms of the everyday) curated by Margherita Guccione, Director of MAXXI Architettura, and Elena Tinacci, recounts those interior spaces which we experience every day, as interpreted by 10 Italian architects. (more…)

“Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh” at S AM Basel

December 13, 2017

From the 2nd of December 2017 to the 6th of May 2018, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is presenting the exhibition ‘Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh’, curated by Niklaus Graber, Andreas Ruby and Viviane Ehrensberger. Produced in cooperation with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka.

 

Bait Ur Ruf Mosque, MTA © S AM Basel

Bait Ur Ruf Mosque, MTA © S AM Basel

 

With ‘Bengal Stream’ S AM is the first museum worldwide to present an exhibition on Bangladesh’s architecture. In a chequered historical sequence of events, various trends have expressed themselves in different architectural ways, according to religious or socio-cultural developments. Nevertheless, many underlying motifs have held their ground in a typological sense for centuries and even represent a valid foundation for today’s architectural trends. Modernism also used these as a basis on which to build, whereby the most important local protagonist was Muzharul Islam. It was also in keeping with his personal identity, situated between localism and internationalism, to bring international protagonists like Paul Rudolph, Stanley Tigerman and ultimately Louis I. Kahn to Bangladesh for important construction projects. In ‘Bengal Stream’, original drawings by Muzharul Islam are exhibited for the first time outside of his native Bangladesh. (more…)

Public spaces to connect the heart of a city, “A Building-Square” by Multiple

December 12, 2017

Following the FRAC Centre by Lacaton & Vassal, winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award, in this edition of our weekly post we discover the winner of the National Prize in Walloon and Brussels City regions of Belgium: “A Building-square” in Herstal by Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme.

 

“A Building-Square” in Herstal, Belgium, by Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme © Filip Dujardin

“A Building-Square” in Herstal, Belgium, by Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme © Filip Dujardin

 

In Herstal, an old city block made of hangars and abandoned houses left room for set spaces such as a new train station, housing and shopping facilities laid out around a new public square. The project also includes the refurbishment of a park containing urban vegetable gardens for the inhabitants of the city. The station has been viewed as an opportunity to create a link between two different levels of the city: the lower (the square, the dense urban fabric) and the upper (the trains, the hillsides, the park). The concept of the building-square integrates two main stakes: it generates an intermediate level, a belvedere and articulates the different levels of the public space. (more…)

“Jacques Hondelatte” exhibition at Betts Project

December 11, 2017

Betts Project is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by cult but unknown French architect Jacques Hondelatte. This will be the artist’s first solo presentation since the critically acclaimed exhibition ‘Jacques Hondelatte: Des gratte-ciel dans la tête’ at Institut français d’architecture, Paris, France in 1998.

 

Le Nichon (The Boob)—Millau Viaduct , 1994, computer drawing. Courtesy the estate of Jacques Hondelatte & Betts Projec

Le Nichon (The Boob)—Millau Viaduct , 1994, computer drawing. Courtesy the estate of Jacques Hondelatte & Betts Projec

 

The exhibition will reveal previously unseen archive documents and unknown projects, including images of the Jardin du Foot (1994), a garden in which the trees become football players, images of the Viaduc de Millau (1994), as well as images of the Dragons de Niort (1992). (more…)

“NUB: New Urban Body – Experiences of urban generation” at La Triennale di Milano

December 6, 2017

As part of the urban regeneration program Cariplo Foundation Lacittàintorno, La Triennale di Milan will host from November 24 to January 7, 2018 the exhibition NUB: New Urban Body – Experiences of urban generation, produced by Fondazione Cariplo in collaboration with the Social Housing Foundation.

 

NUB New Urban Body esperienze di generazione urbana © Triennale di Milano

NUB New Urban Body esperienze di generazione urbana © Triennale di Milano

 

The initiative is sponsored by the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservatories of the Province of Milan. The exhibition NUB: New Urban Body aims to illustrate how the evolution of the ways of living, working, meeting and enjoying services can positively affect the transformation of the city. By evolution of the ways of living we mean the increasingly widespread attitude to experience time, space and property in a fluid and strategic way, with respect to daily commitments. We are increasingly faced with multifunctional urban organizations able to respond flexibly and adaptively to the need to build their daily schedule. (more…)

“Globes. Architecture and science explore the world” exhibition at Citè de l’Architecture

December 6, 2017

The exhibition focus on how architects have participated, alongside geographers, astronomers, mathematicians, artists… to discover the Globe and the cosmos, as well as their representation. And how, in return, this major discovery has haunted and still haunts architecture, from Adam Olearius (xvııe) to Rem Koolhaas to Buckminster Fuller.

 

National Monument to Newton à Londres, Thomas Ennis Steele, 1829-1834 Image 3D : © Guillaume Coupez / Graphisme affiche : © agent M

National Monument to Newton à Londres, Thomas Ennis Steele, 1829-1834 Image 3D : © Guillaume Coupez / Graphisme affiche : © agent M

 

This is the architecture presented in a very beautiful posture: a knowledge and a trade at the crossroads of arts and sciences. “Globes. Architecture and science explore the world” shows how architects were actors in the discovery of the world, bearers of universal aspirations, designers of monuments of knowledge. How they invented the first observatories or planetariums, adjusting their knowledge to that of scientists to meet a constructive challenge: to build large spherical volumes. In 90 major pieces, the exhibition tells the epic of spectacular buildings, carrying a humanist project of conquest and transmission of knowledge, and the adventures of architects with an exceptional destiny, in turn companions of scientists, utopians to their account, as CN Ledoux, directors of the Power as also sometimes inventors-jugglers of the Universal Expositions. (more…)

Duplicating instead of renovating: discover Lacaton & Vassal’s FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais

December 5, 2017

The art center by the French architects Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal and winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award inaugurates a series of weekly posts which will feature all the awarded buildings, unveiling the best recent European architecture.

 

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Lacaton & Vassal

FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Lacaton & Vassal

 

On the past 24th of November , at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, 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 Grand Prize to the building ‘FRAC’ in Dunkirk, by French architects Lacaton & Vassal. (more…)

“Do You Really Want to Live Like Your Mother?” exhibition by PPAG architects

December 4, 2017

With a focus on trendsetting forms of housing, PPAG architects is one of the leading protagonists of contemporary architecture in Austria. Since 1995, the Vienna-based architecture studio founded by Anna Popelka and Georg Poduschka has been working to stimulate the further development of our society through innovative living environments.

 

Rooftop development Tunesian Village, Vienna, 2012 © Roland Krauss | Housing Orasteig, Vienna, 2009 © Roland Krauss

Rooftop development Tunesian Village, Vienna, 2012 © Roland Krauss | Housing Orasteig, Vienna, 2009 © Roland Krauss

 

‘Do You Really Want to Live Like Your Mother?’ presents a 1:1 model of their idea for an elastic space configuration within an apartment. The installation features plans, drawings, and films for structures planned and built by PPAG, including residential buildings and urban development projects in Vienna and Berlin. The exhibition gives visitors an insight into the well-considered solutions which meet the demands of the diverse ways of life. (more…)

Michele De Lucchi returns to Galleria Antonia Jannone with “Cataste”

December 2, 2017

Michele De Lucchi returns to the Antonia Jannone Gallery in Milan with Cataste, the new exhibition dedicated to a series of unpublished sculptures and works on paper. With Cataste he tackles again the themes dear to him: nature, simplicity, building, collecting, preserving, healing, ordering, taking and shaping.

 

Cataste, Michele De Lucchi © Michele De Lucchi

Cataste, Michele De Lucchi © Michele De Lucchi

 

The ten sculptures in walnut wood, as well as the drawings on paper, all works created in 2017, tell the same number of worlds, as many forms. The stacks are made simple, necessary, inaccessible, so De Lucchi’s sculptures become symbols of an ancient construction and offer a reflection on today’s aesthetic and functional values. (more…)

Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura opening in Matosinhos

December 2, 2017

Casa da Arquitectura officially opened the doors of its new installations in Matosinhos, Porto. The new space occupies part of the block of the Real Vinícola, a group of buildings restored by the Municipality of Matosinhos with a project by the architect Guilherme Machado Vaz, with an area of about 5 thousand m2.

 

Casa da Arquitectura, Matosinhos © Machado Vaz

Casa da Arquitectura, Matosinhos © Machado Vaz

 

It is here that, during three days, an intense program of exhibitions, performances, debates, guided tours, films, music and activities for children and families will all involve everyone in a great celebration of architecture. Casa opens its exhibition program with two distinct proposals: in the Exhibition Aisle we will have “Poder Arquitectura”, curated by the architects Jorge Carvalho, Pedro Bandeira and Ricardo Carvalho who will occupy approximately 800 square meters of the Aisle with a proposal for reflection on “eight powers that align, inflect and diverge among themselves” and involves 40 projects of about 30 different authors from around the world. (more…)