“The Future Starts Here” at the Victoria & Albert Museum

May 15, 2018

The colourful and narrative exhibition installation, by the architect Andrés Jaque and his Office for Political Innovation in Madrid, bring together ground-breaking technologies and designs currently in development in studios and laboratories around the world.

 

The Future Starts Here Installation View © Victoria and Albert Museum London

The Future Starts Here Installation View © Victoria and Albert Museum London

 

The V&A will explore the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow in its major spring exhibition. From portraits of Chelsea Manning generated by her DNA, a chargeable shirt which can power a smartphone, objects printed by the world’s first zero gravity printer to a global seed bank to prevent loss of plant species in the event of a crisis, The Future Starts Here will bring together ground-breaking technologies and designs. (more…)

“Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées” at Château du Rochechouart

May 15, 2018

The exhibition “Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées” at the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art returns through new installations, older writings, wall drawings and sound documents, on the career of Yona Friedman. We rediscover a work between architecture and contemporary art, poetic and philosophical, with universal scope.

 

Yona Friedman, Les villes imaginées, Castle of Rochechouart © ADAPG

Yona Friedman, Les villes imaginées, Castle of Rochechouart © ADAPG

 

Born in Hungary in 1923, Yona Friedman has spent over 60 years reconsidering architecture and specifically the way we live together as a society. His holistic thinking resonates today with many major concerns such as dwindling natural resources, overpopulation, poverty, ecological issues and remodelling of homes and landscapes. (more…)

“SOS Brutalism Save the Concrete Monsters!” at Architekturzentrum Wien

May 4, 2018

Love it or hate it, the rediscovered Brutalist architecture leaves nobody cold. The exhibition presents international and outstanding Austrian examples highlighting the projects’ architectural and social relevance.

 

 IACP (Carlo Celli / Luciano Celli): Rozzol Melara, Trieste, Italy, 1969–1982 Photo: Paolo Mazzo 2010

IACP (Carlo Celli / Luciano Celli): Rozzol Melara, Trieste, Italy, 1969–1982 Photo: Paolo Mazzo 2010

 

For several decades Brutalist buildings were vilified as architectural eyesores, and torn down or left to decay. Does the current hype herald a reversal in this trend? The global online initiative SOS Brutalism – which has already compiled over 1000 buildings in a database (www.SOSBrutalism.org) – inspired a major exhibition project at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt. The exhibition to have emerged from the global online platform offers, for the first time, a world-wide survey of Brutalist buildings completed on every continent between 1853 and 1979. What societal developments, which architectural and political ideas provide the context for this international phenomenon? However the exhibition also pursues the question of whether Brutalism can even be defined, or how, and addresses possible strategies for renovation in line with accepted conservation practice.

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Stedelijk BASE, the new exhibition space for the Stedelijk’s permanent collection

April 1, 2018

For the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam’s permanent collection, to be housed in the Lower Level Gallery renamed Stedelijk BASE, AMO has developed an innovative steel display system, using the latest technology, to allow visitors an open-ended route through the museum’s rich collection of artworks and design pieces from 1880 to the present.

 

Stedelijk BASE, Stedelijk's permanent collectionby OMA © Ossip van Duivenbode

Stedelijk BASE, Stedelijk’s permanent collectionby OMA © Ossip van Duivenbode

 

The display system uses very thin self-standing walls, made of fifteen-millimeter-thick steel plates developed by Tata Steel Netherlands. The steel plates have een laser cut and coupled to create the stability required for the artworks. The thinness of the walls enables a flexible and open exhibition display; instead of breaking the space into smaller rooms, the collection is presented as a whole. The works are structured chronologically along the perimeter of the gallery space, and thematically on the steel walls which intersperse the gallery. Each wall is devoted to a specific aspect of the collection. (more…)

Black Flying House in Bohemia by H3t Architekti

March 20, 2018

Today we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Honorific Mention For Young Architects. According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “a hugely original hanging room that can be installed in a number of different ways and which in this case is installed under an existing railway arch.”

 

Black Flying House in Bohemia, Czech Republic, by H3t Architekti © Martina Kubesova

Black Flying House in Bohemia, Czech Republic, by H3t Architekti © Martina Kubesova

 

In words of Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakian member of the panel of judges): “Studio H3T architekti has won renowned for the realisation of small often temporary objects in the public space. The strategy of uncovering the hidden potential of the place through new intervention was followed also with their last installation. The black flying house was situated in the abandon military area on the periphery of the Czech town Pardubice. The wooden archetype of a house was hoovering under the arch of the ruined railway bridge and offering the potential guest the standard of an emergency shelter. In the absurd position and location the trivial form of the object acquired strong social-environmental content. The work was removed according to the demolition warrant after 39 days of existence.” (more…)

Alberto Campo Baeza Piranesi Prix de Rome 2018

March 15, 2018

The Spanish architect, winner of the BigMat ’15 International Architecture Award Grand Prize with his office building in Zamora, has been appointed winner of the Piranesi Prix de Rome to Career Achievement 2018, following other architects such as David Chipperfield, Rafael Moneo, Peter Eisenman, Bernard Tschumi or Eduardo Souto de Moura, among others.

 

Alberto Campo Baeza, Casa del Infinito, 2014 © Javier Callejas

Alberto Campo Baeza, Casa del Infinito, 2014 © Javier Callejas

 

The Scientific Committee of Piranesi Prix de Rome, in collaboration with the L’Ordine degli Architetti Paesaggisti, Pianificatori e Conservatori di Roma e provincia and with the Polo Territoriale di Mantova del Politecnico di Milano, have indicated Alberto Campo Baeza for the award of the Piranesi Prix de Rome to Career Achievement 2018. (more…)

Quinta Da Tilia in Ponta Delgada by Pedro Mauricio Borges

March 13, 2018

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Public Prize. The single family house designed by Portuguese architect Pedro Maurício Borges opens to a courtyard under a majestic tree.

 

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

 

The house sits east the great linden that names the cultivated property. Within a linear organization, the house unfolds in two directions starting parallel to the contiguous stone wall and then bending to the south to embrace the tree’s shadow circle. In the middle of the house, the living room opens to the yard under the tree and, in the opposite side, to the view of the north coast of the island.


 

Quinta Da Tilia in Ponta Delgada, Portugal by Pedro Mauricio Borges.
BigMat ’17 Public Prize 

Location: Canada da Abelheira, Capelas, S. Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Completion: 2015
Office: Pedro Mauricio Borges
Authors: Pedro Mauricio Borges, architect
Collaborators: João André Simões, architect team leader, Paulo Vaz, architect, Diana Pinto, architect
José María Cymbron, engineer
Diogo Jácome, landscape architect
Type of work: Private
Photographs: Fernando Guerra

 


The wooden framed livingroom extends to the south looking for the sun. A broad skylight in the ceiling unveils the tree crown that appears like a wide parasol. This dematerialization and transparency intend to bring the tree inside the house.

 

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

 

The house gets its red color from the tin roof finishing. The roof structure is made of local Cryptomeria wood. Like the Linden, the Cryptomeria is an imported species. The Cryptomeria japonica was massively used in the first half of the 20th century to forest the island and is nowadays an identity sign of the Azorean landscape.

 

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Pedro Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Pedro Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Pedro Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Pedro Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Pedro Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Pedro Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Pedro Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges
© Pedro Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Pedro Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Pedro Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Pedro Mauricio Borges

Quinta da Tília / Pedro Mauricio Borges © Pedro Mauricio Borges

 


 

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Restoration of The Ancient Convent of Santa María De Los Reyes by MGM Arquitectos

March 6, 2018

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Restoration Category Prize. According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “a project that enhances a former convent in Seville, sensitively transforming its exterior while recovering the garden and plants across its various patios.”

 

Consolidation And Adaptation Of The Ancient Convent Of Santa María De Los Reyes And Its Gardens in Spain, by Mgm, Morales De Giles © Jesús Granada

Consolidation And Adaptation Of The Ancient Convent Of Santa María De Los Reyes And Its Gardens in Spain, by Mgm, Morales De Giles © Jesús Granada

 

The Andalusia Office for Architecture and Housing held a contest of ideas to rehabilitate and extend the former Convent of Santa Maria de los Reyes, currently in use, in part, for exhibitions and conferences. The idea was to convert it into a museum and exhibition area for architecture and engineering, and to add areas for administration, training and research. The project seeks to bring across one of the most interesting spatial qualities one may encounter in the variegated, compact and dense historic core of Seville. (more…)

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…)

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…)