Two days left for applications for Bigmat’17 International Architecture Award

May 16, 2017

Only two days until applications close for the BigMat’17 Architecture Award. Applicants to compete among the best architecture built in Europe can still register for free online until May 18. The biennial prize rewards quality architectural production in Europe with more than 70.000€.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

 

The Prize aims to reward and call attention to those architectural works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in the Walloon and Brussels City regions of Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain. (more…)

Deadline extended for the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award

May 4, 2017

The deadline for entries to the BigMat Architecture Award has been extended to the 18th of May. Applicants to compete among the best architecture built in Europe can still register for free online. The biennial prize rewards quality architectural production in Europe with more than 70.000€.

 

BigMat International Award Trophy

BigMat International Award Trophy

 

The Prize aims to reward and call attention to those architectural works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in the Walloon and Brussels City regions of Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain. (more…)

Olnick Spanu announces the launch of Magazzino Italian Art

April 24, 2017

Olnick Spanu, a private initiative founded by art advocates Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, announces the launch of Magazzino, a private warehouse art space devoted to Postwar and Contemporary Italian art. Magazzino, meaning warehouse in Italian, will feature a rationalist 20,000 square-foot structure dedicated to select works from the Olnick Spanu Collection opening in June 28, 2017.

 

Magazzino of Italian Art under construction © Photographs by Montse Zamorano, 2016

Magazzino of Italian Art under construction © Photographs by Montse Zamorano, 2016

 

The new space is designed by the architect Miguel Quismondo and will be under the direction of Vittorio Calabrese. Located along the Hudson River in Cold Spring, New York, Magazzino (www.magazzino.org) is slated to open in 2017, admission will be free however accessible by appointment only.

Magazzino draws architectural components from an existing structure, which has been repurposed within a larger design conceived and led by Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo (www.miguelquismondo.com). Quismondo has doubled the square footage of the former space by completing the original L-shape into a rectangle, leaving a courtyard in the center, and creating a dialogue between the existing and the new addition. The state of the art facility will feature more than 18,000 square feet for art display and a library, which will feature publications on Italian art and will be accessible free of charge, by appointment to residents, students and scholars. (more…)

Elytra Filament Pavilion, an outdoor installation from the exhibition “Hello, Robot”

March 14, 2017

The bionic baldachin is an impressive example of the growing influence of robotics on architecture. Its individual modules were defined by an algorithm and then produced with the help of an industrial robot, realised by a team from the University of Stuttgart.

 

Installation view Vitra Campus »Elytra Filament Pavilion« 2017 © Vitra Design Museum, Photo: Julien Lanoo

Installation view, Vitra Campus »Elytra Filament Pavilion« 2017 © Vitra Design Museum, Photo:
Julien Lanoo

 

With the exhibition »Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine«, the Vitra Design Museum presents a major exhibition that examines the current boom in robotics. It shows the variety of forms that robotics takes today and at the same time broadens our awareness of the associated ethical, social, and political issues. Outside the museum, the »Elytra Filament Pavilion« complements this exhibition. The bionic baldachin is an impressive example of the growing influence of robotics on architecture. Its individual modules were defined by an algorithm and then produced with the help of an industrial robot, realised by a team from the University of Stuttgart. After its premiere at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, it is now on view on the Vitra Campus. (more…)

“Housing and the City. James Gowan and Álvaro Siza” at Architectural Association London

March 13, 2017

This exhibition at the Architectural Association offers a close comparative reading of the design process within housing projects by James Gowan (1923-2015) and Álvaro Siza (b. 1933).

 

Álvaro Siza (*1933), Perspective sketch of the Patio of the Bouça Housing Estate in Porto, Portugal, c. 1972. Pencil and ink on paper, 503 × 752 mm. © The architect.

Álvaro Siza (*1933), Perspective sketch of the Patio of the Bouça Housing Estate in Porto, Portugal, c. 1972. Pencil and ink on paper, 503 × 752 mm. © The architect.

 

It offers a close comparative reading of the design process within housing projects by James Gowan (1923-2015) and Álvaro Siza (b. 1933), with particular reference to the specific architectural problems that confronted both architects when addressing the typologies of stacked maisonettes and terraced houses in the decades after 1963. Gowan is represented by his designs for Greenwich and East Hanningfield, and Siza by Bouça and Vila Viçosa. (more…)

“The Gulliver Airship” at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Prague

March 11, 2017

The exhibition describes the conceptual side of the creation of the airship, its inspirations, technical design, and its construction. This permanent monumental architectural intervention in the shape of an airship was inspired by the idea to invade the DOX Centre’s modern industrial building with a “parasitic“ structure that would contrast with its existing architecture.

 

"The Gulliver Airship" © DOX Centre

“The Gulliver Airship” © DOX Centre

 

In 2013 the DOX Centre’s director, Leoš Válka, contacted internationally acclaimed architect Martin Rajniš, the 2014 winner of the Global Prize for Sustainable Architecture. For more than two years together with wood and steel specialists they worked on the design of what finally turned out to be a 42m long and 10m wide structure inspired by the shapes of the giant airships that began to cruise the skies at the dawn of the twentieth century. (more…)

“Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square” at RIBA

March 9, 2017

Presented together for the first time, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to draw comparisons between the design methods of two of the most highly recognised architects of the 20th century, and to trace the continuity in purpose and approach that unites two seemingly dissimilar architectural creations.

 

Proposed Mies van der Rohe-designed tower block for the Mansion House Square scheme. Image © John Donat / RIBA Collections

Proposed Mies van der Rohe-designed tower block for the Mansion House Square scheme. Image © John Donat / RIBA Collections

 

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) unveils a major new exhibition, Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square (8 March 2017 – 25 June 2017) offering a renewed examination of two iconic architectural schemes proposed for the same site in the City of London. Commissioned by architectural patron and developer Lord Peter Palumbo, Mies van der Rohe’s unrealised Mansion House Square project will be explored alongside its built successor, James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates’ newly listed Number One Poultry. (more…)

“Bruno Munari. Total Artist” at Museo Ettore Fico

March 9, 2017

The exhibition illustrates the multifaceted creative activity of Bruno Munari (Milan, 1907-1998), one of the most important figures in the international artistic and cultural scene of the 20th Century .

 

"Bruno Munari. Total Artist" © Museo Ettore Fico

“Bruno Munari. Total Artist” © Museo Ettore Fico

 

The exhibition highlights the varied research and experimentation works by the artist, opening to the general public a wide range of his creative works: drawings, projects, collages, paintings, sculptures, “unreadable books”, new techniques of image reproduction, industrial design objects, editorial graphical works, architecture, as well as new teaching proposals – only to mention the most representative disciplines of his projects in the  synthesis of the arts. The exhibition is curated by Claudio Cerritelli. (more…)

Bauhaus‐Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung presents “Bauhaus in Motion”

March 7, 2017

The range of exhibited pieces encompasses works from classes at the Bauhaus – such as motion studies from the preliminary course – as well as paintings, photographs, architectural drafts, furniture, ceramics, metalwork and works on paper.

 

T. Lux Feininger, Physical Education at the Bauhaus: women’s gymnastic exercises on the roof of the Bauhaus, 1930 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin Copyright: Estate of T. Lux Feininger

T. Lux Feininger, Physical Education at the Bauhaus: women’s gymnastic exercises on the roof of the Bauhaus, 1930 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin Copyright: Estate of T. Lux Feininger

 

From 1 March 2017 to 8 January 2018 the BauhausAArchiv / Museum für Gestaltung is showing “Bauhaus in Motion”. This special exhibition presents the connection between the Bauhaus and movement on various levels: the theme of motion can be found in works by famous Bauhaus teachers, such as Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer and László Moholy-Nagy, as well as in numerous student works. (more…)

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta (RCR) receive the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize

March 4, 2017

The locally-based architects evoke universal identity through their creative and extensive use of modern materials including recycled steel and plastic. Their work “La Lira Theater” Public Open Space at Ripoll, Girona, was finalist for the BigMat ’15 National Prize.

 

Les Cols Restaurant Marquee, 2011, Olot, Girona, Spain © Hisao Suzuki

Les Cols Restaurant Marquee, 2011, Olot, Girona, Spain © Hisao Suzuki

 

The three architects, originating from Olot, in the Catalonian region of Spain, have worked together collaboratively since founding their firm RCR Arquitectes, in their hometown in 1988. Their work demonstrates an unyielding commitment to place and its narrative, to create spaces that are in discourse with their respective contexts. Harmonizing materiality with transparency, Aranda, Pigem and Vilalta seek connections between the exterior and interior, resulting in emotional and experiential  architecture. (more…)