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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

“Unbuilt Rome” exhibition at Politecnico di Milano

November 28, 2017

The city is the material presence of the built environment as much as the accumulation of lost, destroyed or imaginary elements, which not anymore or never became parts of reality. All of these elements, physical or immaterial, constitute a collective cultural capital of a place and contribute to shape its diffused mentality.

 

"Unbuilt Rome" © Supervoid

“Unbuilt Rome” © Supervoid

 

The project Unbuilt Rome explores this idea of the city as a stratification of built facts and drawn thoughts, through a shared research that examines a series of projects designed for Rome and never realized. These projects – together with countless others which incurred in the same destiny – played a key role in the construction of the common imagination of Rome and had a significant influence on the architectural culture and on the debate on the city.

With the contribution of AM3, BDR Bureau, Fosbury Architecture, Ganko, Gosplan, La Macchina Studio, Raumplan, Supervoid, Warehouse of Architecture and Research. Featuring the work of Jacopo Valentini. (more…)

Discover BigMat’17 International Architecture Award winning projects!

November 7, 2017

The third edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award winners shortlist have been revealed! Learn all about the 14 teams of architects who will be competing for BigMat Grand Prize following previous editions’ winners Xaveer De Geyter and Alberto Campo Baeza.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Architecture Award National Prize Trophy

 

On Tuesday 24th of October the final shortlist of this year’s BigMat Award was made public. The list comprises 14 teams of architects from the 7 countries in which BigMat International is present -Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain- featuring a wide array of project typologies and architectural aproaches. All of these 14 teams will be competing for any of 6 National Prizes, 6 Category Prizes, 1 Public Prize, and most importantly, the BigMat International Grand Prize, awarded with 30,000 €.

The list of winners comprises Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme from Belgium, A69 Architekti from the Czech Republic, Éric Lapierre Experience, Lacaton & Vassal and MUOTO from France, C+S Architects from ItalyAlvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto de Moura, João Mendes Ribeiro and Menos é Mais, Pedro Matos Gameiro and Pedro Mauricio Borges from Portugal, ZEROZERO from Slovakia and José María Sánchez García, Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos and MGM Arquitectos from Spain.

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“Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine” in Paris pays hommage to its donors in a 10th anniversary exhibition

November 1, 2017

Since the opening of the “City of Architecture and Heritage” in 2007, this institution has grown to be a reference for the dissemination of French architecture. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Cité has organized an exhibition, an open forum discussion and many other events and activities to bring the institution closer to the general public.

 

Jean Faugeron (1915 – 1983), architecte - Pavillon de la France à l'Exposition universelle de Montréal, 1967 © Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine / musée des Monuments français / Gaston Bergeret

Jean Faugeron (1915 – 1983), architecte – Pavillon de la France à l’Exposition universelle de Montréal, 1967 © Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine / musée des Monuments français / Gaston Bergeret

 

The Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris is celebrating a 10-year retrospective exhibition featuring the collection’s highilghts acquisited over the last decade. This important museum, dedicated to the archiving and dissemination of architectural knowledge, is proud to present a selection of projects and assets that have enriched the City’s collection over the last ten years: contemporary models, drawings, digital persepctives stand side by side with antique models, drawings and preliminary sketches of nineteenth and twentieth century architecture.

The exhibition, called “10 ans d’acquisitions (2007 – 2017)” is both a celebration of the diversity of French architecture and an opportunity to rediscover some of it most relevant projects.  (more…)

“Aldo Rossi. Il gran teatro dell’architettura” at Politecnico di Milano

October 28, 2017

Politecnico di Milano remembers the Italian architecture master on the twentieth anniversary of his death in a comprehensive exhibition featuring selected materials from the University’s archives and the Ghirri, MAXXI and Rossi Foundations.

 

Unità residenziale al Monte Amiata, Milano (MI) - © Introini, Marco

Unità residenziale al Monte Amiata, Milano (MI) – © Introini, Marco

 

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the death of Aldo Rossi, the Politecnico di Milano organizes an exhibition with the will to remember this fundamental figure of Italian and international architectural culture who studied and taught at the Architecture  School of the Milanese University.

The exhibition’s programme also includes a conference to be held during it’s inauguration session on 19 October 2017 at 18.00,  to be delivered by prof. Kurt W. Forster, emeritus professor at Yale University. This lecture on Aldo Rossi’s figure and the legacy of his teaching will be held in Rogers Conference Hall (via Ampère 2).

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BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award winners shortlist revealed!

October 25, 2017

Learn who are the 15 selected teams eligible for the BigMat International Architecture Award Grand Prize, 6 National Prizes, 6 Category Prizes and the Public Prize, which will be unveiled during the awards ceremony on the 24th of November in Florence, Italy.

 

Palazzo Vecchio Florence, BigMat '17 Award ceremony venue.

Palazzo Vecchio Florence, BigMat ’17 Award ceremony venue.

 

With the final closing of the Public Choice Award, on Tuesday 24th of October, the definitive list of the BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 winners has been revealed.

The list of winners comprises Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme from Belgium, A69 Architekti and H3T Architekti from the Czech Republic, Éric Lapierre Experience, Lacaton & Vassal and MUOTO from France, C+S Architects from ItalyAlvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto de Moura, João Mendes Ribeiro and Menos é Mais, Pedro Matos Gameiro and Pedro Mauricio Borges from Portugal, ZEROZERO from Slovakia and José María Sánchez García, Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos and MGM Arquitectos from Spain.

The winners of the 2017 BigMat International Public Prize -awarded with 1.500€- will be revealed, along with the rest of the BigMat International Architecture Awards – 6 National Prizes, 6 Category Prizes, 1 Special Mention for Young Architects and the Grand Prize-  on Friday the 24th of November at the awards ceremony in Florence.

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‘London Design Festival’ celebrates its 15th anniversary from 16 to 24 September

September 11, 2017

For nine days in September, London provides the stage for thousands of individual designers and artists, companies and organisations to present their latest works. The Festival invites visitors to take a closer look at their diverse output, from the commercial to the conceptual, the practical to the improbable.

 

Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot at Victoria and Albert Museum © London Design Festival

Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot at Victoria and Albert Museum © London Design Festival

 

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. Now in its fifteenth year, the Festival will be returning to venues and institutions across the city between the 16-24 September 2017. A major feature of the Festival is an ambitious programme of over 450 projects and events, offering Londoners and visitors to the city an opportunity to experience world-class, innovative, and challenging design across the capital.

Learn all about the different Design Districts here.  (more…)