“Modelling for the camera. Photography of architectural models in Spain, 1925–1970″ at ICO Madrid

February 23, 2017

Through this exhibition, Museo ICO focuses on, for the very first time in Spain, the role of models and the photography thereof in the creation of the image of architectural modernity in Spain.

 

Sede de los Laboratorios JORBA, Madrid, 1965. Miguel Fisac Serna. Fotografía © C. Jiménez. Imagen cortesía de La Fábrica

Sede de los Laboratorios JORBA, Madrid, 1965. Miguel Fisac Serna. Fotografía © C. Jiménez. Imagen cortesía de La Fábrica

 

The exhibition features 138 photographs, 14 albums and contact sheets, 20 magazines, 13 models and one projection, for the large part, all specimens are originals that reflect on modern architecture. The photographs were taken by around 35 photographers over more than four decades. Francesc Català-Roca, Kindel, Pando, Luis Lladó, Oriol Maspons-Julio Ubiña, Francisco Gómez, are just a few of the photographers on show at this exhibition.

Their cameras captured the models used for the most noteworthy architectural projects in modern history, and other less known projects, undertaken by the best Spanish architects of the mid- 20th century, such as Josep Lluís Sert, Miguel Fisac, José Antonio Coderch, Francisco de Asís Cabrero, Javier Carvajal, Alejandro de la Sota and Fernando Higueras. 
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“Unbuilt Mackintosh” model exhibition at The Lighthouse

February 22, 2017

The models on show represent a selection of architectural designs by Mackintosh —they were competition entries run by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Glasgow International Exhibition at Kelvingrove Park respectively. Although they received notable media attention, none of these plans were selected as winning designs.

 

"Unbuilt Mackintosh" exhibition model © The  Lighthouse

“Unbuilt Mackintosh” exhibition model © The Lighthouse

 

The wonderful Unbuilt Mackintosh Models are currently resident in the Review Gallery at  The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. This is the first time in over a year all models have been displayed together! See them here until 31 March 2017.


 

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“Unbuilt Mackintosh”
February 7 -March 31, 2017
The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow
Scotland

 


The models on show represent a selection of architectural designs by Mackintosh himself. They were competition entries run by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Glasgow International Exhibition at Kelvingrove Park respectively. Although they received notable media attention, none of these plans were selected as winning designs.

 

"Unbuilt Mackintosh" exhibition model © The  Lighthouse

“Unbuilt Mackintosh” exhibition model © The Lighthouse

"Unbuilt Mackintosh" exhibition model © The  Lighthouse

“Unbuilt Mackintosh” exhibition model © The Lighthouse

 

In Glasgow you can visit The House for an Art Lover, a building designed by Mackintosh with his wife, Margaret McDonald in 1901, yet not built until 1989.Mackintosh approached his architectural drawings like an artist would a canvas. He used watercolour to suggest colour-ways, as well as using pen and ink to note the dimensions, plans and elevations of the building. While we cannot be one-hundred percent sure of what these less than precise drawings illustrated, there are enough existing buildings by Mackintosh to give a good indication. The two-dimensional drawings offer the modern designer or architect a starting point to respond to, but many of the decisions around materials, proportions, and finish are still open to interpretation.

 

"Unbuilt Mackintosh" exhibition model © The  Lighthouse

“Unbuilt Mackintosh” exhibition model © The Lighthouse

"Unbuilt Mackintosh" exhibition model © The  Lighthouse

“Unbuilt Mackintosh” exhibition model © The Lighthouse

 

These models have been interpreted and built by Cemal Ozturk of Ozturk Modelmakers in Glasgow. Their precise dimensions meticulously drawn from what drawings and documentations were available. The choice of building materials for the models have been chosen, not so much for their ability to realistically interpret the proposed building, but for their precision and ability to highlight the detailing and style of the designs. These buildings are thoroughly modern interpretations of the originals and offer visitors new ways of looking and understanding the prolific work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

 

Three-quarters view of the Railway Terminus, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Model by Ozturk, part of the Unbuilt Mackintosh Exhibition at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. By Daniel Wright

Three-quarters view of the Railway Terminus, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Model by Ozturk, part of the Unbuilt Mackintosh Exhibition at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. By Daniel Wright

Bird’s-eye view of the Railway Terminus, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Model by Ozturk, part of the Unbuilt Mackintosh Exhibition at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. By Daniel Wright.

Bird’s-eye view of the Railway Terminus, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Model by Ozturk, part of the Unbuilt Mackintosh Exhibition at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. By Daniel Wright.

Look through the roof of the trainshed of the Railway Terminus, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Model by Ozturk, part of the Unbuilt Mackintosh Exhibition at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. By Daniel Wright.

Look through the roof of the trainshed of the Railway Terminus, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Model by Ozturk, part of the Unbuilt Mackintosh Exhibition at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. By Daniel Wright.

The acquisition has been made possible by the generous support of The Mackintosh Heritage Trust and Creative Scotland.


 

 

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“Designing the Surface” at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

February 21, 2017

The exhibition presents the first results of a long-term research project by the Research and Development department at Het Nieuwe Instituut with partners in the Netherlands and abroad. Architecture of Appropriation is on show from 27 January until 25 June 2017.

 

Designing The Surface Overview, 2017 © Johannes Schwartz

Designing The Surface Overview, 2017 © Johannes Schwartz

 

What determines a product’s appeal, function and identity? Increasingly it is the finish that designers employ not only to beautify a product, but also to strengthen, preserve or disguise it. The last layer can simulate ageing, form an impenetrable shell or function as a convincing imitation of craftsmanship. Designing the Surface, an exhibition where the final topcoat targets the senses, investigates a compendium of artefacts over five sets: lustre, patina, faux, teflon and agency. Surfaces are full of contradictions; declarations of falsehood and denials. Chairs lie. Dashboards deceive. Take a look into the transformation of products – trying to survive in the design world, where nothing is what is seems. (more…)

The world of M.C. Escher now showing in the halls of Palacio de Gaviria

February 17, 2017

The present exhibition aims to help understand the creative universe of this artist who did not hesitate to resort to the most diverse languages, bringing them together in a unique and intriguing artistic journey of geometric discovery.

Regular Division II, Maurits Cornelius Escher © Arthemisia

Regular Division II, Maurits Cornelius Escher © Arthemisia

 

The Palacio de Gaviria in Madrid reopens after a radical transformation to host an exhibition on Maurits Cornelius Escher. The building, which has until now been used as one of the capital city’s most popular nightclubs, has been adapted by the Italian Arthemisia group to become a new reference point for cultural affairs.

The exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective on the Swiss artist’s work, known for his ability to bring together nature, science, mathematics and optical illusions into beautiful wood and metal engravings. (more…)

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” by Dominic Perrault Architecture

February 14, 2017

Discover the exhibition on the proposals from the “Île de la Cité” project report by the French architect and former member of the jury for the BigMat International Architecture Award.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

What is the future of the Île de la Cité? La Conciergerie will host the panels showing the 35 proposals included in the report made by Philippe Belaval, President of the French National Monuments Center and architect Dominique Perrault, which was handed in to Mr. François Hollande, President of France. The report, named “Mission Île de la Citè”, present s a possible future for the city island by 2040.


 

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“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart”
February 15- April 17, 2017
La Conciergerie
2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
France

 


In the heart of the Île de la Cité, the Conciergerie’s Hall of Gens d’Armes welcomes 20 backlit, large-format panels presenting the project, its objectives and its proposals. Between the century-old columns of this magnificent Gothic hall, maps, projections and videos will allow visitors to immerse themselves in what could be the Island of the City by 2040.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

Some of the proposals that have been developed and illustrated by the team are the redesign of the central square of Lutèce, the reunification of the Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie in a unique space, a landscaped promenade to the South of the Island, an embankment area serving the square of Notre-Dame de Paris and a series of  covered boardwalks.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

A brochure was created specifically for the exhibition in order to accompany the visitor in his discovery of the proposals, allowing him or her to discover more about the contents displayed. “Mission Île de la Cité”, a smartphone app which can be downloaded free of charge, also offers to extend the exhibition’s scope by walking through the Île de la Cité.

Thanks to the creation of virtual models, accessible through 360 ° augmented reality views in a dozen points of the island, the public will be able to imagine themselves on the Island in 2040.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

Finally, the public will also have the opportunity to contribute to the reflection on the Future of the Island through an interactive system.

The exhibition “Mission Island of the City, the heart of the heart” will be open to the public, with free admission from February 15 to 19 and March 5. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, until 17 April, the entry fee for the Conciergerie will be free of charge.

 

"Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart" © Dominic Perrault Architecture

“Mission Île de la Cité: the heart of the heart” © Dominic Perrault Architecture

 

Located in the very heart of Paris, the Île de la Cité is one of the most iconic and renowned places of the capital, a showcase of its historic layers built over centuries. Yet its current urban condition could hardly be considered as satisfactory. Limited by poor touristic facilities and pedestrian planning, foreigners often visit Notre Dame in a hurry while Parisians simply prefer to avoid the place. With the upcoming relocation of several major institutions located on the Île de la Cité, namely the Paris Court of Justice and the Police headquarters for which new buildings are under construction in the north of Paris, now is the time to think and imagine better urban qualities for this UNESCO-listed heritage site.

In December 2015, the French President François Hollande decided to address this challenge by entrusting Dominique Perrault, architect and urbanist, along with Philippe Bélaval, President of the French Center for National Monuments, to carry out a prospective study on the future of the Île de la Cité over the next 25 years.

The report was presented by Philippe Bélaval and Dominique Perrault to French President François Hollande, in attendance of French Minister of Home Affairs Bruno Le Roux, French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.


 

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“Gio Ponti: Infinite Blue” at La Triennale di Milano

February 13, 2017

The exhibition presents Gio Ponti’s original drawings for the Hotel Parco dei Principi, with all his production notes and photographs of the company workshop where the architect worked together with craftsman and workers, as well as a display of the original ceramics in the building.

 

Gio Ponti, Hotel Parco dei Principi, Sorrento 1962 © Marco Zuppetta

Gio Ponti, Hotel Parco dei Principi, Sorrento 1962 © Marco Zuppetta

 

Gio Ponti’s design for the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento has become part of the history of Italian architecture. The project involved the entire building and, in particular, in collaboration with Ceramica D’Agostino, a series of blue-and-white ceramic decorations transformed a hundred rooms, together with the lobby, the reception area, the bar and the restaurant. The decorations consisted of “mathematical and geometric” combinations of a complete series of 27 patterns which, then as now, were reproduced by hand on 20 x 20 cm maiolica tiles. (more…)

“The Brutalist Playground” at Vitra Design Museum

February 8, 2017

The exhibition presents a new take on those Brutalist playgrounds, conceived as a hybrid somewhere between installation and walk-in sculpture for children and adults. The exhibition was commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in cooperation with the architecture collective Assemble (winner of the 2015 Turner Prize) and the artist Simon Terrill.

 

Installation view »The Brutalist «, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2016 Photo: Alun Bull, © RIBA

Installation view »The Brutalist «, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2016 Photo: Alun Bull, © RIBA

 

The original playgrounds constructed in post-war Britain are mostly forgotten. Brutalism and its initial social agenda are stigmatized. The architectural style known as Brutalism emerged during the era of post-war reconstruction in Britain. In expressively shaped buildings constructed out of raw, heavy materials, it espoused an uncompromising formal language. All over the country, large-scale housing estates were built with distinctively designed playgrounds for children. Through the use of wood, brick, and especially concrete, the playgrounds were designed to fit in with the shapes and materials of their environments, demonstrating the principles of Brutalism on a small scale.


 

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The Brutalist Playground
January 14  –  April 16, 2017
Vitra Design Museum
Charles-Eames-Straße 2, Weil am Rhein
Germany

 


The exhibition reconstructs fragments from four Brutalist playgrounds: the »flying saucer« from the Churchill Gardens Estate, the slide tower from the Brownfield Estate, steps from the Brunel Estate (all in London), and a tunnel from the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield.

 

Installation view »The Brutalist Playground«, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2016 Photo: Alun Bull, © RIBA

Installation view »The Brutalist Playground«, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2016 Photo: Alun Bull, © RIBA

Installation view »The Brutalist Playground «, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2016 Photo: Alun Bull, © RIBA

Installation view »The Brutalist Playground «, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2016 Photo: Alun Bull, © RIBA

 

For the project, commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the architecture collective Assemble in cooperation with the artist Simon Terrill chose a selection of drawings and photographs from the RIBA collections. Part architectural installation, part projections of archive material, part playground, the exhibition brings a neglected aspect of architectural history into the gallery space.

 

Churchill Gardens Estate, Pimlico, 1978 © John Donat - RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Churchill Gardens Estate, Pimlico, 1978 © John Donat – RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Churchill Gardens Estate, Pimlico, 1956 © John Maltby - RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Churchill Gardens Estate, Pimlico, 1956 © John Maltby – RIBA Library Photographs Collection

 

»Risk« and »play« are the central themes of the installation. Jane Hall from Assemble says: »You would look at the photographs of these playgrounds and ask: How was someone supposed to play on that? It’s not prescribed, and that’s the big unknown about this exhibition – how are people going to inhabit the space?«

 

Installation view »The Brutalist Playground«, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2016 Photo: Alun Bull © RIBA

Installation view »The Brutalist Playground«, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2016 Photo: Alun Bull © RIBA

Installation view »The Brutalist Playground«, RIBA, London, 2015 Photo: Tristan Fewings © RIBA

Installation view »The Brutalist Playground«, RIBA, London, 2015 Photo: Tristan Fewings © RIBA

 

Architects and urban planners advocated these kinds of playgrounds as places where children could play as freely as possible. But by the early 1970s these concepts had been discarded and were being criticised by both architects and educators. As a result, many of the playgrounds are now lost. Consigned to the archives, they are at most a footnote to an idiosyncrasy in the history of post-war architecture.

 

Installation view »The Brutalist Playground«, RIBA, London, 2015 Photo: Tristan Fewings © RIBA

Installation view »The Brutalist Playground«, RIBA, London, 2015 Photo: Tristan Fewings © RIBA

Installation view »The Brutalist Playground«, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2016 Photo: Alun Bull © RIBA

Installation view »The Brutalist Playground«, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2016 Photo: Alun Bull © RIBA

 

»The Brutalist Playground« enables a new, unbiased perspective on the original goals and designs of the architects of the time. In the exhibition children have the opportunity to »give free rein to their imagination«, just as the original architects intended. But adults, too, are invited to discover the play- scapes of the 1950s–1970s and the architectural ideas expressed in them.


 

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Betts Project presents ‘Diorama’, an exhibition of British architects Caruso St John

February 7, 2017

The exhibition presents a selection of models for competitions as well as the model of their recent Stirling Prize winner project, the Newport Street Gallery. The 1:50 models in pastel colours belong to buildings the architects worked on during the last few years.

 

Another Glass House, 1991 © Caruso St John

Another Glass House, 1991 © Caruso St John

 

‘The models, and the photographs of the models are a way of getting closer and closer to an image that is already in our minds, it is about articulating all of the qualities in that image. I like the fact that in a competition one can try to communicate the concept and the atmosphere of a project in one or two such images. I would say that the preoccupation in the office is not the production of models, but of finding the image of a project.’ – Adam Caruso, OASE 84 (2011). (more…)

“Sections of Autonomy. Six Korean Architects” at Fondazione Pastificio Cerere

January 31, 2017

The exhibition Sections of Autonomy. Six Korean Architects is curated by Choi Won-joon and Luca Galofaro and showcases the work of six Korean architects selected among the most intriguing authors of the national architectural scenario.

 

Seunghoy Kim, Soyul

Seunghoy Kim, Soyul

 

Choi Moon-gyu (Ga.A Architects), Jang Yoon-gyoo ( Unsangdong Architects Cooperation), Kim Jong-kyu (M.A.R.U.), Kim Jun-sung (Architecture Studio hANd), Kim Seung-hoy ( KYWC Architects), Kim Young-joon (YO2 Architects) set up their independent practices in the 1990s and early 2000s, an era marked by political and cultural freedom in the country. (more…)

“Paris Haussmann. A Model’s relevance” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

January 30, 2017

The exhibition, curated by LAN – Benoit Jallon and Umberto Napolitano- and FBC -Franck Boutté- starts with a line drawn to review history. Over 100 drawings, plans, archives, photographs by Cyrille Weiner, as well as many mock-ups, give visitors an opportunity to rediscover the city’s heritage at various scales.

 

"Paris Haussmann. A Model's relevance" exhibition view © LAN Architects

“Paris Haussmann. A Model’s relevance” exhibition view © LAN Architects, FBC – Franck Boutté

The exhibition redesigns, categorizes and compares the urban axis’, distinguishes public spaces, organizes the city blocks and buildings according to their current geometry. Haussmann, prefect for the departement of the Seine from 1853 until 1870, extensively transformed Paris, above and below ground, from the city center to the outskirts. By extension, his name personifies a century of public works that still defines the urban organization and the identity of the city .

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