“Fernando Higueras. From the roots” long-awaited retrospective on the Spanish master

Iconoclast, visionary, painter, musician and photographer, dazzling genius, the architect Fernando Higueras (Madrid, 1930-2008) has left as an inheritance in the history of Spanish architecture an emotional way of considering architecture from its most essential quality.


Colegio Estudio, Aravaca 1962-64 © Fundación Fernando Higueras


Today, the exhibition ‘Fernando Higueras. From the roots’ has been inaugurated at the ICO Museum, organized by the ICO Foundation in collaboration with the General Directorate of Architecture, Housing and Land of the Ministry of Public Works. (more…)

“David Adjaye: Making Memory” at the Design Museum

The Design Museum presents a new exhibition that explores the role of monuments and memorials in the 21st century, through seven projects by celebrated British–Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE. The exhibition features projects such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C, the new National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra and the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London.


Close up of National Cathedral of Ghana model. Credit: Ed Reeve


Highlights include a full-scale section of the Sclera Pavilion for London Design Festival 2008, a replica library area from the Gwangju River Reading Room in South Korea, as well as inspiration materials including a sculpture by the early 20th-century Yoruba artist Olowe of Ise. (more…)

Submit your project now for the BigMat International Architecture Award ’19

The 4th edition of the biennial BigMat Architecture Award rewards quality architectural production in Europe with more than 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 6 National Prizes, 7 Prizes for Finalists and one Special Mention for Young Architects. Check out all the info here.


BigMat International Architecture Award ’17 Grand Prize, FRAC Grand Large by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault


The prize is open to architects who work in one of the seven participating countries: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Any architects whose professional address is in any of the seven participating countries and whose works have also been built in these territories can submit their works until the 26th of April 2019. To be eligible for the award, the project must have been built between 1 January 2015 and 1 January 2019 in any of the participating countries. Buildings that won or made the final in previous editions of this competition may not be entered again into this fourth edition.


“Buchner Bründler Architekten. Constellations – Correlations” at House of Art of České Budějovice

The first of the gallery’s three architecture exhibitions planned for this year is by the Swiss studio of Buchner Bründler Architekten from Basel. Buchner Bründler’s main focus is on the city as a constructed form and living organism. The main characteristic feature of this approach is a dialogue with the local environment.


Kunsthaus Baselland © Buchner Bründler Architekten


The studio’s architects always respond to the context of a place, and endeavor to work with it in a sensitive manner, to complement existing structures and to develop the place further into a new functional whole. Buchner Bründler places great emphasis on meticulous workmanship and a precise elaboration of details. Many of their buildings are the result of architectural competitions, which Buchner Bründler view as the research stage of their work, when they can experiment with new materials, discover new constructional possibilities, and develop the buildings’ typology. In addition, thanks to its smaller volume, their work for direct clients allows them to shift their priorities and explore new ways of thinking. (more…)

“The Map and the Territory” at Jeu de Paume

This first retrospective of photographs taken outside his native Italy by Luigi Ghirri (1943- 1992) focuses on the 1970s. It covers a decade in which Luigi Ghirri produced a corpus of colour photographs unparalleled in Europe at that time.


Rimini, 1977, Luigi Ghirri © Succession Luigi Ghirri


Luigi Ghirri, who was a trained surveyor, began taking photographs at weekends in the early 1970s, devising projects and themes as he roamed up and down the streets, the piazzas and the suburbs of Modena. He cast an attentive and affectionate eye on the signs of the outside world, observing, without openly commenting on them, the changes wrought by humans to the landscape and the housing in the Reggio Emilia, his province of birth. It was a barometer for a local vernacular exposed to the advent of new forms of housing, leisure and advertising. “I am interested in ephemeral architecture, in the provincial world, in objects generally regarded as bad taste, as kitsch, but which have never been that for me, in objects charged with desires, dreams, collective memories […], windows, mirrors, stars, palm trees, atlases, globes, books, museums and human beings seen through images.” (more…)

“SIZA – Unseen & Unknown” at Tchoban Foundation

The current exhibition at the Museum for Architectural Drawing provides an intimate view into Siza’s work, illustrated by sensitive and playful sketches that contrast with the monumentality of his buildings.

Faculty of Architecture, 1987. Porto Portugal ©Álvaro Siza


Álvaro Siza was awarded the Pritzker Prize for his life’s work in 1992 and is one of the most renowned contemporary architects. Amongst many accolades, he received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2002 and 2012.  (more…)

“A room elsewhere. Architects’ hotels” at Villa Noailles

Whether they are developed within the framework of an architecture diploma, a biennial, a research project or a more conventional commission, the projects chosen for the exhibition “A Room Elsewhere” belong to both the phantasmagoria of the hotel as a locus for possibilities far from home, whilst also exhibiting a desire to find new means of hospitality that are far removed from the established norms.


pila (papageorgiou ilias architecture) veiled, concept, pavillon grec, biennale internationale d’architecture de venise, 2014 sous la canopée


As far away as the notion of travel has existed, having at one’s disposal a place to sleep has cadenced and conditioned people’s movements. In the west, industrial society developed a means of contractual hospitality which grants access to a domestic space when far from home, for a price. A comfortable and safe domesticity accessible anywhere, hotel rooms become the sine qua non condition for a boom in diplomacy, tourism, and commercial trade. “From one end of the planet to another, the traveller knows what to expect […] he can find the illusion of familiarity and calm his anxieties anywhere.” (more…)

“netherlands ⇄ bauhaus – pioneers of a new world” at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

‘netherlands ⇄ bauhaus’, with over 800 Bauhaus objects, opens this weekend. It is the final major exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen before its renovation. On the opening day – Saturday, February 9 – admission to the museum is free for everyone.


Jettie Olivier, student work made at the Nieuwe Kunstschool, c. 1938, gouache on paper. Private collection.


Prior to the large-scale renovation of the museum building in Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is staging one last major exhibition in the 1500-square-metre space of the Bodon Gallery. In 2019 it is the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the legendary art and design school that still has a palpable influence on contemporary design and architecture. ‘netherlands ⇄ bauhaus – pioneers of a new world’ offers a unique insight into the inspiring interaction between the Netherlands and the Bauhaus. (more…)

“Atlas of Theory (s) of Architecture” at CBA Madrid

The exhibition presents, in a very particular way, a wide collection of images relevant to the history of architectural theory. As a Wunderkammer, camera of wonders or cabinet of curiosities, it gathers more than fifty original documents yielded by the Canadian Center for Architecture and the Library of the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.


John Hejduk, Lancaster/Hanover Masque, 1980-1982. Lápiz color y grafito sobre papel traslucido [92.4 x 153.5]. Canadian Centre for Architecture. © Estate of John Hejduk

Architecture, like any discipline, develops its theory in words; but, together, it is capable of thinking about images. When Renaissance humanists began to expose in treatises their knowledge about the art of building they tended to combine words and illustrations. In fact, some of the most famous treatises are more like a visual atlas than a written volume. But how can the image develop a theory? The theoretical fertility of the image appears, almost by surprise, if we replace the modern conception of “theory” with the genuine meaning of the Greek voice the? Ria: visual act of “contemplation” and “speculation”, of developing a “vision”. (more…)

“Case Design – A School in the Making” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

By bringing together a diverse group of builders, designers, farmers, artists, craftsmen, and engineers who share a belief that collaboration and empathy lie at the core of all good work, the Mumbai based architecture practice Case Design creates moments of hospitality, social interaction, reflection, play, ritual, seclusion, performance, and comfort.


Avasara Academy, case design, Transsolar © Ariel Huber


Architecture seems to step back in order to orchestrate a careful balance of multiple operations that meet on a common project. When the Centenary year of the Bauhaus begins, we can to see here a new form of architectural Gesamtkunstwerk. Multidisciplinary influences–including education, art and craft–integrated in an economically viable construction advocates the true Bauhaus’ rationale. (more…)