Organic Growth. Izaskun Chinchilla to build the ‘City of Dreams’ Pavilion

Izaskun Chinchilla’s winning design takes inspiration from nature to create an innovative and flexible solution that directly engages with local communities and familiar materials. The proposed design employs old umbrellas, stools and bicycle wheels, giving them a new life after they have become unfit for their original purpose.

 

Organic Growth © Izaskun Chinchilla

Organic Growth © Izaskun Chinchilla

 

Since 2010, FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) have hosted a competition to design and build an architectural pavilion on Governors Island, NY. This year, along with American office BanG Studio, Spanish architect Izaskun Chinchilla has won the ‘City of Dreams’ Pavilion competition. The Pavilion is intended to be a sheltered gathering place for 50 or more people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, engage in a performance or lecture, and the historic context of Governors Island. The theme of ‘the City of Dreams’ looks to the future – of cities, people and crucially, to our relationship with materials and the sustainability of our environment. The competition asks entrants to consider how architecture and design can address these concerns through the materials, practices and relationships they embed within their design.

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Haussmannian flexibility. 40 housing units in Paris by LAN Architecture

The project pays homage to Paris and its 19th century Haussmanian architecture. A perfect extrusion of the lot, the project introduces the notion that, through flexibility and by emptying an architecture of its program, a building can generate a potential that will develop along with urban development, allowing it to readily respond to changes in its use.

 

© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo

 

The renowned French architecture office LAN Architecture have designed a new building in Clichy-Batignolles in Paris, paying homage to its local, historical architectural style from the nineteenth century in a contemporary way. LAN Architecture is the winner of the French National phase of the BigMat International Architectural Award.

Lot 4.2 is part of the new Clichy-Batignolles mixed development area and is located at the edge of boulevard Pereire. It has a unique urban situation. Ensuring the connection between these two architectural worlds is one of the challenges of this project, which also renders homage to Paris and the architecture of the 19th century. The Haussmann building has in fact revealed itself to be an extraordinarily open form of architecture capable of absorbing other uses than its originally intended ones. Our idea has been to exploit this sense of flexibility by creating an architecture that forms part of the city’s current logic, but which also offers solutions to current and future challenges. The building seeks to anticipate needs and changes by proposing a full reversibility between a residential and an office building. It uses a similar framework as for office buildings; the composition of the façade alternates one full module with two empty ones together with the core of the circulation, this ensures the structure. The size and regularity of the door and window openings, which are identical on the three façades, create a general image of the building without specifically denoting its use.

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Habitat Metropole, exhibitions and activities to track down Paris’ urban housing

This spring’s programme of Pavillon de l’Arsenal include an exhibition on “Paris Habitat”, the city’s office of public housing, and “Paysages Habités” a display of 137 contrasting examples of Paris’ evolving housing.

 

Habitat Metropole © Antoine Espinasseau

Habitat Metropole © Antoine Espinasseau

 

From February 12, 2015 Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris will be host to an exhibition on the evolution of the city of Paris over the last century. Created in collaboration with the University of Versailles, the exhibition is composed of photographs, plans and drawings, and an impressive display of  an over 120 square-meter scale model representing the diversity of urban housing in the city.

Called “Habitat Metropole“, the activities programmed by Pavillon de l’Arsenal include not just exhibitions, but also a series of conferences and debates, guided tours around Paris, workshops and activities for families and children for a more dynamic and educational approach to understanding the changes undergone in the city’s buildings and Parisian’s way of life. (more…)

‘Campo Baeza, complete works’ by Thames & Hudson Publishers

Following the ever pedagogical spirit of Alberto Campo Baeza, this book is bound to become the publication of reference to explain his body of work.

 

 

This monograph presents one of the most unique voices in contemporary architecture whose collection of built work makes a compelling case for its powerful radical simplicity. Featuring Hisao Suzuki’s photography, this monoigraph on the Spanish architect includes projects like the Andalucian Museum of Memory and Caja Granada -two contiguous buildings united in a quiet yet monumental statement about Granada and its history- as well as other instant classics such as the Asencio, Gaspar, and Turegano houses. All share a basic dedication to simple composition with unadorned masses and show Baeza’s uncompromising exercise of disciplined restraint in achieving architectural silence, his laconic answer to the deafening noise of the contemporary city. The projects explored in the book span four decades of an international architectural practice. Contributions by Richard Meyer, Jesus Aparicio, Kenneth Frampton and Manuel Blanco offer critical commentary on Baeza’s persistent quest for beauty and relevance by means of simplicity.

Covering four decades of practice, this superbly produced monograph includes critial commentaries on Campo Baeza´s persistent quest for beauty and relevance through his adherence to clarity and a deeply felt devotion to modernist principles of architecture.

The introduction of the book, by Jesús Aparicio, BigMat International Architecture Award President, is entitled “The space alchemist “ and analyzes the Baeza´s work from the following points of view: the architect´s vision of the function and the context, about how structure, geometry and light establish the order of the space, and the use of some architectural techniques as compactness and expansion, boxes, flat planes and perimeters.

 

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“Luigi Pellegrin: Architectural Visions of Pisa”, standing up for Italian post-war architecture

Following Pisa’s local administration’s desire to take down one of the city’s most representative building of 1960’s organic architecture, the Complesso Concetto Marchesi, Pisastudium have launched an exhibition and congress on its author’s life and works.

 

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book "Scuola Marchesi di Pisa" edited by Chiara Cascella

© Chandra Editrice. Image from the book “Scuola Marchesi di Pisa” edited by Chiara Cascella

 

Pisastudium, a local cultural association in Pisa, have just launched an exhibition on the life and works of one of Italy’s most important architect’s and designer’s: Luigi Pellegrin. However, Pellegrin is specially known in Pisa for what is considered one of the highest examples of Italian post-war architecture, the Scuola Marchesi, which was recently subject of controversy after the local administration’s desire to bring it down.

The aim of “Luigi Pellegrin: Architectural Visions of Pisa” is to promote a fresh, unprejudiced point of view on Pisa’s architectural heritage beyond the Camposanto and to ackowledge the work of one of the key figures of Italian organic architecture.

 

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Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 finalist, Ravensburg Art Museum by LRO Architekten

The building is not meant to establish a strong contrast through modernity, but instead to fit harmoniously and self-evidently into a townscape that has developed over centuries.

 

© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe

 

Following the release of the five finalists for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award, BMIAA has featured articles on the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin by Barozzi Veiga, the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre by O’Donnell&Tuomey, and more recently, on the Antinory Winery by Archea Associati.

Today’s review is on Ravensburg’s Art Museum by LRO Architekten. This massive brick building located in a town in the South of Germany is an example of how thoughtful contemporary design can be when it comes to coexist with traditional materials and historical environments, allowing for an architecture with a strong sense of belonging through material reuse, textures, and elaborate detailing.

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Atrio Relais-Châteaux by Mansilla+Tuñon, organic symbiosis with the ancient city

The new functional organism attaches to the irregularities of the perimeter of existing buildings, accepting them, and reflecting on how the city has grown.

 

© Luis Asin

© Luis Asin

 

The Atrio Relais & Châteaux Hotel and Restaurant in Cáceres, by Mansilla + Tuñón, was shortlisted among the 40 project  for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015, and it won the BigMat ’13 Award Spain National Prize and Special Mention for Restoration of a Heritage Place. It is not the first time for the Madrid based firm, founded in Madrid in 1992 by Luis Moreno Mansilla (Madrid, 1959–2012) and Emilio Tuñón (Madrid, 1958), who in 2007  won the Mies van der Rohe Award with the MUSAC of León, perhaps their most famous work to date.

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Vitra Design Museum offers a new insight on African Modernism

Showcasing over 80 buildings in five countries, the exhibition shows the countries’ efforts to join an architectural ideal of progress and modernity to the simultaneous nation-building process that was taking place in the 1960’s.

 

Rinaldo Olivieri, La Pyramide, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), 1973. Photo © Iwan Baan

Rinaldo Olivieri, La Pyramide, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), 1973. Photo © Iwan Baan

 

The Vitra Design Gallery in Weil am Rhein is hosting an exhibtion on a remarkable and rather unknown period of architectural history, set in the 1960’s post-colonialist Africa. It adresses the relationship between the architectural production of five countries and their individual nation-building processes.

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Antinori Winery by Archea Associati, finalist of Mies van der Rohe Award

The project aims to pursue, through architecture, the enhancement of the landscape and the surroundings as expression of the cultural and social valence of the place where wine is produced.

 

© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti

 

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced last Wednesday at the press conference that has taken place at Europe House London, the five finalists who will compete for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture –Mies van der Rohe Award. The speakers in the press conference have been Giovanna Carnevali, Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe; Alessandro Senesi, Deputy Head of Creative Europe at the European Commission; and Tony Chapman, member of the 2015 Jury.  The finalists are:

 

 

Read on after the jump to see the project by Archea Associati for the Antinori Winery in San Casciano Val di Pesa.


 

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A conversation with Xaveer De Geyter, XDGA, at Casa dell’Architettura in Rome

Interview with Federico De Matteis, curator of the “XDGA_160_expo”, about complexity in architectural practice.

 

Provinciehuis © XDGA

Provinciehuis © XDGA

 

Article by Federico De Matteis

The exhibition “XDGA_160_EXPO”, which was staged at the Casa dell’Architettura in Rome from February 18th to March 17th, 2015, is the third installment of the exhibition organized by XDGA and CIVA, previously hosted in Brussels and Tallinn. It is a show proposing a rather peculiar – albeit not radical – understanding of what making architecture can mean today. Starting by looking at some figures (which give us a precise, although limited, view of things, helping clear the fog), the Roman exhibition hosted 22 models: of these, three were of completed buildings, three of ongoing projects, two were research-based, theoretic projects, while the remaining 14 were competition entries, either not winning or winning entries which for some reason or another had been discontinued. The chronological extent covers from 2000 to 2013. Each project, as the exhibition itself and the book which serves as a catalog, is titled, to begin with, by a three-digit number, referring to the file folder on XDGA’s servers. To bring this number to the front means, in my opinion, to highlight the collective nature of architectural work, which does set out from the initials of Xaveer De Geyter’s name, but along the way turns to the plural, accepting the final “A” for Architects. This leads us back to the presence, contribution, and work of the around 50 staff members of the office, who come from 15 different countries. A diversified team, both culturally and professionally, capable of covering, with their expertise, the whole gamut of architectural practice: from the conceptual stage of design competitions – that which De Geyter calls “paper architecture” – to the building site. Along with these there are research-based works, such as the “extension” of Monaco, or the urban scenarios evoked by an older book such as After Sprawl, still today on the reading list of many young scholars of urban theory. (more…)