E/C House by SAMI Arquitectos, concrete walls within dark basalt stone ruins

The new house is a two-storey concrete structure that hides within chunky walls of dark basalt stone. Terraces and decks are dotted around the perimeter, some behind the ageing outer structure and some extending beyond it.

 

© Paulo Catrica

© Paulo Catrica

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit SAMI Arquitectos’ E/C House, situated in Pico, an island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Pico belongs to a group of volcanic islands far west of Portugal.

 

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“A History. Art, Architecture, Design from the 1980s until today” at Centre Pompidou

A History, a new presentation of the Centre Pompidou contemporary collections, proposes an interpretation of art inspired by the very way in which artists have positioned themselves in relation to the profound changes in the last thirty years.

 

Kengo Kuma, Model for the CG Prostho Museum Research Center, Kasugaishi, Japan, 2008-2010 Acrylic, 27.5 x 59.4 x 42 cm, scale 1/50, weight 5 kg musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris © Centre Pompidou, mnam/cci

Kengo Kuma, Model for the CG Prostho Museum Research Center, Kasugaishi, Japan, 2008-2010 Acrylic, 27.5 x 59.4 x 42 cm, scale 1/50, weight 5 kg musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris © Centre Pompidou, mnam/cci

The new presentation of the contemporary collections of the Centre Pompidou, provides an overview of contemporary art since the Eighties through a circuit of almost 400 works and objects by nearly 200 artists, architects and designers. With paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, films, drawings, photographs, architecture and design, this new presentation offers a new approach to the art of the last thirty years.

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Charleroi’s museum of photography brings new life to a former convent’s garden.

The team in L’Escaut Architecture, leaded by Olivier Bastin, converted the garden of a former Carmelite convent into the new wing of the Charleroi Museum of Photography. The architect’s challenge was to transform this beautiful introspective orchard into a public gateway for culture, sports and education.

Charleroi Museum of Photography © Gilbert Fastenaekens

Charleroi Museum of Photography © Gilbert Fastenaekens

 

Located on the inside of a city block and hidden to the view of the general public, the new wing of the Charleroi Museum of Photography attempts to bring new life to the orchard of a former Carmelite convent. This remarkable garden, full of protected trees, shares its wall with a neighbouring school and sporting facilities, making it an important spot as a new node in Charleroi, qualified to connect culture, education and sports. The surrounding constructions and the park itself create a new landscape to be explored by visitors and locals alike.

The building was designed by L’Escaut Architecture,a multidisciplinary team of professionals -one of whom is Olivier Bastin, former bMa of Brussels and forthcoming juror of BigMat International Award 2015.

 

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Challenging spatial awareness and perception: Musings on a Glass Box, a work by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s homage to Fondation Cartier is coming to an end. The multidisciplinary team’s installation designed on the occasion of the Fondation’s 30th anniversary will be closing on February 22. Called Musings on a Glass Box, it is a thought-provoking installation using transparency, sound effects and the spatial qualities of the building itself as raw materials for the work.

 

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition
Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

 

Paris-based Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a sponsor for contemporary arts with an exceptional project by the critically acclaimed team of artists and designers Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

From October 25, 2014 the entire ground floor of the Fondation Cartier has been taken over by Musings on a Glass Box, a new installation created especially for the occasion.  Designed in collaboration with American composer David Lang and sound designer Jody Elff, this work is the first to be showcased by the Fondation in which the building’s architecture itself is used as a raw material for the installation. Designed in 1994 by French architect Jean Nouvel, the iconic building in Boulevard Raspail in Paris is famous for its oversized glass façades that enclose the surrounding garden, creating an unclear, diffuse limit between the building and the street.  Taking advantage of the Fondation’s unique architecture, the installation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro portrays this empty space as the holder of many unexpected qualities only by the addition of a series of small gestures in the facilities. (more…)

Xaveer De Geyter “XDGA_160 EXPO” at Casa dell’Architettura in Rome

This exhibition presents ‘material evidence’ of the reality of XDGA, while at the same time embodying the working ethic of the office. It displays and documents built projects, urban studies and competition entries. In the exhibition, not the text nor the concept is preeminent – but the plan, the image and the model.

 

Silos-Tweewaters © XDGA
Silos-Tweewaters model © XDGA

 

The exhibition “XDGA_160 EXPO” will be open from February 18 and will run until  March 17 at “Casa dell’Architettura” in Rome. As inaugurating event Xaveer De Geyter will give a lecture at the venue this next Wednesday at 17.30 pm (free access) with the attendance of the co-curator Federico Matteis and Luca Garofalo, architect. (more…)

Lake Cabin in North Bohemia, by FAM Architekti + Feilden+Mawson

The main focus of the space is on the vast views of the lake and on the relationship of the cabin with its natural surroundings. The exterior larch cladding reflects the verticality of the pine trees.

 

© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej
© Tomas Balej

This wedge-shaped construction in the Czech Republic replaces an old cabin on a site beside Lake Mácha in North Bohemia and was designed by FAM Architekti – the Prague office of British firm Feilden+Mawson – as a year-round retreat for a client with a keen passion for yachting. (more…)

“Chillida, between the shapes”, a comprehensive exhibition in Roca Barcelona Gallery

The exhibition attempts to show the Spanish artist’s body of work through an organized collection of different scale artpieces, manuscripts and photographs.

 

Lurra 17 (1978), baked clay sculpture.

Lurra 17 (1978), baked clay sculpture.

 

The work of Eduardo Chillida (1924 – 2002), the internationally acclaimed Spanish artist, will be on display in Roca Barcelona Gallery from 21 January to 2 May 2015.  The exhibition showcases an assortment of different artpiececes and projects, personal manuscripts, small-scale sculptures and photographs in a more personal approach to the Spanish artist, who called himself “architect of the void”.

 

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“Architecture in uniform”, an exhibition on building design during World War II, now in Rome.

The exhibition, curated by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, has been specially adapted by MAXXI Rome to focus on Italy’s planning activities that led to the post-war period construction boom.

 

The MERO system, example of possible structures, 1943. Page from Max Mengeringhausen, Raumfachwerke aus Stäben und Knoten, 1975. Private collection.

The MERO system, example of possible structures, 1943. Page from Max Mengeringhausen, Raumfachwerke aus Stäben und Knoten, 1975. Private collection.

 

The Roman Museum of the Arts in the Twenty-first century  is holding an exhibition on construction planning and building development and research during the Second World War. This exhibition, named “Architecture in Uniform. Designing and building for the second world war” will be open until May 3rd 2015.

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“The Future City” exhibition at RIBA, as part of “Foresight Future of Cities”

The exhibition is concerned with how future cities have been visualised, what they sought to communicate and why. The aim is to identify and understand the dominant paradigms that have been portrayed in these visualisations.

 

Studio Linfors (Clouds Architecture Office), Cloud Skippers, 2009. © Studio Lindfors

Studio Linfors (Clouds Architecture Office), Cloud Skippers, 2009. © Studio Lindfors

 

This exhibition is created by the Government Office for Science in partnership with RIBA. It is part of the UK Government’s Foresight Future of Cities Project. It will be open from February 10 2015 to March 31 2015 at The Practice Space, RIBA 66 Portland Place, London.

 

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Occidens Museum, a “mental territory” in Pamplona by Vaillo + Irigaray

The Museum is conceived as a narrative project closer to a cinematographic discipline rather than conventional museum schemes through a discourse deployed through different frames and different reading levels: signs, images, objects, sounds, text, projections, codes, smells and atmospheres…

 

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

 

Inside the cathedral complex, the Occidens Museum, built in Pamplona (north of Spain) by Antonio Vaíllo and Juan Luis Irigaray, offers a tour of 4,500m2 divided in 12 rooms that invites to know the origins of the West. Strengthening the relationship between art and architecture  -with archaeological remains dating between centuries II. C. and VIII d. C., and Romanesque and Gothic constructions- different atmospheres are adapted to every age  in the exhibition and every space of the historical complex. The museum discourse takes as thread a black steel structure, turned on walkway, bench, lampadario and exhibition stand. It ‘floats’ between the various rooms, giving unity to the whole exhibition. (more…)