“Arquipélago”: new Centre for the Contemporary Arts in Ribeira Grande, Portugal

Portuguese office Menos é Mais and João Mendes Ribeiro have transformed a formed tobacco factory in Azores into a building complex for the dissemination of local contemporary arts.

Arquipélago. Menos é Mais Arquitetos Ⓒ Jose Campos Architectural Photographer.

Arquipélago. Menos é Mais Arquitetos Ⓒ Jose Campos Architectural Photographer.

 

An archipelago is said to be “a large group or chain of islands” or “a large body of water with many islands“. The Azores Islands, for example, form an archipelago. On the island of San Miguel lies Ribeira Grande, a small town where last spring, portuguese architects João Mendes Ribeiro and Menos é Mais Arquitectos (Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos) started works for a new center for the contemporary arts.

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“Man of thoughts”, exhibition and publication by former bMa, Olivier Bastin

The mandate of Olivier Bastin, the first bouwmeester – maître architect (BMA) of the Brussels-Capital Region, finished last November. In order to summarize the activity of this last five years and following the aim of transparency in the public institutions, an exhibition and a publication was presented.

The exhibition and publication, “A man of thought” shows Bastin personal style, as a thinker and as an architect, as a maître architect. The exhibition includes a selection of critical projects, architectural material and dialogues with some external critics. It takes us to BMA staff working atmosphere.

 

© Région bruxelloise Maître Architecte (bMa)

© Région bruxelloise Maître Architecte (bMa)

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Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey to give conference as latest RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

Irish architects and recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey will be giving a conference hosted by RIBA on February 2nd. Also during the evening, the 2015 Honorary Fellowships will be presented.

John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell. Courtesy of RIBA.

John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell. Courtesy of RIBA.

 

After being shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize a record five times; most recently in 2014 for the London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student’s Centre in London, Irish architectural practice O’Donnell & Tuomey will present a conference on February 2nd 2015 at 6:30 pm, open to the general public at the cost of the correspondent entrance fee.

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Mies van der Rohe Award, 420 Projects Nominated for the 2015 edition of the prize

The aim of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture is to highlight recent, excellent examples of architectural creativity of works which are less than two years old and to underline that modern architecture is socially and culturally rooted in European cities and is important to people’s everyday lives.

 

Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Last Mies van der Rohe prize award: Harpa Concert Hall. Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

 

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announced today the list of 420 projects competing for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. 27% of the proposals deal with Housing while 24% are Cultural facilities. 11% are connected to Education, 5% to Offices and the other 33% include mostly Sport, Commercial, Governmental, Transport and Urban typologies. Initiated in 1987 after an agreement between the European Commission and the Barcelona City Hall, the 60.000€ prize is the highest award in European architecture and is awarded biennially to works completed within the previous two years. The principal objectives are to recognise and commend excellence in the field of architecture and to draw attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new ideas and technologies and of the clients who support them.

See all the 2015 projects by country.

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Casa Maternidade in Oporto, Pablo Pita Architects

The intervention aims to adapt this typical Porto dwelling typology to the daily contemporary routines. This is set from a depuration exercise, developing mainly the stair core, in order to achieve a unifying element that could relate all these different spaces.

La casa Maternidade is a semidetached house occupping a restored nineteenth century building. It conceptually reinterprets the core of this type of model, recognizing the importance of light.

The portuguese Pablo Pita Architects based in Oporto, propose a design that generates a new scale on the core of the stairs, overlapping this new vertical path that runs along the existing house, achieving new crossing points with different visual and spatial relationships between all levels.

 

© José Campos. Architectural Photography

© José Campos. Architectural Photography

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Giancarlo De Carlo’s unpublished sketches at Triennale di Milano

A sentimental exhibition of architecture and a small tribute to a lesser-known, more private side of Giancarlo De Carlo.

 

Giancarlo De Carlo’s controversial, critical and political approach to architecture is probably one the most international, famous and critically-acclaimed face of Italy’s twentieth-century architectural practice. However, there is another side to De Carlo’s practice: a lesser known, more private design process. Through different-scale drawings and sketches and multimedia installations, Triennale di Milano is offering a new view on the Italian architect’s relationship with landscape, territory, the city, private life and the public eye  -offering an interesting insight on De Carlo’s thoughts and actions.

 

Giancarlo De Carlo "Schizzi inediti" Ⓒ Triennale di Milano

Giancarlo De Carlo “Schizzi inediti” Ⓒ Triennale di Milano

 

Lasting from December 19 to January 11, 2015, the exhibition will be open to the public at the Triennale’s main building in Viale Alemagna  in Milan.

 

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New urban landmark for Charleroi by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

The Charleroi police headquarters has been installed in a blue tower building which is a reminder of the dark blue colours of the police force. The idea is to create a city scale landmark which is not too high, as a sort of dialogue with the City Hal belfry, and as a message stating that the police force services are open to all at all times.

 

© Filip DUJARDIN

© Filip DUJARDIN

 

Extract from the Press Realease by the architect, Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

Police and Dance, a pas de deux.

It is both strange and somehow stimulating to combine a police headquarters and a dance company on the same site. Urban districts move, cities change, we are in an era of transformation. In Charleroi, Belgium, we have built a new police headquarters and extended the Charleroi Danses buildings. These transformations were an opportunity to create a new urban space that can be reached from the street and that we wanted to be active and bustling. This is why a large brasserie was created at its heart, a place where users of the site and its neighbours can meet.

The Charleroi police headquarters has been installed in a blue tower building which is a reminder of the dark blue colours of the police force. The idea was to create a city scale landmark which is not too high, as a sort of dialogue with the City Hal belfry, and as a message stating that the police force services are open to all at all times. We installed the lobby in the extension to Charleroi Danses, it is a large red nomad tent that reminds of the lightness of dancers. Its vast terrace visible from the public area also underlines the permanence of this internationally reputed institution. The unexpected combination of the new Charleroi police headquarters, of Charleroi Danses, of a brasserie and a public square should create new urban poetry in the upper city.

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“Lina Bo Bardi in Italy”, a retrospective at MAXXI Roma

Celebrating the centenary of Lina Bo Bardi’s birth, the exhibition tells the story of the architect’s youth between Italy and Brazil.

MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo. Photo montage and drawing by Lina Bo Bardi as concept development, 1957-1968. © Arquivo ILBPMB

MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo. Photo montage and drawing by Lina Bo Bardi as concept development, 1957-1968. © Arquivo ILBPMB

 

Before her arrival to Brazil accompanied by her husband, Pietro Maria Bardi, Lina Bo had already made a name for herself in Italy thanks to her work as an architect in Milan with the collaboration of Gio Ponti and Carlo Pagani. Those early years following her graduation in Rome in 1939 and the difficult times during the War are the ones in focus at the exhibition “Lina Bo Bardi in Italia” organised by MAXXI Architettura in collaboration with Domus and the Instituto Lina Bo and P.M. Bardi, which will be open from December 19 to March 15th 2015.

 

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Mediatheque in La Madeleine by TANK Architectes

The french studio was responsible for repurposing the 1930s building as part of the development of a new public space at the centre of La Madeleine, a town on the outskirts of Lille. The original building faces the central market square and now provides a cultural hub for the local community.

Mediatheque in La Madeleine ©PM Rouxel

Mediatheque in La Madeleine ©PM Rouxel

Tank Architectes inaugurated last September a refurbishment and expansion project in a former police station in Madeleine, France, with the purpose of connecting the new public space with the urban context. In order to provide a true integration, the public facility has been designed as an extension of the public square.

The french studio was responsible for repurposing the 1930s building as part of the development of a new public space at the centre of La Madeleine, a town on the outskirts of Lille. The original building faces the central market square and now provides a cultural hub for the local community. The first step in the police station’s renovation was to make it more accessible to the public by lowering the entrance and the sills of the existing windows to street level. New glazed openings provide views out from the formerly closed gable ends, while the old stonework was freshened up with a coat of white paint.

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Villa Pruhonice, Jestico + Whiles in Czech Republic

Fully integrated into the surrounding landscape, Jestico + Whiles’ design fuses the home’s pure spaces with physical connections to the landscaped gardens.

© Ales Jungmann

© Ales Jungmann

(Extracts from the memory by architects)

Jestico + Whiles has completed a luxury private villa in the heart of a village close to Prague in the Czech Republic. A sophisticated five-bedroom family home that marries a contemporary aesthetic with the best in environmental design, the property also includes cutting-edge intelligent home technologies.

Fully integrated into the surrounding landscape, Jestico + Whiles’ design fuses the home’s pure spaces with physical connections to the landscaped gardens. The villa features a transparent south- facing façade that allows natural light to flood throughout the entire living space without any danger of overheating or glare in summer thanks to balcony overhangs and a cantilevered roof. (more…)