“Anton Lorenz: From Avant-Garde to Industry” at Vitra Schaudepot

The Vitra Design Museum marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus with an exhibition on the entrepreneur and designer Anton Lorenz at the Vitra Schaudepot. As a key figure in the rise of modern tubular steel furniture, Lorenz’s importance stems not only from his furniture designs, but also from his patented inventions and successful entrepreneurial ventures.

 

Interior of the café Samt und Seide during the exhibition Die Mode der Dame, 1927 Courtesy Vitra Design Museum, Estate Anton Lorenz, photo: Schneider

 

The show encompasses furniture by such legendary designers as Marcel Breuer, Mart Stam and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, in addition to objects and documents from the estate of Anton Lorenz. Like virtually no other material, tubular steel embodied avant-garde ideals of the Bauhaus such as the quest for a »machine aesthetic« and radically new structural solutions, which culminated in the famous cantilever chair. (more…)

“Where I am free” Carlos Bunga at MAAT Lisbon

“Where I am free” is the first exhibition exclusively dedicated to the role of drawing in Carlos Bunga’s oeuvre. This exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Fundação Carmona e Costa and the MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, which is showing the artist’s first large survey show in Portugal.

 

Carlos Bunga @ Fundação Carmona e Costa_Courtesy of EDP Foundation © Bruno Lopes

 

‘My project is a kind of architecture; it’s not a real space but a mental idea.’ Carlos Bunga’s (b.1976) sculptural and painterly structures propose architecture as both body and mindscape. The exhibition begins with a small model of social housing where the artist grew up. It is the beginning of a journey from the miniature to the monumental. Using only cardboard and paint, Bunga builds fantastical architectural models, furniture as sculptures and paintings as immersive environments. (more…)

“High Agora” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

Haute Agora is a study led by architect Jean-Christophe Quinton in collaboration with Bollinger + Grohmann engineers. It explores the potential of large structures to host human activities. The project intertwines and develops more virtuous new technical systems that would use less material, and a study for more diversified space use in high-rise buildings.

 

“High Agora” © Antoine Espinasseau

 

This research started a year ago and deals with the resources of architecture and engineering, measure and space, verticality and the potential environments it generates. It results in a geometry with endless possibilities of adaptation, its structure pushing back the traditional building limits. Supported by only 30 centimetre-thick veils of concrete from the ground, Haute Agora rises to 700 meters and saves space. (more…)

“The House of the Explorer” at deSingel International Arts Campus

In the exhibition “The House of the Explorer”, the Flanders Architecture Institute offers a unique view into the universe of the Antwerp architectural firm. As a visitor, you get under the skin of the architect-explorer who ends up in a wondrous world full of concrete buildings and paper ideas.

 

Campagnebeeld The House of the Explorer_Leysstraat 7-15, Antwerpen, Bovenbouw & Barbara Van Der Wee Architects (Foto Filip Dujardin)

 

Designing from a desire for the most suitable ‘Designing relevant buildings that say the right things about the city.’ This is what Bovenbouw Architectuur stands for. The young Antwerp architectural firm provided a wide range of projects these past few years that aim to serve society. ‘As an architectural firm, we try not to put our needs as designers in first place’, says Somers. ‘We do not work from a desire for innovation, but more from a desire for the specific and the most suitable.’ (more…)

“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.

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“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…)