‘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.

 

(more…)

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.

(more…)

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.

(more…)

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.


 

(more…)

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…)

A glowing white philharmonic concert hall in Poland by Barozzi Veiga

The building takes formal inspiration from the traditional, picturesque architecture from Szczecin to build a massive, crystal-like auditorium for music and cultural events.

 

Szczecin Philharmonic Concert Hall by Barozzi Veiga © Simon Menges

Szczecin Philharmonic Concert Hall by Barozzi Veiga © Simon Menges

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit Barozzi Veiga’s Philharmonic Concert Hall in Szczecin, a historical town in the north of Poland. The spanish-italian office have designed a large, massive building with a translucent glass façade, making it an iconic meeting point for the city.

(more…)

2014 Tile of Spain Award Winners

The jury decided to award the first prize in the Architecture category to the project “House in Principe Real” (Lisbon ) by portuguese office CAMARIM Arquitectos, highlighting the project’s “brilliant interpretation of the use of ceramics in the historic centre of Lisbon. The five-storey house is presented to the street like a traditional ceramic plane, reinterpreted to display different textures”.

 

"Casa no Príncipe Real" by CAMARIM Arquitectos. Photos by Nelson Garrido.

“Casa no Príncipe Real” by CAMARIM Arquitectos. Photos by Nelson Garrido.

 

The 2014 Tile of Spain Awards were delivered on February 10, 2015 in CEVISAMA (Castellón) after the jury’s meeting, held last November, to make a verdict on the thirteenth edition of these acclaimed Spanish architecture awards.  The jury lead by Emilio Tuñón -winner of the English category of the 2013 BigMat Award– was made ​​up of six other architects of international success: Cino Zucchi , executive director of the Pritzker Prize and juror of the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award; Anupama Kundoo, José María Sánchez , Martha Thorne, Fernando Márquez Cecilia and Ramón Monfort .

 

(more…)

Assisted pedestrian path from Baixa to Castelo de S. Jorge, Lisbon, by São Jorge / Falcão de Campos

The present intervention aims to be a natural extension of the urban environment, intended to invite users to bridge the gap between Baixa Pombalina and the Castelo de S. Jorge’s hill.

 

© José Manuel Rodrigues

© José Manuel Rodrigues

 

From the architect:

The Assisted pedestrian path from Baixa to Castelo de S. Jorge’ is a global project intergrating different interventions such as:

Rua da Vitoria,  urban requalification, the lower level path’s main axis, from Rua do Crucifixo to Rua dos Fanqueiros; The Public Lifts Building which is the reconversion of the whole building of Rua dos Fanqueiros, 170-178; and the ground floor and basement of Rua da Madalena 147-155 to integrate the public lifts which assist the transition to the path’s upper level.

 

(more…)

Andrés Jaque to built COSMOS, water-purifying pipe network for MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

When each cycle is complete, the structure will light up in celebration offering a colourful background to the gallery’s summer music programme, known as the Warm Up sessions.

 

©Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

COSMOS ©Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation


The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 announce Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation as the winner of the annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York. Now in its 16th edition, the Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1 has been committed to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1 that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling. Andrés Jaque, drawn from among five finalists, will design a temporary urban landscape for the 2015 Warm Up summer music series in MoMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard.

This distinction joins other recently achieved by Jaque and his team: Silver Lion for best research project at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, with ‘Sales Oddity. Milano 2 and the politics of direct-to-home TV urbanism ‘. (more…)

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.

 

(more…)