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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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…)

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…)

House 1014 by H arquitectes: inhabiting the courtyard

Small town in Catalonia holds a house in which a series of patios achieve not only climatic stability and energy saving, but also a wide range of domestic spaces.

 

House 1014 by H Arquitectes © Adrià Goula

House 1014 by H Arquitectes © Adrià Goula

 

House 1014, designed by H arquitectes –winners of the first edition of the Big Mat International Prize is a single-family home in the small town of Granollers, Spain. Located in a consolidated and compact urban fabric, the house works as a series of interlocked spaces revolving around the building’s courtyards. Ranging from darker, more private areas, to almost open-air living rooms, all the spaces within the house are designed to work as a whole, forming a complex system for climate control throughout the year, based on traditional passive technologies.

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Molhes do Douro, maritime public infrastructure by Carlos Prata Architect

The proposal finds the right balance between the necessary concrete structures and natural and urban landscapes.

 

Molhes do Douro Ⓒ João Ferrand

Molhes do Douro Ⓒ João Ferrand

 

Foz do Douro, an upscale neighborhood in Porto where the Douro meets the Atlantic, is the location of the dam built by the Portuguese Carlos Prata. The structure, besides containing the sea to ensure navigation on the river, supposes an opportunity to generate a public space that goes 600m into the sea. The concrete construction design is determined by the natural conditions of the site, combined with the urban context. The breakwater goes into the sea with a boardwalk, an indoor gallery to access to the lighthouse on stormy days, and a space designed to be a restaurant. (more…)

Enter the preparations for Expo 2015 through Scandurra Studio’s Milano Gate.

Designed by the principles of lightness and sustainability, two structures set the scenario for urban activities while providing a new space for selling tickets and visitors’ information.

Expo Milano 2015 Gate Ⓒ Filippo Romano

Expo Milano 2015 Gate Ⓒ Filippo Romano

 

Before the opening of Expo 2015, Milan’s activities and preparations for the big International Fair will take place in an impressive new space in the heart of the city. Through the construction of two pyramid-like structures, Scandurra Studio have transformed and re-interpreted  a large square at the end of Dante street to host the information centre and ticket booth for the Expo as well as providing an urban rehearsal for the activities and ideas that shape this year’s slogan “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life“.

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Giulia Foscari´s “Elements of Venice” by Lars Muller Publisher

The metamorphic nature of Venice, a city in which most buildings underwent throughout the centuries substantial volumetric and formal transformations informed by political and cultural shifts, is revealed in Elements of Venice through the analysis of single architectural elements.

 

Developed as a parallel research project of Fundamentals—the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale curated by Rem Koolhaas—the book offers insights on Venetian facades, stairs, corridors, floors, ramps, ceilings, doors, hearths, windows, balconies and walls. It is composed by individual examples without apparent connection, apart from the narrative dictated by the original biennale 12 items.

 

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Despite its small size (16.5 × 12 cm), it guides us in a trip through almost 700 pages, with hundreds of diagrams, collages, drawings and original photos, alternating with historical documentation of the most varied type.

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“ZAC des Lilas” Multi-Purpose Building, a gathering place by SCAPE

The building appears as a compact volume from outside, while inside it is a dynamic system which naturally meets the requirements of space and privacy required by the various functions. For this building, Scape recently received the “Young Talent Architecture” award.

 

© Francesco Mattuzzi

© Francesco Mattuzzi

 

The italian architectural firm Scape, established in 2002 by architects Ludovica Di Falco, Francesco Marinelli, Paolo Mezzalama and Alessandro Cambi, has designed a multifunctional building on rue Paul Meurice in Paris. The commission was entrusted to Scape by the Heritage and Architecture Department (DPA) of France, after having won the competition organized by the City of Paris.

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Martin Rajnis’ Lighthouse and Museum of Jara Cimrman, nominated for the Mies van der Rohe award 2015

The museum is embedded into the slope, protected by a stone wall fluently attached to the rock and other walls running throughout the area. The concept of volumes is based on the contrast of horizontal walls and a vertical wooden construction.

 

© Radka Ciglerová

© Radka Ciglerová

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit Martin Rajnis’ Lighthouse and Museum of Jara Cimrman, situated in the Příchovice, south of the Jizera Mountains (Czech Republic). (more…)

Seasonless house, an “active playground” by Casos de Casas

The architects proposal for clients in Vinaroz, Castellón, is a house that consciously disassociates itself from its built environment in order to achieve one for itself –a landscape of domestic activities and possibilities on the inside of the house.

 

Seasonless house. Casos de Casas Ⓒ Jose Hevia

Seasonless house. Casos de Casas Ⓒ Jose Hevia

 

What do you expect of a house located on a Mediterranean resort city in which two different seasonal inhabitation models shift all year round? Spanish office’s Casos de Casas answer to this question is, actually, to propose a new way of living –a crossroads between compact, urban, high-density housing and laid-back, holiday home architecture. A seasonless house.

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