SOLO House by Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen

The first house was completed three years ago by the Chilean duo Mauricio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen, and the second «second home» by The Belgium architects Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen was inaugurated this spring.

 

Solo House / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen © Bas Princen

Solo House / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen © Bas Princen

 

The Office KGDVS project seemingly provides all the basic structural elements: a concrete foundation, (but shaped as a circular “catwalk”), a façade corresponding with the three inhabited segments (but perforated and with the feature to be shifted around the circumference if needed), a simple flat roof supported by four rows made up of nine columns which cut chords from the circular base (but with all technical infrastructure – photovoltaic panels, water tanks and generators – exposed as though sculptural objects), and a set of furniture (but all directly connected to the supporting columns). In this project all conventions are questioned and then given a solid new answer.  (more…)

“The Japanese House. Architecture & Life after 1945” at the Barbican Centre

Featuring over 40 architects from renowned masters and contemporary architects to exciting figures little known outside of Japan, the exhibition celebrates some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years.

 

Toyo Ito. Silver Hut, 1984 © Tomio Ohashi

Toyo Ito. Silver Hut, 1984 © Tomio Ohashi

 

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 is the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design.

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“Robert Mallet-Stevens” exhibition at CIVA Brussels

The exhibition proposes an itinerary across the work of Mallet-Stevens, richly illustrated by drawings, photos, historical documents, furniture and textiles.

 

Robert Mallet-Stevens  © Robert Mallet-Stevens, CIVA

Robert Mallet-Stevens © Robert Mallet-Stevens, CIVA

 

Robert Mallet-Stevens is one of the major figures of French architecture during the period between WWI and WWII. It is to him that we owe the villa Noailles in Hyères and the villa Cavrois near Lille, as well as the mansion houses on the rue Mallet-Stevens, smong many other works. (more…)

“The Japanese House. Architecture & Life after 1945” at MAXXI

Tradition and innovation: MAXXI’s new exhibition showcases over 50 Japanese architects’ interpretation of a home, recounting an entire culture’s approach to housing.

 

Sou Fujimoto Architects House NA Tokyo, Japan 2011 Photo: Iwan Baan

Sou Fujimoto Architects, House NA, Tokyo, Japan 2011, Photo: Iwan Baan

 

In the Japan devastated by the Second World War and economically incapable of planning large-scale public settlements, the cities slowly transformed into vital, apparently disordered and continually expanding entities in which small single-family dwellings were built, demolished and reconstructed without pause. (more…)

“O. M. Ungers: First Houses” at the Architecture Museum of the TU Berlin

The focus of the exhibition are three early homes of the architect, which play a key role in the initial phase of his work. The exhibition shows, through the original drawings from the UAA (Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft) in Cologne, the early production of Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926-2007).

 

Belvedere Strasse House © UAA

Belvedere Strasse House © UAA

 

These houses, from 1957-1962, show the development of a personal research which is clearly different to the positions attributed to the modern modern movement after the second world war. Architecture is understood as an autonomous art that, starting from a general concept, applying its own rules and defining specific terms, is able to formulate a complete interpretation of program and place.  Architectural form, as a dialectical whole made up of spatial composition and volumetric articulation, is located at the heart of design. (more…)