“Lacaton & Vassal / inhabiting: pleasure and luxury for everyone” exhibition at AUT

The architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, winners of the latest BigMat International Architecture Award are among the internationally most important representatives of a “pragmatic” and at the same time social architecture that questions the economic as well as the ecological foundations of building.

 

Lacaton & Vassal, Cité Manifeste, Mulhouse, 2001 – 2005 – © Philippe Ruault

Lacaton & Vassal, Cité Manifeste, Mulhouse, 2001 – 2005 – © Philippe Ruault

 

They see the creation of open areas and “luxurious” living spaces as one of the main tasks of their architecture. Thanks to simple and industrial materials, they succeed in generating affordable and architectonically high-quality living space. In their first project, the single-family House Latapie from 1993, they already formulate the basic features of their further work. An adapted greenhouse construction is pulled over a simple wooden structure and defines a climatic shell that acts as a winter garden or extended living space. In this way, 185 m2 of usable space arose for what was then just over 55,000 Euros. The greenhouse theme subsequently assumes a central role in their work, because there is hardly a project that does not take up certain elements or set pieces of this industrial horticultural product. (more…)

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Architecture Category Prize: a concentric structure in concrete defines the building’s layout. The result is a plan without a corridor, consisting only of a set of rooms with the double-height interior. Dwellings are surrounded by outdoor spaces that give them a high quality of interior.

 

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience © Éric Lapierre

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience © Éric Lapierre

 

In words of Marc Barani (French member of the panel of judges): “The structure provides a number of convincing solutions to the matter of tower blocks and high-rises. Without doubt, this project is best described as an oxymoron: compact/bright, bars/flexible, rational/diverse, concrete/scalability. A work there to serve its inhabitants, where the architect has wisely fused classic and modern culture.” (more…)

“Every House on Langland Road” at Architectural Association

Every House on Langland Road is an exploration of Netherfield, a unique housing project built in the new city of Milton Keynes in the early 1970s. The houses were designed before the collapse of the post war consensus in an optimistic spirit of public housing and social mobility.

 

"Every House on Langland Road" © AA  Simon Phipps and Darren Umney

“Every House on Langland Road” © AA Simon Phipps and Darren Umney

 

They were however built under the pressures of the three day week and within the budgetary constraints of a remote central government with shifting policies. The unique length, presence and history of the Netherfield streetscape provides a backdrop against which long standing and unresolved questions around the nature of housing, and social housing in particular, are brought into focus. An exhibition by Simon Phipps and Darren Umney. (more…)

“Do You Really Want to Live Like Your Mother?” exhibition by PPAG architects

With a focus on trendsetting forms of housing, PPAG architects is one of the leading protagonists of contemporary architecture in Austria. Since 1995, the Vienna-based architecture studio founded by Anna Popelka and Georg Poduschka has been working to stimulate the further development of our society through innovative living environments.

 

Rooftop development Tunesian Village, Vienna, 2012 © Roland Krauss | Housing Orasteig, Vienna, 2009 © Roland Krauss

Rooftop development Tunesian Village, Vienna, 2012 © Roland Krauss | Housing Orasteig, Vienna, 2009 © Roland Krauss

 

‘Do You Really Want to Live Like Your Mother?’ presents a 1:1 model of their idea for an elastic space configuration within an apartment. The installation features plans, drawings, and films for structures planned and built by PPAG, including residential buildings and urban development projects in Vienna and Berlin. The exhibition gives visitors an insight into the well-considered solutions which meet the demands of the diverse ways of life. (more…)

‘Sémiose: Daufresne, Le Garrec & associés’ at La Galerie d’Architecture in Paris

Semiosis, the signification of a character regarding its context, is the word that the French architecture practice Daufresne, Le Garrec & associates have chosen to define their work in this exhibition, divided into five fundamental design processes: emergence, immersion, movement, metamorphosis and envelopment.

 

Maison d'Accueil 'Daufresne, Le Garrec & associés' architects. Franois © Sergio Grazia

Maison d’Accueil ‘Daufresne, Le Garrec & associés’ architects. Franois © Sergio Grazia

 

La Galerie d’Architecture in Paris comes back from summer holiays with a monographic exhibition on the architecture office Daufresne, Le Garrec & associés. The exhibition, named “Semiose” -French for ‘Semiosis‘, “the signification of a character regarding its context”- tries to portray these architects’ approach to architectural projects and design.

Divided into five so-called ‘architectural stances’, the exhibition also explains the French office’s recent change of name to “Séméio”, embodying the firm’s new structure while symbolizing the accumulated meaning of its projects and reflections.  (more…)

“Together. The architecture of the Collective” at Vitra Design Museum

Using models, films, and walk-in displays, the exhibition addresses this global phenomenon of housing scarcity by presenting a broad array of collective building and living projects from Europe, Asia, and the United States: an overview of historical precedents for the current wave of collective living spaces.

 

Open air dinner, Siedlung Heizenholz, Kraftwerk1, Zurich Adrian Streich Architekten, 2012 © Katrin Simonett/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Siedlung Heizenholz, Kraftwerk1, Zurich. Adrian Streich Architekten, 2012 © Katrin Simonett/VG Bild-Kunst

 

Housing is scarce – that much has become evident in the last few years. As real estate prices in big cities continue to skyrocket, conventional ideas of housing development prove unable to meet demands. The reaction to these challenges has been a silent revolution in contemporary architecture – towards collective building and living.

Using models, films, and walk-in displays, the exhibition »Together! The New Architecture of the Collective« addresses this global phenomenon by presenting a broad array of collective building and living projects from Europe, Asia, and the United States. An overview of historical precedents for the current wave of collectives demonstrates that the idea of collectivity has been a recurring theme in the history of architecture, from the reformist ideas of the nineteenth century to the hippies and squatters of the twentieth who touted the slogan »Make love, not lofts«. (more…)

“Rental Housing, forgotten segment of Czech architecture” at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

The exhibition displays the work of almost 40 architectural practices, comprising some of the most interesting Czech architects as well as foreign architecture offices such as BIG, Lacaton & Vassal, Masion Eduard François, MVRDV…

 

BIG, VIA 57 WEST © Iwan Baan

BIG, VIA 57 WEST © Iwan Baan

 

Jaroslav Fragner Gallery presents its most recent exhibition dedicated to rental housing. Following a change in the Czech real-estate market, where rented apartments seem to have risen after years of decline, the exhibition picks out some of the most interesting examples within the Czech Republic and aborad to highlight the possibilities of this housing type in contemporary architecture.

The exhibition displays the work of almost 40 architectural practices, comprising some of the most interesting Czech architects  as well as foreign architecture offices such as  BIG, Lacaton & Vassal, Masion Eduard François, MVRDV… (more…)

“Social housing” book presentation and exhibition at RIBA London

RIBA presents an exhibition based on Paul Karakusevic and Abigail Bachelor’s new book, which explores the theme of new public housing from across Europe at a pivotal time for the sector.

 

Hillington Square, UK; by Mae Architects © Photo: Jack Hobhouse

Hillington Square, UK; by Mae Architects © Photo: Jack Hobhouse

 

To celebrate the launch of Paul Karakusevic and Abigail Bachelor’s new book on the theme of social housing, the RIBA is hosting an exhibition, ‘Social Housing – Definitions and Design Exemplars’ running from 18 April – 28 May 2017. Curated by Karakusevic Carson Architects it features projects by diverse practices from the book including BIQ/Hans van der Heijden, Lacaton & Vassal and LAN architecture and a discussion on Tuesday 16 May. (more…)

Inside the archives of Ábalos & Herreros in Park Books latest AP 164

Park Books presents the influential work of the Spanish architects re-interpreted by their contemporaries, collaborators and students, with contents taken from the office’s archives in the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

 

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.

 

Park Books presents their latest monograph publication on the Spanish architecture office Ábalos & Herreros, made in collaboration with Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, Juan José Castellón González, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, and photographed by Stefano Graziani.

While many have written about the work of Ábalos & Herreros, previous books have been based mainly on their built projects and ongoing research. AP 164: Ábalos & Herreros is the first book to draw on the firm’s archive, which was acquired by the Canadian centre for Architecture in Montreal in 2012, offering a new take on this important architectural practice. (more…)

“A minor architecture” small scale projects by contemporary European practices

Espacio Valverde in Madrid presents this exhibition featuring minimal intervention -but highly experimental- works by Office KGDVS, García-Germán Arquitectos, Arquitectura-G, MAIO, Dierendock Blancke Architecten and many more.

 

A minor architecture © Espacio Valverde

A minor architecture © Espacio Valverde

 

Espacio Valverde presents an exhibition on small, minor commissions made to contemporary European architecture offices in which architects have found a way to express their architectural concerns and experimentation. The exhibition at this gallery in Madrid focuses on the work of fifteen different teams of architects in a small-scale project context, showcasing photographs and project design drawings. (more…)