“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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“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…)

“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…)

“Low Tech, High Rise” residential towers for Berlin-Friedrichshain

Sustainable construction means simple construction – following this motto, architecture students at the TU Darmstadt have designed residential towers for Berlin-Friedrichshain. The works will be on display at The Architekturgalerie München.

 

Low Tech High Rise © Architekturgalerie Munchen

Low Tech High Rise © Architekturgalerie Munchen

 

The projects were developed under the direction of guest professor Armin Behles and in cooperation with the WBM housing association Berlin-Mitte. They were built in masonry made of highly insulating bricks. In conjunction with mineral plasters, this is an ecologically and economically convincing and durable construction method, only recently allowing to build tall houses. (more…)

“Raumplan House” by Alberto Campo Baeza

Last edition’s winner of the BigMat Architecture Award resumes one of his leitmotifs: the diagonal space, used previusly in numerous works as Turegano House, Asencio House or Caja Granada, adding in this case a helicoidal movement to the operation.

 

Raumplan House, Alberto Campo Baeza © Javier Callejas

Raumplan House, Alberto Campo Baeza © Javier Callejas

 

“2+2+2 is much more than just 6. A Raumplan house” by the architect.

The house is located on a sloping plot with a landscape of distant horizon none other than Madrid’s western mountain range viewed from Camarines. At ground level it doesn’t appear to be anything special, but as we go up we feast our eyes on a panoramic view of the urban landscape of the east of Madrid. From the four towers to the left to the Madrid tower to the right. Beautiful, and curious also. Logically the more public parts of the house will be at the upper levels to frame and enjoy the stunning views. (more…)

Two houses among the walls of Oropesa, by Paredes&Pedrosa Architects

The project is defined by the strong decision to recuperate some of the elements in ruins and the original walls -which are part of the town’s historical heritage-, and a close attention to the new textures and materials superimposed to the original surfaces of the house.

 

Two houses in Oropesa (2015) Paredes&Pedrosa Architectos  © Photo: Luis Asín

Two houses in Oropesa (2015) Paredes&Pedrosa Architects © Photo: Luis Asín

 

Spanish team of architects Paredes&Pedrosa (founded by Ángela García de Paredes and Ignacio Pedrosa) have recently completed one of their latest works: two small houses in Oropesa, Spain, inserted among the antique city walls of the 15th century. Designed for two brothers who wished to divide an old family house partially in ruins, the design is based on the introduction of a long and narrow patio in the existing plot.

The project is halfway between a strict restoration work, characterized by a strong decision to recuperate some of the elements in ruins and the original walls -which are part of the town’s historical heritage-, and a very contemporary approach seen in the textures and materials used in the interior and exterior surfaces of the houses, as well as in the treatment of the outside, partially public space. (more…)

New life for Ex-Ansaldo in OnsiteStudio’s project in Milan

Designed by the Italian team Onsite Studio, the project’s aim is to qualify the existing industrial-like spaces through the insertion of new elements that will provide not just technical services, but also a necessary contrast in materials, scale and spatial tension as a blank canvas for the activities proposed by the Comune di Milano.

 

Ex-Ansaldo entrance hall © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo entrance hall © OnsiteStudio

 

Besides the events programmed for this years’ International Exhibition –inaugurated hardly a few days ago- Milano has still a lot to offer in the long-term, with the Comune di Milano advocating for the rehabilitation of unused or rejected urban areas in the form of cultural, multipurpose spaces for the promotion and dissemination of local arts.

 

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