HOUSE 2 – COUNTER CITY: a 240 square-metre public installation in Zurich

The installation was erected in less than 10 days, involving 200 first-year students who prefabricated all the built elements of the installation in Lausanne and transported them across Switzerland i to Zurich, where they unloaded and re-assembled them as a full-size ephemeral structure.

 

HOUSE 2 - COUNTERCITY installation © Anna Positano -  Opfot.com

HOUSE 2 – COUNTERCITY installation © Anna Positano -Opfot.com

 

HOUSE 2 – COUNTER CITY (www.countercity.ch) is a 240 square metre public architectural installation situated next to the Toni-Areal in Zurich. The project is based on an experimental format for collaborative design and construction conceived by ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace) — a laboratory of EPFL led by Dieter Dietz.

Erected in less than 10 days, the project involved 200 first-year students, who prefabricated all the built elements of the installation in Lausanne and transported them across Switzerland in six shipping containers to Zurich, where they unloaded and re-assembled them as a full-size ephemeral structure. (more…)

OE House by Fake Industries Architectural Agonism + aixopluc

The clients wanted a summer house on the ground floor and a winter house on the first floor. The architects also give them the roof and the garden to enjoy the mediterranean climate during spring and autumn, the sunny winter days and the chilly summer nights. The house is placed on a flat spot, and it is planted with hazel trees. It is at the foot of la Mussara range, where strong north-west winds blow.

 

OE House © photo: José Hevia

OE House © photo: José Hevia

 

The OE House is a montage. The clients wanted a double house, so they could move from one half to the other, according to their state of mind. They did not like to spend their holidays traveling; they preferred to move downstairs, and do it for real, closing the quarters above. The project provided them with two well-known domestic environments—the open frame of the case study houses for the hedonistic pleasure of the warm season, topped with the interiorized existentialism of Le Corbusier’s Maison Jaoul for the windy months in la Sierra de la Mussara. The resulting exquisite corpse—wrapped by the most Spanish architectural prop of all: the persiana—ensures the schizophrenic differentiation of modes of habitation as much as it negotiates the impossible encounter of both types. (more…)

“Walter’s Way – The Self-Build Revolution” at AA School

The exhibiton focuses on Walter Segal’s work with the Lewisham self-builders of the 1980s and displays the application of Segal’s method today. Housed in and around a newly constructed section of a Segal house, from which visitors can experience the fundamental elements of the style, are original drawings, documents and furniture designed by Segal alongside archival films and photographs.

 

Walter Segal © Jon Broome

Walter Segal © Jon Broome

 

Walter Segal was born in Berlin in 1907, he came to England in the 1930s to study Egyptology and teach at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. The development of his iconic self-build method during the 1960s enabled ordinary people, young and old, to design and build their own houses quickly and cheaply using readily available materials in standard sizes, without the need for specialist wet trades such as bricklaying and plastering.

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