Theo Jansen’s Amazing Creatures take over Fundación Telefónica, in Madrid

Fundación Telefónica Space will be the home of some of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest between 23 October 2015 and 17 January 2016. Living and fossilized creatures will occupy the third floor of the Space – some of them will even be walking along the halls of the exhibition.

 

Strandbeest © Theo Jansen

Strandbeest © Theo Jansen

 

Theo Jansen (1948, Scheveningen) has been since the 1990’s imagining and building strange creatures to inhabit and roam the beaches of the Netherlands, stirring the sand and changing its landscape only with the help of the wind. The Strandbeest, or Beach Animals, are born, they walk about the beaches, evolve and die. Their lifetime is barely a year, and most of them will end up as fossils.

Fundación Telefónica Space will be the home of some of these living and fossilized creatures between 23 October 2015 and 17 January 2016Ordis, Currens Vaporis, Currens Ventosa, Rhinoceros Tabulae and Percipiere Primus will occupy the third floor of the Space. Some of them will even be walking along the halls of the exhibition, entitled Theo Jansen’s Amazing Beach Animals.

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2015 Serpentine Pavilion design released! A colourful design by SelgasCano

The design is familiar with these young architects’ characteristic style: following the principles of light, bold colour and unconventional shapes, the building will consist of a “double-layered shell, made of opaque and translucent fluorine-based plastic (ETFE) in a variety of colours”.

 

Serpentine Pavilion designed by SelgasCano 2015 External indicative CGI © Steven Kevin Howson / SelgasCano

Serpentine Pavilion designed by SelgasCano 2015 External indicative CGI © Steven Kevin Howson / SelgasCano

 

Serpentine reveals today designs for the 15th annual Pavilion. The render by Madrid-based architects SelgasCano shows an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fabric membrane (ETFE) woven through and wrapped in webbing. Visitors will be able to enter and exit the Pavilion at a number of different points, passing through a ‘secret corridor’ between the outer and inner layer of the structure and into the Pavilion’s brilliant, stained glass-effect interior.

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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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“Arquipélago”: new Centre for the Contemporary Arts in Ribeira Grande, Portugal

Portuguese office Menos é Mais and João Mendes Ribeiro have transformed a formed tobacco factory in Azores into a building complex for the dissemination of local contemporary arts.

Arquipélago. Menos é Mais Arquitetos Ⓒ Jose Campos Architectural Photographer.

Arquipélago. Menos é Mais Arquitetos Ⓒ Jose Campos Architectural Photographer.

 

An archipelago is said to be “a large group or chain of islands” or “a large body of water with many islands“. The Azores Islands, for example, form an archipelago. On the island of San Miguel lies Ribeira Grande, a small town where last spring, portuguese architects João Mendes Ribeiro and Menos é Mais Arquitectos (Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos) started works for a new center for the contemporary arts.

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