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Video: The Pool - The Australian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture

Sa, 23.07.2016 - 19:00

In this interview, presented in collaboration with PLANE—SITE, the creative directors of the Australian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale discuss the motivation and execution of their design, "The Pool." In the short clip, Amelia Holliday, Isabelle Toland and Michelle Tabet provide insight into the cultural relevance of the pool within the Australian built environment and the emotional reactions they hoped to invoke in visitors. They explain the way these ideals are translated into the physical pavilion, which was intended to replicate "a place where people of different ages and backgrounds and abilities can all come together and be part of something."

Throughout all cultures water is symbol of survival; there's something very spiritual about water, all of humanity is very connected to water. Culturally, in terms of art and music and indigenous culture it's really, really strong [sic], and there's many layers of connection with the pool that we wanted to bring to light. - Isabelle Toland, Creative Director

We knew intuitively at the beginning of this process that the pool was this unique social space, a very Australian experience, but we also knew that there was something incredibly seductive about water. Like all good design, the pool itself draws you in immediately, and people have an immediate emotional connection to it. - Amelia Holliday, Creative Director

As a creative team, we were really intent on creating a singular but multi-sensory experience, so when you enter the space you will first see the reflections of the water, onto the walls, onto the volume of this new pavilion which is a fantastic opportunity for us [sic]. Then, you'll start hearing the music that we've had composed by a composer, and finally you will start hearing the different interviews that are overlaid onto that. All of this has been done through the prism of the pool which is the central element. It's very simple, but it engages all the senses. - Michelle Tabet, Creative Director

For more thoughts from the creative directors, check out the following article which they penned earlier this year.

The Pool: Inside Australia's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

News via PLANE-SITE.

Kategorien: Architektur

Rolka Studio Fuses Music and Nature in Winning Conservatory Design

Sa, 23.07.2016 - 17:00
Courtesy of Rolka Studio

Rolka Studio have unveiled their winning proposal for the Mevaseret Zion Conservatory in Israel. A joint venture of the local council of Mevaseret Zion, the Israeli Architects Association and the Musicon Association, the competition sought a design that integrated the urban and natural borders of the site with the unique musical program. The judges commented that it was Rolka Studios' interrogation of the "relationship between the creator and nature, between performance and landscape, sound and topography" that made their proposal stand out from the 85 entries. 

The building sits at the junction of three different types of public space; continuous urban public space on the north, Hare'el nature park, and a smaller scale neighborhood public space to the south. Despite these natural borders, the site is centrally located within Mevaseret Zion city, and this position required consideration of its public presence as a landmark and urban square. 

Courtesy of Rolka Studio

Within the urban grain of Mevaseret Zion city, the neighborhoods are penetrated by 'green valleys'. In reference to this, the back side of the conservatory opens up towards  the open nature, bringing the landscape into the building. A scenic path passes through the building and connects the urban square and the natural valley, enabling the passage of hikers and pedestrians. In contrast, the continuous front facade presents a distinctly urban condition and forms the bounding wall of a public square to its forefront. 

Courtesy of Rolka Studio

The building is hedged upon the unique musical values of the program, which includes a concert hall, a variety of learning and performance spaces, choir and orchestra practice rooms and a dance center. The architectural language is based on the attempt to connect this musical theme into the existing landscape, and the need for differentiation in the floor plan between public and private zones. 

Courtesy of Rolka Studio

The learning spaces and common music practice rooms are organized in adjacency to the public areas of the building, providing users a nature passageway with rotating performances. Separate entrances allow the auditorium, dance center and the rock rooms privacy from the visiting crowd, as they operate separately from the rest of the building. The private learning spaces are located on the outskirts of the project, with open and direct views to the existing landscape.

The design of the ground floor respectfully references the traces of old buildings and natural features on the site and its close surroundings. Following the flow of the topography as a Greek village would, the lower floor is folded into the ground, hiding it from street view. Thus the building appears as a set of white floating boxes, a set of portals to view outwards and inwards.

Courtesy of Rolka Studio

In a press release, the architect describes how the architectural language creates a delicate balance between an object or an icon and a "soft" structure that fits its natural environment. The project offers a flexible set of options for teachers and students of the music center in one hand a building which acts as a stage for presenting music to the city, and on the other hand, quality private learning environment with a close connection to nature.

For an alternate response to the competition brief, check out Neuman Hayner Architects proposal.

  • Architects: Rolka Studio
  • Location: Mevaseret Zion, Israel
  • Design Team: Michael Hinitz, Tomer Kopel, Tal Mandola and Omri Schwartz
  • Area: 1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Rolka Studio

News via Rolka Studio.

Kategorien: Architektur

House S / Ideaa Architectures

Sa, 23.07.2016 - 16:00
© Alain-Marc Oberlé

© Alain-Marc Oberlé

The villa is fitted to a bucolic rural land in a small village of eastern France.

The radical and uncompromising project takes place in this site to establish a close relationship between indoor spaces and the garden. All internal spaces have an access to the garden.

© Alain-Marc Oberlé Plan 1 © Alain-Marc Oberlé

The concrete volume is composed of solids and voids, the notion of traditional openings is forsaken in favor of completely open and continuous facades.


The terrace and pool are treated with the same material so as to expand the volume to the garden.

© Alain-Marc Oberlé
Kategorien: Architektur

The Milkshake Tree / pH+

Sa, 23.07.2016 - 12:00
© Paul Raftery

  • Architects: pH+
  • Location: United Kingdom, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0ES, UK
  • Area: 35.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Paul Raftery
  • Collaborators: London School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, NOW Gallery, London Festival of Architecture, BD Landscape Architects, City Sq, Creative Aluminiun Solutions
© Paul Raftery

From the architect. An experiential garden den has been created for the London Festival of Architecture 2016 by pH+ Architects on Peninsula Square, Greenwich. Conceived as an inclusive sensory space, The Milkshake Tree is a pop-up inspired by the practice’s work for the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy (LCCCP) in Haringey. The installation stimulates and encourages play through sounds, smells, movements and reflective surfaces.

© Paul Raftery

The Milkshake Tree is part of the philosophy of learning through play, embraced at the LCCCP. Using specific education techniques, which were specifically developed for children with cerebral palsy or other movement disorders, the charity’s aim is to inspire disabled children to develop independence, confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential. The pop-up is named after a request from one of the children for a milkshake tree in their new Centre.

© Paul Raftery Floor Plan © Paul Raftery

Located outside the NOW Gallery, the installation includes a ramped walkway bounded by a screen of timber fins combined with copper xylophones which can be played by the children as they pass by. The walkway wraps around a 12 sq metre gold mirrored cube with leaf-shaped cut outs, an Amelanchier tree and a glass prism in the centre creates a kaleidoscope of colours and light.

© Paul Raftery
Kategorien: Architektur

TYS Ikituuri Apartments / Sigge Arkkitehdit Oy

Sa, 23.07.2016 - 08:00
© Vesa Loikas

  • Building Contractor: YIT
  • Structural Engineering: Narmaplan Oy
  • Hvac Engineering: Juhani Lehtonen Oy
© Vesa Loikas

From the architect. The city of Turku has gone through many changes during its 700 years of history and architecture reflect different stages of that history. The last stage in architectural progress, newest modernism, is exhibited by Ikituuri student apartments. The copper tower was designed by Architecture Office SIGGE Ltd. It is an oval 12 story building with copper facades manufactured by Luvata Pori Ltd. These Green Living facade cassettes give the building a streamlined and extraordinary textural feel and look.

© Vesa Loikas

An architectural competition was held and the winning entry by Pekka Mäki’s Sigge Ltd was awarded the commission. The building site is situated between a main motorway and Turku Student Foundation’s student home townscape. The Ikituuri building is to be used as living quarters, but in the townscape its function is also to be a land mark.

Site Plan

The building mass is divided into two parts; Basement and tower. In the triangular basement there are rooms for HVAC and bicycles. Staircase and elevator are in the middle and  rooms are situated in a radial way along the corridor along them.

© Vesa Loikas

In each level there are eight rooms, singles and doubles, 30-45m2 in area. Each of them has a glazed balcony. Noteworthy is, that the oval form also feels and shows clearly in the interior of the apartments, but without causing any difficulties in furnishing or decorations. The way the apartments are designed gives a thrilling feeling. In the topmost floor there are a conference room and a sauna and a large sun deck. The deck is visible in the facade form and finishes the tower in an elegant way.

Floor Plan

The colors of the building are springing partly from the materials. The foundation is covered with rusty red steel net and the tower growing above gets its color from the pre-patinated copper. The patina looks and feels natural as the copper ages, but is industrially made and the color is sustainable.

© Vesa Loikas

Architect Pekka Mäki has arranged the lighter and darker copper cassettes so that the lay-out gives the oval a dynamic feel.

In the interior the architects have used strong color effects: The staircase is painted in concentrated green, the bicycle garages oval concrete wall have a luscious red color as well as the kitchen cabinets. Otherwise the living quarters are painted in light color which’s gives the dwellers good possibility to decorate the rooms according to their own tastes.

© Vesa Loikas

Ikituuri is an interesting building also when considered its building physics. The oval form causes a sail effect and works like a stationary rotational sail. The on molten concrete frame was quite simple to make strong enough, but the mounting of the copper cassettes is specifically constructed so that both winds suction strength and the coppers ability of electrochemical attack are considered. Therefore the mounting grid is build of stainless steel profiles.

Floor Plan

Ikituuri is also geothermally heated. The process is bi-directional. In wintertime it produces heat and in the summertime the geothermal wells are used in cooling by pumping the warmed air loads back into the wells in the bedrock.

© Vesa Loikas

C´est Si Bon, It Is Good

The representative of the Student Foundation of Turku believes that the decisions have been correct regarding the use of copper and technical questions. Also the use of geothermal energy gives an ecological advantage and is also a question of sustainable development.

© Vesa Loikas

And so Turku got a new landmark situated near the motorway. The dwellers are getting more value, not only trough a modern home, but also having a chance to live in stylish and modern building with exceptional architectural design with copper facade.

Kategorien: Architektur

Khazar Residential Building / S-A-L Design Studio

Sa, 23.07.2016 - 01:00
© Saeed Pirasteh

© Saeed Pirasteh

From the architect. Project’s site is located in one of North Tehran vicinities which comprises of condensed cluster buildings and narrow alleys. Therefore, approximately an amount of 48 sq. m. of the total land area of 350 sq. m. was neglected by the municipality code in order to widen the alley. In addition to the client’s required physical program, this issue led the building to be extremely compressed, as well as parking lots to be hard to design and the mass of building to be solid for shaping.


Consequently, Building’s outstanding features has been restricted to variety of terraces, altered skyline in comparison with regular flats and a new geometrical patterns which dominate the main facade. The said pattern provides maximum view and natural light into interior spaces, while illusively does not let observer recognize story arrangements and inner structures; in the meanwhile, it makes new and different view layout, by rearranging the floor story levels, horizontal lines and skyline; and this may lead the building to be realized as a unity so long as challenging the observers’ perception.

© Saeed Pirasteh

Facade’s basic structure consisted of large-scale rectangular frames covered by natural honed travertine. The secondary effective layer outlines wooden cribriform panels used in similar pattern and color with the main material. Geometrically, the lattice has square holes in small-scale which inspires ancient Persian architecture with its famous humanized values.

Ground Floor Plan 1st / 2nd / 5th Floor Plan 3rd / 4th Floor Plan

On the other hand, conducting light through the lattice imparts the outer sense continuously into interior space, whereas lights inside the house would be adjusted due to the harmonic moves by casting shadows and lights. Inside the house has been influenced by façade’s theme using wood and natural stone in large tiles and vast areas, which promotes a calm and peaceful place to live .

© Saeed Pirasteh
Kategorien: Architektur

Kyobo Book Center & Hottracks / WGNB

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 23:00
© Taeho Jung

  • Architects: WGNB
  • Location: Seomyeon, Bujeon-dong, Busan, South Korea
  • Collaborators: Jonghwan Baek, Sungchil Park
  • Area: 1860.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Taeho Jung
  • Text: Jihyun Lee
© Taeho Jung

Design for commercial space reflects the changing lifestyle basically. Kyobo book Center at Busan Seomyeon shows such a change with two implicative images. Two images of sketch tell the before and after of this space. While the space of existing bookstore had the structure which made purchasers busy to choose, to buy and to go out, the changed space is designed to be a place where people can visit and stay easily even though buying no books. Low bookshelves and open space make this bookstore be a space where people want to stay for a long time. Designer chose Agora, a plaza formed in polis ancient Greek city state, as a motive of this space. Agora is the day was plaza, marketplace, place with storytelling, and such a space where people discussed about politics, economy and society freely. The Agora was the center of daily life for Greek people, this is an open space settled in the daily life for neighboring residents or those who visit it, regardless of buying books or not. Consequently, it was a space of daily life forming culture in it, and the designer plans to create such a space at this project.

Diagram Diagram

Kyobo Book Center at Busan Seomyeon consists of the first floor and the first basement. On the first floor, the best-sellers are arranged at the front centering around the entrance, and its layout reflects Korean peculiarity. Behind the corners of poet, novel, culture and essay, corners of magazine, record figure and cartoon are situated. Seminar area is located above the cartoon corner. Space of basement gives the sense of openness to the two floors by expanding stairway on both sides and making a large void. It is divided with see-through walls by each part. The see-through walls categorize the space by using perforating panels.

© Taeho Jung Plan © Taeho Jung

The bookshelves on the basement are divided by categories but they maintain the general concept of open space due to the see-through walls at main human traffic line, books area, and HPTTRACTS area. In the middle of the basement, there is resting place like a plaza, which harmonizes with nature. There are various types of areas, but basically, the designer creates resting place where people can mingle each other naturally while reading. Inner gardening plays the aesthetic role to substitute for signs or to relax dry air, starting from the vertical garden at the cashier area.

© Taeho Jung
Kategorien: Architektur

Bungalow Court Brighton / Steve Domoney Architecture

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 22:00
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell

From the architect. Set in a quiet leafy cul-de-sac in the bay side suburb of Brighton, the first glimpse captured of our Bungalow Court project is of the kite-like roof canopy sailing aloft a solid upper level ‘hull’.  It hovers seemingly unsupported, with only the presence of a narrow band of horizontal glazing beneath to suggest a connection to the solid form below.

© Derek Swalwell

The intentionally whimsical form the roof assumes, signals the design response reinforced throughout this free flowing family home. We aimed to engender an air of relaxed sophistication, a calm welcoming place that would stimulate the senses and instil a sense of wellbeing.

Floor Plan Floor Plan

From first entering the house and passing through, it gradually unfolds and reveals the series of interconnecting living spaces both indoors and out.

© Derek Swalwell

With only the presence of a meandering glass facade defining the ‘in’ from the ‘out’, an almost resort feel is established, with pool and spa encircling the family living space and rich tropical garden backdrops beyond, the garden t becomes an equal contributor to the overall spatial experience of this home.

© Derek Swalwell

There is a refined simplicity to the material palette, natural, earthy and honest. An uncomplicated backdrop to the furnishings which add colour, texture and warmth.

© Derek Swalwell

The home is unashamedly a show piece for our clients, but robust enough to comfortably withstand the rigours of family life and celebrate their positive spirit.

Kategorien: Architektur

CA Technologies / Setter Architects

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 20:00
© Itay Sikolski

  • Architects: Setter Architects
  • Location: Herzliya, Israel
  • Project Designer: Bella Ventura
  • Design Team: Katya Michkovsky
  • Area: 2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Itay Sikolski
  • Project Manager: Margolin Bros. Engineering & Consulting Ltd.
  • Contractor: Terra Engineering & Construction Ltd.
© Itay Sikolski

CA Technologies has recently launched their new development center, spread over 2 floors in Herzliya, Israel.

© Itay Sikolski

CA's guidelines for the design team were to create a young and dynamic environment; as a result the design team came up with an idea for a new kind of work space that incorporated all of the above as well as being inspirational and unique.

© Itay Sikolski Plan © Itay Sikolski

 This type of creative and open design enables for many formal and informal collaboration areas that act as a buffer between active workstations and public areas. Setter Architects came up with a multipurpose , functional partition that serves as storage units and  separates the corridors from the employee workstations; a combination of plumbing pipes and recycled wooden boxes, along with hanging vegetation and lighting fixtures.

© Itay Sikolski © Itay Sikolski

The space emits a warm and embracing sensation, outside of the familiarly known office and home environments. Incorporating various elements from different fields, diverse materials, natural vegetation, spot-on lighting and street inspired graphics all come together to form a beautiful new language and an exclusive working environment. 

© Itay Sikolski
Kategorien: Architektur

Perkins Eastman Update SOM-Designed Laboratory at the University of Chicago

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 19:05
Southwest Facade After. Image Courtesy of Perkins Eastman

Perkins Eastman has released plans for a two-story expansion and redesign of the SOM-designed Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research at the University of Chicago campus in Chicago, Illinois. Construction on the 63,500 square foot building has just begun, and once completed, will serve as the renewed home of the University’s Department of Physics. The addition and renovation will create a new physics hub on campus that will allow students of different sub-disciplines to collaborate under the same roof for the first time.

Soutwest Facade Before. Image Courtesy of Perkins Eastman

The original cast-in-place concrete structure was designed by SOM in 1964 and featured a symmetrical floor plan and a storefront glass facade system that wrapped around the entire building. Perkins Eastman’s plan will update the building’s aesthetic with a contemporary steel-hung glass system and stacked bond stone walls, complementing the clean lines of the SOM design. At the base, the existing building will remain visible.

“In addition to bringing into modern use an existing campus building, the new LASR building will contribute to the University’s vibrant North Science Quadrangle and create a strong and mature building befitting the quality and caliber of intellectual pursuits by the Department of Physics,” says Jerry R. Walleck, Managing Principal of Perkins Eastman’s Chicago office and Principal-in-Charge of the project.

Northwest Facade After. Image Courtesy of Perkins Eastman Northwest Facade Before. Image Courtesy of Perkins Eastman

The addition will feature new offices and collaborative spaces along the building’s interior perimeter, allowing corridors to be filled with daylight, while light-sensitive laboratories will be located in the basement and interior of the building. The two largest gathering spaces will be featured prominently on the facade: a cantilevered seminar room will provide unobstructed interior space capable of accommodating large groups of people, and a double-height commons will connect to an outdoor roof terrace and offer views of the campus Quad.

Aerial Perspective After. Image Courtesy of Perkins Eastman Aerial Perspective Before. Image Courtesy of Perkins Eastman

The building has been designed to reach LEED silver metrics, taking advantage of natural light sources and employing treated glass to reduce the need for artificial lighting while reducing solar gain. Heating a cooling will be provided through overhead hydronic beams to treat the air more efficiently than in traditional forced air systems.

The building is expected to be completed summer 2017.

  • Architects: Perkins Eastman
  • Location: Eckhardt, 5640 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, United States
  • Area: 63500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Perkins Eastman
Kategorien: Architektur

Moving Everest Charter School / Team A

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 18:00
© Hedrich Blessing

  • Architects: Team A
  • Location: 416 N Laramie Ave, Chicago, IL 60644, USA
  • Area: 53000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Hedrich Blessing
© Hedrich Blessing

From the architect. The new school facility located in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago accommodates the day school, Moving Everest Charter School (ME), and the after-school provider, By The Hand Club For Kids (BTHC).

Plan 1

Grades K-5 make up the school’s enrollment with each grade totaling (90) students, which is further divided into (3) classrooms. ME utilizes a blended learning rotational model to enable a more personalized learning experience and lower the student / teacher ratio. Within each classroom a teacher and a teacher aide facilitate both direct instruction and collaborative activities at the same time while a percentage of students move out to breakout rooms and the computer lab for independent study. Breakout rooms and the computer lab are centrally located between the classrooms to facilitate an efficient rotation. The connecting slot between the break-out rooms and computer lab serves an additional impromptu learning space and is meant to disrupt the typical corridor arrangement with its diagonal colorful walls, carpet tile flooring, lowered ceiling, playful child height windows and reading nook.

© Hedrich Blessing © Hedrich Blessing

With separate day / after-school providers, sharing the building and creating delineations between the two users was important. Classrooms are equipped with separate keyed closets, lockable sliding marker boards (to reveal and hide materials) and smart projectors to easily change curriculum. A large staff work room on the 2nd floor provides space for a seamless transition between the teachers and after-school staff. Technology further enhances the physical accommodations with a robust fiber internet service & wireless access points, chrome books (for instruction) and a video wall in the main lobby where both users are able to customize their own content and change the identity of the space. A branding hierarchy was established between both organizations and each ID colors, logos, imagery and donor acknowledgment were integrated into the architecture. The exterior composition maintains a strong emotional connection with the community while the bright colors and light filled interior spaces encourage a dynamic learning experience.

© Hedrich Blessing
Kategorien: Architektur

BIG, MVRDV, Snøhetta to Compete for San Pellegrino Flagship Factory Redesign

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 16:45
© S.Pellegrino

Sparkling Natural Mineral Water company San Pellegrino has announced an international competition between 4 top architecture firms for the redesign of its flagship factory and bottling plant, located at the source of the mineral water, San Pellegrino Terme, Italy.

“This exciting endeavor aims to celebrate the heritage, special source and terroir of S.Pellegrino, while also promoting new standards of efficiency, environmental sustainability and compliance. Further, this project will support the revitalization of the historic region, harkening back to the golden age of San Pellegrino Terme, at the height of the Belle Époque, when the town served as an exclusive destination for European aristocracy,” a spokesperson for San Pellegrino said in a press release.

The four firms competing for the Flagship Factory design are:

The winning entry and timeline for construction will be announced in late September 2016. For more information on the project, visit San Pellegrino’s website, here.

News via San Pellegrino

Kategorien: Architektur

Paradiso / Nomos

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 16:00
© Imagen Subliminal

  • Architects: Nomos
  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Architect In Charge: Nomos
  • Area: 60.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Imagen Subliminal
© Imagen Subliminal

From the architect. Paradiso is a coffee shop located in a converted bicycle workshop, in a former industrial area of Geneva. 


The fully glazed storefront opens up on the facade of the Ethnography Museum of Geneva across the road. Diamond shapes and strict lines on the opposite museum wall contrast with the round figures of the bar and wall recess. The deliberate curved-out edges of the counter and floor empty spaces create fluid movements inside. Together, lines, arches and flow become elements of a complimentary geometrical language.

© Imagen Subliminal

The high and lively space on the ground floor is extended by a staircase that leads to a more intimate mezzanine. A single, continuous material is used for the floor and steps ; a terrazzo composed of fragments of black and white Carrara and red Verona marble. The white Carrara marble counter is supported by black, slotted wooden boards that recall stone pillars. The handrail and wall light fixtures are made of brass. A vintage Italian chandelier, also made of brass, is a centrepiece providing subtle and retro lighting to the bar area.

© Imagen Subliminal

This tailored composition of shapes and materials creates a unique atmosphere, reminiscent of a genuine Italian caffe.

Kategorien: Architektur

Look Through 15 of Alvar Aalto's Most Notable Works with This Digital Stereoscope

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 15:00
Courtesy of Expedia Finland

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the death of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto this May, Expedia Finland has created “The World According to Alvar,” an interactive visual portfolio containing some of his most notable buildings from around the world. The digital stereoscope allows you to browse through 15 seminal works including the Helsinki Hall of Culture and the Baker House Dormitory at MIT, with a graphic, photo and description for each project. The site will also link you to locations for each project, so you can start making plans for your own Aalto pilgrimage.

Continue after the break to give the portfolio a spin.

Alvar's world by

Additional information about The World According to Alvar and a full page portfolio can be found on the website, here.

Spotlight: Alvar Aalto

10 Projects by Alvar Aalto Which Highlight the Breadth of His Built Work

Six Essential Materials & The Architects That Love Them

Kategorien: Architektur

Joliette Art Museum / Les architectes FABG

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 14:00
© Steve Montpetit

© Steve Montpetit

From the architect. Today the Musée d’art de Joliette is recognized as Quebec’s most important regional art museum. While pursuing the objectives of conservation, dissemination and research established over half a century ago by its founders, the Musée continues to expand its permanent collection, which currently comprises some 8,500 works held in four collections: Canadian art, European art, contemporary art and archaeology.

© Steve Montpetit

The complete transformation and expansion of the original building was necessary to offer of a wide range of programs structured around the promotion of its permanent collection and the presentation of temporary exhibitions, as well as a host of educational and cultural activities for visitors of all ages. The addition of new flexible gallery space, animation rooms for youth, a multipurpose café, conference rooms and a rooftop terrace were necessary to open up the institution to the community and to allow it to play a larger role in the lives of the citizens of Joliette and its surrounding region. 

© Steve Montpetit

Our objective to enhance the connection between the institution and the public is achieved by adding three new volumes to the building that accentuate the dynamism of the existing cruciform composition and allows passers-by a glimpse of the activity happening within. Furthermore, the fenestrated spaces frame views of the river L’Assomption and surrounding cityscape  from within.

© Steve Montpetit

Since its inauguration, the museum has become an important setting for social activities and gatherings such a classes, creative studios, performances, exhibitions, guided tours, cocktails, and concerts.


Particular attention was paid to the original building by revealing and cleaning the existing concrete structure that had been covered up with brick and plaster over time. In order to facilitate visitor orientation and create a dramatic double-height space, part of the second floor concrete slab was demolished at the entrance of the building here the original museum atrium had once existed.

© Steve Montpetit

The museum greatly benefits from a succession of loosely programmed spaces with varied spatial arrangements that permit and encourage a multiplicity of functions. Furthermore, the reverberation time of each of these spaces was modulated with the use of absorptive acoustical surfaces, while motorized blinds control natural light levels, and a series of audio-visual infrastructures allow multimedia content to be broadcasted and featured in all of these spaces.

© Steve Montpetit

A work of art, conceived as part of the integration of art to architecture program, is perched at the top of the new, fully glazed emergency staircase and is seamlessly integrated in the exhibition circuit.

© Steve Montpetit

The project required a complete code compliance update of the existing spaces including the renovation of the museum archives in the basement, the replacement of all the mechanical and electrical systems, the complete waterproofing the building envelope, the construction of new office spaces and the creation of a entirely universally accessible museum. Also included in the architect’s mandate were the signage design and the selection of all interior and exterior furnishings.

Kategorien: Architektur

AR Issues: How the Internet Has Promoted the Banality of "Notopia"

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 12:30
Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this introduction to the July 2016 issue, Editor Christine Murray continues the crusade, begun in the previous issue, against "Notopia." Here, Murray describes Notopia's connection to our 21st century digital society, arguing that "the failed promise of the internet is how it has hurt the real world."

It may be found even in an attractive metropolis, densely packed with fine buildings old and new, replete with coffee shops and bicycle lanes. Here, Notopia is a simulacrum of inhabitation, like a stage set for its players. Nothing is what it seems. The historic apartments that overlook the twisted pedestrianized lanes of Barcelona are in fact hotel rooms for weekend visitors. The towering sea-view condominiums of Vancouver are foreign investment properties bought in exchange for citizenship. Detroit’s streets of elegant gabled houses have no services, the municipal water systems long turned off.

Courtesy of The Architectural Review

A real city lives. It is a trading post, a natural meeting place where humans converge to exchange, not only goods, but ideas and culture. They set about marrying and employing each other. It is a hub for adventuring and joint venturing, with homes, schools and places of work within touching distance. It renews itself, a city with neighborhoods of all kinds of people, from grandchild to grandmother.

We can design for diversity of pursuits and culture – for different social classes, ages and incomes on the same street, and public space for them to meet. But the missing link is as much economic, as spatial. The nicer homes are uninhabited – purchased from abroad, the owners pay few taxes and visit rarely, and invest only in their business overseas. They have no need of a housekeeper or the local convenience store, and their presence produces no job opportunities in the country, let alone the community. Similarly, Airbnbs create a small economic boost for the few, but the tenants do not need schools or nannies, and do not vote in local elections. In these scenarios, money takes up space, drives up property prices, and pushes people out.

Notopia is a disease that prevents, either by design or in a complete failure of housing policy, the creation of a self-sustaining socioeconomic human ecosystem.

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On the internet, in our digital communities, we gather on social media where deals are done, love is found, food ordered, frustrations shared, gifts purchased, questions answered, capital raised and petitions signed. We have grown more cosmopolitan, appearing in each other’s homes via Skype, investing in each other’s businesses, even a world away. While the scourge of Notopia brings social segregation, delivered and delineated in neighborhoods gentrified or sunk, online there are no borders other than barriers we erect selectively, friending or blocking.

The failed promise of the internet is how it has hurt the real world – the home, the local shop, the municipality, and ourselves. The digital world is one of sensory deprivation: there is nothing to touch, taste or smell, a realm bereft of delight and intimacy of the most human kind.

In the city, we can be surprised by the unexpected pleasure of a conversation with someone we would never have "swiped right." It’s where an umbrella is held over your head by a stranger, the bike courier cuts you up and you curse loudly, and the market seller offers you the sharp taste of exotic fruit.

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There is the half-remembered dream of a late evening in a public square in a vibrant quarter of a large city. Teenagers loiter in clusters, residents lean out of windows in conversation with the restaurateur, who serves coffee to the last customer, as the street cleaner begins the night shift. This natural, social symbiosis is nearing extinction – in some places, because nationalism and intolerance deny the migrant traffic that would fill population gaps. Cities need people to thrive.

We must stop the spread of Notopia and its generic anywhere-architecture, and build social ecosystems instead. Our buildings must not only respond to local conditions and climate, but also enable a shape-shifting range of incomes and inhabitants. We must seek balance, not too many Airbnbs, few vacant homes, enough young people, enough jobs, and productive, not just disruptive, economies. We need start-ups and large commercial spaces, subsidized and market rents, family and student housing, the more collocated, the better. We need policies such as rent control, freedom of movement and intelligent city planning to enshrine a self-renewing vitality.

The promise of this virtual world that we have built online – its freedoms of expression and connection – has failed us. What might the post-digital city look like, and how can we design its neighborhood economics to work for us?

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Rosales Quijada House / GITC arquitectura

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 12:00
© Felipe Díaz Contardo

  • Construction: GITC Construcción
  • Area: 230 m2
  • Site Area: 4.800 m2
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From the architect. The project

Detached house, for a marriage, two children and services. Public areas on the first floor and private spaces in the second. In this higher volume, parents and children are parted; the first to de east and the children to the west. On the second floor, the ends of each volume has the most private places to finish in the center with the most common areas (father desk and TV/multimedia room for children); creating a large central volume of double height; which contain the relations and nexus (both foot how sight) between this double duality (private / public and children / parents)

© Felipe Díaz Contardo Plan 1

The materials

Concrete, steel and native woods

A dialogue between the weight and mass of Concrete with the lightness and warmth of the wood. The base structure on the first and second floors is concrete, delivering a "sturdy table" to line the outside with a steel and wood. Both on the second floor as the double volume center height, native wood used dried and processed internally. Canelo was used in walls and ceilings, and Tineo or Coihue in floors.

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Glass bricks

This element was used to create the east wall of the kitchen, like a kaleidoscope filtering out the morning light in the kitchen; and distorter the lighting that receive bathrooms, and in the function how a   screen to separate access and dining. It is a playful element that gives movement and illuminates at the same time that separate them.

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Functional and spatial axes

The Corridor. Inhabiting the maximum length

The second floor hallway is transformed into a large corridor that ends in two terraces; the small west terrace flying over the main entrance, and the large east terrace. This corridor, which runs the maximum internal length of the house (24 meters + terraces) in addition to the semi-interiors latticework of the terraces, is accompanied by a large horizontal south window, communicating the neighboring fields inside the house.

© Felipe Díaz Contardo Plan 2

Staircase and central volume

The main staircase, located as a finish of the central volume of double height that is projected to the north courtyard, rests on a large vertical wall that is peeled away from the house and allows the entry of solar illumination throughout the day (being this wall a support of the rays and shadows the sun); becoming a true sundial that indicates both the advance of the day, as the change of the seasons.

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Arquitectonica Designs New Luxury Residential Tower for Boston

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 11:00
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Arquitectonica has released the plans for Pierce Boston—its first building in Boston—a luxury residential condominium in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. With the recent large-scale real estate boom, the Fenway area is undergoing a massive transformation, with Pierce Boston to become the first building of its caliber in the neighborhood.

In an effort to balance new luxury with the existing iconic fabric of the area, the building is designed in simplicity with contemporary materials, so as to modernize the building against its context. Glass and metal will panel the façade, with the metal paneling patterned down to the scale and texture of a more traditional masonry brownstone. “As the building comes to grade and its opacity increases, it more closely reflects the history of the neighborhoods within which it rises” explained the architect in a press release. 

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Overall, the mixed-use tower will feature 109 condominium units, 240 rental units, and over 20,000 square feet of street-level retail space. With a curtain wall and floor-to-ceiling windows, the building is designed to maximize 360-degree views of Boston, Cambridge, the Charles River, and the Emerald Necklace.

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Comic Break: "Bait And Switch"

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 09:00
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We all know that clients can be difficult to work with. But, doing a personal project for a boss… if you haven’t done it before, you’re really lucky. As much as you tell yourself it’s a great thing to have your boss trust you enough to do something for him or her, the stress is so much worse. Have you been there before?

Perhaps you’d like to share your experience with us for our new book project, Architects, LOL, or just enjoy the depictions of the daily trials and tribulations of architectural practice in our webcomic.

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Foundry Mews / Project Orange

Fr, 22.07.2016 - 08:00
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  • Architects: Project Orange
  • Location: United Kingdom, Barnes High St, London SW13, UK
  • Area: 800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Jack Hobhouse
  • Main Contractor: Charter Construction
  • Project Manager & Quantity Surveyor: PHWarr
  • Structural Engineer: Barnard & Associates
  • Client: Marston Properties
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The planning process was protracted due to the sensitive nature of the site on the edge of a conservation area and being surrounded by properties.  The planning department insisted on the pitched roof envelope (to match a previously granted application) and various conditions with regards to overlooking. While initially presented themselves as limiting constraints, by pushing up against these parameters during the design process the scheme presents itself as a complexly wrought, characterful sequence of spaces.

Ground Floor Plan


The main design concept is the notion of an access courtyard running the length of the site allowing ground floor access to the commercial units communal areas for residents use.  Two external stairs tucked between the blocks provide access from the courtyard to the residential units above emphasising the ‘workshop’ character of the scheme.  The duplex apartments are arranged with the living space on the lower floor and bedroom and bathroom tucked into the sloped ceiling upper floor.

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The majority of the scheme is grey brick with flush mortar joints which is sympathetic to the local stock brick referencing the site’s industrial past.  The detailing – flush mortar joints, recessed bargeboards – is contemporary and bespoke timber fenestration, painted dark green externally, provides a visual counterpoint.  This sense of heritage is also apparent in the large window assemblies to the commercial units on the ground floor, metal grating balustrades, and continues with the interiors where the commercial units have exposed concrete soffits, polished concrete floors and painted brickwork walls.  The material palette for the residential units includes pale grey walls, joinery picked out in bright white and exposed painted timber joists in the main living spaces.  This accentuates the flashes of luxury; marble surfaces in the kitchens and bathrooms with douglas fir flooring throughout. 

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Due to extremely limited site access, all materials for the development had to be carried in by hand.  This led to designing a concrete slab and columns for the ground and first floors with the residential upper floors being brick and blockwork with timber joists and studwork.  Deliberately the materials are exposed where possible allowing this composite construction to add to the character of the scheme.

Long Section


Sustainable design features were integrated into the project including a green flat roof, photovoltaic cells flush with the pitched roofs, mechanical ventilation heat recovery units in the flats and a centralised gas heating system.

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The client, southwest London-based property developers Marston Properties, are experienced in property management and were keen to retain all the units for rental.  They believed in developing a scheme which would provide something new for the local area whilst becoming part of the urban fabric and be a flagship project for their portfolio.

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The 5 one-bed duplex apartments are between 57sqm and 66sqm with the two-bed apartments 80sqm and 85sqm internal areas. The commercial units are sized between 37sqm and 93sqm offering a variety of rental options for businesses. The site area is 800sqm.

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