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The Empowerment of Aesthetics: Denmark’s Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

Denmark‘s exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale focuses on the country’s history as a pioneer in the development of a welfare state, and the role that architecture, in connection with art, literature and science had in creating an aesthetic manifestation of this ’better life for all’. By exploring the output of a range of fields in connection to a wider social movement, Empowerment of Aesthetics comes to a fuller understanding of how modernity affected architecture in Denmark.

BIG Unveils Design For “Zootopia” In Denmark

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Danish architects BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) have just released ambitious designs for a in Givskud, . It’s a project that provides an intriguing opportunity for, as BIG explains, the creation of a space with “the best possible and freest possible environment for the animals’ lives and relationships with each other and visitors.” The firm has been working for the past two years to make Zootopia what the Danish press is calling “the world’s most advanced zoo.” According to Givskud Zoo‘s director Richard Østerballe, the park’s transformation will benefit greatly from BIG’s fresh approach to design–one that has been characterized by the integration of nature and natural elements into cutting-edge, innovative architecture. 

The project will attempt to “integrate and hide buildings” within the landscape. Upon entering the zoo, visitors can either enter a large central square or climb the “building-landscape,” allowing them to get a general overview of the layout of the park. From this central element, visitors can access different areas of the zoo. A 4km hiking trail connects the different areas (which represent the continents of Africa, America and Asia). 

 The first phase is expected to be completed in 2019 to coincide with the park’s 50th anniversary. 

Read on for more images and BIG’s project statement. 

Saul E. Méndez, Zona 14 / Taller KEN

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Architects: Taller KEN
Location: Zona 14, City,
Architects In Charge: Ines Guzman, Gregory Melitonov
Area: 450 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andres Asturias

AD Interviews: Andrew Maynard / Andrew Maynard Architects

At the World Architecture Festival, we sat down with , co-director of Australian architecture firm Andrew Maynard Architects.

Maynard is known for his polemical projects, like CV08 robot, which wanders through the suburbs, consuming houses and replacing them with trees and other natural vegetation. “It’s got nothing to do with trying to achieve a built outcome, it’s about actually reacting against the economic machine,” Maynard said, regarding his polemical work.

He is also known for his interaction with media and discussion of critical issues such as Work/life/work balance, which became one of ArchDaily’s top 5 most read pieces ever. In this interview, Maynard tells us about his firm’s “intentionally small size,” how he approaches innovation, and the theory behind his polemical projects.

Andrew Maynard Architects are the brains behind projects such as Butler House, Vader House, Tattoo House and Hill House.

Peppercorn Apartments Stage 1 / Bower Architecture

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Architects: Bower Architecture
Location: , VIC,
Area: 5,608 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Grupo Precisión Building / Guillermo Acuña Arquitectos Asociados

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Architects: Guillermo Acuña Arquitectos Asociados
Location: El Salto 4291, Huechuraba, Metropolitan Region,
Architect In Charge: Guillermo Acuña
Associate Architect: Alberto Andrioli
Project Area: 5700 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Erieta Attali

Video: Artist Animates 5 Iconic Modern Homes

Five of history’s most iconic modern houses are re-created as illustrations in this two-minute video created by Matteo Muci. Set to the tune of cleverly timed, light-hearted music, the animation constructs the houses piece-by-piece on playful pastel backgrounds. The five homes featured in the short but sweet video are Le Courbusier’s Villa Savoye, Gerrit Rietveld’s Rietveld Schröder House, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, ’s Glass House and ’s Fallingwater.

The Dogtrot House / Dunn & Hillam Architects

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Architects: Dunn & Hillam Architects
Location: New South Wales,
Design Team: Ashley Dunn, Lee Hillam, Linden Thorley, Jonathan Temple
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kilian O’Sullivan

When Architects Try Their Hand at Industrial Design

Getting locals involved helped Workshop to engender a sense of community in Tacloban as well as solve their practical problems. Image © Nelson Petilla

From Frank Lloyd Wright to Mies van der Rohe, many architects have dabbled in designing smaller-scale items. While some argue that industrial design is not an architect’s place, many would beg to differ. The following article, originally published on Design Curial, describes various architects involved with industrial design today.

Architects who take a break from the built environment and turn their attention to designing smaller items are most often driven – initially at least – by what they see as necessity. They struggle to find the right , signage or lighting for their interiors, and convince their client that they are the perfect people to design them.

Those architects quickly get a taste for the smaller scale then hunt down opportunities to design other items, in the hope that some may go into mass production. This is further fueled by those ‘ names’ who are approached by manufacturers to use their signature to brand the product. While there is a logic to this sequence of events, it still begs the question: why would anyone who can get commissioned to design a building bother with anything smaller?

House in Gokurakuji / Kawabe Naoya Architects

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Architects: Kawabe Naoya Architects
Location: , Kanagawa Prefecture,
Area: 70 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shinkenchiku-sha

Ábalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos Design Museum with Climate-Controlling Trees

Exterior View. Image © ABALOS+SENTKIEWICZ arquitectos

Sited in the city of , China, this museum by Ábalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos seeks to combine the opposing ideas of a festive, airy aesthetic with the need for a protected and enclosed space to showcase artwork. To that end, they have created a structure that resembles a landscape with sculptural tree-like forms emerging from publicly accessible courtyards. These “trees”, while an important aspect of the building’s visual identity, also play a major role in the climate control of the museum.

Assemble Selected to Design Goldsmiths College Art Gallery

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London-based firm Assemble has been selected to design a new art gallery for Goldsmiths College at the University of London. Assemble was chosen over five other shortlisted firms for the project, which consists of constructing a new 400 square meter gallery in the back of what was formerly a Victorian bath-house, and is now the college’s Grade-II listed art studios.

Assemble is a young practice that gained attention for its pop-up cinema in a gas station during 2010. The firm’s most recent project is their Yardhouse workspace in Stratford.  Assemble’s Goldsmiths gallery design integrates new and modern elements – such as steel frame lanterns – into the building’s unique character and existing structures, which includes old water tanks. “The Victorian bathhouse at Laurie Grove offers a series of extraordinary found spaces. The cast iron water tanks have a powerful materiality which will be preserved and amplified, whilst new top-lit galleries will provide a rich spatial counter-point in an ensemble offering unique opportunities for the display of art,” Paloma Strelitz and Adam Willis, from Assemble, said in a statement.

More details on Assemble’s winning design after the break…

Bethanga House / tUG workshop

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Architects: tUG workshop
Location: ,
Area: 386 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Trevor Mein

Review: MacMag39, Mackintosh School of Architecture

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MagMag, a student-edited compendium of essays, projects and ideas from Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Architecture, is now in its 39th edition. Following on from what has so far been a momentous year for the Mac, in which they’ve seen Steven Holl Architects’ new Seona Reid Building formally open and parts of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s art school (along with a great deal of student work) devastated in a fire, is a celebration of the spirit of a school which is faced with a challenging question: how do they introduce and then reconcile the new alongside the existing against the backdrop of an academically rich, diverse and successful learning environment?

Family House Dlhé Diely I / Plusminusarchitects

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Architects: Plusminusarchitects
Location: Bratislava,
Architect In Charge: Maroš Fečík
Area: 556 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maroš Fečík

C+G House / Plastik Arquitectos

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Architects: Plastik Arquitectos
Location: , Mexico
Architect In Charge: Gerardo Carrera Escobar, Eduardo Arellano Garcia
Year: 2014
Photographs: Oscar Hernández

Mothersill / Bates Masi Architects

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Architects: Bates Masi Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Area: 6,027 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects

ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber

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Architects: Auer Weber
Location: ,
Design Team: Philipp Auer, Martin Klemp, Christian Richardt, Heinz Wendl, Dominic Horn, Birte Böttger, Sascha Dehnst, Joachim Esser, Stefanie Kahle, Jakob Plötz, Ingo Pucci, Martin Janik, Kang-Min Lee
Area: 18,736 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roland Halbe