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Euralille 2 / Atelier d’Architecture Brenac-Gonzalez

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

House B / Unostudio Architetti associati

© Gianni Basso / vegamg © Gianni Basso / vegamg © Gianni Basso / vegamg © Gianni Basso / vegamg

Storefront Presents "MEASURE"

MEASURE August 14th, 2015 – September 12th, 2015
Opening: August 13th at 7 pm
Members’ Preview: August 13th at 6 pm

Batthyány László Institute for Blinds / A4 Studio

  • Architects: A4 Studio
  • Location: Budapest, Mátyás király utca 29, 1162 Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: Géza Kendik, Zoltán Papp, Orsolya Maza, Viktória Dóczy, Sándor Gombár
  • Constructor: Grabarics Kft.
  • Area: 1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of A4 Studio

Courtesy of A4 Studio Courtesy of A4 Studio Courtesy of A4 Studio Courtesy of A4 Studio

Loft in Kyiv / MARTINarchitects

© Igor Karpenko © Igor Karpenko © Igor Karpenko © Igor Karpenko

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin 4 Lamp Now Available on Yamagiwa

You can now adorn your home with your very own Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin 4 lamp. Lighting brand Yamagiwa and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have reached an agreement to sell reproductions of the wooden lamp worldwide.

Available in both cherry and walnut, the towering geometrical lamp was originally designed by Wright for the Hillside Home School theater that had burned and was reconstructed at Taliesin in 1952. It features an array of stacked boxes, embellished with red accents, that indirectly reflect off directional boards placed above and below each cube. 

© Yamagiwa © Yamagiwa © Yamagiwa © Yamagiwa

24 Savile Row / EPR Architects

  • Architects: EPR Architects
  • Location: Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1S, UK
  • Area: 2906.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of EPR Architects

Courtesy of EPR Architects Courtesy of EPR Architects Courtesy of EPR Architects Courtesy of EPR Architects

Video: Steven Holl Discusses Beijing's Linked Hybrid, 7 Years After Completion

A community of 750 units interconnected on, below and above ground, Steven Holl Architects "Linked Hybrid" was an intentional shift away from the monolithic, monofuctional skyscraper. The entire complex was designed to be a "three-dimensional urban space" that encouraged chance encounters beyond the ground floor. 

In this video architect Steven Holl talks about the building's design and how it has performed, seven years after the building's completion. 

Pau Brasil Residence / Vasco Lopes Arquitetura

  • Architects: Vasco Lopes Arquitetura
  • Location: São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Vasco Lopes
  • Design Team: Carol Cursino; Bea Brown
  • Area: 598.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Maira Acayaba

© Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba

Inside Santiago Calatrava's WTC Transportation Hub in New York

© Michael Muraz
© Michael Muraz

Toronto-based architectural photographer Michael Muraz has shared with us some of the first images seen inside Santiago Calatrava's nearly complete World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Set to open this year, the "glorious" birdlike structure boasts a 355-foot-long operable "Oculus" - a "slice of the New York sky - that floods the hub's interior with natural light, all the way down 60-feet below street level to the PATH train platform. 

Though its been shamed for being years overdue and $2 billion over budget (making it the world's most expensive transit hub), the completed project is turning heads. Take a look for yourself after the break. 

© Michael Muraz © Michael Muraz © Michael Muraz © Michael Muraz

Social Platform in Palaiseaus / Atelier Novembre

  • Architects: Atelier Novembre
  • Location: 18 Avenue de Stalingrad, 91120 Palaiseau, France
  • Area: 3400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: 11h45

© 11h45 © 11h45 © 11h45 © 11h45

Rem Koolhaas on Prada, Preservation, Art and Architecture

With the opening of the Fondazione Prada art galleries in May, OMA showed a different side to their practice, one focusing on preservation and assemblage rather than the iconography and diagrammatic layout that many associate with the firm. In this interview, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Koolhaas Talks Prada," Rem Koolhaas explains the reasoning behind this new approach, and how they attempted to avoid falling into the clichés of post-industrial art spaces.

When the Fondazione Prada opened its doors to a new permanent home in Milan dedicated to contemporary culture, it not only placed the Italian city firmly at the forefront of today’s global art world, but also introduced an ambitious new way of thinking about the relationship between architecture and art. The location—an original 1910 distillery in a distinctly gritty part of the city—comprised seven spaces including warehouses and three enormous brewing cisterns with a raw industrial quality that the architects, Dutch firm OMA, retained while adding three new buildings made of glass, white concrete, and aluminum foam. One, the centrally located Podium, is intended for temporary shows, while another—still under construction—is a nine-story tower that will house the foundation’s archives, art installations, and a restaurant. The third, a theater with a mirrored facade, features folding walls that allow the building to open onto a courtyard. In total, the collection of buildings provides nearly 120,000 square feet of exhibition space, more than twice that of the new Whitney Museum of American Art. Metropolis correspondent Catherine Shaw visited the site with Pritzker Prize–winning architect Rem Koolhaas to find out more about the challenges of creating a new cultural paradigm.

OMA’s approach to the exhibition pavilions is eclectic, though undeniably modern. (Note the Miesian detail of the vertical beam affixed to the building envelope). Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada The Fondazione’s inaugural exhibition, the Serial Classic, explores questions of authenticity and imitation in classical antiquity. The lifesize sculptures are mounted on an intricate flooring system designed for the exhibition and composed of travertine, brushed aluminum, and perspex—all exposed along the edges. Image © Attilio Maranzano The gilded exhibition hall is the central focal point of the Fondazione. Called the Haunted House, the structure’s blank utilitarian features are draped in gold leaf, an ostensibly spontaneous extravagance that Koolhaas post-rationalizes on functionalist grounds. The building towers above the rest of the campus’s open-air spaces and warehouses, which all can be taken in from the Haunted House’s balconies. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada The Fondazione encompasses a veritable townscape consisting of warehouse hangars interwoven with the new buildings. The former are subtly spruced up, indicated by the linear orange markings repeated on their exterior. Elevation changes in the ground variegate the pedestrian’s experience of the compound while demarcating the Fondazione’s important nodes, such as the cinema clad in a mirrored veneer. Touches likes this lend the complex a haunting, almost surrealist dimension. Image © Bas Princen - Fondazione Prada

LLM House / Obra Arquitetos

  • Architects: Obra Arquitetos
  • Location: São José dos Campos - SP, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: João Paulo Daolio, Thiago Natal Duarte
  • Area: 1188.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Nelson Kon, Rafael Schimidt, Fábio Ceccatto

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

TU/e Students Design Stage for Extrema Outdoor Music Festival

Under the guidance of three teachers, four students from the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have designed and built a stage, “Ensuite,” for the 20th Extrema Outdoor, a music festival in Aquabest, Netherlands.

The structure is composed of 600 pallets, creating a stage that embraces visitors and provides an intimate environment within the crowded festival. By placing the DJ booth in the center of the structure, the stage is made tactile and experiential for visitors.

© Mattia Inselvini © Willeke Machiels © Mattia Inselvini © Mattia Inselvini

Universities from Barcelona and Zurich Selected to Create a New Design School in China

Through a competition limited to some of the most prestigious universities, The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) have been chosen to work with the Harbin Institute of Technology of China (HIT) to create a new school of design, architecture and urbanism in Shenzhen. The new centre will be built on HIT's campus and house up to 1,200 post-graduate and doctoral students, with facilities for research, education and production. Read more about this collaboration after the break.

Camera Obscura / Mariano Dallago

Courtesy of Mariano Dallago Courtesy of Mariano Dallago Courtesy of Mariano Dallago Camera Obscura  / Mariano Dallago

Monocle 24 Take a Trip to Rio de Janeiro's Near-Complete Olympic Village

For this week's edition of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the Monocle team take a trip to the near-complete Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, plus take a look at the history of the US Embassy in Havanna. The latest edition of The Urbanist explores etiquette and politeness in the metropolis, examining the unspoken rules of conduct that make our cities tick and delve into the psychology of 'urban etiquette'.

Listen to both episodes after the break.

House in Barrio del Carmen / Hugo Mompó Architecture + Juan Grau

© Mariela Apollonio © Mariela Apollonio © Mariela Apollonio © Mariela Apollonio