Toyo Ito, recipient of the Pritzker Prize 2013, along with Cecil Balmond and Arup were in charge of the design of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion back in 2002. What appeared to be an extremely complex random pattern was in fact derived from an algorithm of a cube that expanded as it rotated. The intersecting lines formed different triangles and trapezoids, whose transparency and translucency gave a sense of infinitely repeated motion.
You can see more images of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 after the break. And don’t forget to check ArchDaily’s exclusive coverage of the 2013 Pritzker Prize.
With the intentions of designing a transparent cultural media center that is supported by a unique system to allow complete visibility and transparency to the surrounding community, the Sendai Mediatheque by Toyo Ito is revolutionary in it’s engineering and aesthetic.
Six steel-ribbed slabs slabs, each 15-3/4″ thick, appear to float from the street, supported by only thirteen vertical steel lattice columns that stretch from ground plane to the roof. This striking visual quality that is one of the most identifiable characteristics of the project is comprable to large trees in a forest, and function as light shafts as well as storage for all of the utilities, networks and systems.
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Architects: Izquierdo Lehmann Arquitectos
Location: Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
Project Architects: Luis Izquierdo W., Antonia Lehmann S.B, Raimundo Lira V., José Domingo Peñafiel E.
Collaborators: Miguel Villegas G.
Site Area: 1,765.30 sqm
Total Built Area: 17,235 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Izquierdo Lehmann
Architects: Flores Prats
Location: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Collaborators: Manuel Arguijo, Miquel Bouzas, Paola Vallini, Frank Stahl, Érica Checcucci, Armin Schmidt, Soledad Revuelto, Fabián Asunción, Cristina Treviño, Merlin Ellis, Ankur Jain, Michella Mezzavilla, Cristian Zanoni
Area: 700 sqm
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba
Architects: Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch
Location: Gedenkstätte Roter Ochse, Halle, Germany
Project Team: Prof. Wolfgang Lorch, Prof. Nikolaus Hirsch, Dilp.-Ing. Andrea Wandel, Dilp.-Ing. Christine Biesel, Dilp.-Ing. Alexander Keuper
Structural Consultant : Schweitzer Ingenieure
Landscape Architects: Bielefeld Gillich Heckel
Project Year: 2005
Area: 470,7 sqm
Photographs: Norbert Miguletz
Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: KNSM-Laan 451, 1019 Zeeburg, The Netherlands
Project Team: Wiel Arets , Elmar Kleuters, Paul Kuitenbrouwer, René Thijssen
Collaborators: Anca Arenz, Ivo Daniëls, Jo Janssen, Maurice Paulussen, Henrik Vuust
Project Year: 1996
Photographs: Jan Bitter
Architect: Tadao Ando
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Site Architect: Kendall-Heaton Associates
Landscape Architect: SWA Group
Structural Engineer: Thornton-Tomasetti/Ellisor-Tanner Engineers
Contractor: Linbeck Construction Corp.
Project Area: 10.96 acres
Project Year: 2002
Photographs: Liao Yusheng
In reference to Living Steel‘s 3rd International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing, Glen Murcutt discusses his ideas surrounding the issue of sustainability. He emphasizes the strategies employed by the top contenders such as the planning of orientation, thermal performance, and human effort in addition to other variables involved in sustainable architecture. One particular method that Murcutt stresses is using materials that can dissolve back into the earth, citing earth walls as an excellent medium to build with and their inherent thermal mass qualities. Each team was invited to present their ideas in person, a variation from previous years which Murcutt believes led to the highest quality of work and diversity of the competition series.