The 590ft (180m) proposed Herzog de Meuron design labeled ‘Triangle Tower’, has been in the spotlight over recent weeks after the cross-party council approved the tower’s protocol agreement. Opposing the recent approval, Green party members are eager to share their thoughts commenting that the “colossal” project is “yet another office block” according to party member Yves Contassot.
The controversy over the 40-story steel and glass building surely was anticipated; the French capital has had a 30+ year drought of buildings over 121ft. In 1977 a ban was put into place, shortly after the completion of the 689ft Tour Montparnasse, because Parisians feared that the city center would lose its existing urban fabric to skyscrapers similar to the Montparnasse.
To most Parisians the Montparnasse’s over exaggerated proportions and lack of character have left an uneasy feeling for future skyscraper development. Many citizens are not opposed to high-rise development, such as Olivier de Rohan Chabot member of Safeguard of French Art, however he has concerns, “Look at the Montparnasse Tower; it has crushed the hotel des Invalides (housing Napoleon’s tomb). The monument was built to be grandiose. But what has it become? A dwarf. The tower ridicules it. In this sense, it’s a veritable attack on the beauty of the capital” (as stated Le Figaro newspaper).
More following the break.
Last week we told you about J. Mayer H. Architects’ Metropol Parasol recent opening. Today, photographer Javier Orive shared with us some great photos of the redevelopment of Plaza de la Encarnación in Sevilla. Check them out after the break.
Manuel Gross, Patrik Staub, Stefan Vetsch and Yannick Vorberg, all recent graduates of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, have shared with us their winning entry for the AIAS/Vinyl Institute 2015 Pan American Games Awards Pavilion to be situated in Toronto, Canada. Follow after the break for a comprehensive write up and additional images of their competition entry.
Now on exhibit at The Skyscraper Museum, ‘Vertical Urban Factory’ examines over 30 significant factory buildings from the turn of the 20th century to present day discussing the architectural design and structural engineering along with the evolution of mass-production technologies and social issues. Focusing primarily on the verticality of urban manufacturing the exhibition poses the question: Can factories present sustainable solutions for future self-sufficient cities?
‘Vertical Urban Factory’ is guest-curated by Nina Rappaport, architectural historian and critic and Publications Director, Yale School of Architecture with designers mgmt. design, Studio Tractor Architects, and filmmaker Eric Breitbart.
The Museum also is offering a series of corresponding programs including panel discussions, gallery tours, factory tours, and film screenings. More details of this exciting exhibit following the break!
Architects: Javier Larraz (Larraz Arquitectos)
Location: Navarra, Spain
Assistants: Belén Beguiristáin Lahuerta, Juan Miguel García
Technical Architects: Atec Aparejadores
Developer: Ayuntamiento de Pamplona
Construction Company: Mastil Marco S.L
Project area: 995 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Iñaki Bergera
Two students, Jarrad Morgan and Christopher Roach, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design shared with us an intriguing book they recently published. The book explores how small autonomous practices can come together as a networked practice “to create a unique value proposition for targeting large commissions and exploiting markets that would be otherwise unavailable.” They chose to take on this topic at a time when most firms exist in one of two extremes; global conglomerate A/E firms or small localized specialty offices. To investigate their hypothesis, they looked at six firms that exhibit many of the characteristics they believe are necessary to be successful as a networked practice. The case study examples include six degrees, over,under, UNStudio, various network and supersudaca.
Architects: SNITKER/BORST/ARCHITECTEN/ – Leen Borst, Mark Snitker
Location: Leiden, The Netherlands
Client: Municipality of Leiden
Design team: Andrea Alvarez, Milos Dimitrijevic, Janfrans van der Eerden, Brigitte Kwa, Rudy Davi, Zsuzsanna Nagy
Contractor: Du Prie Bouw en Ontwikkeling
Structural engineer: Pieters bouwtechniek Haarlem
Project year: 2007 – 2009
Photographs: Roos Aldershoff, Dennis Sies
Architects: Eduard Epp, Matt Cibinel, Michael Chan, Taren Wan, Elaine Pang, Thilini Samarasekera, Richard Chiang, Jen Rac, Scott Dean, Alex Needham
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Cost: $5,300.00 CDN
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Eduard Epp
The design of this Nursery School in Alamcelles consists of three volumes: the main part contains classrooms on three floors, the two adjacent volumes, separated by a small yard, contain the multipurpose room, services and administrative offices. These are connected to the main body of classrooms through a joint element that contains the bathrooms and storage.
Architect: BmesR29 Arquitectes
Location: Balmes st 19, Alamacelles, Lledia, Spain
Project Team: Xavier F. Rodríguez i Padilla, Josep Mª Burgués i Solanes
Collaborating Architects: Arnau Ricart Real, Ramón Rosinach Garriga
Technical Architect: Gerard Cos Torrubiano
Collaborating Technical Architect: Joan Olivart Palau
Engineer: Garriga Enginyers, S.L.
Builder: ACSA, S.A.
Project Area: 1,276 msq
Project Year: 2007
Photography: Amaneceres Fotográficos / Josep Ardiaca Rodríguez, Sofía Gómez Zúcar
For this project Dake | Wells Architecture wanted to highlight a daily ritual we rarely pay attention to, the lunch line. They animated this commonly mundane experience of waiting and elevated its progression.
The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (RSICA) designed by s y m b i o s i s designs was completed in 2008. It is an architectural and spatial interpretation of the explorative and creative process of film-making and producing, designed specifically to encourage reflection on oneself and observation of the world outside oneself.
More on this project after the break.
Richard Meier’s office recently shared with us renderings and drawings for his latest work – two new W Hotels. These projects mark a first for Meier within the hospitality industry in Latin-America, which are located in Mexico City and on the Riviera Maya with completion dates scheduled for 2013 and 2014. The hotels, W Santa Fe and the W Retreat Kanai, are the first collaboration between Starwood and Meier who will be assisted by Migdal Arquitectos. Further details, drawings, and renderings following the break.