gmp Architekten receives IOC/IAKS Award 2011

Stadium outside, © Bruce Sutherland

The stadiums built by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth for the 2010 World Cup in received the IOC/IAKS Award on 26 October 2011. In the context of the international Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities (FSB), the International Olympic Committee and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) selected the Cape Town stadium for first prize and the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth for third prize in the “stadiums for competitions and events” category. The awards were received by Hubert Nienhoff, gmp partner in charge of the offices in Berlin, Frankfurt and Rio de Janeiro. More information on the projects after the break.


© Arne Hansen, Nils Nolting

Architect: CITYFÖRSTER – architecture + urbanism
Location: , The Netherlands
Client: At Kasbergen, Alet Breugom
Project Team: Arne Hansen, Nils Nolting
Text: Arne Hansen, Nils Nolting
Photographs: Arne Hansen, Nils Nolting

Moroccan Court / New Galleries at the MET / Achva Benzinberg Stein

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Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art ‘New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia’ with Achva Stein on its opening day.  Stein, a principal of an ASLA award-winning landscape architecture and design firm Benzinberg Stein Associates and the founding Director of the Graduate program in Landscape Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, was asked to join the ’s endeavors after her noted publication, Morocco: Courtyards and Gardens, showcased her passion for and understanding of the country’s varied garden types found in regions such as Marrakech and Fez.  For the new wing, Stein has created a fantastic 14th century Maghrebi-Andalusian-style courtyard that goes beyond a mere representation, and truly infuses the spirit and essence of a Moroccan court into a small interior space of the MET.

More about our trip to the MET after the break.

AD On The Streets: The Highline, New York

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This week AD On The Streets takes you deeper into the project, thanks to a new set of destinations announced by Google a couple of days ago, which includes some of the world’s greatest urban parks.

By using trikes, Google has been able to capture one of the most acclaimed urban projects of the last years: The Highline park in New York, by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

This project has been the igniter of a larger scale urban renovation in Manhattan, benefiting not only the neighbors, and local store owners, but also the real state sector and tourism. It’s like the Guggenheim Bilbao effect, now cities wants their own “highlines”.

Part Two of The Highline was opened this summer, and Part Three has just been announced (more on that on another post in a few).

Vitra Design Museum: George Nelson Installation

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In the year 2008, the American designer (1908-1986) would have celebrated his 100th birthday. To commemorate this occasion, the Vitra Design Museum exhibited the first comprehensive retrospective of his work. Nelson was one of the most influential figures in American design during the second half of the twentieth century. With an architectural degree from Yale, he was not only active in the fields of architecture and design, but was also a widely respected writer and publicist, lecturer, curator, and a passionate photographer. His office produced numerous furnishings and interior designs that became modern classics, including the Coconut Chair (1956), the Marshmallow Sofa (1956), the Ball Clock (1947) and the Bubble Lamps (1952 onwards). This same exhibition will be opened from October 29th, 2011 at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Seattle (until February 12th, 2012. More images and exhibition description after the break.

On the Corner / Eastern Design Office

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Architects: Eastern Design Office
Location: ,
Client: TOYO-KAIHATSU Co., ltd
Constructor: Okudakomuten Co., Ltd
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 261 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Courtesy of Stanley Saitowitz

Contemporary Jewish Museum Presents Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica

Award-winning San Francisco-based Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects… are known for a practice that combines the principles of early modern architecture with the materials, techniques and sensibilities of the 21st century. Raised in a traditional Jewish family in South Africa, Saitowitz has

Cadiz Temporary Pavilion / Breathnach Donnellan with EASA Participants

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Architects: Kieran Donnellan, Darragh Breathnach and EASA PArticipants
Location: Cadiz,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 35 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Avanzada Workshop Team

modeLab Strip Morphologies II Workshop

modeLab Strip Morphologies II Workshop

Studio Mode/modeLab… is pleased to announce the first installment of the modeFab workshop series: Strip Morphologies II. As a continuation of the Strip Morphologies workshop held in June 2010, Strip Morphologies II is a two-day intensive design, prototyping, and fabrication

House Hoefman / Lautenbag Architectuur

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Architects: Lautenbag Architectuur
Location: ,
Engineer: Bureau 44
Construction Company: Bouwbedrijf Siebenga
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 580 sqm
Photographs: Diana Lautenbag

Digue Dondaines Nursery / Atelier 9.81

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Architects: Atelier 9.81
Location: Lille,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 275 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier 9.81

Villa Gardone / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Yesterday Richard Meier & Partners announced the design of a new Italian residence, Villa Gardone. The home is part of a complex in Gardone Riviera that is to be designed by a number of illustrious architecture firms from Europe and the U.S and completed by 2014.

Continue reading from more information on the Villa Gardone.


Tverrfjellhytta / Snøhetta


Architect: Snøhetta Oslo AS
Location: , Dovre Municipality,
Project Team: Knut Bjørgum landscape architect (Design Team Leader), Kjetil T. Thorsen (Partner in charge, Principal architect), Erik Brett Jacobsen, Margit Tidemand Ruud, Rune Grasdal, Martin Brunner (Architects) Heidi Pettersvold.(Interior Architect)
Project Area: 900 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ketil Jacobsen and

Video: Urban Density Benefits

David Baker of DB+P Architects recently produced a short video on the benefits of and the repercussions of the current suburban sprawl trend in the US.  It provides an insightful look into the resources required to maintain current cities and why density, if properly planned can provide the healthy atmosphere that great cities are known for. One of the most interesting points brought up is how population density is inversely related to – one example illustrates how Oklahoma City with a population density of 872 per square mile produces almost double the carbon that New York does with a population density of 70,595 per square mile. With land still relatively inexpensive, especially in the heartland of the US, the question becomes how to convey the benefits of urban living to those that cherish suburbia.

In Progress: Tate Modern Expansion / Herzog & de Meuron

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Currently under construction, it has been announced that the Herzog & de Meuron designed first phase of the new development of Tate Modern will open in the summer of 2012. The launch will be part of the London 2012 Festival which will be the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad.

Phase 1 of the development includes the opening of the former power station’s spectacular Oil Tanks – enormous circular spaces over thirty metres across and seven metres high. These massive industrial chambers have lain unused since the power station was decommissioned. They are now being transformed into what promise to be some of the most exciting new spaces for art in the world. A further series of neighbouring galleries will provide a range of new spaces for works from the Tate Collection, including two raw concrete galleries and a unique steel-lined gallery. The Oil Tanks will also act as innovative social and learning spaces, as well as being equipped for a diverse programme of live performances and events, including a crush bar and full back of house facilities.

Acoustic Composition / Nicolas Dorval-Bory + Raphaël Bétillon

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Nicolas Dorval-Bory & Raphaël Bétillon have recently been awarded second prize for their design of a hotel in Jurmala, Latvia.  The duo may sound familiar, as last year, we featured their artificial landscape of clouds which created an experiential journey along the banks of the Garonne in Toulouse.  For their latest project, Dorval-Bory and Bétillon have studied the relationship between the city and music and sound, to experiment with a gradation from the most structured musical composition to nature’s acoustic chaos by way of an architectural point of view.

More about the hotel design after the break.

Raif Dinçkök Yalova Cultural Center / Emre Arolat Architects

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Architects: Emre Arolat Architects
Location: Yalova,
Client: akkök grubu (limited competition)
Responsible Architect: rıfat yılmaz, kerem piker (concept-preliminary project); gonca paşolar, gülseren gerede tecim (final project); gonca paşolar, gülseren gerede tecim (construction project)
Project Team: aysun devrekanlı, beril serbes, ercan yılmaz, gözde sazak, leyla kori, nil aynalı, olcay özten, orhun ülgen, övünç tar, sezer bahtiyar, şafak kızılırmak, zeki samer
Structural Project: osm engineering
Mechanical Project: mak-el
Electrical Project: sentez
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 7,900 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Emre Arolat Architects

The Craft of Architecture

It didn’t start out this way for me.

When I was younger, I had an idea of what “Architecture” is – Architecture with a capital A. I held that idea in front of me throughout my career to serve as a guide, as I worked on my craft. To me, Great Architects were those that refined their concepts and details and forms with each new project. Occasionally, jumping forward with an innovation, but, usually building a career one client at a time, one building at a time. In school I spent hours in the library flipping through a 25 volume photographic archive of everything left in Le Corbusier’s flat files after he passed away. The volumes contained: every sketch, every construction detail, and every project. His whole life was there in light awkward drawings in pencil on translucent paper; all his failures, his incomplete thoughts, his grand gestures, his moments of pure clarity. I was amazed at the craft developed throughout a career; the gentle arc of a man’s life.