The main challenge DCA (Design Crew for Architecture) faced in their proposal for a family and childhood house, located in Saint Julien en Genevois, France, was the resulting compactness from the tight ratio between the net area planned to be built and the buildable area allowed by regulations. Despite their extremely restrictive lot, they aimed for great quality spaces while instilling some generosity to create project that moves toward consistent urban characteristics. More images and architect’s description after the break.
We’re always excited to bring you news on the latest awarded architects for their contemporary achievements and advancement of the field – whether it be our coverage of the Pritzker, AIA Honor Awards, or the Aga Khan awards, to name a few. Yet, the Richard H. Driehaus Prize is one prize that recognizes architects whose work embraces the ideas and theories of the past. Specifically, the prize is bestowed upon those who work ”embodies the principals of traditional and classical architecture and urbanism in contemporary society.” Robert A. M. Stern, dean of Yale School of Architecture and principal of his firm, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Driehaus Prize for his commitment to incorporating classical theories into his projects of all scales. According to Stern, the firm is grounded in the belief of “…continuity of tradition and strive in our work to create order out of the often chaotic present by entering into a dialogue with the past and with the spirit of the places in which we build.”
More about the award after the break.
Spring 2011 marks the opening of “Metropol Parasol”, the Redevelopment of Plaza de la Encarnación in Sevilla, designed by J. MAYER H. Architects. After finishing the concrete works in 2008, the parasols are under construction now. Visiting the site at the moment gives an impressive imagination of the final dimension and appearance.
The project becomes the new icon for Sevilla, – a place of identification and to articulate Sevillas role as one of Spains most fascinating cultural destinations. “Metropol Parasol” explores the potential of the Plaza de la Encarnacion to become the new contemporary urban centre. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Sevilla allows for a great variety of activities such as memory, leisure and commerce. A highly developed infrastructure helps to activate the square, making it an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike.
The Church and Santa Fe training Center, dedicated to Josémaria Escrivá Balaguer, is located on the west side of Mexico City in an urban context of recently completed projects. The completion of this project results in an urban space that is recovered, literally conformed by trash creating a representation of social and cultural values that have become a city landmark.
Follow the break for photographs, drawings, and the design description from the architect.
Architects: Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas
Location: Joaquin Gallo 101, Lomas de Santa Fe Alvaro Obregón, México DF
Design Team: Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas, Jorge Isaias Guerrero, Jaime Krasowsky
Interiors: María del Carmen Cantú de Chapa
Architecture Project Development: Octavio Sánchez Á., Héctor Delmar, Jorge Jiménez B., José Luis Santillan, Christopher Vargas, José Luis Trujano
Engineers: Marcos Hernández R., Mario Rogero Jiménez
Acoustics: Saad Acustica
Illumination: Luz y Forma
Project Area: 4,671 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Fran Parente
Architects: TECON Architects
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Collaborator: Bogdan Brandiburg
Principal: Bogdan Babici
Structural engeneers: ing. Nicola Gospodinov
Installation projects: Seal Instal / ing. Lucian Ionescu, ing. Liviu Popa, ing. Catalin Gutoi
Project area: 410 sqm
Project year: 2008 – 2010
Photographs: Cosmin Dragomir
Our friends from Manhattan-based Weiss Manfredi have shared their museum design for Ithaca, New York’s Paleontological Research Institution, which houses one of the United States’ largest paleontological collections. Situated in the Finger Lakes region, the natural landforms of the site inspired the architects to take advantage of the existing gradual 40 ft slope – a feature which resulted from a receding ice sheet more than 20,000 years ago. Rather than considering the site as distinct and separate from the museum, this project creates a new topography: a continuous, terraced landscape that fuses architecture and ecology into a cohesive expression of the geologic processes involved in the region’s formation.
More images and more about the museum after the break.
The project embraces a conversion of an existing old house from the 14th century in Puglia, south Italy. The house was part of a so called “masseria”, a traditional farmhouse to be found in the countryside of Puglia and usually built in tufo, a local sandstone. In the past 500 years the masseria has been the center of production of apulian agricultural economy where most people lived and worked in the countryside producing wheat, almonds, wine, olive oil, milk and cheese.
Follow the break for more photographs and drawings of this house.
Architects: Peter Pichler Architects
Location: Santa Maria al Bagno, Puglia, Italy
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architects
Located in the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima, the building hosts consular offices along with classrooms for a nearby school. The project emerges within its context, as the neighborhood is one of the central and traditional districts of the city of Lima, and is currently undergoing an intense densification process.
Architects: Fernando Mosquera, and Llona + Zamora Arquitectos
Location: Calle Contralmirante Montero, Miraflores, Lima, Perú
Construction: Peter Hemmerde
Project Area: 1,356 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Michelle Llona R
Archdaily presents another competition entry from the Taiwan Tower Competition in Taichung City by Aedas R&D in collaboration of Thornton Tomasetti and Phaconsult. T he conceptual development for the project came from the geometry of a pebble dropped into the sea, and the shape of the tower was derived from the patterns that emerge on the surface of the water as the concequence. The rippling effect on the water was taken to develop the landscaping around the tower, as well its extrusion into the wrapping skin of the tower.
More on this project after the break.
This clean and simple two story house is situated within its landscape. Constructed on land that used to be a fruit garden, the views from the house feature tree groves beyond, mango, peach, avocado, and lucuma. Located 55 kilometers East of the city of Lima, this country house in Santa Eulalia sites 1,200m above seas level, between the mountains. Follow the break for more photographs and drawings.
Architects: René Poggione González, Susel Biondi Antúnez de Mayolo
Location: Santa Eulalia, Peru
Project Area: 180 sqm
Photographs: Michelle Llona R
In Arthur Toth‘s, A Room for London competition entry, the main impetus for the use of computational geometry is the ease it introduces into computer-aided design and most importantly into manufacturing. This computational geometric algorithm leads to a balanced subdivision of the outer shell of the room and also to a matching coherent organization of the space inside. Planimetric issues also subscribe to this inner logic, as well as structural and detailing processes. More images and architect’s description after the break.