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Futurumshop / AReS Architecten

  • Architects: AReS Architecten
  • Location: Europaweg 165, Apeldoorn Zuidwest, Holanda
  • Arquitecto A Cargo: Sen Heesen
  • Equipo De Proyecto: Tjeerd Hermsen, Rogier Penning
  • Area: 2158.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Thea van den Heuvel

© Thea van den Heuvel © Thea van den Heuvel © Thea van den Heuvel © Thea van den Heuvel

Curo Garden / Raumlabor

The 2012 edition of Parckdesign, a biennial event dedicated to green space planning initiated by Brussels Environment and the Brussels Ministry for Environment, Energy and Urban Renovation, aims to reinterpret industrial wastelands, leftover spaces and interstices in Brussels. With this challenge, Raumlabor chose to open the gates to the spacious and pleasant courtyard of Curo Hall and to extend the public space by planning a whole series of concerted developments to comply with the uses of the local associations (whose activity is usually little known to the inhabitants of the neighborhood). More images and architects’ description after the break.

London 2012: Thinking Past Day 17 / Part II

In our second segment of Thinking Past Day 17 – our series examining the larger implications of hosting the Olympic Games – we explore social issues London must address while creating the necessary infrastructure for the Summer Games. The forty-five minute proposal London presented to the International Olympic Committee in Sinagpore was filled with amazing flyovers of natural terrain depicting the most challenging obstacles, walk-throughs of state-of-the-art athletic facilities, and planning overviews of accommodations for athletes amidst a city speckled with old and new cultural offerings.  When the final votes were counted and London won the bid, it was time to turn those glossy virtual images into reality. Of course, we are accustomed to the blankness of a site transforming into the awesomeness of a dynamic rendering, but an entire city?  Where is all the available space coming from as London is the most populated municipality in the European Union with 8.17 million residents? And, more importantly, what was on the land before the Olympic transformation? More after the break.

Housing Development / kit Architects

Courtesy of kit Architects
Courtesy of kit Architects

Designed by kit Architects, in collaboration with schibliholenstein architekten, the winning proposal for a 33 apartment housing development in Nuerensdorf, Zurich, Switerland consists of six buildings, which occupy the land equally. The loose alternating arrangement allows multiple connections to the open countryside in the north and to the garden framed single and multi-family dwellings in the immediate neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Reframe / Paul Scales and Atelier Kit

Created by Paul Scales and Atelier Kit for the 7th annual ‘Le Festival des Architectures Vives ’ in Montpellier, France, Reframe explores the theme of ‘surprise’ through the creation of an object that reframes the relation of the visitor to the space, the historic architecture and the other visitors. The festival is comprised of an architectural walking tour through the historic city center where heritage sites are opened up to modern architecture. Visitors experience a shift from the position of observer to observed, from control to controlled and willingly or not, become engaged in a game of surprise and be surprised. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Crusch Alba / Gus Wüstemann

© Bruno Helbling © Bruno Helbling © Bruno Helbling © Bruno Helbling

Sacred Museum / Fernando Menis Architects

  • Architects: Fernando Menis Architects
  • Location: Adeje, Spain
  • Construction Budget: 3,755,000 Euros
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Simona Rota, Courtesy of Fernando Menis Architects

© Simona Rota © Simona Rota © Simona Rota © Simona Rota

Y project / Rami Kopty

  • Architects: Rami Kopty
  • Location: Ya'el, Nazareth Illit, Israel
  • Architect In Charge: Rami Kopty
  • Structure Engineer: Joseph Kopty
  • Area: 170.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Kopty Architects and Engineers

Courtesy of Kopty Architects and Engineers Courtesy of Kopty Architects and Engineers Courtesy of Kopty Architects and Engineers Courtesy of Kopty Architects and Engineers

University of California Irvine Contemporary Arts Center / Ehrlich Architects

© Lawrence Anderson © Lawrence Anderson © Lawrence Anderson © Lawrence Anderson

Tourner autour du Ried / StAndré-Lang Architectes

  • Architects: StAndré-Lang Architectes
  • Location: 67600 Muttersholtz, France
  • Design Team: Bastien Saint-André, Maxime Lang
  • Area: 20.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of StAndré-Lang Architectes

Courtesy of StAndré-Lang Architectes Courtesy of StAndré-Lang Architectes Courtesy of StAndré-Lang Architectes Courtesy of StAndré-Lang Architectes

Sunken Courtyard / Gestalten

© Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning

Architects: Gestalten Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Nils Koenning

© Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning
© Nils Koenning

Video: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center / Kengo Kuma

Located in front of the Kamiari-mon gate in Asakusa, Kengo Kuma’s Culture Tourist Information Center serves as a beacon to the local area as well as housing programs to serve both tourists and the local community. This video via ja+u  takes you through the 7 stacked volumes that make up the 8 internal floors that house a wide variety of programming ranging from meeting rooms to tourist information kiosks. The construction uniquely integrates HVAC equipment in the gaps between the stacked volumes. The interior structure of heavy timber members are left exposed which complement the dynamism of the vertical volumes, while the language of wood is continued onto the exterior by means of laminated timber louvers.

CLF Houses / Estudio BaBO

Courtesy of Estudio BaBO
Courtesy of Estudio BaBO

Architects: Estudio BaBO Location: Villa La Angostura, Neuquén Province, Argentina Project Architects: Francisco Kocourek, Francesc Planas Penadés, Marit Haugen Stabell Design Team: Marcos Buceta Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Courtesy of Estudio BaBO

Courtesy of Estudio BaBO
Courtesy of Estudio BaBO
Courtesy of Estudio BaBO
Courtesy of Estudio BaBO
Courtesy of Estudio BaBO
Courtesy of Estudio BaBO
Courtesy of Estudio BaBO
Courtesy of Estudio BaBO

Films & Architecture: "My Uncle"

This week we want to introduce a film by one of the filmmakers that cannot be out of this list. We’re talking about Jacques Tati, the French director, writer, and actor that made his first color movie in 1958, ”Mon Oncle”.

Tati shows how the modern age affects and dramatically changes the way that people live. All the new technologies at that moment are incorporated in the scenes, were the interaction between this new concept of “modern spaces” and people is an element present in most of the movie.

What do you think about this approach of how modernity influenced (or still influencing) the way of living of our societies?

OMA reimagines retail for Coach’s new stores

Coach Omotesando Conceptual © OMA
Coach Omotesando Conceptual © OMA

American retailer Coach has commissioned OMA to develop a new merchandising system that accommodates Coach’s wide diversity of products while returning to the clarity of Coach’s heritage stores. Since establishing its first workshop 1941, Coach has expanded from a specialist leather atelier to a global distributor of “democratized luxury goods”. This expansion has clouded the clarity of the brand’s original library-like stores, which used a rigorous organizational system that categorically sort projects inside minimal wooden shelving at assisted counters. OMA intends to create a flexible, modular system that embodies the clarity of the original stores and responds to the individual needs of locale. Continue reading for more. 

Venice Biennale 2012: ‘Migrating Landscapes’ represents Canada

Migrating Landscapes Alberta Regional Exhibition, 2011, 35 square meters, Photographed by Ryan Archer. Courtesy of Migrating Landscapes Organizer.
Migrating Landscapes Alberta Regional Exhibition, 2011, 35 square meters, Photographed by Ryan Archer. Courtesy of Migrating Landscapes Organizer.

Migrating Landscapes presents a distinctively Canadian architectural vision that is sympathetic with a worldwide trend towards increased mobility – not only of people, but also of cultures and, most importantly, pluralistic aspirations. As more and more people move around the globe, the issue of immigration poses challenges at all levels – challenges that this exhibition frames around the themes of ‘settling’ and ‘unsettling’. Migrating Landscapes seeks to explore these themes in a manner that highlights Canada’s commitment to openness, diversity and democratic pluralism. Continue reading for more.