Jean Nouvel Boycotts Opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, Saying It Is “Not Finished”

The concert hall under construction. Image © Yves Chanoit

Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s long awaited opening of the Philharmonie de  concert hall took place yesterday at a VIP event in which the French President, Francois Hollande, officiated the ceremony three years after it was scheduled to take place. Jean Nouvel, however, did not attend the event, instead writing an incendiary column for French Newspaper Le Monde, and releasing a statement saying he feels that the building has opened “too early” and it ”is not finished.” He argues that “there were no acoustic tests of the concert hall [as] the schedule did not allow the architectural and technical requirements to be respected, [...] despite all the warnings which I have been giving since 2013.”

Villa R / C.F. Møller Architects

© Julian Weyer

Architects: C.F. Møller Architects
Location: ,
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julian Weyer

IT HQ / Morpho Studio

© Hanna Długosz

Architects: Morpho Studio
Location: ,
Area: 800.0 sqm
Photographs: Hanna Długosz

Street House / Massive Order

© Nelson Garrido

Architects: Massive Order
Location: Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Sixth Ring Road, ,
Principle Architect: Muhannad Albaqshi
Design Team: Reem Alhumaidan
Area: 400.0 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Dig In the Sky / Alphaville Architects

© Shigeo Ogawa

Architects: Alphaville Architects
Location: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Kentaro Takeguchi, Asako Yamamoto
Design Team: Tomohisa Koike
Area: 152.0 sqm
Photographs: Shigeo Ogawa

Youth Hotel of iD Town / O-office Architects

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Architects: O-office Architects
Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong,
Architect In Charge: Jianxiang HE, Ying JIANG
Design Team: Mincong Deng, Jingyu DONG, xiaolin CHEN
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Chaos.Z

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© NO RELATION

On View in LA: “ZOOM” / Steven Christensen and Mads Christensen

Now on view until January 18 at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los AngelesZoom is an installation by the interdisciplinary collaborative NO RELATION, led by architect Steven Christensen and artist Mads Christensen. The project reflects upon the topic of scale, and the exuberant surface qualities one often observes in ordinary objects when magnified. The installation acts as a space multiplier, using form and light to produce an immersive and disorienting spatial experience at a scale seemingly larger than the project’s diminutive footprint. More images and information, after the break.

The Plinth House / Luke Stanley Architects

© Hilary Bradford Photography

Architects: Luke Stanley Architects
Location: VIC 3363, Australia
Area: 140.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hilary Bradford Photography

Vincent Laforet’s Images of New York From Above Will Take Your Breath Away

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Something he has “dreamed of capturing for decades,” Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has released a stunning set of images that captures his hometown of New York in a way that has never before been seen. Taken from a nauseating 7500-feet above the city, Laforet’s “Gotham 7.5K” series reveals the unrelenting, pulsating energy that radiates from the Big Apple’s city grid.

All the images and the making-of video, after the break. 

Hug Shaped House / Pedro Quintela

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Architects:
Location: Rua da Malveira 98, 2755 , Portugal
Area: 130.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

New York’s “City of Dreams” Competition Selects Two Winners

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Two winners have been announced for the fifth annual cycle of New York’s “” competition: the “Billion Oyster Pavilion” by locally-based BanG Studio and “Organic Growth” by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects of Madrid and . Pending approvals and fundraising, both pavilions will be assembled on Governors Island and open to the public for the summer 2015 season. The winning pavilions, after the break.

Walnut Residence / Modal Design

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Architects: Modal Design
Location: Venice, , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Daniel Monti
Area: 2727.0 ft2
Year: 2010
Photographs: Benny Chan for Fotoworks

Video: The Making of RSHP’s Leadenhall Building

In celebration of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ relocation to their newly constructed Leadenhall Building, the London-based practiced has released a short film that captures the “making of” the 52-story, 225-meter skyscraper. RSHP, now occupying the building’s 14th floor, is said to be proud to be Leadenhall’s latest tenants: 

“After 30 years at Thames Wharf Studios, it is important for us to be moving into a building that reflects the ethos and evolution of our design practice, clearly stated in its urban relationship with the Lloyd’s building opposite,” says the partners of RSHP. “We will begin this new phase of our history in a building that already feels like home but allows us the advantages of a contemporary, flexible office space in a prime location in the increasingly vibrant and exciting City of London.”

The building, popularly referred to as the “Cheesegrater,” was completed in September of last year. 

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 House / Modulo 12 Architects

© Angel Baltanás

Architects: Modulo 12 Architects
Location: , Asturias,
Architect In Charge: Jorge Palomo Carmona
Area: 75.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Angel Baltanás

“Why Are There Not Skyscrapers with a 100-Foot Curtain Wall of Art Glass?”

© Flickr CC user Aidan McRae Thomson

Most contemporary architects probably don’t spend too long thinking about stained in their everyday practice – and for the “art ” industry, that’s becoming a big problem. In a fascinating article for the Wall Street Journal, Timothy W Martin carefully examines an industry that has been in decline for decades, ever since glass designer Kenneth von Roenn warned them in a 1970s conference speech that it was “time to jump ship” and diversify from their work in religious buildings.

Through the Lens: The Social Implications of Green Roofs in Film

“Hobbiton,” the home of the virtuous Hobbits. Image © www.bonvoyadventuretravel.com

Film often makes a mockery of architectural features. facades are obliterated by gunfire, grisly murders are set against a white modernist palette, deconstructed stairs are the cause of nasty accidents or ludicrous slapstick, and you just know a tensile fabric roof will be shredded by the time 007 is finished with it.

There is one architectural feature however that has benefited from very complimentary treatment by the film industry, and surprisingly it is a sustainable one. Green roofs and other “architectural” green spaces have been popping up regularly in mainstream movies over the past decade: blockbusters including The Vow (2012) and Source Code (2011) utilized the greenscape outside Gehry‘s Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park; last year the Vancouver Convention Centre was featured in both Godzilla and Robocop; and Kaspar Schroder’s 2009 uber cool documentary My Playground, about the sport of parkour (the art of bouncing off buildings made famous by the opening scenes of Casino Royale), features BIG’s Mountain Dwellings in Copenhagen. And we cannot forget two of the biggest film franchises in history: both of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises feature green roofs in their portrayal of Hobbiton – home of the virtuous and incorruptible Hobbits.

Cross-Laminated-Timber Cottage / Kariouk Associates

© Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Architects: Kariouk Associates
Location: , QC J0X,
Architect In Charge: Paul duBellet Kariouk
Senior Design Associate: Chris Davis
Design Associates: Sarah McMurtry, Adam Paquette, David King
Year: 2014
Photographs: Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde

Chile to (Finally) Build Gaudí’s Only Project Outside of Spain

Model of the “Our Lady of Angels” Chapel. Image © Corporación Gaudí de Triana

may soon be home to the only Antoni Gaudí-designed building located outside of Spain. At a recent press conference, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet confirmed government funding for the construction of the Gaudí Cultural and Spiritual Center in the city of , which will include a chapel designed by the Catalán architect.

The project originated in 1922 through a series of letters exchanged between Gaudí and Chilean Franciscan Friar Angélico Aranda, who asked Gaudí to design a chapel for Chile. “I wish to implement an original work, very original, and I thought of you,” wrote Aranda to Gaudí, who by then was immersed in constructing his masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.  Since 1996, Chile’s Corporación Gaudí de Triana has been working to make the design resulting from this conversation a reality.

Learn more about this project after the break.