National School of Architecture of Versailles Students Create Minimal Housing Structure

14:00 - 15 May, 2016
National School of Architecture of Versailles Students Create Minimal Housing Structure, Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V)
Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V)

A group of 20 students from the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V), along with chief of project Frank Rambert, have designed and built a small-scale building based on the theme of “The Minimum Habitat.”

Over a period of four months, students created individual projects meant to display, in a minimum number of square meters, the space that a person needs to live. A jury then selected one project to be built. This project covers a total of 12 square meters, with a five square meter footprint.

Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V) Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V) Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V) Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V) +31

CSI-IDEA Building / Juan Blázquez + Oficina Técnica Municipal Ayuntamiento Alhaurín de la Torre

13:00 - 15 May, 2016
CSI-IDEA Building / Juan Blázquez + Oficina Técnica Municipal Ayuntamiento Alhaurín de la Torre, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

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Back to the Ignored Front: Chinese Pavilion Reveals Theme for 2016 Venice Biennale

12:00 - 15 May, 2016
Back to the Ignored Front: Chinese Pavilion Reveals Theme for 2016 Venice Biennale, Something About Food Courtesy of SONG Qun
Something About Food Courtesy of SONG Qun

The organising committee behind the Pavilion of China at the 2016 Venice Biennale (the China International Exhibition Agency) have revealed that the exhibition will be entitled Back to the Ignored Front, themed around "things and designs that embody traditions of the past and have a lasting presence." Based on the premise that Chinese architecture has been pioneering in the nation’s modernization for the last three decades the show, which will be on display in the Arsenale, intends to tackle how these "developments generally focus only on the new ‘futuristic’ frontier." 'Spectacular’ buildings and cities are, in their words, "erected one after another, seldom taking a glance at the things passed by – ancient traditions and daily lives."

"Home at Intersection": An Exploration of Relationships, Individuality and Architecture

09:30 - 15 May, 2016
"Home at Intersection": An Exploration of Relationships, Individuality and Architecture, © Yushang Zhang
© Yushang Zhang

What do we mean when we say that our homes are “extensions” of ourselves? To put it more precisely, can a home be an extension of more than one person’s sense of “self”? And what happens when a single building is expected to be a home for two very different people? These are the questions asked in the project “Home at Intersection” by Netherlands-based architect Yushang Zhang.

Developed as a personal project in Zhang’s spare time Home at Intersection is, at its heart, as much a story told through architecture as it is an architectural design. The story chronicles the relationship of two young lovers as they embark upon a new chapter in their life together, building and then inhabiting their dream home. But much more than that, the project investigates themes of individuality and social bonds, using architecture as a medium to understand our hidden emotions.

© Yushang Zhang © Yushang Zhang © Yushang Zhang © Yushang Zhang +29

Vlooyberg Tower / Close to bone

09:00 - 15 May, 2016
Vlooyberg Tower / Close to bone, © Kris Van den Bosch
© Kris Van den Bosch

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The Legacy of Wells Coates: A Mini-Documentary About Modern Icons

08:00 - 15 May, 2016

The Legacy of Wells Coates is a mini-documentary by photographer Baker and director Alex Simpson that explores the modern designs of two of Well Coates' most iconic buildings: the Isokon Building in London and Brighton's Embassy Court. Both buildings have been restored and adapted, and are occupied by residents who give their insights on the architectural significance of their homes in this short film. 

Mixed Use House / Makovský & partners

05:00 - 15 May, 2016
Mixed Use House  / Makovský & partners, © Manfred Seid
© Manfred Seid
  • Architects

    Makovský & partners; Zdeněk Makovský, Daniel Makovský, Adam Sirotek
  • Location

    Minská 214/85, 616 00 Brno-Brno-Žabovřesky, Czech Republic
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Manfred Seid © Manfred Seid © Manfred Seid © Manfred Seid +36

House 1 / Alexis Dornier

02:00 - 15 May, 2016
House 1  / Alexis Dornier, © Alexis Dornier
© Alexis Dornier

© Alexis Dornier © Alexis Dornier © Alexis Dornier © Alexis Dornier +36

Poly ShowRoom / waa (we architech anonymous)

20:00 - 14 May, 2016
Poly ShowRoom / waa (we architech anonymous), © Hu Wenjie
© Hu Wenjie
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Di Zhang, Jack Young, Ruben Bergambagt, Huang Yisu
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Hu Wenjie © Hu Wenjie © Hu Wenjie © Hu Wenjie +9

Complex Problems for Architectural Imaginations: BairBalliet at the U.S. Pavilion

14:00 - 14 May, 2016
Courtesy of BairBalliet
Courtesy of BairBalliet

Kristy Balliet, Assistant Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture, is the Columbus-based half of BairBalliet, who will be presenting their work as part of the Pavilion of the United States at this year’s Venice Biennale. Her research focuses on the exploration of volume as an architectural medium. Balliet's interest in the city of Detroit began long ago. Related to her interest in contemporary forms of volume, her research started to reimagine the typology of the architectural "midrise" (10-15 story building). Detroit, along with other Midwest cities, requires an innovative tactic for urban infill and associated embedded volumes. This topic has been explored within her own work and as a topic for research design studios at the Knowlton School of Architecture.

House V / Arkosis

13:00 - 14 May, 2016
House V / Arkosis, © Roberto D´Ambrosio
© Roberto D´Ambrosio
  • Architects

  • Location

    La Vega, Costa Rica
  • Author

    Iván Delgado
  • Collaborators

    Ma. Fernanda Matamoros, Cristian Alvarez, Carlos Jiménez
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Roberto D´Ambrosio © Roberto D´Ambrosio © Roberto D´Ambrosio © Roberto D´Ambrosio +31

SCI-Arc’s Close-up Exhibit Explores the Potential of Digital Technologies on Architectural Detail

12:00 - 14 May, 2016
SCI-Arc’s Close-up Exhibit Explores the Potential of Digital Technologies on Architectural Detail, SCI-Arc's "Close-up" Exhibtion Explores Architectural Detail in an age of digital manufacturing and design. Image © Joshua White
SCI-Arc's "Close-up" Exhibtion Explores Architectural Detail in an age of digital manufacturing and design. Image © Joshua White

SCI-Arc’s “Close-up” exhibition is currently on display at the SCI-Arc gallery, featuring architectural details designed with the use of digital technology by top architects in the field. The exhibit, curated by Hernan Diaz Alonso and David Ruy, seeks to explore the impact of new computational tools not only on large-scale building analysis, but also on the “traditions of tectonic expression” associated with architectural detail.

“Out of the many critical shifts that the discipline has gone through in the last 25 years with the explosion of new technologies and digital means of production, the notion of the construction detail has been largely overlooked,” Diaz Alonso said. “This show attempts to shed light on the subject of tectonic details by employing a fluid and dynamic movement of zooming in and zooming out in the totality of the design.”

The 16 exhibitors include architecture firms like Morphosis, Gehry Partners and UN Studio – see preview images of them all after the break.

By UN Studio. Image © Joshua White By Gehry Partners. Image © Joshua White By P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S. Image © Joshua White By Tom Wiscombe Architecture. Image © Joshua White +37

Experience Casa Caldera in this Breathtaking Video Narrated by the Architects

09:30 - 14 May, 2016

Located in the arid desert of the San Rafael Valley, ArizonaCasa Caldera by DUST is a unique object in the vast landscape. In this video, architects Jesus Robles and Cade Hayes explain their project as viewers are taken on a vivid tour of the building and site. The camera moves through the desert, unveiling the house gradually, as one would truly experience it.

“One of the unique things about Casa Caldera is the experience of the approach,” Hayes says. “Two hours of travel are actually part of the experience of arriving. It isn’t until you are 20, 30 feet from the house that you get a good look.”

House in Cañuelas / Gastón Castellano

09:00 - 14 May, 2016
House in Cañuelas / Gastón Castellano , © Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cañuelas, Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Structure

    MLM  ( Mattiuz / Lozano / Mattiuz )
  • Area

    330.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte +34

New Material From Harvard Researchers Folds and Changes Shape On Its Own

08:00 - 14 May, 2016

A material produced by Harvard researchers changes size, volume and shape all by itself, reports The Harvard Gazette. The new material, inspired by the “snapology” technique from origami is composed of extruded cubes that have 24 faces and 36 edges.

Verbania Cultural Centre and Teather / Studio Bargone

05:00 - 14 May, 2016
Verbania Cultural Centre and Teather / Studio Bargone
  • Architects

  • Location

    28922 Verbania VB, Italy
  • Client

    Comune Di Verbania
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

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Country House in Tarusa Renovation / Architectural bureau PROJECT905

02:00 - 14 May, 2016
 Country House in Tarusa Renovation / Architectural bureau PROJECT905, © Sergey Krasyuk
© Sergey Krasyuk

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Gallery House / DADA & Partners

22:00 - 13 May, 2016
Gallery House / DADA & Partners, © Ranjan Sharma / Lightzone India
© Ranjan Sharma / Lightzone India

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