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Home Economics: Inside the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 14 June, 2016
Home Economics: Inside the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

Britain is suffering from a terrible housing crisis – one that is an incredibly predictable outcome of decades of neoliberal economic policy. The Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has become well-known for building “half a house” – only completing core infrastructure in social housing, then encouraging residents to finish the other half with their own money over time. In effect, the first generation get a significantly cheaper home, but once the house has been doubled it could be sold at market rate. The discount, and profit, only applies to the original owners.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +19

TGZ Würzburg / KSG Architekten

03:00 - 14 June, 2016
TGZ Würzburg  / KSG Architekten, © Yohan Zerdoun
© Yohan Zerdoun

© Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Magdalene-Schoch-Straße, 97074 Würzburg, Germany
  • Client

    Technologie- und Gründerzentrum Würzburg, Würzburg
  • Responsible partner

    Prof. Johannes Kister
  • Area

    5143.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Escherpark / E2A

02:00 - 14 June, 2016
Escherpark / E2A , © Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman
© Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman

© Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman © Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman © Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman © Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zürich, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    E2A
  • Design Team

    Wim Eckert, Piet Eckert mit Mireya Sánchez Gómez und Sabine Ameling, Marta Devesa, Kaori Hirasawa, Martin Janser, Ilja Maksimov, Judith Mampe, Tânia Roque, Valentino Sandri, Alexander Struck, Renate Wal- ter, Rafal Wójcik
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

J.Y. Living Experiment Studio / HAO Design

22:00 - 13 June, 2016
J.Y. Living Experiment Studio   / HAO Design , © Hey!Cheese
© Hey!Cheese

© Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge

    HAO Design
  • Area

    137.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Tenhachi House / .8 Tenhachi Architect & Interior Design

20:00 - 13 June, 2016
 Tenhachi House  / .8 Tenhachi Architect & Interior Design  , © Akihide Mishima
© Akihide Mishima

© Akihide Mishima © Akihide Mishima © Akihide Mishima © Akihide Mishima +16

Siglap Plain / Aamer Architects

19:00 - 13 June, 2016
Siglap Plain / Aamer Architects, © Sanjay Kewlani
© Sanjay Kewlani

© Sanjay Kewlani © Sanjay Kewlani © Sanjay Kewlani © Sanjay Kewlani +15

136 Moorhouse Ave / Phil Redmond Architecture + Urbanism

17:00 - 13 June, 2016
136 Moorhouse Ave  / Phil Redmond Architecture + Urbanism, © Hazel Redmond Photography
© Hazel Redmond Photography

© Hazel Redmond Photography © Hazel Redmond Photography © Hazel Redmond Photography © Hazel Redmond Photography +15

Project of the Month: San Bernardo Chapel

17:00 - 13 June, 2016

Stereotomic architecture is characterized by two strong themes: the continuity of the forces of gravity to the ground, into the soil; and the search for natural light, which drills through the massive, solid walls to illuminate and allow habitation by the human being. It’s from these themes that this project takes its power.

Courtesy of Nicolás Campodónico
Courtesy of Nicolás Campodónico

Today we present to you May’s Project of the Month, the San Bernardo Chapel, which in its search to transform ecclesiastic symbolism uses nature as a way of ritual expression. The client required a place in a remote location that accommodated religious acts and rituals, in a context in which time is reflected by the use of recycled materials—materials that have been a part of the place for more than 100 years. This established construction criteria based on ancient masonry techniques. However, the project also involved the use of new materials in the interior of the work, creating an interesting play of textures.

Zechner & Zechner Place New Office Building into Vienna Barracks Courtyard

16:00 - 13 June, 2016
Zechner & Zechner Place New Office Building into Vienna Barracks Courtyard, Courtesy of Zechner & Zechner
Courtesy of Zechner & Zechner

Viennese firm Zechner & Zechner have been awarded first prize in a competition to design a new office building in the courtyard of the historic Rossau Barracks building in downtown Vienna. The firm’s entry, called “Floating Double-X,” takes inspiration from the symmetry of its context to place a minimally invasive office block into the existing courtyard space.

Lausward Power Plant / kadawittfeldarchitektur

15:00 - 13 June, 2016
Lausward Power Plant  / kadawittfeldarchitektur , © Jens Kirchner
© Jens Kirchner

© Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner +15

7 (More) Websites to Help Us Be Better Architects

14:00 - 13 June, 2016
7 (More) Websites to Help Us Be Better Architects

Last year we published a list of 22 websites meant to make an architect's job a little bit easier. From selecting the perfect color scheme to tracking the price of your next big purchase, solving technical problems or simply trying to balance your sleep and caffeine intake, the list sought to offer solutions to a diversity of issues – with something (hopefully) for everyone.

This year we offer an addendum with seven additional sites meant to further allay the ever-stressful life of architects. From using peripherals for additional screen real estate to receiving your daily fill of the top architecture news, or converting PDFs to DWGs and adding scale figures to models, ArchDaily seeks to share more of the best of what the web can offer to architects.

Travessa Das Necessidades / Fragmentos de Arquitectura

13:00 - 13 June, 2016
Travessa Das Necessidades  / Fragmentos de Arquitectura, © Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira

© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira +41

Trahan Architects to Transform Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre

12:15 - 13 June, 2016
Trahan Architects to Transform Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, Courtesy of Trahan Architects
Courtesy of Trahan Architects

Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center has tapped Trahan Architects to lead the renovation of the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre. A cornerstone member of the Woodruff Arts campus, which is also home to Richard Meier’s High Museum and museum expansions by Renzo Piano, the project will include a complete transformation of the Alliance Stage, theater rehearsal spaces, education spaces and support facilities. Selected from a competition of over 30 firms, Trahan’s design will be the first major renovation for the theatre since its construction in 1968.

Jardín San Hipólito / EL UMBRAL

11:00 - 13 June, 2016
© Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Camila Cossio © Camila Cossio +18

Melnikov and Moscow Workers’ Clubs: Translating Soviet Political Ideals into Architecture

09:40 - 13 June, 2016
Melnikov and Moscow Workers’ Clubs: Translating Soviet Political Ideals into Architecture, Dorhimzavod Club by the name of Frunze, 1929. Image © Denis Esakov
Dorhimzavod Club by the name of Frunze, 1929. Image © Denis Esakov

Konstantin Melnikov (August 3, 1890 – November 28, 1974) played a key role in shaping Soviet Architecture from the mid-twenties to mid-thirties, despite being independent from the Constructivists who dominated architecture at the time. Besides his well-known pavilion for the USSR at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Melnikov was famous in Moscow for his workers’ club building, for his own house, and for his bus garages.

With this recent photoset, photographer Denis Esakov (who is now looking for a publisher to produce a photobook featuring the full set of almost 600 images) has created a unique opportunity to explore – both inside and out – all 12 Melnikov projects that shaped Moscow’s Architecture during the Soviet Era.

Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, 1926. Image © Denis Esakov Gosplan Garage, 1936. Image © Denis Esakov Novo-Ryazanskii Bus Garage, 1929. Image © Denis Esakov Melnikov House, 1929. Image © Denis Esakov +56

2996 West 11th / Randy Bens Architect

09:00 - 13 June, 2016
2996 West 11th / Randy Bens Architect, © Sama Jim Canzian
© Sama Jim Canzian

© Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian +18

Spotlight: Emilio Ambasz

08:00 - 13 June, 2016
Spotlight: Emilio Ambasz, Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall (1995). Image © Flickr user kentamabuchi licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall (1995). Image © Flickr user kentamabuchi licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

As early as the 1970s, Emilio Ambasz (born 13 June 1943) initiated a discussion on sustainability through his work with green spaces and buildings which is arguably more important today than ever, and contributed to theoretical and design discourse outside of architecture through his wide variety of interest and career pursuits. Ambasz’s work has crossed several disciplines; he has been a curator, a professor, an industrial designer, and an architect, and is highly regarded in all of these varied pursuits.

Purcell Wins Competition to Revitalize St Mary Redcliffe

06:00 - 13 June, 2016
Purcell Wins Competition to Revitalize St Mary Redcliffe, Aerial View of the Church Precinct. Image© Richard Carman
Aerial View of the Church Precinct. Image© Richard Carman

Purcell has been announced as the winner of the St Mary Redcliffe Design Competition, organized by Malcolm Reading. The competition sought a design which successfully reconciled the preservation of the building in its historical form with the necessary expansion to accommodate growing programmatic requirements.

The two-stage competition drew initial submissions from 53 practices, both local and international. Of these, Eric Parry Architects, Carmody Groarke, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, dRMM and Purcell were invited to submit concept designs, all of which can be viewed here. Purcell's winning design uses two main axes to "stitch" the church into its neighborhood and is described by Malcolm Reading as showing "the deepest understanding of the site and context and the opportunity at St Mary Redcliffe."