OMA to Refurbish Paris Industrial Building for Galeries Lafayette

Exhibition tower, Three configurations, Model 1-100e. Image © / Frans Parthesius

OMA has unveiled its latest design project to blend the worlds of fashion and architecture: the refurbishment of a late 19th century industrial building for French high-end retail group ’s Fondation d’Entreprise, in Paris.

OMA is no stranger to the world of fashion, having collaborated on bold catwalk designs for Prada over the last decade as well as the renovation of a 16th century palazzo in Venice for Benetton. For Galeries Lafayette, a five-story, U-shaped, courtyard building built in 1891 will be transformed into a space for exhibitions and production. Located in Le Marais, one of Paris’ oldest neighborhoods, the architecture is protected under a heritage preservation plan. The building is to be fully preserved, cleaned and restored, and OMA’s design also includes the construction of a new exhibition tower for the courtyard. The tower will contain two sets of mobile platforms that can be split into four independent platforms, adding additional space and flexibility.

See photos and read a project description from OMA after the break.

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Light Matters: The Missing Element At the Venice Biennale

Toilets, at “” at the Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

“Elements of Architecture,” the -curated exhibition at the 2014 Venice Biennale, delved into several remarkable structural as well as technical components of architecture, including floors, walls, doors, stairs and toilets. But why was light missing?

My manifesto for the inclusion of light as a fundamental element of architecture — after the break.

Centre Culturel Lesigny / Atelier208

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Architects: Atelier208
Location: Lésigny,
Design And Building Team: Chloé & Meyer Oiknine, Thibault Guillaneau, Diego Ibad, N. Maslier
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: A. Leclercq

Pinup2014′s Competition Winners Showcase the Creativity of Emerging Talent Today

Jury Winner_Emerging talents_AE Superlab_Infinicities. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project

The Morpholio Project has just announced the winners of the Pinup 2014 competition. Drawing from an impressive shortlist of finalists, the Jury  – which included participants from Fast CompanyMetropolis Magazine, Columbia GSAPP, and even our very own Editor-in-Chief, David Basulto – has chosen nine outstanding examples of studio, 3D-printed or unbuilt works that exemplify the best of today’s emerging talent.

Amy Azzarito, jurymember and Managing Editor at Design*Sponge ”was impressed by the number of entrants who chose to devote their time and creative energy toward addressing social problems on a global scale, demonstrating an empathetic understanding that as the world grows increasingly smaller, the problems of our neighbors are problems for which we all bear responsibility.”

Duann Scott, jurymember and Designer Evangelist at Shapeways added: ”The breadth and quality of the entrants was truly inspiring, making it very difficult to pick the winners, or to put it better, not pick more to be winners,” said .

Beyond the jury’s picks, a public competition and The Morpholio Project chose five additional winners. See them all, after the break.

Canary Wharf Development Including Herzog & de Meuron Tower Wins Planning Approval

Herzog & de Meuron’s Residential Tower. Image Courtesy of Group plc

A significant development at Canary Wharf has been approved by planners in London. The scheme, dubbed ‘Wood Wharf’ and consisting of 30 new buildings, was masterplanned by Allies and Morrison and includes a cylindrical residential tower by Herzog & de Meuron, and will provide 3,100 homes, 240,000 square metres of office space, a primary school, a medical centre, a community centre, a hotel, and around 100 retail outlets. Connecting the space will be a 3.6 hectare network of public spaces.

Read on for more on the development

Proyecto de Recuperación Ambiental y Puesta en Valor del Entorno de la Fortaleza y Playa Fluvial de Goián / Pablo Gallego Picard

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Architects: Pablo Gallego Picard
Location: 36750 , Pontevedra, Spain
Area: 7610.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Pablo Gallego Picard

AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London

Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Following the recent announcement of Aedas’ demerger into two separate companies - one retaining the Aedas name and the other now known as AHR - we spoke to Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas’ global board and a practicing architect for close to three decades. The company, which was recently ranked by the Architects’ Journal as the 5th largest and most influential practice in the world, have now moved their head office to London’s Chandos Place and are championing a new approach to urban regeneration in the UK’s capital. Alongside discussing how an international practice of Aedas’ scale successfully operates, Griffiths offered his insight into how the future looks for European cities based on a tried and tested Asian model of .

To find out how Aedas approach sustainability in flourishing Asian markets, as well as the significance of the ‘urban hub’ typology for London’s metropolitan future, read the interview in full after the break.

IULM_Milan / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

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Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo, Alessandro Schiesaro
High Supervision: Cesare Stevan, Angelo Bugatti
Desing Team: Gabriele Pulselli, Raffaella F. Pirrello, Daniele Marchetti, Domenica Laface, Alessandro Bellus, Lorenza Barabino, Luca Pozzi, Simonetta Cenci
Area: 23261.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ernesta Caviola

A+U 526: Retreat – Primal Concept and Experimental Design

From the publisher. July issue of a+u is focused on retreats, in particular the places where people spend their free time. Retreats, where functional necessities are not the priority, portray the essential lifestyle that the residents desire. And, from there, an image of a house reflecting back the everyday emerges.

The sites abundant in nature present vast landscape to the residents. At the same time, they lack basic infrastructure, materials, or technology that would be readily available when designing a house in cities. Because of such shortages, architects are encouraged to put their experimental concepts into practice.

This issue explores how the ideal image of a house and architect’s experimental concept are unified and conceived as a when the situation is “missing” something.

WGTG – Residential building “Den Draad” / HUB

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Architects: HUB
Location: Gentbrugge, , Belgium
Design Team: Grontmij
Area: 4,915 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ilse Liekens

Video: Umbrellium At The Barbican

Umbrellium is a team of architects, designers, commercial experts, producers and creative technologists that create and commercialise participatory products and services that empower people to transform their cities. This video is about Assemblance, where Kinetic sensors and lasers allow for a truly interactive light experience.

Brasilia National Stadium / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Knut Göppert
Project Manager: Martin Glass
Project Manager Brazil: Robert Hormes
Director Of Gmp Do Brazil: Ralf Amann
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

CJ5 House / Caramel Architekten

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Architects: Caramel Architekten
Location: Vienna, Austria
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus, Courtesy of Caramel Architekten

Pedro House / VDV ARQ

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Architects: VDV ARQ
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Victor Della Vecchia, Ariel Ascione
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Curro Palacios Taberner

Mino Nursery School 7 / Atelier Zo

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Architects: Atelier Zo
Location: , Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Area: 473.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Kosei Kumoyama, Keiko Hirota, Sawazaki Kensetsu, Atelier ZO

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Condemned to be Modern: Inside Mexico’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

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Mexico’s pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale is centered on Octavio Paz’s reflections on the contraposition between tradition and modernity. Echoing the request from that the national pavilions focus on the theme 1914-2014, Paz’s writings establish that “…modernity, for the last one hundred years has been our style. It is the universal style. Wanting to be modern seems like madness, we are condemned to be modern.”

Architects Julio Gaeta and Luby Springall use this reflection as the starting point for their curatorial project, designing the pavilion to show two story paths: one traditional and one modern. This concept is executed through the selection of works emblematic of Mexican modernity juxtaposed with works, events and interviews that influence architecture.

Check out photos from the pavilion along with the official text from the curators after the break.

House 01, Hyde Park / Daffonchio & Associates Architects

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Architects: Daffonchio & Associates Architects
Location: Hyde Park, , South Africa
Project Team: Frances Joynt
Photographs: Adam Letch

Yardhouse / Assemble

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Architects: Assemble
Location: Stratford, London,
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Assemble, David Grandorge