Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris: The Critics Respond

Fondation Louis Vuitton, . Image © Iwan Baan

The people behind Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton (FLV) in Paris, which is set to officially open on the 27th October 2014, recently invited a band of architecture critics to take a look around and pen their thoughts. Gehry’s bold approach to architectural form, most evident in buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, matches the foundation’s aim to “promote and support contemporary and artistic creation” in France. According to their website, they in particular embody “a passion for artistic freedom.” How, then, has the enormous sailed structure, challenged by local opposition from the outset, settled into its Parisian parkland surroundings?

See what The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright, The Observer’s Rowan Moore, Vanity Fair’s Paul Goldberger, The LA Times’ Christopher Hawthorne, as well as the Architectural Digests’ Mayer Rus, had to say about Gehry’s latest completed building after the break.

House Liechtenstein / k_m architektur

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Architects: k_m architektur
Location: 9494 Schaan,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of k_m architektur

Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis

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Architects: Agis Mourelatos, Spiros Yiotakis
Location: ,
Architectural Design: Agis Mourelatos, Spiros Yiotakis
Architectural Consultants: Betaplan
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

Son La Restaurant / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: , , Vietnam
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia
Associate Architect: Vu Van Hai
Architects: Ngo Thuy Duong, Tran Mai Phuong
Contractor: Suoi Hen JSC, Wind and Water House JSC
Area: 1984.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

S-House / Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

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Architects: Yuusuke Karasawa Architects
Location: Oomiya, Saitama,
Architect In Charge: Yuusuke Karasawa
Area: 104.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Kwel Ka Baung School / Agora Architects

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Architects: Agora Architects
Location: , District, Tak 63110, Thailand
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Agora Architects

Cabinet of Curiosities / Donna van Milligen Bielke. Image Courtesy of Prix de Rome
Cabinet of Curiosities / Donna van Milligen Bielke. Image Courtesy of Prix de Rome

Donna van Milligen Bielke Wins Prix de Rome Architecture 2014

The Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker has awarded architect Donna van Milligen Bielke the €40,000 Prix de Rome Architecture 2014. A 2012 graduate from the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, Van Milligen Bielke won the prize for her “radical and poetic intervention” - Cabinet of Curiosities - for the Hoogstraat in Rotterdam.

The Prix de Rome is the oldest and largest prize in the Netherlands for architects and visual artists under 40, previously awarded to alumnus Ronald Rietveld in 2006. More information after the break.

In Progress: Palace Museum-Southern Branch / KRIS YAO | ARTECH

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Architects: KRIS YAO | ARTECH
Location: Chiayi, Taiwan
Design Team: Kuo-Chien Shen, Frank Lu, Max Chen, Winnie Wang, Ting-Tseng Shen, Jake Sun, Wen-Li Liu, Ting-Fung Ho, Wen-Ling Liao, Miya Yu, Jun-Ren Chou, Tien-Yu Lo, Calvin Chen, Yi-Seng Tsai
Area: 38413.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: National Palace Museum, , Jeffrey Cheng

Daniel Libeskind-Designed Condominium Towers Proposed for Boca Raton

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Daniel Libeskind has teamed up with locally-based GS4 Studios to propose a four-tower luxury condominium project for downtown , . North of Miami, the “Mizner on the Green” development will add 500 residential units and a two-acre public park directly adjacent to the Boca Raton Resort and Club golf course.

Showroom for &tradition / NORM Architects

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Architects: NORM Architects
Location: Copenhagen,
Architects In Charge: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Kasper Rønn, Linda Korndal
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Photographs: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Patricia Parinejad

Plaza de La Libertad Civic Center / OPUS + Toroposada Arquitectos

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Architects: OPUS, Toroposada Arquitectos
Location: Medellín, Antioquia,
Project Area: 61000.0 m2
Photographs: Sergio Gómez

Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez. Image Courtesy of LAP
Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez. Image Courtesy of LAP

Grimshaw Selected to Expand Peru’s International Airport

Grimshaw has landed a $950 million expansion for the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru. As reported by the Architect’s Journal, Grimshaw will work with ARCADIS, CH2MHill and Ramboll to design a seven million square meter scheme that will include a new air traffic control tower and second terminal for the international airport. Designs are set to be revealed in 2015.

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Tapped to Design Luxury Hotels in China

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Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster have been tapped to design two luxury hotels for the Jumeirah Group’s newest properties in : Jumeirah Wuhan and Jumeirah Nanjing. Both properties will be adjacent to existing business districts and will provide luxury suites, specialty restaurants, executive club lounges, business centers, spas and more. 

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Gould Evans

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Architects: Gould Evans
Location: 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Associate Architect: Delawie
Area: 124000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Assassi Productions, Ace Aerial Photography

7 Ways To Get Paid Faster by Improving Your Invoicing Process at Your Architecture Practice

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How much do you love invoicing? I imagine, about as much as you love cleaning the mouldy food out of the back of your refrigerator. Or possibly your annual trip to the dentist. Or maybe as much as your neighbor’s dog who likes to run around in circles yapping excitedly for seven straight hours.

On invoicing days, you will usually find me in the kitchen, condiments spread everywhere, frantically trying to discern exactly what that lump of amorphous green goo stuck at the bottom of the vegetable crisper once was.

As an architect, you’re writing invoices all the time, for huge amounts of money. You’ve probably had enough late-paying clients or miscalculated fees to understand how important it is to stay on top of invoicing and make sure you haven’t missed off a zero or moved a decimal point in the total. But pulling all the data together, giving the client the information they want, and making sure you’ve calculated it all correctly can take hours. Hours you’d rather spend on other tasks, like actually working in the studio.

Why China’s President Says “No More Weird Buildings”

Xi Jinping has criticized ’s CCTV Headquarters. Image © / Philippe Ruault

The President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has reportedly called for a end to the “weird buildings” being built in China, and particularly in the nation’s capital, Beijing. In a two hour speech at a literary symposium in Beijing last week, Mr Xi expressed his views that art should serve the people and be morally inspiring, identifying architectural projects such as OMA’s CCTV Headquarters as the kind of building that should no longer be constructed in Beijing.

With ’s construction boom being one of the most talked about features of today’s architecture scene – and many a Western practice relying on their extravagant projects to prop up their studios – the Chinese leader’s comments have the potential to affect the landscape of architectural practice worldwide. But what is behind these sentiments? Read on after the break to find out.

Casa no Príncipe Real / Camarim Arquitectos

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Architects: Camarim Arquitectos
Location: Lisbon,
Architect In Charge: Vasco Correia, Patrícia Sousa
Area: 41.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Columbia University: open space, throughout the community. Image © Alfonso Medina/T38 Studio via the Guardian
Columbia University: open space, throughout the community. Image © Alfonso Medina/T38 Studio via the Guardian

What Should Obama’s Presidential Library Look Like?

Barack Obama still has two years left in his presidency, but speculative planning for his Presidential Library has already begun for each of the four possible final locations. Just as the election of President Obama broke down historical precedents for who could hold office, could the design of his dedication library represent an architectural shift from previous libraries? This article by Lilah Raptopoulos from The Guardian presents four unofficial visions for the design of the new library, each of them from award-winning architects. Their bold design sketches expand our perceptions of what a presidential library could be, and explore new ways in which these libraries could serve their communities. See all four designs and read the full article from The Guardian entitled, “Obama’s presidential library: four radical visions of the future from top architects.”