"Bungalow Germania" - Germany's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
"Bungalow Germania" - Germany's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, Bungalow Germania. The German Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh
Bungalow Germania. The German Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh

Germany's contribution to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale scrutinizes the architecture of representation, its crisis, and potential cessation. Aside from the universal ambition of modernism to break with the past, Germany has undergone a number of decisive political and societal breaks during the last hundred years. Through the question of how the nation "(re)builds and represents itself through architecture, we are able to discuss the friction between national identity and architecture expression—however, architecture is not only a mirror to ideology, but a constituting reality and societal context."

Qichun Catholic Church / Leekostudio

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
Qichun Catholic Church / Leekostudio, Courtesy of Leekostudio
Courtesy of Leekostudio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hubei, China
  • Design Team

    Li Yikao, Jin Xing
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Leekostudio

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SURE Wins Competition with "Endless City" Skyscraper

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
SURE Wins Competition with "Endless City" Skyscraper, © SURE
© SURE

Recently winning first place in a Skyscapers and SuperSkyscapers Competition, SURE Architecture has put forth a daring new proposition for a London skyscraper design. Their proposal, titled "The Endless City in Height," does away with the traditional notion of stacking floors on top of each other. Rather, this innovative design incorporates two street-sized ramps that wind their way up the exterior of the tower, creating extensions of the city streetscape that rise and coil vertically into the London skyline.

Rocas House / Studio MK27 + 57STUDIO

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
Rocas House / Studio MK27 + 57STUDIO, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +56

  • Architects

  • Location

    El Pangue, Zapallar, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Arquitetura

    Marcio Kogan + Renata Furlanetto + Maurizio Angelini + Benjamín Oportot + Natalia Rubio
  • Project Team

    Carlos Costa, Diana Radomysler, Laura Guedes, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas
  • Project Area

    460.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

House in Tatuí / Felipe Hsu e Lucas Bittar

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
House in Tatuí / Felipe Hsu e Lucas Bittar, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok
  • Architects

    Felipe Hsu e Lucas Bittar
  • Location

    Tatuí - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Collaborator

    Pedro Fernandes de Bona
  • Project Area

    287.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok +10

From the architect. A monolithic volume with a void in the center - a patio that bathes the interior of the building with natural light, organizing the intimate and social spaces of the residence.

Video: Los Angeles from Above

00:00 - 25 July, 2014

This time-lapse video, entitled "Above LA," is Chris Pritchard's love letter to Los Angeles. Filmed over the course of two years, Pritchard sought out locations to showcase the city in a way people rarely get to see  from above. Some of the views were easy to seek out, while others involved some exploratory hiking and trespassing. He encourages "everyone - lifelong Angelenos, transplants, visitors - to hit the trails, drive the mountain roads, find a reason to get on top of a high-rise. From the basin to the valley, this city offers so many opportunities to rise above and look down. Never stop exploring."

Stelka Institute Presents: Moscow's “Urban Routines”

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
Courtesy of Strelka Institute
Courtesy of Strelka Institute

Over the course of nine months, graduate students at the Strelka Institute studied the urban landscape of Moscow and the daily routines of its inhabitants, focusing "on new, little-noticed, and as-yet unresolved contradictions." The main goal of the projects was to come up with solutions that could be applied in practice.

The research projects, collectively entitled "Urban Routines," were presented at the end of this past June at the graduate show. Program director David Erixon said that while the theme might seem naive, "when you start looking at seemingly trivial things in a new way they are not so trivial anymore." For details about the individual research projects - covering Cars, Retail, Dwelling, Offices, and Links - keep reading after the break.

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Extension of the Helicopter Group of Civil Security / NBJ architectes

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
Extension of the Helicopter Group of Civil Security  / NBJ architectes, © Paul Kozlowski - photoarchitecture
© Paul Kozlowski - photoarchitecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Aéronautique Navale de Nîmes-Garons, Nîmes-Alès-Camargue-Cévennes Airport, 30800 Saint-Gilles, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Elodie Nourrigat, Jacques Brion, Romain Jamot
  • Area

    5700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Paul Kozlowski - photoarchitecture © Paul Kozlowski - photoarchitecture © Paul Kozlowski - photoarchitecture © Paul Kozlowski - photoarchitecture +18

The Garden Room / Welsh+Major

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
The Garden Room / Welsh+Major, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +14

Gomba / Hetedik Müterem

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
Gomba / Hetedik Müterem , © Tamás Szentirmai
© Tamás Szentirmai
  • Architects

  • Location

    1114 Budapest, Móricz Zsigmond körtér, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge

    Levente Szabó DLA, Zsolt Gyüre
  • Co-architects

    Orsolya Simon, Dávid Kohout, Balázs Biri
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Tamás Szentirmai, Balázs Biri, Courtesy of Hetedik Müterem

© Tamás Szentirmai © Tamás Szentirmai © Tamás Szentirmai © Balázs Biri +39

Imperial War Museum / Foster + Partners

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
Imperial War Museum / Foster + Partners, © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners
© Nigel Young - Foster + Partners

© Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners +15

Faculty of Engineering + Information Technology / Denton Corker Marshall

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
Faculty of Engineering + Information Technology / Denton Corker Marshall, © Richard Glover
© Richard Glover

© Richard Glover © Richard Glover © Richard Glover © Richard Glover +17

Flügel Haus / Arch-D

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
Flügel Haus / Arch-D, Courtesy of Arch-D
Courtesy of Arch-D
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tallinn, Estonia
  • Architect in Charge

    Viacheslav Deev
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Arch-D

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LAP Marina Residence / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo + Peia Associati

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
LAP Marina Residence / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo + Peia Associati, © Peia Associati
© Peia Associati
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cotonou, Benin
  • Architect in Charge

    Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo, Giampiero Peia, Marta Nasazzi, Simonetta Cenci
  • Design Team

    Simonetta Cenci, Ilaria Sisto, Sara Gottardo, Enrico Arrighetti, Emanuela Bartolini, Annalisa Beghelli, Stefania Bracco, Emanuele Mondin, Valeria Parodi, Francesca Recagno, Sara Traverso, Luca Bonazzoli, Massimo Mauro, Matteo Nicotra, Anna Pavoni, Francesca Patti
  • Area

    54500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Peia Associati © Peia Associati © Peia Associati © Peia Associati +19

Melbourne to Launch Its Own Serpentine Pavilion

00:00 - 25 July, 2014
Melbourne to Launch Its Own Serpentine Pavilion, 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto. Image © Danica O. Kus
2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto. Image © Danica O. Kus

Mirroring the Serpentine Galleries of London, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation has announced its own yearly pavilion commission for the city of Melbourne. Sited in the Queen Victoria Memorial Gardens, the premier "MPavilion" will be designed by Sean Godsell, opening October 6th of this year.  The pavilion will host a variety of community events, including art installations and performances, over a four month period.  It remains to be seen whether the MPavilion will have a lasting impact on the architectural culture of the city, as some critics have pointed out. To learn more about this now annual commission, visit this article from infolink.

Winy Maas Selected as Curator for Strelka Institute's Upcoming Academic Year

00:00 - 25 July, 2014
Winy Maas Selected as Curator for Strelka Institute's Upcoming Academic Year, WoZoCo / MVRDV. Image © Samuel Ludwig
WoZoCo / MVRDV. Image © Samuel Ludwig

Dutch architect Winy Maas has been selected as the curator for the Strelka Institute’s 2014-2015 academic year. One of the co-founders of Rotterdam-based firm MVRDV, Maas also lectures and teaches all over the world, most recently serving as a visiting professor of architectural design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as a professor of architecture and urban design at Delft University of Technology.

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows Workload Forecasts Are Firmly In Positive Territory

00:00 - 25 July, 2014
RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows Workload Forecasts Are Firmly In Positive Territory, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The results of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBAFuture Trends Survey for June show that the Workload Index among UK practices increased slightly to +34 (from +33 in May) with confidence levels amongst RIBA practices about the level of future workloads remaining "very strong and widespread across the whole of the UK". Whereas last month’s survey showed Wales and the West with the brightest outlook, this month's survey saw Scotland top the index with a balance figure of +50, the East Midlands and East Anglia tailing closely behind with a figure of +48. Workload forecasts from practices of all sizes are optimistically reporting positive balance figures.

Inside the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Innesti/Grafting

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
Inside the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Innesti/Grafting, Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale looks at the country’s architecture through the lens of  “grafting,” or the transferring of new ideas onto preexisting realities and structures.

Architect and Pavilion curator Cino Zucchi associates grafting with “the great capacity to interpret and incorporate preceding states through continuous metamorphoses.” He opens and closes the Italian Pavilion with two physical grafts: a large rusted steel arch and a bench sculpture. The first room of the exhibit begins with a study of modernization in Milan, followed by series of collages of contemporary projects in Italy. A video of Italian urban environments concludes the exhibit.

See images of the Pavilion and read a description from the curator after the break. 

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