WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) has won an international competition to design new Assembly Hall in Libreville – the capital city of Gabon – for the 2014 Summit of the African Union. The New York City firm impressed the jury with their proposal L’Assemblée Radieuse, which offers a self-shading, circular structure that maximizes active and passive design while incorporating the vibrant ecology of the Gabonese Republic.
The new landmark is scheduled to break ground in February 2013 and will be completed in June 2014. Continue reading for the architects’ description.
SCI-Arc Masters of Architecture graduates Liz and Kyle von Hasseln have been awarded the inaugural Gehry Prize for developing an interruptible 3D printing method, dubbed Phantom Geometry, that allows designers to make alterations to the design while it is being printed. The Phantom Geometry method is a convenient alternative to the conventional, static 3D printing systems available today. The system’s main components includes a UV light projector, a special photo-sensitive resin, and controlled robotic arms from SCI-Arc’s Robot House.
In their own words, the authors’ describe:
Architects: MVN Arquitectos
Location: Madrid, Spain
Architects: Diego Varela de Ugarte and Emilio Medina Garcia, MVN architects
Project Manager: Santander Global Facilities
Technical Architect: Maria Lamela Martin
Area: 1,541.95 sqm
Collaborators: Alfonso García del Rey, Laura Sánchez, María Pascual and Alicia Castilla, architects
Interior Design Consultant: Juan Luis Líbano
Landscape Designer: Luis Vallejo Estudio de Paisajismo
Structural And Service Engineers: Ingenor
Photographs: Alfonso Quiroga
On November 15th-17th leading architects, artists, scholars, and industry leaders from all over the Globe will meet up in Aarhus, Denmark to shape the media architecture of the future and discuss how media architecture is about to change our cities.
What happens when heat sensitive concrete ‘freezes’ the shadows of passers-by, or when a façade turns into a screen by means of thousands of tiny LED lights? What happens to architecture, people, and cities, when buildings turn into a type of digital media and allows citizens to communicate with each other in completely new ways?
Questions like these are increasingly relevant, as media architecture gains ground in cities all over the World. And they will be top of the agenda when these media architecture experts meet up in Aarhus in November.
“Media Architecture is changing the way we relate to traditional architecture,” General Chair of the biennale, Dr. Martin Brynskov, said. ”It is a field in rapid development, and we’re very much looking forward to hearing top experts’ take on how media architecture affects our perception of buildings and cities.”
More about the activities at Media Architecture Biennale 2012 after the break.
Designed by architects Ângelo Lopes, Helena Gomes, and Lara Plácido…, the CASALATA (Tin House) project started with a short film in Mindelo, Cape Verde. The film focuses on the issue of the shortage of housing and on
Our friends from UNStudio shared their latest completed residential project, a villa nestled on the outskirts of Stuttgart that offers amazing vistas over country vineyards which are juxtaposed with cityscape panoramas. The sinuous curves of Haus am Weinberg are governed by the idea of creating a “twist” which organizes the programmatic flow of the residence. Ben van Berkel explained, “The Haus am Weinberg adopts a stereovisual spatial effect, acting almost as an optical instrument, whereby not a parallax view, but a parallax experience is created. Moments of parity with the surrounding landscape from inside the house form a constant experiential connection and awareness of its immediate context.”
More after the break, including a great photography set by Iwan Baan.
‘Embryonic Canopy’ Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher
As part of the Sukkahville Design Competition in Toronto, organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher were selected as one of the finalists for his ‘Embryonic Canopy’ exhibition. The project re-images the Sukkah as both a temporary shelter and permanent fixture within the agricultural ecosystem. It challenges the notion of the traditional static Sukkah while creating a sense of wonder, intrigue and connection to the natural environment. More images and designers’ description after the break.
Designed by Mjölk Architekti…, a high seat was installed on the main square in České Budějovice where it stayed for a month. It is situated high up so that it does not interfere with everyday life on the ground