Exhibition / Conceptions of Space: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Architecture

00:00 - 18 June, 2014
Exhibition / Conceptions of Space: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Architecture, Herzog & de Meuron’s National Stadium, Beijing. 2008. Digital C-print, 36 x 54″ (91.4 x 137.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. Photograph © Iwan Baan
Herzog & de Meuron’s National Stadium, Beijing. 2008. Digital C-print, 36 x 54″ (91.4 x 137.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. Photograph © Iwan Baan

Focusing on recent acquisitions in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, Conceptions of Space addresses how contemporary architects continue to embrace spatial creation as a fundamental focus of their work. The exhibition reveals how, beyond formal traits and functional needs, the conception and articulation of architectural space still defines architecture as an artistic endeavor, and a response to wider cultural issues.

Sneakerboy Store / March Studio

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Sneakerboy Store  / March Studio, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts
  • Architects

  • Location

    265/279 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Area

    70.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +26

Pine Forest Pavilion / e2b arquitectos

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Pine Forest Pavilion / e2b arquitectos, © Enrique Agües
© Enrique Agües
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Àries, 1, 03110 Mutxamel, Alicante, Spain
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Enrique Agües © Enrique Agües © Enrique Agües © Enrique Agües +14

Kotor Architecture Prison Summer School 2014

00:00 - 18 June, 2014
Kotor Architecture Prison Summer School 2014

Hotel Fjord is the most visible big structure that was conceived and built during the Yugoslav period in Kotor and which is now waiting for more intense use again. Next to it there is at least four major sites and structures in a wide range of different material conditions, but all in a state of minimal use, which can be described as a programmatic void in the center of Kotor.

University of Oxford Mathematical Institute / Rafael Viñoly Architects

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
University of Oxford Mathematical Institute / Rafael Viñoly Architects, © Will Pryce
© Will Pryce
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Saint Giles', Oxford OX1 3LB, UK
  • Area

    24400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Will Pryce © Will Pryce © Will Pryce © Will Pryce +18

Pepiguari House / Brasil Arquitetura

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Pepiguari House / Brasil Arquitetura, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge

    Francisco Fanucci and Marcelo Ferraz
  • Area

    295.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Fumihiko Maki Commissioned to Design China's First Design Museum

00:00 - 18 June, 2014
Fumihiko Maki Commissioned to Design China's First Design Museum, Model of the Shekou Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates
Model of the Shekou Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki has revealed early designs for China's "first major design museum", a project in the Shekou district of Shenzhen commissioned by China Merchants Group (CMG) in collaboration with London's V&A Museum. The design model was unveiled yesterday at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London, where representatives of CMG and the V&A signed a collaboration agreement to deliver the museum, which is hoped to open at the end of 2016.

Maki's design for the Shekou Museum features three severely cantilevered volumes atop a deconstructed plinth; a staircase at the corner of the building also leads to the green public space on the roof.

More on the project after the break

Birds-eye view. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates Model of the Shekou Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates Model of the Shekou Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates Model of the Shekou Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates +5

Sam Jacob & Wouter Vanstiphout on Curating "A Clockwork Jerusalem"

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Sam Jacob & Wouter Vanstiphout on Curating "A Clockwork Jerusalem", The Mound. Image © James Taylor-Foster
The Mound. Image © James Taylor-Foster

The British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale takes the large scale projects of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s and explores the "mature flowering of British Modernism at the moment it was at its most socially, politically and architecturally ambitious but also the moment that witnessed its collapse." The exhibition tells the story of how British modernity emerged out of an unlikely combination of interests and how "these modern visions continue to create our physical and imaginative landscapes." To those who know the UK's architectural heritage, this cultural and social history is delivered in a way which feels strangely familiar, whilst uncovering fascinating hidden histories of British modernity that continue to resonate in the 21st century.

We caught up with Sam Jacob, co-founder of FAT Architecture (of which this exhibition is their final project), and Wouter Vanstiphout, partner at Rotterdam-based Crimson Architectural Historians, outside the British Pavilion to discuss the ideas behind, and significance of, A Clockwork Jerusalem.

© James Taylor-Foster
© James Taylor-Foster

SOM Wins Competition for Sweden's Tallest Tower

00:00 - 18 June, 2014
SOM Wins Competition for Sweden's Tallest Tower, Courtesy of Serneke
Courtesy of Serneke

SOM, working alongside Danish practice Entasis Arkitekter, has been selected to design a new residential building in Gothenburg that will be Sweden's tallest tower. Coming out on top against an international shortlist that included Zaha Hadid Architects, SOM's 230m tall proposal 'The Pole Star' features four connected prisms which twist 90 degrees near the top.

The competition, run by developers Serneke, called for proposals for a 32,000 square meter mixed-use masterplan, including a 200+ meter residential tower, in Gothenburg's Lindholmen area. A particular focus for the jury was for proposals to "demonstrate how the skyscraper can be integrated into the structure of the neighborhood," adding that "the building should be a part of the area’s social and architectural context, not stand as a solitary monolith."

Read more about the jury's decision after the break

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Sinjinmal Building / studio GAON

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Sinjinmal Building / studio GAON, © Youngchae Park
© Youngchae Park
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gajwa-dong, Seo-gu, Incheon, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh
  • Design Team

    Minjung Choi, Sangwoo Yi, Seongwon Son, Sungpil Lee, Hanmoe Lee, Haelee Jung, Joowon Moon
  • Area

    217.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park +38

Ampliación de la plaza Espanyola / Noemí Martínez

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Ampliación de la plaza Espanyola / Noemí Martínez, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaça Espanyola, 4, 08903 Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team

    Amado Martín, Virgínia Díaz del Río, Verónica Cereijo
  • Area

    898.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +18

Carlsberg Innovation, Research And Development Centre / S&AA

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Carlsberg Innovation, Research And Development Centre / S&AA, © Pierre Pommereau
© Pierre Pommereau
  • Architects

  • Location

    Boulevard de l'Europe, 67210 Obernai, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Benoît RAUX
  • Area

    9400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Pierre Pommereau © Pierre Pommereau © Pierre Pommereau © Pierre Pommereau +21

Competition Asks Young Architects to Transform Abandoned Factory into Cultural Center

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Competition Asks Young Architects to Transform Abandoned Factory into Cultural Center, Mention: ECOLE/AAKAA (Adrien Durrmeyer, Martin Le Bourgeois, Nicolas    Simon, Max Turnheim, Nicolas Violette). Image Courtesy of Young Architects Competitions
Mention: ECOLE/AAKAA (Adrien Durrmeyer, Martin Le Bourgeois, Nicolas Simon, Max Turnheim, Nicolas Violette). Image Courtesy of Young Architects Competitions

In our progressively digitized world, factories are often left behind. Outdated and no longer capable of serving their original purpose, these vast spaces become vacant and full of potential. A recent Young Architect Competition (YAC), entitled Space to Culture, recognized this trend and called upon young minds to turn such a factory in Granarolo, Bologna into a center for culture and entertainment. The competition asked entrants to focus on the idea of temporality and ensure the re-purposed factory's longevity through dynamic and flexible spaces. To see the winning entries, continue after the break.

Blantyre House / Williamson Chong Architects

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Blantyre House  / Williamson Chong Architects, © Bob Gundu
© Bob Gundu

© Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu +19

Ten Buildings Pushing The Boundaries of Wood

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Perkins + Will UBC Earth Sciences Building. Image © Martin Tessler
Perkins + Will UBC Earth Sciences Building. Image © Martin Tessler

Wood is the ultimate material - it's renewable, sequesters carbon and more importantly, it's buildable. Nevertheless wood is rarely used in tall, vertical construction. Now reThink wood has come out with their Tall Wood Survey (available in full on their website), which surveyed over 50 wood experts to explore three main areas in which wood is usually questioned: financing, insurance and performance. But beyond discussing the pros and cons of wood, the survey also highlights 10 projects that show how wood products are being used in ways you never thought existed. See all ten innovative projects, after the break. 

Bodebo Store In Barcelona / CAVAA

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Bodebo Store In Barcelona   / CAVAA, © Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de Sant Hermenegild, 7, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Jordi Calbetó, Oriol Vañó
  • Builder

    Josep Massana
  • Area

    74.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca +13

Reinstating the Relevance of Academic Journals: trans magazin

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
Courtesy of trans magazine
Courtesy of trans magazine

trans magazin, a semi-annual journal published by the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZ, seeks to address "issues in architecture and urban development from a variety of perspectives." Managed by an independent student editorial team since 1997, the publication studies and discusses humanities, politics, philosophy and the arts. It is "a platform for interdisciplinary discourse" packaged in a beautifully printed, weighty periodical.

Bar Aquarium / Next Level Studio

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Bar Aquarium / Next Level Studio, © Martin Kocich
© Martin Kocich
  • Architects

  • Location

    Josefa Stancla 154, 686 01 Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Michal Kutalek
  • Area

    70.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Martin Kocich © Martin Kocich © Martin Kocich © Martin Kocich +17