Encounters 2 – Architectural Essays / Juhani Pallasmaa

Architecture is fundamentally existential in its very essence, and it arises from existential experience and wisdom rather than intellectualized and formalized theories. We can only prepare ourselves for our work in architecture by developing a distinct sensitivity and awareness for architectural phenomena.” With these declarative words, Finnish architect, educator and critic resounds the call of his 2005 volume, Encounters: Architectural Essays, in this second volume of essays, Encounters 2.

Courtesy of AllesWirdGut Architektur
Courtesy of AllesWirdGut Architektur

Visionary Concept for Science Campus / AllesWirdGut Architektur

AllesWirdGut…, together with the German climate engineering experts Transsolar and the Dutch-born urban planning avant-gardist Ton Matton, recently developed their concept for the BIO Campus. The project consists of a huge site just outside Istanbul that is becoming one

Photography: When World Fairs End / Jade Doskow

Montreal 1967 World’s Fair, “Man and His World,” Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome With Solar Experimental House, 2012. Photo © Jade Doskow.

Since 1851, World Fairs have offered glimpses into specific moments in time – giving us insight into what was once innovative, high-tech, and down-right radical. But the structures, the icons of each Fair, don’t always stand the test of time – no matter their architectural pedigree. In Flushing Meadows Park, New York, for example, Modernist icon Philip Johnson‘s 1964 New York State Pavilion now stands neglected, overgrown in ivy. Mies van der Rohe‘s German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona Expo didn’t even get the chance to decay as it was promptly demolished (although eventually reconstructed).

On the other hand, the Eiffel Tower, although considered “vulgar” in its day (1889), was maintained – mostly because its height made it well-suited for emitting radio signals. It’s now Paris’ most important tourist attraction.

The fate of Structures is the theme of New York-based photographer, Jade Doskow, who has already shot 19 former World’s Fair sites. Take a peek at Doskow’s images and find out how World Fair structures have fared, some better than others, after the break…

Font Del Roure Nursery / ONL Arquitectura

© José Hevia

Architects: ONL Arquitectura - Joan Nogué, Txema Onzain, Felix Lopez
Location: C/ del Pont s/n, , Anoia,
Collaborators: Félix López, Borja Iglesias, Tapio Lassmann, Mireia Marès
Constructor: EMCOFA, S.L.
Structure: BIS Arquitectes
Budget: € 2,847,390
Photographs: José Hevia

Fournitures Select / Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement

© Steve Montpetit

Architects: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement
Location: , Canada
Partner In Charge: Alexandre Blouin
Design Team: Isabelle Beauchamp (Project Architect), Jonathan Trottier
Area: 13,400 sq ft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Steve Montpetit

Courtesy of Lab Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Lab Architecture Studio

8th China Flower Expo Information Center / Lab Architecture Studio

Designed for the 8th China Flower expo, which will be held in 2014, the design for the information center by Lab Architecture Studio… aims to create a very subtle expression. By blending it into nature, the project is able to

The Lanxi Curtilage / Archi Union Architects

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Architects: Archi Union Architects Inc
Location: International Intangible Cultural Heritage Park, ,
Architect In Charge: Philip F. Yuan
Client: Chengdu Qingyang Suburb Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: SHEN Zhonghai

Shanghai Vanke Headquarters / Tsushima Design Studio

© Masao Nishikawa

Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
Location: , Changning,
Design Architects: Tsushima Design Studio (TDS), Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop, Inc. (KMDW)
Principal: Mr. Toshio Tsushima (TDS), Mr. Hiroto Kobayashi/Mrs. Naomi Maki (KMDW)
Collaborators: Shanghai Vanke: Shikyo Fu (Design Director)
Landscape: Studio On Site
Area: 15,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Ogikubo House / MDS

© Toshiyuki Yano

Architects: MDS
Location: Suginami-ku, , Japan
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori, Natsuko Kawamura
Area: 118 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Video: Alpine Hut / OFIS Arhitekti

OFIS Arhitekti shared with us a video they put together for their project, Alpine Hut. Situated in a small Alpine village, part of Triglav national park with very strict rules of construction and architectural design, the client bought the site together with existing construction permit for the generic project. Basically, the main task was to give the hut a new look, create a new veranda around the house and position the openings towards the views and increasing its sustainability.

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© +imgs

Light Forest: Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / MenoMenoPiu Architects

Situated in the new green heart of Helsinki, the ‘Light Forest’ proposal for the Helsinki Central Library intends to replace the existing green that the architects will subtract to the park in a perfectly controlled indoor environment. Occupying 4500m² of…

Somlo Winery Complex / Ekler Architect

© Tamás Bujnovszky

Architects: Ekler Architect
Location: Somló,
Architect In Charge: Dezső Ekler
Design Team: Árpád Koncz, Gyöngyi Berta, Balázs Győri, János Gatter, Veronika Katona, Dalma Kiss, Bálint Berki
Area: 5,947 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

The Bay House / Roger Ferris + Partners

© Arch Photo Inc,

Architects: Roger Ferris + Partners
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Roger Ferris, AIA, RIBA, Robert Marx, AIA, Myron Mirgorodsky, AIA, Tiziano Fabrizio
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Mechanical: D’Antonio Consulting Engineers
Area: 6,400 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Arch Photo Inc, New York

115 West Street Building / Paragon Architects

© Andrew Bell

Architects: Paragon Architects
Location: Johannesburg,
Area: 100,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrew Bell

The ABI’s Up, But Is Building Really Making A Comeback?

via designbuildsource.com

As a follow up to a previous post we recently published regarding the positive look on the Architecture Billings Index (ABI), forward-looking indicators for building and construction activity have been turning increasingly positive over recent months, which is the good news. Current market conditions for architecture and the near-term outlook for the construction industry in the US is a two-sided story, with forward-looking indicators showing steady improvement but serious concerns arising out of an impending ‘fiscal cliff’. To be sure, the good news is not evenly spread across sectors and regions. Buoyed by lower interest rates, growing demand for rental accommodation and the progressive subsiding of the mortgage crisis, the residential building sector (57.3) is improving quickly whereas activity in commercial and industrial building remains flat. More information after the break.

Kindergarten and after-school Care Center / Alexa Zahn architects

© Hertha Hurnaus

Architects: Alexa Zahn architects
Location: , Austria
Architect In Charge: Alexa Zahn, Barbara Schwab
Building Physics: Office Krückl, DI Thomas Seidel
Statics: Office H+W, Werkraum Wien (competition)
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

AD Round Up: Flickr Part LXXXVI

Photo by asli aydin – http://www..com/photos/asli_aydin/

It’s time for another Flickr Round Up! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by asli aydin in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Check the other four after the break.

Silo 468 / Lighting Design Collective

© Tuomas Uusheimo

Architects: Lighting Design Collective
Location: Helsinki,
Lead Design: Tapio Rosenius, Oscar Martin, Rodolfo Lozano, Victor Soria, Gorka Cortazar, Reinaldo Alcala, Rodrigo Arcaya
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hannu Iso-oja, Tapio Rosenius, Tuomas Uusheimo