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Impressive Shortlist to Compete for "The Arts Cluster" of Arnhem

UPDATE: OMA has reportedly withdrawn from the competition. 

The city of Arnhem, the Netherlands, has revealed an impressive shortlist of five firms who will compete to design a new cultural building for the city, The Arts Cluster, which will combine the Museum Arnhem and Focus Filmtheater Arnhem. 

The five firms selected from 44 entries are: Architecture Studio HH with SO-IL (United States); ABT with the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG, Denmark) with Allard ArchitectureKengo Kuma & Associates(Japan); NL Architects; and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).

House Varanda / Carla Juaçaba

© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente
  • Architects: Carla Juaçaba
  • Location: Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Area: 140.0 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • P: Fran Parente

© Fran Parente © Fran Parente © Fran Parente © Fran Parente

MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART (MOWA) / HGA Architects and Engineers

  • Architects: HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Location: West Bend, WI, USA
  • Principal: James Vander Heiden, AIA, PE
  • Project Manager: Russ Drewry, AIA
  • Project Lead Designer: James Shields, FAIA
  • Project Architect:: Peter Balistrieri
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Darris Lee Harris

© Darris Lee Harris © Darris Lee Harris © Darris Lee Harris © Darris Lee Harris

Shenzhen Biennale: The Value Factory and the Urban Border

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization. The Biennale is co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, two of the most intensely urban cities in the world, where political and economical contexts have shaped unique urban dynamics. 

A few days ago we had the chance to attend the opening of the Shenzhen Biennale, curated by Creative Director Ole Bouman together with Academic Directors Li Xiangning and Jeffrey Johnson. The Biennale, focused on “Urban Borders,” is split between two venues that will be open until Feb 28th, 2014. 

Toll Stations and Canopies at the AP-7 South La Jonquera - Salou, Catalonia
Toll Stations and Canopies at the AP-7 South La Jonquera - Salou, Catalonia

Right next to the Shenzhen Ferry Terminal, where thousands of people commute every day between Hong Kong, Macau and Chinese cities along the Pearl River Delta, the Border Warehouse  displays a series of projects -including the national pavilions- that deal with border issues, from projects that mediate Shenzhen and Hong Kong; the 3,154km long border between Mexico and the US, to transit stations and border checkpoints designed by contemporary architects. Participating include Enrique Walker, Juerguen Mayer, Aterlier Bow Wow, Joseph Grima, Teddy Cruz, Abalos + Sienkiewicz, MAD, among many others.

"Cities are filled with numerous – and at first sight invisible – borders. Between rich and poor, between ethnic groups, between high and low, between dense and sprawl, in short, between center and periphery. But who and what define these borders?" -- Ole Bouman

But perhaps the most interesting part of the Biennale takes place at the main venue: The Value Factory. 

More information about the Value Factory and a complete photo report after the break:

Putget Dolors Aleu Center for the Elderly / Pinearq

  • Architects: Pinearq
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Albert de Pineda Alvarez
  • Area: 7500 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: FG+SG


House in Perbes / Vier Arquitectos

  • Architects: Vier Arquitectos
  • Location: 15608 Perbes, A Coruña, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: Antonio Raya, Cristóbal Crespo, Santiago Sánchez, Enrique Antelo
  • Collaborators: Emmanuel Vincent, Saúl González Casas
  • Area: 325.0 m2
  • Year: 2003
  • Photography: Courtesy of Vier Arquitectos

Courtesy of Vier Arquitectos Courtesy of Vier Arquitectos Courtesy of Vier Arquitectos Courtesy of Vier Arquitectos

House Maher / Tribe Studio

  • Architects: Tribe Studio
  • Location: Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Design Team: Hannah Tribe, Tony Tribe, Ben Wollen
  • Structural Engineer: Cantilever Engineers
  • Area: 327.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Katherine Lu

© Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu

OMA Wins Its First Bridge: Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc

OMA has won an international competition to design Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc, a bridge across the river Garonne in Bordeaux, France, that will link the municipalities of Bègles and Floriac. The 44m by 545m bridge, which will act as "a generous new public space" and "an urban planning intervention" for the city, giving priority to pedestrian traffic, is the first to be realized by OMA. It is scheduled for completion in 2018. 

According to Clément Blanchet, director of OMA France, the bridge "is not the ‘event’ in the city, but a platform that can accommodate events of the city [] may be the least technical, least lyrical, but [it is] the most concise and effective structural solution.”

The architect's description of the project, after the break...

Fleuve / APOLLO Architects & Associates

© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa
  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Location: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: APOLLO Architects & Associates, Satoshi Kurosaki
  • Area: 92.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa

Remembering Bawa

In this article, originally published in Indian Architect & Builder, architect and writer David Robson pens an intimate and personal account of the life and work of Geoffrey Bawa – an incredible architect with an un-paralleled legacy in Sri Lanka and south-east India. 

Ten years have rolled by since Geoffrey Bawa’s death and fifteen since ill-health forced him to hang up his tee-square. It's time to take stock: what was his legacy? How were his ideas disseminated? What influence has he had? What were his qualities? Who was Geoffrey Bawa?

Ena de Silva House - Copy drawing by Vernon Nonis, 1985.. Image  Sitting at the Polontawala Bungalow.. Image  Lunuganga -Drawing. Image  Triton Hotel Entrance. Image

GRAFT Wins "Apassionata" with Iconic, Temporary Structure for Horse Shows

German architecture firm, GRAFT, has been selected as the winner of the "Apassionata" competition. Tasked with designing a temporary structure for the exhibition of horses, GRAFT proposed a complete wooden building that could be assembled, dismounted and reassembled at the convenience of the company. 

Learn more after the break...

d3 Housing Tomorrow Competition 2014

Investigation of contextual, cultural, and life cycle flows offers a critical filter for visualizing innovative future housing strategies. Established in 2010, the annual d3 Housing Tomorrow competition has grown to become a leading voice in alternative residential architecture and one of the most notable awards in speculative, performance-based housing design. 

The Crystal Palace Architectural Competition

Architects have been invited to submit expressions of interest in designing The Crystal Palace as a new cultural destination for London in the spirit, scale and magnificence of the original. Plans to invest £500 million in rebuilding The Crystal Palace and restoring the surrounding public park were announced in October by ZhongRong Group, with the support of the Mayor of London and the Bromley Council.

The new culture-led exhibition and employment space will sit at the top of the 180-acre Crystal Palace Park in south London. It will incorporate the listed Italian style terraces, and other Victorian heritage within the park, fully restored for the public. The project is expected to create more than 2000 permanent and temporary jobs as well as attracting wider investment into the local high streets and the wider economy.

Mine Museum and Archive’s Café / MACh Arquitetos

© Gabriel Castro
© Gabriel Castro
  • Architects: MACh Arquitetos
  • Location: Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Fernando Maculan + Mariza Machado Coelho
  • Collaborators: Fernanda Amaral de Souza e Lawrence Solla
  • Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Gabriel Castro

© Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro