Architects: TETRARC architectes mandataires
Location: Nantes, France
Client: Ville de Nantes
Cast Client: SAMOA (Société d’Aménagement de la Métropole Ouest Atlantique)
Engineering: CMB economist, SERBA structure, AREA fluids, AREA CANOPÉE consultant HQE,
ATELIER ROUCH acoustician, Architecture & Technique scenography
Surface: 6,800 sqm
Cost: 16,2 M€ HT
Photographs: Stephane Chalmeau
Saturday, we shared with you Bureau Spectacular founder Jimenez Lai’s contribution to the University of Michigan’s Taubman College lecture series, focusing on what the genre of installation can offer architectural practice. Fascinated by experimental architecture, storytelling, cartoons and the pursuit of alternate realities, Lai’s latest performance-based architectural installation has made it to Kickstarter. It is up to you whether or not Lai will get the chance to transform the Architecture Foundation’s Project Space in London with a cartoonish architectural installation of Super Furniture – “a building that is slightly too small and a furniture that is kind of too big” – inspired by the exhibitionism of Hugh Hefner with the live-art of Joseph Beuys.
As his first solo exhibition outside of North America, the Chicago-based architect will inhabit the Hefner/Beuys House for a few weeks, acting as a 1:1 comic book that people can literally become a part of. You may remember his past projects of the Super-Furniture Series, including the Briefcase House, which he has continued to live in for the past three years, and White Elephant (Privately Soft). His previous installations have been wildly popular, stimulating the imagination of those from across the globe, and there is no doubt the Hefner/Beuys House will do the same.
All funds will go towards construction of the installation, which includes labor, material and transportation. Find more information and donate here on Kickstarter!
Location: Zaragoza, España
Project Architect: José Javier Gallardo Ortega
Technical Assistance: INCO Ingenieros
Structural Engineering: Guillermo Chóliz
Facilities Engineering: D3i
Technical Supervision: Gabriel Fraj
Construction Company: Mariano López Navarro
Photography: Enric Duch
Architects: buerger katsota architects
Location: Santa Maria, Paros, Greece
Design Team: Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Tassos Govatsos, Anna Karagianni, Mladen Stamenic
Consultants: Panagiotis Panagotopoulos (structural engineering), D P Kryfos OE (mechanical and electrical engineering),Scape (landscape design)
Energy Consumption: 28.3 kWh/(m²a)
Completion Year: 2010
Site Area: 9,500 sqm
Total Surface Area: 430 sqm
Photographs: Dimitris Kalapodas
Be sure to take advantage of the early bird special by April 30th for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s 2012 World Congress, appropriately located in the skyscraper city of Shanghai. According to The Skyscraper Center, ten of the 20 tallest buildings in the world will be in China by 2020.
The Congress will examine poignant issues such as: Is the skyscraper a sustainable building type? Can tall buildings truly reduce and harvest enough energy to become carbon-neutral? What is the full impact on the city and the lives of its inhabitants by developing skyward? And what support mechanisms and urban infrastructure are required for such growth? CTBUH2012 has confirmed an impressive list of several Chinese leading developers, architects and engineers to speak at the World Congress. Continue after the break to review the full list.
Architects: dosmasuno arquitectos – Ignacio Borrego, Néstor Montenegro, Lina Toro
Location: Pinto, Spain
Collaborators: Begoña de Abajo, Qianyi Lin, Paula Raimundez and Carlos Ramos
Client: Carolina Díaz, Oscar Serna
Built Surface: 241 sqm
Budget: 240,000 €
Date of Completion: April 2010
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán
We’ve been following the growth of CLOG – an architectural publication seeking to prolong the discussion on pointed topics – from its inception last autumn with the inaugural issue on BIG, followed by their take on Apple. Currently, CLOG is working toward the release of Rendering (submissions are due today!). This evening, CLOG is participating in a “Young Journals Symposium” at Cooper Union. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by at 7:00 at the Cooper Union Rose Auditorium. The event will feature a round table discussion led by Cynthia Davidson, the Log’s editor and founder, and feature panelists such as the editors of CLOG, Another Pamphlet and Pidgin. This symposium is quite timley as we recently shared an article about Paul Goldberger leaving for Vanity Fair, and the implication of news publications slowly eliminating architecture discussion from their pages. In a way, this symposium responds directly to that matter, as the editors will discuss their motivation for creating such outlets for discussion.
Moleskine, the legendary manufacturer of tools for creativity, introduces “Inspiration and Process in Architecture”, a collection of cloth-bound monographs, curated and edited by Francesca Serrazanetti and Matteo Schubert, exploring the design process of architects. The first four books of the series feature interviews, writings, drawings and notes from four international architects: Zaha Hadid, Giancarlo De Carlo, BOLLES+WILSON, and Alberto Kalach.
All you have to do is become a registered user (for free!), and answer this question in the comments: Which architect would you like to see featured in this Moleskine collection? Among all the comments by registered users we will giveaway four books (one of each). You have until next Monday 16 to comment! Good luck!
After co-founding studiometrico, Italian architect, Lorenzo Bini, has recently opened a new architectural firm in Milan entitled Binocle. Bini takes his creativity displayed in his Bastard flagship store in Milan (the converted cinema received the coveted ArchDaily Building of the Year Award for Interiors in 2009), to a different level with this transformed reuse project for offices in Via Zumbini, Milan. The project includes a complete overhaul of an existing industrial building from the 1930s and the construction of a new entity to create 17 units of 100 and 150 sqm available for small practices in search of a workplace.
Architectural design: BINOCLE / Lorenzo Bini
Collaborators: Claudia Brunelli, Valentina Cocco, Michela Fancello, Sandro Riscino
Consultants: Gennaro Postiglione
Location: Via Bonaventura Zumbini 29, Milan
Client: Immobiliare del Nord S.p.a.
Structural design: Atleier LC
Lighting design: Rossi Bianchi Lighting Design
Project area: 1.350 sqm
GSA: 1.900 sqm
Photographs: Giovanna Silva
On-site photographers: Iacopo Boccalari, Francesca Pozzi, Carla Vitali
The design of the two high-rise towers for the Donau-City in Vienna by Dominique Perrault Architecture represents the concluding phase of a development extending over several decades: on what was originally a municipal rubbish tip the UNO-City was erected (1973–1979), tentative plans to hold the 1995 Vienna-Budapest EXPO here were soon abandoned, as a result architects Krischanitz and Neumann (commissioned by WED AG) produced an urban design masterplan for the area in 1992. The outcome is an entirely new urban district with a diverse range of functions. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Marsino Arquitectos Asociados – Jorge Marsino P., María Inés Buzzoni G.
Location: Santiago, Chile
Design Team: Claudio Santander, Beatriz Marin, Rodrigo Martinez, Daniel Iraguen, Andrés Cea, Alejandro Eliash
Site Surface: 8,827.48 sqm
Floor Plan Area: 32,406.25 sqm
Client: Universidad Central de Chile
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld
Alejandro Aravena, based in Santiago de Chile, will be giving a lecture at MIT on the theme of ‘Elemental Recent Projects: Monoliths and Trees’. After the 8.8 earthquake and tsunami that hit Chile in 2010, they have worked in the reconstruction by proposing a mitigation forest as the main infrastructural work, but also dealing with housing, public buildings, productive activities and transportation. In 2011 they were called to perform a similar redesign of an entire city in the Atacama desert, where the Chilean Copper Company, Codelco, commissioned them to intervene at the whole scale of Calama where they are proposing an oasis.
They have been also working in different buildings like the Angelini Innovation Center in Chile and the Mirador del Diablo in Mexico where architecture has become rather monolithic. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place Thursday, April 19th at 6:30pm at MIT Building 10, room 250. For more information, please visit here.
The exploratory mud structure project, designed and built by Architecture for Humanity Tehran (Rai Studio) + Architecture Faculty of Razi University, demonstrates a strong focus on humanitarian design through sustainable and low budget construction methodologies. The workshop not only provided the students with an enriched academic experience, but the opportunity to reach out to an underdeveloped region. More images and their description after the break.