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Video: Jewish Museum in Berlin

Since its opening in 2001, the ever inspiring Jewish Museum in Berlin has experienced the addition of the Studio Daniel Libeskind designed Glass Courtyard in 2007, and The Academy which was recently completed and opened in 2013. With the museum as the focus and inspiration driving these two recent additions, Spirit of Space took this opportunity to provide us with another look at this emotionally moving masterpiece. From the very beginning, Libeskind believed the extension to the museum was about establishing and securing an identity within Berlin, which was lost during WWII. In cinematic form, their film attempts to express the uneasy sequential essence of Libeskind’s work.

Scaled Back House / ROOVICE

  • Architects: ROOVICE
  • Location: Kamakura City, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Design: Masayoshi Otsubo, Fumie Otsubo(Otsubo Design) Nov Fukui(ROOVICE inc.)
  • Construction In Charge: Nov Fukui, Motomi Kuroda, Ryota Arai(ROOVICE inc.)
  • Area: 121.34 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ROOVICE

Courtesy of ROOVICE Courtesy of ROOVICE Courtesy of ROOVICE Courtesy of ROOVICE

Bayuquan Theatre / DSD

  • Architects: DSD
  • Location: Bayuquan, Yingkou, Liaoning, China
  • Architect In Charge: Kege Ling, Qi Xu
  • Assisted By: Yin Qin, Ding Wu and Long Chen from Shanghai Zhongsen Architecture Design
  • Interior Design: DSD, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Tsinghua Gongmei
  • Interior Designer: Jianguo Wang, Ye Zhang
  • Photographs: Courtesy of DSD

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AD Classics: Modern Architecture International Exhibition / Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock

Model of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye from Modern Architecture: International Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #15, February 9-March 23, 1932] Photo: Modern Architecture, International Exhibition. 1932. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photographic Archive
Model of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye from Modern Architecture: International Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #15, February 9-March 23, 1932] Photo: Modern Architecture, International Exhibition. 1932. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photographic Archive

“Modern Architecture: International Exhibition” is the title of an exhibition that took place in 1932 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Curated by Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock, the exhibition introduced an emerging architectural style characterized by simplified geometry and a lack of ornamentation; known as  the “International Style,” it was described by Johnson as “probably the first fundamentally original and widely distributed style since the Gothic.” The exhibition, along with an accompanying catalogue, laid the principles for the canon of Modern architecture. 

Model of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye from Modern Architecture: International Exhibition [MoMA Exh. #15, February 9-March 23, 1932] Photo: Modern Architecture, International Exhibition. 1932. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photographic Archive Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Jr. and Philip Johnson: THE INTERNATIONAL STYLE: ARCHITECTURE SINCE 1922. via www.modernism101.com  Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier © Flavio Bragaia Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe © Flickr User: gondolas

Bloomberg Moves Forward with Controversial Seaport City

Before he leaves office at the end of this year, Mayor Bloomberg has high hopes that his Post-Sandy plans will get off the ground. Most of his ideas have been met with consensus, however, one has stirred quite a bit of controversy: adding acres of land to Lower Manhattan in order to create apartment/office towers-cum-levees. 

Critics have launched a variety of arguments against the "Seaport City": (1) practical feasibility - beyond the "tough regulatory hurdles," the unpredictable nature of rising sea levels makes it difficult to predict how high these levee towers will actually need to be for them to safely withstand future storm surges; (2) economic feasibility - the plan would cost a whopping $20 billion dollars ($5 billion of which has yet too be accounted for); and (3) local character - local businesses are unlikely to care for their waterfront property suddenly becoming inland property, a transformation that would alter the character of the neighborhood entirely.

Bloomberg, on the other hand, maintains that Seaport City, a kind of Battery Park City for Lower Manhattan, will not only provide storm protection, but (unlike many other proposals) actually generate income, thus offsetting the project's considerable price tag: "this approach would provide the protective value of a traditional levee while also providing new land on which commercial and residential buildings could be constructed, both to accommodate the City’s growth and to help finance the construction of the multi-purpose levee.” To really understand the feasibility of the project, however, the city of New York has just released a request for proposals from architects, planners and developers. More info, after the break...

House In Mishuku Ⅱ / Nobuo Araki

© Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken © Shimizu Ken

m.poli by Miguel de Guzmán

Spanish architecture photographer Miguel de Guzmán has stepped into video, a new dimension of architectural representation, as we saw a few weeks ago with his video for the Espinar House

ÖAMTC Service Centers Upper Austria / PAUAT Architects

Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger
Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger
  • Architects: PAUAT Architects
  • Location: Upper Austria, Austria
  • Architect In Charge: DI Heinz Plöderl
  • Collaborators: DI Werner Bauböck
  • Locations: Wels, Braunau, Schärding, Rohrbach, Eferding, Perg
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger

Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger Courtesy of PAUAT/ Luttenberger

Video: Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum, Berlin / Spirit of Place

The Jewish Museum is just as emotionally moving and utterly disorienting today as it was when it first opened. Taking a fresh reflective look, Spirit of Space has produced a short film capturing moments of this singular architectural experience.  The soundscape is jarring. Shots linger with trepidation. Perceptions waver with marks of appearance and disappearance. And in cinematic form, the film attempts to express the uneasy sequential essence of Daniel Libeskind’s work.

MIY / NI&Co. Architects

  • Architects: NI&Co. Architects
  • Location: Nagoya, Japan
  • Collaborators: Yurisha
  • Structure Engineer: Toshihisa Nakano
  • Contractor: Kanou Koumuten
  • Property Management: Nagoya Property Management Co.
  • Developer: Miyataku Co.
  • Area: 428.92 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Tanigawa

© Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa © Hiroshi Tanigawa

LEGO® Architecture Studio Now Available Worldwide

LEGO® has unveiled the newest addition to their architecturally-inspired family of products: LEGO® Architecture Studio. Designed as a tool for adults to unleash their inner creative, the 1200-piece, monochromatic set is intended to inspire the masses to think like an architect by creating their own building designs. For just $150, LEGO® fanatics can acquired their own architecture studio set and learn from some of the world’s most renowned architects with a 272-page inspirational guidebook. Though all-nighters are not a prerequisite, most LEGO® Architecture Studio owners have experienced long-lasting design charrettes due to the addictive nature of LEGO®. 

Matsu Flagship Store / EXH Design

  • Architects: EXH Design
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of EXH Design

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PXSTL Competition Finalist Proposal / Freecell Architecture

Freecell Architecture's proposal for the PXSTL Competition was recently announced one of the three finalists by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. Participants were asked to reimagine a vacant lot in St. Louis’ Grand Center cultural district while exploring the critical role arts and culture play in creating vibrant, growing communities. The competition aims to demonstrate how small-scale interventions can spur large-scale urban transformation, and Freecell's proposal was selected for their ability to visualize Grand Center’s long-term vitality, emphasizing community engagement, interactive elements, and cross-disciplinary collaboration among St. Louis’ many cultural organizations. More images and information after the break.

Founders Hall / Overland Partners

  • Architects: Overland Partners
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Design Team: Tim Blonkvist-FAIA (Principal in Charge), Jim Shelton-AIA, , Scott Adams, Bess Swantner, Brad Bailey-AIA, Adam Bush-AIA, Steve Bellanger
  • Consultants: Project Cost Resources, Blum Consulting Engineers, EJES, Jaster Quintanilla (JQ), Lam Partners, 4B Technology, Hughes Associates, WJHW.
  • Contractor: Beck
  • Area: 108000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Totaro

© Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro

K11 Art Mall Shanghai / Kokaistudios

  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Design Team: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Pietro Peyron, Li Wei, Carmen Lee, Wang Yun, Coco Cheng
  • Local Architect: Tong Ji Architecture Design Research Institute
  • Area: 35500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Charlie Xia

© Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia

AIA Construction Forecast Predicts Brighter Prognosis in 2014

With slower than expected activity in the nonresidential construction sector in the first half of the year, the projections for growth in spending have been scaled back.  Led by the hotel and retail project categories, the commercial sector looks largely unchanged, but a noteworthy drop in demand for institutional projects has caused participants in the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast , a survey of the United State’s leading construction forecasters, to reduce projections for spending to a 2.3% increase in 2013, with next year’s projections raised to 7.6%.