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Barn House at Lake Ranco / Estudio Valdés Arquitectos

13:00 - 15 September, 2015
Barn House at Lake Ranco / Estudio Valdés Arquitectos, © Felipe Díaz Contardo
© Felipe Díaz Contardo

© Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lago Ranco, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Alberto Cruz Elton, Carlos Ignacio Cruz Elton.
  • Collaborator Architect

    Isabel de la Fuente
  • Area

    192.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

AD Interviews: Santiago Calatrava

12:00 - 15 September, 2015

Earlier this year we had the chance to interview Spanish-born architect Santiago Calatrava in his New York apartment. Trained first as a structural engineer, he has designed and completed over 50 projects, which include bridges, transportation hubs, theaters and even a skyscraper. Calatrava has built a career through public architecture, and thanks to open competitions he has received commissions for mostly large-scale, cultural and transport projects. Many cities around the world—from Europe to the US and Asia and beyond—can proudly lay claim to the structurally dramatic projects that Calatrava has dreamed up. 

His architectural explorations fuse engineering and art, and result in impressive structures that are honest in revealing the forces at play. In this respect, he is a pioneer; when working on his earliest projects, he didn’t have access to software and tools that are ubiquitous today. 

We asked him about his definition of architecture, his high-profile commission for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, and the challenges he has faced while running his practice. The WTC hub is one of Calatrava's most-anticipated projects in New York; though its inherent complexity has resulted in a long construction period, he has created a project rich in not only form, but also in spatial quality.

Some of Calatrava's projects use an almost modern-day gothic vocabulary—where big spans, vaults and thin lines define large spaces. Other works, such the St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York, mobilize larger masses and big, stacked walls.

Watch the interview above to learn how Calatrava sees the intersection of art and architecture. 

Florida Polytechnic Science, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava Inside Santiago Calatrava's WTC Transportation Hub in New York © Michael Muraz Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge / Santiago Calatrava © Alan Karchmer AD Classics: Bac de Roda Bridge / Santiago Calatrava © Flickr littleeve / www.flickr.com/littleeve. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a> + 5

The Alpine Place / Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

11:00 - 15 September, 2015
The Alpine Place / Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow + 22

MoMA Mines Its Unparalleled Holdings for Its "Endless House" Exhibition

09:30 - 15 September, 2015
MoMA Mines Its Unparalleled Holdings for Its "Endless House" Exhibition, Elevation and plan of Raimund Abraham's The House without Rooms (1974). Image © 2015 Raimund Abraham
Elevation and plan of Raimund Abraham's The House without Rooms (1974). Image © 2015 Raimund Abraham

There is perhaps no better display of modern architecture’s historical victory than Jacque Tati’s film Playtime. In it, a futuristic Paris has left-for-dead the grand boulevards of Haussmann, in favor of endless grids of International Style offices. The old city is reduced to longing reflections of Sacré-Cœur and the Eiffel Tower in the glass of these shiny new monoliths. But the irony central to the film is that this construction is created through mere surface treatments, and as the narrative unfolds, cheap mass-production withers in a world where the veneer has triumphed over craftsmanship and polish. In short, Modernism hasn’t always been all it's cracked up to be.

In the Museum of Modern Art’s new exhibition, "Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture," the simplicities of mass-market modern homes are abolished by artists and architects who, in examples from the 1940s to the present, have chosen to use the dwelling as a platform for universal messages and as an arena for architectural experimentation. In the same way that photography freed painting from the terrestrial concerns of realism, the simplicity of modernism liberated artists and architects to subvert extant conventions of buildings.

Model of Asymptote Architecture's Wing House, Helsinki (2011). Image © 2015 Asymptote Architecture Model of Frederick Kiesler's Endless House (1950–60). Image © The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Department of Architecture and Design Study Center. Photographer: George Barrows Haus-Rucker-Co's Stück Natur (Piece of Nature) (1973). Image © 2015 Haus-Rucker-Co Model of Emilio Ambasz's Casa de Retiro Espiritual, Córdoba, Spain (1976–79). Image © 2015 Emilio Ambasz + 20

Tea House 'Tuin van Noord' / GAAGA

09:00 - 15 September, 2015
Tea House 'Tuin van Noord'  / GAAGA, © Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg

© Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Joop Vervoornpad 1, 2316 EP Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Esther Stevelink, Arie Bergsma, Maaike van der Veer
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

LOHA’s WATERshed Reimagines and Reactivates the LA River

08:00 - 15 September, 2015
LOHA’s WATERshed Reimagines and Reactivates the LA River, Axonometric view of the Elysian Valley
Axonometric view of the Elysian Valley

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) has designed a speculative system of interventions for the Los Angeles River that “examines the relationship between urbanization and water use to develop new models of densification that recognize and tap into existing ecological and infrastructural patterns.” Called WATERshed, the design is part of the A+D Museum’s ongoing “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles” exhibition that explores new typologies of housing in Los Angeles.

With their model for urban regeneration, LOHA hopes to address issues like the ongoing California drought, as well as the United Nation’s prediction that by 2030, nearly half of the world’s population will be living in areas of high water stress. Thus, the plan utilizes the Los Angeles River as a resource for water use and management in order to provide a path for sustainable growth in Los Angeles, and an example for other cities.

River Bridge Cap Bladder House Site section Transit Hub + 16

9 Projects Shortlisted for WAF's Colour Prize

06:00 - 15 September, 2015
The winner of the 2014 Colour Prize - Departments Of Law And Central Administration / CRAB Studio. Image ©  Ronald Kreimel
The winner of the 2014 Colour Prize - Departments Of Law And Central Administration / CRAB Studio. Image © Ronald Kreimel

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the shortlist for its Colour Prize, which is supported by three-time Headline Sponsor AkzoNobel. Last year, the Innovative Use of Color on Exteriors Prize was awarded to the Vienna University of Economics and Business’ Department of Law and Central Administration, for its use of Copper Orange in a 200-meter-long pairing of buildings.

This year’s Color Prize shortlist includes nine projects that span the wide spectrum of WAF award categories:

ROM / AllesWirdGut Architektur

05:00 - 15 September, 2015
ROM / AllesWirdGut Architektur, © Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus + 8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sankt Margarethen im Burgenland, Austria
  • Project Management

    FCP – Fritsch, Chiari und Partner ZT GmbH
  • Staff Competition

    Michael Sohm, Elmir Smajic, Viktoria Volozhynska
  • Team Members Project

    Mareike Kuchenbecker, Sandra Gnigler, Maria Megina Martin Brandt, Moritz Kaiser, Ferdinand Kersten, Jan Schröder, Alexandra Seip, Johanna Kropp, Sandra Gnigler, Martina Arend
  • Area

    4980.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Dining With Design: Gather

02:30 - 15 September, 2015
Dining With Design: Gather, Image credit: Bruce T. Martin
Image credit: Bruce T. Martin

Hear the story of Gather restaurant and how it became the seaport’s most inventive eatery in the heart of the Innovation District. Designed with dual functions in mind, Gather is the resident full-service restaurant and bar at District Hall and supports the flexibility of the building by connecting to The Brew Café and the larger assembly space for public or private events. Operator Tom Shea of The Briar Group, and architect David Hacin FAIA and project designer Matthew Arnold Assoc. AIA of Hacin + Associates will discuss the unique challenge of designing a restaurant inside the nation’s first public innovation

Weekend Bungalow / Opolis architects

02:00 - 15 September, 2015
Weekend Bungalow / Opolis architects, © Ariel Huber
© Ariel Huber

© Ariel Huber © Ariel Huber © Ariel Huber © Ariel Huber + 20

S14 House / archicentre

22:00 - 14 September, 2015
S14 House / archicentre, Courtesy of archicenter
Courtesy of archicenter

Courtesy of archicenter Courtesy of archicenter Courtesy of archicenter Courtesy of archicenter + 39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
  • Project Year

    2015

Brutal Utopias: A National Trust Celebration of Brutalist Architecture: Brutalist Britain by Routemaster

19:30 - 14 September, 2015
Brutal Utopias: A National Trust Celebration of Brutalist Architecture: Brutalist Britain by Routemaster

A tour of Brutalist architecture in London aboard the National Trust’s 1962 Routemaster Coach. Led by architectural and cultural experts Tom Cordell and Joe Kerr, the tours explore the emergence and development of Brutalism in the city.

Bitter Bamboo Room / Deve Build Shenzhen

19:00 - 14 September, 2015
Bitter Bamboo Room / Deve Build Shenzhen, Courtesy of Deve Build Shenzhen
Courtesy of Deve Build Shenzhen

Courtesy of Deve Build Shenzhen Courtesy of Deve Build Shenzhen Courtesy of Deve Build Shenzhen Courtesy of Deve Build Shenzhen + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Design director

    Yu Feng
  • Project design team

    Deve Build Shenzhen
  • Designer team members

    Yonggang Zhu
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

House on Captain Piper's Road / Kieran McInerney Architect

17:00 - 14 September, 2015
House on Captain Piper's Road / Kieran McInerney Architect, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts + 12

Les Jumelles / Atelier Pierre Thibault

15:00 - 14 September, 2015
Les Jumelles / Atelier Pierre Thibault, © Alain Laforest
© Alain Laforest

© Alain Laforest © Alain Laforest © Alain Laforest © Alain Laforest + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lac-Brome, Canada
  • Design Team

    Pierre Thibault, Julie Pilote
  • Collaborator

    Maude Bilodeau D’Astous
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Best Structures of Burning Man 2015

14:48 - 14 September, 2015

It has been a week since the conclusion of this year's Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada, and images of its most imaginative structures are still surfacing. Even Bjarke Ingels has published a few of his favorite findings from the week-long event. Read on to see of the best structures and installations found at Burning Man 2015. 

Student Residency - Maison du Mexique Rehabilitation / Atela Architectes

13:00 - 14 September, 2015
Student Residency - Maison du Mexique Rehabilitation / Atela Architectes, © Gerardo Custance
© Gerardo Custance

© Gerardo Custance © Gerardo Custance © Gerardo Custance © Gerardo Custance + 25

Mecanoo Designs New Engineering Campus for University of Manchester

12:19 - 14 September, 2015
Mecanoo Designs New Engineering Campus for University of Manchester , © Mecanoo
© Mecanoo

Mecanoo has unveiled plans for a new £350 million engineering campus for the University of Manchester. Known as the "Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)," the project will be the UK's largest, single construction endeavors ever conducted by a higher education institution. 

"The campus will help demonstrate how UK engineering is one of the most creative industries in the world – a key feature on the ground floor of the main hall will be a dedicated ‘maker space’ which will provide dynamic workshops for students and academics to share ideas and innovate," says Mecanoo.