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Video: Incidental Space — The Swiss Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

06:00 - 20 July, 2016

In a recent interview presented in collaboration with PLANE—SITE, architect Christian Kerez and curator Sandra Oehy speak about Incidental Space, their exhibition for the Swiss Pavilion in the Giardini at the 2016 Venice Biennale.

Kerez explains, “what we tried to do for this year’s Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is to really make a building, actually—to build a space, to offer an experience of architecture. Basically, a space at the Biennale doesn’t have to be very functional. You don’t have to live there; you don’t have to work there. It’s really about experience. This is also about the question, how much can you imagine? How can you create a space with the utmost architectonical complexity?”

House 1 / ALICE Studio Architects

05:00 - 20 July, 2016
House 1 / ALICE Studio Architects, © Dylan Perrenoud
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AD Classics: Café l'Aubette / Theo van Doesburg

04:00 - 20 July, 2016
AD Classics: Café l'Aubette / Theo van Doesburg, Courtesy of Wikimedia user Claude Truong-Ngoc
Courtesy of Wikimedia user Claude Truong-Ngoc

Concealed behind an 18th century Baroque façade in Strasbourg’s Place Kléber, the Café L’Aubette is a dazzlingly incongruous expression of the 1920s De Stijl movement. Designed by Theo van Doesburg, one of the movement’s founders and leading lights, the Aubette’s minimalist, geometric aesthetic was heavily influenced by the work of contemporary artists such as Piet Mondrian. In designing the café’s interiors, Van Doesburg sought to do more than simply place viewers before a painting; he wanted to envelop them in it.

The South Entrance / Tengbom

03:00 - 20 July, 2016
The South Entrance  / Tengbom, © Felix Gerlach
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Helsingborg, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge

    Tengbom
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Barn Conversion / Freiluft Architektur

02:00 - 20 July, 2016
Barn Conversion / Freiluft Architektur, © David Aebi
© David Aebi

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Rüegsauschachen, 3415, Switzerland
  • Collaborator

    WAM Planer und Ingenieure AG
  • Area

    240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Blank / HAO Design

22:00 - 19 July, 2016
Blank / HAO Design , © Hey!Cheese
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Pingtung, Pingtung City, Pingtung County, Taiwan 900
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Akanaka / RAW Architecture

20:00 - 19 July, 2016
Akanaka / RAW Architecture, Courtesy of Ahkamal Hakim
Courtesy of Ahkamal Hakim

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kemang, Mangga Besar, Tamansari, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Architect in Charge

    Realrich Sjarief

  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ahkamal Hakim, Eric Dinardi

House with a Doma Salon / Takashi Okuno Architectural Design Office

19:00 - 19 July, 2016
House with a Doma Salon / Takashi Okuno Architectural Design Office, © Shigeo Ogawa
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House in Mt. Dongmang / 2m2 architects

17:00 - 19 July, 2016
House in Mt. Dongmang  / 2m2 architects, © Shin Kyungsub
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Geoje, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Lee Junghee
  • Area

    265.93 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Netherlands' Tallest Timber Tower to be Built in Amsterdam

16:00 - 19 July, 2016
The Netherlands' Tallest Timber Tower to be Built in Amsterdam, Courtesy of Team V Architectuur
Courtesy of Team V Architectuur

The municipality of Amsterdam has selected Team V Architectuur with Lingotto, Nicole Maarsen and ARUP to design HAUT, a 73 meter (240 foot) residential tower located along the Amstel River that will become the Netherlands' tallest timber framed building and, depending on construction schedules, is a contender for the title of tallest wooden tower in the world. With construction expected to begin in the second half of 2017, HAUT is another example of the growing timber architecture trend hitting tall building design.

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Thea Space / IR arquitectura

15:00 - 19 July, 2016

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21st Century Nolli: How Pokemon GO and Augmented Reality Could Shape Our Cities

14:00 - 19 July, 2016

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Augmented reality is not a new piece of technology. The term has existed in some form since the early 90s, and it has had practical effects for architects since at least 2008, when ArchDaily posted its first AR article about a plugin for Sketchup that allowed users to rotate a digital model around on their desk using just their bare hands. But these past few weeks, society was given its first glimpse of augmented reality’s potential to affect the way we interact with the places we occupy.

That glimpse, of course, has been provided by Pokemon GO, the location-based augmented reality mobile game that allows players to capture virtual creatures throughout the real world. With more many active daily users as Twitter and a higher daily usage time than social media apps like Snapchat, Instagram and Whatsapp, it cannot be denied that the game has captured our attention unlike anything that has come before it.

House 19 / Jestico + Whiles

13:00 - 19 July, 2016
House 19  / Jestico + Whiles, © Grant Smith
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  • Architects

  • Location

    United Kingdom, Old Amersham Rd, Denham, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 7BE, UK
  • Architect in Charge

    Heinz Richardson, Jestico + Whiles
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Woods Bagot Designs Butterfly-Inspired Biological Sciences Building at the University of New South Wales

12:00 - 19 July, 2016
Woods Bagot Designs Butterfly-Inspired Biological Sciences Building at the University of New South Wales, Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot has revealed designs for the new Biological Sciences building at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia). Currently under construction, the 21,000 square meter (226,000 square foot) building will provide world-class facilities for UNSW biomedical and environmental researchers and create a new northern gateway for the university’s upper campus.

In the design process, Woods Bagot explored a series of iterative responses aimed at dividing the eight-story structure into three distinct elements: the laboratory box, the workplace box, and the atrium. The building skin takes inspiration from natural elements, such as the movements of a butterfly and the colors of Australian rock landscapes, to produce a distinct aesthetic for the Biomedical Precinct, as well as reference the terra cotta heritage on the university grounds.

Property Registration Offices in Vigo / Irisarri + Piñera

11:00 - 19 July, 2016
Property Registration Offices in Vigo / Irisarri + Piñera , © Hector Santos Díez
© Hector Santos Díez

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Rúa Real & Rúa Alta, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Jesús Irisarri Castro, Guadalupe Piñera Manso
  • Project manager

    Artelia Spain
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Pompeii’s Most Famous House, the Villa of Mysteries, is at Risk of Collapse

09:30 - 19 July, 2016
Pompeii’s Most Famous House, the Villa of Mysteries, is at Risk of Collapse, © ElfQrin [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
© ElfQrin [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

One of Pompeii’s most precious gems, the Villa of Mysteries, is now at risk of collapse due to seismic activity in the Bay of Naples, as well as vibrations from a nearby train line transporting tourists. That's the conclusion of a recent study conducted by Italy’s National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA). The news comes only a few months after the reopening of the house, whose stunning frescoes had just been restored.

As The Telegraph reports, the high-tech study showed that “in addition to the vibrations from the Vesuvius light railway commuter trains, which ferry tourists to Pompeii from Naples, the protective structure around the villa, built in armored cement, wood and steel 50 years ago is threatened by its own weight and water ingress.”

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Vigneux-Sur-Seine Housing / Margot-Duclot architectes associés

09:00 - 19 July, 2016
Vigneux-Sur-Seine Housing / Margot-Duclot architectes associés, © 11H45
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Spotlight: John Hejduk

08:00 - 19 July, 2016
Spotlight: John Hejduk, Wall House II, built 2001 in the Netherlands. Image © Liao Yusheng
Wall House II, built 2001 in the Netherlands. Image © Liao Yusheng

Artist, architect and architectural theorist John Hejduk (19 July 1929 - 3 July 2000) introduced new ways of thinking about space that are still highly influential in both modernist and post-modernist architecture today, especially among the large number of architects who were once his students. Inspired both by darker, gothic themes and modernist thinking on the human psyche, his relatively small collection of built work, and many of his unbuilt plans and drawings, have gone on to inspire other projects and architects around the world. In addition, his drawing, writing and teaching have gone on to shape the meeting of modernist and postmodern influences in contemporary architecture and helped bring psychological approaches to the forefront of design.