Architects: Alvaro Siza + Castanheira & Bastai Arquitectos Associados + Jun Sung Kim
Location: Paju Book City, Republic of Korea
Project Coordinator: Dalila Gomes
Construction Coordinator: Young-il Park
Collaborators: Chungheon Han, João Figueiredo
Client: Open Books Publishing Co.
Structure: Gayoon ENC
Mechanical Installations: Hansan Engineering Co.
Electricity: Jung-Myoung Engeneering Group Co.
Construction Company: Hanool Construction Co.
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
For Thomas Phifer + Partners’ latest residence, the firm takes inspiration from the envisioned Long Island site’s proximity to the water. The seemingly repetitious simplistic form is actually one continuous surface that undulates to carve spaces underneath it.
More images and more about the residence after the break.
The Anglo-German practice Sauerbruch Hutton was declared the winner of the M9 International Architectural Competition at M9 / A New Museum for a New City, an exhibition on the competition designs arranged in the premises of the future cultural pole in Mestre. Six firms participated in the competition: Agence Pierre-Louis Faloci, Carmassi Studio di Architettura, David Chipperfield Architects, Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos, Sauerbruch Hutton and Souto Moura Arquitectos.
The winning design and those by the other international firms that entered the design competition are being shown in the M9 – A New Museum for a New City exhibition, a fringe event of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition – Venice Biennale, and open to the public with free admission from 28 August to 21 November. For more information, click here.
Organized by Northeastern University and Tim Love, Associate Professor and Principal of Utile, the Typology Redux conference will consider the market-driven building typologies. When architects design office buildings, apartment buildings, and other market-driven building types, an unwritten set of rules establishes the framework for design exploration.
The efficiencies of the double-loaded corridor apartment building and the center-core office building have resulted in a sixty-year legacy around which entire design approaches and building systems industries have been organized. Everything from systems office furniture to the metrics of the real estate market both anticipate and leverage the endurance of these types. From Battery Park City in Manhattan to new commercial districts arising in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, the grain and scale of the urban realm is defined by the irrefutable (and unquestioned) logics of conventional types.
The conference will take place October 16 at 20 West Village F, Northeastern Unviersity. For more information click here.
Czech architectural office Mjölk Architekti made a remarkable contribution to public space utilization in Liberec, their city of residence. Without a legal permit for construction and surprising everyone in the city, they built a public sauna on an abandoned city dam. The preparation took five days and building time was eight hours.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
Architect: Marcio Kogan
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Co-Author: Renata Furlanetto
Interior Design: Diana Radomysler
Project Team: Beatriz Meyer, Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Luciana Antunes, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
Landscape Architect: Renata Tilli
General Contractor: Lock Engenharia
Site Area: 832 sqm
Project Area: 1,070 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Nelson Kon
Architect: AUM arquitetos – André Dias Dantas, Bruno Bonesso Vitorino e Renato Dalla Marta
Location: Santana de Parnaíba, SP, Brazil
Project Team: Filipe Dória, Filipe Romeiro, Gregory Canfield, Aline Pek and Maíra Baltrusch
General Contractor: Carbone Engenharia
Structure Engineer: Estrutural Engenharia
Site area: 5,302.1 sqm
Built area: 4,380 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Maíra Acayaba
Bracket 2 invites the submission of critical articles and unpublished design projects that investigate physical and virtual soft systems, as they pertain to infrastructure, ecologies, landscapes, environments, and networks.
In an era of declared crises—economic, ecological and climatic amongst others– the notion of soft systems has gained increasing traction as a counterpoint to permanent, static and hard systems.
The submission deadline is December 10, and the selection will take place on February 2011.
Architects: AVA – Atelier Veloso arquitectos
Location: Guarda, Portugal
Project Manager: Carlos Jorge Coelho Veloso
Project Team: Rui Filipe Coelho Veloso, Francisco Faria, Carla Antunes
Client: Câmara Municipal da Guarda
Structural Engineering: Augusto Xavier R. Pinto
General Contractor: EDIFER / MRG
Project Area: 15,864 sqm
Project Year: 2002-2005
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
Axis Mundi … remember that firm? Back when controversy surrounded Jean Nouvel’s proposed tower for the MoMA’s expansion, the firm offered an alternative stacked design highly different from Nouvel’s metallic creation. It seems Axis Mundi is back for the shock value as the firm has just released images for their version of the new Whitney Museum of American Art. The current design, led by Renzo Piano, utilizes his characteristically light and technical aesthetics (check out his Shard which is under construction) to create an elegant addition critics have challenge may be too “timid” – Axis Mundi’s design is anything but. Their proposal incorporates a loud exoskeleton that not only seems completely out of scale, but also fights with its neighborhood for attention rather than settling into its context. The geometry, which has been shaped by the sight lines and street grid of the city, intends to reference Breuer’s Whitney on Madison Avenue. As The Architect’s Newspaper Blog noted, the proposal mentions nothing of cost – one of the biggest obstacles Piano is facing.
Check out more images of Axis Mundi’s proposal after the break.