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Venice Biennale 2014: Paraguay to Submit Tensile Water Structure

00:00 - 26 April, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Paraguay to Submit Tensile Water Structure, Courtesy of Javier Corvalan + Colectivo Aqua Alta
Courtesy of Javier Corvalan + Colectivo Aqua Alta

Paraguay means “water that flows toward the sea” in the language of the country’s indigenous Guarani people. It is no surprise, then, that Paraguay’s entry for the 2014 Venice Biennale uses water as the primary structural member. Titled “Aqua Alta,” the Paraguayan pavilion responds to the Biennale’s focus on modern fundamentals by stating that modern architecture must achieve more with less.

Culturehouse in Arnhem / Neutelings Riedijk Architects

01:00 - 26 April, 2014

Doncaster Civic Office / Cartwright Pickard Architects

01:00 - 26 April, 2014
Doncaster Civic Office / Cartwright Pickard Architects, © Hundven Clements Photography
© Hundven Clements Photography

© Hundven Clements Photography © Hundven Clements Photography © Hundven Clements Photography © Hundven Clements Photography +22

Grimshaw Architects Merge Architecture and Industrial Design at Milan Furniture Fair

01:00 - 26 April, 2014
Grimshaw Architects Merge Architecture and Industrial Design at Milan Furniture Fair , The lobby of the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows, New York. At this month’s Milan Furniture Fair, Grimshaw Architects collaborated on an exhibition with Poltrona Frau. The show included an augmented-reality app—first introduced on the cover of Metropolis in October 2012—that brings 2-D images to life. / © David Sundberg
The lobby of the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows, New York. At this month’s Milan Furniture Fair, Grimshaw Architects collaborated on an exhibition with Poltrona Frau. The show included an augmented-reality app—first introduced on the cover of Metropolis in October 2012—that brings 2-D images to life. / © David Sundberg

Grimshaw Architects' dual focus on industrial and architectural design will be celebrated this month in a featured exhibit at Milan Furniture Fair. In this article, originally published by Metropolis under the title "Down to the Details," author Ken Shulman presents the firm's evolution in the context of the exhibit, touching on the projects being presented and more intriguingly — on how they are being presented. 

Shortly after he joined Grimshaw Architects, Andrew Whalley was tasked with putting together an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London. Titled Product + Process, the 1988 show was decidedly counter-current—a parade of pragmatic, largely industrial structures Grimshaw realized in the UK in the face of surging postmodern fervor. Featured projects included the transparent building the then 15-person firm designed to house the Financial Times’ London printing facilities, and a flexible, easily reconfigurable factory Grimshaw built for Herman Miller in Bath. But it wasn’t the selection of projects that caught the public eye. “We asked our clients to take apart pieces of their buildings, and then rebuild them for the exhibition,” says Whalley, now deputy chairman of Grimshaw. “This wasn’t a typical show of architectural drawings and models.”

FaulknerBrowns Propose Community Velodrome Scheme in Canada

01:00 - 26 April, 2014
FaulknerBrowns Propose Community Velodrome Scheme in Canada, Interior Visualisation. Image Courtesy of FaulknerBrowns Architects
Interior Visualisation. Image Courtesy of FaulknerBrowns Architects

British based FaulknerBrowns Architects have proposed plans for "one of only two velodromes in recent memory being planned" in the city of Edmonton, Canada. In a place where winters are cold and long, reaching -20 degrees celcius, the facility can be adapted for both indoor and outdoor use throughout the year. Clad in Canadian timber and polished stainless steel shingles wrapping around the building like a "twisted ribbon resembling the twisted sinuous cycle track," the scheme will be only the second major indoor cycle track facility in the country.

Secondary and Cooking School, Plasencia / Landínez + Rey | equipo L2G arquitectos

01:00 - 26 April, 2014
Secondary and Cooking School, Plasencia / Landínez + Rey | equipo L2G arquitectos , © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architects

  • Location

    10600 Plasencia, Cáceres, Spain
  • Design Team

    David Landínez González-Valcárcel y Mónica González Rey (LANDÍNEZ+REY | equipo L2G arquitectos, slp [eL2Gaa]) + Rocío Landínez González-Valcárcel
  • Photographs

GP practice / LensºAss Architecten

01:00 - 26 April, 2014
© Philippe van Gelooven
© Philippe van Gelooven

© Philippe van Gelooven © Philippe van Gelooven © Philippe van Gelooven © Philippe van Gelooven +11

House in Fukai / Horibe Associates

01:00 - 26 April, 2014
House in Fukai / Horibe Associates, © Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Naoko Horibe
  • Area

    139.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa © Kaori Ichikawa +11

Will The +POOL Be The Largest Crowdfunded Civic Project Ever?

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
Courtesy of Family / PlayLab, Inc.
Courtesy of Family / PlayLab, Inc.

Historically, large city-changing projects have depended on the personal interests of a powerful individual: someone able to swim across both political and financial waters. But recently, projects like the High Line have shown the power and potential of projects envisioned and led by local communities.

Back in 2011 we visted our friends at CASE in their West Village office and they introduced us to a small firm across the hall: Family. While the team was working hard on a model in the middle of their large table, partner Dong-Ping Wong showed us some of their recent projects. One of them immediately caught our attention. A floating pool for Manhattan. In the form of a cross, it would sit in the East River, filtering its waters into four pools. This amazing -- and seemingly crazy -- idea was tantalizing. 

Six Emerging Practitioners Win Architectural League Prize

00:00 - 25 April, 2014
Six Emerging Practitioners Win Architectural League Prize , myThread Pavilion, Jenny Sabin Studio, September 2012; built, Nike Stadium, NYC. Interior view of knitted pavilion. Commissioned by Nike FlyKnit Collective. Photo: Nike Inc.
myThread Pavilion, Jenny Sabin Studio, September 2012; built, Nike Stadium, NYC. Interior view of knitted pavilion. Commissioned by Nike FlyKnit Collective. Photo: Nike Inc.

The Architectural League Prize, one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects and designers, has been awarded to six emerging practitioners. Each recipient, whose work was deemed to be “exemplary and provocative” by the jury, presented their portfolios under the theme of “Overlay,” as the term “directs - rather than merely reconstructs - process.” This theme will now set the stage for a public forum in which each winner will use to exchange ideas. 

The 2014 Architectural League Prize winners are:

4th Moscow Biennale Architecture

00:00 - 25 April, 2014
4th Moscow Biennale Architecture

This year ARCH MOSCOW is held within the 4th Moscow Biennale Architecture. The Biennale fully reflects the latest architectural trends and promotes technical innovations, stylistic researches and experimentation in the field of design ideas. The best examples of domestic and foreign architectural achievements are displayed and the principles of development of the quality architectural environment are professionally discussed. Traditionally, ARCH MOSCOW is the best platform for establishing business contacts in the field of architecture, development and construction.

Architectural Photographers: Allan Crow

00:00 - 25 April, 2014
Architectural Photographers: Allan Crow, MAXXI Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hufton+Crow
MAXXI Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hufton+Crow

Allan Crow may be, as he humbly puts it, just one of "two blokes that take photos." But Hufton+Crow, the photography studio founded by him and Nick Hufton ten years ago, has reached far more than humble success. The duo have shot some of the most talked-about architectural works of the last few years -from Zaha Hadid's Galaxy Soho to Steven Holl's Sliced Porosity Block to BIG's Danish Maritime Museum - and have been published in renowned websites and magazines around the world. Learn more about how Crow began his career as well as his favorite architecture, after the break.

Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hufton+Crow Interior Remodeling of St. Moritz Church / John Pawson. Image © Hufton+Crow Market Hall in Ghent / Marie-José Van Hee + Robbrecht & Daem. Image © Hufton+Crow Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hufton+Crow +12

Arena House / Prow Architects

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
Arena House / Prow Architects, Courtesy of Prow Architects
Courtesy of Prow Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Architect in Charge

    Teh Kan Wee Wagen, AIA
  • Design Team

    Teh Kan Wee Wagen, Portia Wijatno
  • Area

    373.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Prow Architects

Courtesy of Prow Architects Courtesy of Prow Architects Courtesy of Prow Architects Courtesy of Prow Architects +13

House in Miramar / e|348 Arquitectura

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
House in Miramar / e|348 Arquitectura, © José Campos
© José Campos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Miramar, 4410-316, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Nuno Pinheiro, António Teixeira
  • Area

    2013.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    275
  • Photographs

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos +45

Cube House / Nomena

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
Cube House / Nomena, © Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Punta Negra, Peru
  • Project Area

    310.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano +14

5 Years Later, A Look Back on OMA's Prada Transformer

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
5 Years Later, A Look Back on OMA's Prada Transformer, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of OMA’s Prada Transformer. This fantastical temporary structure, erected in 2009 adjacent to Gyeonghui Palace in Seoul, Korea, is one of Rem Koolhaas’ most popular projects to date. Composed of a stark white membrane stretched across four steel frame shapes, The Transformer was often referred to as an "anti-blob" --a hexagon, a rectangle, a cross, and a circle leaning against each other to create a tetrahedron-like object reminiscent of a circus tent.  The name Transformer came from the idea that any one of the pavilion's sides could serve as the building's floor, allowing for four unique spaces in one building devoted to exhibitions of modern art, fashion and design. 

The Prada Transformer played host to four such events, being lifted up and repositioned onto a different face each time via crane. The first was a garment exhibition, displayed using the hexagonal  floor plan.  The second, a film festival that took place on the rectangular floor plan.  A fashion show was staged using the Transformer's circular floor plan, and an art installation was shown using the cruciform floor plan.  As patron Miuccia Prada stated in an interview with The New York Times, “In my mind they [the arts] may be mixed but I want to keep them separate… So the Transformer concept was not for a generic space, but to be very specific, with all things separate in one building.”

We asked OMA's Vincent McIlduff to tell us more about this project. See his answers, a photo gallery and a time-lapse video of the transformation after the break!

The Pinch Library And Community Center / Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
The Pinch Library And Community Center / Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin, Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin
Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yunnan, China
  • Project Team

    Crystal Kwan (Project Manager), Ashley Hinchcliffe, Connie Cheng, Johnny Cullinan, Jacky Huang
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin

Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin +37

Foster + Partners' SSE Hydro Arena Features Translucent Skin, Innovative Seating System

00:00 - 25 April, 2014
Foster + Partners' SSE Hydro Arena Features Translucent Skin, Innovative Seating System, Courtesy of Figueras
Courtesy of Figueras

Glasgow has just unveiled its new multipurpose structure which will end up revitalizing the Clyde Waterfront, which went into decline and neglect for many years following the closure of the town's major shipyards. After 8 years of construction, Foster + Partners' SSE Hydro now reveals its ETFE facade which is lit up every evening. During the day it manages to blend in with the usual changing Glasgow skyline. 

The structure of the SSE Hydro Arena is covered by a 1.400 ton steel housing – one of the largest domes in Europe - and the ETFE translucent building enclosure allows one to discern what is happening inside from the outside. A 260 ton ring which supports the lighting is suspended from the dome, which will allow spectacular and customized lighting for each show.

The modern technology applied to this project contrasts with its interior structure that has been based on the Roman amphitheater, allowing each and every spectator at an event -- which can be up to 13.000 -- to have an optimal view of the stage. The viewing angle and comfort of the user is furthermore guaranteed by the special seating system designed by Foster + Partners along with Figueras International Seating

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