Graduate architects and designers are invited to create an innovative, easily constructed shelter for remote communities affected by natural disaster as part of The University of Western Australia’s 2010 Pavilion Project Design Competition.
The successful designer will oversee the construction of their prototype pavilion designed to provide economical shelter for remote communities around the Indian Ocean. The winning entry is likely to be constructed and displayed on Whitfeld Court in front of UWA’s Winthrop Hall during the Perth International Arts Festival celebrations in 2011.
The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservations (GSAPP) at Columbia University have announced its Summer Lecture Series 2010. Here are June events:
June 23 / Urban Design Lunchtime Lecture Series: Shaping the City / Edith Hsu-Chen + Charles McKinney
June 24 / Metropolis Film Series: Michelangelo Antonioni, Blow Up
June 29 / Arguments Lecture Series / Iwan Baan
June 30 / Urban Design Lunchtime Lecture Series: Where and How does Economic Development happen? / Josh Wallack and Vishaan Chakrabarti
For more information go to www.arch.columbia.edu/events.
In Paris, France, BASE has created an environment for the imagination with their latest playground design. Working with children and adults in different workshops, BASE was able to understand the users’ wishes and visions for the project. ”Our work then consisted in synthetising and interpreting the public’s expectations to provide a spatial response both truthful and original,” explained the designers.
More images and more about the playground after the break.
Designed by Australian architects TERROIR, the history of the single-family house in Sydney during the last century is a record of changing conditions in regard to their relationship with the landscape. Previous responses range from ignorance, to mimicry, to contrast. Responses have involved the importation of ideas from elsewhere and the futile quest to develop a ‘vernacular’. It is in this context, and aware of this history, that this house has been designed.
More images and complete architect’s description after the break.
A-lab just won a competition to design a military base in Norway which will be situated on the northern border with Russia. The design challenge was to create a cohesive complex where work and private life coexist, and where military services meet the civil community.
More images and more about the winning design after the break.
Architect: Juan Garduño / Garduño Arquitectos
Location: Bosque de las Lomas, Mexico City, Mexico
Design team: Ricardo Guzmán, Ernesto Flores, Daniel Banda, Athos Sajid
Client: BICYQ Construcciones
Builder: BICYQ Construcciones
Project size: 35,090 sqf
Design period: 2008
Completion period: 2010
Photography: Sófocles Hernández
Architect: André Luque
Location: Camaçari, Bahía, Brasil
Built area: 445 sqm
Photographs: Tarso Figueira and Luis Gomes
Architects: RMDM Architectes
Location: Saint Germain Les Corbeil, Paris, France
Interior and Landscape Design: RMDM Architectes
Structural and Constructional Engineer: SOTEC Ingenierie
Client: Communatute Agglomeration Seine Essonne
Site Area: 5,450 m2
Building Area: 2,450 m2
Completion Date: December 2009
Photographs: Herve Abbadie
Working collectively, four graduate students have transformed their clients’ traditional and rarely used fireplace into something completely new. Entitled Radiance, the project is intended to exploit the traditional qualities of the hearth by re-centering the focus of the home around a contemporary ambient environment. The clients’ background, one an artist and the other an architect, allowed this project to become more of “a commissioned artwork rather than a client-based architectural intervention” – an opportunity that truly allowed PROJECTiONE to further their theories and interest in their plyLight sketch prototype.
More about the project, including images, after the break.
The symposium marks the release of the 11 Architects + 12 Conversations issue of PRAXIS: a journal of writing and building. The moderated discussion will invite audience participation in an open dialogue that explores shared and contested territory among this emerging generation of practices.
The symposium, “Conversations: Continued”, brings together 10 Young Architectural Practices: MOS, NArchitects, WORKac, PATTERNS, Aranda/Lasch, Productora, FAR, Ciro Najle, The Living, and Howeler +Yoon with two critics, Timothy Hyde and Lucia Allais. The event continues the more formal discussion begun in PRAXIS 11, 11 Architects/12 Conversations, by bringing the firms together in a shared conversation, broadening the issues at stake, and sharing the material with a wider architectural and public audience.
Architectural photographer Pasi Aalto sent us this photos of the 1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The V&A invited nineteen architects to submit proposals for structures that examine notions of refuge and retreat. From these nineteen concept submissions, seven were selected for construction at full-scale.
This photos belong to the project designed by Rintala Eggertsson Architects. The exhibition started on Tuesday and will be on display till August 30. You can see more photos by Pasi Aalto after the break.
WE ARCHITECTURE and Sophus Søbye Architects, both young Danish firms, have been awarded first prize for their competition entry for a cultural center in Denmark’s Rudersdahl municipality. “The future Mariehøj cultural center draws a clear profile in the landscape. With a new foyer, the culture center will get a new face that invites in all people in Ruderdahl’s municipality and also a heart that can bring together and highlight the many users and activities in the house,” explained the architects.
More images and more about the proposal after the break.
Architects: Matsunami Mitsutomo
Location: Katayama-cho, Suita-shi, Osaka, Japan
Date: March 2007
Area: 1,190 square feet (110.55㎡)
Construction area: 69.97㎡
Total floor area: 3,675 square feet (341.38㎡)
Floor area per apartment: 35.7㎡～23.2㎡
Number of apartments: 10 apartments
Photographer: Matsunami Mitsutomo
3XN’s winning proposal for the new structure marking the entrance to Vällingby Parkstad in Stockholm, Sweden, creates a close relation between work life, housing, and leisure. The building’s curved design embraces the area and the lively shaped balconies opens up the structure towards the surroundings thus raising the park up in the air. The dense city structure at the base adds activity at eye level and life thrives on active roof tops and flowering balconies. Construction is planned to begin in 2011.
More images after the break.
In his article about Renzo Piano’s revised vision for the Whitney, Nicolai Ouroussoff explains that the neighborhood’s criticism and the museum board’s indecisiveness have continually provided stumbling blocks for the museum during its attempts to expand. Upon agreeing to realize Piano’s design for a satellite museum in the Meatpacking district, hope were high that finally, after 25 years, the museum would complete its much needed expansion.
Yet, it seems that Piano is in the midst of a new struggle resulting from the global economic downturn. While construction costs have dropped, allowing the cost of the project to slide under $200 million (persuading the board to commit to breaking ground), the museum is still struggling to contain costs and begin building before prices rise.
Check out this master plan video by Vandkunsten for designing sustainable cities. Not only do we love the animation techniques, by the layers of information are presented in a clear manner. Upon viewing the video, the zoning of public space, circulation routes, and green spaces are made evident while great glimpses of zoomed-in perspectives tie the ideas together. The video depicts three different master plan ideas: reusing a shipyard in Sweden, redefining a recreational space in Denmark in an attempt to better integrate the area with the surroundings, and the renewal of a suburban city center in Denmark. Enjoy!
Siloetten/The Sil(o)houette / C. F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Christian Carlsen Arkitektfirma
Architect: C. F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Christian Carlsen Arkitektfirma
Location: Løgten, Denmark
Landscape Architect: C. F. Møller Architects
Client: Løgten Midt A/S
Size: 3000 m2 (silo conversion housing), 1500 m2 (mixed-use urban centre)
Photograph: Julian Weyer