Video: London & UK RedBall

This summer, New York artist Kurt Perschke brought his celebrated art project RedBall to the UK. Co-produced by Torbay Council and The Dartington Hall Trust, it arrived on the streets of the English Riviera in Torbay in June before touring to Plymouth, Exeter, Weymouth & Portland and , finishing the tour at Dartington Hall and popping up in a total of 20 sites. The project engaged thousands of people on its tour of alleyways, underpasses, high streets, town squares, heritage sites and bridge arches across the country. Alongside the tour, the RedBall UK education project worked with hundreds of young people and staff in 5 schools to raise the aspirations and achievements of Year 6 pupils. Text Courtesy of Danny Cooke. For more information on RedBall UK, please visit here.

 

Raimund Abraham’s Final Work / Photographer Thomas Mayer

House for Music. Photo ©

Raimund Abraham (1933-2010), who would have turned 79 today, was far from your typical architect. A striking figure – usually sporting a black fedora, thick moustache, and cigar – Abraham was a radical thinker who believed passionately in the sacred importance of architecture.

For Abraham, architecture existed just as legitimately in the mind as on the ground; as he put it: “I don’t need a building to validate my ideas.” In fact, many of his visionary drawings were exhibited as art, including in the MOMA. Although most of his designs were never actually built, those that were gained critical acclaim.

He was best known for the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City, a 24-story, “guillotine-like” building curiously squeezed onto a plot only 25 feet wide. Architectural historian Kenneth Frampton called itthe most significant modern piece of architecture to be realized in Manhattan since the Seagram Building and the Guggenheim Musuem of 1959.”

To celebrate this great mind, we present you his final work, Musikerhaus (House for Music or Musician’s House), as photographed by Thomas Mayer. The House, a former NATO missile base turned artists’ residence/exhibition gallery (you can see the latest exhibition “The Reality of the Unbuilt” in the photos below), will be completed next year.

More photos & quotes, after the break…

Corim Logements / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: Montpellier,
Design Team: Sancie Matte Devaux, Frédéric Devaux, Arnaud Rousseau
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 2,756 sqm
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

© Yuri Palmin
© Yuri Palmin

Oval shade in Gorky Park / Bureau Alexander Brodsky

 
Architects: Bureau Alexander Brodsky
Location: Gorky Park, ул. Крымский Вал, 9, город Москва, Russia, 119049
Design Team: À. Brodsky, N. Korbut
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Yuri Palmin…
© Yuri Palmin

Glass House for Diver / naf architect & design

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Architects: naf architect & design
Location: Etajima-shi, , Japan
Project Team: Tetsuya Nakazono 
Project Area: 104.46 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Noriyuki Yano

AD Classics: St. John’s Abbey Church / Marcel Breuer

Photo by janmikeuy – http://www.flickr.com/photos/janmikeuy/

Saint John’s Abbey Church was designed by the renowned Hungarian architect . This cast-in-place concrete marvel is a stepping-stone in modern design of religious architecture in the . One must admire the great concrete trees that support the ceiling and the dominant bell banner that shields the church. More after the break.

London 2012 Basketball Arena / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Location: Olympic Park North (Stop M), Borough of Hackney, E9, UK
Project Team: SKM with and KSS
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 11500.0 sqm
Photographs: Edmund Sumner

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Haven’t checked ArchDaily in a while? Here’s the best from last week: Another amazing building comes from Italy,  The Enzo Ferrari Museum, courtesy of Future Systems + Shiro Studio. Check out, Fuencarral-El Pardo Police Station by spanish firm Voluar Arquitectura. You can’t miss this incredible landscape project in Singapore from Grant Associates, or The Pierre, designed by Olson Kundig Architects. Finally, revisit Hanaha, an excellent example of japanese architecture by mA-style architects.

Flashback: Kielder Belvedere / Softroom

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Architects: Softroom
Location: Northumberland,
Project Year: 1999
Photographs: Keith Paisley

Olympic Cities: The Netherlands As Game Changer / XML

Amsterdam. Photo via Flickr CC User MarcelGermain.

As we’ve discussed at length here at ArchDaily, an Olympic Bid is no thing to take on lightly. Our 3-part series on the subject, “How NOT To Host the Olympics,” made very clear that this mega-event is a major urban project with long-term economic, social, and environmental consequences.

So, it’s no surprise that Olympic bidders research and strategize well in advance – consider London 2012‘s “Sustainable Olympics” bid or OMA’s perhaps premature interest in Turkey- to ensure, first, that they get the bid and, second, that the Games leave renewal (rather than destruction) in their wake.

Architecture, Research, and Urbanism practice, XML, are already taking on the task of preparing its home country, the Netherlands, for its 2028 bid. Their just-released report compares Olympic City bids across the globe – from the 2020 contenders of Madrid, Istanbul, Dohan, and Tokyo to a 2024 contender, South Africa. Interestingly, they’ve noted a cyclical nature of the Games’ socio-economic significance and have thus come up with a 3-prong strategy that will position the Netherlands to spearhead a new Olympic paradigm.

You can check out XML’s full Report, well worth a look, after the break...

Oudenaarde Sports Complex / Koppert + Koenis Architects

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Koppert + Koenis Architects were recently announced as winner of the competition by the Flemish Government with their contribution for a double sports accommodation in , Belgium. The sports complex will facilitate the sports education of the local primary and secondary schools during the day and local sports clubs during the evening hours. The jury was charmed by the clear setup and the optimal sports and teaching facilitating design resulting in simplicity and a realistic integration with its surroundings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Non-Linear Parametric Workshop 11 – “Scale Fail: Pavilion to Product”

Courtesy of Daniel Gillen

This was an unprecedented year for Tsinghua University’s Non-Linear Parametric Workshop with close to 200 students attending.  Students of the Advanced Design Unit taught by Daniel Gillen, with assistance by investigated parametric software, thought processes and strategy with a specific focus on versioning.

The tutors’ sequenced information provided to students to encourage a scientific level of variable testing and analysis.  The nine-day workshop was organized into three parts, beginning with abstract versioning, followed by a pavilion, and concluding with a product.

Tel Aviv Fastlane Control and Coordination Center / Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects

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Architects: Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Planners
Location: , Israel
Partner In Charge: Amir Mann
Design Team: Asaf Mann
Project Manager: Shafir Engineering Ltd.
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 2,200 sqm
Photographs: Gal Deren

PCC Newberg Center / Hennebery Eddy Architects

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Architects: Hennebery Eddy Architects
Location: 135 Werth Blvd, Newberg, OR 97132,
Project Architect: Erica Dunn
Design Team: Timothy R. Eddy
Project Manager: Doug Reimer
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 13800.0 sq ft
Photographs: Nic Lehoux, Stephen Miller

Courtesy of Ravaglia, Rodrigues, Philot, Marx, Mendonça, Novaes
Courtesy of Ravaglia, Rodrigues, Philot, Marx, Mendonça, Novaes

DAF: Designing for Adaptable Futures Proposal / Ravaglia, Rodrigues, Philot, Marx, Mendonça, Novaes

Designed by Fabiano Ravaglia, Liebert Rodrigues, Vinícius Philot, Fernanda Marx, Tiago Mendonça, and Karen Novaes…, the DAF: Designing for Adaptable Futures competition proposal focuses on expansion and flexibility to create a new way of thinking about Brazilian social

Courtesy of ANDO | Andalucía Office
Courtesy of ANDO | Andalucía Office

International Mock Firms Skyscraper Competition Proposal / ANDO | Andalucía Office

ANDO | Andalucía Office…, composed by five young architects from the University of Seville, shared with us their 2nd prize winning proposal in the Fourth edition of the “International Mock Firms Skyscraper Competition” organized by Chicago Architecture Today. Their

Villa P / Architektonicke Studio Atrium

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Architects: Architektonicke Studio Atrium
Location: Karlovarská, 04011 Košice – Západ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 350.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Architektonicke Studio Atrium

Hongzhu Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

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Architects: Lab Modus
Location: Taoyuan County,
Design Team: Kevin Chang, Jay Lin, Will Hsieh, Yi-Li Lin
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Photographs: Chih-Ming Wu