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Siza, Souto de Moura, Kuma Reflect on Their 'Sensing Spaces' Exhibitions

00:00 - 12 February, 2014

As an accompaniment to their ongoing Sensing Spaces Exhibition in London, the Royal Academy of Arts has produced six wonderful films interviewing the architects involved in the exhibition, unearthing what motivates and inspires them as architects, and what the primary themes of their exhibition projects are.

The above video features both Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, who both designed their Sensing Spaces exhibits with the other in mind. Siza explains his preoccupation with the joints between the natural and the man-made through his Leça Swimming Pool complex, and the way the rock formations informed his interventions. He also introduces his one-time protégé Souto de Moura's Braga stadium as expressing the same understanding of the natural and man-made.

See videos from the 5 other Sensing Spaces participants after the break

Installation (Blue Pavilion) by Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris Installation by Diebedo Francis Kere. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris Installation by Kengo Kuma. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris Installation by Li Xiaodong. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: Benedict Johnson +5

St Ambrose College / Sheppard Robson

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
St Ambrose College / Sheppard Robson, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wicker Lane, Hale Barns, Altrincham, Greater Manchester WA15, UK
  • Building Costs

    £24.0m
  • Area

    11600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© David Ardill © David Ardill © Hufton+Crow © David Ardill +18

Yotsubako / Mount Fuji Architects Studio + Taisei Design Planners Architects

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
Yotsubako / Mount Fuji Architects Studio + Taisei Design Planners Architects, © Ken'ichi Suzuki
© Ken'ichi Suzuki

© Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki +18

Suehiro Hous / ALTS Design Office

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
Suehiro Hous / ALTS Design Office, Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Sumiou Mizumoto & Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area

    146.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office +18

A Proposal to Turn Paris' Unused Metro Stations Into Parks, Pools, and More

00:00 - 12 February, 2014
A Proposal to Turn Paris' Unused Metro Stations Into Parks, Pools, and More, Paris' Arsenal Station as an underground park. Image Courtesy of  Manal Rachdi, OXO Architects & Nicolas Laisné, via IBT
Paris' Arsenal Station as an underground park. Image Courtesy of Manal Rachdi, OXO Architects & Nicolas Laisné, via IBT

We architects know full well the power of renderings to capture the imagination. Apparently - so too do politicians. Capitalizing on the popularity of adaptive reuse projects around the world (a trend instigated by the success of New York's High Line), French politician Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has made converting Paris' unused "ghost stations" a major part of her platform, promising that these projects will come to pass should she be elected mayor.

Garden Pavilion / Tomislav Curkovic + Zoran Zidaric

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
Garden Pavilion / Tomislav Curkovic + Zoran Zidaric, © Robert Les
© Robert Les
  • Architects

  • Location

    Varaždin, Croatia
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomislav Curkovic + Zoran Zidaric
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Robert Les © Robert Les © Robert Les © Robert Les +15

New University Library in Cayenne / rh+ architecture

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
New University Library in Cayenne / rh+ architecture, © Jean-Michel André
© Jean-Michel André
  • Architects

  • Location

    P.A.C.T de Guyane, Cayenne, French Guiana
  • In Charge of the Construction

    Anaïs Durand
  • Architect Partner

    ARA - Jocelin Ho-Tin-Noé
  • Structure

    Technopôle Martinique / SODETEC
  • Acoustic

    Rémi Raskin
  • Area

    2143.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jean-Michel André © Jonathan Cacchia © Jean-Michel André © Jonathan Cacchia +22

AD Interviews: David Gianotten / OMA

01:00 - 12 February, 2014

During the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, we had the opportunity to speak with David Gianotten, partner-in-charge of OMA’s Hong Kong office. Gianotten launched the Dutch firm’s Asian headquarters in 2009, where he supervises major projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Taipei Performing Arts Centre.  

Standing outside of the recently completed Stock Exchange headquarters, he answered our questions about urbanization, innovation and the intricacies of running an office in an environment with such rapid urban growth. Shenzhen has proven an experiment of economic openness and is a vivid example of China’s recent growth. The city’s skyline is practically a physical graph of an upward-trending economy, with buildings designed by nearly every internationally renowned architecture firm. But OMA’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange building stands apart from the rest not only because of its impeccable construction (a rarity in the fast-paced building booms of Chinese cities), but also because it houses the institution that lists China’s biggest companies.

The 254 meter tower is an elegant structure that combines pure volumes with an exoskeleton grid clad in translucent glass. It represents a characteristic OMA-approach to innovative architectural solutions, made possible by extensive programmatic and technical research.

Read the full interview (which includes Gianotten’s insights on the study of architecture, the role of architects, and the importance of simplicity when communicating complex innovation) after the break. 

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Shortlisted Concepts Unveiled for MLK Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
Shortlisted Concepts Unveiled for MLK Jr. Memorial Library Renovation, © STUDIOS Architecture with The Freelon Group
© STUDIOS Architecture with The Freelon Group

Preliminary designs have been released by three shortlisted teams competing to renovate Mies van der Rohe’s historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C. - the only library and D.C. building ever designed by the legendary architect. Preview each proposal and learn how you can submit your feedback to the D.C. Public Library before they make their decision, after the break. 

SCAD Museum of Art / Sottile & Sottile and Lord Aeck Sargent, in association with Dawson Architects

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
SCAD Museum of Art / Sottile & Sottile and Lord Aeck Sargent, in association with Dawson Architects, © Savannah College of Art and Design
© Savannah College of Art and Design

© Savannah College of Art and Design © Savannah College of Art and Design © Savannah College of Art and Design © Savannah College of Art and Design +14

Wilden St House / Shaun Lockyer Architects

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
Wilden St House / Shaun Lockyer Architects, © Scott Burrows
© Scott Burrows
  • Architects

  • Location

    Paddington QLD 4064, Australia
  • Design Team

    Shaun Lockyer – Design Principal; Jen Lambkin – Project Architect; Corinne Bolton
  • Area

    387.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows © Scott Burrows +31

Estate Bungalow / Narein Perera

01:00 - 12 February, 2014
Estate Bungalow / Narein Perera, Courtesy of Narein Perera
Courtesy of Narein Perera
  • Architects

  • Location

    Matugama, Sri Lanka
  • Design Team

    Dilshan Weeraratne, Sameera Dharmasena, Thanuja Gamage, Lakmal Galagoda
  • Structural Engineer

    Keerthi Ratnayake
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Sunanda Gnanasiri
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Narein Perera

Courtesy of Narein Perera Courtesy of Narein Perera Courtesy of Narein Perera Courtesy of Narein Perera +21

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Designs Public Plaza, Restaurant for LA’s Broad Museum

00:00 - 12 February, 2014
Diller Scofidio + Renfro Designs Public Plaza, Restaurant for LA’s Broad Museum, © Diller Scofidio + Renfro, via Designboom
© Diller Scofidio + Renfro, via Designboom

Alongside news that The Broad’s completion date has been pushed back to 2015, rather than this fall, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has unveiled a new collaboration with landscape architect Walter Hood that will transform the mid-block parcel adjacent to the Grand Avenue museum into a pedestrian-friendly landscaped plaza and restaurant. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the new square will establish an important link to the neighboring school and apartment, as well as the future 2020 Regional Connector subway stop. The 24,000 square foot parcel will be enhanced by100-year-old olive trees transplanted from Northern California. Watch a video about the design after the break, and find more information here

MoMA to Preserve Folk Art Facade

00:00 - 12 February, 2014
MoMA to Preserve Folk Art Facade , © Flickr CC User Dan Nguyen
© Flickr CC User Dan Nguyen

Though it has been confirmed that Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Museum of Modern Art expansion will result in the demise of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects' American Folk Art Museum, the New York Times has confirmed that the beloved copper-bronze facade will be preserved. 

“We will take the facade down, piece by piece, and we will store it,” Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in an interview. “We have made no decision about what happens subsequently, other than the fact that we’ll have it and it will be preserved.”

AD Classics: Pennsylvania Station / McKim, Mead & White

09:00 - 11 February, 2014
AD Classics: Pennsylvania Station / McKim, Mead & White, © Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

New York City’s original Pennsylvania Station was a monument to movement and an expression of American economic power. In 1902, the noted firm McKim, Mead and White was selected by the President of the Pennsylvania Railroad to design its Manhattan terminal. Completed in 1910, the gigantic steel and stone building covered four city blocks until its demolition in 1963, when it ceded to economic strains hardly fifty years after opening. 

© Wikimedia Commons Track level and concourses. Image © Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection Concourse from South, 1962. Image © Cervin Robinson - Historic American Buildings Survey Facade from Northeast. Image © Cervin Robinson - Historic American Buildings Survey +40

Sticky Fingers / Rue Royale Architectes

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
Sticky Fingers / Rue Royale Architectes, © Erick Saillet
© Erick Saillet
  • Architects

  • Location

    4 Rue Sylvain Simondan, 69009 Lyon, France
  • Technical Design Offices

    BETREC (accounting, structure), PHILAE (fluids), Génie Acoustique (acoustics), STARACE (acoustics),
  • Area

    2094.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet © Erick Saillet +13

Azumaya / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
Azumaya / Yuko Nagayama & Associates, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +11

The Elastic Perspective / NEXT Architects

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
The Elastic Perspective / NEXT Architects, © Sander Meisner
© Sander Meisner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Buitenpolikliniek Carnisselande, Middeldijkerplein 36, 2993 DL Barendrecht, The Netherlands
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Sander Meisner © Sander Meisner © Sander Meisner © Sander Meisner +13