The devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeastern Japan in early March caused unimaginable damage and heartbreak to many. In response, Google has created a website named “Mirai e no kioku”, meaning “Memories for the Future”. The website allows the people of Japan to share photos and videos of their cities in an effort to preserve the memories collected over generations that may have been lost during the disaster. Google has also provided thousands of miles of Street View imagery that includes “Before” and “After” comparisons of the hardest hit areas.
Check out this great video by SO-IL about their spatial facade for the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale. Referencing the 1980 Venice Bienale where 20 architects collaboratively designed a “facade” that challenged the notions of an individual and collective expression, SO-IL has taken a similar approach for their 2011 work. The firm, no doubt, is used to challenging the accepted norms of architects and architecture – case in point, their Pole Dance for MoMA PS1 - and this Biennale proposal marks a distinction between the facade as a flat symbolic representation, and the use of the facade to actually become a spatial and experiential element. “It is high time to revisit this canonical exhibition of post-modernism. 40 years after our predecessors expanded the territory of the architectural discipline into the experience of time, we continue to believe that growth and innovation are limitless if a new territory of spatiality can be defined,” says Jing Liu of SO-IL when reflecting on the intention this installation. With SO-IL’s prismatic paneled “colonnade” of marble tiles backed with mirrors, visitors can experience a changing depth of the installation and discover new spaces while wandering through it.
The new library in Dalian by Architects Collective is designed to become the center and heart for the local community with a strong relationship to the ocean and the bay. The building is placed in a park setting and aims to be a landmark for locals and visitors and a symbol for the creative and environmentally friendly future of New Pulian. More images and project description after the break.
AIA Seattle, the Seattle Chapter of American Institute of Architects, with partners BetterBricks, the City of Seattle, and Architecture 2030 present AIA+2030 Professional Series: Prepare for the New Energy Future at Seattle City Hall.
The AIA+2030 Professional Series, which starts…
Architecture: Satoshi Kurosaki/APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Nishidai Itabashi ward, Tokyo, Japan
Structure: Timber structure
Site Area: 54.86sqm
Total Floor Area: 111.78sqm /1F(42.02sqm),2F(47.41sqm),3F(22.35sqm)
Construction: Honma Construction
Photography: Masao Nishikawa
The aim of the design proposal by sam architecture for the sports facilities at Lille-Fives was to create a pure and efficient building. The clearly identifiable shape of the concrete plate, which covers the grandstand and the gymnasium, announces the sport facility from far around. It is undeniably inspired by Future system’s Lords Cricket Ground Media Stand. It truly identifies the building and is ment to become a symbol of the renewal of Lille-Fives, a former industrial and socially fragile district. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The proposal of Dreiecksplatz, designed by Artur Borejszo, Leena Cho, Jason Hilgefort, and Andreas Karavanas recently won the first prize for Europan 11 competition in Vienna, Austria. Located between the Vienna Ring and Vienna Woods, the site embraces the marks of both environment – urban and nature – as a basis for future development. Currently surrounded by houses with a large amount of private green space, what they believe is needed in the site is a generous, quality public space that will invite and sustain diverse groups of community to gather, live and work by. More images and project description after the break.
Architects: Saša Randić, Idis Turato
Location: Pula, Croatia
Site area: 26,164.5 sqm
Built area: 8,535 sqm
Completion: September 2010
Collaborators: Ana Staničić, Gordan Resan, Gorjana Drašković, Maja Ivanovski, Janko Jelić, Hrvoje Sedlić, Ida Križaj, Darko Kuiš, Ivan Arbanas, Damir Šiljeg, Andrija Čuljak
Photographs: Domagoj Blažević, Želimir Gržančić and Sandro Lendler
Architect: Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura
Location: Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil
Project Team: Thiago Bernardes Paulo Jacobsen e Bernardo Jacobsen
Collaborators: Ricardo Castello Branco, Veridiana Ruzzante, Claudia Maltese, Marina Nogaró, Fabiano Magalhães
Interior Design: Bernardes Jacobsen Arquitetura – Eza Viegas (coordenação) e Sabrina Freire
Landscape: Fernando Chacel
Construction: Reconstec Engenharia
Structure: Márcio Pompei (Concrete) + Ita Construtora (Wood)
Project Year: 2008
Photos: Leonardo Finotti
Thomas Park has compiled a gallery of all 357 of Apple’s stores from all over the world. The images are pulled directly from Apple’s own website and include information about where the store falls among the 357, where it is located and when it was opened. Park’s initiative was sparked by the desire to detect the evolution in Apple’s strategy of storefront design. Apple’s retail architecture shows the success of closely adhering to design principles in the visual branding of products, the products themselves, and the environment in which they are actually sold. Apple has a simple, crisp and sleak design that comes through in their products and in their stores and give off the same feeling of reliable design.
More after the break.
Location: Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Date: 2008 – under construction
Client: State of Ceará Government / Special Department of the State of Ceará for 2014 Cup
Total Intervention Area: 215.000 sqm
Design Team: Hector Vigliecca, Luciene Quel, Ronald Werner, Neli Shimizu, Caroline Bertoldi, Bianca Riotto, Fernanda Trotti, Hernani Paiva, Kelly Bozzato, Luiz Marino, Mayara Christ, Pedro Ichimaru, Rafael Alcantara, Paulo Serra, Luci Maie, Renata Haring
Construction: Galvão + Andrade Mendonça
Landscaping: Rodolfo Geiser Paisagismo e Meio Ambiente
Photographs: Azul Serra
Architects: Şanal architecture|urbanism
Location: Çerkezköy, Tekirdağ, Turkey
Principals: Murat Şanal, Alexis Şanal
Project architects/designers: Begum Öner, Cibeles Sanchez Llupart, Joseph Cele
Client: Doluca Şarapçılık
Design Team: Kaan Sucu, Nazli Ergani, Tim Kovats
Completion: Sept 2011
Building Area: 15,000 sqm
Photographer: Refik Anadol
Architects: fuse-atelier (Shigeru Fuse)
Location: Abiko, Chiba pref., Japan
Structural Engineers: Konishi Structural Engineers
Main contractor: Shishido Koumuten
Site area: 101.00 sqm
Built area: 48.54 sqm
Total floor area: 80.01 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Shigeru Fuse
Along with engineers G.O.C. and Cabanelas Castelo Architects, Foster + Partners have won an international competition to design a new high-speed rail station in the city of Ourense in Galicia, located in northwestern Spain. The winning proposal integrates transport infrastructure with a new urban park, providing a large public space that will open up a series of pedestrian links to connect the districts divided by the track.