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AD Interviews: Brendan MacFarlane / Jakob + MacFarlane

01:00 - 3 April, 2014

Paris-based architect Brendan MacFarlane, of the firm Jakob + MacFarlane, spoke to us during our visit to the FRAC Centre in Orléans for the ArchiLab 2013 exhibition and conference. MacFarlane, who studied at Sci-Arc in the 80s and later received a degree from Harvard's GSD, successfully combines theory and form, placing him among the few architects that have been able to harmonize this balance.

Analog Folk / DH Liberty

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Analog Folk / DH Liberty, © Quintin Lake
© Quintin Lake
  • Architects

  • Location

    Warner Street, London, United Kingdom
  • Design Team

    Dara Huang, Ryan Day, Remo de Angelis and Lisa Hinderdael
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Quintin Lake © Quintin Lake © Quintin Lake © Quintin Lake +21

Primary School J.Jaurès II / YOONSEUX Architectes

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Primary School J.Jaurès II / YOONSEUX Architectes, © Fabrice Dunou
© Fabrice Dunou

© Fabrice Dunou © Fabrice Dunou © Fabrice Dunou © Fabrice Dunou +10

AD Interviews: Winka Dubbeldam

01:00 - 3 April, 2014

At last week's Mextrópoli conference we spoke with Winka Dubbeldam about the challenges of architecture education. We also asked her to elaborate on why she thinks architecture should embrace industrial design tools. Watch the short clip to hear Winka's thoughts on making technology a more integral part of our built environment. 

Tunquén House / Mas Fernandez Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Tunquén House / Mas Fernandez Arquitectos, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
  • Architect

  • Location

    Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Cristóbal Fernández, Francisca Ruiz, Rodrigo O´ryan
  • Area

    120 sqm
  • Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +27

BIG Designs Labyrinth for Atrium of National Building Museum

00:00 - 3 April, 2014
BIG Designs Labyrinth for Atrium of National Building Museum, © BIG. Image Courtesy of National Building Museum
© BIG. Image Courtesy of National Building Museum

The National Building Museum (NBM) has announced that BIG has designed a 61x61 foot maze to be housed in the building's grand atrium from July 4th to September 1st of this year. According to the NBM's website, the labyrinth's Baltic birch plywood walls, which stand 18 feet high at the maze's periphery, descend as you make your way towards the center. From the core, then, visitors receive a view of the entire layout - and a better understanding of how to get back out.

According to Bjarke Ingels, "The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?" Of course, those uninterested in the challenge of figuring out the maze can peek down on it from the Museum's second and third floors - but where would be the fun in that?

More images, diagrams and drawings after the break!

AD Classics: Kresge Auditorium / Eero Saarinen and Associates

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
AD Classics: Kresge Auditorium / Eero Saarinen and Associates, Kresge Auditorium at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts © Jorge Salcedo / Shutterstock
Kresge Auditorium at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts © Jorge Salcedo / Shutterstock

Kresge Auditorium, designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen, was an experiment in architectural form and construction befitting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s focus on technology and innovation. This feat of sculptural engineering serves as a meeting house and is part of the cultural, social, and spiritual core of MIT’s campus. Kresge Auditorium is one of Saarinen’s numerous daring, egalitarian designs that captured the optimistic zeitgeist of Post-war America.

© Massachusetts Institute of Technology ©  Flickr user 庶民小文™ © Flickr user gomattolson Sections looking east and north +29

An Interview with MAD Architects' Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China's Future Cities

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
An Interview with MAD Architects' Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China's Future Cities, Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola
Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola

I look into myself, trying to express myself. I think sometimes maybe you have an idea from a dream. It sounds ridiculous but you draw something out of your dream. Where does this dream come from? It must somehow relate to some situation. So what I'm interested in is to keep discovering what is really inside of me. I'm not a genius that from the first moment I already know what I want. - Ma Yansong -

Beixinqiao district, in Beijing, is changing fast: the ancient urban tissue is being demolished as new high-rises are growing.Located in this environment, Ma Yansong’s office sits within an old and anonymous construction. In contrast to its exterior, the inside is characterized by wood, white walls and plants that transform the place into a sophisticated environment.International young architects are busy modeling new organic-shaped buildings on the other side of the world; meanwhile a golden fish swims in the eternal loop of the “fish tank” in the centre of the room.

In the following interview, Ma Yansong explains contemporary cities as environments that are out-of-scale with nature. He believes a new approach must be used, one that breaks the monotonous “chessboard” of contemporary Urban China and re-establishes the balance between human beings and the natural world.

Nagatino 2.0 Coworking Center / Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Nagatino 2.0 Coworking Center / Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio, Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Varshavskoye Shosse, 28А, Moscow, Russia, 117186
  • Design Team

    Ruslan Aydarov, Anna Timofeeva, Irina Sigova
  • Area

    748.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio +27

Fabric Warehouse / Fearon Hay Architects

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Fabric Warehouse / Fearon Hay Architects, © Jackie Meiring
© Jackie Meiring

© Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring +19

Split House / JVA

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Split House / JVA, © Nils Petter Dale
© Nils Petter Dale
  • Architects

  • Location

    Asker, Norway
  • Primary Architects

    Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Stian Schjelderup, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale © Nils Petter Dale +23

Emerging Architects Austin+Mergold Win Folly 2014

00:00 - 3 April, 2014
Emerging Architects Austin+Mergold Win Folly 2014, SuralArk Sketch. Image Courtesy of Austin + Mergold
SuralArk Sketch. Image Courtesy of Austin + Mergold

Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York have announced that Austin+Mergold have won “Folly 2014” – an annual competition among emerging architects to design and build a large-scale project for public exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City – with their project SuralArk, an installation that is "part ship, part house."

The annual “Folly” program strives to give emerging architects and designers the opportunity to build public projects that explore the boundaries between architecture and sculpture. This year's proposal beat out 171 submissions from 17 countries; it was selected by a jury made up of Chris Doyle, Artist; John Hatfield, Socrates Sculpture Park; Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos; Lisa Switkin, James Corner Field Operations; and Ada Tolla, LOT-EK.

SuralArk will open on May 11th through August 3rd. Learn more about the project after the break.

Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects, © Likyfoto
© Likyfoto

© Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto +26

Nine Bridges Country Club / Shigeru Ban Architects

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Nine Bridges Country Club  / Shigeru Ban Architects, © Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yeoju-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Shigeru Ban Collaborator: KACI International, Inc.
  • Client

    CJ Group
  • Area

    20977.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai +18

Call for Submissions: Thresholds 43

00:00 - 2 April, 2014
Call for Submissions: Thresholds 43

Gasp! What provokes this reflex that leaves one short of breath? More than just a sudden turn of events, for discourse to move from gossip to scandal there have to be stakes. Reputations, profits, and history-by-the-winners are on the line. 

Summer house Grøgaard and Slaattelid / Knut Hjeltnes

01:00 - 2 April, 2014
Summer house Grøgaard and Slaattelid / Knut Hjeltnes, Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes
Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes

Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes Courtesy of Knut Hjeltnes +20

The Battle for the Skies Over London

00:00 - 2 April, 2014
The Battle for the Skies Over London, Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes
Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes

In response to the recent study by New London Architecture, which found that there are currently over 230 tall buildings either planned or under construction in London, an argument is brewing over the UK capital's sudden, seemingly uncontrolled, growth. 

The most vocal reaction to all of this has come from Rowan Moore, architecture critic for The Observer, who has teamed up with the Architects' Journal to launch a campaign calling for more rigorous planning and public consultation when it comes to tall buildings. The campaign has support from 80 signatories, a list that reads like a 'who's who' of British architecture, including architects, planners, politicians, developers and artists as well as a range of civic societies.

Read on for more reaction to London's tall building boom.

B25 House / PK Arkitektar

01:00 - 2 April, 2014
B25 House / PK Arkitektar, © Rafael Pinho
© Rafael Pinho
  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Design Team

    Pálmar Kristmundsson, Fernando de Mendonça, Anja Schröter and Andrew Burgess
  • Consultants

    Conís Verkfræðiráðgjöf, Verkhönnun
  • Area

    457.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho +14