Films & Architecture: “My Uncle”

This week we want to introduce a film by one of the filmmakers that cannot be out of this list. We’re talking about , the French director, writer, and actor that made his first color movie in 1958, ”Mon Oncle”.

Tati shows how the modern age affects and dramatically changes the way that people live. All the new technologies at that moment are incorporated in the scenes, were the interaction between this new concept of “modern spaces” and people is an element present in most of the movie.

What do you think about this approach of how modernity influenced (or still influencing) the way of living of our societies?

Weihai Pavilion / Make Architects

© Shu He

Architects: Make Architects
Location: Weihai, Shandong,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Shu He

OMA reimagines retail for Coach’s new stores

Coach Omotesando Conceptual ©

American retailer Coach has commissioned OMA to develop a new merchandising system that accommodates Coach’s wide diversity of products while returning to the clarity of Coach’s heritage stores. Since establishing its first workshop 1941, Coach has expanded from a specialist leather atelier to a global distributor of “democratized luxury goods”. This expansion has clouded the clarity of the brand’s original library-like stores, which used a rigorous organizational system that categorically sort projects inside minimal wooden shelving at assisted counters. OMA intends to create a flexible, modular system that embodies the clarity of the original stores and responds to the individual needs of locale.

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Cala Mandia / CMV Architects

© Jaime Sicilia

Architects: CMV Architects
Location: , Spain
Project Area: 1,601.26 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

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Venice Biennale 2012: ‘Migrating Landscapes’ represents Canada

Migrating Landscapes Alberta Regional , 2011, 35 square meters, Photographed by Ryan Archer. Courtesy of Migrating Landscapes Organizer.

Migrating Landscapes presents a distinctively Canadian architectural vision that is sympathetic with a worldwide trend towards increased mobility – not only of people, but also of cultures and, most importantly, pluralistic aspirations. As more and more people move around the globe, the issue of immigration poses challenges at all levels – challenges that this exhibition frames around the themes of ‘settling’ and ‘unsettling’. Migrating Landscapes seeks to explore these themes in a manner that highlights ’s commitment to openness, diversity and democratic pluralism.

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Brisbane Street Additions / Rad Architecture

© Andrew Pritchard Photography

Architects: Rad Architecture
Location: Brisbane St, , Australia
Design Team: Lynn Churchill, Craig Riley, Patrick Hubble, Kelwin Wong
Photographs: Andrew Pritchard Photography

Olympic Park and Village in Google Earth and Maps

Olympic Park and Village, Stratford, London, United Kingdom (click for larger size)

Google has updated its maps with hi res images of the Olympic Park and Village in Stratford (London, UK). The images were taken this past May, and let us see the whole picture of the master plan for London 2012. A big target of the investment for the games is to  reconvert this former industrial zone in East London.

Video: Kathryn Findlay’s Impermanent Structures, Architecture Tour


Kathryn Findlay is the Principal Director of Ushida Findlay Architects. The internationally renowned practice is known for its use of experimental design and progressive technology. This was demonstrated most recently when they were appointed as delivery architects by Arup for Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond’s ArcelorMittal Orbit, the tallest sculpture in the 2012 Olympic Park. One of Kathryn Findlay’s most notable projects was the Soft and Hairy House in , inspired by Salvador Dali’s notion that future architecture would be ‘soft and hairy’. Extending these ideas Findlay guided Crane.tv around London, showing us her favourite impermanent structures, demonstrating the adaptability of our city and the possibilities for the future.

TBWA Maya Uptown / Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects

© Cemal Emden

Architects: Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects
Location: Etiler, Kültür Mh., 34340 Beşiktaş/Istanbul Province,
Design Team: İ. Kerem Erginoğlu, Hasan C. Çalışlar, Emre Erenler, Yasemin Hacıkura, Ayşe Selin Gürel, Serdar Demir, Turkan Yilmaz
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4500.0 sqm
Photographs: Cemal Emden

Water Villa / Framework Architects + Studio Prototype

© Jeroen Musch

Architects: Framework Architects, Studio Prototype
Location: Gabriël Metsustraat, , The Netherlands
Design Team: Maarten ter Stege, Jeroen Spee, Jeroen Steenvoorden, Thomas Geerlings
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 250.0 sqm
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

Video: Yoyogi Olympic Arena / Kenzo Tange

Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi Olympic Arena from Yoyogi GSD on Vimeo.

Special thanks to Emmet Truxes, from Harvard GSD, for sharing this animated video of ’s Yoyogi Olympic Arena with us.  Check out the amazing visualizations set to music by Gray Reinhard (we particularly love the build-up of the magnificently suspended roof around minute 5, which is then further detailed a few minutes later) which was created by a team of six students - Emmet Truxes, Nathan Shobe, Julian Bushman-Copp, Mijung Kim, Jeffrey Laboskey, Misato Odanaka - to understand the  construction of the building’s innovate tensile structure.

More about the project after the break.

Air-Raid Shelters of Almería / Ferrer Arquitectos

© Jesús Granada

Architects: Ferrer Arquitectos
Location: Plaza de Manuel Pérez García, , Spain
Design Team: José Ángel Ferrer
Architectural Technologist: Manuel Alonso
Internal Collaborators: José Antonio Cuerva, Miguel G. Haro and Fernando Mateos
Photographs: Jesús Granada

Bellevue Library / Adjaye Associates

© Edmund Sumner

Architects: Adjaye Associates
Location: Library, 1111 110th Ave NE, , Washington DC, USA
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Edmund Sumner

Discover Haiti Exhibition

at Discover Haiti Exhibition © Daniel Portilla

The exhibition is opened from last Wednesday July 25th and will run until August 15th. Curated by Urban Zen & Nomad Two Worlds, ‘Discover Haiti’ features art, accessories, clothing and home furnishings designed and produced in Haiti.

The collection comprises the work of craftsmen in small objects, pictures, and also the projects of refurbishment and reconstruction of buildings destroyed by the last 2010 earthquake.

Triangle Brick Headquarters / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

© Jonathan Hillyer

Architects: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: , NC, USA
Project Team: Jeffrey Lee, Irvin Pearce, Rob Harkey
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 14,000 sq ft
Photographs: Jonathan Hillyer

H24 House / R Zero Studio

© Aki Itami

Architects: R Zero Studio
Location: , Distrito Federal, Mexico
Design Team: Edgar Velasco Casillas, Alejandro Zarate de la Torre, Gilberto Muñoz + , Isaac Guzman Ramirez, Pablo Serrano
Photographs: Aki Itami, Courtesy of H24 House

The Imperial Buildings / Fearon Hay Architects

© Patrick Reynolds

Architects: Fearon Hay Architects
Location: Auckland,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5000.0 sqm
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

Historic Front Street / Cook + Fox Architects

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Architect: Cook + Fox Architects, LLP
Location: , NY
Client: Yarrow LLC
Completion: April 2006
Size: 150,000 SF