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a+u 534: Caruso St John Architects

19:00 - 7 March, 2015
a+u 534: Caruso St John Architects

From the publisher. a+u March 2015 is a special issue on London and Zurich based Caruso St John Architects, led by Adam Caruso and Peter St John.

The issue features 19 works with a focus on their recent renovation works including the Tate Britain, Millbank Project in London, Chancel at St Gallen Cathedral in Switzerland, and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with its first stage recently completed.
The latter half of the issue features their on-going projects in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and France including Bremer Landesbank and Lycée Hotelier de Lille.

Opening essay, by former editor-in-chief of AMC magazine Dominique Boudet, surveys Caruso St John's early to recent works. The essay by Jay Merrick, the architecture critic of The Independent, gives us the details of the Tate Britain's renovation work. Third essay by Adam Caruso talks about his and Peter St John's method of working with references.

Architects' Propose Flexible Art Pavilion for Singapore

18:00 - 7 March, 2015
Architects' Propose Flexible Art Pavilion for Singapore, Courtesy of Parsa Khalili
Courtesy of Parsa Khalili

This active multi-use pavilion by Bence Pap and Parsa Khalili took second prize in the OUE Artling ArchiPavilion Design Competition in Singapore. Designed around the principles of continuity and flexibility, the Artling Pavilion provides an adaptable space that accommodates evolving programs and ensures constant adherence to the occupants' needs.

Nick Leith-Smith Builds Timber Frame Family Home in 10 Weeks

15:00 - 7 March, 2015
Nick Leith-Smith Builds Timber Frame Family Home in 10 Weeks, Photo by Quintin Lake. Image Courtesy of Nick Leith-Smith Architecture+Design
Photo by Quintin Lake. Image Courtesy of Nick Leith-Smith Architecture+Design

From the architect. London-based Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + Design built a timber frame family home in just ten weeks, replacing an existing post-war bungalow in Berkshire. The environmentally friendly residence is 240-square-meters and sits on a designated flood zone, requiring the house to be placed upon a 1-meter-high brick plinth. The addition of such height creates a split level between the garage and entrance level, adding depth to an otherwise restrained material palette. 

Learn more about the project and view select images after the break.

Photo by Quintin Lake. Image Courtesy of Nick Leith-Smith Architecture+Design Photo by Quintin Lake. Image Courtesy of Nick Leith-Smith Architecture+Design Photo by Quintin Lake. Image Courtesy of Nick Leith-Smith Architecture+Design Photo by Quintin Lake. Image Courtesy of Nick Leith-Smith Architecture+Design +17

Winners of d3 Unbuilt Visions 2014 Competition Announced

13:00 - 7 March, 2015
Winners of d3 Unbuilt Visions 2014 Competition Announced, Grand Prize: ‘Radical Conservation: A Hyper-Cathedral in Strasbourg’ / Simon Oudiette. Image Courtesy of d3
Grand Prize: ‘Radical Conservation: A Hyper-Cathedral in Strasbourg’ / Simon Oudiette. Image Courtesy of d3

Three grand prize winners and seven special mention recipients of d3's Unbuilt Visions 2014 (UV2014) competition have been revealed. Open to professionals and students alike, the annual competition challenges participants to use stellar unbuilt concepts as vessels for conversation. Spanning the realm of architecture, urbanism, interiors, and designed objects, Unbuilt Visions recognizes projects that spark interdisciplinary debate and exploit the innovative spirit of the 21st Century.

Learn more about UV2014 and check out the winning projects, after the break.

Special Mention: ‘Opération Béton: Nature Interpretatation Center of the Alps’ / Le Quang; Hoang Phuong. Image Courtesy of d3 Special Mention: ‘Re-configurable Infrastructure’ / Sunggi Park. Image Courtesy of d3 Special Mention: ‘Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’ / 5468796 Architecture, Number Ten Architectural Group. Image Courtesy of d3 Special Mention: Grand Prize: ‘Rotovegas: Playground of Flux’ / Natalee Tan. Image Courtesy of d3 +11

Havana Revisited: Postcards of the Cuban Capital Through the Years

09:30 - 7 March, 2015
Havana Revisited: Postcards of the Cuban Capital Through the Years, Courtesy of W. W. Norton & Company
Courtesy of W. W. Norton & Company

Thanks to its privileged position as a gateway to North America and Cuba's unique political history, the architecture of the City of Havana has a rich and layered quality rarely found. In a new book edited by Cathryn Griffith, "Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage," this history is explored in detail through 12 essays by renowned architects, historians, scholars, preservationists, and urban planners in both Cuba and the United States and a selection of 350 color images comparing historic postcards with the city of today. The following text is the book's introduction, written by Cuban architect, urban planner and critic Mario Coyula (1935-2014).

Havana’s modest beginnings came in the sixteenth century, as the springboard for Spain’s conquest of America. When the port became the obligatory last American stop for Spanish ships making their return voyages to Europe, its significance grew until Havana had become the most important city in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. From the beginning, it was a settlement oriented toward providing services, especially that of protection. Hence, Havana became home to the most formidable system of defensive fortifications in the colonial Americas.

DVOR Housing / SAAHA

10:00 - 7 March, 2015
DVOR Housing / SAAHA, © Anida Kreco
© Anida Kreco

© Anida Kreco © Anida Kreco © Anida Kreco © Anida Kreco +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Project Team

    AHAKNAP, SAAHA
  • Project Year

    2014

Genre de Vie: A Film About Cycling's Impact On Urban Livability

08:00 - 7 March, 2015
Genre de Vie: A Film About Cycling's Impact On Urban Livability, Courtesy of Jorrit Spoelstra
Courtesy of Jorrit Spoelstra

Today we are facing environmental issues more than ever. While architects, urban designers, policymakers and thinkers discuss the future of our cities, more and more people become aware of their own impact and use of space. Genre de Vie is a documentary film about bicycles, cities and personal awareness. Using the bicycle, Genre de Vie delves into how cycling contributes to the future livability of cities.

Watch the full documentary after the break.

Two Floor Addition In Existing Building In Papagou / Nelly Marda

06:00 - 7 March, 2015
Two Floor Addition In Existing Building In Papagou / Nelly Marda, © Erietta Attali
© Erietta Attali

© Erietta Attali © Erietta Attali © Erietta Attali © Erietta Attali +19

Bank of Albania HQ Renovation / Petreschi Achitects

03:00 - 7 March, 2015
Bank of Albania HQ Renovation / Petreschi Achitects, Courtesy of Petreschi Architects
Courtesy of Petreschi Architects

Courtesy of Petreschi Architects Courtesy of Petreschi Architects Courtesy of Petreschi Architects Courtesy of Petreschi Architects +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tirana, Albania
  • Architect in Charge

    Marco Petreschi
  • Design Team

    Giulia Amadei, Nilda Valentin, Maurizio Pascucci, Antonio Archiletti
  • Area

    14240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

House in Vilnius / D_Style Vilnius

23:00 - 6 March, 2015
House in Vilnius  / D_Style Vilnius, © DGFotografija
© DGFotografija

© DGFotografija © DGFotografija © DGFotografija © DGFotografija +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vilnius Map, Lithuania
  • Architects in Charge

    Antanas Dominas, Tomas Jasiulis
  • Area

    235.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Wooden Building Reconstruction of Riga School Of Design And Art / Zaigas Gailes birojs

21:00 - 6 March, 2015
Wooden Building Reconstruction of Riga School Of Design And Art / Zaigas Gailes birojs, © Ansis Starks
© Ansis Starks

© Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lāčplēša iela 55, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1011, Latvia
  • Architect in Charge

    Zaiga Gaile, Liene Griezīte, Iveta Cibule, Ingmārs Atavs, Ineta Solzemniece-Saleniece, Dāvis Gasuls, Kristīne Riba
  • Area

    897.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Reclaimed Modern / Julian Weber Architects

20:00 - 6 March, 2015
Reclaimed Modern  / Julian Weber Architects, © Tucker English
© Tucker English

© Tucker English © Tucker English © Tucker English © Tucker English +22

This Plastic Bottle House Turns Trash into Affordable Housing in Nigeria

18:00 - 6 March, 2015

In the United States alone, more than 125 million plastic bottles are discarded each day, 80 percent of which end up in a landfill. This waste could potentially be diverted and used to construct nearly 10,000, 1200-square-foot homes (taking in consideration it takes an average of 14,000 plastic bottles to build a home that size). Many believe this process could be a viable option for affordable housing and even help solve homelessness. 

The Kayserguet Villa a Space of Europeanness / Weber + Keiling + IOWE Architectures

18:00 - 6 March, 2015
The Kayserguet Villa a Space of Europeanness / Weber + Keiling + IOWE Architectures, © Florian TJEDJE
© Florian TJEDJE

© Florian TJEDJE © Florian TJEDJE © Florian TJEDJE © Florian TJEDJE +14

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY Installations Transform INRIA

16:00 - 6 March, 2015
Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY Installations Transform INRIA , © Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY - Sous Tension
© Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY - Sous Tension

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY has realized two permanent installations - “Under Stress” and “Sous Tension” - in the public areas of the Department of Computer Science at the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA). Both structures “utilize programming techniques inherent in computer science to optimize the form and creating a pattern on the surface.”  

“The structures engage the spaces with their intricate and gestural movements that effortlessly travel over the areas,” says the practice. “They provide visitors with iconic hubs for informal and spontaneous social gatherings while expressing the tension between the dynamic interactions from the multi-directional and converging paths within the public spaces. More than a signal for the school, they become elements of enhancement for the school's identity.”

© Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY - Under Stress © Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY - Under Stress © Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY - Sous Tension © Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY - Sous Tension +17

Inventive Council Housing / Levitt Bernstein

16:00 - 6 March, 2015
Inventive Council Housing / Levitt Bernstein, © Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

© Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vaudeville Court, Saint Thomas's Road, London N4 2QG, United Kingdom
  • Director

    Jo McCafferty
  • Project Architect

    Lotta Nyman
  • Landscape Architect

    Tom Ginett
  • Photographs

Preservationists Lose Battle to Save Orange County Government Center

13:52 - 6 March, 2015
Preservationists Lose Battle to Save Orange County Government Center , © Matthew Carbone for Architect Magazine
© Matthew Carbone for Architect Magazine

Yesterday Orange County legislators decided to “take no action” against blocking the “destructive” rebuild of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center. The plan, deemed by architecture critic Michael Kimmelman to be “vandalism,” will remove one of the building’s three sections and replace it with a “big, soulless glass box.” 

The 44-year-old brutalist landmark has been the center of a preservation debate for years; lawmakers argue that the building is “not easy to love” and expensive to maintain, while preservationists declare the building is an important piece of modern history and blame its state of disrepair on neglect. The council vetoed an offer last summer to allow a New York architect to purchase the property and transform it into artist studios. More on the decision, and more of Matthew Carbone's images for Architect Magazine, after the break.

ZAG House / Estudio BaBo

14:00 - 6 March, 2015
ZAG  House / Estudio BaBo, © Curro Palacios Taberner
© Curro Palacios Taberner

© Curro Palacios Taberner © Curro Palacios Taberner © Curro Palacios Taberner © Curro Palacios Taberner +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Balneario Zagarzazu, Uruguay
  • Design Team

    Francisco Kocourek, Francesc Planas Penadés, Marit Haugen Stabell
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs