Kusus + Kusus architekten’s BBI-Info Tower at the Capital Airport in Berlin is designed to be a recognizable element for the airport that will “serve the whole region and far beyond the boundaries of the construction site beyond.” Rising 31 meters, the tower is a welcoming sight for visitors approaching by land or passengers on plane. Programmatically, the building is a observation tower that provides views of the “growing” new airport complex which is currently being developed. By ascending to the top, the visitor is then roughly at the level of the surrounding construction cranes and gains new insight into the construction activities.
More images and more about the tower after the break.
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, designed as a result of a collaboration between global architects Populous and Dublin‐based architects, Scott Tallon Walker was officially opened Friday by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, TD. Aviva Stadium, previously called the Lansdowne Road Stadium, hosted its first game of international rugby in 1878. The 50,000 seat stadium will be used for international rugby and soccer fixtures and as a concert and events venue.
Complete press release after the break.
Architect: Valerio Olgiati
Location: Zernez, Switzerland
Collaborators: Aldo Duelli (project manager office Olgiati), Fabrizio Ballabio, Theo Barmettler, Pascal Flammer, Herwig Lins, Sara Wiedenbeck
Client: Swiss National Parc, Zernez
Construction Supervisor: Rico Stupan, Architectura DC SA, Scuol + Claudio Bulfoni, Castellani & Bulfoni, Scuol
Structural Engineer: Jon Andrea Könz, Ing.-Büro, Zernez + Dr.Schwarz Consulting, Zug
Project Area: 1,780 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Javier Miguel Verme
In the different areas of human production, it is curious to note the constitution of global informal networks that work between themselves in a process of sharing and collaboration. From this perspective of creation process, Circo de Ideias – Associação Cultural presents at Suggia Room in Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal, Saturday, June 12 2010, the international seminar OPEN SOURCE, term coined on the definition of software in which original code is shared freely and that can be redistributed with or without modifications.
OPEN SOURCE proposes the reflection on the frontiers of contemporary creation with contributions from architecture, engineering, arts and mathematics. Composed by a set of guided tours, an exhibition, an international seminar and a publication, OPEN SOURCE counts with the special participation of Cecil Balmond, engineer that embodies this kind of thinking and inspires the realization event.
For more information, click here.
Bureau B+B shared with us their project Mr. Visserplein, a temporary facility for a square in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Mr. Visserplein is one of the most discussed open spaces in the center of Amsterdam, a politically difficult and historically sensitive spot. The current square is the result of a large number of accidental interventions in the past. Little remains of the original urban fabric.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
The EAAE Subgroup on Architectural Theory, following its last workshop in Fribourg (CH) where the always ambivalent relation between technical practice, representation and theory has been challenged, focuses now on a topic that is of that constellation; the relations between digital/material and depth/surface.
There has been an important break in the polarity between depth and surface caused in contemporary architecture by the emergence of a new digital materiality and tactility. On a technical level, this is due to techniques of fabrication linking the design and representation process directly with fabrication, whereas in the level of perception and representation, it follows the aftermath of folding in architecture and its claim for a new continuity based on the abolishment of the traditional spatial dipoles (interior/exterior, up/down et.al.).
For more information on the call for papers submission visit the event’s official website.
From 8-12 June 2010, Storefront for Art and Architecture, in partnership with Museo Experimental El Eco, Tomo and Domus Magazine, will host the third edition of Postopolis!, a public five-day session of near-continuous conversation curated by some of the world’s most prominent bloggers from the fields of architecture, art, urbanism, landscape, music and design.
10 world-renowned bloggers from Los Angeles, New York, Turin, Barcelona, London and elsewhere will convene in one location in Mexico City to host a series of discussions, interviews, slideshows, presentations, films and panels fusing the informal and interdisciplinary approach of the architecture blogosphere with rare face-to-face interaction.
The first Postopolis! took place in the gallery space at Storefront for Art and Architecture during the summer of 2007, and a second edition was held in Los Angeles in 2009. We had the chance to participate in Los Angeles last year, and you can read about the amazing experience we had here.
Participating blogs and more info after the break.
This open international ideas competition is for the integrated design of an innovative music venue in the East River State Park located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The new park is the site of the ‘Jelly Pool Parties’ summer concert series which brings 10,000 fans to the site on sunday afternoons to enjoy free performances by progressive independent artists.
SuckerPUNCH challenges designers to develop a network of stages and facilities which can accommodate and enhance these performances through a progressive design strategy. For more information on submission, requirements, jury, awards and schedule, visit the competition’s official website.
The Storefront Gallery is a nonprofit exhibition and events space in New York City committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design.
This has been reflected trough several initiatives, such as the White House Redux Competition (2008), Pike Loop (Gramazio & Kohler, 2009), the Reef (Urbana + Radical Craft, 2009), the itinerary Spacebuster (Raumlabor, 2009), and editing publications such as “49 Cities” by Work AC and Storefront Newsprints.
We participated in Postopolis! LA and got to know the SFG team, a group of highly motivated people (Cesar, Jose) directed by Joseph Grima (who we interviewed last year), who we saw again at CIP Talks (2009) in Croatia. But as you might already know, Joseph has stepped down from the SFG direction to become the editor for Domus starting next year.
The position will be filled by Eva Franch, Catalan architect, researcher, teacher and founder of OOAA [office of architectural affairs]. She has studies at TU Delft, ETSAB (Barcelona, where she received her Masters degree) and Princeton (Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize and her M.Arch II degree).
“To direct Storefront after visionaries like Kyong Park and Shirin Neshat, Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima is both an honor and a challenge I am relishing. I am delighted to join the institution par excellence that understands experimentation and risk as a priori conditions. New York is one of the most intense cities in the world and I am looking forward to working together with the board, the staff and the extensive network of thinkers involved in making Storefront the place that it is and that will be. I see my role within the legacy of Storefront as a stimulating experience and endeavor for the art and architectural communities inside and beyond cultural, geographic or institutional borders. My practice and my deep connection to the academic world has afforded me a global perspective and I look forward to unveiling, unearthing and spotlighting that which is on the “edge” in order to provide the new grounds from where to produce new “vectors of desire”.”
- Eva Franch
Eva will assume her position starting August 1st, 2010. We look forward to interview her, and to keep collaborating with the Storefront Gallery.
Architects: Teruo Miyahara / Miyahara Architect Office
Location: Nishitokyo, Japan
Construction Engineer: Masayoshi Maeda
Constructor: Isahaya Construction
Project Area: 81 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Mitsumasa Fujitsuka
Allied Works Architecture in association with Fichten Soiferman et Associés Architectes was selected as one of five finalists in an international competition (won by OMA) to design a new pavilion for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) in Québec City, Canada.
More images and architect’s description after the break.