Office Building in Liestal / Christ & Gantenbein

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Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
Location: Liestal,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Roman Keller

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Venice Biennale 2012: Catalan and Balearic Islands Pavilion

Restoration of Can Ribas Factory / Jaime J. Ferrer Forés; © José Hevia

This year’s Venice Biennale will kick off on August 29th and run through November 25th and for the first time, the Institut Ramon Llull will be presenting an dedicated to Catalan and Balearic architecture entitled “Vogadors”, featuring nine projects from nine different architects that epitomize the contemporary and avant-garde works from the regions. The is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea, which is the main geographical feature of the regions, and by the words of Jorge Oteiza, “He who forges ahead creating something new does so like an oarsman, moving forward but back-paddling, looking behind him, towards the past, towards what exists, so as to be able to reinvent its underpinnings.”

Follow us after the break to see the projects to be featured at the exhibit.

   

OMA Appointed To Revamp London’s Morden Wharf

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OMA announced today that they have been appointed as the masterplanners and lead architects of a mixed-use development in . Morden Wharf, a 19 acre regeneration site on Greenwich Peninsula, will become a 2 million square foot “premier entertainment zone.”

Reinier de Graaf, the partner who will be leading the project with Ellen van Loon, said, “Our Vision for Morden Wharf adds value to an already impressive site through regeneration of existing buildings and infrastructure which will attract visitors and residents to the sites cultural, residential, leisure, and commercial offerings. We look forward to the development of an innovative proposal which will enhance Morden Wharf’s exceptional character.”

Check out OMA’s press release after the break…

Video: London Festival of Architecture


To coincide with the Festival of Architecture and the 2012 Olympics, Gallery Libby Sellers is currently holding an entitled Games. The show laterally interprets its title and the theme of ‘play’ by focusing on chess, other games and their accessories, with pieces designed by Rolf Sachs, Aberrant Architecture and Studio Frith, among others. We interview Simon Hasan about his Slice chess set and Paul Kelley on his games table and try to understand why chess is such a perennial form of entertainment, whilst Libby Sellers herself takes us through the inspiration for the exhibition.

House In Avintes / Gisela Silva Monteiro

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Architects: Gisela Silva Monteiro
Location: Avintes,
Collaborators: Célia Magalhães, Cláudia Aragão, Eusébio Soares, Nuno Monteiro
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcos Oliveira

Update: ABI June

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The June has proven that we still have not been able to shake the weak activity of May - the score capped out at 45.9 from 45.8, marking the third month in negative territory.  The market continues to show a drop in demand across all design services, in all regions.  The poor conditions suggest upcoming weakness in spending on nonresidential construction projects, as each sector of construction shows negative growth commercial/industrial 46.9, institutional 46.0, and mixed practice 45.9.   “The downturn in design activity that began in April and accelerated in May has continued into June, likely extending the weak market conditions we’ve seen in nonresidential building activity ,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.  “While not all firms are experiencing negative conditions, a large share is still coping with a sluggish and erratic marketplace.”

Sorry for such harsh news to start the work week – but if it is any consolation, there’s always next month….and, the begin Friday.

Video: London & UK RedBall

This summer, New York artist Kurt Perschke brought his celebrated art project RedBall to the UK. Co-produced by Torbay Council and The Dartington Hall Trust, it arrived on the streets of the English Riviera in Torbay in June before touring to Plymouth, Exeter, Weymouth & Portland and , finishing the tour at Dartington Hall and popping up in a total of 20 sites. The project engaged thousands of people on its tour of alleyways, underpasses, high streets, town squares, heritage sites and bridge arches across the country. Alongside the tour, the RedBall UK education project worked with hundreds of young people and staff in 5 schools to raise the aspirations and achievements of Year 6 pupils. Text Courtesy of Danny Cooke. For more information on RedBall UK, please visit here.

 

Raimund Abraham’s Final Work / Photographer Thomas Mayer

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Raimund Abraham (1933-2010), who would have turned 79 today, was far from your typical architect. A striking figure – usually sporting a black fedora, thick moustache, and cigar – Abraham was a radical thinker who believed passionately in the sacred importance of architecture.

For Abraham, architecture existed just as legitimately in the mind as on the ground; as he put it: “I don’t need a building to validate my ideas.” In fact, many of his visionary drawings were exhibited as art, including in the MOMA. Although most of his designs were never actually built, those that were gained critical acclaim.

He was best known for the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City, a 24-story, “guillotine-like” building curiously squeezed onto a plot only 25 feet wide. Architectural historian Kenneth Frampton called itthe most significant modern piece of architecture to be realized in Manhattan since the Seagram Building and the Guggenheim Musuem of 1959.”

To celebrate this great mind, we present you his final work, Musikerhaus (House for Music or Musician’s House), as photographed by Thomas Mayer. The House, a former NATO missile base turned artists’ residence/exhibition gallery (you can see the latest exhibition “The Reality of the Unbuilt” in the photos below), will be completed next year.

More photos & quotes, after the break…

Corim Logements / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: ,
Design Team: Sancie Matte Devaux, Frédéric Devaux, Arnaud Rousseau
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 2,756 sqm
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

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© Yuri Palmin

Oval shade in Gorky Park / Bureau Alexander Brodsky

 
Architects: Bureau Alexander Brodsky
Location: Gorky Park, ул. Крымский Вал, 9, город Москва, Russia, 119049
Design Team: À. Brodsky, N. Korbut
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Yuri Palmin…
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Glass House for Diver / naf architect & design

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Architects: naf architect & design
Location: Etajima-shi, , Japan
Project Team: Tetsuya Nakazono 
Project Area: 104.46 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Noriyuki Yano

AD Classics: St. John’s Abbey Church / Marcel Breuer

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Saint John’s Abbey Church was designed by the renowned Hungarian architect . This cast-in-place concrete marvel is a stepping-stone in modern design of religious architecture in the United States. One must admire the great concrete trees that support the ceiling and the dominant bell banner that shields the church. More after the break.

London 2012 Basketball Arena / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Location: Olympic Park North (Stop M), Borough of Hackney, E9, UK
Project Team: SKM with and KSS
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 11500.0 sqm
Photographs: Edmund Sumner

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Haven’t checked ArchDaily in a while? Here’s the best from last week: Another amazing building comes from ,  The Enzo Ferrari Museum, courtesy of Future Systems + Shiro Studio. Check out, Fuencarral-El Pardo Police Station by spanish firm Voluar Arquitectura. You can’t miss this incredible landscape project in Singapore from Grant Associates, or The Pierre, designed by Olson Kundig Architects. Finally, revisit Hanaha, an excellent example of japanese architecture by mA-style architects.

Flashback: Kielder Belvedere / Softroom

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Architects: Softroom
Location: ,
Project Year: 1999
Photographs: Keith Paisley

Olympic Cities: The Netherlands As Game Changer / XML

Amsterdam. Photo via Flickr CC User MarcelGermain.

As we’ve discussed at length here at ArchDaily, an Olympic Bid is no thing to take on lightly. Our 3-part series on the subject, “How NOT To Host the Olympics,” made very clear that this mega-event is a major urban project with long-term economic, social, and environmental consequences.

So, it’s no surprise that Olympic bidders research and strategize well in advance – consider London 2012‘s “Sustainable Olympics” bid or OMA’s perhaps premature interest in Turkey- to ensure, first, that they get the bid and, second, that the Games leave renewal (rather than destruction) in their wake.

Architecture, Research, and Urbanism practice, XML, are already taking on the task of preparing its home country, the Netherlands, for its 2028 bid. Their just-released report compares Olympic City bids across the globe – from the 2020 contenders of Madrid, Istanbul, Dohan, and Tokyo to a 2024 contender, South Africa. Interestingly, they’ve noted a cyclical nature of the Games’ socio-economic significance and have thus come up with a 3-prong strategy that will position the Netherlands to spearhead a new Olympic paradigm.

You can check out XML’s full Report, well worth a look, after the break...

Oudenaarde Sports Complex / Koppert + Koenis Architects

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Koppert + Koenis Architects were recently announced as winner of the competition by the Flemish Government with their contribution for a double sports accommodation in Oudenaarde, . The sports complex will facilitate the sports education of the local primary and secondary schools during the day and local sports clubs during the evening hours. The jury was charmed by the clear setup and the optimal sports and teaching facilitating design resulting in simplicity and a realistic integration with its surroundings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Non-Linear Parametric Workshop 11 – “Scale Fail: Pavilion to Product”

Courtesy of Daniel Gillen

This was an unprecedented year for ’s Non-Linear Parametric Workshop with close to 200 students attending.  Students of the Advanced Design Unit taught by Daniel Gillen, Xu Feng with assistance by investigated parametric software, thought processes and strategy with a specific focus on versioning.

The tutors’ sequenced information provided to students to encourage a scientific level of variable testing and analysis.  The nine-day workshop was organized into three parts, beginning with abstract versioning, followed by a pavilion, and concluding with a product.