Contributing to the Vancouver skyline, the 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe mixed-use tower by BIG, Westbank, Dialog, Cobalt, PFS, Buro Happold, Glotman Simpson, and local architect James Cheng marks the entry point to downtown, forming a welcoming gateway to the city, while adding another unique structure. BIG’s proposal, named after its location on the corner of Howe & Beach next to the Granville Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver, calls for 600 residential units occupying the 49-story tower, which would become one of the city’s fourth tallest buildings. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architect: TEN Arquitectos – Enrique Norten
Location: Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
Design Team: Enrique Norten, Salvador Arroyo, Marisol Moreno, Carolina Angeles, Joe Tarr, Natalia Lomelí, Marina Muñoz
Structure: Alonso y Asociados.
MEP: AKF México
Lighting: Luz en Arquitectura
Landscape: W Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Client: H. Ayuntamiento de Centro
Contractor: Grupo Orhnos
Area: 1,445 sqm
Photographs: Luis Gordoa
New Building for the Nantes’ Conservatory & the Pole of Higher Learning Performing Arts / RAUM + l’Escaut
The proposal for the New Building for the Nantes’ Conservatory & the Pole of Higher Learning Performing Arts by RAUM + l’Escaut… proposes to open the different practices to the city. Dance studios and music classrooms create a perception of
You can get into Architecture for one of two reasons: good architecture or bad.
For Cameron Sinclair, the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, it was the latter. As a kid, Sinclair would wander his rough-and-tumble South London neighborhood, contemplating how it could be improved (and creating elaborate Lego models to that effect). Instead of soaring skyscrapers or grand museums, he was inspired by buildings that “integrated your neighborhood in a way that made people feel like life was worth living.”
But that’s not Architecture. Or so he was told when he went to University.
Architecture Schools have created curriculums based on a profession that, by and large, doesn’t exist. They espouse the principles of architectural design, the history and the theory, and prepare its hopeful alumni to create the next Seagram Building or Guggenheim.
Unfortunately, however, the Recession has made perfectly clear that there isn’t much need for Guggenheims – certainly not as many as there are architects. As Scott Timberg described in his Salon piece, “The Architectural Meltdown,” thousands of thousands are leaving the academy only to enter a professional “minefield.”
So what needs to change? Our conception of what Architecture is. We need to accept that Architecture isn’t just designing – but building, creating, doing. We need to train architects who are the agents of their own creative process, who can make their visions come to life, not 50 years down the road, but now. Today.
We’ve been trained to think, to envision and design. The only thing left then, is to do.
More on the public-interest model and the future of Architecture, after the break…
Beginning in 1955, the American Academy of Arts and Letters have awarded architectural accolades to those who made a significant contribution to architecture as an art. Recently, the organization began giving such awards, formerly called Academy Awards, to honor American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction or explores architectural ideas through any medium of expression. This year’s winners include Kathryn Gustafson (Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture), Hilary Ballon (Arts and Letters Award for medium expression), Marlon Blackwell, Elizabeth Gray & Alan Organschi and Michael Maltzan (Arts and Letters Awards for personal direction)- a mixture of architectural academics and practitioners, landscape designers and fabricators.
More about the winners after the break.
Architects: Hidalgo Hartmann - Jordi Hidalgo Tané, Daniela Hartmann
Location: Girona, Spain
Technical Architect: Rafel Serra Torrent, Technical Architect
Collaborators: Torrent Rafel Serra, Technical Architect, Ana Roque, architect
Promoters: Xevi Bartrinai Alba Sarola.
Surface: 320 sqm
Photographs: Filippo Podi, Jordi Hidalgo
Curated by the Tadao Ando Architect & Associates studio, an exhibition dedicated to Tadao Ando’s last ten museum projects will be held at the Duvetica Store and Showroom in Milan April 17-22. The projects, realized between Europe and Japan over a period stretching from the mid-1990s until 2010, will be presented through a large selection of drawings, models, videos and photos. The event will be held in the building that was the Japanese architect’s latest project in Europe, the Duvetica Store and Showroom in Milan, opened in October 2011 and comprising a vast open space and a showroom below the store, both measuring 220 square meters. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.
Location: Chongqing, China
Total GFA: 5,420 sqm
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann
Design Team: Ming Yin Tan, Eldine Heep, Cristina Perez Guillen, Leonardo Micolta, Javen Ho
Interiors: One Plus Partnership Limited
Landscape: Hassell/Hong Kong
LDI: Chongqing Design Institute
Structure: Chongqing Design Institute
Photographs: Jonathan Leijonhufvud
AllesWirdGut won the first prize of the Esterházy Domain Private Foundation competition for the conversion of a Burgenland Meierhof in a multifunctional complex. The specific nature of the project results from the partially worth protecting historic buildings. The design of AllesWirdGut strengthens existing qualities, but combines the old architecture with contemporary enhancements. An hour away from Vienna, a multifaceted system of a restaurant, offices and homes is about to be created. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Exit Architects – Ibán Carpintero, Mario Sanjuán, Ángel Sevillano, José Mª Tabuyo
Location: Solius, Spain
Client: Sogepsa. Principado De Asturias
Built Area: 2,737 sqm
Budget: 2,233,087 Euros
Technical architects: Manuel Martínez Manso / Florentino Sión
Mechanical consultant: Roberto Montero De La Losa
Structural consultant: Jofemar S.L. José Luis Gutiérrez
Photopgraphs: Miguel de Guzmán, Exit Architects
‘Manta’ Installation for SmartGeometry 2012 Conference / Guillermo Bernal, Eric Ameres, Zackery Belanger, Seth Edwards
Drawing from creative minds of Guillermo Bernal, Eric Ameres, Zackery Belanger, and Seth Edwards, and with the support of Smartgeometry, Grimshaw Architects…, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute‘s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Manta represents the potential of
Architects: Canvas Arquitectos - Juan Vicente – Pablo Núñez – Pablo Redero Gómez
Location: Salamanca, Spain
Project area: 16,900 sqm
Colaborators Architects:José Riesco Urrejola, Francisca Rivera Palma, Marta González Antón, Íñigo Pericacho Sánchez, Jesús Domínguez Miñambres, Carmen Figueiras Lorenzo and Claudia Henao Ocampo.
Colaborators Surveyors: Domingo Infante Chozas and Andrés García Pinto.
Client: Ministry of Culture and Salamanca City Council
Prize: First Prize on Open Competition for project design and site supervision.
Photographs: Santiago Santos
Architects: Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
Location: Via Santo Spirito 22, Centro Storico, Milano, Italy
Client: Duvetica Industrie S.p.A.
Coordinator: Equilibri s.r.l. (Eugenio Tranquilli, Verdiana Durand de la Penne)
Project Execution Team: Luigi Cocco (Structure), Guido Stella (Architectural drawings), Sergio Rigato (Electrical).
Consultant: Erco Illuminazione s.r.l. (Lighting System)
Floor Area: 350 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Mayer