Have you ever rushed across your house to get something from another room, but by the time you got there you completely forgot why you were there? This might seem like a trivial question for architects, but it might have more to do with architecture than you might think. Your memory appears to be affected by how many doorways and rooms you go through. This sounds absurd, but a recent study published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology has been able to measure this effect at several different levels of environmental immersion. The study comes out of Norte Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky’s lab. Much of Professor Radvansky’s work explores how spatial organization can influence the mental narratives we construct to learn, retain and apply information. Radvansky believes, “many architects already intuitively grasp many of the concepts [his] work examines, but [his] research could further improve their understanding of how spatial design affects a building’s users.”
Unsangdong Architects have nearly finished the steel structure of the “Culture Forest”, revealing the distinctive figure of the Culture & Art Center in SeongDong-gu, Republic of Korea. Read the architect’s description and view schematic renderings on our previous post.
More photos after the break.
Architects: Unsangdong Architects – YoonGyoo Jang, ChangHoon Shin, SungMin Kim
Location: 656-323, SeongSu-dong, SeongDong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Client: Municipality of SeongDong-gu
Structure: Steel framed reinforcement concrete
Use: welfare, education and research, culture, nursery school
Site Area: 1694m2
Bldg Area: 1001.77m2
Gross Floor Area: 9597.37m
Ron Arad and Asa Bruno welcome BD to their studio for an exclusive view into the inner workings of their practice. In 1981, Ron Arad established his first design studio ‘one off ltd”. Over the years, the practice has evolved into Ron Arad Architects and has become known for their unique ethos that challenges the relationship between form and function.
You may have noticed Ron Arad’s unusual hat. He is also known for his eccentric hat designs that are undoubtedly consistent with his signature style.
Architects: Stanton Williams
Location: London, England
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 40,000 sqm
Architectural lighting: Spiers and Major
Landscape Architect: Townsend Landscape Architects
Facade consultant: Arup Facades Engineering
CDM coordinator: Scott Wilson
Photographs: Hufton+Crow, John Sturrock
Anchoring at the end of the proposed Hongqiao primary retail axis in Shanghai, and with a canal meandering through the northern edge of the site, the Linkong Block 10-1 Development is the destination for the public within the Linkong Business Park. The program for the development, ‘The Urban Crossing’, calls for a boutique urban mixed-use project with office, retail, gallery, conference center, and water promenade plaza. This concept by Aedas is to create a brand new landmark, which further establishes a strong civic presence through its iconic form and vibrant program mix. Portrayed as the Gateway of Hongqiao Airport Transportation Hub, the project is deemed to generate synergy from public and commercial activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Museum of Architecture and Design has published the first film from the series of six Small and Smart – Expressions of Contemporary Slovenian Architecture in Film: Biotechnical Faculty, ARK arhitektura Krušec (Ljubljana, 2009-2010). Small and Smart consists of six short films,…
Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Location: Toyota, Aichi, Japan
Site Area: 191.71 sqm
Built Area: 84.18 sqm
Total Floor Area: 101.94 sqm
Type of Construction: Wooden
Exterior Materials: Metal finish
Interior Materials: Paint finish
Design time：June2010 – February 2011
Structure company: Masaki structural laboratory
Construction company: Inoue construction Ltd
Photographer: Toshiyuki Yano
Estudio Barozzi Veiga: 5th Edition International Biennial of Architecture Barbara Cappochin Prize Winners
The winners of the 2011 International “Barbara Cappochin” Prize for Architecture are two young emerging talents in the field of contemporary architecture, the Italian architect Fabrizio Barozzi and the Spanish architect Alberto Veiga…: it is their project, a Promotional
Architects: Erick van Egeraat
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Client: Mahler 4 VOF
Project Manager: Mahler 4 VOF
Structural Engineer: Van Rossum, Amsterdam, A. van der Sluis, Arup London
Mechanical Services Engineer: Techniplan, Rotterdam, Lio Kooiman
Electrical Services Engineer: Techniplan, Rotterdam
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 33,500 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters
The winning design of a large international architectural competition, ‘The Two Towers’, was recently announced in Shenzhen, China. The team selected to design this new Shenzhen landmark – comprising 100.000 square meters in total – is a constellation of ADEPT (DK) and Urbanus (CHN) with VSA (HK), Max Fordham LLP (GB) and Beijing CCI Architectural Design Co, LTD (CHN). The jury meeting was hosted at the Shenzhen Municipal Planning Building with Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne as chairman of the jury. More information on the competition winners after the break.
The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is now accepting nominations for the 13th annual National Design Awards – honoring lasting achievement in American design. “The awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.”
Citizens and long-term residents of the United States and corporations or institutions headquartered in the country are eligible. Nominees must have been professionally practicing for a minimum of seven years. Awards are not focused on specific projects, but rather an entire body of realized work.