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Trouble Hits the Final Stages of Gaudí's La Sagrada Familia

06:00 - 17 October, 2016
Trouble Hits the Final Stages of Gaudí's La Sagrada Familia, Sagrada Familia / Antoni Gaudí. Image © Flickr User: haschelsax, bajo CC BY-ND 2.0
Sagrada Familia / Antoni Gaudí. Image © Flickr User: haschelsax, bajo CC BY-ND 2.0

Over the course of 134 years of construction of the Sagrada Familia, the unfinished masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona has experienced three unresolved conflicts. First, there was a lack of a (contemporary) construction permit, the nonpayment of taxes, and finally the uncertainty about whether or not to finally build the large plaza to the southeast that Gaudí imagined with the forced expulsion of up to 3,000 residents and lessees, all living in the area surrounding Sagrada Familia’s Glory Façade.

In recent days, these three issues have come to light almost simultaneously, but let’s discuss them one by one. Bitterly upset by what he describes as "a project without plans in Gaudi's name" Councilman of Barcelona Architecture, Urban Landscape and Heritage Daniel Mòdol called the Sagrada Familia a "giant Easter cake".

His statement, reported by the press two weeks ago, overshadowed the official Municipal proposal made to the temple’s construction monitoring committee "if they plan to modify the planning around the basilica" in a maximum period of six months. This is in reference to the large esplanade designed by Gaudi in his original plan, in front of the Glory Façade (between the streets Mallorca and Arago): a walkway 60 meters wide that would connect the temple with Diagonal Avenue.

Interior of the Sagrada Familia. Image © Flickr User: Kah-Wai Lin, bajo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Sagrada Familia / Antoni Gaudí. Image © Flickr User: haschelsax, bajo CC BY-ND 2.0 Sagrada Familia / Antoni Gaudí. Image © Flickr User: Fredrik Rubensson, bajo CC BY-ND 2.0 Sagrada Familia / Antoni Gaudí. Image © Flickr User: H.KoPP, bajo CC BY-ND 2.0 +5

Zonnewende Theatre Pavilion / Reset Architecture

05:00 - 17 October, 2016
Zonnewende Theatre Pavilion / Reset Architecture, © Stijn Poelstra
© Stijn Poelstra

© Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands
  • Architects in Charge

    Theo Mathijssen, Bas Lavrijssen
  • Design Team

    Theo Mathijssen, Bas Lavrijssen, Tess Landsman, Lenka Hrubá
  • Area

    430.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Project Poseidon: Gensler's Radical Proposal for a Temporary (Floating) UK Parliament

04:15 - 17 October, 2016
Project Poseidon: Gensler's Radical Proposal for a Temporary (Floating) UK Parliament, Gensler have proposed a temporary UK Parliament structure. Image © Gensler
Gensler have proposed a temporary UK Parliament structure. Image © Gensler

The British government have come to the realisation that the Palace of Westminster—the iconic UK Houses of Parliament designed by Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin—is in desperate need of full-scale restoration and renovation. The decision to move ahead with the plans will be costly and inconvenient; aside from the need to repair the structure, the UK government is bracing itself for eye-watering "relocation" fees. In response to this, Gensler have proposed a temporary parliament on the banks of the River Thames.

12 Dollhouses That Trace 300 Years of British Domesticity

03:45 - 17 October, 2016
12 Dollhouses That Trace 300 Years of British Domesticity, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

As part of a new exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., twelve dollhouses tracing the history of British domesticity have been lent by London's Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood. The show—Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse—spans 300 years and presents a miniature-sized, up-close-and-personal view of developments in architecture and design – from lavish country mansions, to an urban high-rise.

Whiteladies House (Moray Thomas, England, 1935). Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Whiteladies House (Moray Thomas, England, 1935). Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Jennys Home (Tri-ang, Northern Ireland, 1960s). Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Betty Pinney’s House, set in 1910s (England, 1870). Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London +63

Second Dome / DOSIS

03:00 - 17 October, 2016
Second Dome / DOSIS, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    London, United Kingdom
  • Architects in Charge

    Ignacio Peydro Duclos, Isabel Collado Baíllo
  • Area

    315 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Iwan Baan, Drones, Cortesy of DOSIS, John Porral

ZOB Pforzheim / Metaraum Architekten BDA

01:00 - 17 October, 2016
ZOB Pforzheim  / Metaraum Architekten BDA, © Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

© Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun © Zooey Braun +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pforzheim, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Wallie Heinisch, Marcus Lembach, Marcus Huber, Felix Bittmann
  • Area

    10000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

MPH Block / R+D Studio

20:00 - 16 October, 2016
MPH Block  / R+D Studio, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner    © Edmund Sumner    © Edmund Sumner    © Edmund Sumner    +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jaypee Greens Kensington Boulevard Noida, Noida-Greater Noida Expy, Sector 131, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301, India
  • Area

    3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Edmund Sumner , Courtesy of Unknown, Suryan // Dang

New Master Plan Will Catalyze Downtown Milwaukee's Dynamic Transformation

16:00 - 16 October, 2016
New Master Plan Will Catalyze Downtown Milwaukee's Dynamic Transformation, © R2 Companies
© R2 Companies

R2 Companies and Gensler have teamed up to revitalize the Milwaukee Post Office building and convert it into a mixed-use destination with retail and an activated riverfront arcade. The master plan aims to transform the brutalist building, which is one of Milwaukee's largest and most iconic, by carefully considering the existing site and accordingly defining an identity for Milwaukee's downtown. 

© R2 Companies © R2 Companies © R2 Companies © R2 Companies +5

Archimatika Architects Unveils Lively Plans for New Ukrainian Housing Project

14:00 - 16 October, 2016
Archimatika Architects Unveils Lively Plans for New Ukrainian Housing Project, Courtesy of Archimatika Architects
Courtesy of Archimatika Architects

Archimatika Architects has unveiled the plans for “Leopol Town,” a new housing project located on Styiska Street in Lviv, Western Ukraine. Overall, the project will include seven buildings, with 757 flats, shops, cafeterias, restaurants, and public access at the lower levels. 

In an effort to combat the uncomfortable Soviet “sleeping neighborhood” feeling of the city, the project will feature open blocks, parceling, energy efficient systems, and sustainability principles to “invite nature in.”

Courtesy of Archimatika Architects Courtesy of Archimatika Architects Courtesy of Archimatika Architects Courtesy of Archimatika Architects +9

Sorocaba 112 / Cité Arquitetura

13:00 - 16 October, 2016
Sorocaba 112 /  Cité Arquitetura, © Alessandro Giraldi
© Alessandro Giraldi

© Alessandro Giraldi © Alessandro Giraldi © Alessandro Giraldi © Alessandro Giraldi +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    R. Sorocaba - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brasil
  • Authors

     Celso Rayol e Fernando Costa
  • Project Coordinators

    Daniel Osório, Lúcia Andrezo e Francisco Meyer
  • Area

    2485.94 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Alessandro Giraldi , Cortesia de Cité Arquitetura

LAVA Unveils Transformation of Energy Storage Center into a City Icon in Germany

12:00 - 16 October, 2016
LAVA Unveils Transformation of Energy Storage Center into a City Icon in Germany, Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) has won the competition to redesign an energy park and energy storage building in Heidelberg, Germany, for the Stadtwerke Heidelberg. Currently a cylindrically shaped storage center, the space will be transformed into a dynamic sculpture, city icon, and knowledge hub for sustainable energy, fully accessible to the public with city views. 

In order to display the concepts of energy transition, decentralization, networking, flexibility and adaptability, the project will feature a multi-layered façade structure inspired by geometries in nature like leaves, spider webs, and reptile skins. “The result is a dynamic, ever-changing surface of light and shadow, animated by wind, turning the building into a beacon of a dynamic new energy regime.”

Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA +17

AVAST Software HQ / VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK

08:00 - 16 October, 2016
AVAST Software HQ / VRTIŠKA • ŽÁK, © Kristina Hrabětová
© Kristina Hrabětová

© Kristina Hrabětová © Kristina Hrabětová © Kristina Hrabětová © Kristina Hrabětová +43

S.Misagh Architecture & Planning Creates an Edgy Alternative to Antiquated Classrooms

08:00 - 16 October, 2016
S.Misagh Architecture & Planning Creates an Edgy Alternative to Antiquated Classrooms, Courtesy of S.Misagh Architecture & Planning
Courtesy of S.Misagh Architecture & Planning

How do you make school fun and sustainable in the age of technology? S.Misagh Architecture and Planning's design for an Iranian village school creates an edgy alternative to the antiquated classroom. The firm's three principle concepts for their Deh-e Now Village School — identity, knowledge, and the natural environment— allow students an array of opportunities for interactive engagement with their surroundings. 

Courtesy of S.Misagh Architecture & Planning Courtesy of S.Misagh Architecture & Planning Courtesy of S.Misagh Architecture & Planning Courtesy of S.Misagh Architecture & Planning +9

Boulogne-Billancourt Office / Studioninedots + Ateliers 115

05:00 - 16 October, 2016
Boulogne-Billancourt Office  / Studioninedots  + Ateliers 115 , © Peter Cuypers
© Peter Cuypers

© Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    44 Rue Traversière, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • Design Team

    Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
  • Area

    9300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

House Z / Closer Architects

02:00 - 16 October, 2016
House Z / Closer Architects , © www.aiphotography.eu
© www.aiphotography.eu

© www.aiphotography.eu © www.aiphotography.eu © www.aiphotography.eu © www.aiphotography.eu +32

Happier Café - Paper Space / JC Architecture

20:00 - 15 October, 2016
Happier Café - Paper Space / JC Architecture, © Zach Hone
© Zach Hone

© Zach Hone © Zach Hone © Zach Hone © Zach Hone +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Taipei, Taiwan
  • Lead Designers

    Johnny Chiu, Nora Wang, Maria Isabel Lima
  • Area

    315.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Design Week Mexico and Museo Tamayo Launch Museum of Immortality Pavilion

16:00 - 15 October, 2016
Design Week Mexico and Museo Tamayo Launch Museum of Immortality Pavilion, Courtesy of Design Week Mexico
Courtesy of Design Week Mexico

Now in its eighth edition, Design Week Mexico, in collaboration with Museo Tamayo, has unveiled the design for a major public architectural pavilion designed by leading German architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller. Until Spring 2017, the installation will be a cultural attraction at Chapultepec Park, Mexico City’s largest public park. 

Courtesy of Design Week Mexico Courtesy of Design Week Mexico Courtesy of Design Week Mexico Courtesy of Design Week Mexico +18

Behnisch Architekten Breaks Ground on Cancer Research Center in Switzerland

14:00 - 15 October, 2016
Behnisch Architekten Breaks Ground on Cancer Research Center in Switzerland, Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten
Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten

Behnisch Architekten has announced the groundbreaking of the AGORA—Cancer Research Center located in Lausanne, Switzerland within sight of Lake Geneva. As the new home of the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC), the Center will bring together 400 researchers, scientists, doctors, and clinicians under the goal of enhanced communication. 

The new AGORA building will connect to an existing building on one side, with minimal disruptions to existing programming. “Visual relationships both on the site and to the landscape beyond require a carefully defined building mass and the new building responds sensitively to these site conditions while sculpturally standing out from its heterogeneous surroundings.”

Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten +9