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A+U 526: Retreat – Primal Concept and Experimental Design

00:00 - 22 July, 2014
A+U 526: Retreat – Primal Concept and Experimental Design

From the publisher. July issue of a+u is focused on retreats, in particular the places where people spend their free time. Retreats, where functional necessities are not the priority, portray the essential lifestyle that the residents desire. And, from there, an image of a house reflecting back the everyday emerges.

The sites abundant in nature present vast landscape to the residents. At the same time, they lack basic infrastructure, materials, or technology that would be readily available when designing a house in cities. Because of such shortages, architects are encouraged to put their experimental concepts into practice.

This issue explores how the ideal image of a house and architect's experimental concept are unified and conceived as a retreat when the situation is "missing" something.

Centre Culturel Lesigny / Atelier208

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Centre Culturel Lesigny / Atelier208, © A. Leclercq
© A. Leclercq

© A. Leclercq © A. Leclercq © A. Leclercq © A. Leclercq +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Complexe sportif de l'Entre-Deux-Parcs, 77150 Lésigny, France
  • Design and building team

    Chloé & Meyer OIKNINE, Thibault GUILLANEAU, Diego IBAD, N. Maslier
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Sunomata / Keitaro Muto

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Sunomata / Keitaro Muto, © Teruaki Yoshiike
© Teruaki Yoshiike

© Teruaki Yoshiike © Teruaki Yoshiike © Teruaki Yoshiike © Teruaki Yoshiike +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ogaki, Misasa, Tohaku District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    186.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Clark Art Institute / Tadao Ando Architect & Associates + Selldorf Architects + Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture + Gensler

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
© Jeff Goldberg - ESTO
© Jeff Goldberg - ESTO

© Tucker Bair © Tucker Bair © Tucker Bair © Tucker Bair +27

Yim Huai Khwang Hostel / Supermachine Studio

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Yim Huai Khwang Hostel / Supermachine Studio, © Wison Tungthunya
© Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Design Team

    Pitupong Chaowakul with Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Korakot Meesatien, Kasidis Puektes, Supakorn Sinthutarn and Sujinda Khawkum
  • Client

    Peung & Tem
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Wison Tungthunya, Courtesy of Supermachine Studio

Extension of the St Jean de Vedas Technical Center / Chrystelle Sanaa

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Extension of the St Jean de Vedas Technical Center / Chrystelle Sanaa, © Marie-Caroline Lucat
© Marie-Caroline Lucat

© Marie-Caroline Lucat © Marie-Caroline Lucat © Marie-Caroline Lucat © Marie-Caroline Lucat +21

OMA to Refurbish Paris Industrial Building for Galeries Lafayette

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
OMA to Refurbish Paris Industrial Building for Galeries Lafayette, Exhibition tower, Three configurations, Model 1-100e. Image © OMA / Frans Parthesius
Exhibition tower, Three configurations, Model 1-100e. Image © OMA / Frans Parthesius

OMA has unveiled its latest design project to blend the worlds of fashion and architecture: the refurbishment of a late 19th century industrial building for French high-end retail group Galeries Lafayette’s Fondation d’Entreprise, in Paris.

OMA is no stranger to the world of fashion, having collaborated on bold catwalk designs for Prada over the last decade as well as the renovation of a 16th century palazzo in Venice for Benetton. For Galeries Lafayette, a five-story, U-shaped, courtyard building built in 1891 will be transformed into a space for exhibitions and production. Located in Le Marais, one of Paris’ oldest neighborhoods, the architecture is protected under a heritage preservation plan. The building is to be fully preserved, cleaned and restored, and OMA’s design also includes the construction of a new exhibition tower for the courtyard. The tower will contain two sets of mobile platforms that can be split into four independent platforms, adding additional space and flexibility.

See photos and read a project description from OMA after the break.

Freedom of the Press Monument / Gustavo Penna

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
© Casa Digital
© Casa Digital
  • Architects

  • Location

    Praça Central - Paranoá, Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Alexandre Bragança, Augustin de Tugny, Fernando Arruda Guillen, Norberto Bambozzi
  • Trainees

    Alessandra Valadares, Carolina Soares, Luiza Martini, Paulo Menicucci, Priscila Dias de Araújo, Roberta Vasconcellos
  • Total Area

    42.000m 2
  • Area

    7000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2000
  • Photographs

© Casa Digital © Casa Digital Old Image. Image © Casa Digital © Casa Digital +18

Lo Curro House / Nicolas Loi

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Lo Curro House / Nicolas Loi, © Marcos Mendizabal
© Marcos Mendizabal

© Marcos Mendizabal © Marcos Mendizabal © Marcos Mendizabal © Marcos Mendizabal +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lo Curro, Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

IULM_Milan / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
IULM_Milan / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo, © Ernesta Caviola
© Ernesta Caviola

© Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola © Ernesta Caviola +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Milan, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo, Alessandro Schiesaro
  • High Supervision

    Cesare Stevan, Angelo Bugatti
  • Desing Team

    Gabriele Pulselli, Raffaella F. Pirrello, Daniele Marchetti, Domenica Laface, Alessandro Bellus, Lorenza Barabino, Luca Pozzi, Simonetta Cenci
  • Area

    23261.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

WGTG - Residential building "Den Draad" / HUB

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
WGTG - Residential building "Den Draad" / HUB, © Ilse Liekens
© Ilse Liekens

© Ilse Liekens © Ilse Liekens © Ilse Liekens © Ilse Liekens +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gentbrugge, 9050 Ghent, Belgium
  • Design Team

    Grontmij
  • Area

    4915.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Light Matters: The Missing Element At the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 22 July, 2014
Light Matters: The Missing Element At the Venice Biennale, Toilets, at "Elements of Architecture" at the Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
Toilets, at "Elements of Architecture" at the Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

“Elements of Architecture,” the Rem Koolhaas-curated exhibition at the 2014 Venice Biennale, delved into several remarkable structural as well as technical components of architecture, including floors, walls, doors, stairs and toilets. But why was light missing? 

My manifesto for the inclusion of light as a fundamental element of architecture — after the break. 

eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

Venezuela Begins Relocation of Thousands Living in Torre de David, the World’s Tallest Slum

00:00 - 22 July, 2014
Venezuela Begins Relocation of Thousands Living in Torre de David, the World’s Tallest Slum, Interior de la Torre David. Image © Vía 'The Atlantic'
Interior de la Torre David. Image © Vía 'The Atlantic'

Monday night began the relocation process of thousands of inhabitants living in Venezuela’s Torre de David (Tower of David), the world’s tallest slum, according to reports by Venezuelan newspaper Últimas Noticias, BBC Mundo and tweets from journalists following the coverage. The relocation initiative is being carried out by the Interior and Justice Ministry, and comes just five days after the announcement that the Venezuelan government is in negotiations with Chinese banks interested in purchasing the building.

Ticollage City / Costa Rica Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 22 July, 2014
Ticollage City / Costa Rica Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, Courtesy of Costa Rica Pavilion
Courtesy of Costa Rica Pavilion

Curated and commissioned by German Architect / Urbanist Oliver Schütte and Dutch Anthropologist / Economist Marije van Lidth de Jeude, Costa Rica's first pavilion at the Venice Biennale focuses on a competition-winning project for the new Costa Rican Legislative Assembly, a project which illustrates the "vicious circle of social segregation and spatial fragmentation in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Costa Rica (GAM)."

Read the curators' description and take a virtual tour of the Costa Rica Pavilion after the break.

Ideal/Real: The Argentine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 22 July, 2014
Ideal/Real: The Argentine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The Argentine pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale analyzes modernity in terms of the IDEAL and the REAL by looking at how the country has used “ideal” modern ideas to construct the reality of its cities.

The curators, Emilio Rivoira and Juan Fontana, structured the exhibit around eight periods, selecting cinema clips to represent the ideal and the real. 

Enjoy photos from the pavilion and read the description from the curators after the break. 

Video: Umbrellium At The Barbican

00:00 - 21 July, 2014

16 Reasons to Study at ESARQ-UIC

00:00 - 21 July, 2014
16 Reasons to Study at ESARQ-UIC

ESARQ-UIC has a teaching method based on a scalar approach which covers building to landscape design, incorporating all areas of knowledge. This allows the school to produce highly competitive professionals, who are multifaceted, innovative, committed and entrepreneurial and are also able to act as leaders when facing new challenges.

To learn more about the Master and Postgraduate programs offered at UIC, read on...