The Sky’s the Limit: Applying Radical Architecture

Thanks to innovations in building materials, design technologies, and construction tools, a new generation of architects can finally realize structures that would have previously remained mere dreams. This emergence of a new vernacular of radically sculpted buildings, rooms, and installations melds rigorous usability with a playful and cutting edge aesthetic, facilitating highly functional yet undeniably exhilarating spaces.

Random Special Places: Kling Klang Kraftwerk studio

at , 1981

In an industrial section of Düsseldorf squats a relatively unremarkable yellow-tiled modernist-looking building. It looks like the sort of building that went up in the post-war reconstruction (the city was bombed nearly flat in night raids during WWII).

The building, however, betrays obvious categorizations. At first glance it seems easy to place on an historical continuum. But just as it could be from the fifties or sixties, it could just as easily be from the twenties or thirties. It may have miraculously survived the RAF’s gasoline bombs. Post-raid aerial survey photos would always reveal those few exclamation points of untouched buildings dotting the monochromatic wastes. Could this be one of those survivors? Is this why it looks so special sitting amidst the other unremarkable buildings of Mintropstrasse? Or maybe it’s the mere fact of the photograph that makes it special.

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Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer / Woodhead

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Architects: Woodhead
Location: Flinders Dr, SA,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Steve Rendoulis

Appartamento AL / Archiplan Studio

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Architects: Archiplan Studio
Location: Mantova,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Martina Mambrin

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale
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Courtesy of Menis Arquitectos

Venice Biennale 2012: INTO THE WALL / Menis Arquitectos

Renowned architect Fernando Menis …has been invited as the only Canarian architect to present his proposal at the Venice Biennale, starting August 29th. Menis will invite visitors “INTO THE WALL” with his handcrafted installation that will feature a selection of

Video: Olympic Architects London 2012, In Conversation With…


As part of our Soho House ‘In Conversation With’ series Crane.tv last night spoke with architects Rod Sheard of Populous, Kathryn Findlay of Ushida Findlay and Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt. Focused on designing the Olympics, each architect discusses their 2012 specific project. Sheard tells us of the mammoth task involved in designing an Olympic stadium, Findlay discusses one of the only permanent structures to stay in Stratford, the Orbit, her co-project with Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, while Khan and Ohrstedt fill us in on how, as an emerging architecture duo, they worked with global brand Coca-Cola to amplify their message, creating Beatbox, a structure fusing design and music. While each structure serves a different and specific purpose, the architects all share one mindset: changing the face of while keeping the spirit of sustainability intact.

Olympic Park replica made from LEGOs

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With a quarter million LEGO bricks and 300 hours of finger intensive labor, Warren Elsmore and his wife constructed a mini replica of the 2012 Olympic Park in . As Gizmodo reports, the model weighs about 80kg and would cost around $300,000 to build for scratch!

The miniature world is complete with Anish Kapoor’s Orbit, Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics CentreWilkinson Eyre Architects’ Basketball Arena, Hopkins Architects’ Velodrome, and Populous’ Olympic Stadium.

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Redcliffs House / MAP Architects

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Architects: MAP Architects
Location: Redcliffs, Christchurch,
Design Team: Andrew Watson, Mark Bennetts
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Lisa Gane

NUK II National Library Proposal / BARCODE Architects

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The proposal for the NUK II National Library, designed by BARCODE Architects, presents a clever and pure univocal shape despite the great complexity of the given plot. By making the design compact and by moving volume from its base to the top, the building makes way and shows the characteristic ruins of Roman Emona on site, while at the same time this creates a public square along the important city junction. Prominently sited at a junction in the heart of perhaps the most important academic centre in Eastern Europe, the 20.000m2 project seeks to become a compelling architectural landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Miura Hotel / Labor 13

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Architects: Labor 13
Location: ,
Design Team: Martin Vomastek, Albert prazák, Jiri Bardodej
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Soucek – Vomastek – Straka

V on Shenton / UNStudio

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Architect: UNStudio, Ben van Berkel Principal-in-Charge
Location: No. 5 Shenton Way, UIC Building,
Client: UIC Investments
Building surface: 85.507 m2
Project Team:  Astrid Piber and Nuno Almeida with Ariane Stracke, Cristina Bolis; Derrick Diporedjo, Florian Licht, Gustav Fagerström, Hal Wuertz, Jaap Baselmans, Jaap-Willem Kleijwegt, Rob Henderson, Patrick Kohl, Juliane Maier, René Rijkers, Martin Zangerl, Zhongyuan Dai, Jeong Eun Choi, Wing Tang, Stefano Rocchetti, Sander Versluis, Jay Williams, Jae Young Lee
Local Architect: Architects 61 Pte Ltd
Building volume: Residential tower 237m height; office tower 123m height
Building site: 6778 m2
Status: Finalize design development in 2011

Our friends at UNStudio have shared the firm’s latest urban regenerative project, a new UIC building which will help rejuvenate the area of Shenton Way in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District.   Entitled ‘V on Shenton’, the part-residential part-office tower maintains a strong 15+ meter wide view corridor as the programmatic elements split and respond to their seperate demands.  ”V on Shenton will have an incredible presence within the whole organization of the city and is in that respect a very public project. But we see it also as a sculptural object, where the continuous line of the chamfer highlights the form and where the different textures are not purely related to program, but also ‘dress’ the building”, explained van Berkel.

More about the project after the break.

The Hive Apartment / ITN Architects

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Architects: ITN Architects
Location: Melbourne, VIC,
Project Architect: Zvi Belling
Project Team: Silas Gibson; Jenny Cham; Atsushi Kubota
Builder: Kalitek Constructions
Engineer: Meyer Consulting Engineers
Building Surveyor: Building Strategies
Graffiti Artist: Prowla – RDC Crew Melbourne
Photographs: Patrick Rodriguez, Courtesy of Zvi Belling

The ContemPLAY Pavilion / DRS + FARMM

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The ContemPLAY pavilion project is a student-led initiative by the Directed Research Studio (DRS) of the McGill School of Architecture, in coordination with the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (), investigating new methods of practice. The project presented a unique opportunity for the students to learn through hands-on experience in an academic context. The pavilion occupies an 8.8m x 6.7m footprint with a total height of 3.7m in front of the Macdonald-Harrington building on the McGill University campus in Montreal, . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Swimming Pool / Pich-Aguilera Architects

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Architects: Pich-Aguilera Architects
Location: Ametlla de Mar,
Architects: Felipe Pich-Aguilera Baurier, Teresa Batlle Pagés
Project Team: Angel Sendarrubias, Xavier Milanés, Pau Casaldaliga
Project Manager: Iván Acevedo
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Simón García

Poured resin side table by kelly behun | STUDIO after Lynda Benglis. Photo Credit: Alex P. White
Poured resin side table by kelly behun | STUDIO after Lynda Benglis. Photo Credit: Alex P. White

‘AFTER’ Exhibition / kelly behun | STUDIO

R 20th Century is pleased to present AFTER, curated by Kelly Behun and Alex P. White of kelly behun|STUDIO. AFTER, which is on view September 19-October 27, will feature works from kelly behun|STUDIO…, one of the most innovative, experimental

House RA / Pablo Anzilutti

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Architects: Pablo Anzilutti
Location: , Province,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Federico Cairoli

El Caracol Kindergarten / Demos Arquitectos

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Architects: Demos Arquitectos
Location: Patio Bonito, , Bogota,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Demos Arquitectos

Courtesy of Think Space
Courtesy of Think Space

Think Space: Past Forward Call for Papers

The Think Space Past Forward Programme just launched its very first Call for Papers, dedicating itself to writing and publishing critically about architecture. Known for using design competitions, exhibitions, symposiums and publications as its tools, they are leaning on historical…