TYIN tegnestue wins 2012 European Prize for Architecture

Cassia Coop Training Centre / Architects © Pasi Aalto

Andreas G. Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad, principals of the architecture cooperative TYIN tegnestue Architects in Trondheim, Norway, have been named as this year’s winners of The . The young Norwegian architects were honored for their humanitarian work designing and building with community participation in poor and underdeveloped areas in Africa and Asia.

Annually presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the prize is awarded to influential European architects “who have demonstrated a significant contribution to humanity and to the built environment through the art of architecture”.

Continue reading for more information and a sample of TYIN tegnestue Architects’ work.

CEIP de MURO / BB Arquitectes

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Architects: BB Arquitectes
Location: Mallorca,
Architecture: Antoni Barceló y Bàrbara Balanzó
Rigger: Maria Nadal
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of BB Arquitectes

Films & Architecture: “Cube”

is a movie that cannot be highlighted by its cinematographic features. However, the idea of a perfect space driven by geometrical logics seems an attractive subject for us, architects. Along the film, the characters try to solve the twisted organisation of this “” in order to find their way out.

Have you already seen this movie? Share your thoughts about idealisation of space, or let us know any other reference that comes to your minds. As usual, we wait for your comments.

Architecture Decay / Andrew Hawkins

Ruins in Angkor, Wat. Photo “Cambodia” via Flickr CC User Macorig Paolo

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From the author of the popular post, “So You Want to Own Your Own Architecture Firm,” Andrew Hawkins, we bring you his latest: “Architecture Decay.”

As an architect I am interested (and have always been) in the way in which buildings are put together. To me, at times, the actual process in which a building is constructed is more interesting than the final product. Not to say the final product is not interesting to me, after all that is the intent of my design, but I find much enjoyment in the process that follows the end of my designing and brings my creation into the physical world. At certain stages of the construction, the completed portion of work produces very visually appealing imagery. (At least to this architect)

With that in mind I also enjoy the opposite process: the deconstruction of buildings. And this main fascination stems from the photo above. My obsession really revolves around the slow decay and atrophy of buildings over time due to lack of care. Also the way in which nature can destroy a building over time or in an instant is a study of architecture itself.

More examples of #ArchitectureDecay, after the break…

Paasitorni Hotel / K2S Architects

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Architects: K2S Architects
Location: Paasitorni,
Project Architect: Juha Sundqvist
Head Designers: Mikko Summanen, Kimmo Lintula and Niko Sirola
Design Team: Mikko Näveri, Matias Manninen, Tommi Terästö, Elina Tenho, Tommi Mauno, Teija Tarvo, Jarno Vesa, Outi Pirhonen, Tetsujiro Kyuma, Kristian Forsberg
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of K2S Architects

205 Race Street / Peter Gluck & Partners

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Presented with the chance to make an impact on an urban skyline can be one of the most exciting opportunities for an architect, albeit one of the most stressful.   For, as much as we are driven by the project’s potential prominence, its soon-to-be visibility brings with it heavy criticism and concerns- and, rightly so.

Such is the case with ’ latest project for 205 Race Street.  Situated on the border of the Old City, the 16 story residential building has sparked debate due to its 197’6″ height – a marker that far surpasses the historic district’s height limit of 65′.  Yet, the building’s positioning - immediately adjacent to the Ben Franklin Bridge and PATCO train lines – demands an architectural strategy that can remedy the site’s vastly different edge conditions.

More after the break.

Bornego College / HVDN + Studioninedots

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Architects: HVDN + Studioninedots
Location: Dominee Kingweg, , The Netherlands
Design Team: Arie van der Neut, Albert Herder, Tom Jonker, Jan Pieter Penders
Photographs: Courtesy of Studioninedots + HVDN

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Courtesy of Eric Chancellor, Christopher Matthews, Jordan Lloyd

Trent Bank Proposal / Eric Chancellor, Christopher Matthews, Jordan Lloyd

Recently shortlisted into the top 8 for the UK sector and awarded a commendation for its creative and imaginative solution to housing in the UK, the Trent Bank proposal is a design-led framework that centers on self-provision as a sustainable…

Haustrift / SUPERBLOCK + Johnny Winter

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Architects: SUPERBLOCK + Johnny Winter
Location: Vienna,
Design Team: Johnny Winter
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4,500 sqm
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

Remodeling Molinao Park / VAUMM

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VAUMM shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the competition for the remodeling of Molinao Park and the location of a covered and open fronton in . Their design pretends to be the continuity of the park situated along the riverside and the eastern end of the town to the highway and Don Bosco slope. The fronton (sports space) is situated at the southern end of the park, next to the pedestrian access from the Oarso street bridge, so that releases the largest area of the open space to the north, near the train viaduct and the possible accesses through it to create a space which allows the use of it with temporary uses. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: Richmond, CA,
Design Team: Marcy Wong, Donn Logan, Ketki Shah
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 12,400 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of , Sharon Risedorph, Billy Hustace

Black on White / Parasite Studio

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Architects: Parasite Studio
Location: , Romania
Design Team: Attila Wenczel
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Attila Wenczel

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Courtesy of ETT Architecture

HOf – Horizontal Farm International Ideas Competition Entry / ETT Architecture

As the winner of ‘Environmental Quality Mention’, the proposed scheme for the HOf – Horizontal Farm International Ideas Competition is conceived of an intricate weave of the ‘farm’ and the ‘dwelling’. Drawing from the traditional Indian courtyard typology, the project,…

625 Rhode Island Avenue / Suzane Reatig Architecture

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Architects: Suzane Reatig Architecture
Location:   DC, United States
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Alan Karchmer

David Adjaye Authoring: Re-placing Art and Architecture

Authoring: Re-placing Art and Architecture challenges traditional assumptions about the relationship between art and architecture. From 2008 through 2010, , along with Marc McQuade, taught three studios at the Princeton School of Architecture. Each studio focused on a collaboration with three distinguished artists—Matthew Ritchie, Teresita Fernández, and Jorge Pardo—on interventions in three vastly different sites: the state of New Jersey, the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, and the city of Mérida in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

Dror’s Radical Vision for a Net-Positive Island Community

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The government of is considering the possibility of constructing a second canal in that would result in carving out one billion cubic meters of soil from Turkey’s main land. In response, Turkish developer Serdar Inan has commissioned New York designer Dror Benshetrit to design a proposal that would reconstitute the soil into an innovative, net-positive community for 300,000 residents off the shore of Istanbul. Inan’s only wish is that the proposal blends “innovative design ideas, state of the art technology and cultural legacy with inspirations from the work of chief Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan”.

After six months of exploratory, interdisciplinary discourse with a team of experts – such as the Buckminster Fuller Institute, Buro Happold, Shoji Sadao from Fuller, Sadao & Zung Architects – Dror has unveiled his radical vision this weekend at Istanbul Design Week. Check it out after the break.

Bloc_10 / 5468796 Architecture

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Architects: 5468796 Architecture
Location: , Manitoba, Canada
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: James Brittain, Lisa Stinner

Gehua Youth and Cultural Center / Open Architecture

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Architects: Open Architecture
Location: Qinhuangdao,
Architect In Charge: Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
Project Team: Qi Zhengdong, Thomas Batzenschlager, Zhao Yao, John Lim, Wang Jianling, Wu Lan, Ge Ruishi, Sigmund Lerner, Zhu Deshun
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Xia Zhi