The imposing architecture and monumental scale of Brussels’ landscape are some of the characteristics that establish the personality of the city. A distinctive example of the aesthetic architecture that orients and at the same time governs the area of its presence is the Law Court. This proposal for the future formation of the Law Court of Brussels, Belgium by Europe Studio Architects moves in parallel to the existing frame and function of the building and proposes the re-establishment of the internal system that made this court a public social space in addition to its political and judicial functions. The monumental and programmatic aspects of the building will be preserved, with additions of cultural functions such as gallery and exhibition spaces.
More on this project after the break.
Daycare Center La Mercè / Romà Pàmpols, David Pàmpols / Pampols Arquitecte + Xavier F. Rodríguez, Josep Mª Burgués / BmesR29 Arquitectes + Montserrat Giné
This daycare center in Spain tries to blur the line between inside and outside. This is done with elements protruding and sliding past one another. These measures also help organize the spaces into two types, flexible/multiuse and specific/single-use spaces.
Architect: Romà Pàmpols, David Pàmpols / Pampols Arquitecte + Xavier F. Rodríguez, Josep Mª Burgués / BmesR29 Arquitectes + Montserrat Giné
Location: c/ mercè cantonada con c/rossinyol s/n-Lleida, Spain
Project Area: 637.15 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Amaneceres Fotográficos / Josep Ardiaca Rodríguez, Sofía Gómez Zúcar
In the past, we’ve shared several TED Talks videos with you as the speakers offer interesting commentary on a variety of issues within the creative realm. In this presentation, Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio shares five projects ranging from a new bus to a moving bridge to a biomass power station. Each project illustrates the architect’s inherent interest in bio-inspired designs focusing on materiality and the relationship between human interaction and the scale of the built object. The talk shows a diverse body of work where the architecture is infused with a type of ”soulfulness” as the result of re-examining form, function, aesthetics and materiality. Plus, Heatherwick’s personality adds to its charm. Enjoy the video!
City of Bothell Public Works Operations Center Administration Building / Hutchison & Maul Architecture
Architects: Hutchison & Maul Architecture – Robert Hutchison, Tom Maul, Mike Campbell, Greg Hale
Location: Bothell, Washington, USA
Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers
Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Landscape Architect: Talasaea Consultants
M/E Engineer: Tres West Engineers
Shops Building Consultant: Wagner Architects
General Contractor: JTM Construction
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Hutchison & Maul Architecture
Architects: TEKTAO/Tongji University
Location: Jindai Town in Liangping County, Chongqing, China
Project team: Lou Yongqi, Ji Xiang, Yuval Zohar LEED AP, Ruo Chen, Ding Chan, Wu Zhen, Guo Ling, Wang Ci Yin, Lu Lian Jie, Wang Ye, Xu Hang Yu
Project area: 5,000 sqm
Photographs: Lou Yongqi, Yuval Zohar
Keeping with our coverage of the Architecture Billings Index, while the past index saw a slight decrease from 58.7 to 55.0 in March, the AIA has just announced that the index has dropped quite a bit to 47.6 for April. This billing marks the first point since October to register below 50. As the AIA explained,“It remains unclear if this month’s downturn is a bump in the road to recovery, or indicative of a longer-term reversal in the two-quarter recovery in design activity. Firms reported that the threatened federal government shutdown, tornadoes though the Southeast, and the winding down of federal stimulus funds for building activity all were impediments to design activity in April.”
Regionally, the South and West regions are still struggling to break 50, with the South reporting 48.3 and the West 47.7. Yet, as the AIA reports, some Southern firms may see a possible increase in work activity to rebuild from the recent storms and flooding. The Northeast and Midwest reported 51.2 and 51.1, respectively, and the multi-family residential sector holds strong at 53.9; followed by commercial / industrial at 49.9, institutional at 45.9 and finally, mixed practice at 45.2.
The site for this residence can be said to be in a transition zone, poised directly between the expansive horizon offered by Lake Okanagan, and the rugged mountainscape of the Kelly Valley. True to the Okanagan landscape, the surrounding land is arid and filled with earthy undertones and worn rolling rockscapes. The Lake is almost like a vision of paradise amid this desert-like surroundings. Brilliant greens line the shore of the lake in direct contrast to the arid mountains beyond.
Architect: Frits de Vries Architect
Location: Kelly Valley, Canada
Photographs: Frits de Vries
The Brooklyn-based design and fabrication studio, FLATCUT_, in conjunction with the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (“ACADIA”), are pleased to announce this year’s award-winning jurors for The ACADIA 2011 Design + Fabrication Competition. The international competition asks designers to “push the boundaries of materials, minds, and machine” by exploring emergent modes of computational design. The competition focuses on unique material combinations and new fabrication techniques in creating forms in three categories: Furniture, Lighting and Partition. Winners will get the opportunity to actually fabricate their proposals this summer at FLATCUT_’s incredible 100,000sf warehouse.
So who will be deciding which schemes get fabricated and put on exhibition at the 2011 ACADIA conference? Confirmed jurors include Bjarke Ingels of BIG, Tom Wiscombe of Emergent, Tod Williams of TWBTA, Dror Benshetrit of Studio Dror recently shortlisted for the Buckminster Fuller Prize and FLATCUT_ Founder Tomer Ben-Gal.
FLATCUT_ is also pleased to release a new FABrication VIDEO by Alex Bergman & Serban Ionescu that artfully orchestrates FLATCUT_’s 100+ machines – from Trumpf Trumatics to robotic welders. (oooooooohhhh) Watch it to get a sense of what FLATCUT_ (and you) can do! The international call for submissions has already attracted competitors from Los Angeles to India, and the submission deadline has been extended to June 15 to accommodate demand.
Winners will be announced in July. The Jury will choose 1 winning design from each category from which FLATCUT_ will produce exhibition-quality prototypes of each to be put on display in Calgary. Winners also win $1000, free entry to the conference, a spot on the Integrated Materialities Panel at ACADIA 2011.
IE University and IIT to launch an Architecture Summer School on the Battle of Cities for Sustainability
The Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, Chicago, and IE School of Architecture & Design, Madrid/Segovia, have joined forces to launch the IE/IIT Summer School, set to take place from July 8 to 15, 2011. The course, headed ATLAS ON DENSITY, will explore the cross implications of levels of density and sustainability from the sprawl of American suburbs to the extreme density of Asian cities.
The intensive 8-day studio-based design workshop will be held in Madrid and will provide enthusiastic architectural undergraduate and graduates worldwide with a stage for debating contemporary architectural and urban ideas, digital and analogue techniques, with an emphasis on inventive design and communication abilities. Using Madrid as a laboratory, participants will explore the architectural, urban, and environmental implications of density. Tutors from Chicago, Madrid, and Singapore, will use their own metropolitan backgrounds to enrich the potential evolution of Spain’s capital.
With Madrid serving as headquarters, case study subject, and site for field research, students will investigate specific urban sustainable challenges. For more information, visit the workshop’s official website.
Photographer Emilio Collavino recently shared these photographs of Frank Gehry’s New World Center in Miami, Florida. Part of the New World Symphony America’s Orchestral Academy, the music education and performance facility is the first puporse-built home for the New World Symphony founded by artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas. The New World Center opened its doors to the public in January of this year.
Architects: JSª – Javier Sánchez
Location: Av. Nuevo León 111-113, Col Condesa
Design Team: Aisha Ballesteros, Ingrid Ramos, Romelia Hernández, Rosario Alarcón, Cecilia Solis, Adlai Pulido, Rodrigo Langarica, Mariana Ugalde, Tomas Moreiras, Alfredo Hernández, Lenin García, Reynaldo Esperanza, Angélica Soberanes, Jorge López de Obeso,Raúl Pérez y Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Real State Development: JSª / Javier Sánchez, Álvaro Becker, Santiago Sánchez, Fernando Valdivia
Structures: Hector Margain & Fernando Valdivia
Construction: JSª / Fernando Valdivia
Engineerings: JPR proyectos / Juan Pablo Rodríguez
Architectural Supervision: JSª / Ingrid Ramos, Romelia Hernández
Project area: 1,775 sqf
Project year: 2005 – 2006
Photographs: Jair Navarrete, Paúl Rivera – archphoto
The ‘Box Mobile Gallery’ is a gallery responsive to various exhibition intentions and art media. The gallery consists of 12 panels soft-hinged side by side. Each of these panels features an art work fixed to its inside. The flexibility of the soft hinge system allows the spatial reconfiguration of the gallery, transforming one space to another according to site conditions, exhibition intention, and art media; from independent cells for an individual exhibition, to a common exhibition space for a group exhibition, often times with an introductory area or a court yard, and to a special exhibition space for various art media.
Taller 301 was awarded First Prize in the International Architecture Competition Urban Landscaping in Kyiv for Euro-2012. The project entitled Reclaiming the Shore consists of 413 hectares between the Dnieper River and the City Center, and envisions a series of interventions to be developed for the upcoming UEFA European Football Championship 2012 hosted in Kyiv, as well as a long term vision for the city. More images and architect’s description after the break.
More than 35 young North East designers have registered to enter a timber hut design competition which will see the winning proposals built at Middlesbrough’s £200m RiversideOne residential development on the former site of the town’s Middlehaven Docks.
Entries will be judged by a panel of experts including internationally renowned architect Professor Will Alsop who was responsible for RiversideOne’s original masterplan and who also had the idea for the huts competition.
The huts will provide facilities for residents and visitors to RiversideOne with possible proposed uses including a miniature theatre, a coffee bar, bike shelters and beach huts although competition entrants are allowed to make their own suggestions.
The competition is being run by Northern Architecture, the architecture centre for the North East of England, and entrants are all under 34 and are architects or designers based in the region. From a commercial perspective, designers also have the option to link with regionally-based entrepreneurs and will submit hut design proposals along with a business plan demonstrating the viability of their venture. For more information please visit the competition’s official website.