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Bascuñan House / Matías Silva Aldunate Architect

Courtesy of Matías Silva & Arquitectos Courtesy of Matías Silva & Arquitectos Courtesy of Matías Silva & Arquitectos Courtesy of Matías Silva & Arquitectos

Wang Shu: Imagining the House

Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers
Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers

Wang Shu’s design process always begins with an intense study of the location. The architect spends as long as possible on the site, absorbing its atmosphere. He then produces drafts in the form of hand-drawn sketches, creating them in relatively quick succession. Imagining the House follows this process in various buildings. Photographic documentation of the locations elucidate Shu’s on-site research. The reproductions of drawings in this book demonstrate how the designs change and become more concrete over the course of the process. The book provides unique insights into the work of an architect who has hitherto received little attention in Europe, thereby addressing a considerable omission in the publishing world.

Maracanã House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados

  • Project Team: Danilo Terra, Pedro Tuma, Juliana Assali
  • Localização: Lapa
  • Arquitetura: Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados
  • Project Area: 185.0 sqm
  • Ano Do Projeto: 2009
  • Fotografias: Pedro Kok

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Tanni Lam, Johnny Chiu, Adrian Lo

Through their concept of turning a traditional library inside out, Tanni Lam, Johnny Chiu, and Adrian Lo started with a simple architectural question: Why can’t we turn this inside out, have the users surround the books, thus huge openings, views, ventilation, visual dialogue, can be exchanged between inside and outside? All great libraries in the world have the books surrounding them, covering the space, but this design is a living library, a library that opens up new vistas for us, adding depth to our perception. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Adaptation: Architecture, Technology, and The City / INABA

Adaptation Publication via INABA
Adaptation Publication via INABA

Adaptation: Architecture, Technology and the City is a publication that is a result of the collaboration between INABA and Free that brings interviews and art works into a conversation about the advancement of digital technology and its place in the built environment. The publication is a fascinating study into the dialogue between technological advancements in transportation and communications and the tangible environment with which is inextricably linked.

UPDATE: Boltshauser Architekten Wins Competition To Design Basel Aquarium

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

As a follow up to our recent post on the recent win by Boltshauser Architekten for their Basel Aquarium design in Switzerland, we wanted to share with you the other entries by Zaha Hadid Architects, David Chipperfield Architects and Caruso St John Architects. Zaha Hadid’s ‘Blue Cave,’ while praised for its excellent quality, was criticised for its thin visitor aisles; the jury felt the “dynamic” styling of the building’s interior would have been in competition with the aquariums, and so the project came in third out of the 15 shortlisted entries. More information and images on the other entries, after the break.

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition

The Gold Coast, Australia’s sixth largest city, recently announced their global design competition to develop it’s ‘cultural heart and soul’in the 17-hectare Evandale site. Designers are being invited to form multi-disciplinary teams ready for the two-stage competition, to be launched in March 2013 by Gold Coast City Council. The will be to create compelling design concepts that reflect the Gold Coast’s quintessential character while demonstrating worlds best practice in landscape, urban and architectural design. Registration begins in March. For more information, please visit here.

BOLLES+WILSON Receive 'Brick Award 2012'

Awarded by the Brick Development Association (BDA), BOLLES+WILSON recently received the ‘Brick Award 2012′ for their Raakspoort – City Hall and Bioscoop project in Haarlem, Netherlands. The jury headed by BDA-Chairman Bob Allies commended a wealth of innovation in brickwork details throughout the building’s intelligent design and its character, which is clearly responding to its contextual surroundings. Out of about 300 projects from across the globe, with 84 shortlisted, this project won the international category ‘Worldwide Brick’. More information after the break.

'Wolf D. Prix & Partner: 7+ Projects, Models, Plans, Sketches, Statements' Coop Himmelb(l)au Exhibition

On the occasion of Wolf D. Prix’ 70th birthday, the Architekturforum Aedes in Berlin is devoting an exhibition to Coop Himmelb(l)au entitled “Wolf D. Prix & Partner: 7+ Projects, Models, Plans, Sketches, Statements”. The event began on December 12 and ends January 24. The event highlights 70 years, 7 projects, the 7 lives of an architect as the magical number 7 has been integrated into the exhibition concept in a variety of ways. This show, which opened just one day before the 70th birthday of Coop Himmelb(l)au founder Wolf D. Prix, begins with a backward glance at the founding year of 1968 and the theoretical roots of this architectural partnership. For more information, please visit here.

2D or Not 2D / M.I.G. Architekt

  • Architects: M.I.G. Architekt
  • Location: Budva, Montenegro
  • Architect: Goran Ivo Marinovic
  • Structure Engineer: Veljko Kostic
  • Site Area: 741.0 sqm
  • Ground Area: 112.0 sqm
  • Area: 344.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ana Kostic

© Ana Kostic © Ana Kostic © Ana Kostic © Ana Kostic

Photography: Mid-Century Modern Churches by Fabrice Fouillet

© Fabrice Fouillet
© Fabrice Fouillet

As Europe recovered from the death and destruction of World War II, countries got back to the business of rebuilding their communities and, of course, their churches. The need to make sense of the madness of the War was palpable - as was the need to express this modern-day spirituality in a form that broke from the past and embraced this new world.

The result was a bevy of European churches that - although often misunderstood by practitioners - represent some of our best-preserved examples of Modernist architecture. Photographer Fabrice Fouillet  made it his mission to photograph these beauties in a series he calls "Corpus Christi." You can see the images - as well as Fouillet's description of the work - after the break...

Fritz Hoger’s Kirche am Hohenzollernplatz in Berlin,1933. Image © Fabrice Fouillet. Nicholas Kasiz’ St.Remy,1957. Photo © Fabrice Fouillet Frères Sainsaulieu’s Notre Dame du Chene in Viroflay, France, completed in 1966. Image © Fabrice Fouillet © Fabrice Fouillet

4 Colors / Kochi Architect's Studio

© Daichi Ano Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi

Knox Innovation Opportunity and Sustainability Centre / Woods Bagot

  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Principal In Charge: Sarah Ball
  • Design Architect: Bruno Mendes
  • Project Architect: David Ley
  • Project Team: Matt Si, Richard Galloway, Claire Gardiner
  • Collaborators: Swinburne University and Schools Consortium
  • Builder: Harris HMC
  • Engineer/Consultant: Meinhardt Group
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts