As the first major project to be implemented after master planning the entire senior school campus, the Brother Stephen Debourg Performing Arts Centre at Sacred Heart College demonstrates the schools’ focus and a return to its core philosophy of being a teaching institution of its time, maintaining the provision of services par excellence.
Architect: Tridente Architects
Location: Somerton Park, South Australia, 5044, Australia
Engineer: Wallbridge & Gilbert
Quantity Surveyor: Heinrich Consulting
Builder: Romaldi Constructions
Project Area: 1420 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Peter Fisher
The aim of this project was to help the development of psychomotor, mental, and social abilities. At an early age and instinctively, children identify the pitched roof with the house, hence their drawings: the roof, the box and, last, the doors and windows. A nursery is but a “big – house” in which they spend most of their time. This idea, interpreted of course, is the origin of this proposal. The big structural slab (roof) is folded in space. This allows us to double the height of the floor so as to adapt the skyline to the next buildings as well as to amplify the interior space and the natural light. This cover wraps all the rooms in the nursery and houses most of the facilities (plumbing, telecommunication and lighting). Below this heaven-tent, the program develops into eight classrooms assigned to three groups of children, divided according to age. There is also a polyvalent dining-room, a kitchen, and administration offices distributed around a patio where children play. The different classrooms are connected to open-air spaces, which permit a permanent inside-outside relationship.
Architect: LosdelDesierto = Eva Luque + Alejandro Pascual. [Elap Architects Slp]
Location: Calle Los Angeles S/N, Velez Rubio, Almeria, Spain
Structural Engineer: Alejandro Pascual Soler
Mechanical System Engineer: Secoal SI
Contractor: Ajumi Sa
Project Area: 874.10 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jesús Granada, David Frutos, LosdelDesierto
At 82 Frank Gehry shows no sign of slowing down. Working on 20 projects at any given time, the Pritzker Prize winning architect’s latest completed work New York by Gehry had its formal opening just last month. In this interview Gehry shares how he was inspired by ice hokey, that Gian Lorenzo Bernini is one of his greatest influences, and what he has always wanted to design.
More following the break.
5 (student) Projects: is a group of projects completed at Yale University’s School of Architecture by 5 young architects during their graduate education. Each of the 5 projects are sited in New Haven on or adjacent to Yale’s campus. Each project focused on an institutional building, loosely defined by program, type and context. These commonalities became a framework for discussion that illuminated individual polemics and debate about experimentation in today’s architectural landscape. Despite the initial appearance of diversity within the set, each architect sought to address a common set of ideas emerging at Yale and perhaps within the discourse of architecture at large.
Primarily addressing the legacy of Postmodernism (in its various guises and forms), each sought an architecture that engaged historical memory, local context and an renewed concern for communication and legibility. Each was interested in an operable or speculative way to use history and its associated culturally established values, meanings and forms to produce new bodies of work. In that sense, each sought a contemporary way to learn from the past that would have particular resonance in today’s social, political, and cultural milieu.
The identity of the group of 5 is meant as a provocation towards two related issues: the desire for individuality and expression by today’s younger generation of architects inculcated by media and secondly, the desire for consensus within discourse on what counts today as critical & theoretical concerns for architecture. The aspiration behind the interviews and feature is to reveal an internal discussion which demonstrates an effort to clarify and identify a set of ideas that underpin contemporary architectural production. The feature and interviews were organized and conducted by Alexander Maymind.
This building is similar to the inside and outside house we previously featured. The project was planned on the site with Mt. Fuji rising closely in the south and the two sides facing the trunk roads. Takeshi Hosaka Architects wanted this building to take on the characteristics of mountains and clouds. It is made from soft geometry, which are not derived from the figures like quadrangles and circles. By continuously operating innumerable polygon mesh points, Takeshi Hosaka Architects have determined the shape that clears the conditions such as the consistency as shell construction and the undulations that ward off rainwater in spite of its free geometry. The RC shell with cubic surfaces creates such spaces as 530 sqm, 140 sqm of kitchens, and 50 sqm of rest rooms, in such a manner that it envelops and opens them.
Architect: Takeshi Hosaka Architects
Location: Yamanashi, Japan
Structural Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners Japan / Hitoshi Yonamine
Project Area: site 2,493.82 sqm, building area 733.98 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.
This is an update from the project already published in 2008 from slovenian architects OFIS arhitekti. In the words of the architects: “This project involved the extension of a 19th-century villa located in a beautiful Alpine resort next to Lake Bled. Both the old villa and the landscape were strictly regulated by the National Heritage.”
Architects: Tao Lei
Location: Jinan, China
Project area: 580 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tao Lei
When coming across Delugan Meissl Associated Architects’s newest book I first noticed its sheer weight and size. The second thing I noticed were the words Vol. I. Most architects would be happy/lucky enough to fill a book a quarter the size with their work. The projects range from chairs and small houses to the Porsche Museum and master planning of healthcare campuses. The introduction by Karl Jormakka gives a nice lens in which to view their work. Their work is constantly trying to elicit physiological responses “from a visceral juxtaposition of the human body with the architectural setting,” says Jormakka. In this way their work differs from many of the avant-garde architects who tie their work to French philosophers or abstract ideas from the natural sciences. Viewing DMAA’s work in this light, readers can easily explore how each project attempts to physiologically engage its users.
FUTURE is launching an international ideas competition to identify the best design concepts with the challenge to develop visionary urban proposals with the intention of stimulating contemporary cities, in this case 4 different locations: Hangzhou, Nanjing, Madrid and Barcelona.
The open competition is single-phase and anonymous. Architects (architectural teams) may participate in the competition if they meet the following requirements:
- Participants in the competition shall be architecture students or architects under 31 years old on the closing date for submission of entries (June 30, 2011).
- Architectural teams participating in the competition shall have at least one architecture student or architect under 31 on the closing date for submission of entries, who will be the team leader.
For more information, visit the competition’s official website.
Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects are continuing to move forward assisting those who have been displaced following the Japan earthquake and tsunami. The Ex-Container Project, which we featured just last week, is one affordable design solution offering easy transport and installation without compromising quality.
Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects are providing daily updates, via their Twitter account, about the reconstruction progress in the disaster areas.
Further details about the project and how you can offer support can be found here.