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Pioneering architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable has died at 91

A portrait of architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable in 1986. Via the WSJ
A portrait of architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable in 1986. Via the WSJ

Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013), known as “the dean of American architectural criticism”, has passed away at the age of 91 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. Winner of the first Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, Huxtable began her legendary career when she was appointed as The New York Times’ first architecture critic in 1963. Her sharp mind and straightforward critiques paved the way for contemporary architectural journalism and called for public attention to the significance of architecture. As Paul Goldberger describes in his 1996 Tribute to Ada Louise Huxtable, “Ada Louise Huxtable has been more than just the most important pioneer of architectural criticism in newspapers in our time: she has been the most important figure in communicating the urgency of some kind of belief in the values of the man-made environment in our time, too. She has made people pay attention. She has made people care. She has made architecture matter in our culture in a way that it did not before her time.” Get an understanding of Huxtable’s influential voice with her latest critique on Foster+Partners’ proposed renovation for the New York Public Library here.

Zaha Hadid to Regenerate Historic Site in Belgrade

© ZHA
© ZHA

Marking the “continuance of Belgrade’s signature ‘Modernist’ movement”, which produced a number of iconic buildings throughout the mid-twentieth century, the Serbian capital is proud to unveil Zaha Hadid Architect’s (ZHA) contemporary masterplan for Beko. This all-inclusive, mixed use project embeds itself within the undulating topography of the abandoned Beko textile factory in a style that directly reflects Zaha’s distinct style of Parametricism. Focused on urban regeneration, the project will join forces with Sou Fujimoto’s proposed ‘Cloud’ on the adjoining Sava waterfront to revitalize Belgrade’s cultural axis. Learn more after the break.

AD Interviews: WE Architecture

WE Architecture is a young firm based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Started by partners Marc Jay and Julie Schmidt-Nielsen in 2009, the practice is focused on public competitions and consultancy, along with teaching at the Royal Danish Academy. The partners studied in Denmark, but shaped their professional career working abroad in New York and Barcelona.

Refurbishment of the Old Railway Station of Mora First Prize Winning Proposal / CVDB Arquitectos + Tiago Filipe Santos

Designed by CVDB Arquitectos, with Tiago Filipe Santos, the proposal for the Refurbishment of the Old Railway Station of Mora, Portugal is focused in the pragmatic definition of uses. These aim to bring to life the existing buildings, activate their use, clarify the functional and distributive relations between spaces, and promote new built areas that incorporate a contemporary presence through the iconographic approach of the facades.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Lowering the Cost of Housing Competition

At a time when government resources dedicated to housing production and preservation are rapidly shrinking and the cost to develop affordable housing is increasing, there is significant space and demand for innovation when it comes to lowering building and operating costs. Therefore, the ‘Lowering the Cost of Housing‘ competition is seeking to provide a new model for conceiving, siting, financing, building and sustaining, affordable housing. Selected teams will work on a specific site, proposing designs for multi-unit dwellings which present new methods for designing, building and financing housing affordable to individuals or families below 100% of Area Median Income. Submissions are due no later than January 15, with final proposals due in March. For more information, please visit their official website here.

Chocolaterie Bovetti / CA/PA Architectes

  • Architects: CA/PA Architectes
  • Location: Lavilledieu, 24120 Terrasson-Lavilledieu, France
  • Client: Bovetti Chocolats
  • Area: 2,641 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CA/PA Architectes

Courtesy of CA/PA Architectes Courtesy of CA/PA Architectes Courtesy of CA/PA Architectes Courtesy of CA/PA Architectes

Viktoria Building / Grido

  • Architects: Grido
  • Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Design Team: Peter Sticzay-Gromski, Marek Kolčák, Petra Rajchlová
  • Area: 31,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Paťo Safko

© Paťo Safko © Paťo Safko © Paťo Safko © Paťo Safko

Branch House / KINO Architects

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
  • Architects: KINO Architects
  • Location: Fukushima, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Masahiro Kinoshita
  • Site Area: 344.26 sqm
  • Building Area: 120.61 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 176.70 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano

L'And Vineyards Hotel / PROMONTORIO + Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Pavilion of Tetrabriks / CUAC Arquitectura + Sugarplatform

© Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla
  • Architects: CUAC Arquitectura, Sugarplatform
  • Location: Granada, Spain
  • Design Team CUAC Arquitectura: Tomás García Píriz, Javier Castellano Pulido
  • Design Team Sugarplatform : Julian Fajardo, Cristophe Beaveuz
  • Budget: 2,000 €
  • Area: 450 sqm
  • Photographs: Javier Callejas Sevilla

© Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Véolia Environnement Centre / Arte Charpentier Architectes

© Geraldine Bruneel © Geraldine Bruneel © Paul Kozlowski © Geraldine Bruneel

Zumthor Vacation Homes For Let

Photographer Ralph Feiner © Zumthor Ferienhäuser
Photographer Ralph Feiner © Zumthor Ferienhäuser

“Our Leis houses have big windows. They extend from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling. They frame the landscape and welcome its images inside the house. [...] Walking through the house means moving from view to view. The presence of the solid timber is tangible everywhere, intimate and close to the body; gentle, silky and shiny, it radiates in the light.” (trans. Catherine Schelbert)

Few architects’ words can match the poetry of their designs, but Peter Zumthor’s description of his timber Leis houses is so delectable, it makes you want to hop a plane and go live in one yourself.

Well, now’s your chance. For the first time, Zumthor and his wife Annalisa are renting out one of the 3-year-old houses (originally designed and built for the pair themselves) as a vacation home.  

Of course, it won’t come cheap. Prices range from CHF 3,500 to CHF 4,800 (about $4,000 to $5,000 USD) per week. 

More info and images of the Leis homes, after the break...

Photographer Ralph Feiner © Zumthor Ferienhäuser Photographer Ralph Feiner © Zumthor Ferienhäuser Photographer Ralph Feiner © Zumthor Ferienhäuser Photographer Ralph Feiner © Zumthor Ferienhäuser

Dolomitenblick / PLASMA Studio

  • Architects: PLASMA Studio
  • Location: 39030 Sesto, South Tyrol, Italy
  • Design Team: Nicoletta Gerevini, Peter Pichler, Daniela Walder, Maya Shopova, Libny Pacheco
  • Area: 1,050 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus

House Uesslingen / Spillmann Echsle Architekten

  • Architects: Spillmann Echsle Architekten
  • Location: Iselisbergstrasse, 8524 Uesslingen-Buch, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge: Monika Moor
  • Construction Management: Haeni Baumanagement, Uesslingen
  • Main Constructor: Kaufmann Oberholzer, Schönenberg
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Roger Frei

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei

Phuket Gateway / IDIN Architects

© Spaceshift Studio-Jeravej Hongsakul © Spaceshift Studio-Jeravej Hongsakul © Spaceshift Studio-Jeravej Hongsakul © Spaceshift Studio-Jeravej Hongsakul

Villa L2 / Barré Lambot Architectes

© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects: Barré Lambot Architectes
  • Location: Olonne-sur-Mer, France
  • Building Services Engineering: ISOCRATE
  • Economist: ROUSSEAU
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

2013 ARCHIPEDIUM Architectural Calendar

Archipendium 2013 architecture shows great examples of modern architecture around the world. Altogether 365 different architectural offices are featured, among others BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Chaix & Morel, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, David Chipperfield, Delugan Meissl, Eisenman Architects, Foster+Partners, gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Graft, Jean Nouvel, King Kong, Massimiliano Fuksas, MVRDV, OMA, Steven Holl Architects, Tony Fretton, UNStudio and Zaha Hadid. In order to get an authentic overview of modern architecture the architects found themselves faced with the choice of projects and contents.