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Films & Architecture: "Cube"

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

By Andrew Hawkins 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…

205 Race Street / Peter Gluck & Partners

© Gluck & Partners
© Gluck & Partners

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 Peter Gluck & Partners’ latest project for Philadelphia205 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.

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 development and procurement model for new neighborhoods. As a competition entry for the Isover Multi-Comfort House and designed by Eric Chancellor, Jordan Lloyd, and Chris Matthews, The development allows for a low density, but high intensity program of start-up businesses and community amenities, with transient commercial use – taking advantage of a piece of planning legislation called a Local Development Order (LDO). More images and architects’ description after the break.

Remodeling Molinao Park / VAUMM

Courtesy of VAUMM
Courtesy of VAUMM

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 Spain. 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.

Médiathèque grand M / Atelier d'architecture King Kong

  • Architects: Atelier d'architecture King Kong
  • Location: Toulouse, France
  • Architect In Charge: Frédéric Neau
  • Project Manager: Julie Dehaut
  • Technical Engineering Company: Egis/Iosis Sud-Ouest
  • Landscaper: Cyrille Marlin
  • Construction Economist: Germinal Borras
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Arthur Péquin

© Arthur Péquin © Arthur Péquin © Arthur Péquin © Arthur Péquin

Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

Courtesy of Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects © Sharon Risedorph Courtesy of Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects © Sharon Risedorph

CEIP de MURO / BB Arquitectes

  • Architects: BB Arquitectes
  • Location: Mallorca, Spain
  • Architecture: Antoni Barceló y Bàrbara Balanzó
  • Rigger: Maria Nadal
  • Structure: GMA Estructures (Jordi Granada i Enric Moragas)
  • Facilities: Enginy, C.B. (Antoni Aguilà)
  • Collaborators: Virgínia Díaz del Río
  • Construction: FCC Construcción, S.A.
  • Area: 3280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of BB Arquitectes

Courtesy of BB Arquitectes Courtesy of BB Arquitectes Courtesy of BB Arquitectes Courtesy of BB Arquitectes

Bornego College / HVDN + Studioninedots

  • Architects: HVDN, Studioninedots
  • Location: Dominee Kingweg, Heerenveen, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Arie van der Neut, Albert Herder, Tom Jonker, Jan Pieter Penders
  • Contractor: Bouwgroep Heerenveen
  • Client: Bornego College Heerenveen
  • Contract Value: € 4,372,339
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Studioninedots + HVDN

Courtesy of Studioninedots + HVDN Courtesy of Studioninedots + HVDN Courtesy of Studioninedots + HVDN Courtesy of Studioninedots + HVDN

Haustrift / SUPERBLOCK

  • Architects: SUPERBLOCK
  • Location: Dammhaufengasse 12-26 1020 Vienna, Austria
  • Design Team: Johnny Winter
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK

Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK

Louis Vuitton in Singapore / FTL Design Engineering Studio

  • Architects: FTL Design Engineering Studio
  • Location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
  • Project Architect: Aplusi Asia, Michelle Chan
  • Project Manager: Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific, Andy Lau
  • Interior Design: Peter Marino Architect, Uli Wagner, Enrique Pincay, Yuuki Kitada
  • Store Design: Louis Vuitton Malletier, Kar Hwa Ho, Camille Delescluse
  • Solar Shade Design: FTL Design Engineering Studio, Nic Goldsmith, Mathew J. Hilyard, Ashish Soni, Erik Smith
  • Lighting Design: Lighting Planners Associates, Momoko Muraoka, Kaoru Mende
  • Woodwork: Redwood
  • General Contractor: ISG
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: William Cho, Courtesy of FTL Design Engineering Studio, Louis Vuitton

Courtesy of FTL Design Engineering Studio Courtesy of FTL Design Engineering Studio Courtesy of FTL Design Engineering Studio © Louis Vuitton

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, designed by ETT Architecture, enables community living (and farming) through a modular, scalable model that offers residents the benefits of low purchase cost, flexibility to expand as per means, and the potential of skill development and employment through self-build. More images and architects’ description after the break.

David Adjaye Authoring: Re-placing Art and Architecture

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

© Dror
© Dror

The government of Turkey is considering the possibility of constructing a second canal in Istanbul 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.

Foster + Partners break ground on Shanghai mixed-use centre

© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has broke ground on the Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre, new dynamic mixed-use community centered on a four-hectare public park in the heart of Shanghai Hongqiao CBD. The large-scale urban plan that extends from Shanghai’s main station and brings together highly efficient, flexible office buildings, animated at ground level by shops, restaurants and a range of new civic spaces. Continue after the break to learn more.

Feilden Clegg Bradley selected to renew Southbank Centre

Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery © Morley von Sternberg
Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery © Morley von Sternberg

Today, the Southbank Centre announced its appointment of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) as lead architect to refurbish and renew the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex. The UK-practice beat OMA, Heneghan Peng, Allies & Morrison, Eric Parry, van Heyningen & Haward and Grimshaw Architects to the job (see shortlist here). A formal appointment will be made after the statutory 10-day standstill period in accordance with EU regulations. Rick Mather, Southbank Centre’s Masterplan Architect and a member of the selection panel, said: “We heard a huge amount of high quality and serious thinking demonstrating six quite different approaches to this part of the site. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio’s proposals won because they best understood the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex and how it can be enjoyed and used more effectively. I look forward to seeing their designs develop over the coming months.” Learn more after the break.