A Conversation with Academy Award Winning Set Designer Catherine Martin

00:00 - 5 June, 2013
A Conversation with Academy Award Winning Set Designer Catherine Martin, Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures, Bazmark Films & Village Roadshow
Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures, Bazmark Films & Village Roadshow

The work of a Production Designer has many parallels with that of an Architect. Both are tasked with bringing to life a conceptual environment, keeping true to that concept through budgets, time pressures, logistics and regulations. Both share a similar creative process, developing the ideas and then collaborating and coordinating with a team of professionals to give those ideas physical form. However, Production Designers are concerned with creating environments to be captured on film only for a matter of moments. Not something a standard Client is likely to request from an Architect. 

While the freedom of not having to fully resolve building details – just making it look that way (not to mention the added bonus of avoiding the inevitable callbacks for defects), may seem appealing, consider having to dismantle everything you have created at the end of the process. Somewhat of an anticlimax you would think.

Not so, says Catherine Martin, veteran Production Designer, two time Academy Award winning Art Director, and the creative force behind the sets and costumes of Baz Lurhmann’s films.

Skaters Object to Southbank Centre Proposals

00:00 - 5 June, 2013
Skaters Object to Southbank Centre Proposals, © Feilden Clegg Bradley
© Feilden Clegg Bradley

The saga of the Southbank Centre redevelopment in London heated up recently, after the scheme for the new 'Festival Wing' was formally submitted to Lambeth's planning department. The scheme, which has been well received by some of the architecture community, including the centre's original architects Norman Engleback and Dennis Crompton, has run afoul of the skateboarding community, which opposes the plan to infill the undercroft that has been their home for almost 40 years.

After a petition to save the skatepark garnered over 40,000 signatures, the skating community has mobilized once again to object to the planning application en masse. The campaign to save the skatepark has even garnered the attention of skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, who wrote to the Southbank Centre's director of partnership and policy Mike McCart to explain that:

“It’s truly an historic feature of London street culture, and is as well known to skateboarders around the world as Big Ben or Buckingham Palace. Honestly.” 

Loft Space in Camden / Craft Design

01:00 - 5 June, 2013
© Armando Elias
© Armando Elias
  • Architects

  • Location

    Camden, London, UK
  • Design Team

    Hugo D’Enjoy, Armando Elias
  • Construction

    Craft Design
  • Area

    56.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Armando Elias © Armando Elias © Armando Elias © Armando Elias +17

Black Magic House / T2.a Architects

01:00 - 5 June, 2013
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár

© Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár +30

Janine Jambu Sports Centre / Nomade Architects

01:00 - 5 June, 2013
Janine Jambu Sports Centre / Nomade Architects, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rue des Tertres, 92220 Bagneux, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Nomade Architects
  • Contract Management

    SEM 92
  • Area

    2940.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +25

DHUB. Barcelona Design Center / MBM Arquitectes

01:00 - 5 June, 2013
DHUB. Barcelona Design Center / MBM Arquitectes, © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre
© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Martorell, Bohigas, Mackay, Capdevila, Gual
  • Area

    29352.0 m2
  • Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre +24

DOS Architects Win Renzo Piano Foundation Prize

00:00 - 5 June, 2013
DOS Architects Win Renzo Piano Foundation Prize, Duncan Terrace / Courtesy of DOS Architects
Duncan Terrace / Courtesy of DOS Architects

London-based DOS Architects were just announced as the winners of the Renzo Piano Foundation Prize, awarded to the best young Italian Architectural practice. Founded by the Italian-Spanish partnership of Lorenzo Grifantini and Tavis Wright in 2006, the award-winning firm has a wide range of domestic and commercial projects across West Africa, the Middle East and the UK. Featured in the gallery of images is their Duncan Terrace, a residential project completed in 2011 in the UK. DOS Architects truly exemplify a dedication to developing quality architectural work. More images after the break.

Video: American Design Club

00:00 - 5 June, 2013

A First Look at Peter Zumthor’s Design for the LACMA

00:00 - 5 June, 2013
© 2013 Museum Associates / LACMA
© 2013 Museum Associates / LACMA

Coming at a crucial time in which Los Angeles is at risk of “losing its reputation as a center for innovative architecture,” museum director Michael Govan and Swiss architect Peter Zumthor have unveiled preliminary plans for what they hope will be the new home of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). If approved, this $650 million proposal - nearly five years in the making - would replace the dated William Pereira-designed campus and its 1986 Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates-designed addition with an organically-shaped, dark-grey concrete and glass Zumthor original. 

More information after the break, including Peter Zumthor’s project description...

Trevox 223 / CRAFT Arquitectos

01:00 - 5 June, 2013
Trevox 223 / CRAFT Arquitectos, Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos
Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Naucalpan, Mexico State
  • Collaborators

    Alan Rahmane Azar, Michelle Cadena, Solt Studio
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Year

    2010
  • Photography

    Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos

Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos +45

Metropolis Centre / Bureau XII + 100P

01:00 - 5 June, 2013
Metropolis Centre / Bureau XII + 100P, © Andrei Margulescu
© Andrei Margulescu
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bucharest, Romania
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Torniov, Stefan Petkov, Letitia Barbuica
  • Collaborator

    Milena Filcheva, Delcho Delchev, Svetlana Bakalova, Andrei Munteanu, Alexandru popescu, MIlena Terzieva, Angel Savlakov, Ivo Andreev, Ivan Dragoshinski, Ciresica Micu
  • Structural Engineering

    Z-Group, Maslaev consulting
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Leopold Jordan
  • Area

    27000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Andrei Margulescu © Mihail Novakov © Mihail Novakov © Andrei Margulescu +24

Qasr Garden Museum / Experimental Branch of Architecture

01:00 - 5 June, 2013
© Ali Daghigh
© Ali Daghigh

© Ali Daghigh © Ali Daghigh © Ali Daghigh © Ali Daghigh +47

2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto

00:00 - 4 June, 2013
2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Sou Fujimoto's 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, now complete and standing on the front lawn of London’s Serpentine Gallery, has opened to the press and we are now able to see Iwan Baan's photographs of the temporary pavilion. Fujimoto will be lecturing to a sold out crowd this coming Saturday (June 8th) when the pavilion opens to the general public. The semi-transparent, multi-purpose social space will be on view until October 20th. 

Fujimoto (age 41) is the youngest architect to accept the Serpentine Gallery’s invitation, joining the ranks of Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012)Peter Zumthor (2011)Jean Nouvel (2010)SANAA (2009)and more. He described his Serpentine project as "...an architectural landscape: a transparent terrain that encourages people to interact with and explore the site in diverse ways. Within the pastoral context of Kensington Gardens, I envisage the vivid greenery of the surrounding plant life woven together with a constructed geometry. A new form of environment will be created, where the natural and the man-made merge; not solely architectural nor solely natural, but a unique meeting of the two."

The Guardian has posted both print and video reviews by Oliver Wainwright.


More images by Iwan Baan after the break. See also In Progress: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto.

Haus am Moor / Bernardo Bader Architects

01:00 - 4 June, 2013
Haus am Moor / Bernardo Bader Architects, © Adolf Bereuter
© Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter +14

Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School / Iredale Group Architecture

01:00 - 4 June, 2013
Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School / Iredale Group Architecture, © Andrew Doran
© Andrew Doran
  • Architects

  • Location

    Penticton, BC, Canada
  • Design Team

    Kendall Jessiman, Stefan Walsh, Laura Hildago
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Hildebrand
  • Client

    Penticton Indian Band
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Andrew Doran © Andrew Doran © Andrew Doran © Andrew Doran +17

360 HQ office / edg Corporation Ltd.

01:00 - 4 June, 2013
360 HQ office / edg Corporation Ltd., © David Ho
© David Ho
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Chief Designer

    David Ho
  • Designer

    Echo Zhang, Serena Shu, Tian Ren
  • Area

    36000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© David Ho © David Ho © David Ho © David Ho +25

First of May Neighborhood / CBAyA

01:00 - 4 June, 2013
First of May Neighborhood / CBAyA, © Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli
  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Fe. Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Architects In Charge

    Griselda Bertoni, Eduardo Castellitti, Carlos Castellitti, Jose Ignacio Castellitti,
  • Collaborators

    Ricardo Matias Silvero, Paul Jaramillo, Diego Villar, Mariano Tellechea, Estanislao Niklinson
  • Structures

    Ing. Sala, Rubén
  • Site Area

    329 sqm
  • Area

    1246.0 sqm
  • Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli +13

City Culture Center Competition Entry / Kubota & Bachmann Architects

01:00 - 4 June, 2013
City Culture Center Competition Entry / Kubota & Bachmann Architects, Courtesy of Kubota & Bachmann Architects
Courtesy of Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Designed by Kubota & Bachmann Architects, main purpose of their proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center (TCCC) is the integration of the Gateway Park and the best practice implementation of green architectural policies. Aiming to be the new landmark of Taichung, together with the Gateway Park and the Taiwan Tower, the architectural ambition of the TCCC/Gateway Park is nothing less than creating a world-leading model in sustainable architecture. More images and architects' description after the break.