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Art or Architecture? 13 Projects That Blur The Boundary

09:30 - 30 April, 2017
Art or Architecture? 13 Projects That Blur The Boundary

Whether architecture is a form of art or not has often been a controversial topic of conversation within the architecture world. If one goes by the general definition of the word "art," architecture could potentially fit within the umbrella term: "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power." As anyone involved in the architectural discipline probably knows, there is an abundance of varying definitions of the word "architecture," so whether its primary purpose is to achieve beauty or to organize space is evidently up for discussion.

Ask Jay A. Pritzker, founder of the Pritzker Prize, and he may say that "architecture is intended to transcend the simple need for shelter and security by becoming an expression of artistry." Ask The Guardian's Jonathan Jones and he may tell you that "architecture is the art we all encounter most often, most intimately, yet precisely because it is functional and necessary to life, it's hard to be clear about where the 'art' in a building begins." But this ambiguity is part of what makes the field of architecture challenging and exciting. To celebrate this complicated aspect of architecture, below we have collected a list of just some of the works that could be seen as art, architecture or both, depending on who’s looking, to provide some context to those blurry boundaries.

© James Dow © Florian Holzherr Courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson © Anders Sune Berg + 14

Herz Jesu Parish Hall / bodensteiner · fest

09:00 - 25 March, 2017
Herz Jesu Parish Hall / bodensteiner · fest, © Florian Holzherr
© Florian Holzherr

© Florian Holzherr Courtesy of bodensteiner · fest © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 24

Holzhaus am Auerbach / Arnhard & Eck

02:00 - 1 September, 2015
Holzhaus am Auerbach / Arnhard & Eck, © Florian Holzherr
© Florian Holzherr

© Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Christine Arnhard Innenarchitektin, Markus Eck Architekt
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Museum of Outdoor Arts Element House / MOS Architects

09:00 - 16 July, 2015
Museum of Outdoor Arts Element House / MOS Architects, © Florian Holzherr
© Florian Holzherr

© Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    County Rd C47C, Anton Chico, NM 87711, United States
  • Design Team

    Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Ashley Bigham, Jason Bond, Ryan Culligan, Gideon Danilowitz, Michael Fa-ciejew, Steven Gertner, Jason Kim, Kera Lagios, Ryan Ludwig, Gabrielle Marcoux, Meredith McDaniel, Elijah Porter, Michael Smith, Mathew Staudt, Marrikka Trotter
  • Area

    1500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Student Activity Center / Overland Partners + WTW Architects

14:00 - 26 March, 2015
Student Activity Center / Overland Partners + WTW Architects, © Chris Cooper
© Chris Cooper

© Fernando Ortega © Chris Cooper © Chris Cooper © Chris Cooper + 26

The Color Inside / Overland Partners + James Turrell Skyspace

01:00 - 28 October, 2014
The Color Inside / Overland Partners + James Turrell Skyspace, © Florian Holzherr
© Florian Holzherr

© Paul Bardagjy © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 18

Cafe Fargo / Davidson Rafailidis

01:00 - 24 February, 2014
Cafe Fargo / Davidson Rafailidis, © Florian Holzherr
© Florian Holzherr

© Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Buffalo, NY, United States
  • Project Team

    Georg Rafailidis (lead), Stephanie Davidson
  • Project Staff

    Jia Ma, Aleksandr Marchuk
  • Area

    82.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Maintenance Facility / Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten

01:00 - 22 May, 2013
Maintenance Facility / Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten, © Florian Holzherr
© Florian Holzherr

© Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 15

ArchDaily 5: The 20 Most Visited Projects of All Time

01:00 - 11 March, 2013

As you might have heard, ArchDaily is celebrating our 5th birthday today! We decided it was time to get a bit nostalgic and look back at the projects of yesteryear, the ones that struck a chord with you, our ArchDaily readers, and helped us get to where we are today.

So, with no further ado, the 20 most visited projects in ArchDaily history! Beginning with....

See our 20 most popular projects of all time, after the break...

Salvartor Car Park / Peter Haimerel Architektur

01:00 - 29 December, 2012
© Gero Wortmann
© Gero Wortmann

© Florian Holzherr © Gero Wortmann © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 17

Venice Biennale 2012: Aircraft Carrier / Israeli Pavilion

15:00 - 14 September, 2012
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The Israeli pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, titled Aircraft Carrier, deals with the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture since 1973, and the American influences that made them possible.

Curators Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram and Dan Handel defined four major architectural phenomena that demonstrate these changes – Signals, Emporiums, Allies and Flotillas – and invited five leading Israeli and international artists and architecture photographers to reflect on them. Participants include Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra (Check out an interview with Guerra here!), along with Assaf Evron, Florian Holzherr, Nira Pereg and Jan Tichy. Continue after the break for more.

Venice Biennale 2012: Aircraft Carrier / Israeli Pavilion

15:00 - 24 July, 2012
Aircraft Carrier: The Textile Compound, Tel Aviv by Fernando Guerra; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier
Aircraft Carrier: The Textile Compound, Tel Aviv by Fernando Guerra; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier

This year’s Venice Biennale will kick off on August 29th and run through November 25th and will feature a pavilion from Israel called “Aircraft Carrier”.  The collected work confronts the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture since 1973, and the American influences that made them possible.  The curators of the exhibit, Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram and Dan Handel defined four major architectural phenomena that epitomize these changes:  Signals, Emporiums, Allies and Flotillas.  The curators invited five leading Israeli and international artists and architectural photographers to reflect on these ideas.  Participants include Assaf Evron, Fernando Guerra, Florian Holzherr, Nira Pereg, and Jan Tichy and product designer Tal Erez.

Stop by after the break to see some of the work to be featured as part of “Aircraft Carrier”.

VIP Wing / Erich Gassmann Architekten - Tina Assmann

01:00 - 2 May, 2012
VIP Wing / Erich Gassmann Architekten - Tina Assmann, © Florian Holzherr
© Florian Holzherr

© Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 19

New Factory Building / Peter Zinganel

01:00 - 22 February, 2011
New Factory Building / Peter Zinganel, © Florian Holzherr
© Florian Holzherr

© Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Elin Motoren Straße 1, A-8160 Weiz, Austria
  • Architects

    Architektur Consult ZT GmbH/Peter Zinganel
  • Area

    16434.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

01:00 - 22 December, 2010
Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, © Florian Holzherr
© Florian Holzherr

© Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Florham Park, NJ, United States
  • Design Partner In Charge

    Roger Duffy
  • Project Architect

    Darrell Puffer
  • Project Manager

    Christopher McCready
  • Campus Area

    133275 m2
  • Area

    84286.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Floating House / MOS Architects

01:00 - 29 December, 2008
Floating House / MOS Architects

Floating House / MOS Architects Floating House / MOS Architects Floating House / MOS Architects Floating House / MOS Architects + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Canada
  • Architects

    MOS - Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample
  • Design Team

    Fred Holt, Chad Burke, Ryan Bollom, Forest Fulton, Temple Simpson, Marcin Kedzior, Jimenez Lai
  • Engineering

    David Bowick, Blackwell Engineering
  • Construction

    Kropf Industries, Penfold Construction
  • Area

    186.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005