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Winery in Oiry / Giovanni PACE Architecte

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Fabrizio Barozzi on Finding the Specific and Avoiding the Generic in Architecture

Established in 2004, Spanish studio Barozzi/Veiga have become known for their intellectual approach to design and their precise solutions which draw on both local conditions and a sense of uniqueness - an approach which recently won them the Mies van der Rohe Award for their Philharmonic Hall SzczecinIn this interview, originally published in the August issue of Indian Architect & Builder under the title "Script of Simplicity," Fabrizio Barozzi speaks about the award-winning Philharmonic Hall Szczecin, the connection Barozzi/Veiga keeps between research and design, and how they avoid the generic in their architecture.

Indian Architect & Builder: Tell us a little about Barozzi/Veiga; the ideas, principles and core philosophies of your practice.

Fabrizio Barozzi: We always try to create an "essential" architecture. We understand essential architecture as a public architecture, an architecture that intends to generate some positive changes in the community for which it is built. An architecture that arises in a context without harshness, specific and inspired by its environment. We believe that this kind of approach to architecture is what brings out the characteristics of each site and therefore the diversity of ideas that exist in the world.

The BIC Structure is an Undulating Canopy Made from 10,000 Pens

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© Julien Lanoo

Since the invention of the product in 1950, over 100 billion BIC pens have been produced—now, 10,000 of those pens make up The BIC Structure, an experimental pavilion constructed by AAU Anastas,  Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos from the University of Miami and Yann Santerre for the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) symposium in Amsterdam.

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Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

The winner of the Wolf Prize in 2005 and the Pritzker of 2008, French architect Jean Nouvel has attempted to design each of his projects without any preconceived notions. The result is a variety of projects that, while strikingly different, always demonstrate a delicate play with light and shadow as well as a harmonious balance with their surroundings. It was this diverse approach that led the Pritzker Prize Jury in their citation to characterize Nouvel as primarily "courageous" in his "pursuit of new ideas and his challenge of accepted norms in order to stretch the boundaries of the field."

Creche des Orteaux / Avenier Cornejo Architectes

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Housing in Rue de Lourmel / TVK

  • Architects: TVK
  • Location: Rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris, France
  • Area: 11000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Julien Lanoo

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Early Childhood Center / a+ samueldelmas architects urbanistes

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40 Housing Units / LAN Architecture

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INTECS SPA Headquarters / Modostudio + Studio Cattinari

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Mining and Metallurgy Heritage Centre & Café In Banca / V2S architectes

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Boa Canteen / D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates

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Could a Window Office Help You Sleep Better?

Having an office with a view may be more than just a symbol of seniority. New findings show that there are public health benefits associated with working by a window, Fast Co Design reports. An interdisciplinary group of architects and medical researchers compared workers exposed to natural light with those who aren’t, and found that window workers sleep, on average, 46 minutes more a night. They also scored better on self-report health and sleep surveys. Learn more about the study in the full article, “Workers in Windowless Offices Lose 46 Minutes of Sleep a Night,” at Fast Co Design and start convincing your boss that it’s time you had a window office!

Lucie Aubrac School / Saison Menu Architectes Urbanistes

  • Architects: Saison Menu Architectes Urbanistes
  • Location: Roubaix, France
  • Architect in Charge: PassivHaus Conso Less than 15 KWHep / m² shon / year
  • Architect: Mathieu Martin
  • Area: 3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Julien Lanoo

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Strasbourg School of Architecture / Marc Mimram

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  • Architects: Marc Mimram
  • Location: 4 Boulevard du Président Wilson, 67000 Strasbourg, France
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Julien Lanoo

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Six Essential Materials & The Architects That Love Them

In case you missed it, we’re re-publishing this popular post for your material pleasure. Enjoy!

To celebrate the recent launch of our US product catalog, ArchDaily Materials, we've coupled six iconic architects with what we deem to be their favourite or most frequently used material. From Oscar Neimeyer's sinuous use of concrete to Kengo Kuma's innovative use of wood, which materials define some of the world's best known architects?

Porta Susa TGV Station / Silvio d’Ascia Architecture

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