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The Beauty of Bamboo: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 1 October, 2017
The Beauty of Bamboo: The Best Photos of the Week, © Jimbawan
© Jimbawan

Bamboo has been used by man as a construction material since ancient times. The amazing thing about bamboo, besides being a totally natural material, is that it is sustainable, lightweight, flexible, and inexpensive. Although not widely used in the construction world (at least not when compared to materials like timber), the use of Bamboo enables original and attractive results. This week we have made a selection of 17 photos from well-known photographers such as Julien LanooJohn Gollings, and Pasi Aalto.

Cortesía de asa+architects © Julien Lanoo © adDa Cortesía de asa+architects + 17

Town Hall Extension / Titan

15:00 - 18 August, 2017
Town Hall Extension / Titan, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rue de la Mairie, 85310 Chaillé-sous-les-Ormeaux, France
  • Area

    90.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

08:00 - 12 August, 2017
Spotlight: Jean Nouvel , One Central Park. Image © Murray Fredericks
One Central Park. Image © Murray Fredericks

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."

Institut du Monde Arabe. Image © Georges Fessy One Central Park. Image © Murray Fredericks Doha Office Tower, Qatar. Image © Nelson Garrido Police Headquearters & Charleroi Danses / Ateliers Jean Nouvel + MDW Architecture. Image © Filip Dujardin + 13

Bon Lait Sports Hall / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten

11:00 - 28 July, 2017
Bon Lait Sports Hall  / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 12

Bussy Saint George 77 / Antonini + Darmon Architectes & Rmdm Architects

00:00 - 27 July, 2017
Bussy Saint George 77 / Antonini + Darmon Architectes & Rmdm Architects, © Pierre l'excellent
© Pierre l'excellent

© Julien Lanoo © Pierre l'excellent © Julien Lanoo © Pierre l'excellent + 53

10 Incredible Exposed Structures: Photos of the Week

14:00 - 23 July, 2017

Putting aside finishes, coatings, and cladding to work with exposed structural elements is not an easy task. Faced with this challenge, architects have demonstrated an eagerness to surpass ourselves and to design increasingly creative structures. In portraying this type of project, there are often opportunities for photographers to create incredible and innovative compositions: from geometric patterns, to the use of symmetry and rhythm, to the possibility of focusing on the textures and details of the materials. Here, we present a selection of photographs of impressive structures by renowned photographers such as Iwan Baan, Julien Lanoo and Yao Li, among others.

© ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart © Boegly + Grazia © Courtesy of CCDI © Eric Dinardi + 12

"Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding" by Julien Lanoo

14:00 - 1 July, 2017

Architectural photographer Julien Lanoo is known for his storytelling. His documentary-style photographs of the built environment range from Adjaye Associates' Aishti Foundation, OMA’s CCTV and the Oslo Architecture Triennale to name a few. Now the photographer has released a short film: introducing Canadian-Ghanaian architect Akwasi McLaren as he tells the story behind building his eco-lodge in the Cape 3 Points region of Ghana. Broken down into 3 chapters, “Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding” follows McLaren’s journey from designing his parents’ hotel in Ghana as a student to building his beloved lodge on the beach, to his hopes of sharing the valuable skills of ecological building and craftsmanship to cities.

Spotlight: Herzog & de Meuron

10:30 - 8 May, 2017
Spotlight: Herzog & de Meuron, VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra
VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra

Led by Jacques Herzog (born 19 April 1950) and Pierre de Meuron (born 8 May 1950), most descriptions of Herzog & de Meuron projects are almost paradoxical: in one paragraph they will be praised for their dedication to tradition and vernacular forms, in the next for their thoroughly modern innovation. However, in the hands of Herzog & de Meuron this is no paradox, as the internationally renowned architectural duo combine tradition and innovation in such a way that the two elements actually enhance each other.

VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra 1111 Lincoln Road. Image © Nelson Garrido, Reprinted with permission from MBeach1, LLLP. Parrish Art Museum. Image © Matthu Placek Messe Basel New Hall. Image Courtesy of Messe Basel + 28

Adjaye Associate's Aishti Foundation Photographed by Julien Lanoo

14:00 - 27 April, 2017
Adjaye Associate's Aishti Foundation Photographed by Julien Lanoo, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

In this series, photographer Julien Lanoo turns his camera toward Adjaye Associates' Aishti Foundation in Beirut, a shopping center and museum showcasing the private contemporary art collection of Tony Salamé, the founder of Lebanese luxury retailer Aishti. 

Located on a coastal brownfield site in central Beirut, the building integrates the two distinct programs by establishing what the architects call a "celebration of views into the spaces as well as a homogenising tiled design that presents a language throughout the building’s floor, façade and roof." Interior spaces are organized around a reflective central atrium, while an undulating landscape along the water reclaims seaside public space, and opens up views over the city of Beirut.

Check out the full photoset, below.

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 19

The First-Ever International Bamboo Architecture Biennale, Captured by Julien Lanoo

16:00 - 24 April, 2017
The First-Ever International Bamboo Architecture Biennale, Captured by Julien Lanoo, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

Last september, the first-ever International Bamboo Architecture Biennale was held in the peaceful village of Baoxi in China's Zhejiang province. Curated by local artist Ge Qiantao and architect George Kunihiro, the event saw the construction of 18 bamboo-centered structures designed by 12 architects, including notable names such as Kengo Kuma, Vo Trong Nghia, Anna Herringer, Li Xiaodong and Simon Velez. Aimed at exploring the potential of the sustainable material within contemporary architecture, the structures were built as permanent fixtures that will continue to serve the town after the Biennale’s close.

In this photoset, photographer Julien Lanoo has captured the vibrant results of the inaugural event, exhibiting the structures against the rural mountain landscape.

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 50

Nursery in Toulouse / OECO Architectes + V2S Architectes

05:00 - 25 March, 2017
Nursery in Toulouse / OECO Architectes + V2S Architectes, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo  © Julien Lanoo  © Julien Lanoo  © Julien Lanoo  + 10

Elytra Filament Pavilion / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart

15:00 - 7 March, 2017
Elytra Filament Pavilion / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 18

Sport Center “Véronique Pecqueux-Rolland“ Longvic / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten + Sénéchal-Auclair Architectes

02:00 - 13 January, 2017
Sport Center “Véronique Pecqueux-Rolland“ Longvic / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten + Sénéchal-Auclair Architectes, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 13

Poissy Galore / AWP + HHF

03:00 - 9 January, 2017
Poissy Galore / AWP +  HHF, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 40

  • Architects

    AWP, HHF
  • Location

    Carrières-sous-Poissy, France
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

School Jean-Monnet / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architects + CDA Architectes

03:00 - 4 January, 2017
School Jean-Monnet / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architects + CDA Architectes, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 14

The Parking Silo & Business Hive / TANK Architectes

10:00 - 24 November, 2016
The Parking Silo & Business Hive / TANK Architectes, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo Courtesy of TANK Architectes + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    59200 Tourcoing, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Tiphaine Vasseur, Franck Landrot
  • Area

    17470.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Maison Stéphane Hessel / JDS Architects

02:00 - 17 November, 2016
Maison Stéphane Hessel / JDS Architects, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lille, France
  • Author

    Julien De Smedt
  • Project Leaders

    Kamile Malinauskaite, Renaud Pereira
  • Area

    6.98 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Spotlight: SANAA

08:00 - 29 October, 2016
Spotlight: SANAA, Grace Farms. Image © Dean Kaufman
Grace Farms. Image © Dean Kaufman

Founded in 1995 by architects Kazuyo Sejima (born 29 October 1956) and Ryue Nishizawa (born 7 February 1966), SANAA is world-renowned for its white, light buildings grounded in the architects’ Japanese cultural origins. Despite the white exteriors, their architecture is far from modernist; the constant incorporation of ambiguity and doubt in SANAA’s buildings is refreshing and playful, taking the reflective properties of glass and brightness of white to a new level.