Interviewers Ask: ‘What Is Architecture?’

What is Architecture? (WIA), a small collection of interviews with influential architects from around Europe, seeks to “provide clear and concise information about architecture”, thereby “forming a panoramic view of today’s architectural thinking.” Set up by three of architecture residing in , the WIA team have interviewed the likes of Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects), Sir Peter Cook (CRAB Studio), Jacob and Nathalie van Rijs (MVRDV), and Ben van Berkel (UNStudio). Their collection, though small, is continually expanding.

See a selection of WIA’s interviews after the break (or see the entire collection here).

Wirtschaftspark Breitensee / HOLODECK Architects

© Wolfgang Thaler

Architects: HOLODECK Architects
Location: Goldschlagstraße 172, 1140 Vienna,
Area: 30300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Wolfgang Thaler

House G / HPSA

© Dietmar Hammerschmid

Architects: HPSA
Location: Bergweg 17, 4201, Austria
Area: 150.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid

Center for Technology and Design in St. Pölten / AllesWirdGut Architektur

© / Guilherme Silva Da Rosa

Architects: AllesWirdGut Architektur
Location: Sankt Pölten,
General Planing: ARGE AllesWirdGut FCP
Design Team: Johannes Windbichler, Amir Aman, Isabel Espinoza Tratter, Johann Wittenberger, Christian Zotz, Martin Brandt, Ondrej Stehlik, András Nagy, Ana Pia Ranz, Zuzana Tomanova, Cassandra Guimaraes, David Kovarik, Isabelle Misamer
Area: 14131.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: AllesWirdGut Architektur/ Guilherme Silva Da Rosa

Light Matters: Smart Flying Pixels Create a Floating Glow

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Imagine luminaires that could fly and visualise new buildings or individually guide you through space. What would happen if you could even interact with these flying pixels? These concepts could be realised in the near future as the first prototypes and experiments are being introduced. Software-driven LED pixels combined with drone swarm technology provide extraordinary possibilities for inducing new forms of spatial experience. These luminous pixel clouds emerge as digital patterns, but at the same time they emanate a romantic quality with their unique star formations twinkling in the night sky. The first projects have shared a playful note, but laboratories such as MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, ARES Lab and Ars Electronica Futurelab have shown an intriguing future in for guidance systems or envisioning real estate developments, as advances in battery technology and wireless control have opened new perspectives for a life with smart flying pixels.

House T / Haro Architects

© Stefan Zauner

Architects: Haro Architects
Location: Salzburg,
Architect In Charge: Bernd Haslauer, Roberto Rodríguez Paraja
Collaborators: Angel Muñoz, Christina Golser
Area: 385.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stefan Zauner

Nenzing Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architects

© Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel

Architects: Dietger Wissounig Architects
Location: 6710 , Austria
Area: 5100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel, Petra Rainer

European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced

Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation – Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea

The Holcim Foundation has announced the European winners of its 2014 Holcim Awards for exemplary sustainable design and construction. In light of the complex and interdisciplinary challenges facing the building industry today, the Jury identified target issues of environmental, social, and economical performance alongside architectural excellence and high transferability as intrinsic objectives in the winning projects.

Teams from Italy, France, and Austria were all selected for approaching the challenges of sustainable construction with innovative creativity and social ethos. Each will share over $300,000 in prize money and will be considered for the global awards.

Read more about the winning schemes after the break…

House with Showroom / ao-architekten + Markus Innauer

© Adolf Bereuter

Architects: ao-architekten,
Location: Bezau, Austria
Architect In Charge: ao- and Markus Innauer
Area: 190.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

Special Education Centre in Dornbirn / Marte Marte Architekten

Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

Architects: Marte Marte Architekten
Location: Schulgasse 40, 6850 ,
Architect In Charge: Bernhard Marte, Stefan Marte
Area: 997.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Marte Marte Architekten

Residential Building DMT / [tp3] architekten

© Mark Sengstbratl

Architects: [tp3] architekten
Location: 4490 , Austria
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mark Sengstbratl

Roman Villa / Marte.Marte Architekten

© Marc Lins

Architects: Marte.Marte Architekten
Location: 6830 Brederis,
Architects In Charge: Bernhard Marte, Stefan Marte
Area: 42.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Marc Lins

The Maiden Tower / Marte Marte Architekten

© Marc Lins

Architects: Marte Marte Architekten
Location: 6835 Dafins, Austria
Area: 109.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Lins

Fresach Diocesan Museum / Marte.Marte Architekten

© Marc Lins Photography

Architects: Marte.Marte Architekten
Location: , Austria
Area: 430.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marc Lins Photography

Office Off / heri&salli

© Paul Ott

Architects: heri&salli
Location: Burgenland,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Ott

Residential building AATN / tp3 architekten

© Mark Sengstbratl

Architects: tp3 architekten
Location: 4680 Haag am Hausruck,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mark Sengstbratl

Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK

© Hertha Hurnaus

Architects: SUPERBLOCK
Location: Ernst-Melchior-Gasse 3, 1020 , Austria
Area: 4100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus, Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK

Inside “Places of Power”: Austria’s Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

© Nico Saieh

The 20th Century was a time of significant political unrest, seeing two World Wars and the 70-year rise and fall of a major superpower, the Soviet Union, among countless other conflicts. In some ways, “modernity” could be characterized by the rapid creation and crystallization of huge numbers of nation states since the outbreak of World War One a hundred years ago.

Reacting to the theme of “Absorbing Modernity“ set for the national pavilions at this year’s Venice Biennale, the curators of the Austrian pavilion chose to investigate the area where this political unrest most overlaps with architecture: the Parliament Buildings of countries around the world.

Read the curator’s take on the pavilion after the break