Here at ArchDaily we are still pretty amped about the Flight Assembled Architecture exhibit by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello d’Andrea, in cooperation with ETH Zurich. Located at the FRAC Center in Orleans, France, the exhibit features flying drones constructing an architectural structure at the scale of a 600m high “vertical village” out of foam blocks. Feel the excitement of viewers as this video documents the process of the growing structure. The exhibit continues on until February 19th.
Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos recently won the international competition for the protection project and musealization of the Gallo-Roman villa of Séviac, in Montréal-du-Gers, France. The project sets up a protective device and does not relate to a known typology that is a technical device with its own logic – a homogeneous-looking device that creates an event – which does not compete with the archaeological remains, but rather gives a new insight into the importance and influence of the villa. The event: to take this opportunity to give contemporary architecture its legitimate place in Gers. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The aim of the design proposal by sam architecture for the sports facilities at Lille-Fives was to create a pure and efficient building. The clearly identifiable shape of the concrete plate, which covers the grandstand and the gymnasium, announces the sport facility from far around. It is undeniably inspired by Future system’s Lords Cricket Ground Media Stand. It truly identifies the building and is ment to become a symbol of the renewal of Lille-Fives, a former industrial and socially fragile district. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Taking place at the Vranken Pommery Monopole in Reims, France, La Fabrique Sonore combines ancient paper folding techniques with contemporary computer-aided-design and manufacturing processes. Curated by Charles Carcopino and Claire Staebler and designed by Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier, the form is inspired by mathematician and origami expert Taketoshi Nojima, especially his work reproducing organic forms from folded paper. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.
OFF & Duncan Lewis SCAPE Architecture shared with us their proposal for the Anglet Logements where they were invited to conciliate a project where the interests of protagonists are sometimes contradictory: the density of needed housing, the neighbors’ quality of living as well as the conservation of fauna and flora. This is an opportunity to invent new scenarios and to propose a strategy that reconciles history and development. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Location: Fontainebleau Forest, France
Client: Communaute De Communes Fontainebleau-Avon
Area: 2,000 sqm + 25 H Landscaping
Value: 9.3 M€ (Inc. Terraces And Landscaping)
Date: Contract Awarded June 2007, Completion 2012 (Phases)
Design Team: Evp (Structures), Alto (Energy And Environmental Consultant), Forgue (Quantity Surveyor) Map (Landscape), Urbatec (Civil Engineer)
Photographs: Courtesy of Joly&Loiret
The proposals by ECDM Architectes for the Zac Seguin consisted of both a high rise and a non high rise building which were both designed as individual elements in an urban mixed composite, where residential, commercial and green spaces combine to form a whole. In their projects, there is a firm horizontal component which proposes a frame, defining the boundaries of the park, the Seine and its emergences, punctuations designed in resonance with other high points on the bend in the river, such as the Horizons tower or the buildings to come on the Seguin Island. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Along with ArtefactoryLab, OLGGA Architects put together this creative video presentation for a social housing competition in Caen, France. The mixed-use building includes 100 affordable housing units, ground floor retail units and community spaces. The residential units gradually stack up to six stories, maximizing the potential of the site while remaining sensitive to the surrounding context. Stepped terraces provide private outdoor spaces for each dwelling unit while simultaneously allowing for optimal daylighting and natural ventilation.
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Onnis Luque, an architectural photographer based in Mexico City, shared with us one of his productions on video, Le Corbusier’s classic Villa Savoye. Completed in 1929, Villa Savoye is a modern take on a French country house that celebrates and reacts to the new machine age. The house single handedly transformed Le Corbusier’s career as well as the principles of the International Style; becoming one of the most important architectural precedents in the history. Situated in Poissy, a small commune outside of Paris, this project marks one of the most significant contributions to modern architecture in the 20th century.
The Flight Assembled Architecture exhibit in Orleans, France opened Friday. The exhibit is the first of its kind as flying drones construct architectural structures. The installation addresses radical new ways of thinking and materializing architecture as a physical process of dynamic formation. The exhibit will take place at the Frac Center. It is designed by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea in collaboration with ETH Zurich.
If you are able to attend, please share your experience with us! The exhibit will conclude on February 19th, 2012.
Taking place on January 15th, the Symposium Metropoles du sud 2012 is a cultural event organized by a hundred students in the master’s program in ENSAM. The day will consist of discussions and meetings on a contemporary problematic issue. For its 4th edition, the Symposium Métropoles du sud will focus on the theme: Territory and new densities. More information on the event after the break.
AWP, a Paris-based architecture firm, was named in July the general contractor for the landscaping of the public spaces and follies situated at the foot of the Grande Arche. The site, located near the future Arena 92 in the Jardins de l’Arche neighborhood, serves as a space for genuine interchange between La Défense and Seine-Arche. The urbanists at AWP are equally responsible for a guide plan for Defacto that will enhance the urban space of La Défense’s business district. More images and architects’ description after the break.