AR Issues: Architecture Has Nothing in Common with Luxury Goods

Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this editorial from AR’s November 2014 issue, AR Editor Catherine Slessor uses the opening of Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton as occasion to examine the split that has developed within the architectural profession, musing “On how architecture can be either manifestation of vanity or source of social transformation.”

One of the most depressing illustrations of how far architecture has lost its grip on reality is Frank Gehry’s new handbag. Along with other selected ‘iconoclasts’ from the world of fashion, art and design, Gehry was tasked by French luxury goods purveyor to design a bespoke limited edition ‘piece’. Gehry’s new Fondation Louis Vuitton has just opened in Paris and he is the man of the hour, so it seems obvious that after designing a monumental repository for contemporary art, he should turn his hand to the trifling matter of a fashion accessory. The handbag is yours for £2490. The art museum is yours for around £100 million, though some speculate that it cost much, much more.

Pies Descalzos School / Giancarlo Mazzanti

© Sergio Gomez

Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
Location: , Bolivar,
Associated Manater: Juan Manuel Gil
Concept Design: Nestor Gualteros, Rocio Lamprea
Project Development: Fredy Fortich, Rocio Lamprea, Liv Johana Zea, Diego Castro, Maria Sol Echeverri
Interns: Stephany Zapata, Juliana Alzate, Andres Correa, Jessica Jaramillo, Samir Abu-Shibab, Santiago Rincon, Fabvio Caicedo, Alejandra Loreto, Christelle Tsikras, Manuel Gutierrez
Project Area: 11200 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Sergio Gomez, Pies Descalzos Foundation

MCHAP Shortlists the 36 Most “Outstanding Projects” in the Americas

Wiel Arets, Dean of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology () and Dirk Denison, Director of the (MCHAP), have announced the inaugural MCHAP shortlist – 36 “Outstanding Projects” selected from the 225 MCHAP nominees.

“The rich diversity of these built works is a testament to the creative energy at work in the Americas today,” said Arets. “When viewed alongside the innovative work by the MCHAP.emerge finalists and winner, Poli House by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen which we honored in May, we see the evolution of a distinctly American conversation about creating livable space.” See all 36 winners after the break.

Modules and Systems: Architecture for Social Inclusion – A Lecture by Giancarlo Mazzanti

El Porvenir Social Kindergarden / © Rodrigo Davila

‘Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics’ is an exhibition currently taking place at the Center for Architecture. In relation to the exhibition, Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti will be giving a lecture on architecture for social inclusion, Friday, October 11 at 8:30am.

More information after the break.

Flor del Campo Educational Center / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa

© Cristobal Palma

Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa
Location: Bolívar, Antioquia,
Collaborators: Rocío Lamprea, Jairo Ovalle, María Alejandra Pérez, Fredy Pantoja, Andrés Sarmiento, Juliana Angarita, Marcela de la Hoz
Promotor: Ministerio de Educación y FONADE
Contractor: Consorcio Barrancabermeja
Client: Secretaria de Educación del Distrito de Cartagena de Indias DT y C
Area: 6,168 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Cristobal Palma

Timayui Kindergarten / Giancarlo Mazzanti

© Jorge Gamboa

Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
Location: , Colombia
Design Team: Susana Somoza, Andres Sarmiento, Nestor Gualteros, Oscar Cano, Lucia Largo
Structural Engineer: Nicolas Parva
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jorge Gamboa

Four Sport Scenarios / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa (Plan:b)


Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa (Plan:b)
Location: Medellín, Colombia
Constructor: Coninsa-Ramón H
Structural Engineering: Nicolás Parra y Daniel Lozano – CNI Ingenieros
Electrical Engineering: EBINGEL
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

El Porvenir Social Kindergarden / Giancarlo Mazzanti

© Rodrigo Davila

Architect: Giancarlo Mazzanti
Location: Bosa, Bogota, Colombia
Project Team: Fredy Pantoja, Susana Somoza, Ricardo Silva, Andrés Sarmiento, Juliana Angarita, Rocio Lamprea, Jairo Ovalle, Andrés Morales, Maria Alejandra Perez
Collaborators: Felipe Castro, Beatriz Robayo, Ramon Morales
Model: Jaime Borbon
Project Area: 2,100 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Rodrigo Davila

Video: Jardin El Porvenir / Giancarlo Mazzanti by Cristobal Palma

Architecture photographer Cristobal Palma shared with us another of his high quality video productions.

This time he presents us the new Jardin El Porvenir in Bogota, by Giancarlo Mazzanti.

You can see our previous features on Mazzanti’s work, and also other projects photographed by Cristobal Palma.

Soon more info on this project.

Chairama SPA / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa

© Sergio Gomez

Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa (planb)
Location: Bogota,
Project Team: Jaime Borbon, Andres Sarmiento, Maria Fernanda Pizarro, Jorge Gomez, Ivanovha Benedetto, Juan Pablo Giraldo
Façade Graphic Design: Juan David Diez
Design Year: 2008
Construction Year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Sergio Gomez

Video: Flor del Campo / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa, by Cristobal Palma

A few weeks ago we presented you the Sports Facilities for the ODESUR Games in Medellin by Giancarlo Mazzanti + Plan B (Felipe Mesa), a video shot by photographer Cristobal Palma for Abitare.

Cristobal shared with us another high quality video of this new generation of Colombian architects: The Flor del Campo school in de Indias.

I really like the organic shapes of the school, and the pre cast concrete elements on its facade with openings that allow cross ventilation. You can browse more projects by Colombian architects, and projects shot by Cristobal Palma.

Video: Sports Facilities / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Plan B by Cristobal Palma

Since its beginnings, photography quickly became the principal architectural media tool. Now, with all the possibilities given by the new technology, specially new media, it seemed that video was supposed to be the natural evolution. However, only a few have been able to evolve from a fixed frame into a video proposal that can transmit the qualities of a building in motion, with most being just a slideshow with background music or a collage of different shots, which can’t tell more than a fixed photo.

But this is changing, and a few photographers have been able to embrace this new format and make a contribution to how buildings are presented, avoiding the use of a single good framing. This has been the case of the first video shot by photographer Cristobal Palma, a commission from our friends at Abitare.

This video shows the new sports facilities designed by Giancarlo Mazzanti with Plan B (Felipe Mesa) for the ODESUR Games in Medellin, .

For more, you can visit the projects photographed by Cristobal Palma at ArchDaily.

V House / Plan B Arquitectos + Giancarlo Mazzanti

aerial view

Architects: Plan B Arquitectos (Felipe Mesa) + Giancarlo Mazzanti
Location: Urbanización Aposentos, Sabana de Bogotá, Colombia
Collaborators: Viviana Peña, Jose Orozco, Jaime Borbón, Andrés Sarmiento, Juan Pablo Buitrago
Contractor: Jaime Pizarro
Structural Engineer: Nicolás Parra
Design Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Rodrigo Davila

Giancarlo Mazzanti gives a lecture in University of Southern California

University of Southern California’s School of Architecture presents Border Architectures 2000-2008, a lecture by colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti.

Sierra is the founder and principal of Arquitectos based in Bogotá, Colombia. Mazzanti was the recipient of the 2008 Iberoamerican Architecture Biennial award for his most well known work the hilltop park and library, Parque Biblioteca Espana, in Medellin, Colombia.

Lectures are free and open to the public. They are located in the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, on the University Park campus. No reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at Gate 1 off Exposition Blvd.

For more information on the lecture, click here.

Two residential buildings in Bogotá, Colombia / Giancarlo Mazzanti

Giancarlo Mazzanti is a Colombian architect who has designed award winning public buildings, such as the España Library, the Nazca restaurant and the La Ladera Library. By looking at this work, you can see a continuity in terms of materials, colors and space configuration. But also, he plays around on how you appoarch, enter and circulate the buildings.

All of this is put into form again, on two residential buildings: Habitar 72 (left) and Habitar 74 (right).

Maybe I will have the opportunity of interviewing Giancarlo next week. Please leave a comment if you´d like me to ask something in particular.

Now, the buildings:

España Library / Giancarlo Mazzanti

Architect: Giancarlo Mazzanti
Collaborators: Andrés Sarmiento, Juan Manuel Gil, Freddy Pantoja, Camilo Mora, Pedro Saa, Alejandro Piña, Iván Ucros, Gustavo Vásquez
Location: Santo Domingo, Colombia
Project Year: 2005
Construction Year: 2007
Constructed Area: 5500 sqm
Concrete Structure: Sergio Tobón
Steel Structure: Alberto Ashner
Photographs: Sergio Gómez

Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti

Location: La Ladera, Medellín, Colombia
Constructed Area: 6.800sqm
Construction year: 2007
Services: Constructor AIA CONSTRUCTORES
Structural Engineer: Sergio Tobón
Materials: , Wood, Glass
Photos: Sergio Gómez