Sverre Fehn’s Drawings for Venice’s Nordic Pavilion To Be Exhibited in Oslo

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Norwegian architect and Pritzker Laureate Sverre Fehn’s original drawings for the Nordic Pavilion in Venice are to be presented alongside Ferruzzi’s monochromatic photographs of the building in an exhibition at the National Museum of Architecture in Oslo. Venice: Fehn’s  documents the incredible task undertaken by Fehn who, at the age of thirty-four, won the competition to design the pavilion and subsequently won international acclaim when the building was completed in 1962.

AIRBNB Pavilion Coming to the Venice

During this year’s Architecture Biennale in , homes rented through AIRBnB (although not the company itself) will host an independently curated . AIRBnB is a six-year old platform through which home owners can rent out rooms, apartments, and entire houses, allowing “the fortress of the family and the individual” to be infiltrated. The pavilion will take advantage of this “infiltration” and how it reveals “the house, the home and today’s life.” To learn more, follow @airbnbpavilion on instagram and twitter.

Venice Biennale 2014: Paraguay to Submit Tensile Water Structure

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Paraguay means “water that flows toward the sea” in the language of the country’s indigenous Guarani people. It is no surprise, then, that Paraguay’s entry for the 2014 Venice Biennale uses water as the primary structural member. Titled “Aqua Alta,” the Paraguayan pavilion responds to the ’s focus on modern fundamentals by stating that modern architecture must achieve more with less.

5 Years Later, A Look Back on OMA’s Prada Transformer

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Today marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of OMA’s Prada Transformer. This fantastical temporary structure, erected in 2009 adjacent to Gyeonghui Palace in Seoul, Korea, is one of ’ most popular projects to date. Composed of a stark white membrane stretched across four steel frame shapes, The Transformer was often referred to as an “anti-blob” –a hexagon, a rectangle, a cross, and a circle leaning against each other to create a tetrahedron-like object reminiscent of a circus tent.  The name Transformer came from the idea that any one of the pavilion’s sides could serve as the building’s floor, allowing for four unique spaces in one building devoted to exhibitions of modern art, fashion and design.

The Transformer played host to four such events, being lifted up and repositioned onto a different face each time via crane. The first was a garment exhibition, displayed using the hexagonal  floor plan.  The second, a film festival that took place on the rectangular floor plan.  A fashion show was staged using the Transformer’s circular floor plan, and an art installation was shown using the cruciform floor plan.  As patron Miuccia stated in an interview with The New York Times, “In my mind they [the arts] may be mixed but I want to keep them separate… So the Transformer concept was not for a generic space, but to be very specific, with all things separate in one building.”

We asked OMA’s Vincent McIlduff to tell us more about this project. See his answers, a photo gallery and a time-lapse video of the transformation after the break!

Video: design/buildLAB’s Reality Check

The design/buildLAB at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design has recently released a new documentary by Leon Gerskovic titled Reality Check, a film that chronicles the journey of 16 students as they undergo the design and construction of their Masonic Amphitheatre in Clifton Forge, Virginia. The project was a complete redevelopment of a post-industrial brownfield into a public park and performance space; the video relates how students collaborated with local community and industry experts to bring meaningful architecture to this struggling American rail town.

Design Miami Pavilion / formlessfinder

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Each December, Design Miami/ commissions early-career architects to build a designed environment for the fair’s entrance as part of its biannual Design Commissions program. This year’s winning proposal, dubbed “Tent Pile,” was designed by the New York-based architectural practice formlessfinder. Its design harnesses the properties of sand and aluminum to create shade, seating, cool air and a space to play for Miami‘s public.

Synthesis Design + Architecture Wins Competition to Design Pavilion for Volvo

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Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA), the forward-thinking Los Angeles-based architecture firm led by architect and USC professor, Alvin Huang, has recently won an international competition to design a rapidly deployable to showcase and charge Volvo’s new plug-in electric hybrid, the V60. 

Volvo’s “Switch to Pure Volvo” competition, organized by international architecture magazine THE PLAN, called for an innovative and original design for a temporary pavilion that expressed a “strong and creative identity” to showcase the car at fairs and open air presentations in Italian squares. SDA’s approach was to use the car’s design as a flexible and sustainable vehicle as the basis to reimagine the typical trade show pavilion. 

Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura To Create Temporary Pavilion in Sao Paolo

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Thanks to Alvaro Siza and , Portugal’s two Pritzker Laureates, Sao Paulo will soon have its own temporary summer – a la the Serpentine Gallery – in the city’s most important green space: Ibirapuera Park.

Silk Pavilion / MIT Media Lab

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“Our research integrates computational form-finding strategies with biologically inspired fabrication“, claims the ‘about’ page of MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter Group. Though this may sound like run-of-the-mill architectural boasting, you are unlikely to find any more exemplary combination of scientific research, digital design and biomimetic construction than their recently completed Silk .

Vieux Port Pavilion / Foster + Partners

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Saturday in Marseille, France, pedestrians and city officials joined Foster + Partners to celebrate the completion of the Vieux Port Pavilion at the mouth of Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbor. Minimal, yet effective, this “discreet” intervention provides a new sheltered events space on the eastern edge of the port. With six slender pillars supporting its razor-thin profile, the polished 46 by 22 meter canopy amplifies and reflects the surrounding movement of the harbor, creating a spectacle that encourages pedestrians to linger.

More on Foster’s Vieux Port Pavilion after the break…

AD Classics: Expo ’58 + Philips Pavilion / Le Corbusier and Iannis Xenakis

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In 1956, preparations had begun for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. This was to be the first World’s Fair held since the end of World War II, the concept behind the Expo was to celebrate the rejuvenation of civilization from the destruction of war through the use of technology. This World Fair is best known for the musical advances that was combined with architecture, creating a gestalt through an experiential encounter where body meets sound and space.

   

Portrait Pavilion / CoOB Architects

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Design: CoOB Architects (Office Jarrik Ouburg + Paulien Bremmer Architects)
Location: Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
Client: Duivenvoorde Castle, Voorschoten (NL)
Curator: Non-Fiction
Artists: Rineke Dijkstra, Koos Breukel, Hendrik Kerstens, Mirjana Vrbaski, Amie Dicke and others.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: CoOB Architects

Rietveld Pavilion at the Kröller-Müller Sculpture Garden

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Architect:
Location: Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands
Project Years: 1955 (Arnhem, the Netherlands), 1965 (Kröller-Müller Museum) and 2010 (rebuilt)
Photographs: Pedro Kok

Flockr Pavilion / SO-IL

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Get It Louder, an acclaimed biannual media and arts festival sponsored by Modern Media of China, features a series of lectures, screenings and exhibitions by over one hundred Chinese and foreign designers, artists, writers and filmmakers. Organized by an international team including Chinese curator and writer Ou Ning and design writer Aric Chen, this year’s theme “SHARISM” focuses on the relationship between public and private realms in the digital age. SO-IL was commissioned to design Get It Louder’s main , which serves as a central hub for the event and houses many of the festival’s activities.

Youturn Pavilion / UNStudio

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UNStudio shared their new pavilion for the 29th Art Biennale in Sao Paulo, Brazil with us.   The project is intended to encourage interaction between the participants and visitors by creating a place for display, discussion, and debate. An artistic expression that also functions programmatically, the pavilion embodies the dynamic geometry and spatial qualities common in the firm’s work (to compare, be sure to check out UNStudio’s New Amsterdam Pavilon or the Burnham Pavilion previously featured on AD).

More about the pavilion, including photographs by Ding Musa after the break.

KOSHO / Studiometrico

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’s Sukkah City competition was a great success, as both the winning entries and the other proposals developed creative and thoughtful spaces.  Check out Studiometrico’s proposal for the competition which is more of a do-it-yourself sukkah.  People can build their own space using a triangular module that folds over itself to provide a sheltered condition.  Interested in the actual construction of the sukkah, the studio built a 1:1 scale prototype to test its feasibility and decided to present the idea to the Citizens of New York by telling the story of how it was built once upon a time, in a hypothetical place, by three imaginary boys.

More images and information about the sukkah, including a short video after the break.

The Hollow / Visiondivision

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Recently, we shared Visiondivision’s Cancer City project – if you haven’t seen it, be sure to check it out as the firm’s fresh outlook results in a new kind of landscape for the animals. Moving from designing a new metropolis for crayfish, the architects have switched gears for their latest project to create a sukkah for an annual Jewish harvest festival.   The proposal is part of the competition for Sukkah City (be sure to view the finalists here), which asked participants to re-imagine the temporary by developing new methods of material practice and parametric design.  For Visiondivison’s proposal, the organic changes the conditions for social interaction and behavior within a simplistic structure of compression.

More images and more about the proposal after the break.

Hungarian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

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Last week we featured some photographs Patricia Parinejad shared with us of the Russian Pavilion for the . Now she sent us the Hungarian , where architects created some really nice spaces with an interesting use of wood pencils hanging from the ceiling.