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Denton Corker Marshall's Australian Pavilion to Debut at the 56th Venice Biennale

The first building to be constructed in Venice in the past two decades, Denton Corker Marshall's Australian Pavilion will welcome its first visitors on May 9, as part of the 56th Venice Biennale. 

Move Over, Green Walls: Living Canopy Comes to West Vancouver

Courtesy of Matthew Soules Architecture
Courtesy of Matthew Soules Architecture

Imagine walking beneath an illuminated canopy of lush greenery, in the form of inverted pyramids sculpted to perfection. In early August 2014 visitors were welcomed by this succulent living roof to the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, British Columbia. Guests were guided through the fairgrounds beneath the 90-foot long canopy, creating an immersive sensory experience befitting the interdisciplinary creative arts festival. Designed by Matthew Soules Architecture and curated by the Museum of West VancouverVermilion Sands was created as a temporary installation for the ten day festival.  

Submerge yourself in Vermilion Sands with photos and more info after the break.

Mirrored Seafront Pavilion Among Seven Installations at Festival Des Architectures Vives

Each summer, the French cities of Montpellier and La Grande Motte host Le Festival Des Architectures Vives (Festival of Lively Architecture). These twin festivals seek to raise awareness about architecture among the public, and to give needed exposure to the work of up-and-coming designers. In the process, they also draw attention to previously unknown places in the two cities—in Montpellier, many of the private courtyards in the city are opened to the public specifically for the festival. In La Grande Motte, the exhibition weaves its way through the city center, a site designated as “Heritage of the 20th Century” due to the prevalence of works designed by architect Jean Balladur. This year’s festivals featured a total of 18 temporary installations. Read more about the festivals, and view photos, after the break.

Marion Moustey and Alex Arcens Onde Sensuelle- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski Lea Corba and Nicolas Baudru's Sensualite Invisible- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski Fakir's Sens Dessous Sen Dessous- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski

Milan Expo 2015: Barn-Inspired Design Unveiled for US Pavilion

New York-based firm Biber Architects has unveiled its design for the US pavilion - "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet" - at the Milan Expo 2015. An airy, barn-inspired structure, the design represents the pavilion’s food-centric theme, focusing on a farm-to-table food model and sustainable production.

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

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 Nordic Pavilion 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 Venice, homes rented through AIRBnB (although not the company itself) will host an independently curated pavilion. 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

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 Biennale’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

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 Rem Koolhaas’ 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 Prada 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 Prada 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. 

Folding Red / Jike Zhicheng

  • Architects: Jike Zhicheng
  • Location: Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, China
  • Collaborate Design: Tonghe Shanzhi
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng

Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng

Vaulted Cork Pavillion / Pedro de Azambuja Varela + Maria João de Oliveira + Emmanuel Novo

  • Architects: Pedro de Azambuja Varela, Maria João de Oliveira, Emmanuel Novo
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Coordination: Alexandra Paio, José Pedro Sousa
  • Sponsor: Amorim Isolamentos Lda
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Joao Morgado

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado

Design Miami Pavilion / formlessfinder

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.

HygroSkin-Meteorosensitive Pavilion / Achim Menges Architect + Oliver David Krieg + Steffen Reichert

  • Architects: Achim Menges Architect, Oliver David Krieg , Steffen Reichert
  • Location: 45100 Orléans-la-Source, France
  • Project Team: Steffen Reichert, Boyan Mihaylov (Achim Menges)- Prof. Achim Menges, Oliver David Krieg, Steffen Reichert, Nicola Burggraf, Zachary Christian, David Correa, Katja Rinderspacher, Tobias Schwinn with Yordan Domuzov, Tobias Finkh, Gergana Hadzhimladenova, Michael Herrick, Vanessa Mayer, Henning Otte, Ivaylo Perianov, Sara Petrova, Philipp Siedler, Xenia Tiefensee, Sascha Vallon, Leyla Yunis (ICD University of Stuttgart)
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ICD University of Stuttgart

Courtesy of ICD University of Stuttgart Courtesy of ICD University of Stuttgart Courtesy of ICD University of Stuttgart Courtesy of ICD University of Stuttgart

Hygge House / Plain Projects + Pike Projects + Urbanink

  • Architects: Plain Projects, Pike Projects, Urbanink
  • Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Landscape Architect: Liz Wreford Taylor
  • Landscape Architectural Intern: Shawn Stankewich
  • Creative Director: Marcelle Lussier
  • Designer: Evan Marnoch
  • Architectural Intern: Colin Grover
  • Photographs: Jen Pauls, Evan Marnoch, Dan Harper, Liz Wreford Taylor

© Evan Marnoch © Evan Marnoch © Dan Harper © Liz Wreford Taylor

Taichung Infobox / Stan Allen Architect

  • Architects: Stan Allen Architect
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Project Team: Stan Allen, FAIA; Marc McQuade; Chris Oliver; Rosalyne Shieh; Dahlia Roberts;
  • Associate Architect: W.B. Huang Architects & Planners
  • Project Coordinator: Feng Chia University Design Center
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect, Iwan Baan

©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect

Synthesis Design + Architecture Wins Competition to Design Pavilion for Volvo

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 pavilion to showcase and charge Volvo’s new plug-in electric hybrid, the V60. 

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

Thanks to Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, Portugal's two Pritzker Laureates, Sao Paulo will soon have its own temporary summer pavilion - a la the Serpentine Gallery - in the city's most important green space: Ibirapuera Park. 

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