Spatial Relations Take Centre Stage in MoMA’s Newest Architectural Exhibition

Herzog & de Meuron’s National Stadium, Beijing. 2008. Image © Iwan Baan

What influence do art and space have on the contemporary architectural design process? MoMA‘s most recent on architecture and design Conceptions of Space strives to answer this question. Themed under the umbrella of spatial relations, Curator Pedro Gadanho ruminates on the subject in a broad and philosophical sense. The exhibition delves into the topic using an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating research from French philosopher Michel Foucault on the subject of the expanded field. The exhibition aims to explore the relationship between the development of space and its deep-seated roots in the creative arts.

Pezo Von Ellrichshausen’s Poli House Wins Inaugural MCHAP for Emerging Architecture

Poli House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Yesterday at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT), Pezo Von Ellrichshausen was awarded the prestigious Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) for Emerging Architecture. Selected for their finely crafted, Poli House, which serves as both a summer residence and cultural center on the Coliumo Peninsula, the Chilean firm was the first practice ever to receive the prize. 

Wiel Arets, Kenneth Frampton, and Dominique Perrault, among others on the esteemed jury, deemed the Poli House to be “the most outstanding built work in the Americas” completed by an emerging practice within the preceding two years. 

Pezo Von Ellrichshausen will be awarded with a $25,000 prize and an IIT research professorship that will focus on rethinking the metropolis. 

Come July, a winner of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize will be select for being the “best architectural work in the Americas.” 

Gago House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

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Architects: Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Location: , , Biobío Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Area: 241.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Solo House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

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Architects: Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Location: Cretas, Teruel,
Architects In Charge: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Area: 313.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Siza, Souto de Moura, Kuma Reflect on Their ‘Sensing Spaces’ Exhibitions

As an accompaniment to their ongoing Sensing Spaces Exhibition in London, the Royal Academy of Arts has produced six wonderful films interviewing the architects involved in the exhibition, unearthing what motivates and inspires them as architects, and what the primary themes of their exhibition projects are.

The above video features both Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, who both designed their Sensing Spaces exhibits with the other in mind. Siza explains his preoccupation with the joints between the natural and the man-made through his Leça Swimming Pool complex, and the way the rock formations informed his interventions. He also introduces his one-time protégé Souto de Moura’s Braga stadium as expressing the same understanding of the natural and man-made.

See videos from the 5 other Sensing Spaces participants after the break

Seven Architects Transform London’s RA into Multi-Sensory Experience

Installation (Blue Pavilion) by . © , London, 2014. Photography: James Harris

This past week London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA) celebrated the opening of, what many claim to be, one of the most “epic” and “enchanting” exhibitions of 2014: Sensing Space: Architecture Reimagined. With a series of large scale installations by some of profession’s most acclaimed architects, such as Eduardo Souto de Moura, and Kengo Kuma, the immersive exhibition creates an atmosphere that encourages visitors to become part of the experience and open their minds to the sensory realm of architecture.

“Architecture is so often the background to our lives,” stated curator Kate Goodwin. “We often don’t think about it – it’s practical and functional, but when does it do something more?”

A preview of the installations, after the break.

Cien House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

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Architects: Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Location: Lo Pequeñ, Concepción, Biobío Region,
Design Team: Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen
Project Area: 430.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photography: Cristóbal Palma, Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Solo Houses: When Architects Are Given Carte Blanche

Casa Fujimoto / Sou Fujimoto. Image © by-encore.com, via Solo Houses

French developer Christian Bourdais has enlisted eight architects to develop vacation homes on a 50-hectare nature reserve about two hours south of Barcelona. So far, so normal. However, each participant in the “Solo Houses” experiment was given what every architect dreams of (and hardly ever receives): carte blanche. The results, from the likes of Sou Fujimoto, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, and more, are stunning. See them all after the break…

Biennial of the Americas 2013: Draft Urbanism

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Colorado’s Biennial of the Americas has invited artists and architects from across the Americas to participate in the second edition of Draft Urbanism: a citywide exhibition that examines the evolving relationship we have with our cities. This year, four architects – plan:b arquitectos (Colombia), Pezo von Ellrichshausen (), June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge&Chermayeff (New York/Berlin), and Alex Schweder (New York) – were commissioned to each design and build a large-scale installation that address site-specific urban challenges and key planning issues presently facing downtown .

With urban challenges ranging from Denver’s over abundance of surface parking lots to the effects of an 8-lane thoroughfare that splits the downtown core, these four installations aim to portray a deep understanding of the city’s history while proposing innovative ways in which art can address our urban future.

Read on to learn about the installations and view a short film for each by Cristobal Palma.

Seven Architects, Seven Multi-Sensory Installations Planned for London’s RA

Concept image of environment by Li Xiaodong, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, detail.Li Xiaodong

The Royal Academy of Arts’ (RA) in London will soon be transformed into a multi-sensory “architectural maze” with the construction of seven installations by seven world-famous architects for the exhibit, Sensing Space: Architecture Reimagined. Participants, handpicked by curators Kate Goodwin and Drue Heinz, include , Eduardo Souto de Moura, Pezo von Ellrichshausen and .

Spotlight Award: Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects

Poli House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen ©

The bold, yet seemingly simplistic geometric structures designed by architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen of Pezo von Ellrichshausen are turning heads internationally, as the Chilean firm has been announced as the recipient of the fourth annual Spotlight Award. Presented by the Houston-based non-profit Rice Design Alliance (RDA), the international award spotlights “exceptionally gifted” architects during the early phase of their professional careers.

2G / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

The monograph presents a new way of approaching Chilean architecture. In the wake of the interesting publications of Mathias Klotz (2G 26, 2003), Smiljan Radic (2G 44, 2007) and Cecilia Puga (2G 53, 2010), now comes that of  Pezo von Ellrichshausen, a firm that has proven itself around the world for its consistently outstanding, contemporary works (you can see some examples here).

Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects at the Venice Biennale

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Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects shared with us their exhibition at the Biennale, showing two buildings with a similar size are located in two different contexts. A light grey concrete piece rests in the middle of a natural scene. A cooper oxide green concrete prism stands in the middle of a suburban setting. Two opposite conditions which are presented by a disproportionate relationship between figure and background. The proposed constructions are reproduced as small sculptural models. The landscape is recorded in a huge panoramic backlight photograph. The objects, autonomous from their location, seem insignificant in front of the monumental effort of trying to capture most of the details and complexities of the surroundings.

Pael House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects

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Architects: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Location: Concepcion, Chile
Client: Gabriela & Humberto Broitman
Collaborators: Konstantin Konig, Ivan Fierro
Structure: German Aguilera
Construction: Claudio Loosli
Sanitary project: Marcelo Valenzuela
Electrical project: Carlos Martinez
Model photography: Ana Crovetto
Plot area: 500 sqm
Built area: 287 sqm
Project date: 2007
Construction date: 2008-2009
Architecture Photographs: Cristobal Palma

Fosc House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects

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© Cristobal Palma

Architects: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Location: Road to El Venado nº 1130, San Pedro, Chile
Models: Oscar Otarola, Helena Lennert
Structure: German Aguilera
Construction: Ricardo Ballesta
Sanitary project: Marcelo Valenzuela
Electrical project: Carlos Martinez
Constructive system: Reinforced
Exterior finishing: Cooper Oxide tinted concrete, aluminium window frames
Interior finishing: Painted concrete and wood, wooden and stone floors
Plot area: 597 sqm
Built area: 160 sqm
Project date: 2007
Construction date: 2008-2009
Model photographs: Ana Crovetto
Photographs: Cristobal Palma

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Field / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Photo by Mauricio Pezo
Photo by Mauricio Pezo

Project: Field
Location: Arts Quad, University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Client: AAP, Escuela de Arquitectura, Cornell University
Architects: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen, Yehre Suh
Collaborators: Sae-Jun Ahn, Laura Amaya, Jesica Bello, John Best, Irina Chernyakova, Constanza Cortes, Karen Drummund, Monica Alexandra Freundt, Thea von Geldern, Lisa Hollywood, Amanda Lee Huang, Soyoung Jung, Kyle Keene, Jina Kim, Viola Diane Kosseda, Weonyoung Joy Lee, Chris Leonberg, Timothy Liddell, Jacqueline Liu, Hana Ovcina, Mia Ovcina, Mansi Ajit Pandey, Anna Pelavin, Hilary Pinnington, Mitchell W. Pride, Lorena Quintana, Ashley Reed, Samuel J. Reilly, Landon Gary Robinson, Hira Sabuhi, Johann Schweig, Courtney Song, Jerome Soustra, Rachel Tan, Margarita Urquiza, Mauricio Vieto, Zhiqiang Wang, Christopher Werner, Sonny Meng Qi Xu, Soo Jung Yoo, Milena Zindovic
Photography: Karen Brummund, Mauricio Pezo, Irina Chernyakova, Jesica Bello
Project year: 2009
Construction Year: 2009
Surface: 30.000 m2
Budget: 3000 USD

This installation establishes an optical exercise extended into a landscape format. Field is a continuous and homogenous installation of 2800 red sacks filled with straw (21” wide x 32” high) that covered the entire Arts Quad of the Cornell University Campus, in Ithaca (NY). The sacks were distributed in a 10 feet by 10 feet regular grid that followed the natural slope of the ground surface.

Parr House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects

Architects: Pezo von von Ellrichshausen ArchitectsMauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Location: Galvarino st 1983, Chiguayante, Chile
Project date: 2006
Construction date: 2007-2008
Plot area: 2.835 m2
Built area: 532 m2
Architecture photography: Cristobal Palma
Model photography: Ana Crovetto

Wolf House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen Arquitectos

Architects: Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen
Location: Calle Bureo nº 2364, Sector Andalue, San Pedro, Chile
Client: Juan Carlos Heijboer
Plans: Pezo von Ellrichshausen
3D Drawings & Renders: Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Model: Jorge Silva
Project Year: 2005 – 2006
Construction Year: 2006 – 2007
Site Area: 362 sqm
Constructed Area: 136 sqm
Budget: US $520 /sqm
Photographs: Cristóbal Palma
Structure Engineer: Germán Aguilera
Construction Inspection: Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Contractor: Ricardo Ballesta
Services: Juan Carlos Sánchez
Electric instalations: Carlos Martínez