2011 is coming to an end, and we prepared a three-day special remembering the best of the best from this incredible year in architecture.
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A 72 cm house in its narrowest point, Apple’s campus in Cupertino, Libeskind’s Military History museum in Dresden, the 2011 Pritzker Prize winner, and an inverted ‘earthscraper’ in Mexico are among our most commented of 2011. Check them all after the break.
Keret House / Centrala In Warsaw, Poland in the district of Wola lies a small crack of space between the buildings on 22 Chłodna Street and 74 Żelazna Street. Jakub Szczęsny of Centrala, recognized the potential to create something unique within this narrow area, and derived a design of an art installation entitled Keret House. The house upon completion shall become the narrowest house in Warsaw, measuring an interior that will vary between 122 centimeters and 72 centimeters in its narrowest spot (read more…)
More about Foster + Partner’s new Apple Campus in Cupertino The city of Cupertino has released more details about the new Apple Campus, revealed back in June. The new documents confirm Foster + Partners as the architects, working with ARUP North America and Kier & Wright, a local civil engineering firm that has worked on Apple’s current campus and buildings for other tech companies (eBay, Nvidia, Cisco, Netflix and Sun, among others) (read more…)
Dresden’s Military History Museum / Daniel Libeskind A decade after Daniel Libeskind’s iconic Jewish Museum opened in Berlin another Libeskind-designed German museum will open – Dresden’s Military History Museum. The projects are more alike than they appear. Both juxtapose aggressively avant-garde design and decidedly pre-modernist structures. Both demand a renewed emotional and intellectual focus on history. Both attempt to make sense of the seemingly senseless – of war, violence, destruction and hatred (read more…)
2011 Pritzker Prize: Eduardo Souto de Moura The Pritzker Prize laureate has been announced: Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. The 58-year-old architect based in Porto worked on his earlier years at Alvaro Siza’s office, another Pritzker Laureate (1992), and opened his own practice in 1980. Since then he has completed over sixty buildings, most of them in Portugal, and also in Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and Switzerland (read more…)
The Earthscraper / BNKR Arquitectura The Earthscraper, designed by BNKR Arquitectura, is the Skyscraper’s antagonist in the historic urban landscape of Mexico City where the latter is condemned and the preservation of the built environment is the paramount ambition. It preserves the iconic presence of the city square and the existing hierarchy of the buildings that surround it (read more…)