Mark Magazine #21

Mark Magazine #21

Another issue of Mark Magazine arrived a few days ago to our mailbox. Another white stylish cover, this time with a golden finish that matches a seal as the winner of the Golden Cube Art Director´s Club New York 2009. So I´d like to congratulate Fee, Nils, Arthur and David from Mark, a well deserved award.

As usual, the Notice Board introduces us to recently awarded projects and other projects in the boards, such as the Planetarium by Saucier + Perrote Architectes, the Museo Tamayo by Michel Rojkind + BIG, the Cuajimalpa Tower by Meir Lobaton + Kristjan Donaldson, or The Tolerant City Masterplan by ADEPT + Schonherr landscape. Practices also included on this section: ECDM, Kythreotis Architects, KLNB, Allard Architecture, 51N4E, COBE, Transform, Avery Associates, DLA, X-TU, Taller Veinticuatro, MXG, MAPT, Dark Architects, Manuelle Gautrand, Antonini + Darmon, PAD, Stephane Bigoni, Antoine Mortemard, Joan Anguita, Agence R, AISTUDIO, Renato Perotti, TEN Arquitectos, Cardbondale, Zaha Hadid, UN Studio and Kaputt!. I particularly like the projects shown on the page above, interesting structures.

Cross section quickly introduces us to recently finished works, such as OFIS’ Alpine Hut, Toyo Ito’s Za Koenji Public Theatre, Michel Rojkind’s building for Nestlé in Mexico, and the Paco de Pombeiro Rural Hotel by Ezzo.

Also includes recent works by Search, Supersudaka, Moatti & Riviere, Mancini Design, Alarin Fouraux + Rem Koolhaas, Ira Koers, Akiko Miya, Ezzo and Chartier Corbasson.

Also, an interesting infographic report, “Totally Monopoly”, by Theo Deutinger and Barbara Weingartner. It shows us a version of the world according to the availability of local version of Monopoly. It looks like Germans like this game a lot, as there are 63 cities and 3 areas with their own licensed version of Monopoly.

Totally Monopoly by Theo Deutinger and Barbara Weingartner

Viewpoint has become my favorite section, with interviews that reveal what’s behind the most innovative young practice out there. On this edition, they interview Made In, a swiss practice formed by Francois Charbonnet and Patrick Heiz. It´s interesting to read the story on how the parctice started, their influences, etc. They include built and unbuilt works, which include Villa Heinz… a fantastic pure volume cantilevering over a hill, supported by 2 small trusses.  This issue also includes an interview with Go Hasegawa & Associates, a young japanese practice with delicate works on small plots.

Villa Heinz by Made In

Long Section goes in depth with recent built works. It includes the stunning Tennis Center in Madrid by Dominique Perrault, which has a retractable roof powered by hydraulic jacks.

Tennis Center in Madrid by Dominique Perrault
Retractable roof at the Tennis Center in Madrid by Dominique Perrault

Also on this section the Studios for a Dance Ballet and a Music Theatre by Jan de Vylder, a concrete/brick building wrapped on a glass skin with many interesting details, and a good use of contrasting colors.

Studios for a Dance Ballet and a Music Theatre by Jan de Vylder

Robert Stone’s Guest House in California disappears thanks to the use of glass on the interior part of the roof and the supporting columns.

Six Colombian architects show their public projects, part of  the acclaimed cultural project of the government that has relied on young practices to deliver buildings of high quality, that double as urban spaces for the community.

Plan B / Orquideorama

Closing this section, a house in Jakarta by Mamostudio, the Sliding House in Suffolk by dRMM and the New Church in Foligno by Doriana & Massimiliano Fuksas.

Sliding House in Suffolk by dRMM

Section Dear Mark covers modern architecture in India, by Michael Webb.

Service area has  articles with architecture critic Dennis Sharp, talking about his collection of 16,000 (!!) architecture magazines, and with  Mario Cucinella about the green strategies for the CSET building in China, among others.

CSET building / Mario Cucinella

Long story short, this issue is packed with fresh architecture of all kinds, and from all over the globe. Already waiting for the next issue.

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Cite: David Basulto. "Mark Magazine #21" 14 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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