Andrea Giannotti

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Grey Brick Galleries, Red Brick Galleries, Three Shadows Photographic Centre by Ai Weiwei at Cao Chang Di, Beijing

Red Brick Galleries
Red Brick Galleries

Architect: Fake Design, Ai Weiwei Location: Cao Chang Di, Beijing Photographs: Li Shi Xing, Andrea Giannotti

Beijing urban expansion _ The fast and enormous urban development of Beijing has transformed the city into a metropolis made of suburban residential compounds, abandoned industrial plants, community housing blocks from the 70s-80s and popular self-grown villages. A mix of high rise residential areas, business districts, impressive infrastructures enclosing spontaneous house areas surviving the demolition and renovation dictated by the construction market. The population has grown from 1 to 18 millions in 60 years, and the size of the city has reached 5 times the ancient capital within the walls – the 2nd Ring Road.

The urban expansion, mostly based on imported urban models and low quality constructions, has been exploding in the past 30 years, and it is rooted with political and economical decisions, as well as local culture and history. Briefly, Beijing is a stunning showcase of urban consequences happening in the world’s first growing economy, during an explosive industrial revolution.

House in Ookayama / Torafu Architects

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  • Architects: Torafu Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  105
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

AD Classics: St. Mary Cathedral / Kenzo Tange

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Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Kenzo Tange
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2541
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  1964

New Art Museum / SANAA

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AD Interviews: Maurice Nio

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© Courtesy of Maurice Nio

In the Dutch architectural scene, beside the famous offices and well known practices, there is a list of young architects which catch the attention of the critics because of their outstanding conceptual approach and realized works. Maurice Nio is one of the most interesting architects of his generation. During an interview with him, we analyzed some of his works, regarding conceptual meaning, architectural aspects, and realized results.

His interest in cinema, writings and “contemporary sub-culture” have been evident since his final project at TU Delft – a house for Michael Jackson. Mixing up and recalling other fields than architecture is a constant mark in his works. Not only in naming the projects. The Cyclops.

Blok1 / GROUP A

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  • Architects: GROUP A
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

MAXXI Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Rome, Italy
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  27000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Goppion, PBA, Sto, Zumtobel

Caballero Fabriek in Den Haag / GROUP A

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  • Architects: GROUP A
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  14500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008

Villa Bussum / GROUP A

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architects: GROUP A
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  280
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2005

Muziekgebouw / 3XN

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  • Architects: 3XN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  15000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2005

Hotel Fouquet Barrière / Edouard François

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  • Architects: Edouard Francois
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  18000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2006

Church of 2000 / Richard Meier & Partners

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Rome, Italy