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Spotlight: Peter Zumthor

06:30 - 26 April, 2019
The Therme Vals. Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
The Therme Vals. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Known for his sensuous materiality and attention to place, 2009 Pritzker Laureate Peter Zumthor (born April 26, 1943) is one the most revered architects of the 21st century. Shooting to fame on the back of The Therme Vals and Kunsthaus Bregenz, completed just a year apart in 1996 and 1997, his work privileges the experiential qualities of individual buildings over the technological, cultural and theoretical focus often favored by his contemporaries.

Bruder Klaus Field Chapel. Image © Samuel Ludwig Steilneset Memorial. Image © Andrew Meredith Saint Benedict Chapel. Image © Felipe Camus Kunsthaus Bregenz. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/heyitschili/4163419615'>Flickr user heyitschili</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a> + 16

Lauriston Road / Gundry + Ducker

01:00 - 21 February, 2019
Lauriston Road / Gundry + Ducker, © Andrew Meredith
© Andrew Meredith

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Holly Hendry Wins the 2019 Experimental Architecture Awards with Playful Sculptural Works

04:30 - 29 January, 2019
Holly Hendry Wins the 2019 Experimental Architecture Awards with Playful Sculptural Works, Courtesy of Holly Hendry
Courtesy of Holly Hendry

Artist Holly Hendry has been announced as the winner of the Experimental Architecture Award, organized by the United Kingdom’s Arts Foundation. London-based Hendry's sculptural works employ the language of architecture and building to challenge the notion of space, permeated by a fascination with rear spaces and open cracks.

The first award of its kind given by the Arts Foundation, the Experimental Architecture Awards was “conceived to bring to light discussions about what new meanings architecture, art & design are bringing to address spatial issues and what role does experimentation play in contemporary practice.” The prize forms part of the Arts Foundation Future Awards 2019, which also features the categories Designer-Makers, Hip Hop Dance, and Poetry & Visual Arts.

Art or Architecture? 13 Projects That Blur The Boundary

09:30 - 30 April, 2017
Art or Architecture? 13 Projects That Blur The Boundary

Whether architecture is a form of art or not has often been a controversial topic of conversation within the architecture world. If one goes by the general definition of the word "art," architecture could potentially fit within the umbrella term: "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power." As anyone involved in the architectural discipline probably knows, there is an abundance of varying definitions of the word "architecture," so whether its primary purpose is to achieve beauty or to organize space is evidently up for discussion.

Ask Jay A. Pritzker, founder of the Pritzker Prize, and he may say that "architecture is intended to transcend the simple need for shelter and security by becoming an expression of artistry." Ask The Guardian's Jonathan Jones and he may tell you that "architecture is the art we all encounter most often, most intimately, yet precisely because it is functional and necessary to life, it's hard to be clear about where the 'art' in a building begins." But this ambiguity is part of what makes the field of architecture challenging and exciting. To celebrate this complicated aspect of architecture, below we have collected a list of just some of the works that could be seen as art, architecture or both, depending on who’s looking, to provide some context to those blurry boundaries.

© James Dow © Florian Holzherr Courtesy of Studio Olafur Eliasson © Anders Sune Berg + 14

T2 Shoreditch / Landini Associates

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
T2 Shoreditch / Landini Associates, © Andrew Meredith
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Brick Awards Shortlist Unveiled

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Brick Awards Shortlist Unveiled, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre / O'Donnell + Tuomey. Image © Dennis Gilbert
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre / O'Donnell + Tuomey. Image © Dennis Gilbert

The Brick Development Association, representing the UK and Ireland, has unveiled its shortlist for the 2014 Brick Awards. The awards recognize excellence in design and construction using brick in 14 different categories. Among the contenders are Zaha Hadid Architects' Serpentine Sackler Gallery , Universal Design Studio's Ace Hotel and Mecanoo's The Library of Birmingham. The winners will be announced on November 12.

See the full shortlist after the break:

Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes 4 Views / AR Design Studio. Image Courtesy of AR Design Studio Ace Hotel London / Universal Design Studio. Image © Andrew Meredith + 9

Ace Hotel London / Universal Design Studio

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Ace Hotel London / Universal Design Studio, Courtesy of Ace Hotel
Courtesy of Ace Hotel

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Peter Zumthor: Seven Personal Observations on Presence In Architecture

01:00 - 3 December, 2013
Peter Zumthor: Seven Personal Observations on Presence In Architecture , Zumthor in Tel Aviv. Image © Yael Engelhart for Ha'aretz
Zumthor in Tel Aviv. Image © Yael Engelhart for Ha'aretz

Known for his superior design and unparalleled craftsmanship, the 2009 Pritzker Laureate and 2013 RIBA Gold Medal Award winner, Peter Zumthor, was recently invited to speak at the School of Architecture in Tel Aviv University. In a lecture titled “Presence in Architecture - Seven Personal Observations,” Zumthor shared some of the inspirations behind his greatest projects, giving us insight into his poetic, intelligent, (and some might say) “nearly divine” mind.

Zumthor’s Seven Points on “Presence,” after the break...

Saint Benedict Chapel. Image Courtesy of Felipe Camus http://www.archdaily.com/419367/. Image Courtesy of Felipe Camus Brauder Klaus Field Chapel. Image © Samuel Ludwig © Jose Fernando Vazquez + 20

Zumthor: "Apostle of the Real"

00:00 - 6 September, 2013
Zumthor: "Apostle of the Real", Peter Zumthor at the Steilneset Memorial.. Image © Andrew Meredith
Peter Zumthor at the Steilneset Memorial.. Image © Andrew Meredith

In an article for Vanity Fair Paul Goldberger unravels the Swiss Mystique surrounding Peter Zumthor's personality and work, describing him as a "cross between Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Proust, with perhaps a tiny bit of Bob Dylan thrown in." With completed projects few and far between, but executed with intense experiential thought and craftsmanship, the article explores how Zumthor's motives has informed his rigorous attitude to architecture. Having recently been awarded the RIBA Gold Medal, the "cult following" that Goldberger described in 2001 seems to only be getting stronger. You can read the full article here.