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The North Rhine-Westphalia Contribution–Floriade 2012 / RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Venlo, The Netherlands
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Johannes Czerniejewski, Katharina Thoma, Jean Müller, Joachim Evers
  • Design Team

    Architekturbüro Rhunau, jangled nerves gmbh, Schraps & Vogel Garten- und Landschaftsbau GmbH, Grote Bedachungen, Lohmann GmbH, Reko Automatiktüren GmbH
  • Cooperation

    Rhunau Architekten
  • Area

    2450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Courtesy of RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten © Thomas Mayer Courtesy of RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten Courtesy of RMP Stephan Lenzen Landschaftsarchitekten + 14

World Photo Day: Thomas Mayer by Emre Arolat

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Thomas Mayer by Emre Arolat, Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer
Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Emre Arolat writes on behalf of Thomas Mayer.

Zollverein School, Essen, Germany, SANAA 2006. Image © Thomas Mayer Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer Zorlu Center / Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer + 5

A Photographic Journey Through Zollverein: Post-Industrial Landscape Turned Machine-Age Playground

01:00 - 6 August, 2014
A Photographic Journey Through Zollverein: Post-Industrial Landscape Turned Machine-Age Playground , The "Skywheel" attraction. Image © Gili Merin
The "Skywheel" attraction. Image © Gili Merin

Derelict urban landscapes and abandoned spaces have always attracted adventurous explorers, searching for a peek into the world of a fallen industrial dystopia. That desire can be fulfilled by a visit to the Zollverein complex in Essen, Germany: once Europe’s largest coal mine, Zeche Zollverein was transformed over 25 years into an architectural paradise. Contributions by Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster and SANAA are included in the 100-hectare park; overwhelming in its complexity, the estate includes rusty pipes, colossal coal ovens and tall chimneys, inviting over 500,000 people per day to gain an insight into the golden age of European heavy-industry.

Join us for a photographic journey through this machine-age playground, after the break…

The Reflective Water Tank at the Coking Factory. Image © Gili Merin The Zollverein School of Management and Design by SANAA. Image © Gili Merin © Gili Merin © Thomas Mayer_Archive + 28

Dutch Architects Transform Rotterdam House Into Terraced "Urban Paradise"

01:00 - 14 July, 2014
Dutch Architects Transform Rotterdam House Into Terraced "Urban Paradise", © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

Two Dutch designers, collectively known as HUNK-design, have transformed their 19th century top floor apartment into a "unique city paradise." Architect Bart Cardinaal and artist Nadine Roos, who have lived in parts of the house in central Rotterdam since their student years, have created a large outdoor terraced space amid the rooflines of a built up area. By demolishing the existing pitched roof, they have constructed what they describe as their "Cabrio apartment."

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Light Matters: Creating Walls of Light

00:00 - 5 July, 2014
Light Matters: Creating Walls of Light, Uniform wallwashing at 171 Collins Street, Melbourne. Architects: Bates Smart Architects. Lighting design: Electrolight, www.electrolight.com.au. Image © Dean Bradley
Uniform wallwashing at 171 Collins Street, Melbourne. Architects: Bates Smart Architects. Lighting design: Electrolight, www.electrolight.com.au. Image © Dean Bradley

Modernism induced a shift in lighting away from luminaires and towards invisible light sources that render spaces in a purer (forgive the pun) light. For the first time, lit walls were used to define rooms and to structure architecture. Today I’d like to explore early prototypes - including Philip Johnson’s Brick House and the Seagram Building - and discuss how their lighting techniques continue to influence architecture today.

Grazing light at Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul. Architects: Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer Wallwashing at British Museum, London. Architecture: Foster & Partners. Lighting design: Claude Engle, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Photo: Dennis Gilbert / View. Image © ERCO, www.erco.com Wallwashing at Nordrhein-Westfalen House, Germany. Architeture: John Pawson. Photo: Werner Huthmacher. Image © ERCO, www.erco.com Cove lighting at private spa. Designer: Carmody Groarke. Lighting design: Lighting Design International. Image © Christian Richter + 8

Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

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Zorlu Center / Tabanlioglu Architects + Emre Arolat Architects

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
Zorlu Center / Tabanlioglu Architects + Emre Arolat Architects, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

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Light Matters: Sacred Spaces

09:30 - 28 March, 2014
Light Matters: Sacred Spaces, Chapel in Villeaceron, Spain. Architect: Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office. Image © Hisao Suzuki
Chapel in Villeaceron, Spain. Architect: Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office. Image © Hisao Suzuki

The use of light can lead to very diverse feelings: a ray of sunlight calls attention; glare overpowers; the nocturnal sky fascinates, while a dense dark forest arouses fear. Religions have made use of these experiences to convey the mystic aspects of their respective deities — accordingly, so too do their erected buildings.

After the break, an exploration of the different approaches for using light as a vehicle of symbolic meaning and spiritual experience in religious spaces.

Al-Irsyad Mosque, Indonesia. Architects: PT. Urbane Indonesia. Image © Emilio Photoimagination Cathedral of Brasilia, Brazil. Architect: Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Wikimedia Commons Crystal Cathedral, USA. Architect: Philip Johnson. Image Courtesy of American Seating Church of Light, Japan. Architect: Tadao Ando. Image © Buou + 9

Hall 32 / Heinrich Böll Architekt

01:00 - 4 February, 2014
Hall 32 / Heinrich Böll Architekt, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

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Lukas Church Conversion / Heinrich Böll Architekt

01:00 - 2 December, 2013
Lukas Church Conversion / Heinrich Böll Architekt, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

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Immanuel Church / Sauerbruch Hutton

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bonhoefferstraße 8, 51061 Cologne, Germany
  • Category

  • Area

    880.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

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Social Complex / Agirbas & Wienstroer

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Social Complex / Agirbas & Wienstroer, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Am Freistuhl, 45896 Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Agirbas & Wienstroer
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

The New Warehouse Depot / Heinrich Böll Architekt

01:00 - 9 November, 2013
© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

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NRW State Archive / O&O Baukunst

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
NRW State Archive /  O&O Baukunst, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

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Astana Medya Center / Tabanlıoğlu Architects

01:00 - 20 September, 2013
Astana Medya Center / Tabanlıoğlu Architects, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kazakhstan
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Melkan Gürsel, Murat Tabanlıoğlu
  • Design Team

    Salih Yılgörür, Emre Özberk, Fırat Güneş Balcı,, Ali Çalışkan, Canan Sarıdal, Tuğçe Güleç, Emre Çetinel, Anday Bodur, Cengiz Özdemir
  • Interior Design

    Tabanlıoğlu Architects
  • Main Contractor

    Sembol Construction
  • Structural

    Stroy Project
  • Mechanical Consultancy

    DEC Mühendislik
  • Area

    83280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Mies van der Rohe Golfclubhaus - 1:1 Model / Robbrecht en Daem architecten

01:00 - 16 September, 2013
© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Krefeld, Germany
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Paul Robbrecht, Johannes Robbrecht Tom De Moor, Tine Cooreman, Thomas Hick, Florence Daem
  • Area

    2336.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer + 27

Studio Boot / Piet Hein Eek + Hilberink Bosch Architecten

01:00 - 16 September, 2013
Studio Boot / Piet Hein Eek + Hilberink Bosch Architecten, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer + 28

On Art, Urbanism, and Gehry in LA: A Conversation with Edwin Chan

01:00 - 9 September, 2013
On Art, Urbanism, and Gehry in LA: A Conversation with Edwin Chan, Iman Ansari with Edwin Chan at Walt Disney Music Hall. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com.
Iman Ansari with Edwin Chan at Walt Disney Music Hall. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com.

In this article, which originally appeared in Metropolis Magazine’s Point of View Blog as “Q&A: Edwin Chan,” Iman Ansari interviews Edwin Chan, a design partner at Frank Gehry architects for 25 years, about Gehry and the many significant cultural and institutional projects he worked on before starting his own practice, EC3.

Iman Ansari: When we look at the work of Frank Gehry or Thom Mayne, as LA architects, there is a certain symbolic relationship to the city evident in the work: the industrial character of these buildings and elements of the highway or automobile culture that tie the architecture to the larger urban infrastructure, the scale of the projects, as well as the conscious use of materials such as metal, glass or concrete. But as freestanding machine-like objects sitting at the heart of the city these buildings also embody certain ideals and values that are uniquely American, such as individualism, and freedom of expression. In your opinion how is Frank Gehry's work tied to Los Angeles or the American culture?

Edwin Chan: Absolutely. I think Frank's work definitely has DNA of LA as a city. We talk about the idea of a democratic city a lot, and coincidentally Hillary Clinton mentioned that in her speech recently saying: “We need a new architecture for this new world, more Frank Gehry than formal Greek,” because it's the expression of democracy. In that sense you could think about the building embodying certain type of values that are manifested architecturally.

Chiat/ Day/ Mojo headquarters, Venice, California. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com. Walt Disney Music Hall. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com. Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com. Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California. Image Courtesy of an-onymous.com. + 7