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Treasuring History: Photographs of Tadao Ando's First European Villa Restoration

04:00 - 16 November, 2018
Courtesy of FABRICA
Courtesy of FABRICA

Inducing a surreal physical experience through minimal maneuvers, buildings with smooth concrete panels and simple geometric volumes instinctively hint at the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando. At an ongoing exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, photographs of the headquarters of Fabrica, Ando's first European commission in 1992, are showcased. Located near the city of Treviso, the building was an old villa restored to become a thriving creative research center.

Villa Pastega Manera, built on an area of 51,000 square meters, went through a rigorous study of traditional construction techniques and material sampling to commence the redesign. The photographs feature the harmonious integration between the historical structure and seamless renovations. 

Courtesy of FABRICA Courtesy of FABRICA Courtesy of FABRICA Courtesy of FABRICA + 33

Le Corbusier’s Restored Parisian Apartment Opened to the Public

12:00 - 27 October, 2018
Le Corbusier’s Restored Parisian Apartment Opened to the Public, © FLC/ADAGP/Mercusot
© FLC/ADAGP/Mercusot

The Fondation Le Corbusier has celebrated its 50th anniversary with the unveiling of a restored apartment originally designed by the famous architect. The studio apartment on Nungesser-et-Coli in Paris was designed by Le Corbusier in 1931 for his own habitation and was completed in 1934.

The apartment underwent two years of restoration following its listing as a classified world heritage site in 2016 and is now open to the public.

© FLC/ADAGP/Mercusot © FLC/ADAGP/Mercusot © FLC/ADAGP © FLC/ADAGP + 5

MVRDV Proposes Respectful Renovation for 19th Century Heritage Building in Wrocław, Poland

09:00 - 3 October, 2018
MVRDV Proposes Respectful Renovation for 19th Century Heritage Building in Wrocław, Poland, Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV has released details of their proposed renovation of a 19th-century listed building on Slodowa Island in Wroclaw, Poland. The “Concordia Hub” will see the retention of the existing façade, with the addition of a contemporary rear extension to “create a focal point” for the general public and visitors.

The site’s former use as a German artillery base in 1945 means almost all of the island’s structures were destroyed in the closing months of World War II. The Concordia Hub scheme seeks to preserve one of the only surviving heritage structures on the island, while transitioning the building into the modern age.

Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV + 4

6 Restoration Projects Bringing Mexico's Past Into the Present

06:00 - 13 September, 2018
6 Restoration Projects Bringing Mexico's Past Into the Present, © Pim Schalkwijk
© Pim Schalkwijk

© Eduardo Calvo Santisbón © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón © David Cervera Castro © Luis Gallardo + 7

The architectural history of Mexico bears with it a wealth of symbolism that gives insight into the different time periods that have played host to contemporary cultural movements throughout the country's history. 

Today, it's common to hear well-known architects calling for, not the creation of new spaces, but for the restoration of already existing ones. This stance insists that it is one's duty as an architect to rescue a site's memory by bringing it into the here and now.

As philosopher Jean Paul-Sartre put it, "what is important is not what happens to us, but what we do with what happens to us." In keeping with Sartre's phrase, we have compiled a list of 6 restoration projects that aim to rescue sites and show the interconnectedness of different time periods in Mexican history.

Who Cares About Restoring Heritage in Mérida, Mexico?

06:00 - 15 August, 2018
Who Cares About Restoring Heritage in Mérida, Mexico?, Courtesy of Danae Santibáñez
Courtesy of Danae Santibáñez

Courtesy of Nauzet Rodríguez Courtesy of Nauzet Rodríguez Courtesy of Nauzet Rodríguez Courtesy of Nauzet Rodríguez + 10

In his book The Right to the City (1968), Henri Lefebvre talks about ending the creation of spaces managed by the logic of profit, to launch a plan of "self-managed territory" that does not leave aside the "historical heritage," nor allow the decomposition of space, but instead works for the restitution of urban centers as places of creation.

Globalization has produced cities without limits whose focus has been on the immediate benefit, directly attacking the preservation of cultural heritage, among other things.

Zaha Hadid Architects' Mercury Tower adds a "Sense of Dynamism" to Malta's East Coast

12:00 - 6 August, 2018
West elevation render. Image Courtesy of VA
West elevation render. Image Courtesy of VA

Zaha Hadid Architects have released images of their proposed redevelopment of the historic Mercury House, situated in the tourism and entertainment center of Paceville on Malta’s east coast. An extensive renovation to the existing structure will see the integration of residential apartments, a boutique hotel, and a range of public spaces and amenities.

The boldest addition to the derelict heritage site will be a 31-story tower, rotating as it rises in response to different functional programs. The resulting form seeks to instill “a sense of dynamism within its silhouette that changes when viewed from different directions around Paceville."

Pavilion render. Image Courtesy of VA Swimming pool render. Image Courtesy of ZHA East elevation render. Image Courtesy of VA Piazza render. Image Courtesy of VA + 8

MVRDV to Transform Communist-Era Pyramid into Center for Art and Technology in Albania

14:00 - 18 May, 2018
Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV has unveiled its vision for transforming the Communist-era “Tirana Pyramid” in Albania into a center for technology, art, and culture. Under the plans, the abandoned structure will be revitalized as a multifunctional technology education center for Tirana’s youth, with the existing dark interior becoming open, bright, and green.

The Tirana Pyramid was opened in 1988 as the Enver Hoxta Museum, designed in honor of Albania’s former communist leader. Since then, the building has transitioned into a NATO base during the Balkan Wars, a nightclub, and an event space. Though now in decay, the building remains a popular spot for young people keen to climb on its roof. As a nod to this unique appropriation, MVRDV has made the roof officially available for all visitors.

Courtesy of MVRDV © Gent Onuzi Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV + 5

Nominations Now Open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

18:30 - 2 May, 2018
Nominations Now Open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

Nominations are now open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the prize recognizes architects or designers that have demonstrated innovative solutions to preserve or save threatened modern architecture.

Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church Will be Renovated Into the Nation's First National Museum of Gospel Music

14:00 - 29 April, 2018
Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church Will be Renovated Into the Nation's First National Museum of Gospel Music, Courtesy of Wight & Company
Courtesy of Wight & Company

When architects were asked to re-imagine Chicago’s neglected buildings for an exhibition, Dirk Lohan designed a revitalization plan for Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church. Soon Sullivan’s landmark building will become the nation’s first National Museum of Gospel Music, complete with a cafe, retail store, event space, research and listening library, and a 350-seat auditorium.

Herzog & de Meuron Designs "Horizontal Skyscraper" Above Historic Moscow Brewery

12:22 - 21 March, 2018
Herzog & de Meuron Designs "Horizontal Skyscraper" Above Historic Moscow Brewery, Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron has released images of their proposed scheme for the redevelopment of an old brewery site on the banks of the Moscow River. The Badaevskiy Brewery project will see the transformation of a largely abandoned cluster of historic, industrial buildings, a delicate restoration project contrasting with the contemporary addition of a residential “Horizontal Skyscraper.” With this bold addition elevated on tall, slender stilts, a new ground-level public park is created to strengthen ties between the brewery site and adjacent river.

Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron + 5

NONG STUDIO / NONG STUDIO

22:00 - 9 February, 2018
© Chasing Wang
© Chasing Wang

© Chasing Wang © Chasing Wang © Chasing Wang © Chasing Wang + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    1247 Suzhou South Rd., Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Chasing Wang
  • Design Team

    Neal Zhu, Luca Lannote (Italy), Kunyang Wang
  • Construction Team

    Shanghai Taoyi Building Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd
  • Area

    180.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The Renovation of Louis Kahn's Yale University Art Center: A Significant Moment for Architectural Preservation

09:30 - 19 January, 2018
The Renovation of Louis Kahn's Yale University Art Center: A Significant Moment for Architectural Preservation, © Elizabeth Felicella, courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery
© Elizabeth Felicella, courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "How the Restoration of Louis Kahn’s Yale Art Gallery Helped Kickstart Modern Preservation."

I have a distinct memory from my days as an architecture student at the University of California Berkeley in the late ‘80s. During an architectural survey class taught by Spiro Kostof, Louis I Kahn’s Yale University Art Gallery popped up in the slideshow. “Nice building,” I thought, “but what’s with those windows?”

Fifteen years later at Polshek Partnership (now Ennead Architects), I would become the project architect for the construction phase overseeing the rehabilitation of that classic building—the most challenging aspect of which was to replace “those windows.” I came to understand, intimately, how the double-paned window wall had failed almost as soon as construction was complete. Condensation accumulated between the panes, creating the foggy effect that marred my first impression of this groundbreaking building.

Renovation of Xi’an South Gate Plaza / China Northwest Architecture Design and Research Institute

22:00 - 9 January, 2018
huacheng park. Image © Chen Su
huacheng park. Image © Chen Su

miao garden east details. Image © Chen Su miao garden sunken plaza. Image © Chen Su song garden. Image © Chen Su song garden sunrise view. Image © Chen Su + 23

Stay in a Recently Restored Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Home, the Eppstein House

11:45 - 22 December, 2017
Stay in a Recently Restored Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Home, the Eppstein House, Courtesy of The Eppstein House
Courtesy of The Eppstein House

Ever wanted to spend the night in a classic Frank Lloyd Wright house? Here’s your chance.

The Eppstein House, one of Wright’s Usonian designs built in 1953, has been restored to its original beauty by owners Marika Broere and Tony Hillebrandt and is now accepting visitors for a limited time through Airbnb. Located in Galesburg, Michigan, the house was originally designed as part of a planned Usonian community intended to contain 21 homes, though just four ended up being built.

Courtesy of The Eppstein House via Airbnb via Airbnb via Airbnb + 18

Falling Masonry Kills Tourist in Florence's Deteriorating Basilica di Santa Croce

17:15 - 19 October, 2017
Falling Masonry Kills Tourist in Florence's Deteriorating Basilica di Santa Croce, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/37873897@N06/5035043739'>Flickr user Flavio~</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user Flavio~ licensed under CC BY 2.0

A Spanish tourist has been killed by a piece of falling masonry in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. As reported by The Guardian, the 52-year old victim was hit by "a piece of decorative stone that fell from a height of 20 metres (66 ft) as he visited the religious building with his wife." Reports suggest that the fragment was around 15cm by 15cm (6 by 6 inches) in size; according to Yahoo, the fragment "had supported a beam in the right transept of the Basilica."

Following the incident, the attraction has been closed to visitors indefinitely.

Iconic and Revered, Notre Dame de Paris Faces an Uncertain Future

12:00 - 9 October, 2017
Iconic and Revered, Notre Dame de Paris Faces an Uncertain Future, Courtesy of Livioandronico2013
Courtesy of Livioandronico2013

Broken gargoyles and fallen balustrades replaced by plastic pipes and wooden planks. Flying buttresses darkened by pollution and eroded by rainwater. Pinnacles propped up by beams and held together with straps.

According to the Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris, the iconic Parisian cathedral is in "desperate need of attention." Perhaps more concerningly, the holy site and French national monument is also in "a worrisome state of preservation." Built of limestone—a material notoriously susceptible to erosion—the building is in an accelerating state of wear-and-tear, demanding renewed funding efforts and expertise to secure its immediate and long-term future. From the lead roof to the stone buttresses, the world-renowned gargoyles to the stained glass windows, every inch of the structure requires differing levels of attention.

Kleinewelt Architekten and Citizenstudio Envision Moscow's Gateway to the Five Seas

12:00 - 16 September, 2017
Kleinewelt Architekten and Citizenstudio Envision Moscow's Gateway to the Five Seas, Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten bureau
Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten bureau

Kleinewelt Architekten in partnership with Citizenstudio / Gorozhane Group, created a re-design proposal for the Northern River Boat Station Park, also known as the Park of Five Seas, in Moscow. Built in the 1930’s, the current park is supposed to act as the city’s gateway to the five seas: the White, Baltic, Black, Azov, and Caspian Sea. However, the park is removed from city life and separates Moscow from it’s historic waterways.

Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten bureau Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten bureau Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten bureau Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten bureau + 20

Mies van der Rohe's Other Illinois Home, the McCormick House, to Undergo Restoration

16:05 - 3 July, 2017
Mies van der Rohe's Other Illinois Home, the McCormick House, to Undergo Restoration, © Heritage Architecture Studio, LLC and LP Studio Inc. Via Curbed
© Heritage Architecture Studio, LLC and LP Studio Inc. Via Curbed

As Mies van der Rohe’s adopted city, Chicago and its surrounding area are home to more of the Modernist architect’s projects than anywhere else in the world, from Crown Hall to Federal Center to the Farnsworth House. Perhaps for that very reason, the McCormick House, located in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst, is one of the lesser known projects in the architect's’ oeuvre – despite being one of just three single-family homes in the United States completed by Mies.

Built in 1952 for Robert McCormick Jr. – the owner of the land where Mies' 860-880 N. Lake Shore Drive was constructed – the house was moved down the street in 1994, where it was attached to the newly built Elmhurst Museum of Art via a 15-foot-long corridor. While its relocation allowed the building to remain in good care over the next 23 years, it also obscured the home’s front facade, “camouflaging one of the most prized objects in the museum's collection.”

But that’s all about to change, thanks to an upcoming restoration that will remove the offending corridor, allowing the original architecture to shine once again.