- Portuguese office FORA wins big in Bulgaria, but will the nation's discouraging competition system fulfil its promises?
Bulgaria | Aneta Vasileva
- SAU Taller de Arquitectura rethinks a banal typology and delivers a modular yet coherent automotive centre.
Spain | Marta Gonzáles
- Through sensitive interplay between old and new, Zaiga Gaile retains an historical presence and renews a creative learning…
Latvia | Anita Antenišķe
- The city of Porto is full of small, inspiring places. Like many other European cities, its centre is characterized by a dense…
Portugal | Carlos M. Guimarães
Overview of contents
On the spot
News and observations
- New entrance for the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (NL) by Kisho Kurokawa Architects & Associates and Hans van Heeswijk architecten
- City-Hound social network, Rome (IT)
- Waterfront development, Belgrade (RS)
- EU export 3: Floating design
- Hello Wood 2014 (HU)
- Moviegoer 6: Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style
- Reality check: Luchtsingel, Rotterdam (NL) by ZUS
- and more…
- Museum for contemporary art, Moscow (RU) by Robbrecht en Daem
- Central square competition, Plovdiv (BG) by FORA
- Visitor centre, Cuxhaven (DE) by Holzer Kobler Architekturen
- Park and square redevelopment, Novigrad (HR) by Katušić Kocbeck Architects
On a scale of hybrid
Within two weeks after Lehmann Brothers smashed all financial certainties the world thought would endure forever, Julien De Smedt had decided upon two things. Firstly, he would record the year to come on a daily basis in Agenda: Can We Sustain our Ability to Crisis? Secondly, he would accept an invitation from a rich industrial magnate to design a city with 99 other architects in Ordos, Mongolia. Last year, he launched Makers with Agendas, a design label with a mission. What links these three things is the will to solve problems on any scale.
- Auto inspection and service centre, Alcorcón (ES) by SAU Taller de Arquitectura
- Design and art school renovation, Riga (LV) by Zaigas Gailes Birojs
- Restaurant, Miiduranna (EE) by KAMP Architects
- Two homes in one attic, Sofia (BG) by Dimitar Karanikolov and Veneta Nikolova, Plamen Todorov
- Office building, Oberpullendorf (AT) by heri&salli
- Wilderness cabin, Norderhov (NO) by Atelier Oslo
First realized projects
The Ramblers' Chapel by OBIKA, Saint-Maurice sous les Côte (FR)
Focusing on European countries and regions
If it is true that nothing is happening in Austria, they are doing a great job of hiding it. Its universities are active in Africa, its architects question refugee policies or raise the standards of sustainable building, and bottom-up organizations invite world-famous architects to design local bus stops, which the communities then build themselves. Step into the Austrian reality of today's architecture, presented by the Architekturzentrum Wien's Dietmar Steiner (creative director), Karin Lux (executive director) and Sonja Pisarik (editor). 'We don't need new morals in architecture. Just a new sense of reality.'
Mise en scène in wood
In 2007, Paris-based KOZ architectes won a competition in an area under rehabilitation, where the city now wishes to maintain the human-friendly scale of a typical Parisian faubourg. The brief called for the renovation of a former squat and the construction of fifteen more flats on a narrow plot behind it, for a client hoping to promote architectural quality in social housing. Anna Yudina takes a closer look at the construction, wherein wood is used for both the structural frame and the exterior cladding.
The far reaches of Norway, stretching from the polar circle to the northern cape at the 71st parallel, and to the Svalbard Islands even further north, is a vast landscape of islands, fjords and mountains. The vernacular architecture of the region's fishing industry reveals a long and advanced building tradition along the coast. But the north, like many remote areas around the world, has also provided a laboratory for modern architecture since the Second World War.
Out of obscurity
Buildings from the margins of modern history
Among the most remarkable post-war architects from Brittany is Roger Le Flanchec (1915-1986) – an almost unknown modernist who spent most of his life working outside the tendencies prevalent at that time. Born in the small Breton town of Guingamp, this outsider in the field, an anti-academic and dreamer at heart, saw considerably fewer houses built than he designed. His experimental family houses include the rounded concrete shell of Maison Quéré, built in the furrowed coastal Breton landscape.