- An innovative house made entirely out of waste has been completed by a collaboration between BBM Architects director, Duncan…
United Kingdom | Isabelle Priest
- A new wing by MX_SI and Huttunen Lipasti Pakkanen, a Spanish-Finnish collaboration, uses wood in a contemporary way.
Finland | Tarja Nurmi
- The optimistic drive behind Sue Architekten's centre for illegal immigrants has sparked surprising reactions to a highly…
Austria | Anne Isopp
- Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos receives top honours in the competition for the new Arvo Pärt Centre with a proposal praised for…
Estonia | Triin Ojari
Overview of contents
On the spot
News and observations
- The Design Museum, London (UK) by John Pawson
- Gahura Prospect shortcuts, Zlín (CZ) by ellement
- Reality check: Bannockburn Centre, Stirling (UK) by Reiach and Hall Architects
- One Man Sauna, Bochum (DE) by modulorbeat
- Update: Small retreats
- Textiles on the rise, Tilburg (NL)
- Waste House, Brighton (UK) by BBM Architects together with University of Brighton students
- Vision of an Atelier: FAKRO competition winners
- and more…
- Arvo Pärt Centre, Laulasmaa (EE) by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
- Pharmaceutical campus, Cambridge (UK) by Herzog & de Meuron
- City plots, Amsterdam (NL) by DELVA Landscape Architects and Studioninedots
- Ferry terminal, Reykjavik (IS) by Hornsteinar arkitektar
Freedom of flexibility
WWAA stands for Warsaw Architects, but a lot of their work currently takes place in Qatar. The office itself is located in KOMIN 73 ('Factory Chimney 73'), a revitalized post-industrial complex, where activities ranging from design, graphic art, photography and fashion, to web and parametric design, 3D mapping and animation also reside. In the summer, an outdoor terrace hosts informal events. Natalia Paszkowska, co-founder of WWAA, reflects upon the office's initial years and the bright future that lies ahead. 'Luckily, our first project was temporary.'
- Art museum extension, Mänttä (FI) by MX_SI and Huttunen Lipasti Pakkanen
- Hyper-social housing, Lille (FR) by Sophie Delhay
- Hilltop house, Torres Vedras (PT) by Atelier Data
- Detention centre, Vordernberg (AT) by Sue Architekten
- House, Vinaròs (ES) by Mauro Gil-Fournier and Irene Castrillo
- Media library, Falun (SE) by ADEPT
Focusing on European countries and regions
Changes within financial markets, state policies, the architectural profession and a more self-aware society have demanded a new attitude from architects in the Netherlands – even before the financial crisis in 2008 made it clear that the concept of 'Super Dutch' needed an overhaul. Having embarked on a thorough search for a new rhetoric, the Dutch are not yet at that point in time where solutions can begin to be discussed. In a conversation with three of the nation's leading men – Nanne de Ru (Powerhouse Company), Guus Beumer (The New Institute) and Wouter Vanstiphout (TU Delft) – we learn that even they are not prepared to do this, something which shows just how fundamental the collective Dutch conceptual and intellectual crisis in architecture actually appears to be. The good news is that this instalment of Eurovision, guest-edited by Saskia van Stein of Bureau Europa, offers ample insight regarding the most crucial areas of debate, not to mention where and how architects are themselves taking responsibility.
Locals call it the 'Colossus of Koolhaas'. But architect Rem Koolhaas himself describes De Rotterdam – with 160,000 m2 of apartments, offices, hotel rooms and leisure facilities, the largest building in the Netherlands – as a vertical city. We see a sculpture of glass and steel, but behind it hides a complicated infrastructure that regulates the metabolism of this 'city'. A10 correspondent Kirsten Hannema speaks with Frank Meijer, manager of marketing and sales at grille manufacturer JAZO, and architect Kees van Casteren (OMA) about the hidden world behind the grillwork.
Collisions and new communities
The average visitor to Romania remains in Bucharest – perhaps the most eclectic and erratic European capital – as briefl y as possible. Tourists stop by the People's House, the sprawling palace of dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu built in the 1980s, and several churches, and then off they go to heritage sites or natural landscapes in other parts of the country. For architectural sightseers, however, the city remains fascinating.
Architecture in action
Summer wood building festivals with Bellastock, Achères / Champs-sur-Marne (FR)
Out of obscurity
Buildings from the margins of modern history
Although post-war Belgian architecture produced a number of refined buildings, it has remained under the radar, internationally speaking. Combining modernist aesthetics with an original approach, it is a motley, unorthodox collection, and its representatives are often difficult to categorize into the major currents of modernist architecture. Such is the case with the lyrical modernism of Jacques Dubuis, an architect known only to a handful of experts, even though his work in Belgium is thoroughly mapped. His first major project, Le Parador residence in Brussels (BE), remains his masterpiece.