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L'oiseau des îles mixed-use building, Nantes (Photo: Alexandre Wasilewski)
NANTES (FR) - The white, gridded tower imagined by Antonini + Darmon makes an admirable step in developing a former industrial site. 
France | Anna Yudina
Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation, Laives (Photo: Laura Egger)
LAIVES (IT) - With a modern take on a traditional typology, modostudio facilitates encounters among varied users and disciplines. 
Italy | Silvio Carta
EUROPE - The interview doesn't have a promising start. 'We just won a major competition in France, but this will only go public early…
Europe | Indira van 't Klooster
TIRANA (AL) - Three contrasting proposals emerge in the search to give a communist heritage site fresh impulse for the life of the…
Albania | Saimir Kristo

Overview of contents

Overview of contents

On the spot

On the spot

News and observations

  • National Tourist Roads, Almannajuvet (NO) by Peter Zumthor
  • Vertical Forest, Milan (IT)
  • Reality check: Black Cultural Archives, London (UK)
  • Secret office conversion, Sofia (BG)
  • EU export 4: Density syndicate
  • Update: Colour codes
  • Moviegoer 7: Rotterdam 2040
  • The End of Seating by RAAAF
  • New SoundCloud headquarters, Berlin (DE)
  • and more…
Start

Start

New projects

  • Clichy-Montfermeil metro station, Paris (FR) by Miralles/Tagliabue-EMBT and Bordas+Peiro
  • Pyramid Square ideas competition, Tirana (AL)
  • Outdoor activity centre, Oisterwijk (NL) by The Cloud Collective with Pieter Theuws
  • Revitalization of Malostranské Square, Prague (CZ) by Atelier Hájek
Interchange

Interchange

Reflections from overseas

Naming your practice 'Solid Objectives' (SO – IL) implies that you have a clearly defined strategy in mind, architecture-wise. After speaking with Florian Idenburg, one of SO – IL's founding partners, it is clear that the office certainly does. SO – IL is at a crossroads, moving from design to actual buildings. With two museums nearly finished and multiple projects in the pipeline, it's time to learn a few tricks from this very successful, Dutch/Chinese/Greek-led practice based in New York. 'If we had stayed in Europe, we would never have gotten this far, this fast.'

Ready

Ready

New buildings

  • Cricoteka, Kraków (PL) by Wizja Biuro Architektoniczne and nsMoonStudio
  • Mixed-use building, Nantes (FR) by Antonini + Darmon Architectes
  • Swimming pool at Alfriston School, Beaconsfield (UK) by Duggan Morris Architects
  • City theatre renovation and extension, Kuopio (FI) by ALA Architects
  • Housing units in a former brickyard, Ljubljana (SI) by dekleva gregorič architects
  • Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation headquarters, Laives (IT) by modostudio
Debut

Debut

First realized projects

A House by 08023, Badalona (ES)

Eurovision

Eurovision

Focusing on European countries and regions

Following the political changes in 1990, a new generation of architects arose in Hungary, one educated in a more international context. Levente Polyák and Dániel Kovács of KÉK, our guest editors for this edition, take a critical view of the anti-EU rhetoric that now isolates the nation from European influences and exchange, yet they definitely see positive developments in the architecture scene. 'Young architects are increasingly connected to international discussions and concerns. Through their global networks, events, study trips and design, they claim a place for Hungary in Europe.' This particular focus on national problems in relation to international debate brings about a vibrant mix of old traditions and new ideas.

Section

Section

Street/Light

A good lighting plan is essential in a parking garage. The roof of Wembley's Red Cark Park in London features a column-free lighting system known as FreeStreet, which has been specially designed for public spaces. On these pages, Philips Lighting presents FreeStreet, the result of a Philips worldwide research programme with urban designers to improve lighting systems in cities. Emiel Lamers reports on the latest innovations and reveals that, in terms of its application potential, the system proved to be far more elaborate than originally intended.

Tour guide

Tour guide

An evolution under way

Over the past fifteen years, the northern bank of the IJ – the body of water separating Amsterdam's centre from its northern counterpart – has been transformed from an abandoned industrial area into a bustling hub. Once dominated by industry, Amsterdam-Noord (Amsterdam-North) is now a place to dine, party, and make innovative strategies and creative discoveries. But the transformation is not yet complete: big plans are in the works that will change this borough for good.

Office

Office

New architects' offices

Monumental conversion by cepezed, Delft (NL)

Out of obscurity

Out of obscurity

Buildings from the margins of modern history

As a pioneer of ski resorts based on the functionality of vertical urbanism, Flaine (1960–1976) in Haute Savoie continues to be emblematic of the man who conceived it, the Hungarian-American architect Marcel Breuer (1902–1981). Built from scratch in the post-war boom years, Flaine occupies a very special place in the Alpine landscape, both as architectural laboratory and cultural project.

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