- Today's need for various aspects of copying the past partially arises from the reaction to the globalization processes of…
Bosnia and Herz. | Elša Turkušić Juric
- Redeveloping the periphery as a liveable environment for the community is at the heart of KHstudio's urban strategy.
Germany | Kim Hoefnagels
- Appropriating the banal and neutral, Bruther seeks to discover and elaborate upon architecture's potential for its users.
France | Anna Yudina
- Anssi Lassila completes the first of three stylish yet affordable residential blocks to much acclaim. When the Finnish…
Finland | Tarja Nurmi
Overview of contents
On the spot
News and observations
- New airport terminal, Zagreb (HR)
- Tourist office, Alcazar de San Juan (ES) by PKMN architectures
- Alpine shelter, Zgornje Jezersko (SI) by OFIS Architects
- Moviegoer 12: Concrete Love
- Mountain home, Divčibare (RS) by EXE Studio
- Bastion rehabilitation, Počitelj (BA) by Amir Polić
- Reality check: Vroesen Pavilion, Rotterdam (NL) by Vitibuck Architects
- Update: European architects at the Chicago Architecture Biennial
- and more…
- River park, Berat (AL) by UNLAB, OPENFABRIC, CoRDA
- Biomass-fuelled power plant, Copenhagen (DK) by Gottlieb Paludan Architects
- Urban quarter redevelopment, Mannheim (DE) by KHstudio
- Forest monument, Warsaw (PL) by Gabu Heindl and Eduard Freudmann
The power of many
Since their 2015 Turner Prize nomination shook up the international art and architecture world, Assemble seems to be everywhere. But the collective has been around for a few years now. Working on projects of very different scales, from public realm improvement strategies to building renovations or exhibition designs, its eighteen members have a shared interest in creating works of real social value. In a conversation with Amica Dall, one of Assemble's founding members, something was pointed out that is evidently nonessential when revolutionizing the UK's emerging architectural scene: 'None of us is officially qualified as an architect.'
- Biesbosch Museum, Werkendam (NL) by Studio Marco Vermeulen
- Wooden housing block, Jyväskylä (FI) by OOPEAA (Anssi Lassila)
- Community centre, Paris (FR) by Bruther
- Cultural incubator, Košice (SK) by Peter Radkoff, Pavol Pirovits, and David Hutira
- Office building, Varna (BG) by MMXX architects
- Cultural centre, Holte (DK) by WE Architecture and Sophus Søbye Architects
First realized projects
Pavilion for chemotherapy in the landscape by VANDERSALM-aim, Hilversum (NL)
Focusing on European countries and regions
It is a truth universally acknowledged that any city that will become a European Capital of Culture must be in want of new buildings. In Malta, it was decided that the activities leading up to Valletta's turn in 2018 should include the entire country, and not just the capital city alone. For this reason, we took the opportunity to learn more about the architecture scene of this island nation. Guest editors Lisa Gwen Baldacchino and Simone Vella Lenicker explain more about its history and recent projects, opportunities and threats, and why every Maltese architect is assigned a number.
How does one turn a seemingly ineff ectual complex into an energy-producing corporate centre made from 'recycled materials'? This was the question advanced by the electric utility company Alliander in 2012. It was an unusual tender, whereby only five sustainability goals were formulated, which was won by a consortium formed by RAU Architects, VolkerWessels Vastgoed, Boele & van Eesteren, INNAX, Fokkema & Partners Architects, KuiperCompagnons, Van Rossum Engineering, and Turntoo. The question raised by the ultra-sustainable project: could this be a design strategy used to curb the proliferation of disused corporate sites? Kirsten Hannema explains the innovative power of the project in seven parts.
Optimism for urbanity
Sarajevo is a structurally linear city, spreading from its valley towards vast fields on either side. Because of its topography, it can be viewed from different perspectives: at street level, moving through the fabric of the city, or from above, atop its surrounding hills. Within each of these perspectives, a specific and clearly readable heterogeneous picture of the city can be seen, resulting from the permeation of different cultural and sociopolitical influences. The traditional part of the city consists of the Ottoman matrix, upon which it was founded, and diametrically opposed Central European block structures. Together these form the base upon which the significantly larger new part of the city was constructed after World War II.
Home / Office
New architects' home/office
Stratified office and domicile by Péter Kovács, Debrecen (HU)
Out of obscurity
Buildings from the margins of modern history
In the mid-1960s, the Cypriot modernist architect Neoptolemos Michaelides, who completed his studies in post-war Milan, designed a private residence for himself and his wife (and fellow artist), Maria, on two consecutive plots on the bank of the Pediaios in Nicosia. The house is largely obscured from public view by dense eucalyptus foliage, both from the riverside and street level. Upon entering, its introverted character is further reinforced.