#14 Mar/Apr 2007
- Sīlis, Zābers & Kļava challenge the traditional image of a theatre.
Latvia | Anita Antenišķe
- RVDM's undulating balconies prompt Pedro Gadanho to reflect on how taste changes.
Portugal | Pedro Gadanho
- ZOOM's black building had to weather a few local storms before being accepted.
Bulgaria | Milena Filcheva
Overview of contents
On the spot
News and observations
- Santiago Calatrava's Guillemins TGV station in Liège (BE)
- Monopoly-inspired kiosks appear in Madrid (ES)
- Rotor's recycled office in Brussels (BE)
- Update: Scotland
- Colourful student rooms at Krabbesholm Art College (DK)
- Reality check: Centra Nams in Riga (LV)
- and more…
- Silis, Zabers & Klava challenge the traditional image of a theatre in their design of a concert hall in Riga (LV)
- The results of the Proyecto VIVA housing competition in Spain shows that young architects search for innovation via strategic rather than formal processes
- Projektil has designed two very different but equally iconic libraries in Prague and Hradec Králové (CZ)
- Tadeusz Kantor's Art Documentation Centre, alias 'Cricoteka', by Wizja and nsMoonStudio 'clashes' with Cracow's old architecture (PL)
- Marios Economides and Maria Akkelidou won the competition for the Cavo Greco information centre (CY)
- Ski manufacturer Rossignol's headquarters in the French Alps by Hérault & Arnod pays homage to the mountains, but also to technology
Paul Kahlfeldt: Being modern
Berlin-based architect Paul Kahlfeldt explains why all architecture is basically the same ever since it has been known that loads are transferred vertically towards the centre of the earth: 'That is why the column is a central element in construction.'
- Dorte Mandrup Architects evoke warm feelings with a cool sports and culture centre in Copenhagen (DK)
- Raumzeit have given space, colour and a sense of luxury to a youth hostel in Bremen (DE)
- In Tallinn (EE), KOKO architects have placed a glass box on top of the Fahle building, symbolizing its conversion from paper to lifestyle factory
- No w here architects' cathedral choir school in Stuttgart (DE) is not spectacular, but certainly unconventional
- On Malta, Architecture Project has turned a garden into a spectacular outdoor living room
- In Dromahair (IE), Dominic Stevens has realized his ambition for building a house that would literally become part of the Irish landscape
- ZOOM's unorthodox apartment building in Sofia (BG) had to weather a few local storms before being accepted
- Despite its makeshift appearance, MARC's sports club boathouse on Lake Como (IE) was built to endure
- In Joensuu (FI), Lahdelma & Mahlamœki designed a pavilion-like primary school with a 'windmill' plan
- The undulating balconies of RVDM's Glicinias housing in Aveiro (PT) prompt Pedro Gadanho to reflect on how taste changes
- 'A case of cannibalism in architecture' is what EM2N architect Daniel Niggli calls his conversion of the Stadthof 11 in Zurich-Oerlikon (CH) into a theatre for musicals
- Fast, cheap, non-aesthetic: Catalin Berescu's emergency housing in Dorohoi (RO) is miles away from contemporary fashionable experiments
The connection between climate and building has undergone a paradoxical evolution. Whereas houses used to provide their occupants protection from the climate, they must now protect the changing climate from human beings.
Materials that are light-permeable are usually called 'transparent' or 'translucent', although it might be more accurate to call them 'diaphanous' - of such fine texture as to allow light to pass through; translucent or transparent (from dia-, 'through' + phainen, 'to show, to appear'). It is related to 'phantom', something apparently sensed but having no physical reality.
Focusing on European countries, cities and regions
- Over the last few years a trend has been emerging in Dutch architecture that could perhaps be categorized as 'unspectacular'. After the visual frenzy of supermodernism and neo-traditionalism, this looks like a choice for the middle of the road. The opposite is true: it signifies a deliberate reticence.
- An architectural tour guide of Brno's boxes and anti-boxes (CZ)
- Home: Ilja Skocek's apartment, Bratislava (SK)
Out of obscurity
Buildings from the margins of modern history
Oliver Elser takes a closer look at Gert Hänska's monstrous Research Facility for Experimental Medicine, established with the best of intentions and set down in an almost idyllic landscape location in Berlin (DE).