#29 Sept/Oct 2009
- Arquitectos Anónimos have redefined the notion of traditional style in this atypical Portuguese house.
Portugal | Carlos Sant'Ana
- The architects of Lejnieku projektēšanas birojs and 8 a.m. have created a centre of optimism for Riga's homeless.
Latvia | Anita Antenišķe
- STAR's answer to icon architecture is a giant wheel.
The city of Elche (pop. 230,000) is located on the east coast of...
Spain | Gonzalo Herrero Delicado & Maria José Marcos
- The architects of Projektil Architekti Studio have given Prague a library building with an unmistakable shape – a spherical...
Czech Republic | Alexandr Skalický
Overview of contents
On the spot
News and observations
- Galindez Embankment, Bilbao (ES)
- A10's exhibitions in Maastricht (NL): Rien ne va plus & Reading Europe
- Zaha Hadid's MAXXI, Rome (IT)
- Update: Kosovo
- Reality check: Rossignol international headquarters, La Buisse/St-Jean-de-Moirans (FR)
- and more…
- Urban design, Korçë (AL) by Bolles+Wilson
- Kindergarten, Kutina (HR) by Roman Silje
- Palm grove lookout, Elche (ES) by STAR
- Urban design, Almere (NL) by MVRDV
Rudy Riciotti: Insolent sensitivity
Being an architect means building and writing, says Rudy Ricciotti. And indeed, his projects, which have won a range of prizes, speak as loudly as his bold statements. The way he sees his work? 'A pious figure loaded with Armagnac; an icon to colourful sexuality; a bullfight gone wrong that ends well...'
- Apartment building, Tallinn (EE) by Kosmos
- Multi-functional hall, Soignies (BE) by L'Escaut with Bureau d'études Weinand
- Stadium redevelopment and research centre, Nantes (FR) by FGP
- Library, Prague (CZ) by Projektil Architekti Studio
- Farewell chapel, Krasnja (SI) by Ofis
- House, Esposende (PT) by Arquitectos Anónímos
- School extension, San Piero a Sieve (IT) by Fabio Capanni
- Day centre, Riga (LV) by Lejnieku projektēšanas birojs and 8 a.m.
- Mixed-use complex, Rotterdam (NL) by KCAP
- Music studio with apartment, Ilidza (BA) by Normal arhitektura
- Psychiatric clinic, Rodez (FR) by Lacombe/De Florinier Architectes
The inherent changeability of natural light has inspired generations of artists and architects. The subtle changes in light over the course of a day and in different weather conditions prompted Claude Monet to paint Rouen Cathedral over and over again. Each of the nine paintings he made of the building between 1892 and 1894 reveals a completely different picture and different colours, varying from brown to lilac, blue and red. Architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio was so impressed by the sight of the sun setting over the waters of the IJsselmeer that he attempted to capture this experience in the faceted, ton-sur-ton orange facades of the Agora Theatre in Lelystad. As such, the introduction of artificial lighting, which was such a blessing for ordinary people, can be seen as actually quite restricting for designers.
Focusing on European countries, cities and regions
- European architecture after 1989
- Built, unbuilt and dreamt: An architectural tour of Madrid (ES)
- Office: medusagroup's warehouse conversion, Bytom (PL)
Out of obscurity
Buildings from the margins of modern history
World War II divided Adalberto Libera's career into two distinct periods. After the prewar flirtation with Fascism, a key postwar work is the office block on Via Torino in Rome, in which the arbitrariness of the figurative gave way to a more analytical composition.