#30 Nov/Dec 2009
- Andrés Jaque's latest creation expresses an Ibiza-inspired hedonism.
Spain | Gonzalo Herrero Delicado & Maria José Marcos
- A new library by R. Paleko ARCH studija will become a landmark and the heart of Vilnius' science and business campus.
Lithuania | Rūta Leitanaitė
- The photo is confusing. Is this a rendering or the real thing? Once you actually stand in front of the house you are no less...
Austria | Anne Isopp
- Lundgaard & Tranberg come up with a striking solution for individual and urban living close to the water's edge.
Denmark | Klaus Dieter Weiss
Overview of contents
On the spot
News and observations
- Country living in Laufnitzdorf (AT)
- Christian Kerez's Escola Paulista in Zurich (CH) (nearly completed)
- Paula Rego's House of Stories in Cascais (PT)
- Tallinn (EE) finally gets its central square
- And now… What? Architecture in times of recession
- Reality check: Skuratov Architects' apartment building, Moscow (RU)
- and more…
- Corporate village, Valletta (MT) by Architecture Project
- Hotel, Helsinki (FI) by K2S
- Theatres, Skopje (MK) by Platforma
- University library, Vilnius (LT) by R. Paleko ARCH studija
- Army museum, Warsaw (PL) by WXCA
Gernot Hertl: Resolutely reduced
Gernot Hertl practices an uncompromising and yet sensitive-looking style. No big fuss. 'I always have the feeling that somewhere it is still possible to change and improve. We always try to be as uncompromising as possible.'
- Apartment building, Copenhagen (DK) by Lundgaard & Tranberg
- Penthouse, Rome (IT) by -scape
- Chapel, Tarnów (PL) by Beton
- Hotel, Linz (AT) by Josef Hohensinn
- Office building, Moscow (RU) by Projekt 21
- Private house, Ljubno ob Savinji (SI) by Superform
- Mixed-use development, Ipswich (UK) by John Lyall Architects
- Library, Ventspils (LV) by INDIA
- Museum restoration, Zurich (CH) by Christ & Gantenbein Architects
- Private house, Ibiza (ES) by Andrés Jaque
- Accident and emergency service building, Zagreb (HR) by Produkcija 004
There are few materials as versatile as wood. Timber can be used in just about any part of a building, from the foundation piles and support structure, through internal walls and window and door frames, to the facade cladding and eaves. Today we find wood in a whole range of building typologies – houses, of course, but also sheds, schools, churches and museums. It is a material that lends itself to many different types of processing – as planks, shingles, sheets and beams – and surface treatments – staining, painting, varnishing, burning. It can be fashioned into all manner of forms – box, log cabin, blob – and conjure very different atmospheres: restrained or extravagant, warm or cool, light or heavy, cosily old-fashioned or tautly modern.
Focusing on European countries, cities and regions
- The urban condition of Athens (GR) since the 2004 Olympic Games
- An architectural tour of Germany's 'secret capital': Munich (DE)
- Profile: Barkow Leibinger (DE)
- Home: Stefan Spaens and Britt Crepain's house-cum-office, Antwerp (BE)
Out of obscurity
Buildings from the margins of modern history
In 1984, Batric Mijovic's primary aim was to design an earthquake-proof department store. Three majestic cupolas (looking like space shuttles) were the result, but now this traditional city-centre department store in Bar (Montenegro) seems to have had its day. Vesna Vučinić champions this impressive structure.