#39 May/June 2011
TORRE PACHECO (ES)
- Huma Arquitectos have created an artificial oasis in the Spanish desert.
Three years ago, Alberto Amorós Martínez and...
Spain | Gonzalo Herrero Delicado & Maria José Marcos
- Second prize winner MIT-arh will realize its competition design.
Višegrad, a provincial town in the far eastern part of...
Bosnia and Herz. | Elša Turkušić
- Dispersed among several historical and near-derelict buildings around Riga, the National Library of Latvia has been in need of...
Latvia | Ieva Zībārte
- Adjaye Associates' 80,000 m2 building is an all-in-one campus.
Skolkovo is a name that the European architecture audience...
Russia | Anton Eguerev Silva
Overview of contents
On the spot
News and observations
- The National Library of Latvia, Riga (LV)
- Two new subway stations, Malmö (SE)
- BIG wins five competitions so far this year
- Update: new squares
- Stefano Boeri presents BioMilano (IT)
- Reality check: Kastner & Öhler department store, Graz (AT)
- and more…
- Conversion of Halles Alstom industrial halls, Nantes (FR) by Franklin Azzi Architecture
- Faculty of Engineering, Nicosia (CY) competition winners
- Office building, Višegrad (BA) by MIT-arh
- Library, Bressanone (IT) by Michel Carlana, Luca Mezzalira & Curzio Pentimalli
- Football academy, Luleburgaz (TR) by DDRLP
Hans van der Heijden: Unfashionable ordinariness
Hans van der Heijden heads the Rotterdam practice biq together with Rick Wessels. Swimming against the stream of the neomodern and supermodern tendencies that have long predominated in the Netherlands, biq has secured a position for itself with an architecture that prioritizes the everyday and the ordinary.
- School, Torre Pacheco (ES) by Huma Arquitectos
- Office building and supermarket, Athens (GR) by Kokkinou Kourkoulas Architects
- Two houses, Rybnik (PL) by jojko+nawrocki architekci
- Health care centre and square, Badalona (ES) by Jordi Badía
- School, Lille (FR) by Tank Architectes
- Management school, Skolkovo (RU) by Adjaye Associates
- Chapel interior, Sarajevo (BA) by Adnan Pašić
- Music and conference centre, Pécs (HU) by Építész Stúdió
Although metal made its entry into architecture at the end of the 19th century – in imposing station roofs, in the Eiffel Tower, in Art Nouveau ironwork stairs and balconies – we continue to associate steel and aluminium first and foremost with the rational modernism of the 20th century. The skyscrapers of Mies van der Rohe, the furniture and prefab facade panels of Jean Prouvé, the high-tech architecture of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers… However, during the past ten years or so, that quasi-industrial character has ceased to be axiomatic. More and more, architects are discovering (or rediscovering) the craft-like qualities of metal.
Focusing on European countries, cities and regions
- Jure Kotnik analyses the boom in kindergarten architecture throughout Europe
- A tour of Murcia (ES)
- Home: Annet Hof and Herman de Kovel's relaxed-modernist bungalow, Rotterdam (NL)
Out of obscurity
Buildings from the margins of modern history
Raine Karp's Linnahall concert hall in Tallinn (1976–1980) is one of the most advanced buildings of the Soviet era in Estonia. According to Triin Ojari it is unique both in its seafront location, and in its architectural concept.