#45 May/June 2012
- Saison Menu Architectes' design for the European Centre for Innovative Textiles is a 'hand-sewn' building.
France | Xavier Gonzalez
- MIMA is an idea conceived by Marta Brandão and Mário Costa, two young Portuguese architects currently working in...
Portugal | Carlos M. Guimarães
- L&G Projects' building adds an energizing vibe to the riverside.
Lithuania | Rūta Leitanaitė
- With a modest competition-winning design by Bevk Perović, the arrival of the first mosque in Slovenia's capital city is one...
Slovenia | Emiel Lamers
Overview of contents
On the spot
News and observations
- Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw (PL)
- Mies van der Rohe's Villa Tugendhat reopens, Brno (CZ)
- Questionable transformation for the Jugodrvo building, Belgrade (RS)
- Algae and photovoltaics, Hamburg/Montabaur (DE)
- Competition winners: Loft of the future
- Update: Student housing
- and more…
- Waste plant and leisure area, Aidu (EE) by Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid
- Mosque, Ljubljana (SI) by Bevk Perović
- Cultural centre, Žilina (SK) by Martin Jancok (plural)
- Footbridge, Rotterdam (NL) by ZUS
AMID: Standing amid
Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén García Grinda from AMID (cero9) talk about their varied work – designing, researching and teaching – and their nomadic life between Madrid and London. 'We are living in a Ryanair state of mind.' However, 'what we have learned is to open our eyes to other cultures, and not just the local culture.'
- Cultural quarter, Pécs (HU) by MCXVI architects & collaborators
- Housing, London (UK) by Metaphorm Architects
- Laboratory, Groningen (NL) byDe Zwarte Hond
- Houses, Pontresina (CH) by Peter Märkli & students
- Canopy and visitors' centre, Cartagena (ES) by ACM
- Social housing, Paris (FR) by various young architects
- Fire station & emergency response centre, Vilnius (LT) by L&G Projects
- House, Zbečno (CZ) by A.LT architekti
- Research centre, Zone de l'Union, Roubaix-Tourcoing (FR) by Saison Menu Architectes
- House, Dunvegan (UK) by Dualchas Building Design
Metal is not known as a 'natural' material. Indeed it is found everywhere in nature, but the extensive processes that are part of the production of metal (building) products – mining of ores, filtering the metal, chemical rinses, melting processes, transportation, etc. – are so unnatural (and have such a large impact on the environment) that metal is seen as extremely artificial.
In architecture, metal has had the same connotation since the rise of the material with the Industrial Revolution. It was mainly used for functional, 'industrial' structures such as factories, railway stations and bridges. An association with 'natural' came mainly with wood, stone and brick. But the image of metal is slowly changing. These examples show that, in the first place, metal has a pronounced sensual quality as well.
Focusing on European countries, cities and regions
- Young European architecture
- Tour guide: Pavilion potpourri
- Home/Office: MIMA, a market-oriented concept & product (PT)
Starting with the next issue, A10 will inquire into the architectural climate of various European countries. We will invite each country to present itself from an architectural standpoint, to encourage a platform for a more in-depth approach regarding architecture in various regions. We will begin from the perspective of the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen.
Section will be extended with a deep technical analysis of a building that speaks to the imagination. What innovations are hidden behind, under, or in the facade? Which designers, manufacturers and suppliers are responsible for it, and what were the roles of architect and client?
Architecture is more than a set of completed buildings. It also involves the making of architecture, or events like master classes at architecture schools, special gatherings, workshops, opening ceremonies or conferences. A10 will keep you posted with snapshots from these events.