#49 Jan/Feb 2013

#49 Jan/Feb 2013

Picardy Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Amiens (Photo: Romain Meffre & Yves Marchand)
AMIENS (FR) - By using plants as a sculptural material, Chartier-Corbasson architectes have integrated a modern extension into the existing…
France | Xavier Gonzalez
Garage dwelling, Bragadiru (Photo: Abruptarhitectura)
BRAGADIRU (RO) - Bragadiru is a typical post-socialist suburb: a former village near Bucharest, now a wild mixture of fields and open ground,…
Romania | Ştefan Ghenciulescu
RIGA (LV) - With material clarity and variable spaces, this conversion by SZK blends into the historical centre of the city. Education has…
Latvia | Ieva Zībārte
AMSTERDAM (NL) - NL Architects and bureau M.E.S.T. concocted a novel renovation plan with spatial, and especially social, potential. The…
Netherlands | Kim Hoefnagels

Overview of contents

Overview of contents

ON THE SPOT

ON THE SPOT

News and observations

  • Mercat dels Encants, Barcelona (ES) by b720
  • Inspiration pavilion, Walldorf (DE) by SCOPE
  • Archiprix utopias 3: Spaces, Poetics and Voids
  • Reality check: Hotel, Helsinki (FI) by K2S Architects
  • The EU City Manifesto
  • New Town narratives 3: Misjudge the market (RO)
  • KamerMaker (NL) by DUS architects
  • Graffiti transformation, Brno (CZ) by Projektil & Very Popular Office
  • and more…
START

START

New projects

  • Supermarket, Pec pod Sněžkou (CZ) by Opočenský Valouch Architekti
  • Kleiburg flat transformation, Amsterdam (NL) by NL Architects and bureau M.E.S.T.
  • City centre masterplan, Villa Verucchio (IT) by KK Architetti Associati
  • Community arts centre, Tullamore (IE) by A2 architects
BEARINGS

BEARINGS

Architecture in action

Tagging the city with the Dublin Design Collective, Helsinki (FI) / Dublin (IE)

READY

READY

New buildings

  • Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT), Vitanje (SI) by Bevk Perović, Dekleva Gregorič, Ofis and Sadar+Vuga
  • Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Amiens (FR) by Chartier-Corbasson architectes
  • University library, Vilnius (LT) by R.Paleko ARCH studio
  • Art academy insertion, Riga (LV) by SZK un partneri
  • Landscape laboratory, Guimarães (PT) by Cannatà & Fernandes arquitectos
  • Social housing, Espoo (FI) by Arkkitehdit Hannunkari & Mäkipaja
EUROVISION

EUROVISION

Focusing on European countries and regions

During the New Arch symposium in Aachen a few years back, a German journalist stated that there is nothing exciting about architecture in Germany today. 'The overall quality is high, but where are the bewildering concepts?' Indeed, pragmatic and technical are words that come to mind when describing projects by German architects. Perfectionism is another. But what about conceptual approach? When this is lacking, according to guest editors Michael Braum and Carl Zillich of Bundesstiftung Baukultur, it is caused by the deep-rooted German fear to make mistakes. And as a consequence, too many rules, which in turn hinders innovation. In certain sectors, however, innovation does flourish: infrastructure, education, housing. Despite the annoying bureaucracy and regulations, in these can be found sufficient space for experimentation, leading to new collaborations, new techniques and a new role for architects.

SECTION

SECTION

Light performance

Unlike material, light is not tangible. Because of this elusiveness, light – more than metal, wood, or glass – can superimpose upon architecture an additional layer of meaning. Colours, movement, or indirect light sources invite you to come closer, to stop and investigate, to let them seduce you and to enter into the story of a building, just as in a theatrical play. Take a look at the ingenious solutions developed for the Städel Museum's new Garden Halls in Frankfurt by schneider + schumacher.

TOUR GUIDE

TOUR GUIDE

Post-industrial sentiments in Newcastle

Like other European countries, England is divided. It suffers from a north-south divide that leads many people in the disproportionately affluent south to believe that the former industrial cities of the north, such as Newcastle upon Tyne, have nothing to offer. Consequently, the North East of England is a place where many have never been, or thought to go.

HOME

HOME

New architect's residence

Garage dwelling by Cristina Constantin and Cosmin Pavel, Bragadiru (RO)

OUT OF OBSCURITY

OUT OF OBSCURITY

Buildings from the margins of modern history

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade (RS), by architects Ivan Antić and Ivanka Raspopović, was constructed between 1961–65 as a compact mass of six prisms. On the exterior, the building is a stark composition of volumes and proportions in white marble, while on the interior, abstract space is regulated by pleasant light and views of the historic city across the river. The building would prove to become one of the masterpieces of modern Serbian architecture, and its transcendental appearance has deeply influenced much of the Yugoslav art and architecture in the following decades.

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