#58 July/Aug 2014

#58 July/Aug 2014

Antenna tower and visitor centre, Çanakkale (Image: MIR)
ÇANAKKALE (TR) - Inter.National.Design and Powerhouse Company join technological requirements with otherworldly design prowess in this combined…
Turkey | Ömer Kanipak
Lot K youth centre by Carve, The Hague (Photo: Marleen Beek)
THE HAGUE (NL) - Debuting when you're practically 50 years old, observes Elger Blitz, has 'something funny' to it. Lot K, in the newly built…
Netherlands | Kirsten Hannema
SPAIN - Andrés Jaque is not a typical architect. His radical stance, breaking the traditional boundaries of architecture, makes him…
Spain | Gonzalo Herrero Delicado
PARIS (FR) - The dual challenge of fitting public areas and social housing units onto a small plot is deftly handled by the team of MAB…
France | Sophie Roulet

Overview of contents

Overview of contents

ON THE SPOT

ON THE SPOT

News and observations

  • Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation, Paris (FR) by Renzo Piano
  • Book: L'Architecture Sauvage: Asger Jorn's critique and concept of architecture
  • Beyond the fundamentals: A10 reviews the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice (IT)
  • Sales Oddity, Venice (IT)
  • Time Space Existence, Venice (IT)
  • Lifting the Curtain, Venice (IT)
  • and more…
START

START

New projects

  • Antenna tower and visitor centre, Çanakkale (TR) by Inter.National.Design and Powerhouse Company
  • Re-envisioned museum, Shkodër (AL) by Casanova+Hernandez
  • Pavilion in a building excavation, Antwerp (BE) by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
  • Grow:Brixton, London (UK) by Carl Turner Architects and The Edible Bus Stop
INTERCHANGE

INTERCHANGE

Architecture's daily politics

Andrés Jaque is not a typical architect. His radical stance, breaking the traditional boundaries of architecture, makes him one of the most relevant figures in European architecture today. Both his firm, Andrés Jaque Architects, founded in 2000, and its spin-off, Office for Political Innovation, are a continuous source of inspiration for the new generation of architects throughout Europe who claim a change in the discipline. From his very first projects, Andrés showed an interest in working with conventional domestic realities that have been omitted by architects and the political and corporate realms.

READY

READY

New buildings

  • Public underground, Budapest (HU) by sporaarchitects
  • Private house, London (UK) by Piercy & Co
  • Sculptural mosque, Rijeka (HR) by Architectural Design Bureau with Dušan Džamonja
  • Charismatic kindergarten, Zaragoza (ES) by Magén Arquitectos
  • Patronage and social housing, Paris (FR) by MAB Arquitectura and LAPS Architecture
  • Kindergarten duality, Belgrade (RS) by DVA:STUDIO
DEBUT

DEBUT

First realized projects

Space for play and youth club in one by Carve, The Hague (NL)

EUROVISION

EUROVISION

Focusing on European countries and regions

Doesn't it sound like paradise? Finland, a country where young architects quite often launch their careers by designing a major library, a school, or even a concert hall, because of a competition system that actually works. Not just that, it also offers excellent possibilities for creating innovative (interior) public space. The Finnish architecture policy enables ample opportunity for architects to learn the profession by trial and error, and also by finding inspiration in the 'old masters', like Aalto and Saarinen. Does this sound all too decent? Then it might be a relief to hear that the housing industry could do with an occasional touch of brilliance, and that a small group of independent thinkers is appending some question marks to all this national bliss. To find out more, we follow A10 correspondent Tarja Nurmi into the heart of Finnish architecture.

SECTION

SECTION

Face value

Sure, one shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Yet a facade plays a crucial role when it comes to the perception of architecture. It is one of the most basic elements of architecture, as Rem Koolhaas has proclaimed at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, dubbed Elements of Architecture. In juxtaposing the many possible outcomes when creating a face for buildings, Koolhaas' presentation reveals a story about the shift from heavy elevations to diaphanous skins and screens made 'smart' with technology. Of course, this mutation isn't just a question of looks. As clients demand more efficient buildings, architects must find facade solutions that will boost performance. Besides, these one-of-a-kind facades have an obvious function as well: to catch the public eye. That fact has remained unchanged over the last hundred years.

TOUR GUIDE

TOUR GUIDE

Stockholm's shifting ground

Stockholm is perhaps more famous for a culture of consensus than for its progressive contemporary architecture. But something has started to move. A number of high-profile architecture competitions, infrastructure campaigns and investments in new housing, as well as independent architectural initiatives, are transforming the city. This new Stockholm is riddled with paradoxes and contradictions rather than homogeneity. Björn Ehrlemark and Carin Kallenberg present the best (and strangest) bits of this new development.

HOME / OFFICE

HOME / OFFICE

New architect's residence and office

Prefabricated Zen by Petr Stolín, Liberec (CZ)

OUT OF OBSCURITY

OUT OF OBSCURITY

Buildings from the margins of modern history

Vojin Bakić was a prominent Croatian sculptor of Serbian descent. The 37-metre-high monument in Petrova Gora (HR), erected in memory of antifascist supporters from Kordun and Banija killed in the Second World War, is one of his most imposing and highly praised works. Built during the 1970s and opened in 1982, the monument is both a sculpture and a building, and its dynamic concrete form was mounted in colossal panels of stainless steel.

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