Folie Divine is the first of two ‘folies’ planned by the City of Montpellier on its brownfield sites, as a continuation of a history dating back to the eighteenth century, when local aristocrats and the bourgeoise commissioned architects to build spectacular grand mansions in garden settings, such as the castles of Flaugergues, de la Mogère and de la Mosson. However in French and English gardens, the idea of Folie has a longer history in which a playful structure with no practical purpose would be placed within a garden or landscape to elicit pleasure, luxury and wealth. As an idea, the Folie therefore plays with this leap beyond mere practicality.
FMA’s proposal for Folie Divine is based upon the understanding that the City of Montpellier, by setting the Folie as the brief for a residential building, was asking how the Folie's playful character could be used as a critical tool to generate a new possibility for the architecture of housing.
The site is located on Îlot M2 within Les Jardins de la Lironde- an urban development area on Montpellier’s periphery, master-planned by Christian de Portzamparc. To the west, it borders a river and residential neighbourhoods to its north, east and west. The site therefore enjoys tranquillity as well as a pleasant Mediterranean climate.
Architecture: Luxury as choice
The architecture of Folie Divine defies the typical notion of residential luxury as synonymous with the use of expensive materials. Instead, it redefines luxury in three ways: a variety of spatial choices beyond bedroom count to compliment one’s unique lifestyle, the flexibility to modify one’s home as and when required, and finally the freedom to enjoy both interior and exterior spaces of the home in utmost privacy.
The initial brief requested five different apartment types. Folie Divine, through its unique assembly of floor plates, balconies and structure, provides its residents with 36 apartment types.
Massing: Environmental sustainability
The building is designed as a 9-storey tower (the maximum height permitted by the masterplan for the area)in order to achieve a compact footprint and provide the apartments with views of the sea as well as the city centre in the distance. Its compact footprint also allows the rest of the site to be used for a garden, giving the building a Folie like setting and creating corner apartments which benefit from two aspects and cross natural ventilation. The massing of the building therefore increases sustainability through reduced land occupation.
Balconies: Privacy, Indoor-Outdoor living, Choice, Environmental sustainability
To enable indoor-outdoor living, all apartments are designed with curvilinear balconies that taper at each end to obviate the need for balcony dividing walls between neighbours, which typically obstruct lateral views out of balconies. To avoid overlapping views between neighbours, the curvilinear balconies are strategically located with respect to one another, so that each balcony enjoys 180 degree views out but never into the neighbouring balcony. In addition, four different floor configurations are used, each with differing balcony locations stacked in alternating order to ensure that neighbouring balconies are two levels apart from each other. This minimises downward views from one neighbour to another and creates the choice of two balcony types throughout the building: a single height balcony, shaded by the level above and designed with exterior curtains for additional privacy and wind protection, and, a double height balcony which benefits from maximum sun exposure and provides the possibility of maintaining taller house plants.
To reinforce privacy in the balconies, the handrails are designed with double points of support, arranged along two parallel lines and offset from one another. The double points of support, compared to a single support at double the width, provides the views out of the balconies with greater transparency and minimizes views in from the exterior, as the double points of support generate a moiré like pattern when viewed at an oblique. The unusual degree of privacy and choice created by the shape and location of balconies, as well as their moiré handrails and exterior curtains, will promote indoor-outdoor living. Since the balconies are almost as private as interior spaces, they can be used as an extension of them. For instance, a resident has requested his balcony structure to be reinforced to install a jacuzzi.
Structure and Building Materiality: User Empowerment
To provide residents with the option of apartment subdivision following their unique lifestyles, the structure of the building is located along the vertical core, the façade and the party wall between neighbouring apartments. The apartments are therefore free of a load-bearing structure and empower residents to reconfigure their interiors at their own pace as and when their requirements change. Initial owners have already customised their internal wall placements, and each apartment has consequently acquired a unique layout. Two apartments were also purchased by one family and combined into a single home.
To minimise the need for building maintenance over time and the associated costs that could burden residents, the building envelope is clad in corrugated anodized aluminium metal panelling and glass, whilst hardwood flooring is used for the balconies.
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"Utopia, extropia, atopia, utopies réalisables, dystopia, and more … I need them all, a place and a non-place … I encounter the possible impossibilities every night in my dreams, the best possible scenarios and nightmares, as well—necessary states … But I also wake up, at least I hope so sometimes … Utopian dreams drive us towards the impossible. Jules Verne commented that “all that is impossible remains to be achieved.” If we don’t set our aims high, how do we expect to move forward? … Utopia needs to include everyone and everything, and we all need the courage to dream, to share the responsibility of not only one, but many possible futures. The arts, as with any other discipline, can play a role in this, within a network of correlations and interrelated ecosystems of where I, you, we live. Once we wish for something, everything else can be achieved. The problem lies in stimulating these wishes. Many ideas are in a latent state, needing to be translated, interpreted … but nothing is more real than our engagement in a dialogue.."
Tomás Saraceno’s (b.1973, Argentina) oeuvre could be seen as an ongoing research, informed by the worlds of art, architecture, natural sciences, astrophysics and engineering; his floating sculptures, community projects and interactive installations propose and explore new, sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment. Aerocene, an open-source community project for artistic and scientific exploration initiated from Saraceno’s vision, becomes buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth.
In 2015, Saraceno achieved the world record for the first and longest certified fully-solar manned flight. During the past decade, he has initiated collaborations with renowned scientific institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Max Planck Institute, the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, and the Natural History Museum London.
He was the first person to scan, reconstruct and reimagine spiders’ weaved spatial habitats, and possesses the only three-dimensional spider web collection to existence. Saraceno lectures in institutions worldwide, and directed the Institute of Architecture-related Art (IAK) at Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany (2014–2016). He has held residencies at Centre National d’Études Spatiales (2014–2015), MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (2012–ongoing) and Atelier Calder (2010), among others. In 2009, Saraceno attended the International Space Studies Program at NASA Ames. The same year he presented a major installation at the 53rd Venice Biennale, and was later awarded the prestigious Calder Prize. His work has been widely exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions such as Aerocene, at Solutions COP21, Grand Palais, Paris; Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions, at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore; Becoming Aerosolar, at 21er Haus, Belvedere, Vienna (all 2015); In orbit, at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein- Westfalen K21, Düsseldorf (2013–ongoing); On the Roof: Cloud City, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012); Cloud Cities, at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2011–12), amongst others. Saraceno’s work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin; among others. Saraceno lives and works in and beyond the planet Earth.
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Letters to the Mayor - bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.
ABOUT LETTERS TO THE MAYOR
Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays real letters written by architects to their city mayors. Initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014, the project has traveled to more than 15 cities across the globe, including Bogota, Mexico City, Athens, Panama City, Taipei, Mariupol, Madrid, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires, among others.
Letters to the Mayor invites 100 architects in each city to write a letter to their mayor as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.
Throughout history, architects have engaged with this responsibility and the structures of economic, political, and cultural power in different ways and with varying degrees of success. With the rise of globalization and the homogenization of the contemporary city, the role of the architect in the political arena has often been relegated to answering questions that others have asked.
Letters to the Mayor questions this dynamic, and invites local and global architects to deliver their thoughts directly to the desks of elected officials, and simultaneously into the public consciousness.
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Vito Acconci is an American artist and architect. Best known for his provocative and often radical art-making practices. Acconci has been a vital presence in contemporary art since the late 1960s; his confrontational and ultimately political works have evolved from writing through conceptual art, bodyworks, performance, film, video, multimedia installation and architectural sculpture. In the mid 1980s, Acconci began creating experimental architecture, design, and public sculpture. In 1988, he set up Acconci Studio, an architectural practice that executes public commissions around the world.
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The project is located in the UNESCO protected site Casco Viejo, Panama City. the 16,000 square meter program includes : 159 rooms, Restaurants, open plaza, rooftop bar, spa, pool, gym, Conference rooms and a ballroom; all within a defined architectural language regulated by the Panamanian Heritage Foundation.
The building is placed between land and water, having 40% of the structure supported on by micropiles in the Panama Bay.
This element has made the studio give direct responses in material use and solutions for weather related events safety response. This project was assigned to the studio all the way to construction completion, being the operator a sole investor, in which case the firm has also provided operational advise and budget revision, along for the design development.
About the Company:
MAC10 STUDIO is a Panamanian company dedicated to Architecture, Design and Consulting. Founded by Aixa Caldera & Marco Celis, MAC10 focuses on commercial, residential, hospitality and public projects in the Private and Government sectors.
Our team of Architects guarantees a fast and accurate response to the needs and ideas of our clients.
Philosophy: The MAC10 STUDIO’s approach always starts from conceptualizing and effectively materializing solutions to the needs and ideas of our clients, through a consonant, planned and objective design process, using powerful digital tools and modern practices and theories. All designs are developed in a collaborative environment, maintaining a balance between functionality, aesthetics, innovation, sustainability and culture. A group of architects and collaborators with different backgrounds guarantee the satisfaction of our clients and the viability of the projects. Regardless of the size of the work, all projects are welcome and approached with the same energy and commitment.
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DANIEL POUZET - projects or subjects familiar with a real desire to tackle new issues previously unexplored.
After studying in Paris and Bucarest and receiving his diploma as an architect from UP4 (former Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’architecture) - in Paris - and from Ion Mincu - in Bucarest, Daniel Pouzet has taken advantage of his many professional experiences throughout the world by constantly developing his architectural projects towards new creative fields. Always in a search of finding a contextual response to projects, creative visions are constantly being utilized to further new experiences and new areas of expression. Learning from each project has contributed to Daniel’s professional development. As a world citizen, his sensitivity enables him to be open to any project.
1997 to 2002 - After graduating and receiving his degree an architect, working with Philippe Starck has been a major turning-point in his career, introducing him to the notion of interior architecture. This collaboration contributed to several hotel projects all around the world such as - Sanderson and St Martin's Laine in London, Hudson Hotel in New York - as well as luxury yacht 'Wedge Too' (75m) in Amsterdam.
2002 to 2008 - The relationship with Jean-Marie Massaud has enabled Daniel to pursue and carry out architectural projects to other fields with the same spirit of openness as when developing interior or event architectural projects. From this collaboration, the iconic Omnilife stadium in Guadalajara, inaugurated in 2011, has emerged. Other projects - Dedon Island Hotel in Siarego, the Philippines, the artistic direction of Lancôme "Flagship" boutiques - Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo, artistic direction of Renault's showrooms in the world - Paris, Frankfurt, Geneva, Tokyo and Villa "Glick" in Nantucket, USA. Will follow, showrooms such as "The Modern Object" in Colombus, Ohio and the "Time &"; "Style" in Tokyo, or hotel projects such as "Lala Takerkoust" in Morocco, "Mama Shelter" in Palm Desert, USA, "Life Reef" Condominium Tower or "Hotel Mahn" in Mexico.
2008 to 2010 - Partnership with Atelier Charlotte Perelman, resulted in several restaurant projects : Restaurants Tanouki, and Gravy in New York; as well as uncompleted hotel projects such as the Hôtel de La Poste in Paris and hotels in Panama and in Montreal.
2008 to 2011 - A family world tour trip with his wife and three children in a camper van. A 3 year experience combining itinerant architect projects, children education and distant learning, discovering nature and foreign cultures. 3 extraordinary years on the road from Alaska to Patagonia.
Back to "normal" life will be highly influential in creative terms Finally, feeling released from all kinds of barriers within different artistic fields, there has been a diversification into new creative fields. Seeking a new beginning in life with inspiration and a desire to participate in some of the endless possibilities offered by partnerships and craftsmen all over the world. He naturally focuses on projects or subjects familiar because of prior experience with a real desire to tackle new issues previously unexplored.
In this change, meeting Booby Dekeyser and Dedon has been monumental. The first products designed for Dedon, the "New Rest" and the "Swing Rest" became quickly recognized as outdoor furniture icons. Followed shortly by Dedon Island Hotel and the humanitarian project, The Compostela community in Cebu, as well as "La Vie est belle", the brand new outdoor Bed, a true living space.
2014 - Publication of "Del Volcan Al Horizante", a book published in Mexico about his life throughout his work and travelling around the world.
Since 2015 Daniel joined the vegetal universe of Sage Vertical Systems, In Chicago, USA. Out of the Sage vertical garden systems, the strategic vision of Nicolae Halmaghi and Daniel's creativity, will appear "Sagegreeglife", a new company which develops projects incorporating nature in every indoor living space. The first two showrooms are quite successful. At the 2015 "Chicago International Home + Houseware Show" they received the "Global Innovation Award" for "Design excellence" for the "Fireflies Dome" project, and at the 2016 "New York Now Show", the "IDFA Best in Show for Lightening" for the "Ambienta" lamp.
Today, the Atelier Pouzet structure enables Daniel to develop projects as broad ranging as architecture, interior design and architecture - furniture and products, installation art, graphic design, illustration, projects for children and humanitarian work all around the world.
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Location: Dubai , Nad Al Sheba 4
Dates: 2008 - 2015
GFA: 6,250 m²
Architecture Team: Hannes Werner | Dominic Wanders | Florian Mueller
3D Visualization: Russel Octavo
Photography: Torsten Seidel, Wisam Allami
The office of WANDERS WERNER FALASI ( WWFCA ) was founded in 2008 by Hannes Werner and his partners Dominic Wanders and Mansoor Al Falasi. It offers outstanding architectural and engineering design services on international level, and is growing solid on the base of its exceptional modern design projects.
Hannes Werner is in the region since 2004 and is well known in Dubai for his excellent skills in architectural and interior design concepts. Since 2012 he is teaching periodically at the American University of Sharjah in the College of Art, Architecture and Design - CAAD.
The current projects of the practice varies from corporate offices and showrooms, highly specialized functional telecommunications and technology buildings (data center, logistic center), public structures (football stadium), religious and social projects (mosque, culture center) to healthcare projects and spectacular high-end residential projects. All projects are based on modern concepts and innovative space designs and where commissioned directly based on recommendations..
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Carlo Ratti Associati uses 30,000 pralines to build an Artificial Intelligence-run chocolate pavilion.
CRA uses 30,000 pralines to build an Artificial Intelligence-run pavilion for high-end chocolate manufacturer Venchi – to premiere at FICO, Eataly’s forthcoming food park in Italy.
International design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) has designed an edible pavilion made of pralines, for chocolate producer Venchi. The project will be part of the new Venchi area within FICO Eataly World, the theme park dedicated to Italian food culture opening next month in the city of Bologna, in northern Italy. Inside the pavilion, CRA has also developed a number of chocolate-related “experiences”, including the use of artificial intelligence to measure one’s reactions and feelings when eating sweets.
THE EDIBLE WALL
The external walls of the pavilion are made up of more than 30 thousand pralines of different varieties, spread over a 8-meter-long (26-foot), 3.5-meter-high (11.5-foot) surface. Each chocolate candy can be picked by visitors, making the vertical element of the pavilion entirely edible. From afar, the pralines are
arranged in a mosaic that makes them look like a giant chocolate tablet, which has been dubbed the largest chocolate arrangement in the world.
“I never liked the fact that exhibitions require the use of large amounts of construction materials that then end up in landfills after just a few months”, comments Carlo Ratti, founding partner of CRA and director of the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “In this project we thought: what if the pavilion could be dismantled by simply eating it? We also liked the reference to the timeless fairytale of Hansel and Gretel. The construction process, however, proved to be more challenging than we initially thought – as some building parts were eaten up on site during the installation…”
WHAT HAPPENS INSIDE THE PAVILION
The inside of the pavilion is also focused on chocolate, and it explores the effects of chocolate on humans. After entering through the chocolate wall, visitors can engage in a digitally-augmented tasting experience. Each of them is invited to sit inside a booth and try different Venchi pralines. Using Artificial Intelligence and facial recognition technologies developed in collaboration with Milan-based interaction design studio Dotdotdot, each person’s reactions to different types of chocolate are inferred form the micro-movements of lips, eyebrows, pupils, nostrils and forehead.
After the individual tasting experience, visitors walk into the “Chocolate Portraits” room. There, recordings of prior visitors’ emotions when eating chocolate are projected. Individual reactions are analyzed and shown in bright colors, almost like a scientific dissection of archetypical human reaction to food. In this ethereal and exhilarating space, dozens of faces seem to float in the air. It is like a portrait gallery, showcasing images of men, women, and children of all ages responding to the pleasures of chocolate.
After exiting the Chocolate Portraits room, visitors enter a laboratory where they can observe and partake into the making of Venchi’s products. There, they can get a hands-on demo of the manufacturing process, but also create a fully customized chocolate tablet, tailored to their personal taste based on the data about individual preferences gathered in the previous area.
The new Venchi store will be unveiled on 15 November 2017, during the opening of FICO Eataly World. In addition to the project for Venchi, CRA will also unveil another project at the Bolognese theme park, called “Hortus”: a pavilion that leverages new farming technologies to turn supermarket visitors into potential farmers, allowing them to engage with hydroponic cultivation and grow their own vegetables on site.
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John Pawson’s second photographic book, Spectrum, comprises a chromatically ordered sequence of 320 images. Alongside its core exploration of colour, Spectrum offers a detailed archive of references for pattern, texture, form and spatial arrangement, drawn from a wide variety of locations.
The book reflects the continuing importance of photography as a design tool in Pawson’s daily work.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: A universal museum that focuses on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures. Its approach promotes a personal interchange with art, emphasises the role of curiosity and imagination, and encourages a lifelong passion for learning in both adults and children.
The important collection of artworks and artefacts on view originates from all around the world, and spans the entirety of human existence from prehistory to the present day. Members will be able to encounter the museum’s collection in an unparalleled yet very welcoming atmosphere, and experience the cinematic ‘Rain of Light’ effect that filters through the museum’s iconic 180-metre dome.
Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum represents an Arab medina (city) with its 23 permanent galleries, temporary exhibition space, Children’s Museum, auditorium, restaurants, retail and a research centre. Surrounded by the sea, visitors can walk the promenades beneath the museum’s stunning dome. They can experience Nouvel’s enchanting ‘rain of light’, inspired by the shadows of overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s precious oases where travellers once crossed paths. Louvre Abu Dhabi was born of an intergovernmental agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France in 2007. The agreement stipulates that the name of Louvre is on loan for a period of 30 years; art works from French institutions for 10 years on a decreasing basis as the permanent collection grows; and the programming of temporary exhibitions for 15 years. (Courtesy - Times of Oman)
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2B.GROUP is an architectural bureau from Kyiv, Ukraine owed by two young architects, Viacheslav Balbek and Olga Bogdanova.
For the past several years 2b.group team has secured immense experience and gained a highly estimated name in the Ukrainian market. 2b.group specializes in simple, accurate, high-quality, and at the same time comfortable and warm designs. A special focus of Bureau expertise lies in lofts and high technological interiors. Its practice areas includes urban infrastructure projects, residences, and restaurants to name a few.
Both Viacheslav and Olga hold Masters Degrees in architecture from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (KNUCA) (2006).
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Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk. The combination of high professionalism and boundless love for the creative process in the field of design and architecture makes it possible to create unique projects of architectural structures, residential and public spaces, as well as object design, which has become a new and successful development direction
Our comprehensive approach reflects the philosophy of the value of each element created by us, filling it with meaning, the values of human relationships of talented people that surround us and the values of trust that stimulates to constant development. A great experience of complete project support allowed us to gather and rally a reliable team of the best diverse specialists, thanks to which new projects are being implemented. Thank you for being with us! Your SVOYA studio.
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During this process we pay attention not only to exterior of a house, but also its planning concept. We create an ideal canvas for future interiors using space planning decisions for the house. This is a shape where it's easy to create custom and quality interiors. That is why we offer a substantial discount on the development of interior design of a private house.
We implement interior design of any complexity: from apartments and country houses to shops and office space. We provide:
- high-quality and complete drawing set with visualization of facilities and engineering study of all necessary components.
- selection of finishing materials and furniture
- free designer supervision
- an integrated approach to the project implementation including finishing and furniture manufacturing
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AL_A is the award-winning architecture and design studio founded by the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete with Directors Ho-Yin Ng, Alice Dietsch and Maximiliano Arrocet.
Since its formation in 2009, AL_A has refined an intuitive and strategic approach to design. Collaborating with ambitious and visionary clients, we develop designs that are conceptualised as urban projects not just buildings and projects that express the identity of an institution, a city or a nation.
Recently completed projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter (2017) in London, the V&A’s largest building project in over 100 years; MAAT (2016), a Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, commissioned by EDP, one of the world’s foremost energy companies; Central Embassy (2017), a 1.5 million sq ft luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok on the former grounds of the British Embassy; a 13-hectare media campus and a 37,700m2 headquarters building for Sky (2016) in London; and MPavilion 2015 in Melbourne.
Ongoing commissions around the world include the transformation of the flagship Galleries Lafayette department store on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris; a new centre for the cancer care charity Maggie’s in Southampton; two new buildings for Wadham College at the University of Oxford; The Courtyard, a series of community mixed-use developments on 39 sites across Moscow; and the Monte St Angelo subway stationin Naples.
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Taller KEN, founded in 2013 by Gregory Melitonov and Ines Guzman, is a New York and Guatemala based architecture practice focused on playful design with social and cultural relevancy.
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51N4E is an international, Brussels based practice—founded in 2000—that aspires to contribute through means of design to social and urban transformation. 51N4E is led by Johan Anrys and Freek Persyn, and is thirty people strong at present.
51N4E envisions transformations in society through the production of space by rethinking built environments and outdated urban systems, but also by reimagining how we use those environments in all their complexity.
51N4E uses the tools of architecture and design to construct dialogue settings around each project, thereby increasing collective intelligence and creating projects with a broader impact on society.
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Vicente Guallart ( b. Valencia 1963) chief architect of the city of Barcelona and general director of Urban Habitat since 2011.
Guallart have been founder of Guallart Architects (1993) and of IAAC (Institute of Advanced Architecture in Catalunya) (2001).
Pioneer of interaction between nature, technology and architecture proposes new paradigms based in urban, social and cultural conditions emerging from information society,he crosses boundaries through collaborations in geology, sociology, engineering, fabrication, economics, and software design merging architecture, nature and new technology. His projects follow a "natural" logic, referring to components originating in nature, as well as to environmental systems. A logic that connects nature with the transformations of urban spaces, social organizations, and the digital world.
His most relevant and recent projects includes, among others, Sociópolis in Valencia: an innovative housing project for urban and environmental development with projects by international architects; Sharing Bloks in Gandía: a residence for students, the first in Spain where the dynamical relation between private and shared areas can generate a continuous re-configuration and extension of the spaces to live; Fugee Port and Keelung Port in Taiwan. He is author of Geologics (Actar), and co-author of the Metapolis dictionary of Advanced Architecture and Hypercatalonia.
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SARCO Architects is a small-sized boutique architectural firm located in San Jose, Costa Rica. It is a family business owned by Roderick and his wife, both of whom are architects.
The firm works exclusively with international clients, providing high-end custom architectural design services for luxury vacation homes and investment properties in Costa Rica, Panama and the Caribbean.
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1980: Born in Tokyo, Japan
2003: B.Arch,Tokyo University
2005: M.Arch,Tokyo University
2005 - 2009: TADAO ANDO Architect and Associates
2009 - 2011: Partner of Vo Trong Nghia Co.,Ltd
2011 - 2015: Partner of S+Na Co.,Ltd
2015 - present: Founder of NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS
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SWISS HOUSE XXXII artist Daniel Buren
2014 - 2017
Swiss House Rossa represents the constant commitment to build with respect for the places we inhabit and to make every effort in helping our understanding of civilisation. This is an opera that lies on the cusp between art and architecture, a living sculpture. Alongside its primary role in protecting man from the elements, it is an architecture that needs art to complete it.
Daniel Buren: we involved him because during our own formative years he taught us the pleasure of synthesis in observing the beauty of nature through his recognisable signs. Today we have a permanent work of his in the heart of the Swiss Alps. We enter this space, built by the place: a fairytale, yet real; just as we want the world to be.
The Calanca valley, when you go there, you forget the things that are known to you. In reality, the journey there is short, but it is a trip of a lifetime. Once inside, the valley closes behind you, and beyond opens the door to your dreams. Rocky walls, forests, undulating soft fields; the ceaseless work of centuries of men and women; it warms us. The rocks tell us the story of the birth of the earth and how much it has had to move to give us this blessed place.
Rossa is a place of memory where civilisation comes from simplicity. Our task is to continue this art of love for this land through humble but enduring gestures. This village in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 1100 meters, lies almost at the end of the valley, where the powerful force of nature expresses itself, its presence revealing to us our measure in the world.
Building in this context means taking cue from the signs of the past in their essence, following the peace of a place that catalyses energies difficult to describe. The apparent urban simplicity of the place is a complex interlace of balance between men and the stones used to build their own home.
Nothing here is new. This physical and spiritual place still resists commoditisation and each object placed in it is consumed and amalgamated with history and nature.
Swiss House is placed spatially along a line of volumes of patrician houses that form an agglomeration around the village church. The new volume emphasises this axis both physically and conceptually.
The cross in vertical projection, the rounding of the edges and the simple torsion of the roof make it dynamic and reinterprets the archetype of the house. Just like the typical house as designed by children: two vertical lines, two diagonal line for the roof, holes for letting light. This is the same thing, but completely different. It is the archetype re-invented to show that the reasons for building are inventive and inexhaustible and that buildings are our public art. Just as our surrounding nature is not always the same, but is in constant flux, changing and taking on new meanings depending on how we observe it.
It is an enclosure that defines a dynamic space. The points of view and the light penetrations work on the perception of time, notably from the absence of the instantaneous speed of the sliding images we have grown used to. It is an unbroken line of emotions. Each aperture is calibrated and oriented towards selected views of the surrounding landscape. Each point is different and every breath of the landscape suggests different things.
The basement is in reinforced concrete, the upper volume entirely in wood, without interpreting the traditional construction type of the Alps, but using it as it is. In the future we will be able to print buildings directly on the site with material that solidifies on contact with air. The architect’s work is to deal with the psychology of space, perception, and love for man.
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White is an architectural firm based in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is the biggest firm in Scandinavia, with more than 900 team members. The company has 16 offices in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and England.
The firm was founded in Gothenburg in 1951 by architects Sidney White (1917–1982) and P. A. Ekholm, and has since established offices in Stockholm, Malmö, Halmstad, Linköping, Örebro, Uppsala, Umeå, Västerås, Copenhagen, Næstved, Holeby, London, and Oslo. White has a shared ownership model between their employees, with more than 600 shareholders, of which ~130 are partners.
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Gothenburg has an exciting mix of historic buildings and contemporary design such as the Gothic Towers pictured above. We have put together a guide to some of the most important sights when it comes to design and architecture.
The Gothenburg Opera and the lipstick skyscraper
The opera house from 1994 is located in Lilla Bommen harbour. The architect Jan Izikowitz found inspiration, not only in the world of opera, but the waterfront location too. The harbour is also where you can get up close to the red and white skyscraper commonly referred to as "the lipstick". The building, designed by Ralph Erskine, was completed in 1989 and stands 86 metres above sea level. The top floor is housing the observation deck Götheborgsutkiken offering amazing views of the harbour and city.
Lindholmen and the northern bank of the river
The northern bank of Göta River (Norra Älvstranden), and especially Lindholmen Science Park, is the place to go for contemporary design. The old shipyard area has been transformed into a modern neighbourhood including offices, a university campus and residential buildings. The most eye-catching feature is Kuggen, "the cog", a colourful round building with triangle-shaped windows, designed by Gothenburg-based architect Gert Wingårdh.
The Västtrafik river ferry Älvsnabben runs from Lilla Bommen harbour to Klippan and offers excellent views of the riverside neighbourhood Eriksberg. Get a seat on the top deck if the weather is fine, to fully absorb the harbour views. In Eriksberg you find the 70-metre high harbour crane – a distinct landmark reminding us of the glory days of shipbuilding. The crane was completed in 1969, making it possible to fix ships as large as nearly 500,000 tonnes. The country administrative board appointed the red harbour crane a historic building in 2012, to be preserved in the future.
The final stop, before the ferry returns, is Klippan, by the Älvsborg bridge, known for the former Carnegie porter brewery and the contemporary art centre Röda sten. The brewery was once among the largest employers in the city, with around 450 employees in 1890. This was also busy times for the sugar cane factory next door. Today the brewery is hotel Novotel and the sugar cane factory Sockerbruket, is for example housing arts and crafts studios.
Typical wooden houses in the west
The wooden county governor houses (landshövdingehus) from 1875-1940 are one of building styles that are the most typical in Gothenburg. They are for example found in the western neighbourhoods of Majorna and Kungsladugård, like around Mariaplan. They are characterised by a ground floor made in stone, followed by a second and third floor in wood. This was partly due to fire regulations. In the 1940s around half of the population lived in this type of house.
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An exhibition titled "Building a Community — Estonian Architects in Post-War Toronto," organized by the Museum of Estonian Architecture in collaboration with the Museum of Estonians Abroad, was recently opened in Toronto.
The exhibition is dedicated to Estonian architects who immigrated to Canada during and after World War II. It opened with a thematic symposium featuring speakers including curator Jarmo Kauge, Estonian Academy of Arts rector Mart Kalm as well as local architectural experts.
The result of many years of research, the exhibition focuses primarily on architects born in Estonia whose careers or studies in Europe were interrupted by the war as well as those who earned their architecture qualifications at Canadian universities in the following decades. It was during this postwar period that Toronto rapidly grew into the multicultural metropolis that it is today, and Estonian architects were among those who played an important role in shaping Toronto's architectural landscape.
Names such as Mihkem (Michael) Bach (1916-1972), Ants Elken (1917-2011), Uno Prii (1924-2000), Elmar Tampõld (1920-2013), Taivo Kapsi (1935-1967) and Henno Sillaste (1936-2013) are recognized in Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America, and their work is well known in architecture circles.
Prii's work has been particularly successful as new generations discover the energetic modernism of his work from the 1960s and 70s, and prime examples of architecture by Prii and Kapsi alike are under heritage protection.
Bach, Elken and Kapsi, who all taught at the University of Toronto, played an important role in the spread of Scandinavian-style modernism in Toronto's urban landscape, which was still fairly provincial following World War II. Elken's 30-year university career was also crowned by his being awarded an emeritus professorship. His first work, the first stage of the now-demolished Seaway Hotel, was awarded the prestigious Massey Silver Medal in 1955.
A chapter of its own in Toronto's architectural history includes the buildings designed by Estonians for the local Estonian diaspora community. These include St. Peter's Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Toronto, Tartu College, the Toronto Estonian House as well as a number of cooperative residences and care homes for the elderly.
The exhibition will remain at the Museum of Estonians Abroad, located at Tartu College (310 Bloor St. W, Toronto), through Feb. 12, 2018. During spring, an amended form of the exhibition will travel to the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn. A substantial catalog and collection of essays is planned to be published in time for the exhibition's run in Estonia.
The exhibition "Building a Community — Estonian Architects in Post-War Toronto" is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, the Integration Foundation and the Esotnian Ministry of Culture.