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* Architecture: Sou Fujimoto designs Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 17 February 2013

Sou Fujimoto designs Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013

Architecture:  Sou Fujimoto designs Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013: “..Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has been named as the designer of this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which will be a cloud-like structure made from a lattice of steel poles..The semi-transparent pavilion will occupy 350 square-metres of lawn outside the London gallery. Two entrances will lead inside the structure, where staggered terraces will provide seating for a central cafe..Sou Fujimoto describes his design as “an architectural landscape” where “the vivid greenery of the surrounding plant life [is] woven together with a constructed geometry”..”The delicate quality of the structure, enhanced by its semi-transparency, will create a geometric, cloud-like form, as if it were mist rising from the undulations of the park,” said Fujimoto. “From certain vantage points, the pavilion will appear to merge with the classical structure of the Serpentine Gallery, with visitors suspended in space.” The temporary pavilion will open to the public on 8 June and will remain in Kensington Gardens until 20 October..Sou Fujimoto is the third Japanese architect to accept the annual unpaid commission, which is one of the most highly sought-after small projects in world architecture and goes to a major architect who hasn’t yet built in the UK. Toyo Ito designed the pavilion in 2002, while SANAA followed in 2009..Last year’s pavilion was a cork-lined archaeological dig created by Herzog & de Meuron with Ai Weiwei, who was forbidden to leave China at the time..”

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* Residential Architecture: Maja’s House by Ultra Architects

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Maja’s House by Ultra Architects

Residential Architecture: Maja’s House by Ultra Architects: “..This project was a great experience. After the construction of a house, there were some wooden elevation boards  left, so we were asked to design a so-called tree house for a little girl named Maja..Unfortunately, none of the trees on the plot was suitable for this. The only place good enough for the small house was the top of an earth mound that appeared on the edge of the garden during the construction of the main house. As architects, we obviously tried to educate our “developer”  that a pretty house would be a one with a flat roof. But Maja is only 6 years old and she thinks about a house archetypically: she always draws it with a chimney, a window and a huge gabled roof (as we know, only the architects’ children draw houses with flat roofs, which is merit, or maybe fault 😉 of their parents)..We didn’t give up the education, but we agreed to do it in the other way. After long discussions we decided to give her a copy of the best known contemporary house with an archetypical form, that is the Rudin House of Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron. We could say it is almost a plagiarism of that building. Almost, because our house has not the exact, but a similar shape, similar proportions, and it is made with another materials..The most important issue we focused on while designing was the houses ventilation. The floor is an open-work, the side walls can be completely opened and the chimneys are there not only for decoration,  but also for ventilation..”  Small and to the point; many nice features..

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image: © Mariusz Jagniewski; article: “Maja’s House / Ultra Architects” 05 Feb 2013. ArchDaily

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* Architecture: Miami: America’s Next Great Architectural City?

Posted by the editors on Friday, 14 December 2012

Miami - America’s Next Great Architectural City...

Architecture: Miami: America’s Next Great Architectural City?: “..Miami, Florida is booming with new architectural projects by big names: everything from new condominums by BIG, to the restoration of the Saxony Hotel by Rem Koolhaas, to the new Miami Beach Convention Center. So why are so many big projects migrating to Miami Beach? The city is turning itself into an American cultural and civic center..Take, for example, the cultural institutions along Lincoln Road. The new addition of Herzog & de Meuron’s Parking Garage satisfies a necessity while also providing a rich, cultural gathering space, thanks to its designed social functions. The architecture breaks out from the anticipated form of the “concrete box for cars” and instead turns it into something that fits within the context of the neighborhood, physically and programmatically. The firm will also be expanding the Miami Art Museum, scheduled to reopen as the new Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in 2013..There are also many cultural restoration projects in the works. The Bacardi Building, a modernist tower designed by Enrique Gutierrez in 1969 will be restored by Frank Gehry to house studios, offices and housing for artists of the National Young Arts Foundation. The exterior, which features a rich mosaic, will remain untouched. The Saxony Hotel will be restored by developer Alan Faena in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas, situated across from a new Norman Foster tower in Miami Beach. The design is still under wraps, but it’s a highly anticipated addition to the urban fabric..What is it about Miami that is motivating developers to bring in renowned architects? In an article in Architect Magazine by Ian Volner, architects Herzog & de Meuron admit that the culture, weather, food and community are major attractions for Miami. But its history of Art Deco architecture and its obsession with air-conditioned, indoor spaces, are some of the negative characteristics that their new design for the Miami Art Museum hope to address. In their design, the heavy temple-like structure of the exterior is offset by the openness of the interior spaces, the abundance of hanging vegetation, and ample shaded outdoor spaces. Note those motifs, and recognize them even in the parking garage on 1111 Lincoln Road. Like the Miami Art Museum, Herzog & de Meuron’s design for the parking garage incorporates as much outdoor space as possible, shading, and vegetation..With the real estate market in Miami booming, the city has the opportunity to reinvent itself with a contemporary architecture, a refined sense of culture and community and with the assistance of talented and respected architects and designers.   We look forward to watching as these projects develop..”

See some of our posts on Miami:

And see some of our posts on BIG (Bjarke Ingels):

image: Coconut Grove Condo by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group); Image via DesignBoom; article: Vinnitskaya , Irina. “Miami: America’s Next Great Architectural City?” 11 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. <;

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* Architecture: 1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog & de Meuron

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 1 December 2012

Architecture: 1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog & de Meuron: “..Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road multi-storey car park in Miami Beach, Florida, US, also plays host to parties, yoga classes and weddings, explains proprietor Robert Wennett in this movie produced by filmmaker Elizabeth Priore..Named 1111 Lincoln Road, the concrete building with floor slabs supported on wedge-shaped columns was completed in 2010 to offer naturally lit parking levels that can also be used for other activities above a row of shops and restaurants..“I had the opportunity to change people’s perception of what parking is and to build a type of building that becomes a social gathering space and a public space” says Wennett. “Everything we do in the garage is not what you expect in a parking garage.”..He goes on to explain how the building contains “a grand central staircase” rather than an enclosed stairwell and is also filled with public art. “To want to go to a parking garage, versus wanting to exit it as soon as possible becomes a new paradigm,” he declares..Finally, Wennett explains that he lives in an apartment on the top floor of the building. “People always ask me ‘why would you want to live inside of a parking garage?’ but the moment they arrive they never ask me the question again,” he says..Directed and produced by Elizabeth Priore, the movie is a semi-finalist in the Focus Forward filmmaker competition. Five winners are due to be announced in January..” Article includes a 3 minute video, and photos by Hufton + Crow..

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image: Hufton + Crow; article; Dezeen

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