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* Architecture: Glass Farm by MVRDV

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 24 January 2013

Glass Farm by MVRDV

Architecture: Glass Farm by MVRDV: “..Schijndelâ, Netherlands’s market square suffered from Operation Market Garden damages during the Second World War and has been subject to numerous enlargements and refurbishments. Winy Maas wrote a letter in 1980, and in 2000 the town council adopted the idea of a new structure in the square between the church, town hall and main street. MVRDV since then iteratively proposed new options that could fill the gap of this unusually large village square. The Glass Farm is MVRDV’s seventh proposal for the site, earlier designs included a theatre..The village engaged vividly in the process resulting in heated debates, polls and polemics in the local press – by supporters and adversaries. The 1600m² building which is entirely covered by a glass facade consists primarily of a series of public amenities such as restaurants, shops and a wellness centre..By coincidence, the maximum envelope that was defined by the town planners had the form of a traditional Schijndel farm. All remaining historical local farms were measured, analyzed and an ideal average was conceived from this data. In collaboration with MVRDV, artist Frank van der Salm photographed all the remaining traditional farms, and from these an image of the typical farm was composed. This image was printed using fritted procedure onto the 1800m2 glass facade, resulting in an effect such as a stained glass window in a cathedral. The print is more or less translucent depending on the need for light and views..At night the structure will be illuminated from the inside, becoming a monument to the farm. At a height of 14 metres the Glass Farm is intentionally designed out of scale and is 1.6 times larger than a real farm, symbolizing the village growing into a town. The printed image follows this ‘augmented history’, with the superimposed farm door for example appearing 4 metres tall. When adults interact with the building, they can experience toddler size again, possibly adding an element of nostalgic remembrance to their reception of the building. To enhance this further, there will be a table and swing next to the building, a scaled up farmyard..Coinciding with the completion of the building, an exhibition opens in the local Museum Jan Heestershuis about Context and Authenticity. Later this year a book will be published by NAi Publishers exploring the development of the Glass Farm, including a literary description of the lengthy processes which lead to its realisation..MVRDV realised the building for RemBrand developers, a combination of Van Den Brand Real Estate and Remmers Construction Group, together with Hooijen Engineers, IOC Ridderkerk for installations, Brakel Atmos for the facade and AGC for the print..”  MVRDV’s vernacular, contextual, historical, and creative sensibility once again brought to the fore..

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image: © Persbureau van Eijndhoven; article: “Glass Farm / MVRDV” 22 Jan 2013. ArchDaily http://www.archdaily.com

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* Architecture: Pierres Vives by Zaha Hadid Architects

Posted by the editors on Friday, 3 August 2012

Architecture: Pierres Vives by Zaha Hadid Architects: “..Zaha Hadid has completed a streamlined concrete and glass building for three government departments in Montpellier, France..The Pierres Vives Building will accommodate the multimedia library, public archive and sports department of the Herault regional government and is due to be inaugurated on 13 September..A recessed section of green-tinted glass runs along the length of the facade, where a first-floor foyer connects the library and offices with shared facilities that include meeting rooms, an auditorium and an exhibition space..These shared facilities are contained inside a curved concrete block, which bursts through the glazing to shelter the main entrance on the ground floor below..”

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image: Hélène Binet; article: Dezeen

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* Residential Architecture: ScrapHouse by Public Architecture

Posted by the editors on Monday, 2 July 2012

Residential Architecture: ScrapHouse by Public Architecture: “..this green demonstration home is built entirely of salvaged materials. Erected on the Civic Center Plaza adjacent to San Francisco City Hall, ScrapHouse showcases the creative use of previously discarded materials..Some materials were re-invented for their intended purpose, such as a chandelier using several discarded lamps. Other solutions present scrap in innovative ways. One wall, composed of 500 old phonebooks stacked vertically, provides both insulation and surface texture. Rethinking a standard single-family home, the ScrapHouse facilitates design discussion and community awareness about the possibilities to “reclaim, recycle and re-use.”..  Wonderful inspiration..

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image: © Cesar Rubio; article: “ScrapHouse / Public Architecture” 21 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/121284&gt;

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* Architecture + Urban Design: A City Rises, Along With Its Hopes, by Michael Kimmelman – Fighting Crime with Architecture in Medellin, Colombia

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 20 May 2012

Architecture + Urban Design: A City Rises, Along With Its Hopes, by Michael Kimmelman – Fighting Crime with Architecture in Medellin, Colombia: “..For some time now, if you asked architects and urban planners for proof of the power of public architecture and public space to remake the fortunes of a city, they’d point here..Twenty-odd years ago, this was Pablo Escobar’s town, with an annual homicide rate that peaked at 381 per 100,000. In New York City that would add up to an almost inconceivable 32,000 murders a year..”  Excellent, detailed, informative article by Michael Kimmelman in The New York Times, looking at some of the architectural and social interventions in Medellin..

Slideshow, accompanying the article, here.

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image: Paul Smith for The New York Times; article: Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times

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