Posts from August 2014

Mon 25.8.

London – Generator of Architectural Impulses for the Modern World?

Posted by Walter Phillips on 25.08.2014 - Tagged as:

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) opened its renovated gallery with ‘The Brits who Built the Modern World’ (exhibition poster)

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) opened its renovated gallery with ‘The Brits who Built the Modern World’ (exhibition poster)

London is not only the capital of Great Britain, it’s also the largest city in Europe and one of the strongest economical powerhouses worldwide, attracting more than 30 million visitors annually (2008). Many of them no doubt visit Tate Modern (Herzog & de Meuron) – some probably by crossing the Thames via the Millennium Bridge (Foster + Partners). Considering all the first-class tourist attractions it has to offer, one wonders if visitors will remember London as a future-oriented city, or if most of them identify it primarily with the glory days of a bygone empire – with Queen Victoria and Victorian buildings, or Harrods and Selfridges. They may, with some irony, reach the conclusion that while they’re grateful for the wonderful time they’ve had thanks to intelligent and long-term investments made in architecture 150 years ago, it remains to be seen, when looking at some of the newer buildings, whether their grandchildren will still want to visit London. (by Klaus Leuschel)

 

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Hotel Hotel lighting design by PointOfView, photo: Peter Bennetts

Hotel Hotel lighting design by PointOfView, photo: Peter Bennetts

Australia’s PointOfView has completed the lighting design for Hotel Hotel, a hotel by architects Fender Katselidis located in NewActon, the cultural center of Canberra.

 

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Sun 24.8.

Ring II Installation by Arnaud Lapierre (FR)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 24.08.2014 - Tagged as: ,

Ring II Installation by Arnaud Lapierre, photo: ©Ghislain Coumes

Ring II Installation by Arnaud Lapierre, photo: ©Ghislain Coumes

French designer Arnaud Lapierre has updated his cubic mirror Ring installation that “breaks the perception of the place”.

 

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Fri 22.8.

Finefood Kärlek och Mat by Note Design Studio (SE)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 22.08.2014 - Tagged as: , ,

Finefood Kärlek och Mat by Note Design Studio, photo: Note

Finefood Kärlek och Mat by Note Design Studio, photo: Note

For a restaurant and coffee shop south of Stockholm, Note Design Studio took inspiration from the subtle variation and soft color changes of daylight in a photo series by Jordan Sullivan titled Death Valley, “that turns the harsh landscape into a poetic, inspiring place”.

 

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Joho Architecture deployed bricks to create the sculptural, organic form of its Curving House in South Korea. The architects compare it to the shape of a fish

Joho Architecture deployed bricks to create the sculptural, organic form of its Curving House in South Korea. The architects compare it to the shape of a fish

Bricks in contemporary architecture may well be saddled with a reputation for retrograde traditionalism – after all, the oldest discovered bricks date from before 7500 BC. For some, they conhure up images of architecturally unimaginative housing estates, but today, many forward-looking architects can’t get enough of the humble brick. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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'Chassis' mirrors by MaDe for Reflect+ by Deknudt

‘Chassis’ mirrors by MaDe for Reflect+ by Deknudt

‘Chassis’ mirrors by Belgian design studio MaDe add volume to what is typically a flat object, the mirror.

 

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Wed 20.8.

Au Pain Doré Bakery by Naturehumaine (CA)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 20.08.2014 - Tagged as: ,

Au Pain Doré Bakery by Naturehumaine, photo: Adrien Williams

Au Pain Doré Bakery by Naturehumaine, photo: Adrien Williams

A bakery in Montreal, Canada inspired by the European concept of ‘bakery/café’, has made some major renovations to give the chain a contemporary look with help from local architects Naturehumaine.

 

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Architonic Newsletter 08.2014

Posted by Walter Phillips on 20.08.2014 - Tagged as:

O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Saw Swee Hock Student Centre demonstrates the flexibility of bricks; photos: Dennis Gilbert/VIEWpictures.co.uk

O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Saw Swee Hock Student Centre demonstrates the flexibility of bricks; photos: Dennis Gilbert/VIEWpictures.co.uk

For almost 10,000 years – whenever natural stone has been unavailable – man has resorted to using brick wherever the aim was to create buildings that would be enduring, monumental and symbolic in character.

 

It is therefore appropriate that we should dedicate a newsletter to this ‘material’, especially as contemporary architecture seems to have rediscovered its enthusiasm for brick. Our leading article itself demonstrates that brick – in all its variations in size, colour and surface finish, as well as in the nature of the craftsmanship with which it is worked – has established a firm place for itself in modern architecture, in each case revealing its superiority over a wide range of younger materials.

 

Here’s what you’ll find in our August Newsletter:

 

Agenda September-October 2014
Piling Them High: Why Architects Are Rediscovering the Humble Brick
More articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’
Inspiring Search Results N° 32: Parasols
Inspiring Spaces N° 24: Detached houses
Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic

 

Architonic’s newsletter for August 2014 can be read (and subscribed to) here.

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