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Posts tagged as 'Herzog & de Meuron'

Close-up of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei; photo © Iwan Baan

Following their iconic National Stadium conceived for Beijing’s Summer Olympics 2008, the acclaimed Swiss architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron and the ubiquitous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei have joined their creative forces once again, this time designing the recently-opened Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. Featuring a sky-reflecting floating roof suspended 1.4 metres above ground, the cork-clad Pavilion features eleven columns representative of all previous Pavilions commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery to date. Watch the Pavilion captured on film in the video below. (more…)

Derelict or abandoned buildings often have a great deal to offer in terms of location and character and should be viewed as opportunities rather than eyesores; Dovecote Studio, post-renovation, photo: Haworth Tompkins

‘Waste not, want not’ is an expression that has become increasingly pertinent in recent years as economic conditions have forced many of us to tighten our belts and make the most of what we have, rather than constantly replacing old with new. This attitude of thrift extends to architecture in the form of adaptive reuse – the conversion of an old building into something better suited to contemporary requirements. Here, we examine some recently completed, ongoing and future projects that show how imagination and intelligent design can deliver striking transformative effects.

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The 1929 Michigan Theater in Detroit now serves as a parking lot, the disonnance between its architecture and current usage symptomatic of the former industrial boom city's inexorable decline; photo Sean Hemmerle

When Joni Mitchell sang that ‘they paved paradise and put up a parking lot’, she neatly expressed our none-too-positive relationship with that most modern of building types, the car park. Architonic invites you to pull up to the bumper and take a look at a number of recent parking-garage projects that attempt to put a bit of love back into it all.

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Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, image by Herzog & de Meuron

Following severe criticism for its soaring costs and the heads of its initiators having rolled, the city of Hamburg was finally able to hold a topping-out ceremony for its new Elbphilharmonie, designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Thanks to some very generous Hamburg citizens, more than €77 million has been raised through donations and other means of revenue against a total construction cost of €400 million.

The glass-structured design sits on top of Kaispeicher A, a historic redbrick landmark building within ‘HafenCity’ (Harbour City), Europe’s biggest urban construction site.

One of three concert halls: Elbphilharmonie, image by Herzog & de Meuron

Elbphilharmonie, image by Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron during the roofing ceremony, photo by HamburgMusik/ Michael Zapf

Pierre de Meuron, photo by HamburgMusik/ Michael Zapf

to the Elbphilharmonie website

more Architecture projects @ Architonic

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

The Basel based architects Herzog & de Meuron greatly enriched the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, where architectural icons such as Alvaro Siza, Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando and Zaha Hadid carried out some of their most expressive works. Herzog & de Meuron’s stacked archetypical houses are the new domicile for Vitra’s Home Collection and will from now on be open Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

“The concept of the VitraHaus connects two themes that appear repeatedly in the oeuvre of Herzog & de Meuron: the theme of the archetypal house and the theme of stacked volumes. In Weil am Rhein, it was especially appropriate to return to the idea of the ur -house, since the primary purpose of the five-storey building is to present furnishings and objects for the home. Due to the proportions and dimensions of the interior spaces – the architects use the term ‘domestic scale’ – the showrooms are reminiscent of familiar residential settings. The individual ‘houses’, which have the general characteristics of a display space, are conceived as abstract elements. With just a few exceptions, only the gable ends are glazed, and the structural volumes seem to have been shaped with an extrusion press. Stacked into a total of five storeys and breathtakingly cantilevered up to fifteen metres in some places, the twelve houses, whose floor slabs intersect the underlying gables, create a three-dimensional assemblage – a pile of houses that, at first glance, has an almost chaotic appearance.”

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron, photo by Iwan Baan

read more about the VitraHaus @ Architonic

to the Vitra collection @ Architonic

After ‘Koolhaas Houslife’, the celebrated documentary about the charming Guadalupe Acedo, housekeeper at the Maison à Bordeaux, Ila Beka and Louise Lemoine realised a new series of films. ‘Living Architecture’ seeks to develop a way of looking at architecture which turns away from the current trend of idealizing the representation of our architectural heritage.

'Pomerol by Herzog & De Meuron, film by Ila Beka and Louise Lemoine

'Pomerol by Herzog & De Meuron, film by Ila Beka and Louise Lemoine

“Unlike most movies about architecture, these films focus less on explaining the building, its structure and its technical details than on letting the viewer enter into the invisible bubble of the daily intimacy of some icons of contemporary architecture.”

'Xmas Meier', film by Ila Beka and Louise Lemoine

'Xmas Meier', film by Ila Beka and Louise Lemoine

‘Koolhaas Houselife’ recension @ Architonic

to the ‘Living Architecture’ website

Sat 19.9.

New Parrish Art Museum by Herzog & de Meuron

Posted by NoéMie Schwaller on 19.09.2009 - Tagged as: , ,

the Parrish Art Museum by Herzog & de Meuron

the Parrish Art Museum by Herzog & de Meuron

The Parrish Art Museum unveiled a re-conceptualized design for its new museum, to be constructed on the 14-acre site the Parrish acquired in Water Mill. Herzog & de Meuron’s design embodies responsiveness to the indigenous landscape, an emphasis on the natural northern light and a dialogue with the local architecture of the East End, especially the many artists’ studios in the area. The building will provide more than 37,300 square feet of highly efficient space, which is nearly twice the size of the existing museum.

To take advantage of natural northern light the building is placed on the site in a strict north-south orientation.

To take advantage of natural northern light the building is placed on the site in a strict north-south orientation.

Located on the north side of Montauk Highway, the proposed new Parrish will be a horizontal structure nestled discretely in the landscape, consisting of two parallel wings joined by a central circulation spine running the length of the building. The poured-in-place concrete walls are deeply recessed under a long and elegant white corrugated metal roof and will incorporate large sections of glass that permit views through the museum and into the surrounding landscape.

The building will provide more than 37,300 square feet of highly efficient space.

The building will provide more than 37,300 square feet of highly efficient space.

“The new project is in a way a more radical and simplified version of our original design for the Parrish,” said architect Jacques Herzog. “Its clarity in concept, in combination with straightforward construction details and building materials, can be seen as a process of purification in immediate response to the Museum’s newly defined brief. Our proposal to collaborate from the beginning with local contractors on the realization of our ideas proved to be an extremely efficient and rewarding process for us as well as for the project.”

 

to the The Parrish Art Museum

 

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