Posts tagged as 'public architecture'
Architectural model for Studio Gang Architects’ The Garden in the Machine project for Cicero, Illinois. Photograph courtesy of James Ewing. © 2011 James Ewing
Following last summer’s workshops which saw five interdisciplinary teams of architects, urban planners, ecologists, engineers, and landscape designers team up at MoMA PS1 to envisage new housing and transportation infrastructures that could catalyze urban transformation in five sites across the United States —near New York; Chicago; Tampa; Los Angeles; and Portland, Oregon — an exhibition showcasing the outcome of these seminars has opened this week (15 February) at MoMA’s Architecture and Design Galleries. (more…)
Roadside Reststop Akkarvikodden by Manthey Kula; photo by Knut Hjeltnes
Set within panoramic and remote surroundings, on a narrow plateau between the mountains and the sea on the Lofoten archipelago in North Norway, this public restroom facility has been realised by the Oslo-based architectural practice Manthey Kula. Located along one of 18 National Tourist Routes in Norway, the austere, copper-coloured development has been designed to ‘shut the [intense, ever-present] scenery out.’ Structurally resembling a small ship, the reststop is made of welded steel plates, locally reinforced with steel flanges while its walls have been clad with glass panels which serve as a protective layer ‘preventing rust from discoloring the clothes of the visitors.’ (more…)
Daniel Libeskind's recently-completed triangular extension of the Museum of Military History, Dresden; photo courtesy of the museum
Yesterday evening, while browsing through the endless list of downloaded-but-yet-to-be-listened-to podcasts, we have come across this rather dated (it was first broadcast in March 1999) but still relevant and enormously though-provoking episode of BBC Radio 4′s acclaimed series ‘In Our Time.‘
Focusing on the topic of ‘the rise in so-called spectacular architecture at the end of the 20th century,’ the episode sees the programme’s multi-award winning host Melvyn Bragg and his guests – the eminent American architect Daniel Libeskind and an architect and lecturer Richard Weston, discuss the social, cultural, demographical and financial aspects of the 20th-century contemporary architecture.
listen to the ‘Architecture in the 20th century’ podcast
Puckapunyal Military Area Memorial Chapel by BVN; photo by John Gollings
The award-winning Melbourne-based practice BVN Architecture has recently unveiled its latest project, the Puckapunyal Military Area Memorial Chapel located within the Puckapunyal Military Base in Seymour, Victoria. (more…)
Wexford County Council Headquarters by Robin Lee Architecture; photo by Andrew Lee
This modernist limestone-and-glass pavilion, a new home to all services and departments of Wexford County Council has been recently completed by the London-based practice, Robin Lee Architecture. Overlooking the picturesque River Slaney Estuary and the Blackstairs Mountains, the 11,500-square-meters, £36-million building is composed from six blocks – each dedicated to a different department – which are situated around a centrally located ‘civic forum’. (more…)
Café Pavilion by architekten martenson und nagel theissen, photo by Brigida Gonzáles
The German practice architekten martenson und nagel theissen recetly realised this café pavilion in park in Düren/Germany. The architecture of the pavilion is based on a featureless, square footprint. The inside, though, is characterised by archetypal roof forms and ceiling heights for each of the three guest rooms. Together, the barrel vault, the pent roof and the tent roof form a diverse, integrated ceiling landscape that provides a feeling of security and varied views to the surrounding park.
'Metropol Parasol' in Sevilla, Spain by Jürgen Mayer H., photo by Angel Vilches
Giant timber parasols above the Plaza de la Encarnacíon in Seville – this sunday the Berlin based architectural practice Jürgen Mayer H. can finally unveil their most recent urban development project – a new icon for the medieval inner city of Andalusia’s capital. The timber-constructions offers an archaeological museum, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants underneath and inside the parasols, as well as a panorama terrace on the very top of the parasols.
'Santa Ana's Chapel' by e|348 arquitectura, photo by Fernando Guerra
The Portoguese practice e|348 arquitectura realised this chapel, including the interiors, furniture and landscape design, for the community of Santa Maria da Feira, a small town in the North of their home country. ‘Santa Ana’s Chapel’ forms the center of the Santa Ana’s festivities, occurring in July 26th every year.