Hard to assess in urban term, the river claims the birth of the city while staying detached from it by its particular identity: ubiquitous as a spine, yet barely passable by inhabitants. Inserted in the Thames, undefined as a plot (central but distant), the drifting island embodies a favored observatory by proposing an alternative reality of London. Visitors are given the chance to experience and sense water in an elaborated architecture that merges and exchanges with its environment, like any living organism would unassumingly do.
Located on the eastern 3rd ring road in Beijing, the white exterior of the Hongkun Art Gallery works a sculptural focal point for the area. Entering the gallery through an opening in the monolithic facade, the arch-like curves continue to the interior and gently merge into a clean white space for exhibiting the artworks. The open areas in the gallery offer a wide space for themed exhibition, while the gently curved entrance part draws people into the space and guides them naturally further into the gallery.
This gallery was designed to occupy a pre-existing space that is part of a recently completed building (designed by Architect Alberto Dávila), and is part of Minas Tennis Club cultural complex. The gallery is a space for temporary art exhibitions, with an emphasis on contemporary production.
This renovation of an existing space to an art gallery was primarily concerned with highlighting historic elements while providing a clean, crisp surface for installations and shows.
The main gallery features floating perimeter display walls: Existing masonry is exposed along the top, bottom and sides, adding perceived spatial depth and the impression that the gallery itself is an installation. Heavy timber columns–once an elevator shaft–are a focal point at the entry; a stretched Dacron sail between the columns is backlit for dramatic effect from the street.
Mellet & Human Architects, based in Pretoria, received awards of Merit and Excellence from the South African Institute of Architects in 2012 for the design of “A South African Home for Art” situated inGroenkloof. Recently the office was in Dubai to receive a prestigious African Property Award for the design. This award for Best Architecture Single Residence South Africa, forms part of the global International Property Awards, the world’s richest competition when measured by the value of projects entered.
The project, developed in collaboration with Vanke, is located in Yantian District, Shengzhen, strategically situated along Dapeng Bay waterfront, opposite to the new tourist port currently under construction, pivot point and first phase of big future mixed use development including residential and commercial medium and high-rise.
An optimal natural construction, built by a complex patterning process, developed through evolution as a response to force flows and material organization.
Being the dragonfly wing a highly dynamic structure, vibration studies were necessary to obtain realistic deformation patterns and thus, understand its structural behaviour. Ten vibration modes were extracted from the modal analysis performed in GSA. Our eyes have difficulties distinguishing the third, fourth and fifth vibration modes (which occur almost simultaneously), due to the high frequencies exhibited. In our case, slow motion pictures featuring the real flight of the dragonfly, allowed us to identify up to the third mode of vibration by comparison with that calculated in the analysis.
Image courtesy Maria Mingallon & Sakthivel Ramaswamy
Sited near a quiet countryside site in Beijing, the Artist Village Gallery consists of a private museum and two private houses. The inspiration of the architecture originates from a Chinese watercolor painting, aiming to develop an environment that blurs architectural boundaries with natural surroundings, resulting in a series of fluid spaces that provide the visitor a unique experience. This project attempts to express an architecture that captures the beauty of Chinese ink paintings.
While society is becoming more complex, two social dynamics could have an enormous incidence in the way that public space will perform in the future. People have a growing concern about environmental matters while an increasing access to information in real time ( and to the mobile media technologies that make it possible) are defying the classical conception of public space, redefining our expectations and confronting it to evolving demands for a wide range of new social experiences.
When Olafur Eliasson created his sun he proposed a celebration of the day. For this year’s Nuit Blanche / Bring The Night to Light Festival in Brooklyn, New York, we propose a similar celebration, this time of the night.
The Double Moon installation aims to inspire imagination and focus attention on things that, while often taken for granted, define our daily—and nightly—lives.