A real student city has a flourishing pop scene, and Leiden is no exception. Already in 1969 there was the ‘Kreatief Sentrum’ [‘Creative Centre’] on Breestraat, later renamed as the Leids Vrijetijds Centrum. Thirty-five years later, the same organisation has a brand new building in the historic centre and a new name: Gebr. de Nobel, after the brothers who had a rags and scrap-metal business, well-known throughout Leiden, on precisely the same spot.
An international, one-stage architecture competition was recently held by Arkxsite with the purpose of developing compelling ideias for a contemporary museum located within the Castle of Montemor-o-Novo in Portugal. Placed on the top of a hill, 291m above sea level, not only it rules over a breathtaking view but also documents a continuous history from the Roman Period to the 18th century.
Within the framework of a restricted architecture competition organised by the authorities of the Meishan city, Sichuan province, in the south of China, the Spanish architectural studio Rafael de La-Hoz, associated with the Chinese design institute ADRI-HIT (Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology), wins the design competition to design a large leisure complex which includes five museums and a sports centre.
Any time I manage to make something genuinely new, it is made of well-known elements of surrounding reality. It fascinates me as a kind of perversion, kind of unauthorized, unacceptable operation and I think it is the only way to find something truly isolated in art.
Design team: SławomirZieliński, architect(project leader), Tomasz Gomułka, Michał Marcinkowski, Marcin Kowalewski, Adam Wereszczyński, Marzena Surowiec-Dotoń, Monika Mackiewicz, Łukasz Skorek, Karol Grec, Katarzyna Ceran, Bartłomiej Łobaziewicz, Ewelina Siestrzewitowska
Author: Wizja sp. z o.o. andnsMoonStudio within the IQ2-Group Consortium, Stanisław Deńko, architect(Wizja sp. z o.o.), Agnieszka Szultk(nsMoonStudio), Piotr Nawara(nsMoonStudio)
Client: The Center of Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor – CRICOTEKA
The Mad Potter of Biloxi, George E. Ohr, whose ceramic art reemerged in 2010 with the opening of the Frank Gehry-designed Ohr-O’Keefe Museum Of Art, was the inspiration behind a new workplace created by interiors firm MKDA for Southpoint Capital Advisors.
The hedge fund’s owner, originally from the Southern United States, also provided vision for the 22nd floor boutique office located at 1114 Avenue of the Americas in the W.R. Grace Building. He required a warm and hospitable environment that was equally modern and efficient.
On January 18, 2015, China sees the opening of its first kids design experience: the Kids Museum of Glass. Children can explore their creativity in the former workshop that is converted into a space that hosts an Exhibition, a DIY Workshop, two Cafés, a Gift Shop and a Party Space. The idea and design of the museum are by Tilman Thürmer, founder and CEO of COORDINATION ASIA, and combines art, design, performances, films and games in a creative, interactive and educational environment. The 2,000 sqm space is designed for children in the age of 4-10 to learn about the basics of glass in a playful and fun way.
The Piraeus and the city of Athens together form a complex metropolitan area in which the presence of an archipelago of spaces emerges clearly from the dense low-rise fabrics’ layer of the houses. The islands of this archipelago could be considered the eminent mountains, hills, sporadic open spaces, thick industrial buffers and a myriad of gardens. In a way, here the Cyclades are mirrored to form a reverse: where the docking to one of those “islands” often means to get a breath. “Kanari Island” and “Ietionian Gate” are two twin islands placed next to the Piraeus Port, even if not directly connected with the sea and not even to each other, still their opposite topography makes the docking to them two completely different experiences. The relationship between these two islands is the framework in which this proposal has to be collocated. Both for the visitors and for the residents, the “Kanari Island” has a central role due to its position: it is a contemporary urban gate for the city.
Jára Cimrman is a fictitious Czech national giant. He excelled in many roles – as an inventor, scientist, playwright, poet, composer, artist, teacher, traveler, philosopher, detective, mathematician, pilot, sportsman and dentist.
In his case, you can hardly find a profession that he has not made a radical contribution to.
He was born in the end of the 19th century and his footprint disappeared after the First World War.
Architecture, nature, culture and history fuse together into a total experience at Moesgaard Museum. With its green roof, bright courtyard gardens, and underground terraces, the museum will invite various new and alternative kinds of exhibitions.