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A8ernA in Zaanstad, The Netherlands by NL Architects

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Koog aan de Zaan is a sweet little village near Amsterdam. It is located at the river Zaan. In the early seventies a new Freeway was constructed. In order to cross the river Highway A8 was build on columns. The new road crosses town in a fascinating way. It produced a brutal cut in the urban tissue. Ironically, progress has resulted here in a radical separation between the Church and the State: on one side of the elevated highway is a Chapel and on the other the former City Hall. The columns are about seven meters high. The space under the deck is strangely monumental: a stretched cathedral.

Aerial View

  • Architect: NL Architects, Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
  • Name of Project: A8ernA
  • Location: Koog aan de Zaan, Zaanstad, The Netherlands
  • Client: Gemeente Zaanstad
  • Project leader: Sören Grünert
  • Team: Erik Moederscheim, Sarah Möller, Annarita Papeschi, Michael Schoner, Wim Sjerps, Crystal Tang


Ornamented Columns by Michael-Hansmeyer

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The Subdivided Columns project explores the use of algorithms to develop a new language of form. The columns are produced using customized subdivision processes. The allure of these processes is that despite using a very simple input, they can produce something that is extraordinarily complex.

Fabricated Column Outside

  • Architect: Michael-Hansmeyer
  • Name of Project: Ornamented Columns
  • Image credits: Michael Hansmeyer


RAIA Bar in Melbourne, Australia by LAVA

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

The designex AIA Bar explores ideas about geometry and continuous surfaces with a new outdoor façade material.


  • Architect: LAVA
  • Name of Project: RAIA Bar
  • Location: Designex 2009 Melbourne, Australia
  • Completion date: May 2009
  • Client: RAIA
  • Manufacturer: Mak max
  • Photo credit: Chris Bosse


Physalia, A Positive Energy Amphibious Garden to Clean European Waterways in Europe by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

More than one billion of people do not have any access to drinking water. Three thousands of people die everyday from having consumed polluted water. The water is thus not a good. It should belong to everybody. Many non governmental organisations as well as the PNUD (Programme of the United Nations for the Development) fight for the idea that water is a “common good”. It must be highly considered and be part of a different management that is not commercial, connecting public and private organisms not only in national and regional frameworks but also on the worldwide scale inside UN or a new specialised “ad hoc” institution.


  • Architects: Vincent Callebaut Architectures
  • Project: Physalia, A Positive Energy Amphibious Garden to Clean European Waterways
  • Location: European Waterways, Europe


Botoxcloud at Transmediale in Berlin, Germany by SAQ

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

SAQ is a conceptual and interdisciplinary design agency specialized in developing spatial sceneries and concepts. The practice relies on a broad range of competencies where both architects, interior designers, urbanists, video-artists and graphic designers team up according to the specific orientation or necessities of each project. SAQ believes strongly in co-operation and regularly invites professional experts or companies to participate in the materialization or the elaboration of an idea.

Bototcloud Installation 01

  • Architect: SAQ
  • Name of Project: Botoxcloud
  • Location: Berlin, Germany


Dior Illustrated: Rene Gruau and the Line of Beauty in Somerset House, London, United Kingdom by Gitta Gschwendtner

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

‘Dior Illustrated: Rene Gruau and the Line of Beauty’ at Somerset House

‘Dior Illustrated’ celebrates the renowned illustrator René Gruau, who created some of the most iconic fashion images of the 20th century. This exciting exhibition showcases groundbreaking artworks including original illustrations for Christian Dior Perfumes, vintage perfume bottles, sketches and magazines, as well as a selection of Dior Haute Couture dresses.

Gauze close

  • Name of Project: Dior Illustrated: Rene Gruau and the Line of Beauty
  • Exhibition Design: Gitta Gschwendtner
  • Location: Somerset House, London, United Kingdom
  • Graphic Design: Studio Frith
  • Photography: Sorted


Extension Terminal 2, Riga Airport, Latvia

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The project’s architectural effects are based on three distinct surface qualities (clad solids, screened semi solids, and exposed trusses) which are composed over a geometric system with a strong tectonic expression. The consequence is a tension of simultaneous perception of surface figures juxtaposed with geometric volumes. The architecture becomes an esthetical experience of oscillating volumetric readings throughout the spaces of the building.

Riga Airport Terminal 2 Rendering

  • Architectural Design: Stefan Ritter,
  • Location: Riga Airport, Latvia
  • PhotographsL Reiner Zettl
  • Awards: Studio project winter 2011 – studio Greg Lynn, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria


The Pritzker Architecture Prize 2011 presented to Eduardo Souto de Moura

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Update on June 3rd:

Here is Obama’s speech at the Pritzker Prize Ceremony:

YouTube : President Obama's Speech at the Prizker Prize Ceremony



Original post on March 29th

Los Angeles, CA—Eduardo Souto de Moura, a 58 year old architect from Portugal, is the jury’s choice for the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize, it was announced today by Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation which sponsors the prize. The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor will be in one of Washington, D.C.’s finest classical buildings, the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. In announcing the jury’s choice, Pritzker elaborated, “This marks the second time in the history of the prize that a Portuguese architect has been chosen. The first was in 1992 when Alvaro Siza was so honored.”

Eduardo Souto de Moura - Photo by Augusto Brázio


GREEN VOID in Sydney, Australia by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

Sunday, March 27th, 2011


A digital design, derived from nature, realized in lightweight fabric, using the latest digital fabrication and engineering techniques, creating more with less. 3,000 cubic meters of space are connected with a minimal surface of 300 square meters and only 40 kilograms of material…

Customs House Green Void Laser

  • Architect: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
  • Name of Project: GREEN VOID SYDNEY
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Team members: Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck, Jarrod Lamshed, Esan Rahmani, Kim Nguyen Ngoc, Anh, Dao Trinh, Erick Escalante, Pascal Tures, Mi Jin Chun, Andrea Dorici
  • Client: Customs house
  • Manufacturer: Mak max
  • Building Materials: Specially treated high-tech Nylon and light
  • Dimensions: approx. 21x8x12m
  • Surface Area:300 m2
  • Volume/space: 3000 m3
  • Weight: 40 kg
  • Construction/manufacturing time: 5 weeks


Giant digital origami tigers launch Chinese New Year in Sydney by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Two giant digital origami tigers playfully celebrate Chinese New Year on the forecourt of Customs House, Sydney from 11 February –14 March 2010.

Front View


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