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Terraced Balconies & Double Helix Bridges: Spotlight on Penda Architecture

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

Kinetic architecture, verdant cascading balconies, timber-frame skyscrapers and double-helix bridges: Beijing- and Salzburg-based multidisciplinary firm Penda brings all sorts of refreshing ideas to the worlds of architecture, landscape and interior design. Founded by Chris Precht and Dayong Sun, the youthful firm subverts norms and commands attention with its surprising solutions, and we’ll likely see a lot more stunning projects from them materializing in the future.

Tel Aviv Arcades

Starchitect Spotlight: 9 Wooden Wonders by Kengo Kuma & Associates

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ]

Acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma brings traditional Japanese building techniques and aesthetics into the 21st century with dynamic structures making creative use of wooden elements. Known for his gridded installations and unusual ways of stacking and assembling small pieces of wood, the architect often works with joinery techniques that negate the need for any metal fasteners.

Japan House in São Paulo, Brazil

Sou Fujimoto Selected to Design 2013 Serpentine Pavilion

Award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto was today announced as designer of the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. He is the thirteenth and, at 41, youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery.

McAslan beats Zaha to museum job

John McAslan + Partners has seen off an impressive shortlist, including Zaha Hadid Architects, to win the competition to design the revamp and extension of the Museum of London’s Roman gallery

Entrevistas: Wolf D. Prix / Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Reconocido ampliamente como académico y profesional, Wolf Prix es un arquitecto de arquitectos y además, poseedor de un Record Mundial Guinness! (El Centro de Cine de Busan posee el techo en volado más largo del mundo). Nos sentamos a conversar con el arquitecto austríaco y aprendimos que no sólo recibe bien los impredecibles resultados de romper las reglas, sino que además toma prestados modelos y estrategias propias de la organización del fútbol:

“Es claro que hoy en día la idea del arquitecto como el único genio ha terminado. Creo que debemos aprender a comunicarnos y trabajar en equipo. Es por esto que recientemente reordené la organización de nuestra oficina pensando en la idea del equipo de fútbol FC Barcelona. Barcelona juega un precioso juego, muy claro e inteligente -ellos siempre juegan en un sistema de triangulación y de pronto Messi o Xavi rompen las reglas y empiezan a jugar un fútbol callejero con reglas imprevistas. Esta es la forma en la que trabajamos en nuestra oficina y es la forma en la que diseñamos.”

So You Want to Learn About: Bernard Tschumi

The "So You Want to Learn About" (SYW2LA) series highlights books focused on a particular theme: think "socially responsible architecture" and "phenomenology," rather than broad themes like "housing" or "theory." Therefore the series aims to be a resource for finding decent reading materials on certain topics, born of a desire to further define noticeable areas of interest in the books I review. And while I haven't reviewed every title, I am familiar with each one; these are not blind recommendations.

I went to undergraduate architecture school in the early- and mid-1990s, coming during the (albeit brief) rise of Deconstructivism and the waning of Postmodernism. Therefore, instead of architects like Venturi and Scott Brown, Charles Moore, James Stirling, and other PoMo architects, the primary influences on my architectural education – design studio and other classes – were architects like Morphosis, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid and Bernard Tschumi. Of these, the greatest number of books in my library come from the last, Tschumi, whose printed output veers from projects like the well known Manhattan Transcripts to theoretical texts, monographs and exhibition catalogs. This SYW2LA installment focuses on the ideas in Tschumi's books by looking at the nine that are in my library.


McAslan beats Zaha to London Museum jackpot

John McAslan + Partners has seen off an impressive shortlist, including Zaha Hadid Architects, to win the competition to design the revamp and extension of the Museum of London’s Roman gallery

Liquid Glacial Table By Zaha Hadid

Organic design, computational design, digital fabrication, amorphous design, polished, Plexiglas, zaha hadid, zaha hadid architects, Liquid Glacial table, London, UK, David Gill Galleries

The Liquid Glacial Table, made in clear polished Plexiglas is Zaha Hadid’s newest product design, exhibited at David Gill Galleries in London, UK. The design unites complexity and refraction of surfaces and powerful and seductive fluid-like dynamics. The basic geometry of the flat table top appears transformed from static plane to fluid by the waves and ripples which are evident below the surface, while the legs of the table seem to pour from horizontal in an intense vortex of water frozen in time.

The depth and complexity are highlighted due to using the transparent acrylic material which provides infinite kaleidoscopic refractions. The result is very playful and wonderful surface dynamics that inherits a myriad of colors from its context and continually adapts with the ever-changing viewpoint of the user.