At the end of a year with plenty of wonderful architecture works, we bring you the most appreciated 20 pieces of architecture published this year. According to Google Analytics the most viewed articles in 2011 were the following, Zaha Hadid Architects being the most appreciated with five places in this top:
The Mobile Art Pavilion for CHANEL by Zaha Hadid Architects has been inspired by one of CHANEL’s signature creations, the quilted bag. CHANEL is renowned for its layering of the finest textiles and exquisite detailing to create the most elegant and cohesive pieces for each collection. In her quest for complex, dynamic and fluid spaces, the work of Zaha Hadid has developed over the past thirty years through a rigorous integration of natural and human-made systems and experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Hadid’s architecture transforms our vision of the future with new spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms.“I think through our architecture, we can give people a glimpse of another world, and enthuse them, make them excited about ideas. Our architecture is intuitive, radical, international and dynamic. We are concerned with constructing buildings that evoke original experiences, a kind of strangeness and newness that is comparable to the experience of going to a new country. The Mobile Art Pavilion for CHANEL follows these principles of inspiration,” states Zaha Hadid.[See more]
The Architecture of the National Library fuses 4 universal archetypes into one new national monument : The circle, the rotunda, the arch and the yurt are merged in the form of a Möbius strip. The clarity of the circle, the courtyard of the rotunda, the gateway of the arch and the soft silhouette of the yurt are combined to create a new national monument appearing local and universal, contemporary and timeless, unique and archetypal at the same time. [See more]
“I see the MAXXI as an immersive urban environment for the exchange of ideas, feeding the cultural vitality of the city.
The MAXXI should not be considered just one building – but several. The idea was to move away from the idea of “the museum as an object” and towards the idea of a “field of buildings”. After many studies, our research evolved into the concept of the confluence of lines, where the primary force of the site is the walls that constantly intersect and separate to create both indoor and outdoor spaces. It’s no longer just a museum, but an urban cultural centre where a dense texture of interior and exterior spaces have been intertwined and superimposed over one another. It’s an intriguing mixture of galleries, irrigating a large urban field with linear display surfaces. [See more]
Smiles By Dr Cecile was an existing dental clinic that was going through a re-branding as they wanted to give it a ‘re-birth’ as a premiere and first aesthetic dental clinic in the Philippines. Typical dental clinic designs would be conservative, ubiquitous, and very clinical. It thus called for a design that is to be the complete opposite of these typical clinic design traits – avantgarde, modern, unique and fresh, and vogue-ish. [See more]
The fluid shapes of the building respond to two conditions. There is the compact and continuous adjacency to the airport on one side and a convex and eroded condition on the other side in order to maximise the perimeter, to embrace nature and to take maximum advantage of views. [See more]
The new M Hotel Business Centre is sleek and sophisticated. Clean lines, polished surfaces and clever use of lighting is used to enhance the bold feel of the open space. Plush black leather furnishing complements the punches of warm yellow highlights. The reception area provides a space for casual discussions and informal meetings. A clever separation is provided between the main reception and individual personal computer spaces within the open-plan. Private meeting rooms equipped with proper business facilities are also incorporated into the space planning with interiors kept simple and professional. With the use of glass partitions, rooms feel open and spacious, while still providing subtle separation for privacy. [See more]
With spectacular views towards the Copenhagen Canal and over Kalvebod Fælled’s protected, open spaces, 8 House will not only be offering residences to people in all of life’s stages as well as office spaces to the city’s business and trade – it will also serve as a house that allows people to bike all the way from the ground floor to the top, moving alongside townhouses with gardens winding through an urban perimeter block. [See more]
How does one breathe new life into an abandoned dry dock?
While researching the placement of the Maritime Museum, we discovered the abandoned yet cavernous 150m long, 25m wide, and 9m deep concrete dry dock and knew straightaway that we had found the ideal location for our proposal. In order to build the Maritime Museum in the old dry dock it had to be reinforced in order not to cave in. [See more]
The Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, London Borough of Lambeth, broadens not only the educational diversity of this active and historical part of London but also augments the built environment in a predominantly residential area. This Academy presents itself as an open, transparent and welcoming addition to the community’s local urban regeneration process. [See more]
The project is a winning entry for two housing blocks in a competition convoked by the Slovenia Housing Fund, a government-run program that is providing low-cost apartments for young families.
The proposal won for economic, rational and functional issues but mostly for the ratio between gross vs. saleable surface area and the flexibility of the plans. When signing the contract we were obliged to prepare construction documentation for the building cost 600€ per m2 of net surface area. [See more]
New Milan Trade Fair is a great architectural project for the territory. Its dimension renders it one of the major complex nowadays on building in Europe. It is part of the recovery of wide urban spaces, of the territory which goes beyond the borders of the city itself. Areas which aspire to become “geography”, landscape. [See more]
A new district located between the « rue de Tolbiac » and the « rue Watt », on the south bank of the Seine river, in Paris, France.
How does one open the city to fickleness and gather multiple activities, such as housings, offices, and a university, within the evolutive district of a dense city? [See more]
The foundation of the Free University in 1945 marked the rebirth of liberal education in Berlin after the war; since then it has occupied a central role in the intellectual life of the city. Today, with more than 39,000 students, it is the largest of Berlin’s three universities. This redevelopment scheme includes the restoration of its Modernist buildings and the creation of a new library.[See more]
Public Village 2.0: This is our improved proposal for the new civic center of Tallinn incorporating the comments and criticisms of the jury.
Like the old proverb:”success has many fathers”, architecture is the synthesis of a lot of different demands and challenges. The role of the architect is to incorporate and curate all these conditions (and contradictions) in to a coherent whole. Therefore it is ironic that we architects often find ourselves isolated at the essential moment of conception from the crucial dialogue with the clients, the neighbours, the city etc. due to the format of the architectural competition’s demand for anonymity.[See more]
We initiated our design with a study of the overall factory site. Our intention was to place the elements of our commission in such a way that they would not be lost between the enormous factory sheds. We also used these elements to structure the whole site, giving identity and rhythm to the main street running through the complex. This street – which stretches from the chair museum to the other end of the factory site, where the fire station is now located, was envisaged as a linear landscaped zone, almost as if it were the artificial extension of the linear patterns of the adjacent agricultural fields and vineyards. Thus, rather than designing the building as an isolated object, it was developed as the outer edge of the landscaped zone: defining space rather than occupying space. This was achieved by stretching the program into a long, narrow building alongside the street which marks the edge of the factory site, and which also functions as a screening device against the bordering buildings.[See more]
The plan to develop this open space into an urban park will drastically change the appearance and usage of this open space. The development of the urban park and the mall will complement one another. The urban park will be like a green carpet lay out in front of the mall to welcome its visitors.[See more]
As a starting point for work on the Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital, we interviewed the users, patients, and staff members. This helped to provide a clearer understanding of the basic needs on which to base our design approach, while at the same time clarifying an important paradox to be solved. How does one combine the efficiency of a central organization with the freedom and autonomy of a decentralized complex? The hospital needs to allow control and protection while maintaining a free and open atmosphere. In terms of function it should be a logistically optimized hospital, but in terms of experience it is anything but a hospital.[See more]
In this house we always fled to make “a nice home”. I think Art is not better or worse for its beauty but the degree of emotion that arises. Beauty is something superficial and, in most cases, false. My obsession in this case was to make a total abstraction (which has nothing to do with minimalism), evoking the same mixed emotions we feel when we see the black monolith in “2001: A Sapce Odyssey”, Stonhenge, or the black smoke in “Lost”(tv serie).[See more]
The house is situated in a small village at the outskirts of Warsaw. The surroundings are dominated with usual „polish cubes” from the sixties and old wooden barns.
The clients’ top priority was to gain the feeling of maximum security in their future house, which determined the building’s outlook and performance. The house took the form of a cuboid in which parts of the exterior walls are movable. [See mere]
The design process for this large (600m2) supra-local pharmacy forced us to shift our viewpoint and come up with a virtual building—a placebo pharmacy. The octagonal shape of the existing structure was re-formed into a cylinder in order to create a spiral which seeks to converse with the rapid motion on Vouliagmenis Avenue, the urban artery on which the building stands.[See more]