Posts Tagged ‘archdaily’

Paper cranes – origami for Japan

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux1ECrNDZl4g

Make a crane or many and send to:

Students Rebuild
1700 7th Avenue
STE 116 # 145
Seattle, WA 98101

The Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2 per crane to Architecture for Humanity’s Japan relief fund. Via archdaily.

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Peter Zumthor chosen for 2011 Serpentine Pavilion

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Peter Zumthor has been named the architect for the 2010 Serpentine Pavilion in London, having just won the Pritzker Prize in 2009 and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale in 2008. I was reminded of his work recently during a discussion about who’d be chosen to build the new Vancouver Art Gallery (which is becoming a perennial topic around here), and a friend said Zumthor was his favourite architect.

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Chapel in Tarnów, Poland, by Beton Architects

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

This chapel in Tarnów, Poland, is by Marta Rowińska & Lech Rowiński of the firm Beton (photos by Beton) and was completed in 2009. Being a completely non-religious non-churchgoer who really dislikes all the tortured religious iconography and narrative (and could do without the cross), I don’t know why I’m so attracted to all these humble churches (see also here and here) but I think it’s a relief to see a building whose utility is somewhat non-utilitarian and undefinable.

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Archeotecture

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

You could almost call these buildings archeotecture, or perhaps archeolitecture, because though all three were built recently, they look and feel profoundly archeological. All of them have the mute, mysterious quality of monumental ancient ruins and they produce – for me, anyway – that weird, quiet, prickling-the-back-of-the-neck sensation you sometimes get when viewing something impossibly old. 

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Selgas Cano architecture office, by Iwan Baan

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Selgas Cano is a Spanish architecture firm, and this long glass tube in a little wooded ravine is the Madrid office they’ve built for themselves. The shutters over the clear roof are retractable (see the photo of the pulleys at bottom). The building seems to have inspired some wildly varying reactions from those who either find it beautiful and inspiring or who feel it’s a cramped, claustrophobic, unventilated bunker or train car – see the archdaily link to see what I mean.

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