Monday, July 18, 2011

Interviewed with Rem Koolhaas

Rem Koolhaas discusses OMA‘s practice in an interview with Dutch Design Fashion Architecture:

"I don’t think you can make critical architecture because, in a sense, architecture always supports someone else’s impulse. On the other hand I think our architecture is thoroughly critical because every subject, every question, every ambition is analysed and is placed on the operating table, as it were…"

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Urban sculpture in Ljbljana Tivoli park: TIVOLI INFO POINT

The new Info point in park Tivoli in Ljubljana Slovenia, was opened this month.

"Its an open, clear and structurally dynamic form in a contrasting red color that explores the possibility of motion in the environment, in witch this kind of exploration is needed; at the same time the movement itself is present as a natural environmental process. The idea represents a blooming of a frame though five different phases, a somewhat Calderian approach."

Rok Grdisa
Rok Grdisa
Ljbljana Tivoli park, Slovenia
Photo courtesy Peter Mihelic

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Architecture, Vincent Scully

"The making and the experience of architecture, as of every art, are always critical-historical acts, involving what the architect and the viewer have learned to distinguish and to imagine through their own relationship with life and things."

Vincent Scully, Introducation Notes to Second Edition of Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1977)

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Galleria Centercity by UNStudio

Galleria Centercity in Cheonan is just completed by Ben van Berkel / UNStudio.

"The Galleria Cheonan responds to the current retail climate in Asia, where department stores also operate as social and semi-cultural meeting places. Because of this, the quality of the public spaces within the building was treated as an integral aspect of the design."
Ben van Berkel

Ben van Berkel, UNStudio
Galleria Centercity
Cheonan, Korea

UN Studio: Design Models - Architecture, Urbanism, Infrastructure

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Kinetower by Kinetura

“The Kinetura concept is adding a new dynamic dimension to common static design and architecture. By making use of the flexible characteristics of specific materials combined with motion-based technologies, objects transform in a silent and nearly imperceptible way into a contrasting shape with a completely different functionality and expression.

As if a extra dimension were involved… Kinetura tries to respect the ‘form follows function’ approach extended with an extra adaptive dimension…."


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Building with personality, Eike Becker architekten

"In many cases, I compare a building with a friend, who ones certain characteristics. Are these characteristics independent, accomplishing and inspiring, a personality with charisma is standing in front of us."
Eike Becker architekten

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Art, Albert Camus

"without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others."

Albert Camus 
French Algerian author, philosopher and journalist.
(7 November, 1913 – 4 January, 1960)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hoki Museum by Nikken Sekkei

© Ken Lee 2010 @ flickr

Japanese architect Nikken Sekkei has completed the Hoki Museum (ホキ美術館) in Chiba, Japan. It is Japan's first museum dedicated to Realist painting.

"What makes Realist painting so fascinating? Realist art works depict what the painter sees, as is. These works are intricately worked, each massively time-consuming, as the painter creates just a few works a year, facing the same canvas day after day. And when we see the worlds created in such works, we sense that the painting has so much more to say than the reality it depicts.
Today, the Hoki Museum collections include 300 works by some 40 painters, ranging from great masters to young artists. Up until now, there have been few opportunities to see Realist works in Japan. The Hoki Museum will now fill that void. My hope is that the Hoki Museum will be a "healing museum" where visitors can appreciate the art works slowly and thoroughly."

Masao Hoki
Director, Hoki Museum

Nikken Sekkei
Hoki Museum (ホキ美術館)
Chiba, Japan
Images: © Ken Lee 2010 @ flickr

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Epoch & eyes, Le Corbusier

"Our own epoch is determining, day by day, its own style. Our eyes, unhappily, are unable yet to discern it."

Le Corbusier
(October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965)

Greenland’s New National Gallery by BIG

Copenhagen architects BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, in collaboration with TNT Nuuk + Ramboll Nuuk + Arkitekti have won the competition to design Greenland‘s New National Gallery.

"The Danish functionalistic architecture in Nuuk is typically square boxes which ignore the unique nature of Greenland. We therefore propose a national gallery which is both physically and visually in harmony with the dramatic nature, just like life in Greenland is a symbiosis of the nature. We have created a simple, functional and symbolic shape, where the perfect circle is supplied by the local topography which creates a unique hybrid between the abstract shape and the specific location."

Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Partner, BIG
Greenland National Gallery
Nuuk, Greenland
Images: © BIG

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Yes Is More: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution
BIG: Bjarke Ingels Group Projects 2001-2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Rabat Grand Theatre by Zaha Hadid Architects

"I am delighted to be building the Grand Theatre in Rabat… Morocco’s unique musical traditions and rich cultural history in the performing arts are renowned throughout the world. I am honoured to be part of the cultural development of the nation’s capital."
Zaha Hadid, founding partner of Zaha Hadid Architects
Rabat Grand Theatre
Rabat, Morocco

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Zaha Hadid: Complete Works
Zaha Hadid: Complete Works, 1979-2009 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The architecture, Mies van der Rohe

“architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. there it begins.”

Mies van der Rohe (March 27, 1886 – August 17, 1969)

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Umeå School of Architecture by Henning Larsen Architects + White Arkitekter

Umeå School of Architecture was inaugurated in late September. 
"The intention has been to design an open, robust study environment where each student feels part of the creative study community. The open layout and informal meeting places create a light and laboratory-like atmosphere supporting idea development and creative work processes."

Architect Per Ebbe Hansson, Henning Larsen Architects
Umeå School of Architecture
Umeå, Sweden

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Henning Larsen: The Architect's Studio

Saturday, August 21, 2010


OMA's proposal is one of the shortlisted entries for WEST KOWLOON CULTURAL DISTRICT Masterplan.

"We have tried to make the district a microcosm of the city in its combination of density and nature, discovering, to our own surprise, that we could realize the vast program and still preserve wide swaths of open space. An unsolicited part of our project is a Cultural Masterplan: a collaboration with experts from the cultural and financial worlds, based on a debriefing of Hong Kong’s stakeholders.
This cultural masterplan works in tandem with the physical plan, each informing and empowering the other. It tries to establish a new zone of creativity, interplay, and production on the basis of an existing infrastructure that, I can already testify, makes a mockery of the notion that Hong Kong has 'no culture'."

Rem Koolhaas 
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Sunday, August 01, 2010

CAU Central Library: Overlap, Kim in-cheurl+archium



This building was refurbished from an old building by Kim in-cheurl+archium.
"Architecture is an identification of place, a creation of individualism that makes it unique to anything else in the world. The place thus creates a memory with time...The meaning of place is the result of an accumulation of memories."
Kim in-cheurl+archium

Kim in-cheurl+archium
CAU Central Library: Overlap
221 Heuk seok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, Korea

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Georgian Aquarium, Henning Larsen Architects

"The building will become a landmark and an organic reference to all elements of the sea… … It captures the special atmosphere by the sea and thus becomes a tribute to the power of the sea!"
Design Director and Partner at Henning Larsen Architects, Louis Becker

Henning Larsen Architects
Georgian Aquarium
Rustaveli Str., Batumi, The Republic of Georgia

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the architecture, Philip Johnson

"architecture is the art of how to waste space."

Philip Johnson
(July 8, 1906– January 25, 2005)

Architecture, Julia Morgan

"Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves."
Julia Morgan

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Architecture, Spiro Kostof

"Architecture is a social act and the material theater of human activity."
Spiro Kostof (1936 - 1991)

Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright

"The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization."

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

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