Tag: public space
Bricks. They’re probably my favourite. Bricks skillfully dispersed around a beautiful courtyard – ding dong! We’re journeying into the heart of darkness today, to Nyanza, Rwanda, where stands this remarkable Education Centre designed by Dominikus Stark Architekten. The photographs are from the architect’s website. To my eye, the low, bricky forms of this building immediately recall the Fredensborg houses by Jorn Utzon.
CVDB Arquitectos have converted an old hospital in the tiny town of Arraiolos in Portugal, into a Tapestry Museum. The town is famed for the embroidered rugs and carpets it produces, so for the 3300 inhabitants that live there, the museum celebrates the local cultural identity. The exterior skin of the building remains largely intact, flowing seamlessly with the character of the surrounding streetscape. The only new external addition is the delicately crafted stair shaft, which hides quietly at the back of the site.
01 | Atelier Hermann Rosa // Munich, Germany. 02 | Daylight House by Takeshi Hosaka Architects // Yokohama, Tokyo. 03 | Crescent House by Andrew Burns // Sydney. 04 | Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP // Hiroshima, Japan. 05 | 2verandas by Gus Wüstemann // Zürich, Switzerland. 06 | The Condestable’s House by Tabuenca & Leache Arquitectos // Pamplona, Spain. 07 | Tama Art University Library by Toyo Ito // Tokyo, Japan. 08 | Impossible Reality by Elenberg Fraser // 33 MacKenzie Street Residential Tower in Melbourne. 09 | Bishop Edward King Chapel by Niall McLaughlin Architects.
Italian artist Massimo Uberti is renowned for his gravity-defying sculptural light installations throughout the world. Simple forms, symmetry and pursuit of elegance characterise his work. Uberti paints, sculpts and recreates spaces by inserting elegant neon tubes that create secondary reality-altering 3D forms. The core of Uberti’s philosophy is the process of reduction. His efforts are almost always directed toward reducing his works to their essence, using nothing but bare neon tubes and other raw materials…
Toyo Ito’s library at Tama Art University is comprised of a series of concrete arches. The arches, which are of varying span lengths, are arranged in an irregular patterns driven by the slope of the surrounding landscape. The arches intersect to form slender, loosely cruciform columns which ever so gently connect with the earth. The purity of the idea permeates both inside and out, with the irregular rhythm of the arches marching across the facade. Where are the services? Who knows. The concrete ceiling is largely uncluttered, with the exception of a series of halo pendants floating between the arches…
What do you get when you mix Scandinavian design with a Japanese aesthetic? A symphony of beauty, simplicity and extraordinary detailing. In other words – every designer’s wet dream! Stockholm-based Erik Törnkvist and Malin Belfrage of ETAT Architects have designed this little library dedicated to the sea. The space is located inside a 1920s schoolhouse on Awashima Island in the Seto Inland Sea. The Library is part of the Setouchi Triennale 2013 – it is a place where visitors are invited to donate books about the history and stories of the ocean….