NEW EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE
News and observations
Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation, Paris (FR) by Renzo Piano
Book: L’Architecture Sauvage: Asger Jorn’s critique and concept of architecture
Beyond the fundamentals: A10 reviews the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice (IT)
Sales Oddity, Venice (IT)
Time Space Existence, Venice (IT)
Lifting the Curtain, Venice (IT)
Antenna tower and visitor centre, Çanakkale (TR) by Inter.National.Design and Powerhouse Company
Re-envisioned museum, Shkodër (AL) by Casanova+Hernandez
Pavilion in a building excavation, Antwerp (BE) by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
Grow:Brixton, London (UK) by Carl Turner Architects and The Edible Bus Stop
Architecture’s daily politics
Andrés Jaque is not a typical architect. His radical stance, breaking the traditional boundaries of architecture, makes him one of the most relevant figures in European architecture today. Both his firm, Andrés Jaque Architects, founded in 2000, and its spin-off, Office for Political Innovation, are a continuous source of inspiration for the new generation of architects throughout Europe who claim a change in the discipline. From his very first projects, Andrés showed an interest in working with conventional domestic realities that have been omitted by architects and the political and corporate realms.
Public underground, Budapest (HU) by sporaarchitects
Private house, London (UK) by Piercy & Co
Sculptural mosque, Rijeka (HR) by Architectural Design Bureau with Dušan Džamonja
Charismatic kindergarten, Zaragoza (ES) by Magén Arquitectos
Patronage and social housing, Paris (FR) by MAB Arquitectura and LAPS Architecture
Kindergarten duality, Belgrade (RS) by DVA:STUDIO
First realized projects
Space for play and youth club in one by Carve, The Hague (NL)
Focusing on European countries and regions
Doesn’t it sound like paradise? Finland, a country where young architects quite often launch their careers by designing a major library, a school, or even a concert hall, because of a competition system that actually works. Not just that, it also offers excellent possibilities for creating innovative (interior) public space. The Finnish architecture policy enables ample opportunity for architects to learn the profession by trial and error, and also by finding inspiration in the ‘old masters’, like Aalto and Saarinen. Does this sound all too decent? Then it might be a relief to hear that the housing industry could do with an occasional touch of brilliance, and that a small group of independent thinkers is appending some question marks to all this national bliss. To find out more, we follow A10 correspondent Tarja Nurmi into the heart of Finnish architecture.
Current trends and developments in cutting-edge building technologies and specific materials are the focus of Section, wherein A10 selects a single project for closer analysis, exploring the connections between concept and result, innovation and use, and beyond. In this instalment, we dissect the InterContinental Davos Hotel in Switzerland, the result of close collaboration between Oikios Architekten, engineers and contractors. In the end, they have proven wrong the many ‘experts’ who did not believe its intricate facade could be achieved within the allocated budget.
Stockholm’s shifting ground
Stockholm is perhaps more famous for a culture of consensus than for its progressive contemporary architecture. But something has started to move. A number of high-profile architecture competitions, infrastructure campaigns and investments in new housing, as well as independent architectural initiatives, are transforming the city. This new Stockholm is riddled with paradoxes and contradictions rather than homogeneity. Björn Ehrlemark and Carin Kallenberg present the best (and strangest) bits of this new development.
New architects’ residence and office
Prefabricated Zen by Petr Stolín, Liberec (CZ)
Out of obscurity
Buildings from the margins of modern history
Vojin Bakić was a prominent Croatian sculptor of Serbian descent. The 37-metre-high monument in Petrova Gora (HR), erected in memory of antifascist supporters from Kordun and Banija killed in the Second World War, is one of his most imposing and highly praised works. Built during the 1970s and opened in 1982, the monument is both a sculpture and a building, and its dynamic concrete form was mounted in colossal panels of stainless steel.