Monday, April 8, 2019

architectmagazine: Saudi Arabian Wager

By any superficial account, Norway and Saudi Arabia share one thing in common: oil. Saudi Arabia has the world’s second-largest proven reserves; Norway has the world’s largest oil-based sovereign wealth fund. Otherwise, the contrasts almost defy comprehension: taiga and desert, democracy and autocracy, civil liberties and Wahhabism. One other difference: Saudi Arabia has no international architecture firms of note, which helps explain why the Saudis turned to Snøhetta, the celebrated practice founded in Oslo, to design the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dammam.


Monday, February 25, 2019

DESIGNBOOM: MAD architects will exhibit twelve models at the centre pompidou in paris

centre pompidou MAD architects

the centre pompidou in paris has acquired twelve architectural scale models that represent ten of the most significant projects by beijing-based studio MAD architects. each model exemplifies MAD’s architectural vision, and expresses the firm’s core values which look to envisioning a futuristic architecture that is akin to dream-like earthscapes — one that creates a dialogue with nature, the earth, and the sky. the centre pompidou’s permanent acquisition of these models signifies the first major cultural institution in europe to procure such a collection of MAD’s work, and will be acknowledged in an exhibition at the centre pompidou in april 2019.


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