Wednesday, December 29, 2010

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY:Major Exhibition on British Designer John Pawson at the Design Museum in London

LONDON.- The Design Museum presents a major exhibition on John Pawson. Often labelled a ‘minimalist’, he is known for his rigorous process of design. By reducing and editing he creates architecture and product designs of visual clarity, simplicity and grace. 

Plain Space celebrates Pawson’s career from the early 1980s to date and includes a selection of landmark commissions including the Sackler Crossing at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the new Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of Novy Dvur in the Czech Republic and Calvin Klein’s iconic flagship store in New York, as well as current and future projects. 

At the heart of the exhibition is a site-specific, full-sized space designed by Pawson to offer a direct and immersive experience of his work. This is the first time the Design Museum has realised a 1:1 scale architectural installation inside the museum. 

Using a rich range of media the exhibition will explore projects from Pawson’s career. Specially commissioned, large-scale photography will look at his architecture in the landscape. Actual architectural elements in stone, bronze, wood and metal taken from a range of buildings including the Baron House in Sweden and Pawson’s own house in London will explore his sensitive use of materials. The process of design and construction will also be shown through photography, film, sketches, study models, prototypes and interviews relating to a number of projects including a private home in Treviso, Italy currently under construction. Personal items from the Pawson archive will also be on display including letters from Karl Lagerfeld and the writer Bruce Chatwin. 


Wednesday, December 8, 2010


wins competition for the new Sinfonia Varsovia Concert Hall

ATELIER THOMAS PUCHER has won the international competition for the new seat of the world renowned Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra in Warsaw. The 20.000m² cultural centre is housed on the site of a former Veterinary Institute with existing – yet asleep – buildings and a fairy tale park. The centre inhabits a 1.800 seat symphonic hall with world class acoustic properties, large rehearsal areas, merchandise facilities, musical workshops and a small hotel for artists in residence and music lovers on vacation.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY:Sustainable Designs in Australia

SA Water House office building by HASSELL in Australia

Located in Adelaide, Australia, SA Water House that completed in October 2008 is an office building with
 sustainable design that inspired by the river. The SA Water House was designed by architecture firm HASSELL and builders Hansen Yuncken that also developed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, sits adjacent to St Francis Xavier Cathedral within in a large public plaza. The learning centre within the light-filled foyer encourages visitors to explore the space and strives to educate the public and create a sense of fun. A cafe, casual meeting areas and signature sculptural function space add to the vibrancy of the ground floor. Water testing laboratories within public view maximises connection to the wider community.

ARCHITECTURE-ARQUITECTURA TODAY:Two More Walls Have Given Way Inside Pompeii's 2,000-Year-Old Archaeological Site

ROME (AP).- Two more walls have given way inside Pompeii's 2,000-year-old archaeological site, Italian officials said Wednesday — the second collapse at the popular tourist attraction in as many days. 

Officials sought to play down the latest collapses, saying they only concerned the upper parts of two walls that had no artistic value. But the repeated damage at one of the world's most important archaeological sites is proving an embarrassment for Italy, and giving credence to accusations that the entire ancient city is in a state of decay. 

The collapses have drawn the attention of the UNESCO experts, who will travel to Pompeii on Thursday to inspect the damage and look for other possible areas at risk. 

Some 3 million people every year visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii, a busy Roman city that was destroyed in A.D. 79 by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The eruption killed thousands and buried the city in 20 feet (6 meters) of volcanic ash, providing priceless information on what life was like in the ancient world. 

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