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Donald Insall Associates converts 19th-century Temperate House into a giant botanical garden

WA Contents • Jul 16, 2018 • 277

Donald Insall Associates converts 19th-century Temperate House into a giant botanical garden

UK-based conservation architecture practice Donald Insall Associates has converted the 19th-century Temperate House into a giant botanical garden in Richmond upon Thames, in southwest of London. The building situated at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew was predicated on a Victorian obsession with the observation and study of the natural world.

Originally designed by Decimus Burton between 1800-1881, the Temperate House is a series of five Grade I Listed pavilions standing prominently on a raised earth mound, aligned on an axis with the Kew Pagoda. It is one of a number of other Decimus Burton projects at Kew that include the Victoria Gate and the majestic Palm House.

After a major five year restoration programme with Donald (...)

Lake Pavilion: Brothers Grimm landscapes?

WA Contents • Jul 16, 2018 • 378

Lake Pavilion: Brothers Grimm landscapes?

The film of the "Lake Pavilion" from the architects DepA, created by Building Pictures, reveals the magical side of the project, and made us think that we enter in one of brothers Grimm Landscapes.

Although this landscapes are not from Germany, they are Portuguese. The project was localized, at the lake from Serralves Park, between July of 2017 and May of 2018, and was made for the exhibition "Live Uncertainty: an exhibition after the 32ndBienal de São Paulo".The magical side of the film is given by the mirrored materiality of the pavilion, which eliminates the barrier between architecture and nature. We found out that it is not perceptible where nature and pavilion begins or ends. The temporary building often seems to thin in (...)

Criticism vs. Populism & Contextual Architecture

Pappal Suneja • Jul 14, 2018 • 352

Criticism vs. Populism & Contextual Architecture

Contextual Architecture is the study of consciousness, deeply connected with what we feel in and around the built environment and landscapes, which are made not just to stand but rather to generate quality spaces. The essence of obligation to truth and loyalty of the building is the discipline of Critical Evaluation of Criticism v/s Populism in Architecture related to Contextual Responses.

“An Architect is too much in love with his creation; indulges in narcissism or self-love, only a contextual critic can bring out a perspective”. 'Wow!' and 'Why?: These are the two expressions which a critic expresses after the construction of a new building.

In today’s time, the most important aspect of conside (...)

EPArquitectos + Estudio Macias Peredo built educational complex made of hexagonal brick modules

WA Contents • Jul 13, 2018 • 539

EPArquitectos + Estudio Macias Peredo built educational complex made of hexagonal brick modules

Two Mexican architecture firms EPArquitectos and Estudio Macias Peredo have built a new educational complex, composed of 19 hexagonal modules and built from hollow brick to respond the local climate conditions of Mazatlán in México.

Titled Colegio María Montessori Mazatlán, the 1,100-square-metre complex is located in Mazatlan, a city on the Pacific coast is known with its humid climate and high temperatures around the year, which invited the architects to think an architecture that considers how to respond to the climate and the high degree of salinity of the area.

The architects followed a particular strategy for the school to minimize the heat impact in the classroom - without losing natural ligh (...)

Michael Maltzan installs Star Apartments providing homes for 102 homeless people in LA

WA Contents • Jul 13, 2018 • 622

Michael Maltzan installs Star Apartments providing homes for 102 homeless people in LA

LA-based architecture firm Michael Maltzan Architecture has installed giant version of Star Apartments at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, which provides an in-depth exploration of the units to reflect what kind of a life is taking place in the buildings since 2014.

Called Star Apartments, the giant models are presented at the Giardini of Venice Biennale to give an overall impression about the scale of the city, the scale of the building and the scale of the individual in the general sense.

Image © Italo Rondinella, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

Star Apartments, completed in 2014 in downtown Los Angeles, was designed as a permanent supportive housing project, providing homes for 102 formerly home (...)

Austrian Pavilion presents "Thoughts Form Matter" exploring spatial metaphors at Venice Biennale

WA Contents • Jul 13, 2018 • 509

Austrian Pavilion presents

The Pavilion of Austria has installed a wooden framework to explore different spatial metaphors at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Called Thoughts Form Matter, the exhibition is designed as a plea for the power of architecture and as an intellectual analysis of the world and for the freedom to design spaces that are not subject to functional and economic constraints.

Exhibition View with “Sphere 1:50.000“ (LAAC) “Layers of Atmosphere“ (Henke Schreieck) and “Beauty=Function“ (Sagmeister & Walsh). Image © Martin Mischkulnig

At the pavilion, LAAC, Henke Schreieck and Sagmeister & Walsh have created a conceptually and materially complex spatial installation which dr (...)

WA Awards 28th Cycle Shortlist Is Announced And You Have A Role To Play!

WA Contents • Jul 13, 2018 • 2501

WA Awards 28th Cycle Shortlist Is Announced And You Have A Role To Play!

World Architecture Awards 28th Cycle Shortlist has been announced and you are the jury; it is time to Vote and Rate for WA Awards 28th Cycle. Cast your votes or rates for the World Architecture Community Awards 28th Cycle by July 26th, 2018. Swiss architecture firm Davide Macullo Architects, Turkey-based architecture studio rgg Architects, Indian architect Sanjay Puri and Chinese firm LYCS Architecture are among the 28th Cycle shortlist.

About three times a year, World Architecture Community organises the WA Awards 10+5+X to recognise and highlight some of the great projects of our fellow community members.

We are delighted to announce and present a fantastic selection of projects for our 28th World Architecture Community Awa (...)

Mecanoo wins competition to design Cartesiusdriehoek Blue District in Utrecht

WA Contents • Jul 12, 2018 • 683

Mecanoo wins competition to design Cartesiusdriehoek Blue District in Utrecht

Mecanoo has won a competition to design the first blue zone, called "Cartesiusdriehoek Blue District" in Utrecht, Netherlands, a former marshalling yard of the Dutch Railways, will be transformed into the first urban blue zone.

The studio has released the first images of the project for a new masterplan, creating a new residential neighbourhood with 2,600 homes, a large central park, a school, a supermarket, catering and various other facilities. Mecanoo takes cues from "a scientific theory about areas around the world where people live longer, healthier and happier lives, the so-called blue zones." The area is set to become the most healthy, well-connected to public transport and bicycle-friendly neighbourhood in the Netherlands, a (...)

Christian de Portzamparc named as 2018 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

WA Contents • Jul 12, 2018 • 941

Christian de Portzamparc named as 2018 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

French architect and urban planner Christian de Portzamparc has been named as the 2018 Praemium Imperiale Laureate by the Japan Art Association (JAA). On Wednesday, July 11, the JAA has announced the names of the five new Praemium Imperiale Laureates in London, New York, Paris, Rome, Berlin and Tokyo.

This year's 5 recipients are named as Pierre Alechinsky for Painting, Fujiko Nakaya for Sculpture, Christian Portzamparc for Architecture, Riccardo Muti for Music and Catherine Deneuve for Theatre/Film.

Cidade das Artes, Rio de Janeiro. Image © Nelson Kon

Celebrating its 30th year, the award is given to the individuals for their achievements and for the impact they have had internationally on the arts, and for the (...)

Pricegore And Yinka Ilori To Build 2018 Dulwich Pavilion With "Colour Palace" In London

WA Contents • Jul 12, 2018 • 488

Pricegore And Yinka Ilori To Build 2018 Dulwich Pavilion With

Winner has been announced for the 2018 Dulwich Pavilion to be installed at the London Festival of Architecture in June 2019. London-based practice Pricegore and London-based artist of Nigerian heritage Yinka Ilori have been chosen to build this year's Dulwich Pavilion with "Colour Palace".

"The Colour Palace" will be a lively and celebratory fusion of European and African cultural traditions by Pricegore and Yinka Ilori as a temporary outdoor structure which will be opened at Dulwich Picture Gallery during the London Festival of Architecture in June 2019.

This winning entry has been selected through a design competition co-hosted by the Festival and the Gallery. In addition, PUP Architects were the winners of the on-site (...)