architect and (22 April 1926 - 25 June 1992) grew up in , one of the two industrial powerhouses of the British North West, and began his career subverting the compositional and theoretical ideas behind the . Citing a wide-range of influences—from Colin Rowe, a forefather of Contextualism, to Le Corbusier, and from architects of the Italian Renaissance to the Russian Constructivist movement—Stirling forged a unique set of architectural beliefs that manifest themselves in his works. Indeed his architecture, commonly described as "nonconformist," consistently caused annoyance in conventional circles.
has designed a series of ‘floating’ seaside residences for a new eco-district in . Dubbed , the eco-district will be a new extension of the Principality’s existing coastline from the Grimaldi Forum to the Formula One tunnel. is working on the construction of the Grand Immeuble and the Port d’Animation, which will occupy the west side of the offshore extension of . The floating residences will rise above a seaside promenade on caissons along the coast.
Tij (name explanation: This is a Dutch word joke. ‘TIJ’ means ‘tide’ which refers to the returning tides in the Haringvliet, but quickly pronounced it also means ‘the egg’) Tij is the biggest and most striking of a series of objects designed to celebrate the opening of the Haringvliet sluices in November 2018.
The project´s main challenge, since the beginning, was to transform an old shed into a restaurant and coffee shop the middle of a block, in , São Paulo. The shed, originally a foundry factory, later a car garage, gave us the chance to work with a lot of original elements, inherited from its previous occupations.
The renovation project of this residence in a quiet and forested neighborhood of São Paulo consisted of a general reformulation of spaces in order to integrate and connect the living areas. The original plan, cropped and segmented, compromised the amplitude desired by the residents. The main action of the architecture was to clean up the excesses and make openings at strategic points in order to frame the landscape and bring more life and natural light into the interior of the house.
The Foundation has used Earth Day, April 22nd, 2019, to focused on educating the public about how sustainable practices are used in the conservation of National Historic Landmark sites, including the renowned architect’s Taliesin (Wisconsin) and Taliesin West (Arizona) residences. Taking place throughout the year, the Foundation’s efforts will aim to show how these practices can serve as examples for other facets of society.
As the world recognizes Earth Day 2019, the public discourse is increasingly dominated by citizen action across the world manifesting a widespread fear and frustration at a perceived lack of action by governments and officials to confront the issue forthrightly. From the Extinction Rebellion protests that have gripped London, to school student strikes across 125 countries, global cities are increasingly finding themselves on the front line of a battle to limit the effects of global warming.
Conceived as a ‘rift’ in the landscape this recreational structure is less building than it is landform; an elongated span of grass, stone and glass that unites previously disparate elements of the site. This landscape rift is stretched, carved, and folded to house a complex program of indoor and outdoor recreation including a lap pool, spa, sauna, outdoor play fields, terraces, theatre, and gym. The office, a two story copper-clad structure, the sole vertical element of the building, rises up to create a solitary marker in the landscape.
Sishane Park is a bold shift in urban public space in central . Located between the southwestern edge of Beyoglu and the highly trafficked Tarlibasi Road, its design intends to re-engage residents and visitors into the natural qualities of the urban environment as an alternative public space for people to enjoy together in the dense city. The design is in a dialogue with the sweeping views and flora of the Halic (Golden Horn), but also creates large pubic spaces for cultural programing and contrasting intimate spaces for resting, enjoying the shade of trees, playing and passing time with the community. The park bleeds into the streets of the city, but unlike a conventional park in , is defined by three features: the silhouette walk, the decks and the outdoor room. The features are framed by a rich landscape for different species unique to the Halic to delight and comfort peoples. Beyond the three features are unique places and experiences for people of all ages to discover.
This project is the renovation of a house, one of two semi-detached single-story dwellings located in ’s densely inhabited inner west. Broadly speaking it is about the making of a new whole by retention of one half of a structure and reconfiguration of the other. Approach to the house remains via the small formal front garden, up three generous steps, and onto a narrow porch. A centrally placed casement window and offset front door punctuate the painted brick elevation. Within, the front rooms have been retained with minimal intervention allowing a continued manner of a dwelling.
The house is located in a land with a complex condition; a slope to the south, visuals to the north, and a small garden forested with native species in its lower part. It was necessary to locate all the main spaces of the house at the same level to satisfy the requirements of those who will live there.
Located in the “Ile de Nantes” a site undergoing industrial transformation, the Alstom Warehouses requalification project marks a new step towards the objective of urban rehabilitation. It goes beyond – it is about city-making, city-making together on the old Alstom warehouses site so that a new dynamic arises at the crossroads of culture, technology and economy.
In 2017, Zara closed its biggest flagship store in China, H&M had continuous declination profit, Topshop announced that it would temporarily leave the domestic market, in the past two years, international fast fashion retailers are growing at a slower pace, meanwhile, UR China, the leading fast fashion brand are expanding worldwide, it is the first Chinese fashion brand in Westfield Mall, west . This store is not only the first flagship store in Europe, but the largest UR flagship store in a globe scale, what else it is with no doubt thelargest commercial milestone for Chinese brands in overseas single stores.
In this project, we were asked by our client to reconstruct the facade of a main commercial building within one of Qingdao's fashion industrial parks. The project is situated only a road away from the sea and it is in fact overlooking the shoreline. The new facade looks to establish a timate connection between the designer hotel on the other side of the park and the adjacent office building, which hosts many fashion events throughout the years and provides various fashion journalism functions to the local fashion community. We hope to lead and to connect the seemingly unrelated elements of fashion, ocean, and commerce together through artistic means.
Now that it's time for the Holidays, kids (and young-at-heart adults) will be busy searching for colorful eggs hidden here and there. As for you architecture lovers, illustrator took egg hunts to the next level and found a way to make the activity a bit more relatable.
Atlas, the renovated main building of University of Technology (TU/e), is an award winning, smart and sustainable university building, which has officially been opened on the 21st of March 2019. By combining state-of-the-art materials with optimal reuse, the robust Atlas building dating from the sixties is transformed into a light and energy efficient university building by Team V Architecture, Van Rossum, Valstar Simonis and Peutz. It is now one of the most sustainable education buildings in the world.
Last year I was invited to teach design studio for the first time by Tsinghua University in Beijing, home to the top architecture school in and one of the strongest in the world, according to the latest international ratings. There, I met husband-and-wife teaching practitioners Qing Fei and Frank Fu. As soon as I witnessed their unorthodox way of teaching by challenging students with rigorous questioning, I wanted to interview them. Their innovative approach did not fit my impression of how architecture is tackled in . Fei and Fu are Tsinghua graduates; they moved to America in the late 1980s where they studied, worked, and researched both art and architecture for almost two decades. They opened their experimental practice after coming back to Beijing in 2005. Since then they produced urban masterplans, design guidelines for public spaces in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone, and exhibited their work in galleries. We met before their class where they oversaw students’ designs for a new architecture school in place of the current one, articulating what works, what doesn’t, and how to make it a more exciting place to explore architectural possibilities. We discussed their teaching, the impossibility of solving a problem without questioning it first, why they see every one of their projects as a fight, and the importance of fun. They said, “Architecture is a game and we want to play it seriously.”