The Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art, China, officially opened this week, and it has pavilions designed by Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects. Based on the themes Reflecta and Fabrica, the biennial showcases contemporary architecture, art and theatre. schmidt hammer lassen architects were invited to design pavilions alongside some of China’s most respected architects and selected international architectural practices, including the 2012 Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu.
The contribution of schmidt hammer lassen architects consists of an art installation pavilion, The Cloud, and a composition of pavilions containing support facilities including a café, a gallery and a bookshop. The pavilions are placed adjacent to one of two industrial cranes on the Xuhui West Bank Riverside. The tall crane stands as an icon that people all over the world can recognize and relate to and symbolizes balance, performance and gravity. The aim of the art installation pavilion, The Cloud, is to amplify and contrast these qualities.
Experiential designers MET Studio have announced that they are working with IWM Duxford on a new permanent exhibition, which will focus on the former military airfield’s incredible war- and peace-time history.
The exhibition – Historic Duxford – which is due to open on Thursday 28 March 2013, is the result of a collaboration between MET Studio and the Interpretation and Collections Team from IWM Duxford. It will be situated in the old Watch Office, opposite the Control Tower, and aims to bring to life Duxford’s history as a fully-operational military airfield (from 1918 to 1961), for a family audience.
AWP and Swiss architects HHF were invited to enter a competition to design a pavilion for the celebrated Swiss campus, now home to SANAA’s Rolex Learning Center. The brief was to create space for a museum, concert hall and welcome centre.
Place Cosandey – the main open space of the EPFL campus: The first stage of the EPFL campus was organized by a potentially infinite spacial and functional grid. But what was meant to be a highly flexible and open scheme turned out to be highly problematic, resulting in mainly backside situations. Most of the later extensions of the EPFL sought to change this urbanistic typology by formulating an end to the endless grid.
Due to the recent and ongoing efforts to infuse a sense of the ground level to the campus, place Cosandey and its surrounding grassy fields are the main open spaces at ground level at the EPFL today. Three complementary programs vertically combined into one exciting object: The three pavilions, with a surface area of over 3’000 m2, or about one third of place Cosandey, have very different potentials of interaction with their surroundings. A vertical organization of the three programs not only minimizes the use of the limited campus surface, but makes use of the specific way that each pavilion interacts with the campus.
The pavillon Facecity in the Biennale 2012, Common Ground, gives form to the idea of the curator, Fulvio Irace, of continuity in architecture. Reconsidering the architecture of Milan in the Fifties and Sixties, where architects, belonging to different generations and with different positions, built the identity of the city without giving up their personal poetics.
The central topic of this thought is the façade, commented by Alberto Savinio in Ascolto il tuo cuore città, 1945: …On the façade of buildings is not only written their date of birth, but also written the moods, the manners, the most secret thoughts of their time…, together with the flat window, theorized by Gio Ponti as the way to shape modernity.
Designed by J. MAYER H., the ‘Schaustelle’ or ‘show site’ will be a temporary pavilion and platform for the four collections housed at the Pinakothek der Moderne.
Munich, 12 July 2012, In an official statement, Dr. Markus Michalke, Chairman of the Pinakothek der Moderne Foundation announced:
The Pinakothek der Moderne is due to close in February 2013 for renovation work and is expected to reopen again in September 2013. The temporary closure has been seen as an opportunity that will give rise to a makeshift exhibition building – the Schaustelle. Set up for the duration of the renovations, it will provide the four collections at the Pinakothek der Moderne with a lively platform to hold exhibitions, workshops, talks, performances, film screenings and video installations and much more besides. The scheme has been initiated by the Pinakothek der Moderne Foundation.
The Austrian Pavilion at the EXPO 2008 in Zaragoza was designed by an interdisciplinary team formed by SOLID architecture, Michael Strauss and Scott Ritter.
For the EXPO 2008 the participating countries rented spaces in buildings provided by the organizer. The room made available for the Austrian pavilion had a semi-circular shape. The central idea of the design concept was to double that shape to the figure of a cylinder by using a floor-to-ceiling mirror. This mirror extended along the length of the room and doubled a digital 180° projection on the curved interior wall into a 360° panorama. By means of digital projection the panorama underwent permanent changes.
EXPO BOOTH was Design Initiatives stand at the Outdoor Lifestyle Hangzhou Fair, March 21-24, 2012 to present their Not Just a Chair furniture collection. Two wings curve out of the advertising wall with the company’s logo – the lower one becomes a platform to showcase the furniture objects, the upper one light up the exposed objects. The lower platform can be multi-functionally used as a meeting table.
Tobias Rehberger and J. MAYER H. have blended art and technology to create a unique Innovation Space in the 3,500 square-meter Hall 16 – providing the perfect setting for the CODE_n finalists and a platform for inspiration, dialogue and business. The competition’s partners will also be showcasing their products and services. In addition to GFT Technologies AG, the global innovation initiative is being supported by Ernst & Young, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Deutsche Messe AG, industry association BITKOM and the Karlsruhe-based ZKM.
CODE_n is an international initiative for fresh ideas in the field of IT and the internet. The network aims to bring together the sector’s brightest minds and smartest ideas, to provide ongoing support and to harness this force field for the seeding and fast breeding of new innovations. CODE_n stands for “Code of the New”, the DNA of innovation. The initiator is GFT Technologies AG, an international supplier of IT solutions and services. CODE_n will also feature a radical visual backdrop – the like of which has never been seen at the world’s leading digital economy event.