Central Saint Martins is flying the flag for art and design education in the UK, despite short-sighted government policies. Monocle meets the principals at Stanton Williams, the architects behind the college’s award-winning new home.
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Join the curator Jochen Eisenbrand on a tour through the exhibition »Louis Kahn – The Power of Architecture«:
The American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is regarded as one of the great master builders of the twentieth century. Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism, with complex spatial compositions, an elemental formal vocabulary and a choreographic mastery of light. Numbering among his most important works are the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959- 65), the
Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas (1966-72), the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (1962-74) and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962-83).
ヴィトラ・デザインミュージアムで行われたルイス・カーン展「The Power of Architecture」の会場の様子。
Frank Gehry is one of the most renowned architects of our time. The Vitra Design Museum is dedicating an exhibition to him that shows large-scale models of his most famous buildings, such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and IAC in New York. More info, photo galleries and complete video: http://vernissage.tv/blog/2010/11/15/frank-o-gehry-since-1997-at-vitra-design-museum/
ヴィトラ・デザインミュージアムで行われたフランク・ゲーリー展「Frank O. Gehry Since 1997」の様子。
Quick video about the exhibition on Oscar Niemeyer that took place at Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, last October.
Project : Oscar Niemeyer – The Man Who Built Brasilia (Exhibition)
Location : Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
Filmed & Edited by : Vincent Hecht
Music : ” Pra Que Discutir Com Madame?” – João Gilberto
Equipments : Canon 5D MkII + 24mm TS-E f/3.5 + 50mm f/1.4 + 100mm f/2.8
Special Thanks to Mr André Corrêa do Lago, Ambassador of Brazil, in Tokyo.
8-House is located in Ørestad on the edge of Copenhagen. 8-House offers homes for people in all of life’s stages: the young and the old, singles, families that grow and families that become smaller. Instead of dividing the different functions of the building – for both habitation and retail – into separate blocks, the various functions have been spread out horizontally. The apartments are placed at the top while the commercial program unfolds at the base of the building. As a result, the different horizontal layers have achieved a quality of their own: the apartments benefit from the view, sunlight and fresh air, while the commercial merges with life on the street.
The Exhibition Road project will provide a new entrance, courtyard and purpose-built subterranean gallery for temporary exhibitions showcasing the best of contemporary design, as well as celebrating the beauty of the V&A’s existing structure. This short film takes a look at the current work and progress of the build happening on site.
For more details about the Exhibition Road project please visit: vam.ac.uk/page/e/exhibition-road-building-project/
Design genius Thomas Heatherwick has completed the transformation of an historic mill into the new distillery and visitor centre for Bombay Sapphire gin.
The film was originally produced in Stereoscopic and we set up a 3D cinema on site at the distillery for VIPs.
We completed an animation which follows a white dove flying in and around the complex of restored Georgian and Victorian buildings flanking the River Test in Hampshire. The film provides a tour of the complex including the beautiful copper stills, the tasting bar and also the two new glass houses designed by Heatherwick for growing the famous botanicals used to flavour the gin – including juniper, angelica, coriander and cassia.
Umimirai Library is a public library in the western part of Kanazawa, a slow 20-minute drive from the city center. Designed by Coelacanth-K&H Architects, an architecture firm based in Tokyo, and opened in June 2011, the three-story self-described “cake box” was intended to invigorate this sleepy area of town, a low-lying neighborhood of dreary houses and big box stores that lacked any hubs of activity or real public space. But ask the man on the street about it and you’ll most likely encounter a blank. We inquired at the Tourism Center for directions and even they had to google it. Apparently, not much happens in this part of town — not yet at least, which is sort of the point of the library.
The building is a large white box perforated with hole-punched windows that light up the interiors naturally in the day and at night glow out like portholes of a giant ship. There is a maritime feel to the place, probably unintended, or maybe since it was designed by a firm whose name evokes the ancient deep sea the contrary feelings of floating and drifting and being submerged are all by design. We could easily imagine how much we’d love coming here if this were our local, an airy place with soft, diffused light that lends room to learn, daydream, and to remember. Song lyrics echo in the mind: “…and our friends are all aboard / many more of them live next door…” It’s a peaceful, sublime place, this literary submarine.
The main reading room with its 40-foot ceilings provides a grand scale that all great libraries have, from the NYPL on Fifth Avenue to Suzzallo on the University of Washington campus. In fact, we liked Umimirai so much more than that other notable library in Seattle — Rem Koolhaas’ central library — a dazzling structure, no doubt, but a place that’s more like a puzzle than a place to retreat. Once you get past the spectacle of its punctured skin, the Umimirai Library is a comfortably traditional place. It’s no wonder the library is filled with young children, the elderly, and students — a library’s most loyal patrons. Sure there are modern features like glassed-in cellphone booths and self-service checkout stations. But we were most envious of the spacious newspaper reading room — an old man’s joy — with its canted desks, localized lighting, and drawers full of past days. Japan is a nation where the newspaper is still very much a part of everyday life, and that Coelacanth-K&H Architects featured this reality underscores the success of its design and their intent to insinuate the library into the community’s daily activities.
For us, so much about Japan feels like a bizarro alternate reality where — like with the newspaper that’s disappearing everywhere else — the rest of the world moves right while Japan turns left. This library feels no different. These days, investing in a new library seems like a counter-intuitive act where, at least in the U.S., branch libraries close one-by-one and already meager budgets continue to be slashed. It’s impossible, laughable even, to imagine our cramped Chinatown branch being replaced by the gleaming Umimirai Library … which says everything about this library and this town and why we love Japan so much. It feels like a luxury that a space like this was newly built, a sign that that the city believes in its people, that believes the act of reading is worth investing in, that believes these things will continue to matter in the future and that it’s important for these people and activities to come together in an inspiring and provocative space.
This year, the Serpentine Galleries in London celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pavilion commission. Starting with Zaha Hadid as the architect of the first Serpentine Pavilion in 2000, many world-famous architects have created temporary structures in London’s Hyde Park, including Frank Gehry, 2008; Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond, with Arup, 2006; Oscar Niemeyer, 2003; Daniel Libeskind with Arup, 2001; and Smiljan Radić, 2014. In 2015, Spanish architects selgascano (José Selgas and Lucía Cano) designed the 15th Serpentine Pavilion. The Pavilion is an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-colored fluorine-based polymer (ETFE) woven through and wrapped like webbing. The architects’ inspiration comes from the site itself, as well as from the ways in which people move through London, notably the Underground with its many-layered, chaotic yet structured flow.