Architecture Now! 2

by | 23. Aug 2012


Photo © Paul Warchol. Steven Holl. Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle

The fine line between art and architecture is rapidly becoming harder to perceive.
With the aid of boundless imaginations and sophisticated computer programs, today’s most innovative architects are working on designs so conceptual they could not be realized in the physical world. Nonetheless, these sorts of forward-thinking projects are an important influence on the architectural climate.

architecture_now2_2.jpg Image courtesy Oosterhuis.NL.Trans-Ports.

Kas Oosterhuis – like a number of other Dutch architects – has a vision of a data driven form of architecture that will be variable and not linked to any one fixed location.

The interior skin is a giant virtual window to a variety of global information sources like websites or webcams. The exterior would be made up of molded rubber sheetsvulcanized together to form a continuous skin.

Image courtesy NOX-Lars Spuybruek. NOX. Maurice Nio and Lars Spuybruek. Holoskin Concert Hall, Lille, France.

Lars Spuybruek sees this unusual, undulating facade as a “beautiful dress” , and it fits in well with his own frequent use of non-Euclidean shapes in a largely computer-generated architecture.

architecture_now2_4.jpg Photo © Christian Richters. Michael Jantzen. M-House. Gorman, California.

Although made up here of seven cubes, the structure is infinitely variable and could conceivably be much larger. Its green color, inside and out, is intended to “immerse” the resident in the design.

At the dawn of the 21st. Century, architecture is entering a paradigm shift; humanity, ecology, and even biology now play important roles in the conception of living and working spaces.

Be they built from bytes or bricks, the projects in this new book represent the imagination of the planet’s most talented and creative architects.  

architecture_now2_5.jpgImage courtesy Winka Dubbeldam, Archi-Tectonics. Winka Dubbeldam. Greenwich Street Project, New York.

Renovation for a former six-story brick warehouse, with a four-story penthouse added on top.  The penthouse running across the top of the older building integrates the two elements into an unexpected design.

architecture_now2_6.jpg Image courtesy Neil M. Denari Architects. Neil Denari. Sun Microsystem.

For the Trade Show Structure, the architect says, “The space allows a free flow of movement for which Sun can display its new network solutions.”

architecture_now2_7.jpg Photo © Peter Muass/ESTO. Bernard Tschumi. Zenith Hall, Rouen, France.

The sweeping curves of the inner envelope of the structure give a dynamic movement to the spaces.  

architecture_now2_8.jpg Photo © Christian Richters. John Hejduk. Groningen, The Netherlands. Wall House 2.

The rounded orange form is a study, the master bedroom is on the ground floor, while the dining room and the kitchen are on the second floor.

architecture_now2_9.jpgPhoto © Christian Richters. Allmann Sattler Wappner. Herz Jesu Kirche, Munich, Germany.

The architects design employs a modernist vocabulary in a sixteen-meter high cubic glass structure.

Koolhaas has made the two levels of the Prada shop (street level and basement) into a continuous whole, so that part of the descend slope is an amphitheater.  
For all the latest and most important architectural projects and trends, look no further than this new volume, the follow-up to the popular and groundbreaking book.

The book also includes projects by:
Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner, Bolles & Wilson, Simeon Bruner/Cott & Associates, Santiago Calatrava, Alberto Campo Baeza, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Diller & Scofidio, Jean-Marie Duthilleul, Frank O. Gehry, Sean Godsell, Nicholas Grimshaw, Heikkinen-Komonen, Steven Holl, Hans Hollein, Toyo Ito, Jakob + MacFarlane, Jones, Partners, Rick Joy, Rei Kawakubo, Waro Kishi, Kohn Shiner Architects, Kengo Kuma, Lacaton & Vassal, Greg Lynn, Richard Meier, Samuel Mockbee + Rural Studio, Morphosis, Jean Nouvel, Marcos Novak, Manolo Nunez-Yanofsky, Pei Partnership, Pugh + Scarpa, Michele Saee, Harry Seidler, Snöhetta Architects, Julie Snow, Jyrki Tasa, James Turrell, UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, Various Architects, Hendrik Vermoortel, Makoto Sei Watanabe, Wesley Wei, Williams + Tsien, Jean-Michel Wilmotte.