Touring The World Of Architecture: Week 16

by | 18. Apr 2014


By Christopher William Reeves

In this week’s Touring, we bring you the chance to preview the impressive design of Istanbul Airport’s new terminal, Chipperfeld’s design of the Nobel HQ sparks controversy in the Norwegian capital, a visit to what is regarded by TIME magazine to be the most humane prison in the world and finally, a lecture from one of the most notable Columbian architects, Daniel Bonilla.

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week 16 grimshaw airport 1.jpgRendering  courtesy of Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture, Haptic Architects

Grimshaw Leads Trio for New Istanbul Airport

London-based Grimshaw is leading a three man team along with Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic in their design for a huge airport terminal in Istanbul, Turkey. It is proposed that the terminal will cover nearly 1 million m2 and will be able to accommodate a staggering 150 million passengers a year!

The design, described by the architects as, “modern and highly functional, with a unique sense of place” will use natural light to fill the vast interior spaces. A plaza and transport hub will adorn the entrance to welcome passengers by 2018, the completion date of the first of four construction phases.

We look forward to some more detailed renders from the trio in due course!

week 16 grimshaw airport 2.jpgRendering  courtesy of Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture, Haptic Architects


Another Story

week 16 image © Nobelhuset AB 1.jpg Rendering  © Nobelhuset AB

Chipperfield’s Nobelhuset Raises a Few Eyebrows

Last week we reported on David Chipperfield’s win to design the Nobel Foundation’s new HQ in Stockholm. Basing the story on press releases and fellow architectural outlets we also reported a very positive picture of the proposed design. There has, however, just days after the announcement, evolved a protest movement against the project. An online petition has gathered thousands of supporters stating their opposition to the Nobel Prize HQ and its site location. They reason via their facebook page:

The Customs House and harbour warehouses, as well as the wharf, are of great historical value for Stockholm. 

When the new Nobel Center is planned to be built on Blasieholmen, the consequences include the demolishment of three culturally significant buildings at the site. These buildings are the last two surviving harbour warehouses in Stockholm, built of wood and around 1910, and Stockholm’s second oldest customs house, designed by Axel Fredrik Nyström, which was completed in 1876. It is tragic that three such unique buildings that have a strong connection to Stockholm’s harbour and shipping history will go under… 

A centre for Nobel glory is obviously an important part of Sweden and its history that absolutely deserves to get a special place. But does it make sense that this comes at the expense of other important values, such as the city’s culture, historic buildings and shipping? The answer is no. Stockholm has room for both harbour warehouses, customs house and a Nobel Museum. We also believe that the site could be exploited and processed in a much better way today. 

It’s not just about building culture, architecture, history and shipping. It’s also about preserving markers of the history, of how we choose to represent our city for ourselves and those who visit it – and about preserving the city’s beauty for posterity.

It would seem the opposition have a valid point and a story that we will keep you posted on as events develop. Please let us know your thoughts on this one, dear readers, on our facebook page.

week 16 image © Nobelhuset AB 6.jpgRendering © Nobelhuset AB

week 16 image © Nobelhuset AB 5.jpgRendering  © Nobelhuset AB


This Week’s Recap

week 16 halden prison 2.jpgPhoto © Gughi Fassino

The World’s Best Prison: ‘Halden Prison’ in Norway

Erik Møller Arkitekter created Norway’s Halden prison opening in March, 2010. Now 4 years on, the prison remains one of the most ‘humane’ in the world. It has attracted global attention for its design and ‘hotel like’ setting, yet it incarcerates some Norway’s worst criminals. The concept of their incarceration is based on the contrasts between hard and soft, precise and organic, punishment and rehabilitation. This contrast is set out in the prison’s design, a minimalist chic, which sits nestled in forest surroundings. Rehabilitation is the name of the game here, rather than punishment and supervision.

No matter your opinion on whether this is right or wrong, the design of space and light remains a lesson in how building design fosters lifestyle, both physiologically and psychologically.

week 16 halden prison 1.jpgPhoto  © Gughi Fassino

week 16 halden prison 4.jpgPhoto  courtesy of Erik Møller Arkitekter


week 16 halden prison 6.jpgSite drawing courtesy of Erik Møller Arkitekter

Photographer Gughi Fassino goes behind the (discreetly hidden) wall.


This Week’s Video

Watch this incredibly enlightened and enlightening lecture by Bogotá-based architect Daniel Bonilla describing a set of principles he has conceived through the elaboration of simple observations about the city.

These principles have served as parameters in the development of his work, in which the idea of dissolving the boundary between the public and private has acquired a special relevance.