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Center of Science under the “Solar Veil”

Center of Science under the “Solar Veil”

(Issue of a magazine 4/2018, page 44)

The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) is a 234,000 square-foot (21,700 m2) building at Northeastern University designed to provide an innovative environment for collaborative research, laboratory access, and classroom learning. The building is located on the University’s central campus at 805 Columbus Ave, Boston, Massachusetts. The building initially opened on April 3, 2017. The project was developed by Payette, recognized by the American Institute of Architects “2019 Architecture Firm Award”.

Modular Housing: a Variety of Solutions

Modular Housing: a Variety of Solutions

(Issue of a magazine 4/2018, page 56)

In 2018 internationally acclaimed architectural bureau BIG completed works on two housing projects in Copenhagen and Stockholm. And if the first is low-budget housing for the poor, the second is commercial for wealthy buyers. But what unites them is that both houses are built of prefabricated elements manufactured industrially. The advantages of such construction are obvious – standardized modules can be mounted in a multiple of variations, which provides a diversity of facade solutions and interior layouts.

World Architecture Festival: What Do You Need to Know About It?

World Architecture Festival: What Do You Need to Know About It?

(Issue of a magazine 4/2018, page 66)

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is held annually and exists already for more than ten years. This important architectural event for the first time took place in Barcelona, in 2008, and continued to work in this city for the next four years, after which it was moved to Singapore. Since 2016, the location of the World Architectural Festival has changed again. Berlin has become a new venue for it and, since 2018, Amsterdam. Traditionally, WAF goes for three days in fall-time (October or November) or in early winter (December). 

Architecture for Community

Architecture for Community

(Issue of a magazine 4/2018, page 74)

Michel Rojkind (born December 18, 1969 in Mexico City) started as a rock musician, but gained international recognition as an architect. In 2002 he founded Rojkind Arquitectos to explore new challenges addressing contemporary society, to design compelling experiences that go beyond mere functionality, and to connect the intricacies of each project at a deeper level. And already in 2005 his office was recognized by “Architectural Record” as one of the best ten Design Vanguard firms. Michel Rojkind is among the most outstanding leaders in Mexico who has left an imprint in the architectural field. Michel told about his life, views on the world and architecture in an exclusive interview with our magazine.

Foro Boca – “Urban Detonator”

Foro Boca – “Urban Detonator”

(Issue of a magazine 4/2018, page 86)

The latest realized work of the Michel Rojkind’s studio Rojkind Arquitectos is a concert hall Foro Boca on the waterfront of the Mexican city Boca del Rio, in the state of Veracruz. In this place, the river flows into the ocean and the name of the city is literally translated from Spanish as the “river mouth”. Because of it’s geographical feature, the plot experiences the strongest northern winds in the country. When the client offered Michel Rojkind to look at possible sites for the concert hall’s construction, Mexican architect chose the most problematic and abandoned one out of them, which greatly surprised his client. Rojkind explained his decision by saying that it is because no one is interested in this place it is specially worth working with it in order to create there new opportunities for development both for the territory itself and for people living nearby.

Art without Borders at the London’s Serpentine Gallery

Art without Borders at the London’s Serpentine Gallery

(Issue of a magazine 4/2018, page 92)

The Serpentine Gallery opened in 1970 and from that moment it started to demonstrate to the world various facets of contemporary art for free. Within its walls, both - works of famous artists, sculptors, architects and “promising” new names are displayed democratically. The gallery consists of two buildings located five-minutes-walks from each other on the opposite sides of Serpentine Lake: the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Since 2000, in addition to seasonal exhibitions, educational and public programs, the Serpentine also presents to public its annual summer pavilion.

Shui Cultural Center: Lightness and Heaviness

Shui Cultural Center: Lightness and Heaviness

(Issue of a magazine 4/2018, page 102)

Located in Guizhou Province, the Cultural Center is a gateway to Sandu County, the land of the Shui, one of the ethnic minority groups in China. Despite being few in number, the Shui people still retains their own language, together with their unique system of pictographs. With this project West-line Studio aims to evoke Shui’s ancient culture using an iconic shape and particular materials – bronze and concrete marked by a wooden pattern – but also in recreating a holy space, able to submerge the visitor who is guided into a journey through Shui’s ancestral world. 

Amelia Tulum: Meet the Sunrise on the Land of the Ancient Maya

Amelia Tulum: Meet the Sunrise on the Land of the Ancient Maya

(Issue of a magazine 4/2018, page 108)

At the eleventh edition of the biggest festival of architecture – the World Architecture Festival – Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos (SMA) stood out by winning first place in the category “Future Project: Residential” with a project Amelia Tulum designed in the Rivera Maya. SMA was the only Mexican winner at the festival. At this major architecture event, Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos participated as a finalist in five different categories. Fernando Sordo Madaleno de Haro, Director of Architecture at SMA, presented the Amelia Tulum project, which won in its category, competing head to head with major international architecture firms like Studio Gang and Team V Architecture.

Villas in Sardinia – Luxury Earth Houses

Villas in Sardinia – Luxury Earth Houses

(Issue of a magazine 4/2018, page 114)

A vision born in the 1970s is fulfilled. Ferdinando Fagnola and PAT. together renew the idea that had given life to the villas nestled in the earth on the northeastern coast of Sardinia, near the Emerald coast. Conceived in the 1970s by Ferdinando Fagnola and Gianni Francione, the complex of villas nestled in the earth in a village close to the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, Italy has recently been the subject of a brilliant renovation project designed by Fagnola himself together with PAT. studio. The vitality, spatial qualities, environmental sensitivity and community spirit that inspired the project forty years ago are renewed, thus reviving a little-known episode of the best Italian architecture.

The Audain Art Museum: Refined Simplicity

The Audain Art Museum: Refined Simplicity

(Issue of a magazine 3/2018, page 36)

The Audain Art Museum in the canadian resort town of Wistler, British Columbia, opened in 2016. The building is built among a stand of towering trees, embracing a reclaimed meadow, spanning a mountain wash floodplain, stitching town life to landscape, and connecting a community to its regional artistic heritage. The Museum is designed by Patkau Architects as a “Category A” museum and meets international standards in HVAC (humidity and temperature controls) and security protection for the care and protection of art.