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FREESPACE – Space of Creative Freedom

FREESPACE – Space of Creative Freedom

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 48)

From May 26 to November 25, 2018, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition is held in the framework of the Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia), one of the most discussed and attractive events for architects around the world. This year, its theme, identified by curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, sounds like Freespace. Architecture as a section appeared on this art exhibition in 1975, in 1980 the relevant section was established and held the 1st International Architecture Exhibition, but as an independent department in the Statute of the Venice Biennale was approved in 1998. Initially, the exhibitions and events took about four weeks, then the terms were extended to three months, and since 2014 architecture has been presented in Venice for six months, which gives a new impetus to the Biennale as a whole.

Fuji Kindergarten: Simplicity and Uniqueness

Fuji Kindergarten: Simplicity and Uniqueness

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 62)

Fuji Kindergarten built in Tokyo on the project Tezuka Architects, opened in 2007, and since has received many awards. Among them are The International Prize of Moriyama and The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Moriyama RAIC International Prize), which it was awarded in 2017. And this year the project is exhibited at the 16th Architectural Biennale in Venice as part of the main exhibition Freespace.

Tropicalia – ‘Harmonious Haven’ under the Dome

Tropicalia – ‘Harmonious Haven’ under the Dome

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 80)

Tropicalia, the world’s biggest tropical greenhouse under one roof, will be built in the North of France, on the coast of Côte d’Opal. Tropicalia will offer the visitors immediate wonder and a total change of scenery. Offering immersion in a unique environment, it will have a footpath covering over 1 km passing through the environment of dozens of animal, tree and flower species. This architectural feat, respectful of the environment, offers an exceptional oasis for tropical flora and fauna. The project was developed by the international company Coldefy & Associates Architects Urban Planners.

Angers – City in Motion

Angers – City in Motion

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 84)

With this competition inspired by “Reinventing Paris”, the city of Angers invited to design innovative urban projects on 6 strategic sites. 25 teams associated with talented architects like Manuelle Gautrand, Su Fujimoto, Franklin Azzi or Edouard François have proposed ambitious projects sometimes unexpected. Angers city launched a contest for innovative projects called «Imagine Angers». Teams from all over the world were invited to create projects on 6 strategic areas. Six winners, who proposed the most ambitious and unexpected projects, were solemnly announced during the international exhibition of MIPIM in Cannes in March 2018.

 

Chromatic Facade: Variability and Brightness

Chromatic Facade: Variability and Brightness

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 92)

The headquarters of Métropole Rouen Normandie is a unique, memorable and fitting image on the banks of the Seine in Rouen. What makes it so unique is how the new building fits in with the surrounding landscape of Rouen. The building’s dynamic profile contrasts with the omnipresence of horizontal designs found along the major port, while its silhouette echoes the renovated industrial buildings on the right bank. The oblique shapes are reminiscent of the silhouettes of cranes and other objects in the port and the bows of the passing ships.

“Great Amber” or Tangible Utopia

“Great Amber” or Tangible Utopia

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 98)

The concert hall “Great Amber” in Liepaja opened three years ago has become a new symbol of this port city and a bright landmark of Latvia. This year the object received Grand Prix at the VI Russian competition with international participation “Glass in architecture”, which presents buildings and projects using glass and translucent structures made over the past five years. He also presented at the 4th architectural exhibition “TIME SPACE EXISTENCE” in the European Cultural Centre at Palazzo Bembo on the Grand Canal, organized with the support of the GAA-Foundation in the framework of the 16th International Architectural Biennale in Venice.

 

Animo School – the Color of Mood

Animo School – the Color of Mood

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 106)

Architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa has reconstructed a high school in Los Angeles after it was destroyed by a fire, choosing a bright yellow finish for its aluminium facades. In 2014, a fire broke out and destroyed half of the school campus. Brooks + Scarpa therefore redesigned the new public charter high school as an addition to an existing campus from the 1950s, on “an extremely limited budget”.

Qatar National Library – Space for Books and People

Qatar National Library – Space for Books and People

(Issue of a magazine 1/2018, page 40)

On 16 April 2018, the Qatar National Library (QNL) held its official inauguration ceremony. It comprised a grand ceremony in the presence of multiple heads of state from the region and beyond in which His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani placed the one-millionth book on the shelves of QNL. The project of the state-of-the-art library building was developed by the famous architectural bureau OMA under the leadership of Rem Koolhaas.

The Issam Fares Institute – a Crossroad of Interaction

The Issam Fares Institute – a Crossroad of Interaction

(Issue of a magazine 1/2018, page 48)

The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), radical in composition but respectful of its traditional context, “floats” above an exterior courtyard. In 2006 The American University of Beirut (AUB) held an invited competition for the design of a structure to accommodate a modern-day think tank on its lush middle campus, one that was in harmony with the rest of the university, especially mindful of the surrounding greenery, and to preserve, as far as possible, existing sightlines to the Mediterranean. The competition was won by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Cultural Center as a “Living Canvas”

Cultural Center as a “Living Canvas”

(Issue of a magazine 1/2018, page 54)

Coldefy & Associates Architectes Urbanistes, in collaboration with ECADI (East China Architectural Design and Research Institute) have been awarded 1st Prize at the International competition of Shenzhen Bao’an Art and Culture Centre. The proposal “Living Canvas” was chosen by an international jury among 70 competition entries. The international team has captured the architectural vision that the municipality wishes to give the dynamic district of Bao’an.