Architecture for the Present: Peter Zumthor
Sound is ephemeral. It reminds the listener that it is fleeting as it fades away at a rate distinct from those of the other senses. Echoes, however soft or lasting they are, are seemingly literary reminders of that which just occurred. The echo
Christian Wassmann: Cosmic Modernist
Christian Wassmann’s New York studio is something of a cabinet of curiosities. On one wall hang site models oriented in the direction of true north. Other models fill various corners and surfaces throughout the SoHo loft. Sketches, renderings and
Zilla Leutenegger – Kunst als Fragezeichen
Karin Frei Rappenecker
Das Zusammenspiel von Kunst und Architektur wurde in dieser Rubrik bisher aus Betrachterperspektive beschrieben. Wie steht es aber um den Blickwinkel, den Künstler und Architekten auf diese Kombination haben? In den folgenden Ausgaben werden wir uns
Sound und Architektur im Dialog
Karin Frei Rappenecker
Das Ausloten der Grenzen zwischen Kunst und Architektur geschieht meist über Kunst als „hard ware“. Die sinnliche Erfahrung von Kunst beschränkt sich aber nicht auf einen physisch präsenten Ausdruck eines künstlerischen Arbeitsprozesses.
Kunst zum Abfliegen und Ankommen
Karin Frei Rappenecker
(German only) Flughäfen sind Durchgangsstationen und damit eigentliche Unorte – ohne Geschichte und ohne Identität. Kunst in Flughäfen hat das Potenzial, ihnen eine solche zu verleihen. Mit eindrücklicher Wirkung – bis in die Filmwelt.
Architecture Iran – innovative facades
The Western view of Iran has long been distorted. With the suspension of international sanctions, a spirit of optimism has taken hold of the country, including its architectural and design scene. In the first part of our new series ‘Architecture
KÜNSTLERARCHITEKTEN – ARCHITEKTENKÜNSTLER
Karin Frei Rappenecker
(German only) Viele Künstler, die im öffentlichen Raum oder im architektonischen Kontext arbeiten, kommen aus der Architektur – und umgekehrt nehmen Künstler gerne Einfluss auf Architektur oder bauen sie gleich selbst. Ein Blick auf die
Art goes public – Art goes architecture
Karin Frei Rappenecker
(German only) Kunst im architektonischen Kontext war noch nie so facettenreich wie heute. Sie vermag die Identität eines Ortes zu stärken oder gar zu verändern und zum bewussteren Umgang mit dem öffentlichen Raum beizutragen. Das nimmt Architonic
Slenderness in Steel: the unico XS profile system
Forster Profilesysteme AG, headquartered in the Swiss town of Arbon, still occupies the site where it was founded over 140 years ago.The original coppersmith shop of F.J. Forster has long since developed, however, into an innovative company with
Stretching the Limits
MDT-tex, the go-to textile-architecture manufacturer and consultancy, is invited time and time again to partner with some of the world's leading architects. It's no wonder given the company's innovative outdoor structures and intelligent membranes.
The Materialists: strasserthun
Stick a pin in the middle of a map of Switzerland and the chances are you've landed near Thun, a small town that's home to a big player in terms of materials know-how. Long-established, high-end carpenters and fitters strasserthun invite architects,
In Rude Health: new wellness projects
The word itself may have been coined relatively recently, but the ritual of 'wellness' – as a means of rejuvenating mind and body – has a long and healthy tradition. This hasn't, as a number of recent projects demonstrate, stopped a bevy of
Constructing Worlds: Photography & Architecture
Ever since 1827, when Nicéphore Niépce made the first permanent photograph - a record of the view of the rooftops outside his studio window - architecture and photography have enjoyed an intimate relationship. Constructing Worlds, a major new
Maintenant – Bernard Tschumi at the Pompidou Centre
Among the numerous signs that one's status as a grandee of architecture has been secured is having a big survey exhibition at Paris's Pompidou Centre. Architonic uses the current Bernard Tschumi retrospective as an opportunity to reflect on the Swiss
Interior acoustics: Innovation inspiration
Following take-off on a recent flight from Hong Kong to London – and just as I settle into my seat – a baby starts to scream! The commotion is coming from towards the back of the A380. I contemplate an entirely sleepless night flight and then
Bright Lights, Big City: urban-lighting projects that dazzle
The highly utilitarian nature of urban lighting hasn’t stopped designers and manufacturers from adding value to projects that illuminate our cities through forward-facing design and technology. Architonic sheds some light…
Tadao Andō: Journey from the islands of Naoshima to Venice
Since establishing his design studio in 1969, Tadao Andō has surprised with raw concrete constructions and clean geometric forms, that have become symbols of his success. The Japanese architect has left his mark on the global landscape, from the
Behind the green door: Oslo Architecture Triennial by Rotor
“Sustainability” is a deflated term that includes everything and nothing. Its repeated use, almost ad nauseam, does not seem to have served it well. What is left behind is an empty shell, which is difficult to take seriously.
Architecture in Ascendance: innovative staircase design
Staircases are overdetermined things. A highly functional element in the internal circulation of a building, they are also laden with cultural and psychological symbolism. We may live in the age of the lift and escalator, but this hasn’t stopped
The Atomium: Cultural and contemporary
Icon of the Brussels skyline, sculptural or architectural curiosity, the Atomium is increasingly regarded as not just a symbolic landmark and tourist attraction, but also as a cultural centre in the north of Brussels. Interview with Arnaud Bozzini,
Beyond the Cliché: the mountain chalet reinterpreted
The mountain chalet has always been closely linked with the dream of a simple, rustic home in pristine natural surroundings. However, a number of projects throughout the world show that a holiday home in the mountains does not necessarily need to
Material Matters or Archi-Materials: Nature and Habitat
Despite globalisation, which standardises everything in its path, there are still some obvious cultural shocks that stand out: in Asia or Oceania, the intrinsic connection with materials prevails in architecture. Furthermore, the forces of nature and
Bodies of Evidence: architecture, photography and real lives
There's a long tradition of architectural photography presenting viewers with depopulated spaces – interior and exterior landscapes, devoid of the very users for which they have been designed. Celebrated Dutch photographer IWAN BAAN's unparalleled
Field of Dreams: greening the urban landscape
Increased urban congestion. Climate change and sustainability. Urban regeneration. The reasons for the burgeoning movement in highly considered, integrated green spaces in towns and cities around the globe are as manifold as the forms they take.
Sleeping Around: contemporary hotel design checks in
With an increase in international travel predicted for 2013, on the heels of a rebound for hoteliers last year, the hotel industry is looking more than ever for ways to make the visitor experience a memorable and profitable one. Enter striking
Points in Space: (Contemporary) exercises in inscribing the ...
Small works of architecture – from Canada, US and Mexico, to Norway, Chile and Sicily – are appearing across the planet on the basis of new design practices and attitudes. Journalist Valentina Ciuffi explores.
Sounding Out: room acoustics make themselves heard
When was the last time a building won an award for the way it sounds? Architecture, and by extension society, has long privileged the visual over the aural. Yet a number of architects are starting to think and design in a more complete sensory way,
Taking the Waters: born-again spa and wellness architecture
The spring of architectural creativity is in full flow, with a number of offices internationally adding value to the age-old practice of therapeutic bathing. Here's our selection of the best of the latest spa and wellness architecture. Go ahead. The
ARCHITEKTUR 0.12: the first exhibition on popular Swiss ...
‘Are Swiss architects unable to create interesting buildings?’, asked Felix E Müller, editor-in-chief of Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag, in a recent article. ‘Unfortunately, all new buildings look the same.’ With this provocative statement,
Selling Spaces: new directions in retail design
In spite of the rise of e-commerce, the physical point of sale is still with us. That said, the traditional store is having to up its game in terms of the experience and brand relevance it offers consumers – not only to compete with online shopping
At Your Convenience: contemporary public-toilet architecture
We'd like to talk to you about a delicate matter. The toilet. The WC. The lavatory. However you choose to refer to it, we all require regular access to this most prosaic of environments. Which is why it's refreshing to see a number of recent public
Pop-up stars: temporary contemporary architecture
From huge temporary stadia to tiny transitory event spaces, pop-up architecture fulfils many roles and comes in many guises. In some cases the very latest technologies are used to engineer complex structures, while in others a readymade approach
When architects such as Jean Prouvé and Charles Eames began experimenting with buildings made using off-the-shelf components following the second World War, little did they know that technology would one day allow buildings to be created from kits
Park life: the evolving approach to designing urban public ...
It could be argued that the pinnacle of urban landscape architecture was reached in seventeenth century France and the French formal gardens or in Britain's philantrophic Victorian public parks in the ninenteenth century. Contemporary urban
Mind the Gap: architects fitting extraordinary buildings ...
Every city evolves differently, according to fluctuations in population and wealth, changes in industry and other social and economic factors. As old buildings are replaced, or new ones constructed, spaces between these buildings appear or alter;
Leading lights: current and future applications for new ...
Few aspects of product development have seen more innovation in the past decade than lighting design. Legislation and consumer demand have hastened the evolution of energy efficient solutions and programmable software now enables infinitely