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,
Hélène Binet — À l’origine de nouvelles pratiques
Reconnue comme l’une des plus grandes photographes d’architecture actuelles, Hélène Binet travaille exclusivement en argentique. Dans un style qui n’appartient qu’à elle, cette artiste franco-suisse a immortalisé certains des projets les
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: Photographie & Architecture
En 1827, Nicéphore Niépce prit la première photographie de l’histoire : un cliché des toits entourant la fenêtre de son studio. Depuis lors, architecture et photographie entretiennent une intime relation. Une exposition majeure récemment
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…
MOBILIA: 100 ans de design d’architectes belges à ...
L’exposition MOBILIA, qui a lieu à l’Atomium à Bruxelles du 12 février au 15 juin 2014, met en évidence le talent des architectes qui, depuis la fin du XIXe siècle et à travers le monde, ne se contentent plus de construire des édifices
Tadao Andō: Le voyage des îles de Naoshima à Venise
Depuis la création de son agence en 1969, Tadao Andō surprend par ses constructions dont le béton brut et l’épure des formes géométriques sont devenus les symboles. Du Modern Art Museum de Fort Worth au Texas, à l'Armani Teatro à Milan, en
Behind the green door: La triennale d’Architecture ...
Le développement durable est un terme d’usage qui inclut tout et rien à la fois. Cette expression, mise à toutes les sauces, n’a pas toujours été utilisée à propos. Ce qu’il en reste est vide de sens et difficile à prendre au sérieux.
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
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
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 of Jacques Boyceau and André Le Nôtre, or in Britain in the ninenteenth century, when Joseph Paxton and
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
Architecture between heaven and earth: extraordinary Control ...
Most children have at one time or another spent time with their parents or grandparents in the panorama restaurant of an airport and have watched in fascination as the planes take off and land -- moments in which we, too, take off in our imaginations
Knowledge Bases - Library architecture from antiquity to the ...
The development of writing in ancient Egypt also gave rise to the first libraries as places of storage for these witnesses to a new, revolutionary cultural technology. However, the library was not just a collection of cultural treasures but also a
Kindergarten Design Grows Up: contemporary nursery-school ...
A number of recently completed kindergarten projects have proved that designing user-centred environments for the more diminutive among us shouldn't be at odds with creating highly expressive structures. Architonic takes a look at a selection of
High Performance Spaces: concert halls and opera houses that ...
If music be the food of love, then where better to dine out than a world-class concert hall or opera house? Here, Architonic examines a number of recently completed architectural projects that perform as hard as the artists who take to their stages.
Hole Lot of Sense: smart uses for perforated façades and ...
Perforated walls, panels and screens have been used for centuries as a way to control the level of light entering a building or to offer privacy to the occupants. The functions of perforations have remained largely the same, but the materials and
Bricking It: innovative applications of man’s most trusted ...
Brick is one of the most ancient and familiar building materials known to man, and its strength, character and flexibility of use continue to attract architects working on innovative contemporary buildings. Architonic examines some key projects that
Sporting Chance?: the challenge of legacy-building in ...
As the cost of hosting major sporting events continues to rise, the need for something positive to be left behind once the fun and games are over becomes ever more vital. Architonic examines past and future events and the differing approaches to
Spectacular Vernacular: contemporary applications of ...
There was a time when context was everything in construction. Local materials were transformed by the ambition and skill of the builder into a functional, stylistically appropriate structure. In the face of an, at times seemingly inexorable, movement
Neo Geo: geodesic construction in contemporary architecture
The principles of geodesic construction were developed by the pioneering American architect and engineer R Buckminster Fuller in the middle of the last century as part of his efforts to use science and technology to address universal issues. His
Support Structures: architecture's role in the healing ...
Good architecture creates environments that are, among other things, enjoyable to spend time in and practical to use, and in no scenario is this more important than the provision of treatment or support for those dealing with illness or trauma.