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Kuma: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

03-10-2012

Kuma: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

Kengo Kuma goes back to the soul of Tokyo’s Asakusa district to design a tower building that seems to be the product of overlapping a series of traditional houses. Wood is the material which defines the façades, alluding to the Japanese building tradition in a contemporary way.

Andrea Oliva: Former water towers in Budrio

01-08-2012

Andrea Oliva: Former water towers in Budrio

In projects for conversion of abandoned areas and buildings, Andrea Oliva stands out for his project for the former water towers which transform a site of industrial archaeology in Budrio (Bologna) into a work of contemporary architecture for use by the community. Traditional materials and forms are interpreted in a contemporary spirit in a project which has already become a new landmark in the town.

TAO: riverside club house in Yancheng (China)

13-06-2012

TAO: riverside club house in Yancheng (China)

There are some interesting similarities and differences between Mies van der Rohe’s important Farnsworth House project and the clubhouse recently built by Chinese architect Hua Li. If we look at the design and the choice of structural and cladding materials, we can see how the contemporary project stands out from the masterpiece of the past to which it pays homage.

Kuma: GC Prostho Museum Research Center

11-04-2012

Kuma: GC Prostho Museum Research Center

Kengo Kuma creates a building using a system of interlocking wooden elements named Cidori after a traditional Japanese game. The design inspires the plan for the building, and the result is a unique work with a bold graphic impact: contemporary architecture brings together different arts.

Gri e Zucchi: Music Centre in Cervignano

21-03-2012

Gri e Zucchi: Music Centre in Cervignano

The Music Centre which opened on May 3, 2011 in Cervignano del Friuli (Udine) is the result of functional recovery of a former bus parking garage which had been unused for years. The original materials interact with the materials of contemporary architecture, confirming the site’s industrial vocation and transforming it into a cultural project.

Aldrete: shelters on the Ruta del Peregrino

14-03-2012

Aldrete: shelters on the Ruta del Peregrino

Architectural projects funded by the Secretaria de Turismo del Estado de Jalisco in Mexico for the Virgin of the Rosary Pilgrimage Route include shelters designed by Luis Aldrete in Estanzuela and Atenguillo which are based on the principles of standardisation but differ according to their location and fit naturally into their surroundings thanks to the clay colour of the prefabricated blocks.

TAO: Museum of Handcraft Paper

22-02-2012

TAO: Museum of Handcraft Paper

To design the Museum of Handcraft Paper, a building preserving the memories of the artisan community in the village of Xinzhuang in southwest China, architect Hua Li of Trace Architecture Office (TAO) studied not only local building techniques but the traditional way of working with paper, and used both in a work symbolising the culture it showcases.

Cherubino Gambardella: Liz Gallery shopping centre

08-02-2012

Cherubino Gambardella: Liz Gallery shopping centre

Cherubino Gambardella has designed a bold new shopping centre for the Benevento area: a major work of contemporary architecture which may be interpreted as an allusion to the local medieval military fortresses and the materials with which they are covered, with indoor flooring recalling streets and big paved areas outside the entrances. A form of sustainability that makes the most of the building’s location.

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