Tag Public Buildings

ICONSIAM Mixed-use Complex Bangkok Thailand<br />

09-05-2019

ICONSIAM Mixed-use Complex Bangkok Thailand

Inaugurated at the end of 2018, ICONSIAM is a large-scale mixed-use complex overlooking the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

Parviainen Architects and the Länsisalmi Power Station in Helsinki

17-12-2018

Parviainen Architects and the Länsisalmi Power Station in Helsinki

Parviainen Architects is the Production Energy and Recycling Completed Buildings category winner at the 2018 World Architecture Festival, its second prize this year after the Marigold Architecture Award.

best architects 19, the best of European architecture

12-12-2018

best architects 19, the best of European architecture

The European best architects award is hugely popular because it gives us a picture of what’s happening at the moment in European architecture.

Recetas Urbanas, the self-construction on display at MUSAC

23-11-2018

Recetas Urbanas, the self-construction on display at MUSAC

MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León is hosting the exhibition called “Usted está aquí”, the story of more than two decades of work by Recetas Urbanas and the architect Santiago Cigureda who has made self-building, reusing materials, community involvement and collective design the main tools of his processes and his architectural approach.

New Zealand’s Waterview Connection: putting people at the heart of a motorway project

22-11-2018

New Zealand’s Waterview Connection: putting people at the heart of a motorway project

Designed by New Zealand-based architects Warren and Mahoney, alongside Boffa Miskell and the Well Connected Alliance, the structures of the Waterview Connection are crafted to reflect the city’s distinct volcanic landscape and Māori culture, putting people rather than cars at the forefront of its design.

Highlights of the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, Giardini and Forte Marghera

21-11-2018

Highlights of the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, Giardini and Forte Marghera

We conclude our reports from the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE with a look at the Giardini, focusing in particular on two proposals from Scandinavia, the Finland pavilion and the work by Rintala Eggertson Architects at Forte Marghera.

Anthony Coleman – Town Hall Series: A London Typology

16-11-2018

Anthony Coleman – Town Hall Series: A London Typology

Anthony Coleman has captured the discreet charm of London’s city halls, many of which no longer serve their original use or face demolition.  London-based photographer Anthony Coleman pays tribute to the public architecture in his city, capturing a series of buildings that are, or were town halls. The subject of his project, Town Hall Series: A London Typology spans more than two hundred years – from Hackney Old Town Hall (1802) to Brent Civic Centre (2013) – giving us a snapshot of the history of these buildings, their original purpose and what remains of them now. According to the photographer, the importance of London’s Town Halls lies in the fact that they reflect the spirit of the time when they were built, a time when local governments were “about so much more than managing budgets”, bringing a number of different services, such as theatres, swimming pools, libraries and administration under a single roof, the city’s most important building. This meant they could stimulate the community and promote civic engagement. Now, many of these buildings have been repurposed or face demolition. And Coleman reports that Wembley’s town hall is now a French private school, while Wimbledon’s is a Tesco supermarket. And that’s nothing compared to Hackney Town Hall, which is now a betting shop. Is this really the representation of civic pride and of how over time this involvement has fallen to the wayside in favour of private freedom and individualism? Apart from these sociological interpretations, Coleman has given us an artist’s impression of the history of public architecture in London. He took lots of different shots of each subject, using a wide shift lens and amalgamates several pictures into one, editing out the unwanted details, and even giving each image the same grey-coloured sky, to make them all match with each other. The result is an extremely objective description of the buildings, making it easier to compare them and find differences and similarities. “There’s a tremendous formality to them,” says the photographer. They even look very heroic, with their symmetry, their flagpoles, their embellishments and the grand space left around them. But they also have a strident touch of melancholy, as if they don’t really want to show off, because they know that they were built to serve the city and the people Shoreditch Town Hall, designed by Caesar Augustus Long in 1866, perhaps embodies this dual character more than any of the others. On the facade a statue resembling Nike, the Greek Goddess of victory towers above the motto More Light, More Power, surrounded by a triumph of friezes, glazing and columns. When the Town Hall was built, ambitions for the building were high, according to a contemporary report by Hackney District Board of Works. “We hope and do not unreasonably anticipate that the use of the edifice may tend to develop, strengthen and perpetuate the municipal principle, and to secure the Metropolis, the advantages of Local Self-Government for Centuries to come”.  After handling the case of Jack the Ripper, staging theatrical performances and facilitating evacuations during the Blitz, about fifteen years ago, the Shoreditch Town Hall was converted into an “exciting destination contemporary arts and events venue at the heart of the buzzing creative scene,” complete with Michelin-starred restaurant. These buildings were designed and built to be fundamental to the community, and Anthony Coleman’s straightforward and precise rendering emphasises their civic importance. What doesn’t come through in these photographs is to what extent the idea behind the building has been respected over time, their external appearance aside. And against this, it begs the questions of to what extent are the fundamental values of the public realm that we constitute still alive today, behind appearances and facades? In this, perhaps, the paths of public architecture and a sense of civic pride have diverged over the years. Francesco Cibati Website Anthony Coleman: http://www.anthonycoleman.com

The CRC façade of C.F. Moller & MOE’s SDU Technical Faculty

09-11-2018

The CRC façade of C.F. Moller & MOE’s SDU Technical Faculty

A new glass and CRC (Compact Reinforced Composite) façade improves the energy performance of the Technical Faculty of Southern Denmark

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