Tag Town Hall

Bodø’s new town hall designed by Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde

30-09-2020

Bodø’s new town hall designed by Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde

Danish architecture firm ALL – Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde has completed the new town hall for the Norwegian town of Bodø, designed as a forum for discussion between citizens and government institutions. The basis for the design was a complex comprising two existing historical buildings, put into dialogue with one another via a third, new contemporary construction which is home to the forum and provides the lynchpin of the entire project.

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

Ancient Greek mythology revisited as a multimedia installation

09-06-2017

Ancient Greek mythology revisited as a multimedia installation

The architect and production designer, Silvio Motta is behind “La stanza di Dafne e altre metamorfosi”.

New landmark in Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie by Herzog & De Meuron

12-01-2017

New landmark in Hamburg: Elbphilharmonie by Herzog & De Meuron

The new Elbphilharmonie has opened in Hamburg, an iconic building designed by Herzog & De Meuron.

Oslo Architecture Triennale: Closing Week

26-11-2016

Oslo Architecture Triennale: Closing Week

OAT, Oslo Architecture Triennale is in its final stages.

Alvaro Siza Sacro exhibition at Maxxi Roma

07-11-2016

Alvaro Siza Sacro exhibition at Maxxi Roma

From November 9 2016 through March 27 2017 Maxxi in Rome, the museum designed by Zaha Hadid, will contain a big installation designed by Álvaro Siza to display his projects in the exhibition entitled “Álvaro Siza, Sacro”, in which two profoundly different ways of approaching architecture appear in direct contrast.

Station architecture

29-04-2016

Station architecture

On the occasion of the recent inauguration of Zaha Hadid Architects’s maritime terminal in Salerno, we take a look at projects and constructions built for transportation of all kinds covered in the pages of Floornature.

Vincenzo Latina named Italian architect of the year

19-11-2015

Vincenzo Latina named Italian architect of the year

On November 13 the CNAPPC announced the winners of the prizes awarded at Festa dell'Architetto 2015. Vincenzo Latina was named Italian Architect of 2015, while studio demogo; was awarded the “ Raffaele Sirica Young Talent in Architecture Award for 2015”, and the spoon.city platform was named Young Professionals’ Start-up of the Year.

Siza Souto de Moura Municipio Metro Station Naples

13-11-2015

Siza Souto de Moura Municipio Metro Station Naples

Piazza del Municipio metro station, a hub for interchange between metro lines 1 and 6 and the Port of Naples, was designed by architects Álvaro Siza Viera and Eduardo Souto de Moura. Floornature invites you to discover it through the photographs of an architect from Naples, Luigi Scarpato.

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