This issue opens with an Editorial Critique by Jeanne Gang about the need to reassess brutalist architecture, partly because it’s frequently the environmentally responsible thing to do. Gang offers several examples of how it’s possible to reclaim the value of brutalist projects from 50–60 years ago, and breathe new life into buildings that are often abandoned and candidates for demolition.
In Highlights, Michael Webb explores the close relationship between architecture and community through the lens of the 1500 Granville project in Los Angeles. The work of LOHA (Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects), this is a low-built, mixed-use complex that provides a style of high-density living comparable to an urban village. The project represents a potential new housing model.
NADAAA collaborated with Bidard & Raissi to design a residence that features several interrelating faces within a whole that combines visions of inviting familiarity with real and abstract monumentality. By reflecting on the influence of landscape on architecture, the designers created a home that blends compositional innovation with design elements inspired by the local area.
Innovation in healthcare is the cornerstone of John McAslan + Partners’ design of the Health Innovation Hub at Lancaster University. Completed before the 2020 pandemic, the spaces in this large, airy complex were specifically designed to accommodate different functions. It was therefore usable from the moment it opened and soon became a major Covid vaccination center – a clear demonstration of the ability of quality design to adapt to change.
Takeshi Hirobe Architects is behind the Phase Dance residence in Shizuoka, Japan. This project strikes a novel balance between the natural and artificial worlds by combining a contemporary green sensibility with the spirit of Shinto, a religion that remains deeply rooted in Japanese culture. The result is a design that pays homage to the flows of nature.
When working on Villa Ca’ Gioia, Francesco Pascali Architetto examined both history and the local area. Proximity to the Palladian Villa Angarano, the existing garden, and views over the extraordinary local landscape all contributed to the personality of this residence, designed to respond perfectly to the needs of contemporary life.
Created by dell’agnolo kelderer architekturbüro, the Cantina Bolzano winery could be summed up as a cube in the middle of an oval-shaped plaza. Located on the outskirts of the city of Bolzano, the building is teaming with symbolic values and meanings, encapsulating the image and reality of an important local industry, namely, the cultivation of vineyards and the production of quality wines.
AREA (Architecture Research Athens) has reinvented the vacation home with a design intended to offer leisure time perfection. Working almost exclusively from empirical research, and using an exacting, dry, and quasi-mathematical architectural language, the architects separated space and time to give life to an almost hermetic dystopian capsule.
First there was the Milan of heavy industry. Then, in the ’80s, there was the optimistic Milan that rode high on its booming economy. Today, the capital of the Lombardy region is going through yet another transformation as a symbol of its resilient social and urban fabrics. This is the context in which ML Architettura designed the new headquarters of Golden Goose. A kind of architectural metamorphosis, the project has cleverly capitalized on the structural possibilities of two existing warehouses, transforming them into a work of contemporary architecture.
This issue opens with an Editorial Critique by Jeanne Gang about the need to reassess brutalist architecture, partly because it’s frequently the environmentally responsible thing to do. In Highlights, Michael Webb explores the close relationship be... Read More