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Steven Holl: Spaces Like Music

Architecture ”begins with a site and a circumstance, a situation and a programme” according to Steven Holl

Daniel Liebeskind: Ground Zero Final

When New York was attacked on 9/11, world famous architect Daniel Libeskind was in Berlin for the opening of his Jewish Museum.

Lecture: Richard Meier

On the occasion of his 50th anniversary in practice, Meier gave a special lecture as part of the Architecture League’s Current Work program.

Jean Nouvel: Architecture is listening

Meet the award winning French architect Jean Nouvel, in this interview about his relationship to the Arab world.

Rare film of Le Corbusier in his Paris home and studio

I am young man of 71 years old. I am a visual man. A man working working with eyes and hands...

Parti Wall

Parti Wall is a performance that through active negotiation exposed the architectural sensibilities of the 9 mentor-led teams that occupy the 9 cells in the grid.

Arab Women in Architecture

"Arab Women in Architecture" is a documentary that features stories on the experiences, challenges, and achievements of Arab women architects.

Thom Mayne on the Cooper Union Building

Thom Mayne’s iconic building shines like a diamond in the rough. In this interview Mayne explains this building ”located at the end of the 20th century.”

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Wang Shu – Architecture is a Job for God

The Chinese architect Wang Shu’s buildings – a crossover between traditional Chinese culture and large-scale modern architecture – have earned him the prestigious Pritzker Prize. “Democracy means a really diverse society,” says the architect in this inspiring interview.

”Architecture is not just an object that you place in the environment,” Wang Shu explains.” Your experience of the architecture starts far away from the building. Architecture is not only the house in itself; it also includes a big area around it. All of this is architecture.” Shu does not take his responsibility as an architect lightly. Architecture can ”change the life of people and give them a new one right away. This is not a job for normal people to do. This should be the work of God.”

His studio, Amateur Architecture Studio, co-founded together with Shu’s wife Lu Wenyu, focuses on architecture that fosters community and works from the bottom up. ”We think that a society that is good for people to live in starts from the ground. Real culture starts from the ground,” says Wang Shu, and recounts his favourite project: designing a public toilet and wash-room for a rural Chinese village which became a local gathering spot for all of the villagers.

In the end Shu challenges the common understanding of Western democracy versus Chinese dictatorship. Modern societies have strong centralizing forces that level out differences, he states. In this light, Wang Shu argues, securing variety and local diversity within society is the real challenge, in China as well as the Western world.

Wang Shu was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, in March 2017.

Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2017.

Supported by Nordea-fonden

Steven Holl: Spaces Like Music

Architecture ”begins with a site and a circumstance, a situation and a programme” according to Holl. Therefore it should be reinvented for every situation instead of simply aiming for a signature style. Holl’s focus is thus on the place rather than on the need to strengthen a given brand, which seems prevalent in modern society.

The organic relation between everything, the intertwining of every element and material, including the light, is an important part of how Holl creates his architectural designs. “Architecture is about shaping space”, states Holl, and the experience of the architectural space should be pure and free of the conceptual strategies behind it – just as when you experience and appreciate music.

“The soul has more need for the ideal than the real,” he continues, explaining how it can be of utmost importance to break the rules and mentioning Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark as an example of how this can be done successfully and exceptionally.

Steven Holl (born 1947) is an American architect and watercolourist, who is world-renowned for his designs for e.g. the 2003 Simmons Hall at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the 2007 Bloch Building addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri and the 2009 Linked Hybrid Complex in Beijing, China. Holl is the founder of Steven Holl Architects and also a tenured faculty member at Columbia University where he has taught since 1981. In 2001 Time Magazine named him America’s Best Architect, for ’buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye’. He has been awarded the Praemium Imperiale Award (2014), the 2012 AIA Gold Medal, the 2010 Jencks Awards of the RIBA and the Alvar Aalto Medal (1998) among many others.

Steven Holl was interviewed by Jesper Bundgaard/Out of Sync in New York in 2014.

Camera: Per Henriksen
Produced by: Out of Sync and Christian Lund
Edited by: Kamilla Bruus
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2014

Supported by Nordea-fonden

Margaret Court Arena’s Time to Shine

Following on from the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Masterplan, Populous was commissioned by the Victorian Government, with joint venture architects NH Architecture, to design the latest phase within the precinct redevelopment.

The refurbishment gives Melbourne and Olympic Parks its third all weather venue – more than any other Grand Slam precinct and will effectively weatherproof the Australian Open. The roof on Margaret Court Arena can close completely in less than five minutes which is twenty minutes faster than the adjacent Rod Laver Arena roof, and that means minimal disruption to play.

Margaret court arena’s time to shine

The new $150M multi-purpose arena includes 7500 seats, an innovative cable driven operable roof and concourse connectivity to the adjacent Rod Laver Arena. The construction period took 3 years to complete and included staged handovers for each interim Australian Open until 2015. The project is also aiming to be the first LEED accredited sports venue in Australia with a brief requirement to attain LEED Gold.

Margaret court arena’s time to shine
© Peter Glenane

The Architectural form has derived from an understanding of key individual design elements; roof, bowl, concourse and the undercroft. The result is a cohesive architectural form conceived as a ‘container’– where the seating bowl becomes the key architectural expression allowing concourse areas to be developed independently. Large areas of glazing maximise views to the surrounding context and expose the internal architecture and internal spaces to passers-by.

Margaret court arena’s time to shine
© Peter Glenane

The innovative pleated roof profile reduces the structural depth of the roof and importantly reduces the visual bulk of the building. The pleated roof also provides the flexibility to fold the roof down to pedestrian level to provide weather protection, particularly at venue entrances. Large roof overhangs on all sides of the building provide shade to the surrounding concourse and public realm.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Presentation Film

The striking and innovative Louvre Abu Dhabi building was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel: ‘I wanted this building to mirror a protected territory that belongs to the Arab world and this geography.’ Combining modern architecture and inspiration drawn from the region’s traditions, the design reflects the desire to create a universal museum in …

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Parti Wall

Parti Wall is a performance that through active negotiation exposed the architectural sensibilities of the 9 mentor-led teams that occupy the 9 cells in the grid.

Giancarlo Mazzanti: “Architecture for Action”

Architecture is not only about bricks and stones, it goes beyond the material it is built. It serves to the different communities as a mechanism of bounding, developing and growing. Architecture can improve life quality conditions, well-think spaces produce actions and behaviors that were not even thought. Planning and designing are short steps of a …

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