lunedì, ottobre 30, 2006

Galata Museum in Genoa

Galata is the Museum of the Sea and Navigation in Genoa (Italy)

sabato, ottobre 28, 2006

Great Court, British Museum

Great Court, British Museum (Designed By Norman Foster)
Once the books from the British Museum were transferred to the British Library, it was possible to open up the original space of the Museum creating the largest enclosed courtyard in Europe. The central Quadrangle was cleared of all structures except the rotunda/Reading Room in the center. State-of-the-art engineering created the glazed canopy, spanning the gap between the dome of the off-center Reading Room and the courtyard facades. Support columns are hidden by the limestone skin covering the Reading Room.

Broad Center for the Biological Sciences

Broad Center for the Biological Sciences, California Institute of Technology
Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Parteners
Broad Center is a flexible academic facility designed to accommodate virtually every type of biological research that might be undertaken during the building's lifetime, and is adaptable to constantly evolving scientific methods and technologies. In addition to generic laboratories and support spaces, the building houses four major specialized components, including an experimental MRI suite, a high-resolution X-ray diffraction facility, an electronic diffraction facility for studying complex molecular structures, and a vivarium for developmental and neurological research.
Beyond these scientific components, Broad Center houses a variety of semipublic facilities, all of which are accessed from a cross-axial circulation system that penetrates the building, inviting entry from all four sides and weaving Broad Center into its current and future context. The east-west axis deploys visitors to a café, lounges, seminar room and auditorium, while the north-south axis connects important outdoor spaces to the "Great Lawn." Conceived as a bridge as well as a destination, Broad Center occupies a gateway site at the edge of Caltech, the first of approximately ten new buildings that will form the new North Campus.
Exterior materials and massing respect the established character of the southern California school, while reflecting the varied functions housed within. Etched stainless steel wall panels clad the laboratory spaces on three sides; a travertine façade identifies non-laboratory functions on the fourth. A glazed "Light Tower" animates the center of the building with natural light.

venerdì, ottobre 27, 2006

"Betile" Museum competition - Zaha Hadid wins!

The 2004 Pritzker Prize Zaha Hadid wins the international architectural competition for museum of mediterranean nuragic and contemporary art!The project for the museum at Cagliari (Sardinia - Italy) dedicated to Nuragic and contemporary art aims to make known and underline the value of an ancient civilisation that is as fascinating as it is little known.The richness of the remains from the Nuragic age, their variety of form - that ranges from small bronzes to large stone statues uncovered at Monti Prama, near Oristano (West Sardinia) - the force and originality of artistic expression that characterises them, compared by some to the finest from the twentieth century avant-garde, are yet to be fully understood and appreciated.
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Project Idea:The new museum, that represents a new and original solution both in terms of programme and spatial characteristics, should address the following challenges: 1. The Museum should function as a reference point for other places in Sardinia and the Mediterranean famous for Nuragic art, first and foremost the Archaeological Museum at Cagliari. Participants should therefore carefully consider the presence in the Museum of galleries and spaces destined to inform the visitor of the whereabouts of Nuragic settlements in Sardinia (one of the main aims of the new museum will be that of encouraging the visitor to discover other museums and centres for artistic research present in the region) and the Mediterranean basin. In the same way, the public will be immersed in a network of geographical references relative to institutions and places dedicated to the production - in Sardinia and the Mediterranean - of contemporary art. 2. The new museum should house a workshop for comparison and experimentation that brings together Nuragic and contemporary objects and works of art in unusual ways.This comparison will constitute the very essence of the museum's exhibition and research programme.The building should contain spaces - exhibition areas, multimedia areas, workshops - to hold works of very different sizes (such as, in the archaeological sphere, bronzes or large Nuragic statues); spaces to house for example multimedia installations of visual art alongside Nuragic statues; spaces able to help the public appreciate the relationship between the serial and the individual dimension of the works on show. 3. The museum should offer a varied exhibition route that creates aesthetic tension and interaction between the works with their historic context. Participants should propose cognitive-perceptive ways of interpreting and passing through the spaces of the museum that enable exhibition routes to be articulated on different levels and at different speeds, considering both a rapid and brief vision as well as a deeper and more analytical one with the infinite individual combinations that each visitor can create between these two extremes. The museum should be a container open to different kinds of public with each visitor the conscious creator of their own spatial and temporal route through the sequence of spaces. 4. The museum should be set up as a place for production, research and experimentation regarding relationships between Nuragic and contemporary art. With this in mind, participants should provide spaces where invited curators and artists can discuss their proposals confronting specialists from other disciplines and encountering students and researchers or can show their ideas to a broader and in some cases more distant public. Participants should also think about the presence of workshops and ateliers for carrying out restoration of Nuragic art and producing contemporary works of art. 5. Finally, the new museum should represent an engine for urban regeneration for the city of Cagliari.The presence inside and around the museum of reception and entertainment spaces for visitors and tourists as well as those living in the city can help the museum establish itself as a gateway providing access and visibility for the island. Participants should therefore pay particular attention to the access to the museum and the relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces.The sequence of public spaces (entrance hall, bookshop, media centre, bar, restaurant, conference hall, commercial areas...) should be designed in such a way as to be coherent with the spatial, cultural and economic context that surrounds the new building.

giovedì, ottobre 26, 2006

Headquarter of Mondadori designed by Oscar Niemeyer

Inaugurated in 1975, the headquarters of the Mondadori Group is one of the most significant buildings designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907), whose design and plans for the city of Brasilia had impressed Arnoldo Mondadori.The site, surrounded by a large lake, is made up of three elements: a large parallelepiped characterised by tall arches of varying widths, for the offices and editorial departments, linked to two low-rise and sinuous sections that appear to emerge out of the central building. The first is where the restaurant, canteen, bar and shops are located; while the second, in the form of a willow leaf, hosts a number of editorial departments, the Archive and the Auditorium.

“With the Mondadori building I showed how important it is to maintain an external harmonious play on volume and free space, using arches of differing widths, with an unequal almost musical rhythm, that makes them distinctive”.
Oscar Niemeyer.

mercoledì, ottobre 25, 2006

ABN AMRO Bank Head Office

ABN AMRO Bank Head Office in Amsterdam, designed by I.M. PEI, the same architect that have designed the famous pyramids of the Louvre in Paris.....