Posts tagged ‘concrete’

9 January 2013

Fuck Yeah Brutalism

What a lovely title. And it’s the name of a blog, that is nonchalantly dropping a cliché of brutalist architecture a day. Hit the random button at the top et voilà !

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Quel beau titre. Et c’est le nom d’un blog, qui dépose nonchalamment un cliché d’architecture brutaliste par jour. Cliquez sur le bouton “random” dans le haut de la page et voilà, que de plaisir.

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Via fuck yeah brutalism.

26 April 2011

25 Abandoned Yugoslavia Monuments that look like they’re from the Future

These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš). They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, to name a few) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković…), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their “patriotic education.” After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned, and their symbolic meanings were forever lost.

More on crack two.

From 2006 to 2009, Kempenaers toured around the ex-Yugoslavia region (now Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.) with the help of a 1975 map of memorials, bringing before our eyes a series of melancholy yet striking images. His photos raise a question: can these former monuments continue to exist as pure sculptures? On one hand, their physical dilapidated condition and institutional neglect reflect a more general social historical fracturing. And on the other hand, they are still of stunning beauty without any symbolic significances.

Via crack two. Merci Étienne !

15 November 2010

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building by Preston Scott Cohen

Ça c’est formidable : des idées en 3d qui aboutissent à exactement la même chose en réel… wow. Une réalisation exceptionnelle en béton (et de superbes coffrages…). Par Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.

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That’s great: 3d ideas that lead to exactly the same thing in real … wow. Outstanding achievement in cast concrete. By Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.

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Located in the center of the city’s cultural complex, the program for the Museum of Art Amir Building posed an extraordinary architectural challenge: to resolve the tension between the tight, idiosyncratic triangular site and the museum’s need for a series of large, neutral rectangular galleries. The solution: subtly twisting geometric surfaces (hyperbolic parabolas) that connect the disparate angles between the galleries and the context while refracting natural light into the deepest recesses of the half buried building.

Museum of Art Amir Building was the First Prize Winner in the Herta and Paul Amir International Competition. The program includes Galleries of Israeli Art, Architecture and Design, Drawings and Prints, Temporary Exhibitions; Photography Study Center and Archives; Multidisciplinary Auditorium; Seminar and Conference Rooms; Art Library; Restaurant; Administrative Offices; Loading, Unpacking and Storage.

Found at Archdaily.

14 November 2010

Riverbank House by Atsushi and Mayumi Kawamoto

Kawabe No Sumika (Riverbank House) in Kikugawa, Japan by Atsushi and Mayumi Kawamoto (mA-style).

Photo © Kai Nakamura

Found at What We Do Is Secret.

9 October 2010

Social Housing in Paris by Frédéric Schlachet Architecte

Simple social housing in Paris, blending a lot of qualities together. By Frédéric Schlachet Architecte.

The complex is situated behind an existing building which has been partially reconstructed and is set back from the road occupying an interior situation surrounded by other buildings. It shares an underground car park with a neighbouring building (by an extension) negating the need to create a separate access. It also benefits from a right to overlook neighbouring properties, instrumental (essential) for the volumetric aspect and the spatial organisation of the project.

Found at archdaily.

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