Team Chimera (Pierandrea Angius, Alkis Dikaios, Thomas Jacobsen, Carlos Parraga), Mangal City, Design Research Lab, Architectural Association, London, 2009
(Tutor: Theodore Spyropoulos)
Chimera’s project explores an urban model of an ecology based on the social associative principles of the mangrove plant and its collective, the mangal forest.
Photo from: Spyropoulos, Theodore. “Evolving Patterns: Correlated Systems of Interaction”, in Wiley, John. Patterns of Architecture. London: John Wiley. 2009. p82
Reiser + Umemoto, Terminal 3, Shenzhen Airport, China 2008
Image from: McLean, Will. “Physical Models of Intangible Stuff”, in Wiley, John. Patterns of Architecture. London: John Wiley. 2009. p142
Beth Sholom, San Francisco CA, USA by Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
The design for the sanctuary begins from the inside with the creation of a sacred room, a space in the round, focussed on the central Bimah from where the services are conducted. A slice of sky in the ceiling turns into the eternal light above the Ark on the Eastern Wall. A shadow menorah animates the wall tracing the movement of the sun through the day and illuminated at night. All light enters the room from above with views of the sky creating a sense of sanctity and remove in the midst of the noise and bustle of the city. The walls and ceiling floating above are connected with light.
The entry sequence establishes the distinction of a sacred place through passage. It is a circular journey of turning and rising and turning. The point of arrival is the courtyard. From here all the elements of the complex are accessed.
KMAR Police Station, Amsterdam by Wansleben Architekten
The KMAR (Royal Marechaussee at the Marine Barracks-site in the centre of Amsterdam) plumbs the tension between rule & exception, repetition & variation, statics & kinetics, surface & structure, meaning & riddle, group & individual, order & chaos, variety & simplicity. This as an expression for the ambivalent situation of the user (military police), between the institution and the individual whom you serve, between the society which demands security, but which looks at security forces doubtfully. Through this the building receives meaning and can step in a dialogue with the viewer and user. One understands the building quickly, however, with a closer look the uncertainties rise. Is the building closed or transparent? How many floors does it actually have? To mark the project in its meaning of utilisation, the typology of the fortress was chosen. In urban context, it is a counterpart to the National Maritime Museum and thus forms the beginning and the end of a spatial urban sequence.
David Maisel, The Lake Project
David Maisel, The Lake Project
Haveneiland, IJburg, Amsterdam
The urban development plan for Haveneiland (Harbour Island) stands for sustainable flexibility. The basis of the plan is a neutral raster, the urban ‘grid’. The grid does not impose a certain look but establishes conditions for achieving a balance between order and chaos, cohesion and variation. One of the few rules that the architecture within the fields of the grid has to satisfy concerns the uninterrupted street elevations. A system of waterways and open spaces transects the orthogonal pattern of streets and blocks. The width of these waterways varies considerably: broad channels water with ‘soft’ banks bordered by reed beds alternate with narrow waterways through densely built blocks.
House in IJburg Amsterdam
Watershed, Wren, OR. By FLOAT Architectural Research and Design. Photo © Gary Tarleton.