Mimesis Museum

January 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

© FG+SG Fotografia de Arquitectura

Portuguese Photographer Fernando Guerra is featuring on his website a really interesting report with a great deal of documentation of one of the latest works from the Portuguese Master Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. The Mimesis Museum is a very minimalistic yet complex-shaped Museum in Paju Book City, South Korea. The building is incredibly detailed in all its aspects, from floors to ceilings, from its interior to the exterior, in a way that only Siza is able to do.

© FG+SG Fotografia de Arquitectura

Mimesis Museum has a flowing concrete form that wraps around a central courtyard, and was inspired by a sketch of a cat that Siza drew upon arriving at the site. The interior has whitewashed walls and ceilings, and marble and timber floors on the ground and first floor respectively. The exterior is pale grey concrete punctuated by steel-framed windows.

For full information on this building be sure to check Fernando Guerra’s website.

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111, Lincoln Road

January 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Iwan Baan

Swiss Architects Herzog & DeMeuron have completed recently this megalomaniac car park in Miami. It is not that often that even Starchitects get the chance to design such a building that has a simple program and an enormous budget, allowing them to sculpt their Architecture in terms of pure aesthetics. This building is really a joy to look at because it becomes more of a Mega-sculpture rather than Architecture. I only wonder how much it would cost to park my car there. But heck that’s Miami!

Check out the great photos of this building by Iwan Baan.

From a single drop of water

January 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Iwan Baan

The Teshima Art Museum from SANAA’s partner Ryue Nishizawa is just a stunning piece of Architecture. This very minimal Art Museum is all shaped like a drop of water that rests on the ground. The final result has been accomplished through the use of a very thin concrete formwork that arches in order to create such beautiful spaces. The round openings allow for light water to penetrate the building in close relation with the surroundings.

If you just can’t get enough of this building, check out more brilliant photographs shot by Iwan Baan.

Transformation À Charrat

January 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Roger Frei

This house extension by Swiss Architects Clavienrossier Architectes looks stunning. It is great to see how they managed to restore the existing stone walls while introducing new materials such as concrete and wood. All the details look very sharp, specially those thin concrete corners. Hurray for Swiss builders!

More info here.

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