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Smiljan Radic

Teatro Regional del Bío-Bío . Concepción

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“Mis embalajes eran un intento de “barruntar” la naturaleza del objeto. Escondiéndolo, envolviéndolo. Fue en el año 1962.” Tadeusz Kantor, Director Teatro Cricot 2, 1944-1986.
Nuestro Teatro es el esqueleto posible de un teatro embalado. Es un embalaje para la ficción.

En su interior el espectador se moverá/trepará en una retícula espacial que majaderamente aparece midiendo/ocupando cada uno de los rincones. Es en las salas donde la ella pierde saturación y da el aire necesario para la representación. Toda esta parafernalia en torno a las salas -entendidas como campos abiertos en medio de esta trama- es simplemente un andamiaje, como si fuera la parte trasera de una escenografía -el soporte de rango inferior que habitualmente se esconde y no vemos-. (Ver Fig. Martin PurYear, CFAO, 2000)

De esta manera, el espectador no debe esperar cruzar el foyer y abrir la oscuridad de la sala para abrir el teatro, el misterio del teatro aparece antes de entrar. Basta con que el paseante/espectador vea el manto que cae sobre el edificio velándolo, para presentir o “barruntar” -como dice Kantor- que dentro algo se esconde o, para al menos creer por un momento que circular por su interior irá de la mano con un proceso experimental. (Ver Fig. Tadeusz Kantor, Bio-objeto, La máquina funeraria, 1961) Continue reading Smiljan Radic

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JDS . CHINACUC

Gateway Competition . Hanghzhou

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The concept of the building is to create a gateway in between two prominent parts of the city’s new development. By excavating a portion of our built mass we liberate a diagonal passage through our site while at the same time articulate the descent to a commercial center and below ground parking.
On the executive floors we provide a rice-field like landscape that serves as a park and as a rain water retainer to re-use natural water and cool down the building. Continue reading JDS . CHINACUC

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OMA

Milstein Hall . Cornell AAP . ITHACA

OMA . Cornell AAP . photos: Matthew Carbone . William Staffeld . Mike Moyer . Cornell AAP

Occupying four distinct buildings at the northern periphery of Cornell’s Arts Quad, the College for Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) is currently a fragmented area, dislocated from the energy of university life. The new Milstein Hall – a 14,000m2 complex containing much-needed studio, exhibition and crit space, an auditorium and a new Fine Arts Library – is conceived not as a symbolic, isolated addition to the campus but as a connecting structure: a large elevated horizontal plate that links the second levels of Sibley and Rand Halls and cantilevers over University Avenue, reaching towards the Foundry building. Where a car park once stood between Sibley and Rand, a contiguous, multi-layer system of buildings and plazas will unite the disparate elements of the AAP, creating a vibrant public space adjacent to the campus’s most beautiful feature, just to the north – the Fall Creek Gorge.
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Herzog & de Meuron

BBVA headquarters . Madrid

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BBVA’s new headquarters is located on the northern periphery of Madrid. The site faces the highway and is surrounded by newly built offices, commercial buildings, and residential developments. It is a “site without qualities”, a site that is nowhere and everywhere at the same time, a desert-like non-place. Continue reading Herzog & de Meuron