In a symbolic ceremony today, Olaf Scholz, the mayor of Hamburg, in the presence of Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Ascan Mergenthaler, celebrates the completion of the Elbphilharmonie and the opening of the Plaza to the public. The Plaza is a spacious terrace, placed on top of the Kaispeicher, like a gigantic joint between the old and new element of the building structure. It will be open to the public from 5 November. The ceremony this week also marks the handover of the building to the City of Hamburg. The official opening of the Elbphilharmonie’s main concert hall (“Grosser Saal”) will take place on 11 and 12 January 2017. Continue reading 01 Herzog & de Meuron
The context in its distances, alignments, proportions, define the mass. The program determines the project. A meeting centre for large gatherings or small groups. The ceiling, in its variations and geometry answers the program. A complete horizontal clearness outlines the space as a whole, which as atmosphere opposes to the weight of the vertical voids. The support functions deepen the external and peripheral wall. The final image is determined by the interaction of internal space and occupied façade. Continue reading 02 Aires Mateus
The single-family house rises from a 10-20m wide and 90m long lot in Laax, Switzerland. Local building legislation only permitted the construction of volumes aboveground at opposite ends of the property. One end of the area is situated in the “village zone”, while an “agricultural zone” surrounds the other end. Two completely opposite worlds form the context of this house. Continue reading 03 Valerio Olgiati
Dar Al Jinaa and Dar Al Riffa are part of a project of urban renewal in Bahrain. Each project consists of both the renovation of an existing Dar (‘house’), and a new, added Majlis (‘collective room’). The Majlis will be used as communal spaces for traditional music performances. Continue reading 04 OFFICE
Across a long and narrow plot in West London, 6a architects has designed a series of three buildings and gardens for photographer Juergen Teller.
With few views out, daylight comes through concrete beams that march the length of the site and support north lights in the roof or from the gardens that separate the buildings. Poured concrete external walls mesh the new building into the residual fragments of existing brick boundaries.
The new buildings contain offices, an archive, a top lit studio space, a kitchen, a library, and an ensemble of ancillary rooms. Continue reading 05 6a