FAR Frohn & Rojas
6 Projects

2010 Shanghai Expo Pavilion
8 Projects

Farm Houses in Transition
5 Projects

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Public Farm 1 : Sur les Paves la Ferme! / WORK Architecture Company
Drip Feed / Thomas Raynaud + Cyrille Berger
Take a Lama Walk with Me / 3 besides Kristine Holter - Andersen
Hydro - Net / IwamotoScott Architecture

FAR Frohn & Rojas
Interview_Where the Sun Never Sets / Patricio Mardones Hiche
Wall House
House in Heat
Cultural Center Buenos Aires
HongKong Design Center
Yuejin Showroom
Home Sweet Camouflage

2010 Shanghai Expo Pavilion
Luxembourg Pavilion / Hermann & Valentiny and associates
Swiss Pavilion / Buchner Bründler Architects + element GmbH
Spain Pavilion / Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Polish Pavilion / Wojciech Kakowski + Marcin Mostafa + Natalia Paszkowska
China Pavilion / 2 besides South China University of Technology
UAE Pavilion / Foster + Partners
British Pavilion / Heatherwick Studio
Dutch Pavilion / John Kömeling

Farm Houses in Transition
Criticism_Identity and Diversity of Rural Architecture /
HeeKyong Han
Wolzak / SeARCH
Ecologic Farm / Onix
Huisjeshuis in Breda / Studio NL - D
Copper House / Smiljan Radic Clarke
Cow Shed / Localarchitecture

Seoul City Hall : 2nd Competition for its Extension

공공 농장 1 : 도시 위에 농장을! / 워크건축사무소
물방울 양식장 / 토마스 레이나우드 + 키릴 베르거
라마와 함께 산책을 / 크리스틴 홀터 - 앤더슨 외 3명
하이드로 - 넷 / 이와모토스콧 아키텍쳐

FAR 프론 & 로하스
들어보기_해가 지지 않는 작업 / 파트리치오 마르도네스히치
벽 주택
열 속의 집
부에노스 아이레스 문화 센터
홍콩 디자인 센터
유에진 전시관
행복한 위장의 집

2010 상하이 엑스포 파빌리온
룩셈부르크 파빌리온 / 헤르만 & 발렌티니 어소시에이츠
스위스 파빌리온 / 부크너 부륀들러 아키텍쳐 + 엘레멘트 GmbH
스페인 파빌리온 / 미라예스 타글리아부 EMBT
폴란드 파빌리온 / 보이치에흐 카코우스키 + 마신 모스타파 + 나탈리아 파스코프스카
중국 파빌리온 / 남중국 기술대학 외
아랍 에미리트 연합 파빌리온 / 포스터 앤 파트너즈
영국 파빌리온 / 헤더윅 스튜디오
네덜란드 파빌리온 / 존 코멜링

전환기의 농장 건축
비평_농촌 건축의 정체성과 다양성 / 한희경
보르작 농가 / 서치
하렌 생태농장 / 오닉스
브레다 주택 / 스튜디오 NL-D
코퍼 주택 / 스밀한 라딕 클라크
소들을 위한 농장 / 로컬아키텍쳐

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FAR Frohn & Rojas

FAR Frohn & Rojas, founded by two young German architects, Marc Frohn and Mario Rojas, is a global studio that has been expanding its area of activity in Germany, Chile, Mexico, and recently the U.S. When Frohn and Rojas first started their work, Germany was suffering from a severe economic recession. It was not an ideal condition under which young architects who had just finished their studies could find work opportunities.

On the other hand, in Latin America in the 1990s, Chile was beginning to experience winds of change in politics and society, with considerable influence on architecture as well. As rising architects who made Chile their home stage became better known, Chile began to draw the attention of the architectural world around the globe. The complex interplay of many of these circumstances shaped FAR Frohn & Rojas international modus operandi. It began with their first project in Chile, the "Wall House," and led to a global operation of networked offices based in two cities, Cologne and Santiago.

Before designing the house, the partners had to consider the regional characteristics of Santiago, as well as a limited budget and the city's hot and dry climate. Marc and Mario solved these limitations with interesting concepts. Although the house looks like an enormous tent from a distance, its interior consists of a total of four layers from innermost to outermost. From concrete to wood to polycarbonate to soft awning, the house becomes lighter and more transparent as it reaches closer to the outside.

The "Wall House" seems to have been a significantly meaningful work for FAR. Within three years of working together, they received attention from multitudes of media as emerging young architects. They claim that their work in Chile has been possible because they had more freedom from clients' usual prejudices toward young architects. They were able to have many opportunities to develop new and fresh ideas there.

In order to materialize an architectural idea within the varied environment of the world stage, in-depth analysis and research must be carried out in parallel. The "House in Heat" planned at Rancagua in Chile was an attempt to reorganize the space inside a house in a new way by redistributing the heat sources (shower, oven, fridge, pool, etc.) that are scattered throughout the house. In addition, by using heat sensitive cameras to analyze temperatures and shades in summer and winter, open space that is exposed to the outside was distributed so as to be suitable to various outdoor activities.

The glass etched with repeated patterns and used in the "Home Sweet Camouflage" was developed to satisfy two contradictory architectural requirements - for transparency and for protection of privacy - simultaneously. Although the pattern looks simple, the result has been obtained from new program developments and many experiments. Marc and Mario explain their work through diagrams and data analyses that show various developmental stages in more detail than rendering images. This is an important process that crosses over freely rather than being bound to many limiting factors in architecture.

FAR shares and develops creative ideas through a collaboration. The 7,500 miles distance and four-hour time difference between Cologne and Santiago are not obstacles to their working together because they can develop various projects through continuous exchange of ideas using the communication networks and many software programs available in the information age.

Marc Frohn says that their offices are like the British Empire, where the sun never sets. There are no days or nights for them. There is only the beginning and completion of their work. Their dreams and passion are the driving forces to overcome the lack of experience one may face when embarking on new tasks.

As Yoko Ono said, "A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." FAR Frohn & Rojas is dreaming together with the world. Reality is not that FAR away. 

2010 Shanghai Expo Pavilion

The World Exposition is a place where nations can showcase their economic and cultural capacity, as well as cutting - edge construction technologies and aesthetics to the world. The introduction of architecture masterpieces, such as the 'Crystal Palace' at the 1851 London Exposition, the 'Eiffel Tower' at the 1889 Paris Exposition, and the 'German Pavilion' by Mies Van Der Rohe at the 1929 Barcelona Exposition show the significance of The World Exposition.

The World Exposition Shanghai 2010 is expected to be the largest world festival ever, with participation from more than 200 countries and international organizations. On the west side of The World Exposition site by the Huangpu River, a city pavilion, theme pavilion, and corporate pavilion will be established. The east side of The World Exposition site will house, public activity and, public performance centers, as well as continental pavilions for participants from Asia, Oceania, Europe, the Americas, and Africa. Announcement of each country's pavilions that will be established at the Shanghai Exposition is certain to, attract the interest of the architectural industry.

Participating nations of the expo are exhibiting their pavilion designs that reinterpret their unique cultures in different ways to express national identities. The pavilion of China, which is the host of the exposition, will be located in the center of the exposition site. The red pavilion represents China's modernly re-interpreted Dougong Brackets of traditional Chinese wooden structure architectural elements. Around the pavilions, low buildings with abstract images of Chinese characters engraved on the elevations surround them as though standing guard. The pavilions of Poland and the United Arab Emirates show off flattering facades expressing beautiful traditional patterns. The design of the Polish pavilionWojciech Kakowski, Marcin Mostafa, Natalia Paszkowska is inspired by traditional folk - art paper cut - outs, and the UAE pavilion Foster+Partners is inspired by ancient patterns in Arabic art. The visitors will feel exotic ambiences created by lights coming through the patterns. Spain's pavilionMiralles Tagliabue EMBT is modeled after the classic Spanish wicker basket, to make unique space with steels and woods.

On the other hand, the design of the Swiss pavilionBuchner BrŸndler Architects, element GmbH actively reflects the characteristic natural environment of its home country. Visitors will get to view a video presentation of the natural Swiss landscape in the inside exhibit area, and look around while riding the chairlifts from the ground to the rooftop that is covered with greenery. With this, visitors will not only enjoy a visual exposition but also indirectly enjoy experiences of Switzerland's unique natural environment. The Luxembourg pavilionHermann & Valentiny and associates is modeled after 'Forest and Fortress' which is the translation of the name Luxembourg into Chinese. Although the walls surrounding the pavilion make its inside and outside look discontinuous, the pavilion's large door allows the visitors free access into and out of the exhibition room.

The British and Dutch pavilions that were designed by world' famous architects through competition show new and creative exposition spaces. The Dutch pavilion John Kšmeling is similar to a city. Visitors walk through a curved road that reminds a roller coaster and visit buildings equipped with educational programs. The British pavilionHeatherwick Studio comprises thousands of swaying cilia,  and looks as though it is sitting lightly on the ground. A small light source is attached to both ends of each stave emanating mysterious light both inside and outside the pavilion. They form a screen inside the exhibit area, showing a new display concept, and form a changing facade outside. These cutting - edge materials and architectural technologies use experimental works that top the existing architecture concept and show the new flow of the architecture.

Pavilion architecture for the exposition is created mostly for the purpose of the exposition and must be disposed of after the event. Structures that show examples of sustainability will be among the introduced pavilions. The Luxemburg pavilion will use recyclable materials, such as metal, wood, and glass. Switzerland's pavilion also will se recyclable materials and will supply environmentally friendly energy through wind and solar power generation. Poland plans to relocate its pavilion to Polish cities for reuse.

As an exhibition hall that symbolizes the nation's arts, culture, and architecture, each nation's pavilion is allowing a new experience of space and is presenting creative architectural solutions. These pavilions in The World Exposition Shanghai 2010 will be an opportunity to show the flow of new international architecture.