Cultural and Public
9 Projects
Schools in Shadows and Wind
6 Projects
A Curious Museum Trio
2 Projects

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Black Teahouse_A1 Architects

Cultural and Public
Experiencing Public Space in Cultural Facility_Simone Corda
Mérida Factory Youth Movement_Selgascano
MUSEVI_TEN Arquitectos
Infanta Doña Elena Auditorium and Congress Palace_Estudio Barozzi Veiga
Harpa, Reykjavík Concert and Conference Center_Henning Larsen Architects
Teulada Municipal Auditorium_Francisco Mangado
Almonte New Theater_Donaire Arquitectos
Männedorf Community Hall_SAM Architekten und Partner AG
Za-Koenji Public Theater_Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
Queens Theater in the Park_Caples Jefferson Architects

Schools in Shadows and Wind
In Search of Shadow, in Search of Wind_Diego Terna
Sra Pou Vocational School_Architects
Rudanko+Kankkunen
Educational Building, Mozambique_Rå Arkitektur
Ghana Kindergarten School_Arup
Maosi Primary School_Edward Ng+Jun Mu
Xiasi New Bud Eco School_Zhu Jingxiang
Panyaden School_24H Architecture

A Curious Museum Trio by Toyo Ito
A Curious Museum Trio_Cathelijne Nuijsink
Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture
Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum


Cultural and Public


Experiencing Public Space in Cultural Facility
Cultural facilities have emerged as one of the key elements for the contemporary public space. How this has changed over the last two decades and why the most vital parts for the city nowadays are the cultural venues are two main subjects of discussion. The analysis of eleven recent community buildings through the concepts of context, identity and relationship with the surroundings suggests that two parallel trends are ongoing. On one hand there is a diversity of methods to look at the connection between a building and a site, with approaches changing according to program, place, and pre-existing structures. On the other hand, a common sensibility in the design can be identified: the focus on the personal experience of the user. It can be argued that this subjectivity has effects not only within the area covered by the project, but also in the wider field of the city image definition. Finally, the idea that arises is that a site becomes a place through the sum of these partially overlapping monadic memories. Written by Simone Corda

Schools in Shadows and Wind


In Search of Shadow, in Search of Wind
Telling the projects for new school buildings located in countries that are often defined as the opposite of a civilized world, can lead to the misunderstanding of the charitable tale, of the dive into an economically poor reality and, therefore, culturally backward, so as to require the help of that far civilized world.
The only way to be free of such theories, when one describes these works in an architectural magazine, is by talking about the only feature that makes architectures interesting - the space that they enclose- and, as such, putting them on the same level of architectural production, not as poor relatives, but as examples fully deserving of criticism.
The theme of the projects presented seems to be a search for two materials, impalpable yet extraordinarily strong: shadow and wind. Starting with the words of Joseph Conrad, who combines brightness with shade, and the frames of Victor Sjostrom, which give us the violent image of a rushing wind, the analyzed projects describe the appropriation of these materials, which are capable of instilling important spatial qualities to the architecture.
The doubts expressed by Cardinal Altamirano, that “the west“ can only bring destruction to the New World, as seen in the film The Mission (1986), might be put to rest by Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack, a melody supported by a gentle breeze, flashes of light through the branches of a dark forest, on the edge of the shadow line described by Conrad, on the balance, unstable but fertile, of the places designed for the learning of little men. Written by Diego Terna