Cultural Facility; Three Approaches
9 Projects
Wood and Architecture
4 Projects

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Toyo Ito is the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 _ Sou Fujimoto Architects
My Micro NY _ N Architects
Tianjin Ecocity Ecology and Planning Museum _ Steven Holl Architects
Monkey Bridge _ Oliver Grossetête
Grindbakken _ Rotor
Enbutsu-Do of Eifuku-Ji Temple _ Zai Shirakawa Architects & Associates 

Cultural Facility; Three Approaches
About Roofs, Added and Excavated Volumes _ Diego Terna
Contemporary Art Center Córdoba _ Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Gehua Youth and Cultural Center _ Open Architecture
Cultural Center of EU Space Technologies _ Bevk Perovic + Dekleva Gregoric + OFIS + Sadar + Vuga
Ramos Carrión Theater Rehabilitation and Expansion _ MGM Arquitectos
Platform of Arts and Creativity _ Pitágoras Arquitectos
Busan Cinema Center _ Coop Himmelb(l)au
Tiroler Festival Hall _ Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Roberto Cantoral Concert Hall _ Broissin Architects
Municipal Theater in Montalto di Castro _ MDU Architetti

Wood and Architecture
A Return to the Old, Towards the New  _ Diego Terna
Endesa Pavilion _ IAAC
World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Pavilion _ Aalto University Wood Studio
Peoples Meeting Dome _ Kristoffer Tejlgaard + Benny Jepsen
Times Eureka Pavilion _ NEX Architecture

Cultural; Three Approaches


Concerning roofs, added and excavated volumes.
The projects analyzed below define different ways of approaching a very broad subject, culture, an umbrella that covers infinite ways to design a space.
In this case, three themes seem to calibrate the architectural approaches: In the first, the buildings are born through focused work on the building’s roof, an element that can collect flows and functions within a well-defined geometric margin. In this margin a marked difference emerges between the served and the serving spaces, unified thanks to the coverage. The second approach entails an addition of volumes that interact with each other, focusing on the areas of convergence/divergence as places of strong spatial suggestion. The third approach is in some ways antithetical to the second: Instead of adding, one removes. These projects focus on the void created by the excavation of the large main volumes, thus highlighting the fluidity of the spaces and the plasticity of the materials.
The works of Giotto and Eero Saarineen, a post-production work on YouTube, the work of Konstantin Melnikov, and the projects of Jonathan Safran Foer and Sou Fujimoto accompany us on this journey. written by Diego Terna

Wood and Architecture


A Return to the Old, Towards the New
The projects presented here face a general period of crisis necessitating a new approach to architecture, incorporating ancient materials and building systems, revised through new technologies.
There is an old saying by Confucius. “Review the old and learn the new”.
Following the Mongolian Yurt, constructed through a flexible system of profiles made of wood, or the projects by Buckminster Fuller, who experimented with wood’s structural limits to form geodesic domes, the buildings here analyzed seek to surpass the limits of the structural crisis by proposing a new economy: an economic system derived through ecology, dry mounting, and the use of recycled and recyclable materials.
Wood, one of the oldest architectural materials, here becomes a characteristic feature of an advanced world that uses innovative technologies to give impetus to a depressed architecture, allowing it to envision the future with greater enthusiasm. Written by Diego Terna