Oliver Lang presents a project for a new prototype gallery and a church in Vancouver. These two projects continue his investigation into prefabrication and new building technologies, as well as the development of adaptable and flexible spaces.
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Nordenson outlines three projects that he has worked on: the Jubilee Church near Rome by Richard Meier, the Simmons Hall Residence at MIT, and the parking garage at the Nelson-Atkins Museum by Steven Holl. The Jubilee Church employs precast concrete shells to achieve an uplifting interior space that appears to defy gravity. In the MIT dorm building, the color scheme of the facade is influenced by the analysis results, which is an example of the stress state being legible through a surface pattern.
Jean-Marc Ibos and Myrto Vitart present a cultural center in the west of France. They document a competition for a library defined by the relationships with an existing library and a new district in the city. They present their effort to subvert the placement of the traditional elements of a church in a project located in La Defense. Ibos and Vitart discuss an extension to a Beaux Arts building in Lille, where they were asked to
create a relationship between past and present.
This event consists of two presentations by two French firms. In the first half, Jean-Marc Ibos and Myrto Vitart present a series of projects by their office, including a library, a church and an addition to a Beaux Arts building in Lille. In the second half, Dominique Lyon presents a series of projects, including offices for a newspaper and several libraries.
Introduced by Thom Mayne, Raimund Abraham discusses the making of his projects as a process that fluctuates between teaching, theory, and a passion for various pursuits outside of architecture. Often working in solitude, he lectures as an effort to save the souls of students subjected to the temptations of society. Presenting a selection from his Nine Houses series, he describes an attempt to create a new architectonic vocabulary while redefining commodified habitation as a ritual. Site intervention is the primary occurrence in his architecture followed by the confrontation of the site with a program, as exemplified in his Seven Gates to Eden project. Abraham also discusses his sited and built projects including the Times Square Tower, Berlin Wall Church, apartment project
in Berlin, Jewish Museum competition, Vienna Social Housing Urban Plan, and his entry in the Acropolis Museum competition.
Through an English translation by George Kunihiro, Tadao Ando describes his design for a church on Mt. Rokko. The concrete is made to appear very lightweight in the entrance colonnade, and the cross form is created by the window mullions.
Aldo van Eyck discusses
his Catholic Church project in The Hague as an attempt to make a tall space on a small site with little money. The main axis of the project is rotated to be perpendicular to the slope of the site and the main entrance. The tall space is narrow and flanked by two very low spaces which help to emphasize the feeling of height. His 1959 orphanage in Amsterdam deals with how to articulate a large flat roof that is the building’s largest fa?ade.
Aldo van Eyck discusses his orphanage project in Amsterdam, mentioning the use of mirrors as low cost articulating elements. Explaining the function of a seemingly decorative element, he argues that form and function are the same thing and that an architect’s love of form should not conflict with the creation of function. Another of his church projects uses roses on its exterior and traditional decoration on its interior walls, producing the effect of a dematerialized architecture. Presenting his addition to the European Space Agency, he explains the advantages of his use of the hendecagonic columns.