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It is a small and modest building, with a relatively small budget, serving a simple function. Yet its architect, Carl–Vigo Hølmebak, has managed to find an elegant architectural expression that also resonates with its setting.
As far as ferry terminal buildings go, it could hardly be more simple. Yet it is flooded with milky light, an important consideration in Norway, whilst during darkness, it acts a beacon – a symbol of refuge for boats approaching the harbour. Read more
The Brisbane Southbank is a cultural highpoint, not just for the city, but for Queensland and Australia.
A former industrial area of the city, located along the south bank of the Brisbane River, has been transformed over the last couple of decades with a string of superb arts and cultural institutions, many housed in fine quality buildings. Institutions of this quality and quantity are seldom found in far larger cities around the world.
However, to some degree, the Sounthbank lacked cohesion. The subject of a competition to address this concern, the Melbourne practice of Denton Corker Marshall conceived the Southbank Grand Arbour. It unified the gardens and landscaping along the river, and provided a shady route for people to enjoy the climate – full of flowers and colour. Read more
The ever evolving notion of the library as place combining a range of cultural activities, has found another expression in the L’Atelier. A cultural workshop designed by AAVP Architecture, in the town of Gournay-en-Bray, France.
Built on the site of an old factory, the project has sought to reconcile a number of existing buildings, with new structures and landscape. The composition also incorporates views and street frontage into a cohesive whole. It was a formidable task, elegantly executed. Read more
Ancient Japanese garments lacked pockets, so valuables were carried in “inrou”, small pocket boxes that contained medicines and small items of value. They were suspended on the wearer by string. In Portugal, traditional cork containers, known as “tarro”were once used as insulated boxes to preserve food.
This prototype builds on both those traditions.