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Feature: Christian Kerez
a+u’s June issue is dedicated to the Incidental Space series by Swiss architect Christian Kerez. The result of intense investigations, Incidental Space follows Kerez’s attempts ...
1. Architecture is defined by its medium, the tangible, 3-dimensional architectural space that can be physically entered and experienced, just as music can be described in terms of ...
Pavilion for the Kingdom of Bahrain
The exhibition space in this pavilion reflects very specific qualities of the Kingdom of Bahrain in various ways – but not in a literal way. Beginning with studies of Islamic orn ...
Beijing Culture Center
The competition for a cultural center in a new business district of Beijing, close to the CCTV headquarters by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), began at the end of a ...
Porto Seguro Social Housing (Paraisópolis Program)
Initially, we were asked to submit a proposal to improve the favela in Porto Seguro close to Paraisópolis, São Paulo. I was so impressed by the sheer beauty of the favela that I ...
During the work on Porto Seguro Social Housing, the extension of a favela in Paraisópolis, Brazil (pp. 50–63), we built 2 private houses on 2 different, very demanding sites – ...
Essay: Francesco Borromini, Descriptions of Space
Most texts about historical buildings describe the spaces only indirectly, by comparison to other buildings, references to art, an account of their origin, or the life story of the ...
Incidental Space (Pavilion of Switzerland)
After I finished school in Leutschenbach I had no commission to build anything in Switzerland, so when I was invited to submit a proposal to represent Switzerland at the Venice Arc ...
Guangzhou Art Museum
The client’s brief for this art museum complex described a program of more than 200,000 m2. Three large museums merged with a new landscape design, emphasizing that the buildings ...
Essay: Definitions of Space
All possible material compositions can be conceived from a limited number of 118 elements, akin to all words that we use in our language can be assembled from a limited number of 2 ...
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