- La Luciole Concert Hall \ Moussafir Architects
- Manta 2.0 / Ray of Light by Joeri Claeys
- Trento – Redevelopment of Malga Fosse \ Organic Scapes and Architecture
- Italian Pavilion Expo 2015: The Slab \ MenoMenoPiu Architects & BE.ST Architect
- Mikado Tower \ BE.ST (Stefano Belingardi Clusoni)
- House Revillagigedo \ Sobrado + Ugalde Arquitectos
Posted: 01 Jun 2013 12:57 AM PDT
Situated on the edge of Alençon, in the rural landscape of Lower Normandy, La Luciole – French for «firefly» – resulted from the efforts of its passionate director-«programmateur». Founded in 1994, this concert facility has carved itself a reputation, attracting renowned musicians to its tiny performance hall.
Several years ago, the municipality has agreed to finance the extension of La Luciole. The competition brief required a larger, 650-strong concert hall that would however maintain the sense of intimacy and the enveloping quality that defined the original space. The desire to bring people maximally close to the stage has literally shaped the restructured venue wherein artists are almost surrounded by their audience.
The brainstorming phase saw the building?s forms evolve from rectangular to cylindrical, yet the core idea – two tilted, interconnected volumes containing the audience and the stage – remained intact. «It’s somewhat bizarre, and eccentric, and very different from everything else designed by our office,» notes Jacques Moussafir. This is partly explained by the project?s dynamic tempo: the competition proposal was done in ten days. More importantly, the bold geometry and exuberant color scheme reflect the strong, flamboyant personality of the man who has created La Luciole.
Structurally, the project consists of two cylindrical steel frames and a concrete enclosure for the stage (smaller concrete boxes are used for entrances and exits). An arch emerging where the two cylinders intersect marks the border between the stage and the audience. Simple in itself, the steel structure required some serious development work as the architects aimed to minimize the use of materials without compromising stability. Another challenge presented itself while mounting curved insulation panels and suspending acoustic sheets from the rounded surfaces of the performance hall.
Built by the west entrance to the city, La Luciole appears as an urban beacon, set in counterpoint to the linear façade of the adjacent exhibition centre. The membrane stretched over the auditorium?s circular roof is meant as a projection screen. Exterior finishing relates the building to its natural surroundings. The initial project proposed matt and polished stainless steel cladding that would reflect the ever-changing Normandy skies, yet the reality dictated a more economical solution: corrugated steel siding. Seemingly random arrangement of white and blue panels suggests a pixilated fragment of the sky, often covered with fleeing clouds. With darker shades concentrated where the two cylinders meet, the overall effect evokes a geyser linking the earth and the sky.
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CLIENT: Alençon City Council
+ All images and drawings courtesy Moussafir Architectes | photo by Luc Boegly
Posted: 31 May 2013 10:00 PM PDT
Joeri Claeys designed the Manta 2.0 / Ray of Light. The sea is never far away with this unique lamp. Inspired on, and a tribute to, one of the most amazing sea creatures: the Manta Ray. The aim was to create a modern table lamp with a sculptural and organic form that tries to provoke people into using their imagination. Casting a beautiful atmospheric light and mysterious shadow.
Design: Joeri Claeys
Manta 2.0 / Ray of Light
Posted: 31 May 2013 09:29 PM PDT
Organic Scapes and Architecture in collaboration with Chiara Marchionni and Luca Vernocchi to design the Trento – Redevelopment of Malga Fosse as a competition entry for Comune di Siror – Trento – Italy.
The concept design proposal is based on the social aspect that defines every manufactured product within its geographical scope. This social aspect manifests itself through the design of an externally equipped public space, internal common areas with natural light, an elaborate landscape and hardscape design, a predisposition of interesting observation points and the contemplation of their surrounding context, and the desire to accentuate a constant permeable state between external and internal spaces.
The blatant poetry of the site and the breaking power of the valleys and mountains that surround Malga Fosse are the main inspiring elements of the project proposal.
The initial all-embracing geometry of the project is deliberately simple, with an intentional formal resemblance and materiality which recalls that of a barn, a traditional building typology of this mountainous zone. Two basic geometric volumes appear as pure elements: one is a solid block made of stone at ground level and the other is a wooden block with a pitched roof at the first floor level above. Both these volumes are subject to the strong influence of the surrounding context which manifests itself through modifications at their base geometry. For example, the monolithic stone block at the ground level is broken up by exfoliating the stone on the west façade, allowing the light to penetrate into the interior space across elongated horizontal incisions, yet not completely opened.
Along the south façade, the landscape takes the upwind violently unearthing the building and making inexistent the limit between exterior and interior spaces. This semi-buried stone wall deflects its course towards the interior of the building, defining an organic and natural internal space while the perimeter wall defining the exterior of the building presents itself as a lighter and more transparent material, glass. Both the stone block and wooden block at the ground floor and first floor level respectively create a mutual dialogue through a common simplicity that defines both their language, yet both these elements have strong individual identities in their varying materiality and proportion. This evident contrast and physical detachment between the two blocks is purposely accentuated by the presence of a separating metallic element. As a result, the top wooden block acquires a sense of natural lightness, as if suspended, and is therefore not attached to its sculptural base below, the stone block which transformed by the forces related to the ground is capable of establishing a direct and poetic dialogue with its surrounding landscape by subjectively becoming a part of it.
On the first floor level the west façade breaks up as the wooden axes open vertically allowing natural light to enter the interior space. The configuration of the pitched roof, apart from abiding with the local code standards for snow loads, takes into consideration the different points of view of other neighboring mountains to create a harmonious integration of the building. The high formal, architectural and technological quality of the new building will become a point of interest for tourists, visitors and local inhabitants of this mountainous region during both summer and winter seasons alike.
The design of the exterior surfaces, landscape and hardscape, comes from the development of the geometry of the project which resulted in a series of sloped planes and curvilinear “organic” paths, defining areas intended mainly for movement and areas dedicated for rest. This superficial treatment of the ground foresees the use of natural materials such as local stone, wood and gravel. The design proposal of the landscape and vegetation is to create a small and diffused botanical garden, anticipating the placing of micro-areas of indigenous vegetative systems, characteristic of the local geographic environment and chromatically relevant to the complete project design. Planting will be specifically selected to guarantee a long term and properly scaled flourishing bloom throughout the course of the year, with a predefined chromatic variety of flowers and leaves. Given the geographic characteristic of the area and its evident exposure to the atmospheric agents, there will be a range of arboreal plants of medium and reduced development, herbaceous shrubs and various types of herbs.
The project proposal foresees the use of a structure completely made of wood, consisting of deep trusses and columns that rest on a concrete floor slab at the ground level. The upper volume consists of a pitched roof at variable heights with a double curvature on the north side and a rib structure denounced externally and connected with prefabricated elements entirely made of wood. The overall construction of this wooden volume occurs from an assembly of prefabricated elements on-site with the rib structure organizing the distribution of all secondary (both internal and external) structural elements.
This primary structure has spans of 850 mm between each rib, with a secondary structure organized as internal bays which define the openings towards the outside, dictating both the paneling of the roof, ceilings and pavements inside. There are three longitudinal spines spanning from east to west, embracing all the ribs together. Along these longitudinal spines, the ribs define the bays of the rooms from the corridors, as well as stiffening the primary structure. Also arranged along these spines, in a single volume entirely made of wood, are the room service areas, bathrooms and closets. The rib structure is distributed into evenly efficient spans, which in turn subdivide and distribute the bays, separating thus the adjacent rooms while acoustically isolating them. These ribs become lighter and open gradually towards the panoramic view of the valley, such to create a form of “telescope” towards the surrounding landscape. At the bracing of a single rib, the partitions of the bays of the rooms are used to strengthen the structure, avoiding the need for a truss system.
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Type: International Competition
+ All images and drawings courtesy OS+A
Posted: 31 May 2013 08:52 PM PDT
MenoMenoPiu Architects & BE.ST Architect‘s proposal for the Italian Pavilion at the Milan 2015 Expo is a light cage where the technical innovation is embedded within the structure: revolutionary glass columns sustain traditional slabs clad in marble. The building is simple and elegant in its structural system. Marble and glass are intertwined expressing the Italian architectural tradition of proportion and elegance.
Nature makes its way through the thin marble: tress are allowed to grow tall through holes in the slabs, recalling the central role of nature in a healthy feeding culture. These holes let the light from above reach the ground level where the covered plaza stands.
The latter is trimmed by a thin water layer which creates small “islands” and a mirror-like surface. Water and shadow cool down the temperature of the plaza so offering a shelter from the sunny space before the circular pond at the end of the Cardo.
The trees warm the coldness of materials and give life to the plaza. The environment which is then created beneath the Pavilion mass is an evocative place where the light is reflected and filtered by mirrors, water and glass, creating a seductive stage for people to meet.
A broad stair allows people to reach the second level where the main exhibition is located. This stair provides also a bleachers to rest and observe the crowd and the events going on in the covered plaza.
Above an open space occupies the whole floor area but for the holes from where the trees sprout coming from the ground level. Thanks to the glass columns the space is completely uninterrupted and visitors have the perception of being inside a huge transparent exhibition showcase.
The exhibition space continues at the second floor where visitors can enjoy the view over the Cardo while seating in the cafeteria.
At the second floor, from a different circulation system and through a dedicated foyer, people can access three meeting rooms (250, 150 and 50 seats) enveloped in translucent glass.
The third level is entirely occupied by the offices. Visitors have no access to this level and use different circulation systems to go past it to the rooftop restaurant. The floor is once again completely open, no partition and no fixed wall; the offices organization is free allowing total flexibility and customization.
The restaurant and the sky garden are spread all over the 4th floor. The slab is interrupted by the “usual” holes which work as deep “light wells” bringing light to the plaza 20 meters below. The restaurant can be closed from the outside by a transparent pliable glass curtain.
The sky garden is bordered on the west edge by orchards showing off the biological richness and diversity of the Italian vegetables based diet. While enjoying an Italian meal inside the restaurant or outside in the terrace visitors can have a visual reference of the cooked food they’re consuming.
A structural system composed by huge crossed beams stands at the restaurant level, thus collaborating with the glass columns to sustain the whole building. Above the beams the roof surface is covered with photovoltaic modules providing the Pavilion with the necessary daily energy.
The visual connections that are generated between every level and the different functions give birth to a permeable architecture inhabiting space without preordained boundaries. The presence of reflections, transparencies at different gradients and few regular opaque elements cause the building to have multiple levels of reading. At first simple and elegant it become clearly complex and multi-layered at a closer look.
This architecture is a symbol of a continuous exchange of ideas and intercultural relations, an interplay of spaces and volumes that reflect, prefigure, and narrate a new future.
Posted: 31 May 2013 08:46 PM PDT
Stefano belingardi Clusoni has recently designed the Mikado Tower. The static principle of the tower is based on the concept of Tensegrity, mechanical structure consisting of discrete and separate elements subjected to compressive forces and by continuous elements subjected to tensile stress. The structure is self-sustaining due to a state of tension self balanced present in the system.
The tower is composed of rigid parts connected by flexible elements in tension, the latter consisting of wires in the outer perimeter of the building: the rigid components, represented instead by stairwells, elevators, services and facilities may not touch or support each other. Structure to be stabilized and be braced, requires structural rings on the base, on the crown and at 1:5 and 4:5 height of the tower.
These structural rings become an entire floor for amenities that also allowed me to divide the functional program of the tower into 3 parts: public space, offices and residences. This static system takes the name of “hammer effect”. A structure, assembled according to these principles, is in a state of pre-compression which makes it intrinsically stable, so that it is able to react to external forces and re-stabilise itself by changing the degree of compression of some elements: the stability is guaranteed by means of a mechanism that architect Richard Buckminster Fuller described as “continuous tension and local compression.”
The idea of the tower comes from the desire to reverse the “classic” principle of tower, replacing the solid central structure composed of the staircase, lifts and with a “void” from heaven to earth. This void is transformed into a light well allowing natural ventilation inside the tower with chimney effect. The bearing inclined circulation elements that revolve around this void allow me to get close to the design concept of the Eiffel Tower.
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Project: Mikado Tower
Posted: 31 May 2013 06:23 PM PDT
Mexican architect Sobrado + Ugalde Arquitectos has completed the Revillagigedo location in Club de Golf chiluca, Mexico Edo. De Mexico. The house Revillagigedo was conceptualized with a classic 50′s inspired by the work of Mies van der Rohe located in a contemporary and modern context.
The architecture of this house is based on the simplicity of the structural elements, the geometric composition and the absence of decorative elements based on the proportions highlighting the lightness of the house as well as transparency and floated structure that making a living space with a program of bedrooms, a game room, a study and a public float overlooking the garden.
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+ All images courtesy Sobrado + Ugalde Arquitectos, photo by German Cuellar
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