The Gardiner Museum is one of the world’s pre-eminent institutions devoted to ceramic art, and the only museum of its kind in Canada. It is also one of the major projects in Toronto’s cultural renaissance. The Gardiner renewal, together with the Royal Ontario Museum across the street and the Royal Conservatory of Music around the corner on Bloor Street West, will form a new cultural precinct for the city.
Framed between the neoclassical Lillian Massey building to the north and the Queen Anne-style Margaret Addison Hall to the south, the renewal creates a bolder, more welcoming urban presence for the Gardiner. Inside, the interior is completely transformed to prioritize the display of the museum’s collections and to create a memorable, inviting visitor experience.
This is a library for an art university located in the suburbs of Tokyo. Passing through the main entrance gate, the site lies behind a front garden with small and large trees, and stretches up a gentle slope.
“The characteristic arches are made out of steel plates covered with concrete. In plan these arches are arranged along curved lines which cross at several points. With these intersections, we were able to keep the arches extremely slender at the bottom and still support the heavy live loads of the floor above.”
- Toyo Ito
Made of untreated concrete and glass, this house is defined by the screen of cut-out wood elements hung like a curtain on the outside of the glass.
This building in Mexico has 3 apartments looking onto the street as well as a two story house in the back that looks into an interior patio. The space is defined by the windows and the interaction of the span of concrete slab.
What was once a cold war atomic bomb shelter, Albert France-Lanord Architects have transformed the 1200 square meter space into a secure data centre. Located 30 meters down beneath the granite rocks of the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm, the Architects were inspired by the 1970s cult movie ‘Silent Running’.
A new house located in a region that was once agricultural, this house has cleverly used concrete as a means of reducing the heat of the day.
Javier Artadi Arquitecto has designed a house on the beach, 95km from Lima, Peru
Built for the installation of the XVI Architecture Biennale at the Contemporary Art Museum at the Forestal Park in Santiago.
The Biennale´s exhibitions didn’t fit inside the Museum, which the architects already knew when choosing the venue. The lack of space at the interior of the museum gave the opportunity, to take a good portion of the exhibition to the outside. It had plenty of virtues for the event: a central location with good accessibility. The idea of this project is working with reusable or already reused elements, from the pavilion structure and it’s skin, to the interior elements of the exhibition inside of the museum. Once the Biennale is over, 100% of the elements used on the pavilion will be reused.
The clients wished to build in their garden facing the lake, and they were after something typically “razionalismo comasco”, architecture of the thirties driven by architect Giuseppe Terragni. The house, set on a steep slope above the street, can be clearly seen from across the lake. The building stands by the side of the client’s old house designed by engineer Luciano Trolli in 1955, and it takes advantage of a little tract of flat land, as does the original residence. The house is linked to the street by a long flight of steps which wind along the slope and down to the house, which is organised over two floors.
Set at the foot of a steep escarpment in the Wicklow hills, this house, with it’s elevated living accommodation, allows the fluidity of the surrounding landscape remain uninterupted, whilst also giving the occupant a raised vantage point from which to engage with nature.
Private Residence, County Wicklow, Ireland by ODOS Architects