Madrid’s latest art museum, the CaixaForum, has opened in the heart of the city’s cultural district near the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, the museum is housed in a converted 1899 power station. The building — one of the city’s few remaining examples of historically significant industrial architecture — was acquired by the foundation in 2001.
CaixaForum, by Herzog & de Meuron
Construction has begun in New York City on Jean Nouvel’s latest glass and steel landmark, a direct material and conceptual descendant of his Paris tour de force, the Arab World Institute. 100 11th will be a 23-story tower described by its architect as “a vision machine” at the intersection of 19th Street and the West Side Highway, along the Hudson River in Manhattan.
100 11th Building, New York, USA, by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.
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Fumihiko Maki. (Japanese, born 1928). Golgi Structures, project. 1967. Plexiglass and acrylic.
Permanent Collection MoMA
New hotels in Japan are meeting the demanding expectations of the modern traveller by taking a cue from the country’s traditional ‘ryokan’ or traditional inn. Architects and designers have to incorporate modern comforts into the existing structures of Japanese-style accommodation. Ginzan Onsen Fujiya Hotel is perhaps one of the finest examples of combining old and new Japan.
Ginzan Onsen Fujiya, Yamagata, Japan, by Kengo Kuma & Associates
“Art, architecture and environmental awareness have been forged together in Marmol-Radziner’s custom prototype for their industrially fabricated residential architecture. Recycled steel framing, highly energy-efficient glass, and solar-assisted power add an all-important, eco-friendly element to this milestone achievement. From the two-parcel, nearly 7.5 acre site on which the main house, guest house, studio and nearly 2,400 square feet of outdoor decks reside, broad panoramic vistas across the pool capture the all encompassing desert floor sweeping out to towering Mount San Jacinto and San Gorgonio.”
The Desert House (2005) Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA, $1,350,000, by Marmol-Radziner & Associates, at Architecture for Sale
Pontifical Lateran University Library Extension, Rome, Italy, by King Roselli
At last year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, in Milan, Artek debuted a Shigeru Ban–designed pavilion constructed of UPM Pro-Fi, a wood-plastic composite made, in part, from recycled sticky labels. Sotheby’s announced that the pavilion, which has since been exhibited in Helsinki and Miami, will be auctioned off in June at an expected selling price of $800,000 to $1.2 million.
In July 2007, EPAD launched an international call for projects for the construction of the Tour Signal, which forms an integral part of the plan for Tour Signal, La Défense, Paris, France. Due for completion in 2015, the Tour Signal will symbolise the renewal of La Défense. The winner is Ateliers Jean Nouvel. The team has chosen to locate its project at the Porte Ouest to open up the La Défense neighbourhood to Puteaux.
The project comprises 71 storeys, forming a mixed-use building which brings together apartments, hotels, offices and retail premises in the lower section. It is made up of four blocks piled one on top of the other with atriums forming huge windows, each facing in alternate directions. These perspectives reveal floor levels which form balconies within each of the atriums.
Tour Signal, La Défense Paris, France, by Jean Nouvel, for EPAD