“Here we will build a monument dedicated to nature and we will make it our lives’ purpose”.
Le Corbusier’s ‘chapel of our lady of the height‘ is a pilgrimage chapel, though on most days more frequented by architectural pilgrims than the intended variety. Perched on a commanding hill above the village of Ronchamp, it is the latest of a long history of chapels on the site. Its predecessor was destroyed in fighting in the Second World War, though much of its stone is used in the walls of Le Corbusier’s building.
The thick, curved walls – especially the buttress-shaped south wall – and the vast shell of the concrete roof give the building a massive, sculptural form. Small, brightly painted and apparently irregular windows punched in these thick walls give a dim but exciting light within the cool building, enhanced by further indirect light coming down the three light towers.
Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France, by Le Corbusier
Located in the city-center of Maastricht, this renovated 15th century monastery of the Crutched Friars offers you a breathtaking synthesis of a veritable Gothic exterior with a sleek, dressed-down modern interior. Many innovative solutions for structural challenges (e.g. a glass elevator connecting the church to the monastery area) only confirm the notion that the sobriety of modern style forms a perfect match for a late-medieval architectural expression of religious virtue.
Kruisherenhotel, Maastricht, The Netherlands, Chateau Hotels
We’ve written before about Olafur Eliasson, the New York Times writes about a new project called “The New York City Waterfalls” a public art project of four man-made waterfalls rising from New York Harbor, some as high as the Statue of Liberty. Organized by the nonprofit Public Art Fund and the City of New York.
The New York City Waterfalls, by Olafur Eliasson
VIP Centre Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands, by Concrete
“Industrial Facility is the London-based design office of Sam Hecht, Kim Colin and Ippei Matsumoto. A studio primarily designing mass produced goods, Industrial Facility take pleasure in the anonymity of everyday items, applying intellectual rigour, high design values and vision to products such as coffee makers, stationary and kitchen utensils.”
As a caterer for upmarket parties, Maison Van Den Boer, is one of the best known in Holland. The Amaison shop is conceived like grandma’s kitchen, sample the flavours as you watch food being prepared. We like the way in which a single geometric element is repeated throughout the Shop.
Amaison, Amsterdam, Netherlands, by Concrete
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
An interesting blend of the traditional and current objects like Tom Dixon lamps and Bisazza mosaics.
Pearls & Caviar, Abu Dhabi, UAE, by Concrete
More a Marvel of Engineering, Torre de Collserola functions as a highly adaptable communications tower and an innovation for an entirely new structural concept: a hybrid concrete and steel-braced tube. This required a base diameter of only 4.5 metres, dramatically minimizing its impact on the mountainside.
Torre de Collserola, Barcelona, Spain by Foster and Partners