Edificio della settimana – 4


Ribbon Chapel, Onomichi, Japan, by Hiroshi Nakamura

Scrive Wallpaper* [n.191, Feb 2015, p.78]:

Con due spirali che si sostengono reciprocamente e si uniscono in cima, il concetto architettonico di Nakamura allude all’unione di due singoli percorsi individuali. Un concetto che percorre l’intero progetto è la nozione tradizionale giapponese dell’akai ito, o ‘filo rosso’, che collega in maniera invisibile due anime gemelle. A differenza di un edificio tradizionale, i ‘nastri’ di questa cappella si contorcono fino a diventare il tetto e la gronda, i muri e i pavimenti.

Edificio della settimana – 3


Kieron Long spiega perché gli svedesi sanno come costruire cimiteri:

The right to build Skogskyrkogården (literally, “woodland cemetery”) in southern Stockholm was won in a council-run design competition. It was 1914, and the winners were Sigurd Lewerentz and Gunnar Asplund. Then both 30 years old, they would become two of the most influential architects of the 20th century; in their contrasting ways they define Swedish architecture to this day. Asplund’s red rotunda at the City Library, a building on the cusp of modernism but with its stylistic roots in an older architecture, is one of Stockholm’s defining monuments. Lewerentz went on to build several religious buildings of unmatched power, in particular the churches of St Mark’s in Björkhagen and St Peter’s in Klippan with their elemental brick walls and thick mortar joints—a stylistic quirk that has often been parodied.

Skogskyrkogården tackles head-on the question of how architecture can articulate the passing of time. Inevitably there’s a sense of an ending about it. But Asplund and Lewerentz tried to create an experience that emphasised not the finality of death, but the slow, circular rhythms of the natural world. Skogskyrkogården is a choreographed passage through a landscape, with episodic experiences of chapels, graves, colonnades and, above all, nature.

(foto via Flickr)

Edificio della settimana – 2


(Anche se non è propriamente un edificio)

Footbridge Ribja brv by Arhitektura d.o.o, Lubiana, Slovenia

Scrive Archdaily:

It is often believed that Plečnik was inspired by Venice and its bridges in his rearrangement of Keller’s concrete river bed of Ljubljanica. What exactly Plečnik had in mind, we do not know today but one thing is certain: due to Plečnik’s interventions the ambience and layout of Ljubljanica riverside has a Venetian flair. As in Venice, Plečnik envisaged and placed several new bridges over the river. Two of them, namely the Triple Bridge and the Shoemakers’ bridge, were realized as public areas, new public spaces, which were liberated from the river and given to the citizens.

(foto: Miran Kambič)

Edificio della settimana – 1


Lugar De La Memoria (Luogo della memoria) by Barclay & Crousse, Lima, Perù.

Scrive Wallpaper* [Ottobre 2014, p. 85]:

In 2010, the Commission for Truth, led by Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, launched a national architecture competition for «a place for the reconciliation of Peruvians», a memorial to the bloody conflict that tore apart the country from 1980 to 2000. First place was awarded to celebrated Lima-based practice Barclay & Crousse, headed up by Sandra Barclay and Jean-Pierre Crousse. Their proposal was brought to life over the following four years and opened this summer. Overlooking the bay of Lima and echoing pre-Colombian architecture with its open air terraces, the Lugar de la Memoria (Place of Memory) houses a theatre, auditorium, research study centre and exhibition spaces.