Modern movement

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Project • By Jouin Manku Design StudioOffices


80 Years of History Built in 1927 by the architect landmark of the golden age of industry, had long been used to adolphe Bocage, this building, a produce telephone control units. located on the banks of the seine, the site, with nearly 7 acres and a 6-storey building, used to hold the lMT society (le Matériel Téléphonique). The building soon became a symbol of industrial innovation. The site had been designed in keeping with the great principles of the Modern Movement in architectureusing simple geometrical shapes, and reinforced concrete. In 1976, Thomson-CsF took control over lMT, who, at the time, employed 10 000 people. In 1988, seventy years after its construction, Thomson Multimedia transformed the factory into offices and set up i... More

Project • By Dominique Perrault ArchitectureOffices


NEW MECHANICS HALL FOR THE EPFL The ME building, dedicated to the mechanical engineering department, was built by the Zweifel + Stricker + Associates team in the early 70s, during the first phase of development of the campus. Its spatial organization bears testament to the tenets of the original master plan: the separation of cars and pedestrians into two different flows, as per Modern Movement in architecture principles, means that access to the building happens on multiple levels. The building has a three-dimensional grid (23’-7” length by 12’-9” height) which divides its space in a controlled way, regardless of type or purpose. The original master plan was revised several times over the ensuing decades, to question some of the initial p... More

Project • By COR / Cremascoli Okumura Rodrigues arquitectos Pavilions

Portuguese Pavilion

15th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2016 As a response to the 15th International Architecture Exhibition’s challenging theme, Portugal presents a “site-specific” pavilion, occupying an urban front in physical and social regeneration on the island of Giudecca: Campo di Marte. In actual fact, the installation of the pavilion on-site triggered the completion of Campo di Marte’s urban project designed by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza thirty years ago. The pavilion exhibits four notable works by Siza, in the field of Social Housing - Campo di Marte (Venice); Schilderswijk (The Hague); Schlesisches Tor (Berlin); and Bairro da Bouça (Porto) - exposing his participatory experience as a peculiar understandi... More

Project • By Archello ClassicsPrivate Houses

Eames House

Unusual for such an avant-garde design, the Eames Case Study No. 8 house was a thoroughly lived-in, usable, and well-loved home. Many icons of the modern movement are depicted as stark, barren spaces devoid of human use, but photographs and motion pictures of the Eames house reveal a richly decorated, almost cluttered space full of thousands of books, art objects, artifacts, and charming knick-knacks as well as dozens of projects in various states of completion. The Eames' gracious live-work lifestyle continues to be an influential model. The design of the house was proposed by Charles and Ray as part of the famous Case Study House program for John Entenza's Arts & Architecture magazine. The idea of a Case Study house was to hypothesize... More

Project • By RCDESIGNRestaurants

Besame Mucho

NO NACHOS, NO BURRITOS BESAME MUCHO AUTHENTIC MEXICAN GASTRONOMY Besame Mucho is a restaurant that seeks to position the real Mexican cuisine, named by UNESCO as intangible heritage of humanity in 2010, in the European market. The restaurant is located in Milan, capital of fashion, Italian creativity and economic engine of the country, located in the "Porta Nuova" area, few minutes from the historic Brera district, this new area of the city becomes a natural extension of the revitalized city center, and one of the major developments that establish the new business district of Milan. The “Liquen” Agency, developed the brand concept Besame Mucho, was inspired by the Mexico of the 50's, when Acapulco was considered the favorite Hollywood´s... More
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Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Bauhaus Museum Dessau



(Re-)discovering Bauhaus in the central city park of Dessau The Bauhaus movement has been under pressure of political conflicts, ideological confrontation and cosmopolitan designs, since its establishment in 1919. Due to this tragic and turbulent history, the Bauhaus has fallen into oblivion for a too long period of time. The last decades, architecture has been almost exaggerated, driven by large ambitions, surpassing the functionality of architecture. Due to the change of economics in 2008 a shift to more realistic and functional architecture, like the Bauhaus can be sensed. This creates an unique opportunity to have this almost 100 years young and modern movement of art and architecture be (re-)discovered by a broad audience. Emphasi... More

Project • By François Primault architectePrivate Houses

Maison La Estelle

It is rare to meet a client that gives you a free hand (in the respect of a given budget) to draw everything, even interior design. And that is really appreciable when you consider, as I do, that the architect must be to build, and she of the size of the project, the tailor is sewing: a custom maker, guaranteeing overall control: the initial design, the general idea until the realization of details. If I work on my own behalf, I have nevertheless taken a domain name that reflects this desire. Das-MA stands for Design Architecture Studio "Ma". "Ma" is a Japanese word to multiple meanings. Architectural culture of Japan has greatly enriched the modern movement of the 20's in his free plans, relations between interior / exterior, and... More

Project • By Arturo FrancoWarehouses

8 B Nave

In a small warehouse of the old slaughterhouse of Madrid, warehouse 8B, the tiles in bad condition have been removed from the roof, been stacked and been put inside to solve a problem. This could be the summary of the intervention. The priority of the intervention was to replace a roof of flat shingle tiles over boards and successively patched thin, hollow bricks, to carry out a structural reinforcement of the whole set, and to fit out the indoors, thermally and acoustically, so as to provide service to the new uses. This process had been followed before in some other warehouses of the slaughterhouse and, as a result, mountains of tile, timber, cladding and granite slab rubble piled up waiting to be taken to the dump. I prefer to thi... More


"BACK TO THE FUTURE living with the nature" architectural exhibition at INTERNO 14, the A.I.A.C.'s space in Rome

Does contemporary architecture still go on the same evolution line of the modern movement or have taken certain characters that diverge from the masters lesson? The ideological position from which come these works could be summed up in an attempt to provide an answer. These projects take their clear architectural references in the works of Mies and above all, in the Wright’s works, interpreting them in a contemporary manner to try a fusion with the contemporary objectual language . From this perspective, the projects are the result of a research toward the drawing of an architecture with a great expressive freedom and, at the same time, perfectly consistent with the values of modernity. The language used is inspired from different... More

Project • By DTACCOffices


INTRODUCTION The IN/OUT project involves an office « campus », of more than 387 500 square feet. It is located on a former industrial site in Boulogne, at the West of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine River. This factory, which used to manufacture telephone tools in the 1930s, underwent a complete rehabilitation, such as many industrial sites in Boulogne. Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL), owner of the building since 1999, has asked DTACC and Jouin Manku to develop an ambitious and creative project. Both agencies offer complementary and creative solutions to reorganize the space dedicated to office work. This unique project includes the major transformation of a seven-storey building into offices, as well as the creation of a brand ne... More

Project • By EMFCultural Centres

Tudela-Culip (Club Med) restoration project in ‘Cap de Creus’ Cape

Project Statement This project is a showcase for landscape driven nature restoration projects. It turns a demolition order, a purely and strictly habitat reclamation, into a creative landscape restoration development. Through necessarily inexpensive actions, the design skilfully construes and orchestrates the deconstruction as a combination of destruction and construction to celebrate the site’s peculiarities, both natural and cultural. It proposes ways to choreograph on-site visitors into a narrative that stimulates the culture in nature in an innovative approach to finally question whether erasing and voiding is just as valid as filling in and adding. Project Narrative Precedents In 196, Club Med was constructed on the easter... More

Project • By Langarita-Navarro ArquitectosPrivate Houses

Double house

Moving their home to the outer limits of a small town in the province of Zaragoza is the wish of a newly married couple about to retire. Embodied in their decision lies the conviction that it is possible to both undergo a radical change and still enjoy the comforts of their previous life. To explore this dual situation a project has been designed which attempts to evade its usual position as a solution at the end of a process and to take positions as starting point or state previous to the development. It is generally accepted that the difference between the rural and the urban worlds has to do with the proximity to certain centres and to the specific ways of life derived from them. Descriptions linked to constructions (in their broadest... More

Project • By Amit Khanna Design AssociatesResidential Landscape

De Stijl House

The owners wanted to incorporate their large art collection in their new home along with the requirement of additional living arrangements for a family of two generations. Situated directly opposite an earlier project designed by AKDA (Transformation, 2010), they chose to frame the views to the same mango tree that shades the earlier house. The project was designed with three distinct zones- a ground floor apartment, a basement gallery space for the daughter’s art collection and a duplex apartment on the upper floors for the owners. There is a large courtyard that can be looked into from the formal living areas and a smaller one brings light to an internal stair for the upper apartment. A stepped arrangement of verandahs on the north cor... More

Project • By Ricardo Bofill Taller de ArquitecturaVillages

Les Arcades du Lac

This, the first major project by the Taller de Arquitectura to be built in France, forms part of the villes nouvelles policy which the French government adopted for the outskirts of Paris: whole towns created from scratch in order to ease the congestion in the city centre and promote orderly growth while avoiding as far as possible the creation of mere suburbs. As well as being the first of Bofill’s constructions in France, this scheme constitutes a significant landmark in the history of the Taller de Arquitectura. In the texts of the time which served to introduce the project, the point of departure was established as being the relationship between technology and architectural history, thus defining and seeking to combine avant la lettre t... More

Project • By SOA ArchitectesTownscapes

Cactus Farm

The Cactus Farm is an intensive agricultural production structure composed of separate modules fixed to a central mast. It is a multi-purpose project enabling the cohabitation of several farms or a variety of different crops within a single unit. A lightweight building with a modular structure, it has a site coverage of less than 100 m2 deployed on around fifty levels. Its three-bladed “propeller” form optimises sunshine exposure. Its different modules enable several closed environments and therefore a variety of possible climatic conditions for soilless substrate cultivation. Cactus Farm is a prospective research study on urban farming. LIMITS From an architectural point of view, the Cactus Farm is midway between an element of... More