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Insight
5 days ago

Upon the opening of the new Bastian Gallery in Berlin’s Dahlem district on November 13, Ulf Meyer spoke with its architect, John Pawson — the king of British minimalism and a prolific Instagrammer — who revealed some insights behind his architectural designs in and beyond the German capital. Ulf Meyer


Insight
2 weeks ago

Luxembourg’s second city, Esch-sur-Alzette (or Esch, for short, population 36,000), is preparing for its role as the European Capital of Culture next year. Ulf Meyer visited Esch to take in different parts of the city and highlight some of the additions being made in the run up to next year’s... Ulf Meyer


Insight
1 month ago

The International Conference on Architectural Criticism took place online over four days in October, with dozens of academics addressing the theme “On the Duty and Power of Architectural Criticism.” Ulf Meyer watched the proceedings and sent us his impressions. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
1 month ago

The Torch Tower will dominate Tokyo's skyline when it's completed in 2028. The 63-story tower is the main element in Tokyo Torch, a mixed-use development in the city's historic Tokiwabashi district. Ulf Meyer


Insight
1 month ago

Stockholm’s ArkDes portrays the famous Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz (1885–1975) as the “Architect of death and life” in a major monographic exhibition that opened on October 1, 2021, and is on display until August 28, 2022. Ulf Meyer toured Sigurd Lewerentz: Architect of Death and... Ulf Meyer


Headlines
1 month ago

Tenjin Business Center is a new 640,000-square-foot office complex just completed in Fukuoka, Japan. Designed by Shohei Shigematsu, the building is billed as OMA's first ground-up office building in Japan. Ulf Meyer


Insight
1 month ago

Expo 2020 opened to the public in Dubai on October 1, 2021, one year behind schedule. Carrying the theme “Connecting Minds and Creating the Future,” Expo 2020 is the first world’s fair to take place in the Middle East. Ulf Meyer visited the Expo ahead of opening day and sent us his impressions... Ulf Meyer


Insight
2 months ago

The M9 Museum of the 20th Century in Venice-Mestre is hosting draw love build, a large exhibition on thirty years of the work of Sauerbruch Hutton, the architectural practice that can boast of M9 as one of its flagship designs. Ulf Meyer visited the exhibition after its September 3rd... Ulf Meyer


Headlines
2 months ago

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, opens to the public on September 30. The project is the renovation of an old department store and the addition of a spherical building. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
2 months ago

Charles Jenck‘s Cosmic House in London, a manifesto of postmodern architecture, opens to the public on Friday, September 24, two years after the famed architectural historian and landscape designer died. Ulf Meyer


Found
2 months ago

Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi will expand the Cisternerne in Copenhagen, adding a fourth underground chamber for art. The Fourth Chamber displays the architect's interest in traditional Japanese ways of building and his ability to merge art, architecture, and nature. Ulf Meyer


Insight
2 months ago

The 15th International Alvar Aalto Symposium took place online on August 12th and 13th with the theme "Future of Industry" approached from perspectives of art, industry, and technology. Ulf Meyer attended the two days of talks to see how the participants responded to the theme, filing this... Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 25-08-2021

TCHOBAN VOSS Architects recently completed Ferrum 1, a seven-story office building in Saint Petersburg, Russia, that is highlighted by a sculptural Corten steel facade. Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 16-08-2021

The new pedestrian promenade in Bastia, France, is a masterpiece of urban design and engineering. Designed by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes, the corniche follows the rocky coastline of the Mediterranean Sea below the Corsican city. Ulf Meyer recently visited the path that has become a... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 21-07-2021

Harvard University’s new Science and Engineering Complex in Boston, designed by Behnisch Architekten, has a LEED Platinum certified from the USGBC and a Living Building Challenge Petal certification from the International Living Future Institute, making it one of the healthiest laboratory... Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 28-06-2021

For a small town like Arles, not far away from the Cote d’Azur, Frank O. Gehry’s tower is a landmark because of its height and twisted shape; yet even without its shininess, the building at the heart of the new art campus in France would stand out. The 11,000 stainless steel panels that cover... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 21-06-2021

Contested Modernities consists of symposia, an exhibition, and a publication focused on postcolonial architecture in Southeast Asia as part of the long-term program Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism. Ulf Meyer watched Contested Modernities’ second symposium, “The... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 16-06-2021

In April the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design in Atlanta earned Living Building Challenge certification, making it one of just 28 buildings that can boast of meeting the world's most stringent green building standard. The building by Miller Hull Partnership and Lord Aeck... Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 25-05-2021

Although an exact date is not known yet, reports indicate the long-delayed opening of ANOHA — The Children's World of the Jewish Museum Berlin is scheduled to take place in the second half of June. Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 17-05-2021

The Urban Environment House is a new nearly net-zero building in Helsinki's former docklands designed by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki architects for the city's Urban Environment Division. Its completion during the pandemic means the building is yet to be occupied by city workers, but hopefully... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 07-05-2021

In their new book, Old Is New: Architectural Works by New Material Research Laboratory, artist Hiroshi Sugimoto and architect Tomoyuki Sakakida reveal the inner workings of the practice they formed in 2008. Although the name New Material Research Laboratory expresses innovation, the duo... Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 22-04-2021

New details have been released for the Sydney Modern Project, SANAA’s expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales that will be the Japanese architecture firm’s first building in the Southern Hemisphere when it is inaugurated next year. Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 08-03-2021

Aldo Rossi: The Architect and the Cities is a major retrospective opening on March 10 at MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome. The exhibition explores the architecture and theories of Italy’s “unusual architect.” Ulf Meyer


Found
on 08-03-2021

Architect Junya Ishigami's design for Restaurant Noel in Yamaguchi, at the western end of Japan’s main island of Honshu, is a series of cave-like spaces seemingly carved into the earth. Construction photos of the project hint at the special qualities that will be on display when the restaurant... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 09-02-2021

In Japan: Nation Building Nature, Joachim Nijs searches for an “alternative interpretation of Japanese architectural history” through a matrix of four ecological phenomena. Ulf Meyer — a fellow European as enthralled with Japan as Nijs is — read the recently published book and sent us... Ulf Meyer


Products
on 03-02-2021

Blending into the trees of Tokyo’s only major public park, Kengo Kuma and Associates' new museum for the Meiji Jingu is a testimony to Japan’s current architectural soul searching. Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 14-01-2021

OMA – Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Ingenhoven Architects are building a vertical city in Tokyo for Mori Building Co., Ltd. All that's missing are the Olympic Games. Ulf Meyer


Products
on 08-01-2021

A new pavilion, made of laminated veneer lumber (LVL), acts as an architectural ambassador of Finland in Japan. The new Metsä Pavilion, designed by Helin & Co Architects from Helsinki, stands on the grounds of the Finnish Embassy in Tokyo's Roppongi district. Ulf Meyer


Found
on 10-12-2020

OMA’s long-anticipated Taipei Performing Arts Centre, nearing completion in the capital of Taiwan, aims to be a theatre for everybody and everything. Ulf Meyer explores how the novel-looking building follows from an idea born a century ago. Ulf Meyer


Found
on 06-11-2020

The Japanese Center in Berlin (JDZB) is hosting a presentation on Japan’s planned contribution to the 17th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia that is scheduled to open in May 2021. The livestream lecture and discussion are scheduled for November 19, when curator Kozo... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 27-10-2020

Two of the Netherland’s most prominent architecture firms are reshaping Rotterdam’s Museumpark: MVRDV is giving the city an art depot that looks like a bowl; and Mecanoo is renovating the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, whose art will be stored in the depot. Ulf Meyer visited Rotterdam to take... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 15-10-2020

A new exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark, explores Anupama Kundoo’s "handmade houses" and other projects that "just take time." Ulf Meyer visited Anupama Kundoo – Taking Time, the fourth installation in the museum’s “The Architect’s Studio” series,... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 11-06-2020

The new Deichman Library opens to the public in Oslo’s Bjørvika district on June 18. The building, known as Deichman Bjørvika and designed by Lund Hagem Arkitekter and Atelier Oslo, reveals its true qualities on the inside. Ulf Meyer visited the building ahead of its opening. Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 30-04-2020

Two of Paris's most iconic buildings have been transformed by two of Japan's most famous architects: Tadao Ando has redesigned the Bourse de Commerce and SANAA has reworked the La Samaritaine department store. The projects, both commissioned by French billionaires, were nearing completion but... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 24-03-2020

One year ago Vista Tower topped off at 363 meters (1,191 feet), making it the third tallest building in Chicago. Vista towers over the nearby Aqua Tower, which ten years ago brought fame to Studio Gang and its founder, Jeanne Gang. Ulf Meyer looks at Vista in the context of Gang's earlier work... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 06-03-2020

When the Munch Museum in Oslo opens to the public in the fall of 2020, it will be one of the world's largest museums dedicated to a single artist. Ulf Meyer got an early peek at the building designed by Estudio Herreros. Ulf Meyer


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