October has been the month of awards with both RIBA’s Stirling Prize and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize being announced. Chinese Firm, MAD Architects have released visualizations of their new Beijing Philharmonic Concert Hall while ground has broken on the world’s tallest tower in Dubai. We’ve also included a prototype of what might revolutionise the building industry and change our idea of stairs forever.
Parking House Lüders at Nordhavn in Copenhagen could be one of the answers to the inevitable question on how to rethink the future of the dense city in relation to urban spaces. This multifunctional building designed by the Copenhagen based architectural studio, jaja architects, challenges the conventional monofunctional parking house. With its characteristic recreational urban space on the roof it strives to be an exciting asset to the new neighborhood.
Barozzi/Viega’s Bündner Kunstmuseum forms an elegant extension to the Grisons Museum of Fine Arts in Switzerland. Crisp in design and compact in size, the building is a stark and simple reinterpretation of its heritage neighbor.
Faced with shrinking congregations and forced to adapt their buildings, the church as an institution is far from being too permissive about the new function of their old buildings. How can we preserve and adapt them to our current needs and values without disrespecting the church as an institution, the church as a building (with its architectural values) and the church as a gathering place for the community?