_Marina_Morón is the name of the creative collaboration between Jesús Marina Barba, professor at Granada University, and Elena Morón Serna, architect and researcher. Their work explores tangible connections between the image and architectonic space with an emphasis on the experiencial qualities of colour and the Japanese concept of 'Ma'.
Every religion has its own traditions, symbols and signifiers, resulting in strict sets of rules when it comes to the design and construction of their places of worship. So, designing a church, a mosque or a synagoge will inevitably be a dialogue between staying true to the religion's historical and architectural traditions while at the same time attempting to incorporate modern elements.
Praised as one of the best completed works by 2009 Pritzker Laureate Peter Zumthor, the Vals Thermal Baths might be one of the most iconic buildings in Swiss contemporary architecture. Already in 1998, just two years after its opening, it became a national monument. The building definitely rewards its visitors with the rare pleasure of experiencing a genuine example of timeless architecture.
This month, we've handpicked a selection of the most exiting exhibitions for you to visit this month. See 'Women in Architecture' at the ArCH in Houston, Texas, an Alvar Aalto retrospective at Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and the future of grain storage at Bauhaus Dessau. Go see them while they're hot!
In just a few years, Chinese architect Ma Yansong (MAD) has earned himself a huge amount of world-wide attention and acclaim for his radically experimental designs. In all his projects, Ma seeks to combine cutting-edge technology with ancient Eastern precepts, and in so doing he hopes to forge a balance between the cosmos, humanity and nature.