Impeccable consideration for the details of construction make the buildings designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor appear as shrines celebrating a heightened sense of bodily and mental awareness. His houses stand out against their surrounding contexts, whether urban environments or natural landscapes, as statements of formal clarity.
This month, BIG and Heatherwick’s design for the Google HQ in California, Morphosis’ much-debated 321 meter soaring high hotel gets the go-ahead in Vals, Switzerland and Renzo Piano’s luxury waterfront development in Sydney. Also, Heatherwick’s Learning Center in Singapore is complete and Chipperfield’s extension for Kunsthal Zurich is in the making.
With close to 400 employees, offices at five different locations and 40 projects on four continents, Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron is one of the largest and currently, perhaps the most successful Swiss architectural practice. Recently, however, some of their high-profile projects have caused a bit of a stir. The new Messe Basel trade fair hall and the Roche Tower have been criticized for dominating the skyline in Basel as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg continues to blow the budget. We spoke with Jacques Herzog in Basel about his curent trials and tribulations, as well as his influences and goals.
Today marks the first day of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival, or CAFx2015, which was held for the first time last year. Spanning four eventful days the program this year impresses in both its scope and its ambition.
Yiorgis Yerolymbos studied both photography and architecture, with his MA focused in Image and Communication and his Ph.D. in Art and Design. He has presented five solo exhibitions (‘Default Landscapes’, ‘Road Trip USA’, ‘Interim’, ‘Terza Natura’, ‘No Man’s Land’) and participated in numerous group shows in Greece and abroad.