This month, we'll take you on a journey through the striking architecture of the Arab Emirates - and there are news for those dazzled about Scandinavian design! Furthermore, one of the most distinguished personalities within architectural theory presents a personal essay collection reflecting on his architectural voyage. And speaking of theory, the work of Robert Venturi and his theoretical approach is re-evaluated as is the case with Surrealism and its influence on architecture.
Centred around an architectural philosophy that emphasizes the importance of the local and social, COBE is characterized as one of the offices representing The New Wave of Danish architecture. With projects ranging from building design, urban spaces and master planning, COBE has, in only a very few years, succeeded in winning various awards and acknowledgements domestically as well as abroad.
MahaNakhon is the newest high-rise landmark in Bangkok’s Central Business District, designed by German architect Ole Scheeren. Its pixelated form reaches 314-metres into the city skyline before gently dissolving back into the densely packed urban landscape below.
Fiction and reality seamlessly overlap in the work of speculative architect and technology storyteller Liam Young, as he uses hints of the future, hidden all over the present world, to imagine the possible futures of the urban environment. Megacities and vast landscapes that he designs are not meant to be built: they are projected on screens, become sites for various narratives to unfold and act as transmitters of his visionary ideas to a diverse audience.
Balmoral House, by Clinton Murray and Polly Harbison, sits in a beachside inlet just north of Sydney. A striking assemblage of crisp concrete boxes, the house acts as both an urban sculpture and a home for its residents.