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.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Washington, DC, USA
Washington, D.C., is one of the most architecturally uniform and meticulously planned cities in the United States. Awash in rows of imposing colonial buildings, each housing various arms of the nation’s federal government, the city posed a unique challenge to the designers of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the latest addition to the country’s arsenal of national museums. Previously housed in a small gallery inside the American History Museum, the NMAAHC is the newest standalone museum at the Smithsonian Institution.
November is characterized by a broad spectrum regarding events within the field of architecture. First and foremost, a well-reputed international exhibition closes whilst a leading architectural studio presents a long row of projects responding to the extreme environments around the world. Furthermore, a group of prospective European architects are reflecting on the theme of Hospitality during an annual gathering in Denmark. In New York, on the other hand, The Met is hosting a multi-disciplinary debate on contemporary architectural designs that features a dozen of professionals within the creative industry counting architects, filmmakers and photographers amongst others.
Philip Gunkel is an international professional fine art photographer who specializes in architectural, commercial and landscape photography. He was born in 1986 in Berlin where he is still living and working today. His main passion it to shoot abstract architecture that reveals the main thoughts of the architects. Pygmalion Karatzas recently caught up with Gunkel to find out more about his process.
The Jetvana Buddhist Centre by sP+a architects revives local building techniques and incorporates them into contemporary building practice, creating spaces that are embedded in local knowledge and craftsmanship.