In the middle of the European monetary crisis the new Headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au are getting ready for staff to move in.
Hello one and all. Welcome to Touring the World of Architecture, arcspace’s weekly round up of all things interesting! This time we comment on Koolhaas’s vision for the 2014 Venice Biennial, Sou Fujimoto’s provocative French pineapple design and MVRDV’s mirrored bowl. Be sure to check out the natural architecture on show in our Friday fun video. Have a great weekend from the arcspace team
French superstar architect Dominique Perrault is the man behind Vienna’s new landmark showcasing Perrault’s trademark use of big shapes and simple geometry. Named DC Tower 1 due to it’s location in Danube City and its status as one of a pair (the twin building remains on the drawing board) the building reaches a height of 250 meters and 60 floors making it the tallest skyscraper in Austria and a sign of Vienna's increasingly desperate ambition to re-shape Danube City.
Helsinki is known as a 'city of architecture'. As one of Europe’s youngest capitals, it was first shaped by Neoclassical architecture and later became the world’s largest concentration of Jugendstil buildings and National Romanticism. It was Alvar Aalto, who put Finland’s modern architecture on the world map. Helsinki features several of his masterpieces such as the academic bookstore and Finlandia Hall. Recently, the city experienced a renaissance of wooden architecture (see Kamppi Chapel) as well as major international art centers such as The Kiasma (1998) designed by Steven Holl and the Helsinki Music Centre.
Week 10 has been and gone and with it a flurry of architectural news. Here you can find some of the best stories this week including White Architecture’s big move, Barkow Leibinger’s Berlin complex win, the Utøya memorial and an insightful look at a project in South Africa. Have a great weekend from all here on the arcspace team.