The characteristic oval shape and the almost scale-like facade - made of the twisting ribbons that form the balconies - makes the new InterContinental Hotel in Davos, Switzerland, designed by Munich-based architecture office Oikos Architekten, a striking landmark. Like a giant, shimmering pinecone amidst snow-clad pine trees of the Swiss Alps.
Once again, we've taken a look at the most noteworthy new book releases, ranging from beautiful monographs on Aalto and Ray and Charles Eames to an insightful issue of CLOG dedicated to Rem Koolhaas and a thoroughly researched and engagingly written new take on the building of the ultimate architectural icon of Ancient Greece.
_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.