Structured and translucent, like a Japanese paper lantern. Shibaura House by Kazuyo Sejima & Associates brightens up the Shibaura district in Minato-ku, Tokyo’s pulsating business area near the Tokyo Bay. Public and private programs interweave in this cunning, white-clad amalgamation of boxy geometric volumes and playful curves.
Once again, we have kept an ear to the ground for what has happened in the architectural world this week. First off, a few of many exciting proposals for creating a hurricane resilient New York. Then, another spectacular skyscraper from BIG gets approval, Banksy lashes out at OWTC, architects playing with LEGOs and finally, a short but informative video about the history of the highrise.
Download images of Finnish Modernist Alvar Aalto's outstretched, marble-clad Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland. Completed in 1971, it was the first step of a grand masterplan aiming to place the city's main cultural buildings all along the Töölönlahti Bay.
In the world of unorthodox artist-architects, few have made such an impact as New York City-based design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Experimental, yet accessible and packed with social commentary, their wide-ranging, inter-disciplinary work seek to blur the lines between architecture and the visual and the performing arts.
Assembling diverse elements in configurations of greater or simpler complexity is the task of every architect. Arcspace went to Japan to experience the truly superior performance of this art at its most sophisticated level.