A landmark of Scandinavian Modernism, the Studio Aalto was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1955 to house his architect's practice. The white rendered brick building is located in the suburbial neighbourhood Munkkiniemi in the outskirts of Helsinki, Finland within walking distance of Aalto's home, in which he previously had his studio.
The new saw-toothed Maritime Museum in the small Norwegian port town of Porsgrunn by Danish architects COBE and TRANSFORM manages to fit into its surroundings, by mirroring the shapes of the town's characteristic gabled roofs, while at the same time appearing contemporary with its abstract shape and aluminum facades.
The headlining stories this month include BIG's proposal for an unknown media client somewhere in the Persian Gulf and the design of Hadid's massive new Beijing passenger terminal. Also, another twisted design from MVRDV, Koolhaas gets an offer he probably won't refuse and Obama's possible future Presidential Library.
Peter Zumthor’s ‘Buildings and Projects 1985-2013' is the first comprehensive monograph on Zumthor's work for more than a decade and a half. Incidentally - albeit not surprisingly - it was well worth the wait. This gorgeous five-volume Leviathan of a book set convincingly connects the dots in the exceptional oeuvre of a master of craftsmanship and atmosphere.
Once again we've had a glance at some of the most noteworthy upcoming book releases. Firstly, in this month's edition, BIG's newest exhibition catalogue/monograph and a newly translated Sigurd Lewerentz monograph. Also, a look at the role of the urban left-over space in Tokyo, the architectural models of Zürich-based E2A beautifully documented and a look at how the work of Danish studio C. F. Møller relate to the notion of the welfare state.