January has been a big month in the architecture world - the next Biennale curators were announced, the Mies van der Rohe nominees unveiled, and Havard have started offering architecture courses for free! All that and more in this month’s news round up.
The crown jewel of the Faena Arts complex, The Forum, anchors two city blocks of OMA-designed Faena buildings. Clad in a stark white facade punctuated by a jagged mosaic of 350 angular windows, the building’s two volumes create a unique set of interior and exterior spaces that host a wide range of functions.
Diamond Island is an artificial islet on the Saigon River, lying on the fringe of a new emerging centre in Ho Chi Minh City, Thu Thiem. Due for the development of a series of high-rise luxury apartments, Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed a set of hut-like structures to make use of empty land during the sites gradual development. Scattered throughout the riverside park in lush vegetation, these bamboo pavillions act as flexible event spaces, hosting parties, banquets and conferences for the local residents as well as visiting tourists.
Colourful fishing boats rock calmly by the shore of Jisr az-Zarqa on Israel’s West coast as the minaret points skyward and a colourful city gate greets anyone happening upon it a friendly welcome. There, completely unspoilt by tourism in spite of its location on the white and sandy banks of the Mediterranean Sea, the only Arab coastal town in Israel could sound like paradise for many a daydreamer.
Marina Tabassum's Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh, utilizes simple, unadorned materials and vernacular construction techniques to immense effect, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow, and creating a space for religious reverie and transcendence.