Villaverde’s Health Care Center by Madrid-based architectural office estudio.entresitio is the third building in a set of “triplet” healthcare centers built and repeated almost identically. Breaking with the standard single-building commission, the Healthcare Center has now been recreated three times with small variations. Villaverde’s Center is certainly one fine result.
The towns in Japan’s Tōhoku region were practically wiped off the face of the earth by the tsunami on March 9, 2011. What little remains is hastily being replaced by new settlements built on elevated plateaus. No memorials are wanted. But former residents – and architect initiatives such as Architecture for Humanity – disagree with the hasty reconstruction plans made up by the central government.
Jeffrey Kipnis’ collection of mind-blowing theoretical essays in architecture addresses the question of qualities. Yet stimulated by contemporary architecture’s sensorial affects and epistemic potentials, it also points to the discursive capacities of critical writing as such. The book is a remarkable insight into the mind of one of today’s most piercing and playful architectural thinkers.
Sou Fujimoto’s new library for the famous Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan, suggests that in the internet-age a library is just that: a library! All it needs are good lighting, good orientation, bookshelves, and nice reading areas. Fujimoto’s Musashino Art University Library has all these ingredients, and more.