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'Advanced Architecture Design' (AAD) at the Städelschule in Frankfurt promotes a design driven discourse of the changing role of the architect to define new fields and conditions of work. “Value Formation” is the theme of AAD 2015, and the initial phase 'De-Coding Amsterdam', focusses on a city valuation study and was recently presented at the Städelschule Rundgang 2015.
The scope of the undertakings in AAD lies, on one side, in the resultant training in and discussion of an elaborated design methodology, and on the other, in implemented research on topics in urbanism, architecture theory, science and technology. The basis for both research and design methodology is the reading of the city and its buildings as relational and intricate systems. The investigation of interdependencies of form, structure, programme, context and material, enable the consideration of an inner logic of complexity, relativity and multiplicity.
In 'De-Coding Amsterdam' the AAD students investigate phenomena of such urban systems and their effects on building and living environments. Detailed analyses of spatial, infrastructural, social, cultural and economic influences on the city of Amsterdam are addressed and raise questions about the potentials of a critical re-development of the city.
Using a large scale projection, an exploration of form and video in the Rundgang exhibition by the AAD group, the students presented a variety of impressions and observations of the city of Amsterdam that enable an unconventional reading of the city beyond the expectation of well-known stereotypes. The over-layering of a diverse selection of media centrally placed the development of possible architectural strategies in the field of interdependencies of the city’s ecology, its inhabitants and its architecture.
The video-installation reflects some of the research aspects discovered in the current investigation and form the base of the design project for Amsterdam in the coming semester.
Dean: Ben van Berkel
Advanced Architectural Design (AAD)
Guest Professor: Christian Veddeler
Students: Anirudh Rajdev Krishnadas, Bi Han, Marquez Colby, Shiraz Cheriya Parambath, Henrik Irminger Thomassen, Yelta Köm, Yorgui George Khawam
Ben van Berkel / UNStudio's new design for a 3D-printed shoe was unveiled earlier this week by United Nude at the exhibition 'Re-Inventing Shoes' during Milan Design Week 2015.
The Re-Inventing shoes project + exhibition, invited five leading architects and designers to explore and challenge 3D printing technology by designing 3D printed ladies high heels.
Ben van Berkel / UNStudio's new interactive StandTable to be launched today in Rotterdam by innovative furniture brand PROOFF.
Designed to encourage user flexibility and to generate dynamic interactions within the office environment, the StandTable stations divide the traditional circular table into three parts
and create plateaus of different heights, allowing the user to work in various positions. A place to work at, on, behind, around, the StandTable embodies flexibility in a user-generated way.
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‘Super Living’ and the expansion of the smart home
The ‘homes of the future’, previously the stuff of fantasy exhibited only in World's Fairs and science fiction, are increasingly becoming a reality. Automation and connectivity are making it possible for today’s smart homes to integrate information technologies through which systems and appliances are able to communicate in an integrated way, resulting in vastly increased convenience, energy efficiency, safety and security.
Ben van Berkel: “The contemporary smart home not only enables the control of appliances from afar and incorporates the necessary installations and materials to aim for a zero net energy building, it also responds to changes in today’s lifestyles.”
As such, flexible floor plans are incorporated which allow for diversity in function in order to correspond to the family’s changing needs and thus offer
choice for gathering, seclusion, work or play. The organisation of the contemporary home therefore enables the residents to curate their own home life, both now and in the future.
Ben van Berkel: “A challenge for the architect in the design of today’s single family home is a response that accurately reflects the degrees of flexibility, sustainability and automation required by the residents and the incorporation of these into the overall concept of the design.”
The W.I.N.D. House in the province of North-Holland incorporates both integrated sustainable solutions and home automation, whilst flexibility of spaces, the comprehensive assimilation of the surrounding landscape and a centrifugal circulation form the basis of the design.
On Sunday January 18th UNStudio welcomed a class of children from the IMC weekendschool and introduced them to the wide world of architecture. The IMC weekendschool gives children the opportunity to widen their horizons and explore different professions from an inside perspective. Architecture is one of the professions they learn about throughout the school year.
A group of UNStudio experts gave the enthusiastic 10 year olds a tour through the office and provided them with some insights into the profession.
Over the course of four lessons our future colleagues will make their own small projects, the best of which will be awarded during a presentation on February 8th. The students will be given the task to design their dream houses in groups of four to five children. They will make sketches, learn how to make floor plans and sections and to make models.
Caroline Bos yesterday gave a presentation at Eurau 2014 Composite Cities symposium in Istanbul.
Stemming from the urge to critically discuss the ‘today and tomorrow’ of cities worldwide, the Eurau 2014 conference is structured around the theme: “composite cities”, referring to the complexity of cities; ever increasing through new urban emergences adding up to the existing urban environment and continuously redefining our urban experience. The conference aims to enable a medium to discuss the complex relationship between urban form and urban experience through the composite character of our cities, explained hereby in four topics-possible states of composite being: hybrid city, morphed city, fragmented city and mutated city.
Ben van Berkel / UNStudio’s Seating Stones Series was launched by Walter Knoll at Orgatec 2014 in Cologne last week. The Seating Stones series is designed to encourage active participation and personalisation in the space creation of the contemporary office environment.
UNStudio's Theatre de Stoep in the Dutch town of Spijkenisse has been realised and will open to the public tomorrow.
UNStudio’s design for Theatre responds to the current cultural invigoration of the city by merging the archetypal function of a theatre - that of creating a world of illusion and enchantment - with the specific requirements of a regional theatre and its requisite to cater to the varied needs of the local community. The theatre is therefore designed with a dual emphasis on the chimeric nature of the world of the stage and the social aspects of the theatre experience.
UNStudio's exhibition 'Motion Matters 4.0' opened at the Architekturgalerie Munich last night.
The exhibition - which runs until Fri 7th Nov 2014 - presents UNStudio’s milestone projects, in addition to conveying a perspective on 26 years of architectural production, the current approach to architectural practice and the wider discourse that determines design challenges today.
Qatar Rail has appointed UNStudio as the principal architect for the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP).
The Metro Network, the key component of the QIRP - with phase 1 planned to include around 35 stations and phase 2, around 60 stations - will serve as the backbone of the public transport system in the Greater Doha Area (GDA). The full network is planned to comprise four lines connecting the GDA as well as Al Khor, and Al Wakrah-Mesaieed communities located north and south of Doha respectively.
The goal of the QIRP is to create a service which encourages the use of public transportation as a valid alternative to private transportation for the population of Doha.
UNStudio’s pavilion building and underground car park - along with the new City Garden designed by Lodewijk Baljon Landscape Architects - at the EEA & Tax Offices in Groningen will officially open to the public on Wednesday June 11th.
Following the completion of the main building in 2011, the underground car park, the pavilion building and the new City Garden complete the development.
Designed by Lodewijk Baljon Landscape Architects, the new City Garden at the EEA & Tax Offices in Groningen forms an important addition to the city’s parklands and combines the secure atmosphere of a garden with the liveliness of an urban public space.
Situated within the City Garden, the two storey garden pavilion, which houses a variety of programmes (fitness, restaurant café and business centre), relates to the design of the main EEA & Tax Office building but presents a more extravert character.
The new underground car park can accommodate 700 vehicles, of which 60 are pre-fitted with electrical sockets. A separate section of the car park with its own entrance can store 1500 bikes of all types and sizes.
Following selection in the 2011 competition UNStudio’s World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion in Qingdao has been realised.
In its design for the Theme Pavilion UNStudio combines expert knowledge of logistics, spatial organisation, specialised typology, future flexible usability, function programming, façade intelligence, user comfort and sustainability.
The 28,000 square meter Theme Pavilion comprises the main Expo hall, a grand performance hall, a conference centre and a media centre.
The four pavilion volumes or ‘petals’ are connected by internal and external walkways and frame a central square which becomes a ‘stage’ for the visitors: a dynamic focal point surrounded by viewpoints on varying levels.
Ben van Berkel: “The architecture for the Theme Pavilion overflows and interacts with the surrounding landscape. The forms of the pavilion buildings respond to the nearby mountains, with their carefully composed rooftops acting as plateaus, each addressing a different portion of the master plan by different inclination and terracing and providing panoramic views which extend far into the surrounding landscape.”
UNStudio, in a joint venture with AD+RG, has been selected by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) to provide consultancy services for the design and administration of the construction of the Lyric Theatre in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), which is scheduled for completion by 2019. The schematic design for the theatre is expected to be unveiled this autumn, with the design being carried out in UNStudio’s Shanghai and Hong Kong offices. UNStudio is the Lead Architecture Designer and AD+RG is the Lead Architecture Consultant.
The 1,200-seat Lyric Theatre will be Hong Kong’s first world-class facility for dance performances, including ballet, contemporary and Chinese dance forms. In the run up to the opening of further major performing arts venues in the WKCD, it will also be used for a wide variety of performing arts events including drama, opera and musical performances. The Lyric Theatre will act as a platform for Hong Kong’s leading arts organisations, and be a new major venue to show programmes from Asia and worldwide.