Thursday, January 31, 2008

Building up a Soft Ruin

Some time ago I spent a few hours on Second Life, playing around with the "make physical" tool, trying to make a Soft Ruin that falls down. At some point a fire broke out, which was perfect for a building that falls down over and over again...

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Slideshow

Recently I compiled a slideshow for the DLD08 conference in Munich. Had great feedback, and I even think some of the architects presented got projects out of it.

Here's some hightlights:
Architecture D’occasion
Guy Rottier, 1968-2002

Grass Architecture
Gianni Pettena, 1971

Terraform House
Andreas Angelidakis, 2005

(yes, I had to include myself)
Two forms of accumulation
Leon Krier, 1978

Tokyo Apartment Project

Barn restoration
Gruppo U.F.O., 1970

House for a horticulturist
R&Sie Architects, 1993

Pneumatic Structures
Arthur Quarmby, 1968

Pompidou Centre
Chaneac + Pascal
Hausermann, 1974

Planet as Festival
Ettore Sottsass, 1972

Mouyer Shoe House
Anonymous, 1970

House for Monsieur Ginet
PascalHausermann, 1968

Seoul Commune
MASS Studies Architects, 2006

Elephant House,

Blind Pavilion
Olafur Eliasson, 2003
Weather House
Juergen Mayer H., 2003-2004
Friedrich St Florian, 1974

and many more such as Superstudio, Archizoom, su11, Gunther Domenig,
David Georges Emmerich, Emilio Ambasz and so on and so forthand it looked like this, looped for the 3 days of the conference
(here Holzweg Frac by R&Sie (n) )

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Party


and after

for more party pics check out the great photoset by l'oeil ailleurs

Friday, January 25, 2008


I was up at Östersund with Jan Aman and the Fargfabriken team
to look at the space for the upcoming FF Nord
It was -16 degrees and very productivethe space was great, 1200 sqm and not a single columnthere was a light on the snow
then we left for Stockholm

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Munich in a rush

I'm already in the north of Sweden but here is a post on the last couple of days in Munich, in a rush... there was a great Anish Kapoor show at the amazing Haus der Kunst
the scale is so german
I took tons of photos of these great torques. If you're at the Haus der Kunst, check out the lobby with great pieces by Konstantin Grcic
then, rushing over to Pinakothek der Moderne, one of my favourite tables ever by Gaetano Pesce (I actually think its a table, maybe its just a foot)
and more Gaetano, but the photo doesnt do it justice
and great Joseph Beuys
all the fountains are covered during the winter,
resulting in wooden paranoia
but great
non stop
and this pattern is Munich
funny side of a building
multicolor climbing wall somewhere
great street lamps... and check the DLD website in a few days when all the talks will be posted. Look out for the panel on design moderated by Paola Antonelli featuring Greg Lynn, John Maeda, Yves Behar and great Konstantin Grcic, as well as the architecture panel by Kazys Varnelis featuring Bjarke Ingels, Patrick Schumacher and lovely Charles RenfroDLD ended with a big party as usual, with music by Howie B + vj by Miltos Manetas. Here is Angelo's all over the Bayerischerhof ballroom

Friday, January 18, 2008

From the archives

On a hot tip from my new friend Felix, I went to Gallagher's on 12th street, in search of architectural treasures (in the form of overpriced vintage magazines).
Somehow managing not to hyperventilate, here's some of the things I saw
An Expo pavilion by Gunther Domenig, somewhere in Monaco
Princess Sham Pahlavi imperial wedding cake palace, somewhere that wasnt a good idea after all
Claude Parent supermarket at Tinqueux
and the one at Sens, where it looks like le shopping for groceries becomes le total existential drama
and last but certainly not least, a frog shaped bathtub