Archinect - News 2017-08-18T12:39:33-04:00 Exploring Alvar Aalto's "benign errors" Julia Ingalls 2016-08-30T12:56:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:23:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="571" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Could one of Alvar Aalto's most sublime works be the result of a mistake? And more intriguingly, did Aalto exploit error to acheive a certain aesthetic/politically pointed effect? In this thoughtful piece on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Medium</a>, Dan Hill explores the role of "benign errors" in Aalto's work, a term the architect himself coined. Hill centers his focus on the concert hall known as Finlandia, taking particular issue with (but not limiting his scope to) the building's marble facade, noting that:&nbsp;</p><p>"Even more remarkably, this apparently uniform and utterly wonderful bowed marble grid appears to have been a mistake, an outcome of the temperature extremes in Helsinki (I&rsquo;m reminded of the Dali-esque images of failing fa&ccedil;ades from Jeffrey Inaba's talk at Postopolis&nbsp;regarding Kazakhstan&rsquo;s -40&ordm;C to +40&ordm;C, though it&rsquo;s not quite&nbsp;<em>that</em>&nbsp;bad here.)"</p><p>For more on the legacy of Alvar Aalto:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For Alvar Aalto's 118th birthday, a museum extension + a few enduring favorites</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A photographic tour of Alvar Aalto's restored Viipur...</a></li></ul> For Alvar Aalto's 118th b-day, a museum extension + a few enduring favorites Julia Ingalls 2016-02-04T14:10:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T01:09:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fittingly for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Furniture February</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto</a> would have turned 118 this month, which has prompted Archinect to celebrate his paradigm-defining designs. We're not the only ones:&nbsp;the existing Alvar Aalto Museum and the Museum of Central Finland will be getting an extension (the winners of the competition can be viewed here: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>). One of the proposals that didn't win features Aalto-specific materiality ("light color clay bricks in grid pattern for the floors and the circulation elements to the original masonry bricks walls in a way to match the colors but announce the new building with a different texture" according to a press release by the design firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architensions</a>). Here are renderings of Architensions' proposed museum extension:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And, just because we can, a quick tour through some of Aalto's masterful furniture work:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furniture musings, interviews, reviews, designs, projects and investigation...</em></p> Turning Alvar Aalto's Mount Angel Abbey library into a concert hall Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-25T18:03:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:49:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Music ensemble Third Angle will team up with choir group Cappella Romana for a new project, &ldquo;Frozen,&rdquo; on Oct. 3-4. They&rsquo;re giving a voice to one of Oregon&rsquo;s most famous buildings...the Mount Angel Abbey library in St. Benedict, Oregon [...] &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going down into a stairwell and we started singing, and we found a pitch that really resonated the hell out of the building...We want this to be, in effect, a harmony of the building. We want to reimagine the building as an instrument.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A photographic tour of Alvar Aalto's restored Viipuri Library Julia Ingalls 2015-09-01T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T14:44:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For almost twenty years,&nbsp;The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library worked to restore <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto's rarely seen Viipuri library</a>. Located in Vyborg, Russia, which was under Finnish rule when the library was originally conceived (hence its occasional moniker of the Vyborg Library) the newly restored interior and exterior of the library has been comprehensively photographed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denis Esakov</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The stark white rectilinear forms of the exterior are counterbalanced by a series of elliptical, curvaceous elements, from the 58 skylights over the reading room to the elegant sweep of the circulation desk and the gradually ascending central staircases.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>An auditorium, complete with original furnishings, features a gentle, undulating wooden ceiling.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Built in the pre-digital era, the library has retained some space-saving features from that time, including movable stacks that can be adjusted with a rotating lever.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>On the exterior, the placement of the windows within the expanses of wal...</p> Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library wins 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-04T17:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:07:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of the Viipuri Library with the Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg recently won the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoring Alvar Aalto's historic Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia. Established in 2008, the prize is awarded biennially for an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark or group of landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The biennial Knoll Prize will be presented at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on December 1, followed by a free public lecture from the winners. The prize includes a cash award of $10,000 and a limited edition Mies van der Rohe-designed Barcelona Chair from Knoll.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Viipuri Library, c. 1935 &darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> NIMBYs go to court over "modern" home; Zaha gets an apology; global warming rages on: News Round-Up for August 25, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:16:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Friday, August 29:</strong></em></p><ul><li><p><a title="MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a>: The prototype is currently being used to create a mental-map and guidebook for NYC, and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign will attempt to fund the project for commercial sale.</p></li><li><p><a title="In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass</a>: Lebanon's fifteen-year civil war made much of Beirut's green space inaccessible or dysfunctional. The Beirut Green Project is trying to bring at least a modicum of green space back to the city's residents.</p></li></ul><p><em><strong>Thursday, August 28:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea</a>: Nothing's final yet, but the school is committed to its disbelief in sanctions or boycotts on art.</li><li><a title="Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a>: Google's cameras go inside the famous Finnish architects studio, as well as a selection of his works, for a curated photo-exhibition.</li></ul><p><em><strong>Wednesday, August 27:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a>: Chinese news outlets claim that work is underway to ban coal in Bei...</li></ul> Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-28T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:39:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google's satellite imaging allows us to virtually tour remote or inaccessible locales the world over, and with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently improved resolutions</a> and initiatives from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Cultural Institute</a>, our gaze can go farther and more intimately into places we may never physically visit. Google's interest in maintaining this visual resource has implications as far-reaching as its imagery, but it's also a boon for architecture education, where access to imagery and certain spaces can be highly exclusive, and retaining a global (and historical) perspective is exceedingly important.</p><p>To this end, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Cultural Institute has partnered with the Alvar Aalto Foundation</a> in order to make the famous Finnish architect's spaces (and of course <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his&nbsp;famous stool</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;no. 60</a>) available online in 360-degree panoramas, detailing every surface. The partnership's collection focuses on eight sites, including Aalto's studio, S&auml;yn&auml;tsalo Town Hall, and the&nbsp;House Kantola, as well as an exhibition at the Aalto Museum in...</p> Editor's Picks #261 Nam Henderson 2012-04-22T22:54:00-04:00 >2012-06-18T19:05:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="703" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In anticipation of the Publish Or... bracket [GOES SOFT] event at WUHO Gallery this past Thursday, April 19, Archinect showcased a few select projects from the book including GROUNDING: Landslide Mitigation Housing Jared Winchester / Viktor Ramos. Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce opined &ldquo;Let the earth slide. don't build in land slide areas. another anology to this is seminal article by mike davis, &lsquo;let malibu burn&rsquo; meaning don't build in areas where nature has a way of acting up."</p></em><br /><br /><p> For current feature <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">525 Golden Gate Seismically and Systematically Sustainable</a>&nbsp;I spoke with architect David Hobstetter, of the San Francisco firm KMD Architects. David made the case for seismic resilience as a key factor in discussing his building&rsquo;s sustainability. Particularly, within a regional context and as part of a rating system like LEED.</p> <p> On a related note Bill Lascher wrote <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disaster Resilience Part of Sustainability, Too</a>, an article for Miller McCune wherein Erik Kneer, an associate engineer at Degenkolb argues that LEED scoring should "<em>be more closely tied to a project&rsquo;s regional context. Along the Pacific Coast, for example, regionalization credits might be based on a building&rsquo;s seismic performance, while in the Southeast credits might be issued for the ability to withstand hurricanes</em>". Lascher reports that "<em>many regional chapters have advocated for such credits, and chapters can adapt their guidelines somewhat to address regional concerns, but disaster resiliency hasn...</em></p>