Archinect - News 2016-10-26T21:13:16-04:00 The genesis of Tate Modern Ellen Hancock 2016-06-21T12:06:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T00:28:55-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When we first visited Bankside Power Station for the original Tate Modern competition in 1994, it seemed like the castle in Sleeping Beauty &ndash; an enormous urban mountain that was completely overgrown, surrounded by barbed wire and prickly roses, as if protecting the hidden beauty inside. It seemed dangerous. It is totally unimaginable now, but this was a huge chunk of the city that was totally excluded from public life, set back behind high walls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more on the Tate Modern:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look around the new Tate Modern extension</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"We can't sneer at developers": Herzog &amp; de Meuron examine London's future</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First look inside Tate Modern's new Extension</a></li></ul> A look around the new Tate Modern extension Ellen Hancock 2016-06-20T09:56:00-04:00 >2016-06-26T15:57:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="812" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The original Tate Modern redevelopment was started in 1995 and since opening in 2000 has become the most popular gallery in the world. It made sense then for Herzog and De Meuron to return and finish the job. Their architectural evolution and legacy is now embedded in the London skyline, as is their success.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The synergy between the buildings, old and new, is remarkable and assisted satisfyingly by the graphic identity from British designer Peter Saville. The space is incredibly successful as an art gallery but also as an architectural performance; there are continuous structural accents inviting you to explore the sensuality of the space. From the inside the lattice brickwork is a welcome and original delight that insists on further inspection and accordingly reveals disguised benches bracketed into the window, ostensibly waiting for you all along.&nbsp;It is easy to navigate your way through the building but also extremely satisfying to get lost in it.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Offering almost certainly one of t...</p> "We can't sneer at developers": Herzog & de Meuron examine London's future Julia Ingalls 2016-06-16T12:35:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T22:42:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In London, though the Tate is now finished, there is other work to be done... "We can&rsquo;t sneer at developers," says Herzog. "They are the ones who will increasingly dominate the shaping of our cities. But we should try to convince them to add accessibility for everyone. To ask, can we do it better?"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now that they've completed the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tate Modern extension</a>, what's next for Herzog &amp; de Meuron? In this piece, trilingual biking-afocidionado Jacques Herzog speculates on the architectural future of London, and his firm's potential (developer-positive) role in it.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron, in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; De Meuron's Schaudepot opens at the Vitra Campus</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog and de Meuron in conversation with Rowan Moore</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Tokyo, Brand-Name Stores by Brand-Name Architects</a></li></ul> First look inside Tate Modern's new Extension Ellen Hancock 2016-05-23T12:11:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T14:07:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Set to open on 17 June, the Tate Modern Switch House &ndash; named after the part of the power station that the new galleries occupy &ndash; expands the museum by 60% to accommodate the surging numbers of visitors, which reached 5.7 million last year, well over double the number the building was designed to cope with when it opened in 2000. But the arresting brick ziggurat is also a physical symbol of the effect the Tate has had on its surroundings.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="">Read more relating article here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood?</a></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fabricated robot installation at the V&amp;A unveiled as part of their first Engineering Season</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog and de Meuron in conversation with Rowan Moore</a></p></li></ul> Herzog and de Meuron in conversation with Rowan Moore Nicholas Korody 2016-05-17T14:36:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="714" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Herzog explains, piling some refined Swiss biscuits on the table in front of him to illustrate his point, an earlier design envisaged stacked-up glass cubes, but the material was too similar to the developers&rsquo; stuff. &ldquo;We realised that in order to survive we have to strengthen it,&rdquo; he says [..] Yet the precedent of the original Tate Modern &ndash; also severe on the outside, lively inside &ndash; shows that a building doesn&rsquo;t have to gurn and wheedle to be popular.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"In this and other works, Herzog and De Meuron like to present a protestant moment of denial before pleasure, to forbid before welcoming, to be severe before generous. It is part of their worldview, different from most architects&rsquo;, in which delight and beauty co-exist with more troubling or mysterious aspects of existence."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron's concept for new Vancouver Art Gallery released</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron, the Finlandia Prize nominees, and the Lower Mississippi River Delta planning teams are among this week's winners</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron named 2015 RIBA Jencks Award winners</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron's stadium in Chelsea "will be a hefty brute of a thing"</a></li></ul> Artist Carsten Höller to install massive slides on London's Hayward Gallery Nicholas Korody 2015-04-13T15:32:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T13:04:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now visitors will be able to descend from the Hayward gallery&rsquo;s glass pyramid ceiling to its entrance level on one of two 15-metre slides commissioned for an exhibition opening later this year. Built into the gallery&rsquo;s exterior wall, the slides will &ldquo;constitute a graceful sculptural installation&rdquo; while also being a device for &ldquo;experiencing an emotional state that is a unique condition somewhere between delight and madness&rdquo;, [Carsten H&ouml;ller] said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously, H&ouml;ller had created a similar installation for the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2006. The slides were very popular with the public, although also responsible for several injuries.</p><p>For his upcoming exhibit at the Hayward Gallery, H&ouml;ller has also created "Flying Machines," which are intended to give visitors the sensation of flying over Waterloo Bridge. Additionally, the exhibit, entitled "Carsten H&ouml;ller: Decision," will include two robotic beds that &ldquo;mirror each other&rsquo;s movements as they roam the galleries."</p><p>H&ouml;ller is known for provocative, often-interactive installations. His piece "Pill Clock" comprises a ceiling-mounted clock that drops more than 1 million white pills while the exhibit is up, with visitors allowed to take and consume the pills. H&ouml;ller came to prominence concurrently with artists like Philippe Parreno, Pierre Huyghe, Andrea Zittel and Rirkrit Tiravanija, whose&nbsp;work displays a shared interest in provoking unexpected and novel interactions between the art w...</p> The fascinating world of Grimm City Alexander Walter 2015-04-01T21:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T09:53:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1000" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Later this summer, London's Flea Folly Architects&mdash;Pascal Bronner &amp; Thomas Hillier&mdash;will be running a workshop in what they broadly call "narrative architecture" at the Tate Modern. "What would a town inhabited by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Man Ray look like?" they ask. [...] Their own project, Grimm City, is perhaps an example of what might result.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #387 Nam Henderson 2014-10-02T12:29:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T13:33:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> Archinect talked with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adora Lo, Architect turned Pro LEGO Builder</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>They discussed the "<em>challenge of keeping it LEGO legal</em>" and the satisfaction of designing a "<em>Star Wars building in LEGO</em>".&nbsp;<strong>midlander</strong> was impressed "T<em>hat Boston model...The Lego version of 111 Huntington is nicer than the real one!</em>"</p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;shared the debut issue of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LOBBY</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&rsquo;, </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bartlett School of Architecture</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&rsquo;s new architecture magazine</a>, for <strong>Screen/Print #25</strong>.</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced that it will be making significant changes to its Intern Development Program (IDP)</a>. Separate from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">other considerations to change the IDP's terminology</a>, this decision chiefly includes two phases: (1) the removal of "elective" hourly requirements, and (2) condensing IDP's experience areas from the current 17 into six "practice-based categories".</p><p>The general consensus seemed to be underwhelmed - <strong>midlander</strong> quipped "<em>So......</em></p> Rothko painting potentially Yellowed Orhan Ayyüce 2012-10-07T19:56:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T20:00:31-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I am a naturally peaceful person, but I wouldn't be that upset if 'Vladimir' accidentally met with a baseball bat," - an art lover @twitter</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian reported</a> "A man has defaced a multimillion-pound Mark Rothko mural hanging in the Tate Modern gallery in front of onlookers. A police investigation is now under way into the vandalism of the US artist's work.</p> <p> The graffiti on the painting appears to read "a potential piece of yellowism." According to an online manifesto, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yellowism</a> is an artistic movement run by two people named Vladimir Umanets and Marcin Lodyga."&nbsp;</p> <p> A related discussion on graffiti and tagging on Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Graffiti Culture Thesis"</a></p>