A+U 526: Retreat – Primal Concept and Experimental Design

July issue of a+u is focused on retreats, in particular the places where people spend their free time. Retreats, where functional necessities are not the priority, portray the essential lifestyle that the residents desire. And, from there, an image of a house reflecting back the everyday emerges.

The sites abundant in nature present vast landscape to the residents. At the same time, they lack basic infrastructure, materials, or technology that would be readily available when designing a house in cities. Because of such shortages, architects are encouraged to put their experimental concepts into practice.

This issue explores how the ideal image of a house and architect's experimental concept are unified and conceived as a retreat when the situation is "missing" something.

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JA94 SUMMER 2014 Learning from the Neighborhood

Since the mid-20th century, Japan's postwar capitalism promoted home ownership, and extensive residential areas were developed around every major city for 70 years. Each area is an aggregation of individual houses – in other words an aggregation of different architectural characteristics and a mixture of residents with their own personalities.

Among the photographs of house exteriors published in the issues of Shinkenchiku and Jutakutokushu since 2001, we selected those that show the relationship between the home and its surroundings. In this issue, we feature the images with an analysis of what "Compositional Factor" of what "Element" has undergone what kind of "Manipulation".

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Preview: JA93 Spring 2014 "Kazuo Shinohara”

Preview from JA

Spring 2014 issue of JA (Japan Architect) is a monograph on works by Kazuo Shinohara. The issue covers all 55 works, from 1956 on, with photographs and drawings from the first publication. The project descriptions are by Shinohara.

Here is the sneak previews after the break.

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Crux Pavilion

by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen – with whom we recently created an A+U monograph – have completed their intervention at KAIROS Pavilion – designed by architects João Quintela and Tim Simon – in Lisbon, Portugal. A pair of timber pieces – composed of two columns supporting a beam – are positioned perpendicular to each other and intended to “unveil the hidden asymmetry of the existing pavilion”.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s work will be exhibited through August 4th, 2013.

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Harvard University’s HORIZON HOUSE wins the 3rd LIXIL International University Architectural Competition

hosted by LIXIL Cooperation

In the final screening of the 3rd LIXIL* International University Architectural Competition, which was held publicly on April 20, Sat, 2013, HORIZON HOUSE by Harvard University was selected as the top prize among three finalists. Harvard University, National University of Singapore and Delft University of Technology were previously selected from a total of 12 designated universities from 11 different countries, to proceed to the selection of the top prize.

HORIZON HOUSE is scheduled to be built in late October 2013 on a site at Memu Meadows – Center for Research on Environmental Technologies – in Taiki-cho, Hokkaido.

*LIXIL Cooperation is Japan's leading building materials and housing equipment manufacturing and sales company

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Video: Teshima Art Museum

by Office of Ryue Nishizawa

May 2013 issue of A+U is dedicated to works by Ryue Nishizawa who – together with Kazuyo Sejima – was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2010.

In 2011, our team and Office of Ryue Nishizawa documented Teshima Art Museum – one of the featured projects in the issue – while it was constructed. The concrete shell slab with freeform curvature – spanning maximum of 60 m (197 ft) – was created without a seam by pouring concrete over the earthen form.

Watch the video after the break to find out more on how this museum was constructed.

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ArchiAid Annual Report 2012

by ArchiAid – Relief and Recovery by Architects for Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

ArchiAid is a reconstruction support network of architects jointly working toward the revival of the disaster-stricken areas in Tohoku, Japan. Recently, they released the annual report for the year 2012 which introduces various projects such as reconstruction plans in Oshika Peninsula, Ishinomaki and Shichirigahama, exhibitions, and working groups investigating the problems and possibilities in different towns in northeastern Japan. The collaborative relationship the architects have built with the residents, students from around the world, and many others suggest the possibility for reconstructing the towns to become something more sustainable – economically as well as environmentally – than what they were prior to the disaster.

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