Serpentine Sackler Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects in London, UK.
Although Zaha Hadid is one of the most popular architects nowadays and her studio’s projects are usually bigger scale, we do seem some exciting smaller works popping up. With its fluid and organic shape the gallery has a connection with the surrounding nature, yet we can see the Hadid fingerprint unmistakably.
Just like the studio’s other buildings - fits perfectly and totally out of place at the same time.
Dresden Dormitory by Junk&Reich, Hartmann+Helm, in Dresden, Germany.
As remnants of the communist era, prefab apartment complexes are a common sight not only throughout east Germany, but in most of Central- and Eastern-Europe as well. As they are increasingly gaining a bad reputation and look outdated cities now look for alternative solutions and complex modernizations - in which Germany is pioneer.Bold colors and fresh interiors, bay windows instead of loggias. And this is just one of the countless solutions to the problem.
Servef Center in Novelda by Calatayud-Navarro Arquitectos, in Novelda, Spain.
Thefacade, with its concrete block breaks the overly office-like feel of the entire structure, and adds a craft value. The single wall on the right side adds a sense of security and frames the entire building. The variation of horizontal and vertical lines add a playfulness to the block.
Block 16 by René van Zuuk Architekten, in Almere, The Netherlands.
I had the luck to see this building in real life this spring, and let me tell you, it is even crazier than on the picture. Block 16 seems to be kicking the rules of architecture in the butt, but at the same time it is very humble and rational.
FFAT by Arquitectos Anonimos, in Villa Nova Gaia, Portugal.
As the architects said, the facade serves as a protection from the ‘radiation’ of reality, and I can see that. The building does look like a shelter, but at the same time I can imagine it with all the windows uncovered, serving as a fancy living space.
Building Expo 2008 by Basilio Tobías, in Zaragoza, Spain.
Zaragoza being an important city in Spain is enjoying a flourishing architecture scene these days. This building hints an ultimate rationality, reminding us of Mies van der Rohe’s works.
Houses in Castlewood Avenue by ODOS Architects, in Dublin Ireland.
By a single twist of adding a new, almost brutalist extension, the entire building looks like a contemporary piece of art. Add the clever staircase and the awesome top window, and you get a masterpiece.
MobileLife Campus by Henn Architekten, in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The playful exterior of this grand building compliments the spacious and airy interior. The various uses of glass and concrete make the facades ever-changing and exciting.
Surrey City Center Library by Bin Thom Architects, Surrey, Canada.
With a high tech electronic system and open, light interior the library invites people. Its exterior is dynamic which shows the public that reading is knowledge and knowledge is power.
Rossend Montané School by GGG,in Sant Pere Molanta, Spain.
The school, with its colors, materials and roughness perfectly fits into the surroundings of dry earth and green trees. The Uncoated surfaces give a sense of timelessness, yet the green color found on some parts reminds us that the building must be suitable for kids too.
DST by aat + makoto yokomizo architects, in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
This building, standing on a narrow lot in a dense part of Tokyo is the definition of cutting edge. It not only is geometric and free form at the same time, but its walls are going in different directions and angles.
Office complex for Aeroflot by Reserv Architects, in Moscow, Russia.
The volume of the entire complex may be overwhelming, but the fluid forms and dynamic parts still make the building light.
Noor-e-Mobin Sports Hall by F.E.A. Studio, in Semnan, Iran.
Cost efficient solution for a community in Iran.
The smart part is the placement of the windows, which let light in, but are hidden from direct sunlight in the hot weather.
Poster #4 of the series Patterning 2013, by Olaf Lyczba.
Poster #2 of the series Patterning 2013, by Olaf Lyczba.