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Catalan architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Villa were recently awarded the 2017 Pritzker Prize. Together since 1998, RCR (Rafael, Carme and Ramon) continues to remodernize one modern building after another. The gammet of building types is wide.... from a kindergarten to winery... and all have been privy to RCR's magical touch.
This is the first time in the Prizker Prize's 39 years of existence that the prize has been awarded to a trio. It's the collaborative spirit and creative process that made the choice an easy one this year. The jury said, of it's selection: "We live in a globalised world where we must rely on international influences, trade, discussion, transactions, etc. But more and more people fear that, because of this international influence, we will lose our local values, our local art, and our local customs. They are concerned and sometimes frightened."
Look at some of our favorite designs below and we think you'll agree that this was a prize well-deserved!
Recently opened, the new Shanghai Natural History Museum is an architectural feat. Perkins + Will spent 9 years on perfecting the design, development and construction after winning an international design competition. Drawing upon traditional Chinese cultural references was important; thus, the building beautifully represents the harmony between humans and nature. Taking inspiration from the ancient Chinese tradition of mountain water gardens, China's natural landscape was stunningly "minimized".
The circular design allows for easy movement within, and the interior organization is made easier by the nautilus shell design which, in nature, is one of the truest geometric forms... perfect for a natural history museum.
More than 10,000 artifacts (representing all seven continents) are displayed in the bright, light-filled building. The 30-meter atrium is welcoming and the adjacent glass wall mimics the cell-structure of both plants and animals.
And finally, the design is environmentally friendly... the building is bioclimatic by maximizing the sun's output for solar power; nearby, the courtyard pond provides evaporative cooling. The interior temperature is regulated via geothermal and rain water is collected from the vegetated roof, stored in the oval pond and recycled.
Perhaps most importantly, with an additional 20 exhibition spaces, this space won't soon get outgrown!
Building 104 was part of a 160-hectare area that the Swedish army used to protect the Faro Strait back in 1937. The territory, called Bungenas, was unauthorized to the general public until just 10 years ago. It took a local entrepreneur, Joachim Kuylenstierna, who was fascinated with the area's history, to buy the entire former army site and start this arduous process to repurpose it.
Kuylenstierna's father was part of the military unit based at the site, so naturally, he felt a connection to the land. The process was made more difficult because the entrances had to be excavated, as they had been filled to the very top with gravel and water. It was meant to dissuade anyone from EVER entering the facility. Swedish Fortifications Agency's old drawings indicated an open three-level underground structure existed beyond the rubble. Fascinated with the building, it was very important not to cover up any "clues" signaling to the bunker's original use.
Using bunkers along the Normandy coast as inspiration, the architect, Eric Gardell, didn't add any extensions to go against the integrity of the bunker's original use. No roofs protrude from the ground and no chimneys blow smoke into the air. Further adding to the bunker's interior beauty are the furniture and light fixtures that the architects specifically designed for the home. Stunning... who would have imagined this when purchasing the property sight unseen?
The shell of the structure is built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, works with numerous green system including a solar hot water powered de-humidification system, high efficiency HVAC and ventilation.
Said Yann, "We wanted to avoid the kitsch of melting clocks and “themed” surrealism, but sought, in a frank and abstract way, to make a reference to that contrast between Cartesian geometry and organic shape. Dali and Buckminster Fuller were longtime friends, both fascinated by the intrinsic geometries of nature; it seemed natural to make a strong contrast between the stark raw concrete box that protects and shelters the collection and the almost liquid, transparent and facetted form of the glass enigma".
This impressive and thoughtfully-designed building is an must-see when in Florida!
Now through April 17, 2017 is Frida Kahlo at the Dali.
Kahlo and Dali each created artistic autobiographies and their personalities loom behind their paintings, generating a presence that both shapes and overshadows their works of art. While Kahlo largely rejected the term ‘Surrealism’ and felt that her works were as real as her life, Andre Breton, known as the founder of Surrealism, took great interest in her work and described her painting as a bomb wrapped in a ribbon.