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Cover: graphic interpretation of a sketch for Tower 5 in the recent residential high-rise development in Antwerp, Belgium. © Tony Fretton
Editorial: Time to act
We have long maintained in this magazine that everybody’s priority is to be as contemporary as possible. Firstly, so that they can live their lives fully and with the keenest awareness. Secondly, in order not to continue to pursue facile nostalgias for this or that past, or to become useless prophets of this or that future. This is a civil necessity, to live the time allotted to us in the best possible way. Depending on the job we each do, it is also a disciplinary necessity. If, moreover, the job happens to be that of an architect, then what we have said is true to the umpteenth power. For this reason many of our reflections have been mainly focused on the conditions attached to our time.
Nicola Di Battista
Making design public
The famous collection of Rolf Fehlbaum, the founding nucleus of the Vitra Design Museum at Weil am Rhein, has finally found a new home in a pavilion designed for it by Herzog & de Meuron, which aims to become a new centre for international design. We asked the museum director to tell Domus about the project and the goals of the whole operation.
Over the course of his lengthy teaching experience, Pierre d’Avoine has developed a methodology based on research and collaborative practice, aimed at socially motivated outcomes. He applies his approach in master’sdegree architecture studios at the Kingston and Cass Schools of Architecture, London.
Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb
With a tendency towards a “Renaissance” approach, the Croatian university encourages its students to engage with other departments. Focusing on current economic and social questions, it aims both to connect with the rest of the world and safeguard its own identity.
After Alessandro Mendini’s fascinating account of his magazines in Domus 998, we asked another Italian maestro to continue the narration by telling us of his own experience. The resulting portrait of Paolo Portoghesi fully represents his being first and foremost an architect, in addition to an excellent historian and refined, curious intellectual. Working on and founding magazines has seen him record and often anticipate the big themes of his times – from a civic as well as disciplinary point of view.
Terrae Motus: art on hold
Vanvitelli’s beautiful Palace of Caserta seeks cultural rebirth by opening the entire Terrae Motus collection to the public. The extraordinary legacy left by Gianni Amelio – his most important project ever – was defined by him as an act of hope, something which today still proves to be necessary.
The space in between
On the occasion of the personal exhibition which the Holon Design Museum has dedicated to the prolific activity of the Japanese studio nendo, the founder, Oki Sato, speaks about his method of design which has made him famous throughout the world, and which seeks to find the perfect balance between experience and intuition, and between ability and creativity.
Oki Sato – nendo
Marco Zanuso: seven factory halls
To learn about specific construction types, students in the department headed by Marianne Burkhalter and Christian Sumi at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland conduct a comparison, study and replication of great projects from the past, in a training approach that emphasises the importance of doing.
Marianne Burkhalter, Christian Sumi
Banco Português de Investimento Headquarters and cultural centre, Lisbon
With his renewal of a building that takes up an entire block in Lisbon’s seafront district of Baixa pombalina, the Portuguese architect Carrilho puts into practice his vision of a project that is thoroughly integrated with the soul of the city’s constructions and materials, in harmony with its topography.
João Luís Carrilho da Graça
Independent and responsible
In conjunction with the opening of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, we invited its President to explain the reasons for a public institution and the quality of its work to Domus readers. His clear and detailed reply outlines a precise approach that can make public institutions operate with a spirit of research and for the greater circulation of knowledge once again.
Salerno Maritime Terminal
After a very lengthy design process, the last project to be built in Italy by this celebrated, recently deceased architect has come to completion. It is a fine testimony to her strong poetics composed of fluid forms and advanced technology, unconventional spatiality and bold geometry, all masterfully controlled
Design Zaha Hadid Architects. Photo Hélène Binet
Text Hélène Binet
Residential towers, Antwerp, Belgium
Three leading European architecture firms and one landscape architect participated in the city’s renewal plan for a defunct docking zone of Antwerp, each with the task of designing two tall apartment buildings on the water. The recently completed result forms the reconstitution of a swathe of urban fabric aiming to be a continuation of the historic city.
Text Marc Dubois. Design David Chipperfield Architects, Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, Diener & Diener Architekten. Photo Filip Dujardin, Christian Richters, Ute Zscharnt
Walsh Street House, Melbourne
With the design of his own house in the 1950s, the Australian maestro Robin Boyd created an authentic manifesto of his way of seeing architecture. The large draped roof that covers the entire building protects a portion of the internal court and imparts sublime domesticity to all of the dwelling. Being the property of the Robin Boyd Foundation, the house maintains its spatial quality still today.
Text Tony Lee. Design Robin Boyd. Photo Darren Bradley
Two timely interventions, one in a private space and the other in a public institution, allow us to examine the theme of interior architecture from the point of view of its specificity and capacity to adapt spaces.
Text Manolo De Giorgi. Design Jamie Fobert Architects, Massimo Curzi
Merging design and architecture
Starting from his new projects for Molteni&C, where he has just become art director, and for Flos, the Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen explains to Domus his approach to design. This takes architecture and design as a single discipline focused on human needs – it starts from the design of the place and continues to the furniture and the objects which surround us and which we need for a satisfactory life.
Text Vincent Van Duysen
Wang Weijen’s Hong Kong
Elzeviro: Hope in beauty
Before our very eyes, like a trauma in mutation, an enigma is embodied with passages and transformations that myth guides back to the poetic veracity of memory. The flux of its forms is regulated by the secret rhythm of universal life.
Edited by Centro Studi