7 Rejected Proposals for Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Opera House. Image © Budget Direct via NeoMam Studios Sydney Opera House. Image © Budget Direct via NeoMam Studios

An iconic piece of architecture recognized around the world, the Sydney Opera House was designed by Jørn Utzon, following a 1956 competition that attracted 222 competition entries. Since its opening in 1973, the building has redefined the ambitions of Australia and only last September celebrated its latest milestone: turning completely carbon neutral.

The history behind the Opera House and its creation is as rich as the architecture itself. In 1956 the New South Wales Government called an open competition for the design of two performance halls, for opera and for symphony concerts, hoping to establish Sydney as a major city. Danish architect Jørn Utzon won the competition with an entry that consisted of a few simple sketches that intrigued the jury.

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Diseño de espacios en ARCO 2019: Burgos & Garrido en las áreas comunes y Mariana Leguía y Maya Ballén en la zona reservada a Perú

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La Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, ARCO, se inaugura el próximo 27 de febrero en Ifema, Madrid,  y mostrará durante 6 días las últimas propuestas artísiticas internacionales. El estudio Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos se ha encargado en esta nueva edición de ARCO del diseño de los espacios comunes de la feria.

Memoria de la propuesta:

ARCO es un enorme espacio horizontal, muy homogéneo en su gran diversidad y que puede ser percibido como un lugar caótico y agotador. No tiene la geometría laberíntica del bazar, pero si su carácter. Hemos tratado de añadir más orden al conjunto de los stands de las galerías para hacer ese espacio más legible y confortable que otros años. Esta ha sido nuestra primera tarea. El margen del proyecto donde se instalan las galerías es pequeño. Es como un puzle en el que todas las piezas han ido encajando durante los años y en el que es no es posible hacer grandes variaciones. Se trata por ello, más bien, pequeñas alteraciones en el orden riguroso de la retícula que facilitan la orientación y los flujos.

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Chihilsitoon Garden Project / Aga Khan Trust for Culture

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Courtesy of Aga Khan Trust for Culture Courtesy of Aga Khan Trust for Culture
  • Architects: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
  • Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Category: Restoration
  • Lead Architects: Ajmal Maiwandi & Sekandar Seradj
  • Design Team: Farhad Alawi, Rizaq Batoor, Shahwali Ghaznawi, Ayaz Hosham, Firoz Jami, Khalid Khan, Abdullah Mahmood, Koukaba Mojadidi, Rashid Mushkan, Shahab Mushref, Naweed Nahel, Nehmat Nayab, Ikram Rahimzay, Abdullah Safi, Shaiq Sarwari, Omid Shams, Najib Stanikzay, Waris Qaimizada, (Construction) Mustafa Ahmadi, Mustafa Asghari, Shafiq Furqani, Basir Langari, Hamid Rahimi, Wahidullah Sabawoon, Tahir Shafaq, Waheed Stanikzai, Naeem Wahidi
  • Area: 10200.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Simon Norfolk / AKTC

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Goede Doelen Loterijen & Dutch Charity Lotteries Head Offices / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders

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Josef Albers

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Josef Albers
Homage to the Square . n.d. + David Zwirner Many of the paintings from these series have titles that reference music or sound, and the contrasting and complementary use of color and form within the works reveal the principles of visual harmony and disharmony and consonance and dissonance—musical terms Albers used in his teaching and … Continue reading Josef Albers
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Inspire Imagination and Play With Architecture Toys to Assemble

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Cortesia de Bubud Cortesia de Bubud

Most architects who are parents have thought, at some point, about designing and building toys for their children. Paula Zasnicoff, a partner at Arquitetos Associados, along with designer Andrea Gomes, decided to go for it and created the Bubud brand.

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E2A

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AREAL GUGGACH III | SCHULE IM PARK . Zürich E2A Eckert Eckert Restricted Competition entry from 2018. _ Client Stadt Zürich, Amt für Hochbauten Key facts Living: 90 apartments, kindergarden, services, retail, GF 17’420 m2 School: 12 classrooms, sports hall, recreation areas, adminstration, GF 9’360 m2 Parc: 5’000 m2 Team Piet Eckert, Wim Eckert with … Continue reading E2A
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Do You Think About How Your Architecture Project Will Age? We Want to Hear from You!

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Historical photo: Courtesy of Retrieve the Ariston, Flickr user: ladyandrux. ImageArador Ariston / Marcel Breuer Historical photo: Courtesy of Retrieve the Ariston, Flickr user: ladyandrux. ImageArador Ariston / Marcel Breuer

When the work finally comes to an end, the cleaning is done and preparations for the opening are underway, everything looks perfect. Coatings are all in their proper place, shining and with the intended color; wood surfaces are as yet unmarked and there is even a feeling of freshness and new life. Photographs mean that, for many, this vision of perfection is all that will ever be seen. 

But this perfection can be superficial. Failing to consider the damaging power of time during design and specification stages means can hasten the appearance of inevitable imperfections. Small fissures, stains, and scuffs among many other problems (that we have all dealt with at some point) begin to appear. The beautiful wood frame, so lovingly chosen, starts to look greyish. The paint fades where the sun hits the strongest. Boards begin to warp and fall  from the facade.

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The Unfamiliar History of an Expressionist, Crafty Bauhaus

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The African Chair, designed in 1921 by Gunta Stölzl and Marcel Breuer. Image Courtesy of Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Hartwig Klappert/© 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn The African Chair, designed in 1921 by Gunta Stölzl and Marcel Breuer. Image Courtesy of Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Hartwig Klappert/© 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Every famed design movement has an interesting story of how it managed to influence architecture and design through the years. Despite their impact, not all movements began with the same principles they managed to ultimately lead with, and Bauhaus is no exception.

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New Documentary on Portuguese Photographer Fernando Guerra Follows His Journey Through Architecture

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“The Flying Photographer” is the name of the documentary that will showcase Sara Nunes (architectural film director from Building Pictures) following the amazing journey of Fernando Guerra during the period of one year of travel to get the best architecture photographs from around the world.

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Schoolyard St Lutgardiscollege by Studio Basta

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A transformation from a dull, grey playground to a challenging green one Studio Basta: Two years ago, the Lutgardiscollege playground looked much like most other playgrounds in Belgium: a wall-to-wall dull, grey surface of concrete pavers, posing very little challenge. This type of playground often serves as the sovereign domain of ‘king football’, which was […]
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17 Bauhaus Instagram Feeds to Follow

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Image via Flickr user Frank Schmidtke Image via Flickr user Frank Schmidtke

Celebrate Bauhaus 100 through the world's number one visual storytelling platform, Instagram. An essential tool for designers, Instagram is a constantly growing digital database of market sharing and stimulation. Social media has changed not only how we gather precedents and market our designs, but also our designs themselves. "Instagram Culture" drives designers to create more shareable moments. As we continue to seek these dynamic encounters, let us not forget our forefathers of user experience design and the Bauhaus school.

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