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Trip From brick expressionism to the intangibility of Ishigami NTB


A visit to Hamburg is a walk through the architectural history of the last 150 years. Here, few architecture that is older survived the storms; fire, epidemics, economic revolutions, war… Her population always scrambled back up, adapting the city to the new reality. Pulling down and building up, moving streets or if necessary entire neighbourhoods, cleaning up the debris, dreaming of a new city most beautiful.

Trip 日本 Japan /03/2018


We travel through the land of the rising sun for two weeks. A balanced architectural mix of contemporary, traditional and modern. But also culture, nature, art and … Japanese life is explicitly present.

Trip Surroundings & New York /04/2015

New York, Boston, New Haven...

About monuments and individuality. About the individual and about monumentality.
Discover. Feel overwhelmed. Admire humble. Be strengthened.

Trip NAV & ARCHIPEL /04/2009

An architectural quest through magnificent landscapes, breathtaking coastlines or impossible vast ‘sprawl’-cities with a focus on 120 years of contemporary architecture.

Trip London, Cambridge & Walsall /09/2007

London, Cambridge & Walsall

Somewhere in the mid 90s in London a discussion group of young architects and artists came together: Adam Caruso, Tony Fretton, Jonathan Wolf, David Adjaye, Jonathan Sergison Brad Lochore, Stephen Bates, Mark Pimlott, Juan Salgado & Irene Scalbert. In the absence of their own work, they decide to work out their common ideas and publish it in a number of essays.

Trip Los Angeles, San Fransisco & La Jolla /2007

An architectural quest through magnificent landscapes, breathtaking coastlines or impossible vast ‘sprawl’-cities with a focus on 120 years of contemporary architecture.

Trip Munich, Linz, Salzburg & Graz /05/2005

München, Linz, Salzburg & Graz

The sunny Danube cities Linz and Krems, the old Salzburg, the (to our surprise) snowy Alps and the border area between Graz and Vienna, bringing us projects of Riepl & Riepl, Riegler Riewe, Lichtblau Wagner, Bétrix & Cosolascio and others.

Lecture by Christian Kieckens

't Leerhuys, Brugge

The current architecture in Switzerland is approached from three perspectives, namely the Swiss think neutrality, collectivity, control, planning, culture … the theme of ‘no architecture but building’ and contemporary interventions in this building through a different approach with materials, constructions, contemporary art …

Trip Architecture and Recuperation /08/2000

Hannover, Duisburg, Gelsenkirchen...

The first trip is the virtual world of the Hanover Expo. What is the future of mankind? The second trip is the real journey through the Ruhr region, which gives a real picture of what “recovery” for the architecture can do.

Trip The unbearable lightness of architecture /05/1994

Zürich, Basel, Weil-am-Rein...

By the fruitful collaboration of talented architects, sensitized clients engaged politicians, interested officials and critical media, a cultural climate arose in a region which proved to be a fertile ground for good architecture.

Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron is a Swiss architecture firm founded in 1978 with its head office in Basel. Herzog & de Meuron were awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2001.

Jacques Herzog (°19 April 1950) and Pierre de Meuron (° 8 May 1950) both attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have been visiting professors at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 1994 and professors at ETH Zürich since 1999.

“They refine the traditions of modernism to elemental simplicity, while transforming materials and surfaces through the exploration of new treatments and techniques.” In 2006, the New York Times Magazine called them “one of the most admired architecture firms in the world.”

HdM’s early works were reductivist pieces of modernity that registered on the same level as the minimalist art of Donald Judd. However, their recent work at Prada Tokyo, the Barcelona Forum Building and the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games, suggest a changing attitude. The shapes and forms of some of the works suggest art glass and objects d’art that one would see on a coffee table, like an art deco ashtray or quirky container for chocolates – a building becomes a blown-up version of desk art because the computer can do it, mimic the plasticity of the medium, and make it possible as a feat of engineering.

HdM’s commitment of articulation through materiality is a common thread through all their projects. Their formal gestures have generally progressed from the purist simplicity of rectangular forms to more complex and dynamic geometries. The architects often cite Joseph Beuys as an enduring artistic inspiration and collaborate with different artists on each architectural project. Their success can be attributed to their skills in revealing unfamiliar or unknown relationships by utilizing innovative materials.