This spring we’re off on a journey, not on an exotic destination like Chandigarh or Naoshima, but to the Flemish hinterland where the names of the hamlets vaguely sounds familiar and where cyclists tracks are guiding us.
Some buildings are better as they get older – or as we get older?
With Alvar Aalto as a compass we travel through the endless forests and get back the feeling to come home to every classic: the works are beautifully preserved and make even more impressed than before.
Bricks are known as a building material in Denmark and indeed throughout Scandinavia during the past 900 years. The longevity and the fact that the materials are combustible, has made that bricks have gradually replaced wooden houses in the cities.
The Ruhr was once the largest industrial region in Europe. There was massive coal mined and steel produced. In the eighties, the decline of the heavy industry was a fact, and most of the mining and steel workers were unemployed. The regional project IBA Emscher Park changed a lot for the Ruhr.
One of the icons of postwar modernism in Flanders, and a highlight in the work of Ir. Architect Paul Felix (1913-1981), was opened exactly 50 years ago, to be subsequently closed (to the public).
There is a rare charm and something indescribable personal from all that is in the hands of Asplund & Lewerents.
The fact that Peter Zumthor builded a few notable buildings in Cologne is widely known.
The Ludwig Mies van der Rohe villas from the 1930s in Krefeld are also marked as “must see” since the lectures of Dirk De Meyer.
The Danes and Swedes use the landscape to structure urban interventions. Whether newly designed squares, parks and spaces are tilted on a higher level by assigning objects a second layer of meaning.
La Saline Royale, de Claude-Nicolas Ledoux + Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp (1950) Le Corbusier.
The overload of architecture imported from the West seemed to stop lately in the Islamic world with a an architectural revitalization. A search for a truer identity. From simple residential buildings up to spectacular monuments … a quest for the “right architecture on the right place”.