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Grounds and Envelopes

Reshaping Architecture and the Built Environment, 1st Edition

By Michael U. Hensel, Jeffrey P. Turko


294 pages

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Providing a source of vision for the revitalisation of ground and envelope as spatial elements that can inform the search for embedded locally specific architectures, this book collects essays and projects that each contributes a particular element to what might constitute an integrated and richly nuanced approach to spatial organisation. Projects include:

  • Paulo Mendes da Rocha; Brazilian Pavilion, Osaka World Expo 1970, Osaka, Japan
  • RCR Arquitectes: Marquee at Les Cols Restaurant, Olot, Girona, Spain
  • Weiss / Manfredi; Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Peter Eisenman; City of Culture of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Plasma Studio and Groundlab; Xi’an Horticultural Expo, Longgang, China
  • Foreign Office Architects; Yokohama International Ferry Terminal, Yokohama, Japan
  • Nekton Design; Turf City, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Alvaro Siza; Swimming Pool, Leça da Palmeira, Portugal
  • Eduardo Souto de Moura; Braga Municipal Stadium, Braga Portugal
  • MVRDV; Villa VPRO, Hilversum, Netherlands
  • Bernard Tschumi; Le Fresnoy Art Centre, Tourcoing, France
  • OCEAN; World Centre for Human Concerns, New York City, USA
  • R&Sie(n); Spidernethewood, Nîmes, France
  • Toyo Ito; Serpentine Pavilion, London, England
  • Enric Miralles and Carme Pinós; Olympic Archery Range, Barcelona, Spain
  • Kengo Kuma; GC Prostho Museum Research Centre, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Cloud 9; MediaTic, Barcelona, Spain
  • Diller, Scofidio and Renfro; Blur Building, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, Swiss National Expo

With an abundance of built and un-built key projects available, it is now possible to outline the contours of a new discourse. This book initiates a new beginning in this direction so that architecture can partake in the creation of heterogeneous space and culturally, socially and environmentally sustainable built environments.

Table of Contents

Dedication Acknowledgements Foreword by David Leatherbarrow Introduction: En-Route to Non-Discrete Architecture 1. Space 2. Grounds 3. Envelopes 4. Environments 5. Locality 30 Projects: Grounds Project 01. Brazilian Pavilion, Osaka Project 02. Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, Sao Paolo Project 03. Spreebogen, Berlin Project 04. Marquee at Les Cols Restaurant, Girona Project 05. Seattle Art Museum Project, Seattle 06. Meydan, Istanbul Project 07. City of Culture of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela Project 08. Xi'an Horticultural Expo, Longgang Project 09. A Thousand Grounds, Berlin Project 10. Yokohama International Ferry Terminal, Yokohama Project 11. Turf City, Reykjavik Project 12. Braga Municipal Stadium, Braga Project 13. Swimming Pool, Leça da Palmeira Project 14. Asphalt Spot, Tokamashi Project 15. Geopark Playground, Stavanger Envelopes Project 16. Villa VPRO, Hilversum Project 17. Palazzo del Cinema, Venice Project 18. Le Fresnoy Art Centre, Tourcoing Project 19. World Centre for Human Concerns, New York City Project 20. Wall House, Santiago de Chile Project 21. 3 Seaside Second Homes, Norway Project 22. Spidernethewood, Nîmes Project 23. Serpentine Pavilion, London Project 24. Czech National Library, Prague Project 25. Olympic Archery Range, Barcelona Project 26. GC Prostho Museum Research Centre, Torii Matsu Machi Project 27. Endesa Pavilion, Barcelona Project 28. Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn Project 29. MediaTic, Barcelona Project 30. Blur Building, Yverdon-les-Bains Bibliography Index Author Biographies

About the Authors

Michael U. Hensel is an architect, researcher, educator and writer. He is currently Professor for Architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, where he directs the Research Centre for Architecture and Tectonics. He is founding and current chairman of OCEAN – Design Research Association and of SEA – Sustainable Environment Association, and has authored and edited numerous books and journals.

Jeffrey P. Turko is an educator, researcher, and founder of the international award-winning design practice NEKTON Studio. Currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton, he is also a registered architect in the Netherlands, an advisory board member of the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics, and current Vice Chair of OCEAN Design Research Association.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice