zeppelin magazine | no #54


Arhitectura magazine no 54 summary

Swiss Cultural Center – big game

Post de: Irina Suteu

The trio Gregoire Jeanmonod, Elric Petit, and Augustin Scott de Martinville, present the Plus is more collection. Six objects designed respecting the good Swiss rigour  however interpreting it in an even playful way like in the case of the wool rug “Miles”. Starting from a children game, the carpet is a blown up version of the traces left by a toy truck.

Buzesti 85, an office building like a breath of fresh air

Post de: Mihai Dutescu

Buzesti Street is one of the central arteries of Bucharest in the middle of a facelift process. Its image changes from day to day, new area urban plans are made and remade, old area urban plans are challenged, the area is becoming even more dense, there is first of all an attempt to limit real estate speculations and to give a planning solution for a number of problems such as those related to the traffic, and secondly, there is the result we can see for the time being, at least from the point of view of the common citizen, which is far from being a satisfactory one.

peripheriques: atrium. university building, jussieu, paris 5

Post de: Peripheriques

The atrium building on the Jussieu university campus, near the historic center of Paris, extends and completes the grid plan that architect Edouard Albert designed in the 60s to serve 45 000 students and researchers. The response formulated by Peripheriques for the extension is based on the existing system, where buildings are laid out in a crown configuration; but at the same it deforms it:: where Albert laid out a single patio, Peripheriques have planned two. One of them is covered by the bridge-buildings raised on pilotis to make short-cuts in the ring like circulation itinerary, and forms a “vertical place” that groups all the movements of the buildings, This concrete space opposes its heaviness and hardness to the light-weight metal cladding of its outer skin.

editorial: I was at a concert and I was thinking…

Post de: Constantin Goagea

Brocade, heavy velvet, wool clothing, this is how people used to get dressed more than a hundred of years ago. This is why, when they entered the concert halls, their clothes and the plush of the chairs made a perfect combination for the music to sound crystal clear. The sound absorption coefficients depended so much on the clothes of the spectators, that when the fashion changed, the sound of some halls simply faded away.

May 2007