Sugamo Shinkin Bank
Architect: Emmanuelle Moureaux
Location/Year: Shimura, Tokyo, Japan / 2011
Happy Birthday Jorn Utzon!
Pritzker Prize winning architect Utzon (1918-2008) is the celebrated designer of the Sydney Opera House among other stunning works. Here he is with his family in his house in Denmark, along with his most famous building, as seen in our recently published monograph Jorn Utzon: Drawings and Buildings.
Bahrain National Theatre, Manama, Bahrain by Architecture-Studio
The program of this project includes a main auditorium of 1,001 seats, a flexible auditorium of 150 seats, and exhibition areas.
Bahrain, “the kingdom of the two seas,” offers a flat island landscape. The National Theatre fits in this landscape, connecting the sky and the sea. It expresses a cultural belonging to the Arab world and its layout is that of an Arab palace, settled around an empty central space. The traditional palace patio is replaced by the main foyer.
The main auditorium is located in the center of this space, encased like a precious jewel. The play of water, shade, and light is present throughout the building. The National Theatre is a landmark that embodies the artistic and cultural dynamism of the Kingdom both regionally and globally. It is designed to accommodate national and international events. It also serves as an urban and cultural center, a place for creation and rehearsal, where artists breathe life daily.
Jean Prouve, Maisons Coques, (1950-1952)
During the assembly work for the Mame Printing Works. Prouve made an observation that he later described as follows: “One beautiful day around lunchtime, I saw thirty workers taking a break. They were sitting and eating among the stored shed-roof elements – and they all told me the same thing: “We don’’t know why, but we feel at ease here.” This was the birth of the shell houses, or maisons coques, who’s prototype Prouve presented in Paris at the 1951 exhibition Arts Menagers. Basically, this construction principle entailed no more than creating a series of “shells” made of bent shed roof elements, which rest on facades or interior walls. Not much later, numerous variations on such “shell houses” were completed.