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a+u - Architecture and Urbanism - is a monthly architectural magazine established in 1971. Since its inaugural issue, a+u has been widely celebrated by architects everywhere as Japan's only monthly periodical that provides in-depth reporting of architecture worldwide. Each issue is edited from a unique perspective, with essays penned by renowned architects, critics, and historians to guide the direction of tomorrow’s architecture, within and beyond Japan. Text is bilingual in English and Japanese. 1971年1月創刊。創刊以来、海外の建築情報を伝える日本唯一の月刊誌として、広く建築界に親しまれています。a+uの取材ネットワークは全世界に及び、100余カ国を網羅しています。これら各国の建築家を直接取材し、毎号独自の視点で編集することにより、生の動向をいち早く読者の皆様にお届けしています。また、建築家・評論家・歴史家による書き下ろし論文を掲載し、明日の建築のあり方を考える指針として国内外の建築界に多大な影響を与えています。

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4 min.
feature: valerio olgiati non-referential architecture

This October issue of a+u is our second monograph dedicated to Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati. Back in our a+u 12:12 issue, Olgiati shared with us in an interview with Markus Breitschmid about his theory on “making a building that is not arbitrary and is also not determined by an ideal”. Consistent with his thinking, Olgiati’s buildings are devoid of any origin, and therefore, “non-referential” as described in this issue’s essay ideated by Olgiati and written by Breitschmid. To further build on this representation, a short essay by Go Hasegawa engages our senses to bring us closer to the presence of one of Olgiati’s works – Villa Além (pp. 110–127). In this issue 15 projects are introduced, each accompanied by precise textured drawings and a text written by the architect. (a+u) Valerio Olgiati…

10 min.
essay: non-referential architecture

Seventh Principle: Sensemaking Buildings have to be sense-making. It is nonsensical if a building solely embodies a conceptual order. The quest for the sensemaking of a building is inevitable. To proclaim sense-making as a principle of non-referential architecture might be unexpected. The non-referential and sense-making are not typically seen as having something in common. Such an assumption is incorrect. Non-referential architecture can be sense-making. There is a tendency in contemporary architecture to retreat from the sense-making capabilities of buildings. It is argued that sense-making is not possible any longer in a world in which there exists no accord on the viability of references. While sensemaking for the majority of stakeholders in the field of architecture – who typically have not yet accepted that we live in a non-referential world – remains an approach…

2 min.
pearling site

The site contains ruins that form part of the UNESCO Pearling Path. The entire building functions as the entrance to the cultural heritage and the foyer for the medina. It is an urban room for the people of Muharraq with the scale of a public park. Concrete elements are placed along the property boundary to form a new locus in the dense city. A large space is created in which a forest of columns and wind towers hold a horizontal plate 10 meters above ground. A roof, understood as an archaic gesture, donates vital shadows for the people of Muharraq in this very hot climate, and produces a new and unique situation through its different scale. Slightly set back in the shadow is an enigmatic house in which the museum…

1 min.
baloise park c

House-shaped columns carry horizontal slabs to form an earthy stone shelf made of concrete. The center of the building is illuminated by an atrium. 4 massive pillars form the building’s foundation in it. All parts of the building form an indivisible structure. On the ground floor is a foyer surrounded by walls. It is not visible from the outside. Here one enters the building from the street, the light comes from above and the atmosphere is calm. Above the foyer, in contrast to this, are extroverted open office spaces with horizontal references to the other floors and the surrounding area. Everything here can be experienced in its entirety where people work together on open and bright balconies over the street level. Credits and Data Project title: Baloise Park C Client: Basler Leben AG Location:…

1 min.
torre san felipe

The construction is covered by a 10 cm thin concrete skin. It gives the residential tower an appearance of a fragile paper-like creature. The façade just hangs above the street level. The forces are directed into the foundation via an inner structure composed of a central core and peripheral pillars. Technically, necessary joints and decorative ornaments are visible on the façade. Together with the 3 unique silhouette-like windows, they give the façade its totem-like expression. The windows correspond to 3 different uses and determine the character of each room. Through the large living room window one observes, while behind the vertical window one works, and the small square window in the bedroom serves as ventilation. Credits and Data Project title: Torre San Felipe Client: W.W.G. del Peru S.A. Location: Lima, Peru Commencement: 2010 Architect: Valerio Olgiati Collaborators:…

1 min.
lützowufer residential building

The building occupies the entire buildable perimeter. Neighbor distancing parameters lead to a staircase-like volume formally defined by building laws. Expressed as a freestanding organism, it appears as an autonomous object that takes full advantage of the qualities of the backyard plot with its firewalls. The frame-like structure has massive concrete columns stacked on top of each other. The building appears the same on all sides. The gradations of the ceilings are also the same on each side so that all apartments have exactly the same architectural qualities, regardless of which floor they are on. In all the apartments, the setback ceilings create the impression of living in a penthouse. This generosity is further reinforced by the floor panels extending beyond the glazing to allow the room to be perceived…