a+u Architecture and Urbanism 21:02_605

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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feature: e2a – strategic methodologies

a+u February issue features the architecture office E2A based in Zurich, Switzerland. E2A, which represents architects by 2 brothers, Piet and Wim Eckert, was started in 2001. The E2A architecture dominates our eyes with their solid design of strong truss structure and clear vertical and horizontal lines. This is the result from the work of resolving contradictions caused by the diverse functions, programs, ambitions and wishes, site constraints and conditions required of architecture, as symbolically explained in E2A’s statement, before finally putting them into the form of an architecture. E2A has clear strategies, finds methodologies, but at the same time recognizes that they must not lose resilience. The solutions derived from these points, that is, architecture, are clear and simple to understand. It is as if there was no struggle to…

conversation: mark lee with piet eckert and wim eckert

Mark Lee: I would love to hear about your architectural education, perhaps starting with your studies at the ETH Zurich. I remember when I first came to the ETH in the mid-90s, the discussion was very Berlin-centric, with Hans Kollhoff and Vittorio Lampugnani on the faculty, and Berlin figures like Fritz Neumeyer very present. Then, in the following years, a generation of architects emerging from Graubünden became more prevalent, along with a constant influx of international faculty. I’m very curious to hear – what were the ethos, the ideology, and the discourse when you were there as students? Wim Eckert: When we started, it was a time defined by the emerging Ticino School of architecture. We both studied with Flora Ruchat-Roncati in our first years. There was a rational and poetic…

plan – image – model

Along with the drawing, the model is the quintessential medium of architectural representation. Like architecture itself, it is three dimensional, and is therefore subject to multifaceted forms of perception. Our interest in models lies in how they allow us to understand the core idea of a design in three dimensions, and how they illustrate the spatial ramifications of a conceptual decision. In essence, they exist to communicate a strategy – which, if successful, usually unlocks many more possibilities than images ever could. Particularly fascinating is the interplay between models and the 2 other central protagonists of architectural representation: the image and the plan. In principle, the 3 different media are necessarily simultaneous. No one form can be detached from the other 2; model, image and plan belong together. Because they perform different…

project title: university of bremen, auditorium and conference center

The University of Bremen stands as a model for the democratization of academic education, interdisciplinarity, societal relevance, and practical experience. The concepts of transparency and co-creation shaped the expression of the original campus buildings, characterized by large rooms with flexible partitions, the elimination of lecture halls, and comprehensive technical infrastructure. The history of planning the University of Bremen can be regarded as an ideal example of urban development movements in Germany from the 1960s to the present. Today, the university, initially built as an architectonic, structuralist megalith on the outskirts of the city, is embedding itself deeper into the rather traditionally structured urban fabric that gradually surrounds the campus over time. Radiating outwards from the center of the university, the omnipresent leitmotif of space, structure, and infrastructure is transposed into a new…

vertical garden city

Density is a complicated process in Schwamendingen, considering the garden city concept designed by Albert Steiner, with its relatively low-rise, linear rows of “Zeilenbauten” structures. With the building heights and densities standards of today, it is difficult to preserve the existing qualities both in terms of buildings and open spaces. With the enclosure of the nearby highway and corresponding proposal for a new linear park, an impetus has been created for a public space that not only opens up a completely new perspective for urban development, but also implies a new scale in its response to and connection with the highway. Considering the problematic orientation of the planned south-southwest and north-northeast lines of buildings, we are developing narrow row structures that establish a relationship to the prevailing building structures in both…

huthmacher haus, zentrum am zoo

The 16-story Huthmacher Haus, along with the Bikini Haus, belongs to the building complex entitled “Zentrum am Zoo.” These buildings are part of the Breitscheidplatz area, which is subject to historic preservation. The Huthmacher Haus was completed in 1957 and is currently occupied by various tenants. In 2021, the permit for its current functions will expire, and the building also no longer meets contemporary safety requirements. The owners therefore envisage demolishing the existing building and replacing it with a slender, 23-story highrise. The new building will fit naturally into the historical protected ensemble. Referring to the neighboring building – the striking Bikini Haus – the Huthmacher Haus will also encompass 3 floors open to the public. The ground floor will house spaces for gastronomy and provide access to public bicycle parking…