Central Office Alibaba
Hangzhou • China
Hangar 16 Matadero-Madrid Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture Office
"A former restored slaughterhouse in Madrid offers space for a variety of cultural and creative activities, such as exhibitions that utilize defunct carcass-hanging hooks to display delicate pieces of art.
Given a limiting budget, we reduced our architectural decisions into two unique actions. The first one uses a particular industrial element: doors. By manipulating their position, the functional possibilities of the design were multiplied. For example, the main space could be transformed into smaller spaces to celebrate different activities simultaneously. The second move was to recover the brickwork to establish a distinct atmosphere within the building. The execution of these two simple ideas reinforced the scale and proportions of the interior, while at the same time, it revamped the character of the building.”
A University Re-brands
For the new campus of a business school in Vienna, six international architects design a series of innovative buildings. [via]
Description by picture, top to bottom:
- 1 & 2: Angled at 35 degrees, Zaha Hadid’s 300,000-square-foot library and Learning Center asserts itself on the central square.
- 3 & 4: A Cor-Ten-clad building by BUSarchitektur houses lecture halls and a pair of atria that bring daylight inside.
- 5: Carme Pinós designed her building as a set of narrow parallelograms connected at a central point.
- 6: Hitoshi Abe created a layered plan for his Student Center.
- 7: CRAB studio’s colorful building snakes around a series of courtyards and outdoor spaces.
- 8: Eduardo Arroyo’s firm NO.MAD stacked a group of boxes for its Executive Academy in the northwest corner of the campus.
- 9: The campus sits between the rectangular buildings of the Messe Exhibition Center and Prater park.