Doninpark, Vienna, Austria by LOVE Architecture
The Doninpark project is planned as a five-story residential, office and retail building. The shopping space is located on the ground floor, the first and second floor are designated for restaurants and office units, and the third floor and above house the residential apartments.
The project is characterized by two special design features. First, the shape of the building is directly derived from the relevant local zoning regulations. In essence, one could say that the city of Vienna designed the building, as the building’s appearance is a model of a kind of radical pragmatism (i.e. doing exactly what one is allowed to do). Second, due to the seemingly random window openings and projecting alcoves, the façade of the building defies efforts to grasp its scale. It is nearly impossible for the viewer to ascertain the true dimensions of the building, and one might say the building disguises its true size and expanse.
Photography: Jasmin Schuller
Victoria & Albert Museum, London by 6a architects
The fashion gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum reopens on 19th May 2012 following an extensive refurbishment designed by 6a architects. The gallery will house the fashion collection and temporary exhibitions for the next decade. Gallery 40, or the Octagon Court, is one of the largest and most architecturally distinctive interior spaces at the v&a. Built in 1909 by Aston Webb, the Grade I listed gallery is a vast domed space, with deep arched alcoves carved out of its perimeter. In 1962, the gallery was dramatically reconfigured with the insertion of a steel framed mezzanine, and the original mosaic floor covered over.
Through a careful process of demolition and stripping back, 6a architects has revealed the quality of Webb’s original architecture. The mosaic floor has been painstakingly restored and the original entrances to the gallery reinstated. The 1960s steel frame mezzanine is also celebrated: cut back and infilled to a pure circular geometry, it is wrapped in a new balustrade of slender white steel, and its stiletto-like columns exposed. Three new circular lighting rings are suspended from the original iron roof truss to provide both ambient and flexible exhibition lighting for temporary exhibitions and a terrazzo cylindrical lift makes the mezzanine fully accessible and completes the orbital architecture.