Marina Abramovic Institute by OMA

Marina Abramović, a Belegrad artist with 30 years of practice in New York, chose a Dutch atelier OMA, to remodel her former theater into an institution for preservation of experimental art and theatre, bearing her name. The original building, located in Hudson, NY, served as a center of Hudson School art movement. Over time it was transformed into a tennis hall, antique warehouse and a marketplace. In 2007 Marina bought the decaying building and intended to turn it into a center for science, technology, and education as a space for workshops, lectures, and festivals. The building is planned to retain its character and most of the changes will happen in the interior. A large hall will become the integral element, housing various cultural events. Visually interconnected library spaces, offices, and numerous lecture halls will be located around the hall.

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Serpentine Gallery by Peter Zumthor

The Serpentine Pavilion by the masterful Peter Zumthor embodies a silent meditation of nature packed into a black box. The structure plays with the senses of visitors by initially absorbing all the light and subsequently opening up a lush floral courtyard offering a calm sun-filled relaxation spot. The Pavilion is classic Zumthor with his minimalism and modest modernism, pushing the envelope of restrained design by reducing aesthetic elements and even light itself. As the black box engulfs the visitors, they are led by a distant sunlight through a dark corridor into the inner courtyard.

Only at this point, the true meaning of this space is understood – a closed garden (lat. hortus conclusus) connects the jet black building with vivid nature. The garden is designed by Piet Oudolf (Netherlands) and its size of 250 m2 creates an abundance of space for contemplation in harmony with flora of various colours, shapes, sizes and aromas. Angling into the courtyard, the roof enables unobstructed view of the sky. Sheltered seating area is placed around the garden.

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Villa Frankenstein by Vicky Richardson

British pavilion for the 12th biennial of architecture in Venezia, Italy has been commissioned to Vicky Richardson, director of the department for architecture, design and mode at British Council – a leading cultural and educational organisation. The pavilion was opened on the 29th of august 2010 and was ironically named Villa Frankenstein referring to a Victorian social critic and historian of venetian architecture John Ruskin.

The entire space represents a stage for exchange of opinions between Great Britain and Venetia. The centerpiece of the pavilion is a copy of Olympic stadium that will be build in London in 2012. This hybrid structure can serve as a platform for drawing, discussions or scientific research. After the biennial the pavilion will be re-constructed at another place in Venetia as a cultural heritage.

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D-17 Sarah Oppenheimer

Prizewinner Roma Prize 2010-2011, Sarah Oppenheimer well-known for elegant, aesthetic but surprising installations of a changing gallery or museum space. She exceeds barriers and destroys the frontier between the possible and impossible. Her last project D-17, situated in the Art Gallery of Rice University, is reminding of a levitating wing that is flying out of the building breaking through a glazed wall of the gallery, as deliberating from tentacles of closed gallery space. The installation looks surreal.

Throughout the day the sculpture changes thanks to a showy lighting. The light does not changes only the element itself but it influences the surrounding space where the sculpture is located as well. The sunlight transforms the translucent glazed wall of the gallery to a mirror. From the technical point of view, the construction of the D-17 demanded several processes as CNC milling, structural engineering, metal production or even a safety and fire inspection, not to forget the final installation by a construction team.

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Casa das Histórias

The building designed by this year`s Pritzker prize-winner Eduardo Souto de Moura. The award is one of the most prestigious prize for architecture. The exhibition building designated for painting, drawings and posters of internationally-known Portuguese painter and illustrator Paula Rego. The architect created an original museum building made from red concrete. The building houses besides the gallery a shop, a cafeteria and a poly-functional auditorium for up to 200 people.

The design reflects some elements of historical architecture that get a modern look considering natural surroundings of the parcel. The main skyline of the building is formed by four wings of different size and two pyramid-shaped towers. The interior is in typical white contrasting with blue-grey Cansais marble used on flooring. The artist herself chose de Moura to design her museum. De Moura gave in to the inspiration by regional elements, this is his first project when he backed out of the modern abstraction which is dominant in his work. The project of Casa das Histórias has brought a brand new approach on architect`s work in Portuguese as in world architecture.

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