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Editorial
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Housing today

It is a pity that architects are not more involved in the construction of individual homes. Why is this sector’s share so low in relation to the total volume of building activities? During the 20th century when the turnkey houses appeared, the promoters became more and more important in West Europe and North America. This style of construction means to repeat the same receipts and the same standard plans. So there is no added value leaving a positive mark and nothing to enrich the neighbourhood at architectural or urban levels. Today, however, many young offices, from all countries in the world, have decided to discover more optimistic universes with the desire to shape their visions. When you listen to some of them, it appears to be one of the most rewarding parts of their activities.
Influenced by the life style’s accelerated evolution, the living habits, the materials, the economic stakes and the environmental requirements, residential architecture wants to be more sensitive in its useful dimension and its aesthetic value. And facing the excessive quantity of museum and commercial projects, it seeks to meet ordinary lives what invent their daily experience. Being close to the houses, in direct contact with the users enables to stay hooked to the simple reality. The constraints oblige the architects to look for innovative solutions, more sustainable for better-organized spaces, which are nevertheless not luxurious. To understand the specific needs of the place’s future occupants is the right answer, which is proven by the successful presence of the building itself.

The Archi-Europe team


Portrait of the month
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1 Julien De Smedt

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2 Holmenkollen Skijump, Oslo, Norway - 2011

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3 The Iceberg, Aarhus, Denmark – 2013

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Kalvebod Waves, Copenhagen, Denmark - 2013

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Harbour Bath and Blue Base, Faaborg, Denmark - 2014

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6 Harbour Bath and Blue Base, Faaborg, Denmark - 2014

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7 Police Station, Antwerp, Belgium – 2015

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8 Residential buildings, Paris, France - 2014

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9 Private home, Bois d'Amont (Jura), France - 2016

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Euralille Youth Centre, Lille, France - 2016

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11 Convention Center, Charleroi, Belgium – Ongoing

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12 Convention Center, Charleroi, Belgium – Ongoing

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13 Hangzhou Gateway Tower, Hangzhou, China – 2015

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14 Hangzhou Gateway Tower, Hangzhou, China – 2015

Julien De Smedt
JDS Architects, Brussels - Copenhagen - Shanghai

Very familiar with the city in general, the Franco-Belgian architect integrates the vegetation in the urban landscape by constructing environment friendly and efficient buildings. Places to live in, with culture and social space.


Right from the beginning, Julien De Smedt (1975) has shown his interest for the city. Passionate about skateboard, he strides across Brussels during his youth, to be closer to the urban atmosphere. He first studied in Brussels (Saint Luc Architecture Institute, La Cambre Architecture Institute, High School Sint-Lukas) then in Paris (Paris-Belleville Architecture school) and finally in London (Barlett School of Architecture) after a one year training period at OMA’s office in Rotterdam and an exchange at SciArc in Los Angeles. Freshly graduated in 2000, he returns to Rem Koolhass’s office and meets the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. At the beginning of 2001, the two young architects decide to work together in order to develop an architectural practice that turns intense research and analysis of practical as well as theoretical issues. Their office called PLOT was noticed for its innovating projects: the famous V&M Houses buildings, situated in the south Copenhagen Orestad district, offering a great variety of types of housing. Far from being classical, the construction volumes propose a maximum of light and clear views for all the apartments.

In 2006, Julien DeSmedt and Bjarke Ingels decide to separate their activities. Julien De Smedt creates JDS Architects, his own office in Copenhagen and rapidly finds a “springboard” to fame by winning the international competition for the Holmenkollen Skijump in Oslo. Inaugurated in 2011 during the World Championships, this technical exploit becomes a real attraction in Norway. In 2008, JDS opens up an office in Brussels whilst continuing his activities in Denmark.

Always favouring an efficient architecture, the architect designs the project ICEBERG in Aarhus (Denmark), winner - among other things – of a Cannes MIPIM Prize in 2013. This 208apartment complex established on the seafront brings a new dynamism to these worn-out industrial harbour areas. Thanks to the site’s extraordinary location, the idea was to maximize views and sunlight conditions for every single apartment and at the same time respect the in-land urban context. Instead of following the masterplan, which was dominated by closed building blocks, the Iceberg is laid out as four L-shaped wings. The volumes are cut up in peaks and valleys creating visual passages, so that even the back wing’s residents can also enjoy the view. The concept enables to adapt a great variety of housing types in the complex, the outer geometry changing upwards through the buildings.

The JDS office’s objective is to offer a real answer to the challenges of the urban world. In Seoul (in Korea three quarters of the population lives in town), the GWELL building defines a minimum expression for a maximum result with 700 apartments with 25sqm each.

Always underlining his close connection with nature, JDS works with KLAR architects on a site in Copenhagen, where there is neither life nor public activities partly because of the shade from the imposing buildings nearby. After studying the course of the shadows throughout the day and the year, the architects have rearranged two existing public squares on part of the Kalvebod port by extending them across the water and using pontoons to reach the areas with sunshine. To the south, the pier allows a flexible public space on the water with facilities to host events and festivals.

Also in Denmark (In Faaborg), the new public space Harbour Bath and Blue Base attracts visitors and invites inhabitants to swim and participate to different nautical activities. The concept is based on the creation of bathing areas in the sea. The wooden piers form ramps, stairs, and small pools for children.
In Belgium, with the timber-clad main volume, detached from the neighboring structures, the new police station of one of Antwerp’s suburbs creates a separation with the historical urban landscape. The building features a serie of long narrow windows and flexible inside spaces so that, over time, it could potentially become a residential building.

Three French projects stand out. In Paris, JDS was mandated two create two social housing buildings, being part of the masterplan of OMA/FAA/de XDGA on the boulevard Calberson Mac Donald, in Paris’s 19th arrondissement. Due to strict requirements, the mass of the building forms a T shape reflecting the maximum envelope available. The entire building is wrapped in a multilayer perforated metal cladding to play with sunlight.

In the undulating landscape of a small French commune near the Swiss border is embedded a secluded family dwelling, which blends into the hillside minimizing its visual impact. It appears as a mere bump on the steep mountainside, remaining almost completely unseen from the neighboring homes. Two largely glazed façades open up on the countryside. In Lille, a 6000sqm global interest project joins three distinctive programmes: a kindergarten, a youth hostel and offices for young entrepreneurs. Each programme is located in each point of a triangle, offering a maximum of privacy while allowing them a closeness and continuity of space, organized around a garden, like a cloister of calm in the centre of the city.

Within his ongoing projects, JDS has won a competition to complete a convention center next to the Charleroi Palais des Beaux-Arts (Belgium), which he is also renovating. This project is part of a larger initiative that intends to provide a better infrastructure for the city, with an integrated proposal for its urban location. The façade on the square’s side opens a dialogue with the site’s existing architecture.

The JDS office has also won the competition for the design of two buildings (hotel and office building) in the financial district of Hangzhou in China. The two sloping volumes offer different exterior expressions, yet guided by similar attitudes regarding sunlight, green roofs and an active ground plane, which creates a strong relation between the pair. The terraced volumes seem pixelated and rise to their highest point around an inner courtyard, whilst the building’s sleek profile provides views on the surrounding park. Another project in Hangzhou, a 15story tower, which should become the gateway for the Gongshu District and an icon for the urban transformation of the old industrial neighborhood. This tower features offices, restaurants, a post office, a terraced roof garden and a sunken passage that leads through a shopping center.

These examples of ambitious projects show a rational and pragmatic approach in close relation to the local culture. Each project is unique “humanly designed, politically engaged, financially viable and structurally realistic” in order to define an architectural expression of high quality.


jdsa.eu

Legends

1 Julien De Smedt
Photo © Frédéric Guerdin

2 Holmenkollen Skijump, Oslo, Norway - 2011
Photo © Marco Boella

3 The Iceberg, Aarhus, Denmark – 2013
In collaboration with CEBRA, SeArch and Louis Paillard
Photo © Mikkel Frost

4 Kalvebod Waves, Copenhagen, Denmark - 2013
Photo © Julien Lanoo

5 & 6 Harbour Bath and Blue Base, Faaborg, Denmark - 2014
With KLAR, CREO ARKITEKTER A/S and Sloth-Møller engineers
Photo © Julien Lanoo

7 Police Station, Antwerp, Belgium – 2015
Photo © Julien Lanoo

8 Residential buildings, Paris, France - 2014
JDS, XDGA, OMA, FAA, SETEC, ALTO, Emeric Lambert
Photo © Julien Lanoo

9 Private home, Bois d'Amont (Jura), France - 2016
Photo © Julien Lanoo

10 Euralille Youth Centre, Lille, France - 2016
Collaborators: Franck Boutté Consultants Office, EGIS, SL2EC
Photo © Julien Lanoo

11 & 12 Convention Center, Charleroi, Belgium – Ongoing
Photo © JDS architects

13 & 14 Hangzhou Gateway Tower, Hangzhou, China – 2015
JDS, CUC
Photo © JDS architects


Project of the month
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© Luc Spits Architecture

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“Le Cube blanc”
Architect: Luc Spits, Visé (Belgium)


”Each project is related to daily life and where you live must be beyond reproach,” says Luc Spits, a Belgian architect from Liège, who is open to the idea that architecture imposes itself to people and who is quite conscious of his responsibility. When he designs his own home, where he has also established his office, he is keen to combine use and beauty. Casually called the “White Cube” the building is situated in a traditional residential area. In spite of that, he chooses a contemporary style, without compromise and not at all flashy. Giving place to space and light, this simple architecture plays subtly with the variations of shadow and light during the day. “This strong project seems at first glance intimate and protected. But, once you have passed the façade, you discover a large luminous interior space totally open on the surrounding countryside, he states. The inside arrangements, sober and clean, underline the strength and the fineness of the main architectural lines.” With the intention of leaving nothing to chance, not even the smallest detail, the architect carefully selects his materials: clear bricks, white lacquered aluminium, glass and blue stone which are consistent with his minimalist approach. Following the ideas of Le Corbusier, who is his major influence, the house’s outside layout extends the strength of the architecture. A pond and different concrete elements bring you to the garden and the neighbouring countryside. The limits between inside and outside fade away with a wonderful place for family life, whilst professionally his young and dynamic team can work creatively. An architecture which “promotes for everyone a feeling of elevation and can make you feel better thanks to the simple emotions perceived”.

lucspits.be



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Events in the spotlight
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Bau2017

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Bau2017

BAU - The future of building at BAU 2017

BAU, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, is the biggest and most important event in the construction industry. Everyone involved in the international community for planning, building and designing buildings comes together here—i.e. architects, planners, investors, representatives of the industrial and commercial sectors, the building trades, etc.

The next BAU takes place from January 16 to 21, 2017 at the Messe München exhibition center.

Around 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and approximately 250,000 visitors from all around the world are expected to take part.
On display at BAU on about 185,000 square meters of exhibition space—for years all the available space has been fully booked—are architectural solutions, materials and systems for commercial and residential construction and for interior fit-out, for both new-build and renovation and modernization.

BAU is also the world´s largest trade fair for architects and construction engineers, attracting more than 60,000 design professionals. It lets them experience the latest ideas, technologies and materials in actual practice. And the fair's first-rate supporting program features a wealth of new ideas.The many attractive events in the supporting program, including high-caliber forums with experts from all over the world, round off this industry showcase.

More information: bau-muenchen.

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Piscine Global November 15 - 18, 2016 - Eureexpo Lyon

You are an architect, designer or landscaper? Come to the dedicated specifier days on 17th and 18th, 2016

LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION? WANT TO SEE THE LATEST INNOVATIONS?
PISCINE GLOBAL IS THE “MUST” EVENT FOR SECTOR PROFESSIONALS!

Program:
• THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH

CONFERENCES :
- Creating swimming pools with value added designs
- Integrating pools into the surroundings : is this a combination of skills or a dual skill?

- CONTEST AND THE THIRD EDITION OF THE POOL VISION EXHIBITION
An expert partner, Arch- Europe Group, 400 candidates and projects since 2012, 600 subscribers on LinkedIn, 15 journalists at the 3 Piscine Show network.

- STARTING AT 7.00PM, SHOWROOM ACADEMY AND POOL VISION TROPHY AWARDS CEREMONY and Cocktail party during the Show Late Night Opening.

• FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH

- A MODEL OF CONTEMPORARY TOWN PLANNING.
Guided Tour of the Confluence dis- trict led by the Lyon Tourist Information Office.

How to register: On the website www.piscine-expo.com with code GMFPR


 


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15th edition of Middle East’s largest real estate investment and development exhibition returns from 6 - 8 September 2016

For more than fifteen years, Cityscape Global has been the bridge between emerging and mature real estate markets bringing together investors and professionals from Asia, Middle East, Africa, Russia and the Indian subcontinent with those from Europe and the US. With over 43,000 participants expected, Cityscape is the annual opportunity to build and maintain your presence across emerging real estate markets
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This year flagship event will feature a range of country pavilions, including those dedicated to exhibitors from the UK, Pakistan, and India, a seminar theatre for exhibitors and a number of big-league speakers at the Cityscape Conference.

On the day preceding the show (5 September), the Cityscape Global Conference is expected to gather an exclusive mix of more than a 1,200 delegates and speakers taking part in three dedicated conference programmes: Market Overview, Architecture, and Real Estate Brokers.

For the first time since the Conference inception, the Market Overview programme will feature one of the most sought-after speakers, Rohit Talwar, a globally-renowned futurist and strategist, who will debate risk management and ground-breaking development strategies in legislation and investment policies for the global and local real estate market in the near future.

Following the success in 2015, the show returns with the Cityscape Talks seminar theatre, offering exhibitors dedicated space in the centre of Hall 1 on the show floor to engage with visitors and host presentations showcasing their organisations’ expertise and latest property developments.

The opening day of the show will feature the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets, an awards programme attracting hundreds of entries from developers and architects across emerging markets globally.

More about the event and/or register in advance please visit: http://bit.ly/23jkOSw

Competitions in the spotlight
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Archi-World® Academy 2015 - 2017 - III edition

After the great success of the first two editions 2011/1013 and 2013/2015 with the active participation of 24 world renowned architects as jury members, we are now launching Archi-World® Academy Awards 3.

We have the pleasure to present to you the jury members of the 2015 - 2017 edition: Sergey Romanov, Rudy Ricciotti, JKMM Architects, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Poponcini & Lootens, Labics, Guz Architects, SBA Architects, Grafton Architects, CHIASMUS, Ercan Çoban Architects, Emilio Ambasz and Associates

This third edition of the Archi-World Academy Awards will again involve students in architecture and architecture schools from all over the world and give to 12 winning students a fantastic opportunity to win a prestigious traineeship in top architecture practices which will definetely boost their carreer !


Challenge us with your best projects in a new topic "Responsible Future Architecture".

Registration is open: www.awacademy.org/registration.php
Deadline: Friday 30 September 2016

More information:
www.awacademy.org

Agenda
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Competitions
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We Pioneers: Trailblazers of Postwar Modernism
(> 5/03/2017) – Vienna Museum Moderner Kunst (AT)
Persona
(> 13/11/2016) - Paris Musée du Quai Branly (FR)
Georgia O’Keeffe
(6/08 - 30/10/2016) - London Tate Modern (UK)
The New Human
(> 5/03/2017) - Stockholm Moderna Museet (SE)
Lionel Jadot
(18/09 - 4/12/2016) – Hornu CID (B)
>> read more

2016 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition
Deadline: 27/09/2016

Genoa Blueprint Competition
Deadline: 15/12/2016

Moontopia – lunar colony competition
Deadline: 11/11/2016

>> read more
Books
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The difficult whole
A Reference Book on Robert Venturi, John Rauch and Denise Scott Brown
Kersten Geers, Jelena Pan?evac & Andrea Zanderigo


Park Books
€ 48.00
216 pages
English
ISBN 978-3-906027-84-5

>> Read more

Nouvelles architectures écologiques
Catherine Charlot-Valdieu, Philippe Outrequin

Editions du Moniteur
€ 59.00
400 pages
French
ISBN 9782281119305

>> Read more

Flooring Vol. 1
Standards, Solution principles, Materials

José Luis Moro


Detail Books
€ 78.00
120 pages
English
ISBN 978-3-95553-301-4

>> Read more

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Responsible Editor: Jacques Allard
Chief Editor: Marie-Claire Regniers

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