Beneath the Volcano
Eon architects have raised a tribute to Hekla on the lava
plains of Iceland
The main entrance of Heklahof has been nestled into the folded facade
fronting the approach to the building. This facade, almost six metres
tall, is made of lava and concrete. Previous spread: Gunnar Bergmann Stefánsson
and Hledis Sveinsdottír. Opening spread: window niches appeare
as natural cracks in the lava facing. In the background Hekla.
Entrance hall with space for reception and café. The concrete raftered
ceiling is supported by a century old beam of drift-wood.
The combined conference and restaurant section faces Hekla. Following
spread: the lava covered roofing to the conference/restaurant area.
A »fault-fissure« leads to the rear entrance.
The tower is clad in Jatoba wood, the only non-native building material
The Wandering Worm of Wanås
When barely twenty she designed and drove to completion the Vietnam monument
in Washington. Maya Lin, architect and artist, has now realised her largest
creation in a cow pasture in Skåne, southern Sweden.
Maya Lins 11 Minute Line. The name derives from the time it takes
to walk from one end to the other of this nearly 500 metre long snake-
Lin on the Line.
The 11 Minute Line (clockwise from left): Lins original sketch;
the Line follows a track defined with the aid of GPS; Lins first
model was shaped out of gravel; the line follows in part the natural lie
of the land, with the two circles located in the meadows two dips.
(clockwise from left): the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C.
(1982); Library for the Childrens Defence Fund (CDF), Tennessee
(1999); Wave Field, University of Michigan (199395); pavilion, Manhattanville
College (ongoing); chapel for CDF, Tennessee (2004).
Once upon a time Denmark led the world in design and architecture. Seven
youthful firms now intend to retrieve lost ground.
Clockwise from below: the classics which provide the starting point for
the exhibition; Bruce Mau; with the help of T-shirts the SRL architects
explain how coastal housing areas can be created on a couple of artificial
islands; Kontrapunkts proposal for a new child care system; in Arkitemas
view, buildings should be mass produced and transported round the world
by airship (two illustrations). Previous spread: HySociety, by Plot, a
housing area self-sufficient in electricity, heating and water.
Clockwise from below: by cultivating medicine instead of food Danish agriculture
can again become competitive according to Nord (two illustrations); the
economic problems facing Greenland can be solved by taking advantage of
melted snow and ice, is the suggestion from Bruce Mau; Plots HySociety
housing area; HySociety is based on a nation-wide statistical survey which
has been shrunk to fill a housing estate of 100,000 square metres; Plots
other project, Superharbour, presents a central port serving Denmark and
Woodwork with a Vengeance
Spruce, pine, birch, aspen wood, oak timber in plenty has been
called on to construct Finlands largest wooden building.
Sarlotta Narjus and Antti-Matti Siikala.
The inner courtyard and main entrance. Previous spread: the short sides
are clad in planks sawn from century-old trunks. Sloping slats on the
long sides conceal windows.
The entrance hall, with its massive laminated wood pillar, also serves
as staff restaurant. Opposite page: central stairs up to the office floor.
Following spread: the conference hall is panelled in tarred aspen wood
White glazed pine slats have been formed to match the conference halls
oval shape. Both the copper fittings and the solid pine writing unit are
from designs by the architects. The chairs from Nikari were designed by
Kari Virtanen and specially crafted for Metla in the full range of Finnish
Norway Says, and promises too.
Andreas Engesvik; the newspaper rack Papermaster (Swedese); module sofa
Ugo (L.K.Hjelle) covered in Odal (Gudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik). Opposite
page: Torbjørn Anderssen. Previous spread: Anderssen, Engesvik
and Espen Voll at the office; Break (L.K.Hjelle), winner of Forums
+1-diploma 2004; the chair Dock (Globe furniture).
The Norway Says shop, sells the trios own products and a selection
of others. The carpets designed by the trio are from
the Primær collection (Lone Tepper), Opposite page: Voll in his
Pancras chair (Iform).
The Belly of an Architect
Grand Hotels recipe for success: take a world-renowned kitchen designer
and stir in 130 million Swedish crowns and 900 square metres.
(p 107) Clearing table for room service orders. Corner protection and
edging are specially designed, filled with mortar and rubber to cushion
knocks and noises. Previous spread: the pride of the kitchen, the Molteni
(p 109) The walls of the cold buffet are lined with motorised counters
for serving large groups. Opposite page: kitchen for hot dishes. The former
bulky extractor hoods have been replaced by a ventilated inner ceiling.
Brisac Gonzalez are razing frontiers at Göteborgs new museum
of global culture.
(p 113) When Brisac Gonzalez won the contest for Göteborgs
new Världskulturmuseum (museum of global culture) in May 1999, their
design proposal resembled a heap of ice cubes. A cube of glass projecting
towards Södra vägen. Previous spread: the atrium with its impressive
staircase, also serving as podium.
(p 115) The atrium. The entrance one floor up leads out to Korsvägen
and the city centre. Opposite page: the exhibition gallery on the ground
(p 116) Living as they preach: Cécile Brisac from France and the
Cuban-American Edgar Gonzalez have an office in London (below); one of
the ground floor seminar rooms (bottom).
(p 119) The seating accommodation in pink lea-ther was specially designed.
Opposite page: the entrance to the shop is an eye-catching swing-door
in stainless steel (above); the auditorium.
(p 121) The projecting library. Opposite page: staircase leading from
the underground exhibition gallery to the museum entrance.
(p 122) Old models. Opposite page: the museums steel framework is
lifted into place during a night shift (above). Below: the Världskulturmuseum
is in two parts, one enclosed area facing Södra vägen and an
open space fronting the Liseberg park at the rear. The main entrance is
seen at street level.