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Kevin McCloud's RIBA Trust lectureSubscription
In an extract from his RIBA Trust annual lecture on 18 May, Kevin McCloud puts architecture into context
'incredibly self-assured for a first building - a wonderful example of 21st-century baroque'Subscription
Brisac Gonzalez's competition-winning design for the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg serves as an exhibition platform for the four Swedish ethnographic collections. The western side of the building, which is essentially a simple box, is the solid zone with galleries. The open east side faces over an adjacent hill, where public activities take place.
'delicious, theatrical and beautifully detailed'Subscription
Nissen Adams' competition-winning entry for a new theatre in Poland's Gdansk houses the theatre element in a solid brick facade but locates the foyer, restaurants and café in a structure that is more open to the city. The route between foyer and auditorium uses screen-printed metal, reflective glass and video screens to create a sensual experience that is deliberately disorientating. The auditorium itself is flexible and has a retractable lighting grid beneath an artificial sky.
'canned energy, fit to burst'Subscription
The Lock-Keeper's Cottage by Surface houses a £660,000 graduate school and research facility for Queen Mary's College in London. The new structure replaces a pump house at the junction of the local canal and Mile End Park.
Block Architecture was approached by the Magasin 3 Gallery to produce a conceptual design for the refurbishment of its annex gallery in Djurgardsbrunn Park in Stockholm. The proposal is to line the outside of the building with a fence of 4m-high timber posts that are mirrored on one side. The posts can be rotated so that the entire building reflects - and disappears into - the surrounding parkland.
'we must never ignore the mavericks'Subscription
Fat's design for Heerlijkheid Hoogvliet, a recreation park on the northern outskirts of a suburb of Rotterdam, was informed by extensive consultations with local residents. The scheme includes a central building called The Villa for events ranging from weddings to Antillean dance parties. The park will have a swimming lake, sports facilities, barbecue spots, hobby huts, an arboretum and a pet cemetery.
The Bridge of Aspiration, executed by Martin Knight of Wilkinson Eyre, links the Royal Opera House to the Royal Ballet School.
'I want to be in that space'Subscription
Fin-top House by Moxon Architects is a proposed solution to the way Tokyo's land prices and zoning are forcing people to commute long distances to work. Designed to be used singly or in stacks, it is suitable for locations such as unused car parks or gap sites. The pods contain two bedrooms, dining and living space, plus a creative play zone for children. The materials used for the structure and skin have been chosen to minimise the building's energy use.