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WAÏF: Past and Present of a Monumental Dream

The Outsiders Series N6

Fernand Pouillon

Climat de France

Algiers, Argelia. 1954-1957

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WAÏF: Where architecture ïs white patterns
Dalí’s house in Port Lligat by Dalí and the artisans of Cadaquès

WAÏF: Where architecture ïs white patterns

Dalí’s house in Port Lligat by Dalí and the artisans of Cadaquès

The opposite of being funny is not being serious; the opposite of being funny is being not funny.

—G. K. Chesterton

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WAÏF: Revisiting Las Salinas

Las Salinas Hotel, built in 1973 by spanish architect Fernando Higueras, was one of the first buildings designed for tourism on the island of Lanzarote. As described in a tourist guide of the time “facilities have been carefully conjugated, combining the arid volcanic soil of its surroundings with a tropical atmosphere. This Hotel is the meeting point and place of residence of Heads of State and celebrities from all nature, visiting the island”.
Nowadays the hotel attempts to preserve the memory of a glorious past, a mix of exoticism and hedonism, where the exuberant architecture of Fernando Higueras acted as a magnificent setting.

Hotel Las Salinas

Fernando Higueras

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote. 1973

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WAÏF: Pritzker Paradise

Saadiyat Island is a huuuuuge development in Abu Dhabi, even by contemporary Persian Gulf standards.  Ultimately it will house 145,000 residents–basically a Kansas City built in about fifteen years.  (The comparisons with Kansas City stop there.)  The proposal’s monumental waterfront edge is a 600-acre cultural district–basically two Millennium Parks.  But whereas that Chicago venue boasts only one Pritzker architect (Frank Gehry, 1989 laureate) (two if you include the neighboring addition to the Art Institute by Renzo Piano, who got the prize in 1998), Saadiyat Island will boast a collection of five–count ‘em, FIVE!–Pritzker prize winners:

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WAÏF: Where architecture is a home

Exterieure Maison Latapie, Floriac 

By Lacaton & Vassal

Cette maison très économique, part de la commande d’une famille, un couple et deux enfants, disposant d’un petit budget.

Elle est située dans un quartier d’habitations, discontinu. La maison s’inscrit dans le profil de la rue. C’est un volume simple sur base carrée, qui propose deux plateaux libres”

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal, architectes

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WAÏF: Where architecture is a home

Interieur Maison Latapie, Floriac 

By Lacaton & Vassal

La mobilité des façades est et ouest permet à la maison d’évoluer du plus fermé au plus ouvert selon les besoins et les désirs de lumière, de transparence, d’intimité, de protection ou d’aération. 

L’espace habitable de la maison peut varier suivant les saisons, du plus petit, séjour-chambres, au plus grand, intégrant tout le jardin en plein été.”

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal, architectes

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WAÏF: Extreme Stages

Bregenzer Festspiele (Bregenz Festival) is a performing arts festival which is held every July and August in Bregenz, Austria.

Founded in 1946, the festival presents a wide variety of musical and theatrical events in several venues.

Seebühne (or floating stage), with 7,000 seats, is the location for large-scale opera or musical performances on a stage over water on the shores of Lake Constance. Opera or musical productions on the floating stage generally tend to come from the popular operatic repertoire, but often are extravagantly original and innovative productions/ stagings, frequently using the waters of the lake as an extension of the stage

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WAÏF:Where cities are Nolli’s style

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WAÏF:Where cities are Nolli’s style

 

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WAÏF: Where a summer palace becomes an imperial ruin 02

Kupari is home to the Kupari Tourist Complex, a disused military tourist resort. The complex includes several large hotels which were severely damaged during the Croatian War of Independence.

WAÏF: A greater sense of community

Willis Faber & Dumas Headquarters

The country headquarters for insurance company Willis Faber & Dumas challenged accepted thinking about the office building while maintaining a sense of continuity within its urban setting. Innovations such as the use of escalators in a three-storey structure, and the social dimension offered by its swimming pool, roof-top restaurant and garden, were all conceived in a spirit of democratising the workplace and encouraging a greater sense of community.

Foster + Partners

Ipswich, UK. 1971-1975

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WAÏF: When going back to work look’s like…

Alcatraz Federal Prison

United States Army

San Francisco Bay, 1847-1963

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WAÏF: The man and the cathedral

Mejorada del Campo Cathedral

Justo Gallego Martínez

Madrid. 1961-2014

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WAÏF: Souvenirs from the Bubble Era

Metropol-Parasol

Jürgen Mayer

Sevilla. 2012

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WAÏF: When the sky is inside (Indoor-outdoor relationship)

Cúpula del Teatre Museu Dalí

Emilio Pérez Piñero & Salvador Dalí

Figueres.

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