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WAÏF: Where architecture ïs Handmade

The METI Handmade School in Rudrapu, Bangladesh, by Anna Heringer 2005

"The METI Handmade School, a primary school for 168 students located in Rudrapur in northern Bangladesh, was built with the assistance of local craftsmen making use of traditional materials, primarily mud and bamboo. An example of sustainable architecture, the project received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007, not only for its simple, humane approach and beauty but also for the level of cooperation achieved between architects, craftsmen, clients and users."


WAÏF: Where architecture ïs african patterns

Alliance Franco-Sénégalaise in Kaolac, Senegal, by Patrick Dugarric 1995

"Built to house the Alliance Française, and to provide the provincial town of Kaolack with much needed library space, meeting areas, and classrooms, as well as performance and entertainment areas, the mission of the Franco-Sénégalaise Cultural Centre is to promote knowledge and understanding of the French language and culture. Its architect, Patrick Dujarric, grouped the various functional spaces of the institution on varied levels in a 3,212 square meter rectangular space whose built area covers only 750 square meters, thereby allotting generous space for outdoor activity. This arrangement of functions is in keeping with the traditional style of assembling public structures in local villages. The plan and massing are simple and ingenious in the way they integrate indoor and outdoor space, but intricately complicated in the use of iconography, ornament, and decoration. These designs synthesise traditional patterns in an entirely new way, re-integrating art into the very structure of architecture. The jury found the centre to be an impressive building, a modern complex in an African country that seems truly of its place."


Through my buildings, I want to receive the kind of adulation usually reserved for pop stars.

—Ricardo Bofill

WAÏF: Where architecture ïs extreme

Kowloon City, Hong Kong. Most densely populated city on earth.


The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken (DutchKoninklijke Serres van LakenFrenchSerres Royales de Laeken), are a vast complex of monumental heated greenhouses in the park of the Royal Palace of Laeken in the north of Brussels. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the city.

The complex was commissioned by King Leopold II and designed by Alphonse Balat. Built between 1874 and 1895, the complex was finished with the completion of the so-called “Iron Church”, a domed greenhouse that would originally serve as the royal chapel. The total floor surface of this immense complex is 2.5 hectares (270,000 square feet). 800,000 liters (over 200,000 US gallons) of fuel oil are needed each year to heat the buildings.

The complex can only be visited during a two-week period in April–May each year, when most flowers are in full bloom.

Credits : [Wikipedia] [Olivier Polet] [Luc Viatour]

WAÏF: Where architecture ïs Glass and then boom!

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WAÏF: Illuminated ceilings by Pipilotti Rist

Sofitel Hotel

Jean Nouvel

Vienna. 2010


WAÏF: When Postmodernism spoil it all

Torres Colón

Antonio Lamela

Madrid, 1976 -


WAÏF: Cyprien Gaillard – Real Remnants of Fictive War. 2010


The series Real Remnants of Fictive Wars comprises 6 films that depict billowing clouds of smoke in a series of landscapes, including a suburban area (I), a tunnel (II), a rural landscape (III), a forest in Vietnam (IV), a chateau estate (V) and Spiral Jetty(VI).

Cyprien Gaillard uses fire extinguishers that release powder to create these clouds of smoke. It is the fleeting actions produced by hidden extinguishers that he films and photographs. He recalls how he would initially steal fire extinguishers for the pleasure of setting them off on pieces of wasteland. “I like the fire extinguisher as an object. It is a vital object and an object of emergency — an object linked to safety standards that I use in the most useless way possible to create clouds of smoke.”

WAÏF: Where architecture ïs camouflage

Hotel Kandalama

Geoffrey Bawa

Sri Lanka. 1995


WAÏF: The Hamar Cathedral

"Hamardomen" at Hedmarksmuseet

Kjell Lund

Hamar. 1988


WAÏF: Where innovation meets tradition

Hall of Nations - Pragati Maidan

The Permanent Exhibition Complex is designed to form the focus of 130 acres of Exhibition ground designed by Raj Rewal in New Delhi. The design was evolved to meet the constraints of time, availability of materials and labour, but above all, to reflect symbolically and technologically, India’s intermediate technology in the 25th year of its independence. The depth of the structural system was utilized as a Sun breaker and conceived of in terms of the traditional ‘jali’, a geometrical pattern of perforation that serves to obstruct directs rays of the harsh Sun while permitting air circulation.

The main pavilion of the Hall of Nations has a clear span of 78 metres and a height varying from three metres to 21 metres, thereby providing a vast capacity for items to be exhibited, from books to bulldozers.

Raj Rewal

New Delhi, 1972


WAÏF: When Architecture was a sign of modernity

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Gordon Bunshaft. SOM

Washington DC. 1974


WAÏF:     scalesofperception:

A Drone’s View of Burning Man 2014 | Eric Cheng | Via

Burning man — the 70,000-person annual art event and temporary community in Nevada’s black rock desert — has come to an end, Concluding in a spectacular burst of flames. While the large-scale sculptural installations and dramatic and theatrical happenings have been documented by both professional and everyday picture-takers, this year’s edition included a new generation of photographers: drones. Cinematographer and pilot Eric Cheng flew his DJI phantom 2 quadcopter over the arid landscape, chronicling the life of ‘burners’ from above. From the device’s height, the masses seem to be tiny ants traveling across the vast built environment, riding bicycles through the dust and gathering for special and significant community art events. watch cheng’s video below and take an aerial tour of this year’s burning man.

SoP | Scale or Representation