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WAÏF: Where architecture ïs doric

Adolf Loos, Chicago Tribune Tower Contest, 1922

WAÏF: When architecture is between Earth and Heaven

The Outsiders Series N8

John Lautner

Arango House

Acapulco, Mexico. 1972


WAÏF: Where architecture ïs tropical

TROPICALITIES: Postcards from Paradise

Go tropical, Fuck isolation!

More than a climatic issue, architecture in the tropics creates an independent trend with its own rules and style. For decades it was considered a regionalist trend of modernity, more or less an exotic extravaganza excluded from the official account of modern architecture history. Postcards from Paradise propose an easy, open-minded approach to tropical architecture looking for the sense of work behind architecture and aesthetics as an encouraging alternative to our tainted/corrupted context.

Go Tropical, Go Fun!

#1 James Edward, Las Pozas Gardens, Mexico, 1949-84

#2 Alan Vaughan-Richards, Alan Vaughan House, Nigeria, 1960s

#3 Leonardo V. Locsin, The Tanghalang Maria Makling, Philippines, 1976

#4 Anna Heringer, Meti Handmade School, India, 2004*

#5 Lina Bo Bardi, Valeria Cirell House, 1958

#6 Kevin Mark Low - Small Projects, Garden Gate - Aviary House, 200?*

#7 Vladimir Ossipoff, IBM Honolulu Headquarters, Hawaii, 1962

WAÏF: When architecture masters meet their religious clients

Lettres du Pere Couturier a Le Corbusier au propos du Monastaire de la Tourette, juillet 1953

"Les clients de l’architecte"

Les relations humaines ne sont pas toujours si simples et dans certains cas la relation client/architecte est plus chaude de ce que nous voudrions. En vrai, il n’est pas simple de faire cohabiter la liberté de l’artiste avec les désirs des clients, mais parfois le dialogue s’établit d’une façon naturelle. Les esquisses du Père Couturier deviennent un fond de plan pour permettre à l’architecte de rêver, d’imaginer une architecture alignée avec les rêves du client. Parfois, dans cette situation les projets retrouvent l’excellence.

text by WAÏF


WAÏF: When architecture ïs about happiness

The Outsiders Series N7

Andrew Geller

beach houses

The Hamptons & Fire Island, USA. 1950s & 1960s

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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