Mark #58 Oct/Nov 2015

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Mark #58 jumps to Japan where we take a look at how Jun Igarashi makes the most of small spaces.

He has recently completed three houses, which showcase a raw minimalistic design, on the island of Hokkaido. Although Igarashi himself states that he has "no style", there seems to be a similar architectural approach in his houses.

We then venture into Paris to explore the longest building in the city. The former abandoned warehouse, Entrepôt Macdonald, has been renovated by fifteen architecture firms collaborating together. The project now houses a variety of spaces, bringing back life to a neglected area. Responsible for the master plan, architect Floris Alkemade talks to Mark and gives us the insight with an interview.

Back in the Netherlands, 'pimp my boat' looks at a unique hotel experience. Located on the roof of a floating hotel, five large sculpture letters, which can be seen as far away as Amsterdam central station, spell out Botel. Each bold and bright letter accommodates a hotel room, designed by five different architects, each space has its own unique style.

In an era where technology is taking a leading role, in Toronto, Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer are at the forefront. They are making 3d-printed sculptures with hyper-elaborate surfaces. They carefully assemble the pieces together and display them at exhibitions. The intricate detailing creates a spectacle filled with ornamentation.

Cross Section:

Terroir / Kim Utzon, Monadnock, Diego Arraigada, Dekleva Gregorič, Buro Bill / Zampone, Tale of Tales, Taichi Mitsuya, Rojkind, N/A, Zaha Hadid, Atelier Riri, Theo Deutinger, D’Houndt+Bajart, NE-AR


  • The former Entrepôt Macdonald – the longest building in Paris – now houses shops, offices, schools and over 1,100 dwellings. Fifteen architects collaborated on the renovation: Xaveer De Geyter, Floris Alkemade, Christian de Portzamparc, Nicolas Michelin, Brenac Gonzalez, Gigon Guyer, Stéphane Maupin, Julien De Smedt, Habiter Autrement, Hondelatte Laporte, L’AUC, Marc Mimram, François Leclercq, Odile Decq, Kengo Kuma

Long Section:

  • Jems Architects transformed the grounds of a former coal mine into a congress centre.
  • Jean Nouvel’s Philharmonie de Paris is an asset to the city, despite the scandals surrounding its construction.
  • A floating hotel in Amsterdam has been pimped with five new rooms, each designed by a different architect.
  • Michael Maltzan’s One Santa Fe merges enormousness with intimacy.
  • Jun Igarashi’s three most recently completed houses on the Japanese island of Hokkaido are different yet alike.
  • Ryder Henry creates model cities that combine contemporary architecture with science-fiction motifs.
  • Zaha Hadid returns to her roots at Oxford University.
  • Odile Decq’s extension to an art collector’s manor house serves as guest lodgings with a view of the surroundings.
  • Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer make 3D-printed objects with hyper-elaborate surfaces.
  • Adamo-Faiden’s Casa Fernández allows its occupants to enjoy the scents and shadows of Belgrano.
  • Ricardo Devesa talks about his fetishistic desire to collect books and the future of architectural publishing.


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