Academie voor Muziek, Woord en Dans (Academy for Music, Drama and Dance)
This academy is designed by Carlos Arroyo. Its facade changes from a forest to a ‘painting’ (inspired by a painting by Hoppenbrouwer) when you walk by. The building has its own dynamic based on the distance between two panels. The distance between the wooden beams inside are twice the distance between two panels.
The main entrance can be found under a shed which hold a small auditory. It is the building’s highest point. The other side of the building has the same height as the surrounding houses.
In the middle of the building there’s a structural wand which divides the building’s dynamic in two: when the left side goes up, the right side goes down. The upper side contains a window and makes it possible for sunlight to fall right into the classrooms.
Every classroom has its very own color and has a soft wall and a hard wall. The hard wall has some panels which can be removed or added to absorb sound.
At the end of the hall which allows access to the classrooms, there’s a small auditory for parents and student to conversing and/ or waiting.
Personally I find this project inspiring, specially the outside architecture. Inside I find some defects. Every classroom has its own color, but is limited only to the color of the floor. First, the doors to the classroom are white, but should have had the same color as the floor. That way students know which door to take when going to class. Now they see they’re mistaken when already opening the door. Plus, since every door is placed in a niche in a white hall, the rainbow-effect the architect wanted should have been more visible that way. Secondly, the absorbing panels are in each classroom red, which should have been the color chosen for that classroom.
Le Teatriz is an unique and stylish restaurant/bar in Madrid. It used to be a theatre, but was renovated by Philippe Starck and his team in 1990. The old stage is now a bar and the former spectators’ spot has changed into a restaurant.
The combination of conservation and innovation results in an unique atmosphere. The buildings history has remained present by merging its classic architecture with the avangarde style by Starck.
Every room is worth a look, even the toilets. This grey and sober room is filled with small cabines. Each of these cabines contains a toilet and breaths a totally different atmosfeer…
#museo caxia forum
Museo Caxia Forum is a cultural and architectural star in Madrid. The combination of an historical building with the vertical garden (by Patrick Blanc) and the modern construction (by Herzog & de Meuron) on the former electricity company attracts the crowd. The ‘interior’ square underneath the building levitates the museum. It forms an ideal meeting spot in the city, right in the shadow (very nice when the temperature rises) and offers an entrance to the museum, which has multiple exhibition rooms, a book shop, a restaurant, an auditorium for concerts and some multifuncional rooms.
Le Grand-Hornu is an historical mining industrial site in Hornu, Wallonia (Belgium). Its founder, Henri De Gorge (1774 – 1832) builded the housing area, de workshops, the offices and his own house, Castle De Gorge on the site between 1810 and 1830. It is a meaningful example of industrial heritage, the Industrial Revolution and an early example of urban design.
The site contains neoclassicim buildings around two courtyards on a rectangular domain embraced by six streets of working-class houses, common utilities and Castle De Gorge.
In 1954 the production of land reclamation ended due to the EGKS politics. (EGKS = Europese Gemeenschap voor Kolen en Staal => ECSC = Europian Coal and Steel Community). The working-class houses were sold to the workers, but were only looted by them and so they began to decay. In 1969 a Royal order decided to demolish the site. Thank to protests and objections, that didn’t happend. Henru Guchez, a local architect, bought the site for a symbolical amount and prevents the demolition. He renovates the site with his own resources.
In 1984 the management falls into the hand of the Grand-Hornu Images – society. They organize exhibitions about design and graphics.
In 2002, the renovated engineering buildings and a new, modern construction welcomes the public as the MAC’s (Musée d’Art Contemporain). The other buildings hosts exhibitions concerning the mining industry.