No-deal Brexit would mean EU architects’ qualifications no longer recognised automatically in UK

If the UK leaves the European Union without a Brexit deal, British architects’ qualifications will no longer automatically recognised in Europe and vice versa.

The Architects Registration Board (ARB), a statutory body that regulates the UK architecture profession, has warned that if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal on its future relationship architects coming to the UK for work would have to have their qualifications recognised through a “new procedure”. Continue reading

An Undulating Brick Facade Imitates the Free-Flowing Movement of Draped Fabric

German architecture firm Behet Bondzio Lin Architekten recently constructed a new headquarters for the Association of the Northwest German Textile and Garment Industry in Münster, Germany. The firm wanted the building to allude to the association’s work with fabric, and designed a facade that would imitate its folds through a gradient of bricks oriented at different angles.

The decision to recreate the appearance of a soft textile from a firm material was inspired by the alabaster folds of Max Klinger‘s statue of Beethoven located at the Leipzig Art Museum. The carved composer sits shirtless on an armchair with what appears to be a piece of fabric draped over his knee. The fluid nature of the sculpture’s scarf is believable, despite its composition of solid stone. A similar experience is shared by the new headquarters, however created from bricks rather than rock. You can see more of the Behet Bondzio Lin’s designs on their website. (via Jeroen Apers) Continue reading

Studio MK27 updates and expands Gama Issa house in São Paulo

Gama Issa by Studio MK27

Brazilian firm Studio MK27 has renovated and enlarged a house designed by its founding partner in the early 2000s, which features white surfaces and huge windows that open to the garden.

The project, called Gama Issa V2.0 house, entailed adding a new rectilinear volume to a two-storey dwelling that was completed in 2001 in São Paulo. The original home was designed by architect Marcio Kogan, who started an eponymous practice in the 1970s and renamed his firm Studio MK27 in 2001. Continue reading