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This year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial provokes new thoughts about history
The incorporation of a toilet into the memorial for a beloved public figure is a delicate matter, and one that fully justifies a revival of the otherwise tediously prudish British tradition of the subterranean lav. Here, however, the monument takes the form of a children’s playground inspired by Peter Pan, incorporating wigwams and a pirate ship, and the toilets are accordingly anything but po-faced. Rising from the landscaping (designed by Land Use Consultants), a grassy mound covers ...
Typology: Public toiletSubscription
From the pissoir to the sanisette, from the communal to the stand-alone pod, from male to female provision, a rich seam of history runs through toilets
Women’s Toilet in Thane, India by Rohan ChavanSubscription
Secure places to relieve oneself are important for women in India – not only to raise awareness about endemic abuse – but do they work as sites of social interaction?
The symbolic or signifying functions of the public toilet are usually secondary, at the most speaking of civic generosity, or, more accidentally, of meanness and neglect. But why shouldn’t the smallest room commune with the cosmos, as in this public lavatory on the Japanese island of Ibukijima? Taking its cue from the sliced spaces of Daniel Libeskind, the structure – which appears similar to other local houses from the outside – is divided by imaginary lines stretching out beyond the ...
The project is a triumph of the provision of facilities in a sensitive spot, enhancing the place rather than hiding it coyly beneath an architectural fig leaf
Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841)Subscription
Franz Hessel’s 1920s guide to Berlin, translated into English for the first time, is a melancholy guidebook to a since vanished city
Outrage: developers’ hoardings should bear some responsibility for the imaginaries they nurtureSubscription
The pixellated trompe l’oeil images depicted on scaffolding are inventing a misleading Potemkin architecture in Berlin and abroad
Archive: Berlin Philharmonie by Hans ScharounSubscription
From the AR March 1964: as a radical reconceptualisation of the concert hall, the Berlin Philharmonie explored new concepts of space through a vividly Expressionist narrative that still retains its power
Since the fall of the Wall, the city has transformed itself from a divided, stagnant anomaly into one of the most exciting capitals in the world
Defence of the realm: Fort Vechten Waterline Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands by Studio Anne HoltropSubscription
At Fort Vechten, built in the 19th century to protect western Holland from invaders, the landscape inspires and dictates the undulating form of Anne Holtrop’s Waterline Museum
Mirror mirror on the wall: ‘After Image’ pavilion at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London by IF_DOSubscription
At IF_DO’s Dulwich Pavilion in London, a robust timber-trussed roof levitates over a mirage of mirrors casting images of the encircling greenery and gallery
The orientation of the Casa de Los Vientos in southern Spain shelters it from strong winds while making the most of expansive sea views
Mrs Fan’s Plugin House in a Beijing hutong solved exigent financial and spatial issues
Peripheral vision: Rue Bonnet social housing in Paris, France by Avenier Cornejo ArchitectesSubscription
The Rue Bonnet social housing in Paris reasserts the urban fabric first devised by Haussmann, except this time with a social conscience
Circle of life: Tapis Rouge in Port-au-Prince, Haiti by Emergent Vernacular ArchitectureSubscription
A public space in an informal neighbourhood in Haiti is intended to engender a sense of ownership, identity and pride in the local community
Peak efficiency: Oberholz Mountain Hut in the Dolomites, Italy by Peter Pichler Architecture and Pavol MikolajcakSubscription
While drawing from the vernacular, the Mountain Hut shelter and restaurant in the Dolomites has a distinctly contemporary feel
An extension of the city, the new conservatoire in Nantes reinforces music and dance as an open and public urban art form
In this wedding chapel outside Nagasaki, Yu Momoeda marries ancient and modern, craft and digital design