We continue our trip in Porto, at the visit to the over 100 year old book shop Lello e Irmão. Founded by the brothers José and António Lello in 1906, the book shop is famously know world wide for its incredible fantasy like charm. As the centerpiece in the bookshop is the charismatic staircase, that leads you to the second floor, with magnificent views of the beautiful stained glass window with the families motto ‘Decus in labore’ – which means ‘dedication to the work’. This is truly a stop worth while for any kind of book lover.
Archipress M went on a small study trip to beautiful Porto in Portugal, from which we want to share some inspiring moment from. We will start by zooming in on one of the very distinctive characteristics from Porto: beautiful patterned tiles.
This year, three more waves were added to the ‘Bølgen’ in Vejle thus completing the project. Yesterday we went to visit it and it is safe to say that this is a one of a kind project! ‘Bølgen’ is also featured in ‘Global Danish Architecture No. 1’, which is an easy-to-wrap present and fits perfectly underneath the Christmas Tree. Go grab yours on the shop.
The old freight depot from 1898 was no more than a roofless shell when the developer decided to turn it into a market hall.
Extract from our publication News in Nordic Architecture
“A gap in the roof between the new and existing building allows daylight into the old brick facade, while the facade cladding of weathered corrugated steel echoes the industrial environment which has historically dominated the district.”
Architect: Wingårds Arkitektkontor . 2016 . Malmö, Sweden . 1500 m2 . Photos by André Pihl
“The resulting building imitates the gable silhouette of the existing building.
As the days get shorter and the weather colder it is time to explore the activities and architecture of indoor sport facilities.
Extracts from our latest publication News in Nordic Architecture
Ørestad Ice Ink “The ice rink is uniquely located in Copenhagen in a dense urban area with facades facing public institutions, public parks and the new arena. The building’s facade is characterised by glass, concrete and wood. The roof has green planting and solar cells.”
Christensen & Co Architects . 2016 . Copenhagen, Denmark . 5,500 m2 . Photos by Adam Mørk
Thorvald Ellegaard Arena “The racing track is lowered in the terrain. The large covered volume of membrane is visually freed as an independent form. The building consists mainly of lightweight membrane solutions which have limited weight and relatively small material consumption”
Oslo Skatehall “The building’s form is inspired by movement and elements from skate-boarding. The building facades are cladded with perforated aluminium sheets and are adorned with Morse code signals, transcribed from the 1978 Norwegian law against use and sale of skateboards.”
Architect: Dark Arkitekter . 2017 . Oslo, Norway . 2,330 m2 + 620 m2 skatepark . Photos by Lars Gartå
The aim was to utilise the light optimally both inside the apartments and in connection with the facade
Extract from our previous publication A New Golden Age –Housing
“The faceted facades have varying expressions and different character when the light and weather change. This gives the building a diverse expression over the day and months, leaving an impression of a welcoming and changeable building.”
Architect: Mangor & Nagel . 2016 . Ørestad South, Copenhagen . 4,750 m2 . Photos by Tom Jersøe
Our new book News in Nordic Architecture includes a special essay by architect Kjetil Trædal Thorsen from Snøhetta with his thoughts on what it means to be nordic.
It’s an interesting essay portrayed with beautiful photografies.
“ ‘Nordic’ relates to something or someone having its roots in Scandinavia. The implicit meanings of someone, or something, being Nordic is, however, much wider, especially when paired up with nouns such as ‘society’, ‘values’ and, why not, ‘architecture’. ” (Kjetil Trædal Thorsen)