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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 535
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    ArchitectureWeek No. 535 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more.


    Zaha Hadid Architects designed the 2011 Stirling prize-winning project, the Evelyn Grace Academy, a four-story secondary-school in the Brixton district of London, England. Photo: © Luke Hayes

    by David Owen

    For the second year in a row, the top British architecture prize has been awarded to a building designed by Zaha Hadid.

    The Evelyn Grace Academy in the south London district of Brixton has received the Stirling Prize for 2011 from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

    Like her 2010 Stirling Prize winner — MAXXI, the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, in Rome, Italy — Evelyn Grace Academy is a bold, sinuous building — an expression of Hadid's flamboyant style. Both structures occupy infill lots, adjacent to historic buildings, in gritty residential neighborhoods.

    Unlike MAXXI, which embraces the fabric of its neighborhood quite literally by engulfing an existing building on its site, Evelyn Grace Academy stands apart from its surroundings. The school itself is set well back from the surrounding streets, its four-story glass-and-aluminum-clad form rising above the mainly two-story brick buildings nearby. A tall fence — solid concrete in some areas, steel mesh in others — encloses the school site, isolating even its open spaces from the street.

    Although glass dominates the academy's facades, the viewer's eye is naturally drawn toward the sharply angling metal borders that divide the facade, producing a sense of urgency and motion that seems to hint at the school's sports focus.

    Zigzags and a Thick Red Line

    Evelyn Grace Academy is run by ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) Schools, a UK charity set up by Arpad "Arki" Busson, a hedge-fund multimillionaire. ARK aims to offer educational opportunities to local children in inner cities with the aim of helping to close the achievement gap between children from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds. One of the organization's core techniques is to structure its academies as "schools within schools."   >>>


    The Velodrome in London, England, was designed by Hopkins Architects for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Photo: © Anthony Palmer/ ODA

    2011 Stirling Prize Shortlist
    by Michael J. Crosbie

    The Stirling Prize for 2011 goes to Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects, chosen from a shortlist of six outstanding projects. In this article, ArchitectureWeek documents the five outstanding projects that were shortlisted but didn't get the Stirling Prize, with commentary from the RIBA jury.

    Project   Velodrome
    Location   London, England, UK
    Architect   Hopkins Architects
    Client   Olympic Delivery Authority
    Contractor   ISG
    Services Engineer   BDSP
    Contract Value   Confidential
    Date of Completion   January 2011
    Gross Internal Area   21,700 square meters (234,000 square feet)

    The Velodrome is one of four permanent venues at London's Olympic Park. Designed to host indoor cycling events for the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the venue will also provide continuing public functions after the games, with minimal transformation.

    Deriving its form from the track itself, the sweeping building comprises three main elements: the roof, the concourse, and the plinth. The glazed concourse separates the curve of the wood-clad roof soffit from the concrete and landscaping of the plinth.

    Internally the material palette is carefully controlled; fine cast-in-place concrete abounds. The material and visual emphasis is on the beauty and color of the timber track.

    The arena is surprisingly intimate for a 6,000-seat venue, with the cable-net roof sitting low over the bowl. No seat is very far from the track.

    The building is a consummate exercise in a simple idea beautifully and efficiently carried out.



    In 1978, Tigerman created a collage, "The Titanic," depicting the Illinois Institute of Technology's Crown Hall half-submerged in the waters of Lake Michigan. Image: Stanley Tigerman

    Stanley Tigerman: Architect as Chameleon
    by ArchitectureWeek

    A bedrock belief in the classic theology of modern architecture was that architects always had to be original. Architects were to create a new built world that divested itself from the past, from classical architecture and its decoration, and invent brand-new, innovative buildings. In many ways, for a modern architectural designer, being original could be more important than being good.

    A refreshing reminder that this does not necessarily have to be the case is the exhibit of the work of architect Stanley Tigerman currently on display at the Yale School of Architecture's Paul Rudolph Hall.

    Tigerman began his university education by flunking out of MIT. He studied for a while at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Institute of Design in Chicago.

    It wasn't until after he had served four years in the Navy, and worked for several years as an architectural draftsman and designer, that he came around to studying architecture at Yale, earning a bachelor's degree there in 1960 and a master's in 1961.

    This was just about the time that things started going badly for modern architecture. Modern rhetoric was tired, and architectural theorists such as Robert Venturi started to explore what kind of architecture might come after modernism.


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