Editorial 6–ANSWER: What’s an Object? 

CLUE: This is NESS 3, the web version. Like in the iconic US quiz show Jeopardy!, giving answers in the form of questions is a way of going beyond common sense, cheating facts, or serious categories. It changes perspective and opens the game of NESS 3, this time in the context of algorithms, interfaces, and scrolls. As an augmented version our printed issue, this editorial explores the many-faceted sides of objects as they change shapes and dialogues throughout 2020 but also from print to digital. In the issue we included a quote by the new media theorist Wendy Hui Kyong Chun that says “New media live and die by the update: the end of the update, the end of the object,” but what traces of the object remain as we move online? Join us as we explore this question, more questions and architectures, and reveal glimpses of the publication thought for this online format.  

What’s an Object? A List of Answers to Open New Questions

In NESS 3, we compiled an eclectic list of quotes about objects and this is its continuation.

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Editorial Letter

We decided to keep our playful theoretical spirit and reverse the rhetoric of the iconic quiz show Jeopardy by making the answer “What’s an Object?” as the title of this issue’s Dossier.

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House Hunkeler / SEILERLINHART ARCHITEKTEN

The subtle extension on the south façade, which adds new interior spaces, made it possible to adapt this almost 300-year-old house in Sarnen, Switzerland, once again to today’s needs.

Music School of Bressanone / Carlana Mezzalira Pentimalli

Located in the northern area of the city, close to its ancient core, the project represents the new gateway to the city, a focal point of the Priel area, hosting public facilities such as the Acquarena municipal swimming pool, and the Vertikale climbing wall.

The Tianjin Juilliard School / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Designed by DS+R—the firm responsible for the 2009 expansion of Juilliard’s iconic NY home—the Tianjin Juilliard School is a center for performance, practice, research, and interactive exhibitions, with communal spaces that are designed to welcome the public into the creative process and musical performances.

The room hidden behind the wall / livni + (Architects Pedro Livni + Rafael Solano)

The project consists of a room that can also be used as a psychologist office. A wall, a roof and a gutter that gathers rainwater define the project.

Monopoli House / Fabrizio Pugliese

The articulation of two construction systems, one industrial and one handcrafted, defines the character of this periurban dwelling by architect Fabrizio Pugliese, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Cosmos House / S-AR

Cosmos is a small house placed nearby Puerto Escondido on the Pacific coast of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Brugge Diptych by Jon Lott / PARA Project

Jon Lott / Para Project, completes the Brugge Diptych –a temporary pavilion for the 2021 Brugge Triennale, TraumA, Brugge, Belgium. The Diptych will serve as an event space for the Triennale’s programming, addressing issues in urban trauma, and is one of several international commissions open within the city through late Fall.

Ruby City / Adjaye Associates

Ruby City is a 14,000-square-foot contemporary art center located in San Antonio, TX, and dedicated to providing a space for the city’s thriving creative community to experience works by both local and internationally-acclaimed artists.

Reuse, Renew, Recycle: Recent Architecture from China at MoMA

The exhibition organized by Martino Stierli, Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, and Evangelos Kotsioris, Assistant Curator, Department of Architecture and Design highlights a new generation of Chinese architects and their commitment to social and environmental sustainability.

Neue Nationalgalerie refurbishment / David Chipperfield Architects Berlin

The Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin is an icon of twentieth-century architecture. Planned and built from 1963 to 1968, the steel and glass structure is the only building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Europe after his emigration to the USA. After almost fifty years of intensive use, the listed building required a comprehensive refurbishment.

El Gauchal House / Iván Bravo

The brief responds to the needs of four different families, 14 people in total, that decided to build a second home together. Therefore, multiple and divergent preferences of the different owners are congregated in one single volume.

Divine House / Landry Smith Architect

With a simple but effectively organized floor plan, this cabin located in a privileged natural environment takes advantage of the views and blends in with its surroundings through a robust construction that contrasts the black cedar siding exterior with the white oak forms the interior carpentry.

Rooftop Prim / PRODUCTORA

By incorporating a single large lightweight roof in total contrast to the historic building on which it sits, PRODUCTORA created a new terrace space –in addition to protecting the three existing courtyards from the rain– at this cultural center located in Mexico City.

Company Headquarters Küng Holzbau AG / SEILERLINHART ARCHITEKTEN

Seilerlinhart Architekten is an architecture studio based in Lucerne and Sarnen, and was commissioned by Küng Holzbau to design their offices. The four-story building combines tradition and innovation by using finely detailed works.

Ronda House / HANGHAR

This home is an exercise of limited resources, in which the reduction of spatial, material and technological solutions allows the maximum flexibility of use.

House with patio / Guillermo Hevia García, Catalina Poblete

On the shore of one of the largest lakes in South America, is located this vacation home, with a central courtyard, designed by Chilean architects Guillermo Hevia Garcia and Catalina Poblete.

3D3N TV Headquarters / zigzag arquitectura (David Casino y Bernardo Angelini) + Rodrigo Delso

Spanish office zigzag arquitectura, together with Rodrigo Delso, made the transformation of an old industrial building into the offices of an audiovisual production company in the city of Madrid.

Leonidas / studio AAAN

Rotterdam-based architecture firm, studio AAAN, designed a patio house in a new neighborhood in their city

Re-House. Farm-house refurbishment in the hinterland of Bilbao / AZAB

Re-House is the result of the reform of an agricultural house in the 80s for its conversion into a dual home for its owners, an older couple and their daughter.

Kunsthaus Zürich extension / David Chipperfield Architects Berlin

The new Kunsthaus Zürich extension, designed by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin, expands the existing Kunsthaus museum, situated between the Grossmünster church and the university.

Le Maison de Lile aux Oiseaux / LOCALARCHITECTURE

Ideally located opposite the “Bird Island” at Préverenges, the new Maison de l’Île aux Oiseaux aims to raise awareness among the public and the region’s schoolchildren of issues around nature protection, the climate and the impact of human activities on the loss of stopover sites for migratory waders.

Tico RV Building / Terra e Tuma

The São Paulo office Terra e Tuma built a two-room apartment building that seeks to have differential values such as cross ventilation, double facade, privacy and also expansion spaces.

Memphremagog Lake House / Nature Humaine

The latest single family house of Montreal´s office Nature Humaine, is located on a steep lot on the shores of Lake Memphremagog. The project, composed of three volumes topped by sculptural roofs with diagonal ridge, takes full advantage of its surroundings through the views and the lighting that floods every space.

Local yet Global: Visit the Alcova and Columbus exhibitions in Milan and Columbus, Indiana

Two active exhibitions that address local and global interests while reconciling with their cities heritage.

PIC / Enric Rojo Arquitectura

The building, located in the old town of Badalona, is made up of four flats of 60 m2, with outdoor spaces of patios, terraces and intermediate spaces.

Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Launches 4th Prize Program

Works realized in North and South America between January 2018 and June 2021 will be eligible for the prize.

Sprössling / Marazzi Reinhardt

Two organizations initiated a daycare for children and an exhibition space, designed by Marazzi Reinhardt and located in the Swiss city of Winterthur.

La Samaritaine / SANAA + SRA Architectes, Lagneau Architectes, François Brugel Architectes Associés, Peter Marino and OAL, Maison Edouard François, Yabu Pushelberg, Agence de création Malherbe Paris, Studio Ciguë

The iconic department store La Samaritaine in Paris has a new chapter in a history of more than 150 years. The restoration and renovation project results in a mixed-use building that houses a department store, offices, residences, a gallery, a nursery, and a hotel

Six Square House / Young Projects

Rigid geometry and undulating lines fuse in Six Square House, a new residence by Young Projects

MACBA extension / Christ & Gantenbein + H Arquitectes

The Extension of the MACBA by swiss office Christ & Gantenbein, together with Barcelona-based H Arquitectes will transform Barcelona‘s preeminent cultural institution into a permeable and participative cultural campus.

EDEN / Heatherwick Studio

Located in the historic Orchard Road Neighborhood of Singapore and commissioned by Swire Properties, the 104.5 meters-high building offers a unique response to its location that entwines nature with city apartment living.

Ancram Barn / Worrell Yeung

Located in Ancram, New York, this barn functions as garage and storage space but also as a semi-covered recreation area with beautiful views of the landscape.

Gare Maritime Brussels / Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Bureau Bouwtechniek

The monumental Gare Maritime on the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels has been transformed into a new city district by Neutelings Riedijk Architects in cooperation with Bureau Bouwtechniek. Once Europe’s largest railway station for goods, Gare Maritime is now turned into an inspiring place for companies, ranging from start-ups to renowned brands, and a public space for all kind of events.

Michigan Lake House / Desai Chia Architects

The house, composed of three volumes defined by a concrete base and wooden elevations, opens to the surrounding landscape of Lake Michigan.

Hutong Bubble 218 / MAD

MAD’s Second Hutong Bubble emerges out of one of Beijing’s historic neighborhoods. This project is part of an ongoing investigation of the office whose objective is to give new life to the historical centers.

Wohnregal / FAR frohn&rojas

Using pre-cast concrete elements, Santiago and Los Angeles-based office FAR frohn&rojas, design a 6-story building in Berlin housing live/work ateliers.

Herbert-Wehner-Haus / JWA

Joint building ventures are a good innovation: a number of occupants band together to collectively acquire a property to execute a design according to their common interests but these can vary widely. Most joint building ventures simply want good-quality and affordable housing. Others want to jointly establish commercial and creative areas. The task of JWA was to design a building for a joint building venture composed of various social-democratic institutions, their roots stretching back over decades, indeed in part over centuries.

daita2019 / Suzuko Yamada

Inspired by a forest, Suzuko Yamada designed this very complex house in Tokyo, which has a scaffolding-like metal structure on the outside and wood on the inside.

Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art / ATTA

Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects won the competition to transform two brick warehouses into the Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art. The intervention preserved the spirit of the original building, but the addition of a new golden roof generates a whole new contemporary dimension.

Haus D – Aretz Dürr Architektur

The archetype of a house is combined with low-cost construction for a sustainable dwelling in Germany, resulting in a project of great spatiality, constructive simplicity and extreme care in the details.

Winter Visual Arts Building, Franklin & Marshall / Steven Holl Architects

On the historic campus of Franklin & Marshall College, the new Winter Visual Arts Building takes shape as a raised pavilion formed by the site’s 200-year old trees, the oldest elements of the campus. A new campus destination for all students, the building’s spaces aim to evoke the creative energy involved in teaching and making art.

Restaurant building on Duke of York Square / Nex-

London-based architects Nex- unveil a new restaurant and roof garden in Chelsea’s Duke of York Square. Designed for Cadogan, the building forms the final element in the redevelopment of the square.