Editorial 3—Holiday Moods

‘Tis the season for different moods—and the designs and architectures that help create them. From dusting off the traditional ornaments to sipping hot cocoa from that designer mug, from embracing crowded tourist cities to escaping to snowed-in cabins, each element involved tells the story of a certain state of mind. Our third editorial explores these different feelings, focusing on questions related to getting away and getting in the spirit. Through the FestiveNESS Advent Calendar, we take an eclectic look at design, compiling a series of playful objects and ideas that add some cheerfulness to the holiday scroll. Alongside critical questions on building for tourism, travel, and unwinding, this holiday period is explored in its many facets.
Homage by Objects of Common Interest Ph. Stefanos Tsakiris

FestiveNESS. A Design Advent Calendar

A daily celebration of an eclectic mix of design objects and ideas.

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Architecture Biennial © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Kendall McCaugherty, 2019

Celebrating Architecture Part II

Building the local ground to discuss architecture’s culture.

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A Portable Territory by Urtzi Grau & Guillermo Fernández-Abascal (GFA) with Charlotte Haywood

No Occupation: A Portable Territory by Urtzi Grau & Guillermo Fernández-Abascal with Charlotte Haywood

Day 10 is a portable and temporary Jewish structure built in Australia on Aboriginal land that raises important questions.

Ceramic Sculptural Forms by Shozo Michikawa

Encapsulated Time: Ceramic Sculptural Forms by Shozo Michikawa

These ceramic sculptures are a contemporary take on the tradition of pottery in Japan.

Treehouse by Paschetta + Cavallero Architects Ph. Federico Cairoli

Caught in Changing Nature: Treehouse by Paschetta + Cavallero Architects

A childhood reference transforms a multi-use space in the outskirts of Santa Fe, Argentina.

Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Daniel Arsham. Ph. by Daniel Kukla

Distorted Futures: Daniel Arsham for Friedman Benda

In this FestiveNESS pick, Daniel Arsham builds a kunstkammer and reimagines classic archetypes.

Courtesy Designers On Holiday

Collective Making: Designers On Holiday

A design-filled creative retreat to collaborate and build structures for camping and relaxing.

Sharing the Energy: Sammanlänkad by Little Sun, Olafur Eliasson, and Ikea

Our sixth pick is a gadget that harnesses the power of the sun and promotes the sustainable.

Un voyage, pas une destination (A journey, not a destination) Nicolas Dorval-Bory Architectes + VORBOT (Sammy Vormus, and Clément Talbot) in Hotel Metropole

Futuring Hotels in the Exhibition “Hotel Metropolis – Since 1818”

The exhibition at Pavillon de l’Arsenal imagines and defines the Parisian hotel.

XMAS Donuts by Studio Sabine Marcelis

Waste Not: XMAS Donuts by Studio Sabine Marcelis

These limited-edition ornaments are made from unused liquid resin.

Future Chocolates by Jisun Kim

Insect Aesthetic: Future Chocolates by Jisun Kim

Day four brings a chocolate that includes a very special ingredient.

Viettel Academy Educational Centre by VTN Architects Ph. Courtesy VTN

Studious Tranquility: Viettel Academy Educational Centre by VTN Architects

In the outskirts of Hanoi, this education facility aims to generate a relaxed environment.

Astral Bodies by Enorme Studio Ph. Ph. Javier de Paz García

Material Cuts: Astral Bodies by ENORME Studio

The third FestiveNESS item explores the materiality of meteorites.

Project Ö by Aleksi Hautamaki and Milla Selkimaki Ph. Archmospheres

Compact Island Living: Project Ö by Aleksi Hautamaki and Milla Selkimaki

A graphic designer and a spatial designer built a cabin, a sauna, and a workshop on a private Swedish island.

The Sainte Collection Ph. by Arseni Khamzin for Lambert & Fils © November 2019

A Sleek Suspension: The Sainte Collection by Lambert & Fils in Collaboration with Rachel Bussin

The second item in our FestiveNESS Design Advent Calendar is a scalable lamp that dialogs with gravity.

Homage by Objects of Common Interest Ph. Stefanos Tsakiris

The Plastic Monobloc Chair Sets its Own Stage: Homage by Objects of Common Interest

First up in our advent calendar is a performative look at a cultural and flexible plastic chair by Objects of Common Interest.

The MoMA Expansion and Renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler Ph. Brett Beyer

Natural Circulation: The MoMA Expansion and Renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler

The expansion adds more than 40,000 square feet of gallery spaces and enables the Museum to exhibit more art in new ways.

Sharjah Architecture Triennial 2019 – Rights of Future Generations

Sharjah Architecture Triennial 2019 – Rights of Future Generations

The inaugural edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial is now on view until February 8, 2020.

International Architecture Biennial of Buenos Aires

International Architecture Biennial of Buenos Aires

The 17th Buenos Aires Architecture Biennial mixed, showed, promoted, and advertised contemporary architecture with the same impulse that characterized it from the beginning.

Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner Ph. Chris Strong

Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner to curate the US Pavilion Exhibition at the 17th International Architecture Biennale in Venice

The exhibition American Framing will run from May 23 to November 29 2020.

Kew Gardens Hills Library by WORKac Ph. Bruce Damonte

Valuing Knowledge: Kew Gardens Hills Library by WORKac

A renovation of this existing library, a key institution for the Kew Gardens Hills community neighborhood in Queens.

N.N. Residence, by J.MAYER H und Partner Ph. Ilya Ivanov

Landscape and Architecture: N.N. Residence by J.MAYER H und Partner

This house, located in the outskirts of Moscow, explores the dissolution of the boundary between interior and exterior.

Plywood House by SMS Architects Ph. Luis Diaz Diaz

Atmospheric Variety: Plywood House by SMS Architects

An extension and adaptation of an existing home in Palma using a modular and lightweight plywood system.

Augustin Schang ph. Mariam Samur

Agustin Schang on Being a Cultural Instigator

A conversation about architecture in the expanded field of cultural production.

Albion Terrace Extension by Outpost London Ph. French + Tye

Contrasting Composition: Albion Extension by Outpost London

The transformation and extension of a traditional Victorian house into a new and contemporary domestic space.

Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019. Ph. Ana Guedes

Lisbon Architecture Triennale – The Poetics of Reason

The fifth edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale is now on view until December 2.

Criticism question Vladimir Belogolovsky

If I say that architectural criticism is dead would that surprise anyone today?

Belogolvosky discusses architecture as problem-solving instead of aesthetics.

House in Ohasu by arbol Ph. Yasunori Shimomura

A Peaceful Combination of Styles: House in Ohasu by arbol

The Japanese studio’s design hybridizes cultures and influences.

Casa ocho vigas by Covachita Ph. Onnis Luque: Arquitectura Vista

In the Search of Shade: Casa Ocho Vigas by Covachita

The Mexican studio designed this single-family house around a courtyard composed by a concrete structure.

The Menil Drawing Institute by Johnston Marklee Ph. Richard Barnes

Quietly Innovative: The Menil Drawing Institute by Johnston Marklee

The new building is built especially for the acquisition, study, exhibition, storage, and conservation of modern and contemporary drawings.

Naturalis Biodiversity Center by Neutelings Riedijk Architects ScagliolaBrakkee / © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

Integration and Growth: Naturalis Biodiversity Center by Neutelings Riedijk Architects

The expansion of the center drove an integral renovation that combines new and existing spaces.

CLUBE at Monte, Buenos Aires. Courtesy of Flora, Architecture Office

Thoughts in Architecture: CLUBE

A young Brazilian studio whose practice orbits around producing and discussing architecture.

Congress and Exhibition Center by Studio Botter + Studio Bressan © Simone Bossi

Between Village & Nature: A New Exhibition Center by Studio Botter + Studio Bressan

The building offers a new meeting point for the Agordo community in Italy.

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, from "Unraveling Modern Living," digital collage, 2019. Courtesy of Graham Foundation

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio Transforms Domestic Space in Unraveling Modern Living

Explore new forms of collectivity in this immersive installation at the Graham Foundation.

City of Spreads and Densities, top down view of the City Center of São Paulo. Courtesy of Somatic Collaborative

A Trans-Scalar Approach to Architectural Design by Somatic Collaborative

An exhibition, a book, a house, and a table corroborate architecture’s role as a critical mediator.

Felipe Correa and Devin Dobrowolski at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2019. Ph. Pablo Gerson

Somatic Collaborative on Scales, Research, and Activism

Felipe Correa and Devin Dobrowolski in conversation with Florencia Rodriguez about the singularity of their practice.

Covered Market and Exhibition Space in Schiltigheim by Dominique Coulon & associés © Eugeni Pons

Heritage and Community: Covered Market and Exhibition Space by Dominique Coulon & associés

A restoration in the historical center of Schiltigheim brings back to life a building that was closed over a decade ago.

Design: Studio Christopher. Oslo Architecture Triennale

Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 – Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth

Oslo Architecture Triennale explores new ways of shaping our society by experimenting with radical alternatives to economic growth.

Casa João de Barro by Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados

Close to Nature: Casa João de Barro by Brazilian Firm Terra e Tuma

Brazilian office Terra e Tuma designed a house that merges with the surrounding landscape.

Steampunk installation by Gwyllim Jahn, Cameron Newnham (Fologram), Soomeen Hahm Design, Igor Pantic, Format Engineers. Courtesy of TAB 2019. Ph. Tõnu Tunnel

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 – Beauty Matters

The fifth edition of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB), Beauty Matters: The Resurgence of Beauty, is on view until November 11th.

Redefining the Riverbank: Tanzhaus Zurich by Barozzi Veiga

A new building in Zurich encourages the connection between the city and the river.

Stanley Tigerman Rides Again Courtesy of Volume Gallery

Undulating Spaces in the Exhibition Stanley Tigerman Rides Again

The exhibition of late artist and architect Stanley Tigerman takes place at Volume Gallery in Chicago until November 2nd.

Museum and entrance to the UNESCO Pearling Site by Valerio Olgiati © Archive Olgiati

A New Dimension: PEARLING SITE, museum and entrance to the UNESCO Pearling Path by Valerio Olgiati

The Swiss architect built the entrance and museum for this cultural heritage site in Bahrain.

International Architecture Biennial of São Paulo – Todo dia Ph. André Scarpa

International Architecture Biennial of São Paulo – Everyday

The 12th São Paulo Architecture Biennial encourages observation and performance in urban daily life.