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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MACBA extension / Christ & Gantenbein + H Arquitectes

The extension of the MACBA by the Swiss office Christ & Gantenbein, together with Barcelona-based…

Of Possible Architectures

Two Houses, one Hotel, and one Housing Project by this NY and Boston-based office.

Atelier Gustavo Bittencourt

A Short Questionnaire with a Promising Brazilian Designer

Meet or Divide? How Materiality Becomes Political

Architecture of Transitions is the project that BAAG presented at the latest edition of La Biennale.

Sonmei Hotel by X+Living

Like most of their works, this hotel proposes a surreal staging, challenging the senses and perception through the use of atypical materials and forms.

AGNES Studio in Guatemala

Interview with Estefanía de Ros and Gustavo Quintanta, co-founders and creative directors of Agnes

77 Washington by Worrell Yeung

Worrell Yeung designs an adaptive reuse project near Brooklyn Navy Yard together with a cluster of other four historic buildings.

Table Mannerisms by Penelope Dean

Architecture critic Penelope Dean picks the tables in Hideyuki Nakayama’s 004 House in Matsumoto, Junya Ishigami’s Tables for a Restaurant, and Go Hasegawa’s House in Sakuradai to explore their becoming something else.

Casa Martínez by BHY arquitectos

A traditional housing typology of the late 20th century in the suburbs of Buenos Aires is transformed into a modern house.

Fazenda Mato Dentro by Acayaba + Rosenberg Architects

An old existing house is renewed and extended, through a new completely separate volume, creating a patio that frames the landscape’s immensity.

Hillside Rock by SILO

Like a mineral, the architecture of the Hillside Rock emerges from interactions with its environment, without attempting to recede into nature.

Abalos + Sentkiewicz: New Primitivism

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UGG Flagship Store by Florencia Pita & Co + Quezada Architecture

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Casa Lava by Martín Dulanto Sangalli

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At The Luss House Exhibition

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Atelier by Stocker Lee Architetti

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PH Scalabrini Ortiz by Kohan Ratto

A renovation that grows up, reducing the footprint to its minimum expression, into one volume of three levels.

Catching Up With Life

The CCA embarks on a one-year exploration of architecture’s ability
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Poisson Blanc by Nature Humaine

A compact floor-plan and a symmetrical roof, optimize the energy performance on this cabin located in the woods near Quebec.

The Andes House

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House in Fontaínhas by fala

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Origami Playground by AFA Group

Based on the origami principle, AFA Group designed a playground on Salarievo, a neighborhood in the outskirts of Moscow.

CCA’s new publications of its Singles Collection

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MoMA’s Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America

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JOOKI: design from Colombia in Zurich

Two couples with the purpose of bringing back meaning to the things around us and connecting with the people, the stories and the roots behind design objects.

Stephen Burks Man Made

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Brave New World: LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch Design Challenge for a sustainable future.

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North Bondi House by James Garvan Architecture

The project advances the traditional semi-detached housing type to better reflect the contemporary social and cultural context of Bondi, Sydney’s most iconic area.

Residence OW by ST Design Studio

This renovation of a small apartment in Taiwan multiplies the options to appropriate spaces.

Temporary Site for the Shengli Market by LUO Studio

A glass and metal structure that continues the market activities temporarily while the Shengli Market in Puyang City, China is being built.

House Surrounded by Hedges by Studio Velocity

A housing complex for married couples and children located in Aichi, Japan.

Biennale Architettura 2021 in memoriam: Lina Bo Bardi.

The Italian architect, designer, scenographer, artist and critic is the recipient of the Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in memoriam of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

La Doyenne by Nature Humaine

A renovation and expansion project for a Victorian house built in 1887 that is located a few steps away from Square Saint-Louis in Montreal, Canada.

Cinéma Le Grand Palais in Cahors by Antonio Virga

A cinema with seven rooms and a maximum capacity of 1051 people that is integrated in a global development plan for a pedestrian square in the historic center of Cahors, France.

MOS: Two Projects and A Book

A continuation of the feature published in the Documents section of NESS 3.

CUBEND. C&P Corporate Headquarters by INNOCAD

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LIGA: Exposing Architecture

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Ingá-Mirim Chapel by messina | rivas

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Carla Juaçaba: Three Houses

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Gardenhouse by MAD Architects

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