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.  

The Waste Archive / Jesus Meseguer

Spanish architect Jesus Meseguer addresses a critical ecology of materials by updating ordinary objects with debris

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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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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.

Barclay & Crousse. Landscapes of Intimacy

“Landscapes of Intimacy” on Barclay & Crousse, recently published by Arquine and IIT is the latest book of the MCHAP series. It brings together five essential aspects of the Peruvian-French practice: landscapes and microcosms, ambiguous space, indoor exteriors, matter and the map, and the thickness of intimacy, explored through a selection of twelve projects.

“A Garden of Work” / WOHA ARQUITECTURA

The workspace of the Spanish architectural office WOHA ARQUITECTURA is located on a storefront on the ground floor of a building in Alicante, and proposes a special working atmosphere composed of a garden combined with materials such as bricks, wood and pieces of terracotta.

LEDGE HOUSE / Desai Chia Architecture

Located in an unbeatable environment, this cabin takes inspiration from the classic barns to reinterpret it in a contemporary home that takes advantage of every view and every space.

Cinémathèque Suisse / EM2N

This third phase of the works for the Cinémathèque Suisse completes the project that EM2N began more than ten years ago for one of the most important film archives in the world.

Wooden Nursery Paris / Djuric Tardio

French office Djuric Tardio explored the prefabricated design with wooden modular structure whose program is a kindergarten. It was first installed in the Luxembourg Gardens, one of the most popular neighborhoods in Paris. The building can be dismantled and transferred for new uses and locations.

Devon Passivhaus / McLean Quinlan

Simple forms and noble, traditional materials make up the character of this passive house located in Devon, United Kingdom.

Rhode Island School of Design North Hall / NADAAA

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) celebrates the opening of North Hall, the college’s first newly constructed residential facility to open in 34 years.

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

The recently published book by Arquine on Iñaki Abalos + Renata Sentkiewicz shows their projects according to the evolutionary state of the ideas that surround them.

UGG Flagship Store by Florencia Pita & Co + Quezada Architecture

Los Angeles-based architecture studio Florencia Pita & Co., in partnership with San Francisco-based Quezada Architecture, designed the new Fifth Avenue flagship store for UGG in New York City.

Chiayi Art Museum plaza by MOTIF

The Chinese landscape planning studio designed the courtyard for this newly renovated modern art museum designed by StudioBase Architects.

Where objects come from: Quick Tiny Shows #06 PN1

An exhibition of objects that exceed the physicality of its boundaries though the design process.

Casa Lava by Martín Dulanto Sangalli

Timeless and contemporary languages coexist in this house in Lima, Peru, on a particular kind of lot.

At The Luss House Exhibition

New and site-specific contemporary art and design in the architecturally significant midcentury home of Gerald Luss. Organized by Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM and Object & Thing

Atelier by Stocker Lee Architetti

Stocker Lee Architetti’s new workplace is a retreat and shelter, where members of the studio can work with their gaze on the near horizon.

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
(or lack of) to evolve in dialogue with society, engaging various collaborations and curatorial formats.

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

Meet this design and architecture office based in Santiago de Chile, dedicated to the research and experimentation of materials.

House in Fontaínhas by fala

Portuguese office fala renovated a single family house in a very narrow lot in the city of Porto.

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

CCA Singles are short printed one-offs that present one voice, one object, or one event. Here the latest publications by Robert J. Kett and Stefano Graziani.

MoMA’s Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has presented this exhibition as his fourth installment of the Issues in Contemporary Architecture series, that focuses in timely topics in contemporary architecture.

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

A conversation with the New York-based design studio, published in our latest printed issue of NESS.

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

Sustainable systems for energy, water, food, shelter, and waste management into works of art in the landscape in the latest design challenge by Burning Man and the Land Art Generator Initiative.