Arquitectura Viva 240: Herzog & de Meuron
Three Spaces for Art. True classics of contemporary architecture, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have managed to reconcile their unmistakably artistic notion of architecture with an accurate response to the changing scenarios of globalization by joining ‘signature’ discipline and ‘corporate’ efficiency. Arquitectura Viva takes stock of this extraordinary oeuvre, the result of unprejudiced formal explorations fueled by a constant interest in contemporary art, presenting the studio’s three new art venues: M+ Museum in Hong Kong, the MKM Museum Küppersmühle extension in Duisburg, and SONGEUN Art Space in Seoul.
Aside from the dossier, the magazine features five structures designed for animals of different sizes: the Casa Wabi chicken coop, by Kengo Kuma; the Educan dog training school, by Enrique Espinosa and Lys Villalba; the Shatwell Farm Cowshed, by Stephen Taylor Architects; the MSH equestrian center, by Matías Zegers; and the Elephant World project, by Bangkok Project Studio.
The Art and Culture section covers two exhibitions: one in Santander on the German photographer Thomas Demand, reviewed by Iñaki Bergera; and one in Stockholm on the Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz, commented by Patrick Lynch. Besides this, the usual News, Books, and Products sections are completed with a tribute to two recently deceased masters, where Luis Fernández-Galiano reminisces the life of Oriol Bohigas while Norman Foster bids farewell to his good friend Richard Rogers.