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Mark #67

Mark #67 Apr/May 2017

With a focus on apartment complexes, Mark #67 sheds light on high-rise residential towers in big cities. Featured projects based in Nantes, Frankfurt and Antwerp show that living in communal dwellings doesn’t have to be a monotonous experience.

An airship has landed. Gulliver – named, of course, after one of the most famous characters in utopian literature – has arrived in Prague 7, the up-and-coming art district of the Czech capital. Hut’ Architektury, the firm responsible, created the new space as a public hotspot for literature and it just so happens to have dropped in on top of DOX Contemporary Art Centre, as well as the front cover of this issue of Mark.

We stick around in Europe to visit Snøhetta’s latest museum in Montignac. The architects created a 3D computer model to recapture the magic of the Lascaux caves – which have been closed to the public since 1963 – turning the result into a smooth and narrow series of exhibits that plays on the senses with 900-s-qm of replicas. It’s an exciting and clever solution if you really want to check out the cave experience without getting potentially stuck underground in the damp.

Across the pond, Mark talks to Zoë Prillinger and Luke Ogrydziak of San Francisco-based office OPA about three projects that were completed towards the end of 2016. Zoë describes any good project as ‘ideas rising from the goo of the unconscious’ and the angular, mutated forms of the private residences are no exception to the firm’s process of imposing a story.

In other news: Herzog & de Meuron’s first public building in Italy is a dramatically elongated form which encompasses a research centre and offices; a house in Massachusetts has been designed as a prototype for a novel system of prefabrication; and a year after completion, the formerly red façade of Woha’s Oasia hotel in Singapore is taking on a life of its own – literally.