New concert halls in Reykjavik and elsewhere are leading a wave of advanced design and construction. Guided by sophisticated quantitative analyses and close collaborations between architects and acousticians, these facilities combine art and science to optimise the production and reception of music. Bill Millard investigates.
At first glance, Seville’s Metropol Parasol looks like something from another planet. Jürgen Mayer and Andre Santer tell Rod James about its innovative use of materials, the challenges posed by a Sevillian summer and how, aesthetically, it is more firmly rooted in Andalucían history than one might think.
The Trinity Long Room Hub has been quickly embraced as a prized addition to Ireland’s oldest university. Trinity graduate and Irish historian Professor Roy Foster argues that the overall effect is a beautiful fusion of imagination and tradition, distinctively Irish and determinedly outward-looking.
The choice of Qatar to host the 2022 Football World Cup was a universal surprise. Considering its blisteringly hot summers, Mike Beaven of Arup tells Rod James about how a new prototype stadium could point the way to producing the optimum sporting atmosphere at no cost to the environment.
With the world’s leading architects competing furiously, the airport has become an aspirational building type. But, as two of the discipline’s most notable practitioners explain, this has not always been the case. Phin Foster meets Curtis Fentress and Santiago Calatrava to discuss new projects, the birth of the airport city and the importance of icon.