The Haus der Kulturen der Welt (“House of the Cultures of the World”) in Berlin, is Germany’s national centre for the presentation and discussion of international contemporary arts, with a special focus on non-European cultures and societies.
By Hugh Stubbins
Carlo Scarpa staircase.
Photo by Arturo Jimenez
Justo Garcia Rubio
Casar de Cáceres Bus Station
Casar de Cáceres, Spain
A mezzanine hammock, an adaptable seating cube on wheels, and a combined staircase and bookshelf have been added to this play and study space for a brother and sister, designed by Russian studio Ruetemple »
(Source: Flickr / only_taciturn)
"Architecture is born of this original discrepancy between the two spaces – the horizontally oriented space of our experience and the vertically oriented space of nature; it begins when we add vertical walls to the horizontal surface of the earth.
Through architecture a piece of natural space is as it were set on its side so as to correspond to our experience-space. In this new space we live not so much against the earth as against the walls; our space lies not upon the earth but between walls.
This space brings a completion to natural space that allows it to be brought into relation with our experience-space; at the same time it allows our specifically human space to be assimilated into the homogenous order of nature.”
- Hans Van der Laan
© kavakava architects - narva college - estonia - 2012