What better place to explore inventive homes and innovative architects than a country with a housing crisis? We head to Poland, where we look at an architecture scene in transition, checking in on a 152 cm wide house by Centrala and a drive-in home by Robert Konieczny. Elsewhere, Shintaro Fujiwara and Yoshio Muro discuss the challenges of the Japanese architect, and we visit ‘weird Austin’ to discover a house by Bercy Chen that literally emerges from the bush.
Zaha Hadid Architects; Mobil Arquitectos; Tatiana Bilbao; Baks Van Wengerden; BIG; Studio 44; Kimura Matsumoto; Plasma Studio; AP Atelier; Looping Architecture; On Design; Gaaga; Shop Architects; Matt Nava; Frank Havermans; Mario Bellini & Rudy Ricciotti; David Cronenberg; Ingarden Ewý; Van Dongen-Koschuch; Berdageur & Péjus; Saucier + Perrotte & HCMA; Mass Studios; N55 & Anne Romme
• Introduction: What's happening in Polish architecture today and who are the players to watch?
• Centrala: The architects at Centrala are brought together by a mutual criticsm of reality
• KWK Promes: Robert Konieczny takes the drive-in house to a whole new level
• Keiko +Manabu: Japanese outfit Keiko+Manabu designed a residential complex that features elliptical curves
• Bercy Chen: Edgeland House keeps a low profile in the neighbourhood
• Fujiwaramuro Architects: Despite concerns about the conditions that plague Japanese architects, Shintaro Fujiwara and Yoshio Muro produce one building after another
• Meixner Schlüter Wendt: Meixner Schlüter Wendt unites an old and a new building under a dark shell of copper sheets
• Camenzind Evolution: In an apartment building in Zurich's Alsetten quarter, the modern tenant can show his identity to the world
• Walter Angonese & Andrea Marastoni: Antonio Dalle Nogare's art gallery is also his private residence
• CO2Works: Koji Nakawatase's house-plus-office requires occupants who can accept rain, wind and sunlight - and still feel comfortable
• Liangfu Ni: Craftsman Liangfu Ni is a collector and connoisseur of bricks
• Gabinete de Arquitectura: Paraguayan architect Solano Benitez leaves room for error in his quest for the best solution
• Felix Claus: Felix Claus picked just six favourites from his collection of 10,000-plus books
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