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STAM ARCHITECTS,House Stam,2007,Belgium

Architects:Stam Architecten

AKIRA SAKAMOTO,house in Katsuyama ,2007,Japan

Architects:Akira Sakamoto

MLZD ARCHITEKTEN,Studienauftrag Projektentwicklung 'Forum Romanum',project year 2008,Switzerland

Architects:Mlzd Architekten

PHILIP LOSKANT ARCHITECT,HSR Institute Complex, Competition,Project Year 2008,Rapperswil, Switzerland

Architects:Philip Loskant Architect

REMES LENICOV ARQUITECTO,Sede Colegio Fonoaudiólogos,2009,Buenos Aires, Argentina

Architects:Pablo Remes Lenicov, Magalí Remes Lenicov

ESTUDIO AIRE,Casa Patio FR,2007,Santa Fé, Argentina

Architects:Estudio Aire


GRAMAZIO & KOHLER ARCHITECTURA,Community center, Innertkirchen,project Year 2009,Switzerland

Architects:Gramazio & Kholer,Architecture and Urbanism

SEVERO ARCHITECTES,War museé de 1870 project in Gravelotte,Project Year 2008(competition),France

Architects:Severo Architectes

DU BESSET LYON ARCHITECTES,Communauté de Communes du Bassin de Lons-le-Saunier ,Project Year 2008,France

Architects:Du Besset Lyon Architects

KRAUS SCHONBERG ARCHITEKTEN,house W,2007,(German timber awards 2009 winners),Germany

Architects:Kraus SChonberg Architekter

PASCAL FRANÇOIS & PETER VAN GELDER,Weize Project renovation and extension building,project year 2008(in Construction),Belgium

Architects:Pascal François & Peter Van Gelder

MILLER & MARANTA,Projekt und Ausführung,Project Year 2006-2009,Switzerland

Architects:Miller & Maranta Architekten

CHRISTIAAN OOMEN,academic building,project Year 2007,Belgium

Architects:Christiaan Oomen

Village Green Soapbox unveiled in Southend-on-Sea . News

Cassion Castle and Fleet Architects’ new Village Green Soapbox was unveiled
on Saturday 26 September in Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

The £40,000 bespoke 100 sq m pavilion was commissioned by arts organisation Metal and funded by the Arts Council as a performance stage for Southend’s annual Village Green Festival.

The Village Green Festival is a one-day free arts event that takes place every September staging arts, music, film and dance performances for all ages. The Soapbox was commissioned as a centre-piece of the festival for the next four years. This year English singer songwriter Billy Bragg and Scottish indie band Camera Obscura performed on the Soapbox as headliners of the event.

The Soapbox is constructed of sustainably sourced soft timber and polycarbonate and designed as an anti-tent. It is completely demountable and has been designed to be erected and demounted quickly by a team of 6 people using hand tools. Rather than a generic solution it represents a low-tech solution specific to the site, purpose and budget, and takes everyday hard-wearing materials and redeploys them in an unexpected form.

The design also represents a technical innovation in its use of polycarbonate as a structural element as opposed to elevation cladding. This was a deliberate strategy to give the structure greater simplicity with all the timber components providing vertical and horizontal beams
and all diagonal bracing taken by the polycarbonate.

The translucent polycarbonate elevations filter light into the stage in the day. At night the façades become illuminated by a pulsing sequence of coloured stage lights, giving the Soapbox a more exuberant glowing presence akin to a chinese lantern.

Working to a tight budget and a fast turn around, the architects recruited a team of enthusiastic architecture and engineering students to build the structure. It was manufactured and built on the site of the park nursery over the course of 6 weeks, then demounted and re-erected in Chalkwell Park.

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Claire Curtice


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