Monthly Archives: September 2011

Exhibition / Post-Oil City / Tokyo

Today more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Facing climate change and finite supplies of fossil fuels, therefore, also means facing urban challenges. The exhibition “Post-Oil City: The History of the City’s Future” presents a host of innovative city planning projects in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The exhibition has been produced [more]


Prize / Multipurpose Hall / Iserlohn, Germany

In a selected competition for a multipurpose hall in Iserlohn, Germany SMAQ was awarded with the second prize. The proposed building structures the park site of the Alexanderhöhe in such a way that it formulates together with the existing theatre two squares on different levels. The main spaces of the building – the foyer and [more]


Multi-purpose Hall – Iserlohn, Germany

The multi-purpose hall activates the ridge of Alexanderhöhe, and turns, on one side, toward the park and, on the other side, toward the city. The interaction of two primary building elements, the plinth and the roof, formulate the core functions of the building, lobby and hall, as the spatial continuity of the landscape. The base is developed monolithically from the ground; a metal roof rests on top. The materiality of the plinth expresses the sedimentation of the terrain’s geology as layered ramped exposed concrete. The materiality of the roof structure makes reference to the history of the city and picks up on the art of metalworking and wire manufacturing significant [more]