Mark #29 —

The current issue of Mark brings yet another rich feast of many courses; from the hottest young talent and ‘imagebytes’ of new and interesting structures popping up around the world to the latest object building projects of the heavyweights. In the case of the latter, for example, the ubiquitous Zaha Hadid design for the new Opera in Guangzhou is explained by the practice’s Simon Yu. Overlooking the Pearl River and taking its natural undulating form from nature, one can’t but help immediately understand exactly why Hadid remains one of the most in-demand architects for creating an iconic statement public building.

Nature is also a key feature of the stunning ‘suspended’ hotel in northern Sweden that has literally wrapped six mirrored cube guest rooms around the trunks of trees, hovering above the forest floor. Clearly in this case nature is a encompassing reflection rather than the form. Shonquis Moreno’s article is accompanied by the stunning imagery of the geometric rooms that reflect each facet of the forest in all directions, a hard-edged manmade edifice floating as light as air within the pines; pure sci-fi imagery.

And for those who prefer their architecture with more human features, there’s Sergio Pirrone’s highly personal insider’s take on zipping around Venice during the architectural world’s key biennale.

    Mark #29 –
    December 2010 224 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    MMBB Andres Jaque Chuck Hoberman Nina Libeskind 8 House By BIG Guangzhou Opera By Zaha Hadid Jewish Centre By Manuel Herz Wing House By David Hertz Open School y LOT-EK Middelfart Savings Bank by 3XN
    Creative Director –
    Mainstudio, Edwin van Gelder
    Editor In Chief –
    Robert Thiemann
    Art Director –
    Mainstudio, Edwin van Gelder
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Our Take —

Mark Magazine is the much-lauded international magazine on contemporary architecture that has added a particular vision and opinion to the international architecture perspective. Published out of the Netherlands, it’s no surprise that Mark – which has been going for a number of years now- reflects certain sensibilities for which Dutch contemporary architecture is internationally known: it’s stark, unapologetically contemporary and offers up architectural design solutions that often pay little attention to orthodoxy and convention. Perhaps this is best summed up in its own strap line of ‘another architecture’.

With a bold and crisp art direction, Mark is one of those magazines that certainly makes what the name promises. It is instantly attractive and easily navigated, despite actually managing to get a whole lot of information and imagery into each and every issue. And, whilst the contributions and commentary always include highly respected voices from the world of professional and academic architecture, one of the great successes of Mark is that it extends the Dutch understanding of architecture into the international arena, namely that architecture is a social phenomenon that engages all members of society. This manifests itself in the form of an editorial vision that intrinsically understands that contemporary architecture has many fans and an actively engaged audience beyond professional architects. Thus, it is an intelligent yet accessible title that has broad appeal and proves rewarding reading to almost anyone with an interest in architecture and the built environment.

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