Vincent Callebaut Architectures


This weeks architecte de la semaine is Vincent Callebaut Architectures, of France/Belgium. A 2000 graduate from the Institut Supérieur d’Architecture Intercommunale Victor Horta, Bruxelles, Vincent was the winner of his class’ Grand Prix d’Architecture René Serrure [thesis award]. Since his graduation he has worked on [and won] several competitions, both on his own and through collaborations with architects such as Joël Claisse Architectures and [more notably] Massimiliano Fuksas.


The first featured project is the 150 ha Masterplan for the Vatnsmyri Airfield Site, in Reykjavik, Iceland [2007]. The project is very masterplanning meets architecture meets giant sea monster attacking a Japanese city – à la Walking City by Archigram, or the Godzilla Tower by Michael Sorkin. So we here at MNP [obviously] love it.


Rather than your typical masterplan – extending the existing urban fabric over the newly appropriated terrain – Callebaut creates an amorphous, organic structure that seems to grow from the pre-existing airfield and extend feelers and arms out to make connections with the rest of the city – while maintaining [it appears] many of the air field’s lines.


The project is reminiscent of Koolhaas’ idea of BIGNESS – in that it appears to disregard its context completely [‘f@*k context’ is, I believe, how Rem put it], on an aesthetic level. Here the architecture and the masterplan are one and the same, sprawling across a large landscape and justifying its [their?] appearance through shear force of will – establishing a presence that is both alien to the context and interconnected to it at the same time.


This type of sprawling, organic, futuristic city design seems to be becoming increasingly popular – as seen in recent projects such as the Metropol Parasol [which is actually being constructed, with some help from Arup, I believe]. They seem to carry with them an egalitarian, even utopian, vision of the future of our cities – one interconnected form ‘growing’ from the context to accommodate growth in the city itself. While these new forms may the future of the city’s expansion, what I wonder now is if the city as we know it will be overrun – such as with Somnath Ray’s Para-City– or if the pre-existing cities will fall by the wayside, becoming large scale slums as seen in Frank Miller’s vision of a future New York in Ronin.


Unfortunately, outside of commenting on the beauty of Callebaut’s images, thats all I can say – as there’s damn near no information available about the project at all. If I find anything more, perhaps some program?, I’ll be sure to let you know, my ninjas.

[all images and information from Vincent Callebaut Architectures website]

Posted: March 21st, 2007
at 4:32pm by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,urban/master planning,featured ninjas,competitions,architecte de la semaine

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