CARUSO ST JOHN ARCHITECTS
CARUSO ST JOHN ARCHITECTS
INTRODUCTION Since its foundation in 1990, Caruso St John has been pursuing an architecture that is rooted in place. The practice resists the thin-skinned abstraction that characterises much global architecture in favour of buildings that are perceived slowly over time and that have an emotional content. Its work is enriched by an on-going dialogue with the European city and with history – that of architecture, art, and culture more widely – traditions that bring an accumulated richness of expression to the work. Ideas are elaborated in a manner akin to art practices that engage directly with the built environment and embrace the ‘found’ space.
Caruso St John intervenes in sites carefully, valuing the humble and everyday as well as the more celebrated products of the architectural canon. It is the context that is the starting point for generating form rather than allowing the programme to dictate the architecture. Sophistication is achieved by the careful refinement of details and a distillation of ideas to create a particular atmosphere. Exteriors have a sensitivity to sometimes fragile settings whose character has evolved over time, while interiors have a specific and particular atmosphere appropriate to their purpose.
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RESIDENTAL PROJECTS 5
ROME PROGETTO FLAMINIO 2015â€“2015 Location: Rome, IT Client: Roma Capitale Project Status: Competition Caruso St John were finalists in this competition for housing in the Flaminio district in Rome. The large site in the west of the city was formerly military barracks and is located close to Zaha Hadidâ€™s MAXXI. The competition was organised by the City, and required a masterplan for the development of the site in phases, including 350 apartments for both rent and private sale. The design proposed a dense development that drew specifically on the qualities of central Rome, with its dense network of streets, piazzas and private shared courts and gardens. Some existing buildings are retained and the new buildings are varied in their height and scale, to give the quarter some of the qualities of a city that has grown up over a period of time.
street view, fancy vizualization
This private gallery in Vauxhall has involved the conversion of an extraordinary terrace of listed industrial buildings, that were formerly theatre carpentry and scenery painting workshops. The gallery forms the whole length of the street, with the three listed Victorian buildings flanked at either end by new buildings. The ground and upper floors within the five buildings are continuous, allowing them to be used flexibly in many combinations, to accommodate both large and small exhibitions. There are 3 large galleries on each of the two floors, stretching in a line from one end of the building to the other. The two gallery levels are connected by new spiral staircases and a large lift. Along Newport Street and facing to the railway, the unusual proportions of the Victorian workshops, with their groups of low level windows and high blank walls above, have been continued in the design of the new buildings.
inner block view, fancy vizualization
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HISTORICAL CONTEXT 10
VEEMGEBOUW, STRIJP S 2005â€“2009 Location: Cambridge, GB Client: Downing College Project Status: Built Caruso St John were commissioned by Downing College to refurbish the listed dining hall in 2001. The project brief was subsequently expanded to include back-of-house facilities, fellowsâ€™ accommodation and offices within adjacent later buildings. The original Downing College buildings were designed by William Wilkins in the early 1800s, and were very influential in their time, heralding the Greek Revival style and campus plan type. Now listed grade 1, they stand in stark contrast to the predominantly Medieval and Gothic adjacent colleges. In the late 1960s Howell Killick Partridge and Amis added a fine extension to the dining hall for a new senior combination room, kitchen and administration offices. The new project works within both the Georgian and modernist buildings.
corner perspective , romantic vizualization
The intricate and complex changes have involved adjusting, improving and extending the existing buildings, without closing the operation of the dining hall, requiring the project to be carried out in phases. The first phase, to replace the kitchens, servery bar and external administrative offices, was completed in 2007. The second phase started in 2008 and upgraded the facilities of the dining hall, along with a transformation of its interior, removing previous layers of refurbishment and giving it a character aligned with the Wilkins original. The architects have attended to all aspects of the listed interior including designing the new furniture and chandeliers. St John were finalists in this competition for housing in the Flaminio district in Rome. Light and scale, to give the quarter some of the qualities of a city that has grown up over a period of time.
aanfas, imaginative vizualization
BIBLIOGRAPHY A+U, Caruso St John Architects (Tokyo: March 2015) Issue 534, www.japlusu.com El Croquis, Caruso St John, Form and Resistance, 1993 - 2013 (Madrid: 25th March 2013) Issue 166, 978-84-88386-75-5 www.elcroquis.es Adam Caruso and Helen Thomas, The Stones of Fernand Pouillon, An Alternative Modernism in French Architecture (Zurich: 2013), 978-3-85676-324-4
Philip Ursprung, Almost Everything (Barcelona, Spain: 2008), 978-84-343-1170-1 Philip Ursprung, Almost Everything (ES) (Barcelona, Spain: 2008), 978-84-343-1169-5 Caruso St John Architects: As Built (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain: 2005), 84-609-6609-7 Helena Mattsson (ed), Kalmar Stortorg (Stockholm, Sweden: 2005), 91-974868-2-5
Adam Caruso, Gardens of Experience (Amsterdam, Netherlands: 2009), 978-9085065753
Knitting Weaving Wrapping Pressing (Basel, Switzerland: 2002), 3-7643-6733-4
Adam Caruso, The Feeling of Things (Barcelona, Spain: 2008), 978-84-343-1186-2
The New Art Gallery Walsall (London, UK: 2002), 0-7134-8787-9
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