Lauba, People and Art House
Under the Auspices:
The President of Croatia
prof.dr.sc. Ivo Josipović
Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Science, Education and Sport
Embassy of France in Croatia
French Institute Zagreb
Oris Kuća Arhitekture
The Yokohama project was the origin of my practice. And the opportunity to crystallise a type of investigation that I believe involved a whole generation of architects, and to test it with reality. The hybridisation of infrastructure, landscape and architecture, the integration of computer-aided design into the practice of architecture, and maybe the exploration of a global practice were tested through this project into a real building. And of course, it was a huge personal experience.
by Alejandro Zaera-Polo
Photo by Ramon Prat
Image Courtesy of FOA
Original Competition Details Extract, City of Yokohama, May, 1994
'Yokohama International Port Terminal is a very important institution for the international friendship to give the passengers the first impression of Japan. In addition, it is a usual amenity spot for the citizen as a port of their waterfront. In order to make these situations clear, the concept '' Niwaminato'' has been set up for the institution. ''Niwaminato'' consists of two different meanings for the passengers who visit Japan through Yokohama and its citizens. That is to say, the passengers visit Yokohama from the sea enjoying the scenery of the port like a garden. The view of the grand pier from the sea makes their expectation of landing much higher. And they can enjoy the sense of travel different from that of the airports through the intimate space of the Osanbashi pier. ''Niwaminato'' values the first impression which sways the image of the country. On the other hand, the citizens of Yokohama are proud of the international port in Yokohama. And moreover its waterfront is a usual amenity place for them. They also enjoy ''Niwaminato'' at the different point from the passengers'. ''Niwaminato'' consists of these different meanings. Hereafter only the image for the port can never work well. ‘’Niwaminato’’, which will create the future, is made up of the series of different factors influenced each other.'
Image Courtesy of Yokohama Port and Harbor Bureau
YOKOHAMA INTERNATIONAL PORT TERMINAL DESIGN COMPETITION
Competition details extract
I PURPOSE OF COMPETITION
The purpose of this international competition is to ask globally for designs of ''Yokohama International Port Terminal'', so as to make it a symbol of the port, to welcome passenger ships from abroad, and to be a place of proud for international exchange. The designer of the grand prize work will be entrusted by the City of Yokohama with the design of this institution.
II APPLICATION CONDITIONS
Design Materials to be submitted by Applicants
1) Site plan 1:2000
2) Plan (every floor) 1:600
3) Elevation (four sides) 1:600
4) Section (one longitudinal, two vertical) 1:600
5) Perspectives (one exterior, one interior) free scale
6) Other drawings representing design concept free scale
i) Written explanation of design
ii) Design summary – area table, table of finish materials, structure planning, mechanical planning, evacuation planning, etc.
iii) No names, addresses, registration numbers, or codes are to be inscribed on the design materials, nor must anything else on which such information is inscribed be enclosed.
iv) The design materials may not be changed or added to after submission. Any material submitted other than those stipulated will not be taken into consideration by the jury.
Original Competition Details, City of Yokohama, May, 1994,Including Environmental (Conditions of Location, Conditions of Site, Legal Regulations, Moorings, Surrounding streets and urban facilities) & Architectural Conditions (Outlines of Buildings, Function, Access Planning) with the original appendix:
1. Outline of the City of Yokohama
2. Urban design of Yokohama
3. Pamphlet of MM21 District
4. About the re-equipment plan of the Osanbashi pier
5. Site plan of the Osanbashi pier 1/1000
6. Boring data of the Osanbashi pier
7. Tide table
8. Climate data
9. Location of entrance to ships
10. Referential drawing of the passenger ship
11. Referential drawing of the gangway
12. Referential figure of C.I.Q. facilities
13. Technical terms
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Alejandro Zaera-Polo is an architect, theorist, lecturer and founder of London and Barcelona-based Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architecture (AZPA). Together with Farshid Moussavi he founded in London Foreign Office Architects in 1995. Following FOA's demerger, he started AZPA in May 2011. Alejandro Zaera Polo’s practice has produced critically acclaimed and award winning projects for the public and private sector on an international scale. He favours a pragmatic approach, embracing technical rigor in a search towards a complex and organic architecture which unfolds through a broad variety of locations and typologies.
Besides his architectural work Alejandro Zaera Polo is recently appointed Dean of Princeton School of Architecture, and occupies the Berlage Chair in the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands. Prior to this current role at the TU in Delft, he has been for four years the Dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, until 2005. Previously he has been also Unit Master at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, and a Visiting Professor at the University of California in LA, Columbia University in New York, Princeton University, the School of Architecture in Madrid and the Yokohama School of architecture where he currently has an advisory role. He has also been an advisor to several committees, such as the Quality Commission for Architecture in Barcelona City and the advisory Committee for Urban Development of the City of Madrid and is a member of the Urban Age Think Tank of the London School of Economics. Has published extensively as a critic in professional magazines worldwide. El Croquis, Quaderns, A+U, Arch+, Harvard Design Magazine amongst them, and contributed to numerous publications, such as The Endless City curated by Ricky Burdett and Dejan Sudjic.