Huazhong University of Science and Technology Press (April 1, 2008)
Creating projects that look a whole lot less like conventional architecture than something out of the Ridley Scott’s film Alien’ or the creative output of H.R.Giger, HDA’s architecture has stolen the imagination of a younger generation of architects around the world. Twenty two mostly unrealised works often in the form of competition entries or research projects are examined here, including; Maison Seroussi, Paris; Art Hotel, Playa Grande; U2 Tower, Dublin, and PS1 MOMA. All are extensively documented with full-colour computer models, sections and details, and accompanied by several exploratory essays.
XEFIROTARCH (Design Series 4)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2006)
Since its founding in 2001, Hernán Díaz Alonso’s Los Angeles-based architectural firm, Xefirotarch, has attracted critical praise and global attention for its highly imaginative designs. Characterized by biomorphic forms that meld the organic with the supernatural, Xefirotarch’s projects reveal cinematic influences — Díaz Alonso initially considered a career as a filmmaker — and an innovative approach to integrating multipurposed spaces. The exhibition includes architectural models, digital animations, and a specially created sculptural installation entitled Sangre (Spanish for “blood”), a dramatic, undulating construction coated in patented Ferrari Red paint. This is the fourth installment of SFMOMA’s design series, devoted to showcasing emerging design talent.