Way Out There

By Robert Ivy, FAIA

1. Magma Arts and Congress Center

2. Red Location Museum

3. New Chancellery Building and Business School

4. Svalbard Research Centre

5. Parliament Library

1. Magma Arts and Congress Center

2. Red Location Museum

3. New Chancellery Building and Business School

4. Svalbard Research Centre

5. Parliament Library ew features of architectural record have struck a nerve as tellingly as the one published in February 2001. Entitled "Out There," it showcased the work of a diverse group of American architects who chose to exercise their design talents outside the centers of fashion— namely, New York and Los Angeles. Spanning a broad age range and based in both the city and countryside, the featured architects seemed united in a firm determination to fulfill their visions by finding sources of inspiration and willing clients, wherever they might be. Rooted in the local landscape, topography, and culture, in the end the work could have occurred in no other place.

You have asked us for more. In the intervening five years, record has scoured beyond the 50 states, canvassing the globe for work that thrives on specific locale. In this issue, we internationalize the effort, looking far outside London or Milan or Shanghai, hence the title, "Way Out There." We hesitate to characterize the following projects as a school, since the work varies in levels of abstraction or response to site. Rather, we suggest that the projects presented here point to a world where architectural motives are fully expressed in unexpected places, and that work in South Africa or Norway's outer reaches can inspire designs in the mega cities.

Travel with us via these buildings chosen from down the road and around the globe. It's a big world, way out there.

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