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9 Oct 2013

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On Saturday 12 October 2013, a new documentary about the office and tower in China will have its world premiere as part of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam.

On 29 October 11pm the same film will be broadcasted by AVRO Close up on Dutch TV

Note: language is Dutch and partly Chinese, with English undertitles

‘Reaching for the Sky’

Guangzhou TV tower:
Canton Tower Building
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een film van Bert Oosterveld en Peter Franken

in wereldpremière tijdens het Architectuur Film Festival in Rotterdam

Op zaterdag 12 oktober 2013 Aanvang: 17:30u Bioscoop Lantarenvenster Otto Reuchlinweg 996 Rotterdam

De jonge Nederlandse architect Mark Hemel wint samen met zijn vrouw Barbara Kuit een architectuurprijsvraag en ontwerpt in Guangzhou de hoogste televisietoren ter wereld. Zijn droom om een icoon te bouwen wordt werkelijkheid. Deze toren zal zijn visitekaartje worden en geeft hem wellicht de mogelijkheid om naar China te verhuizen, een land waar nog wel ruimte is voor bijzondere ideeën. Maar naarmate de bouw van de toren vordert volgen er teleurstellingen.

‘Reaching for the Sky’ is een openhartig verslag over de persoonlijke en professionele dilemma’s van Mark Hemel die met zijn eerste grote opdracht afwisselend pijnlijk geconfronteerd en aangenaam gecharmeerd wordt door de Chinese wijze van architectuur bedrijven en projecten uitvoeren.

Deze film is tot stand gekomen met steun van het Stimuleringsfonds voor de Architectuur en het Nederlands Consulaat Generaal in Guangzhou

Op dinsdag 29 oktober om 23:00u wordt de korte versie van Reaching for the Sky uitgezonden bij AVRO Close Up

www.reachingforthesky.nl

Information Based Architecture (IBA) was originally set up in London in 1998 as a partnership between architects Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit. Using the newest technologies the practice challenges conventional thinking and seeks to exploit new opportunities to enrich our cities with conceptually interesting, and well thought through environmentally responsible architecture.

IBA’s name is translated into Chinese as; 信基. (xin 4) (ji 1): meaning trustworthy architecture founded on information

Information Based Architecture specializes in large-scale architectural and urban projects. Having won several high profile competitions, the most famous one being the design for the Guangzhou TV-tower. IBA can be typified as both ‘experimental’ and ‘progressive’. Information Based Architecture constantly attempts to extend the boundaries of artistic design, while also introducing the newest digital technologies. The work was published and exhibited widely. In 2002 they were short listed for the Young Architects of the Year Award in the United Kingdom. They have received support by the Dutch Department of Trade and Industry and received several encouragement-grants by the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

Currently based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, IBA continues its work on both large and small projects in Europe and Asia. The work includes urban master-planning, architecture, landscaping and furniture design.

Mark Hemel teaches at the Architectural Association in London where he has been Unit-master since 1999, and a design tutor in the Environment & Energy Program. Before setting up practice, Barbara Kuitworked as a local architect on projects of Philippe Starck in London; (the Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane hotels), and subsequently worked for several years for Zaha Hadid on many projects among which; the Mind Zone in the Millennium Dome, London, the Contemporary Arts Center in Rome and Wolfsburg Science Center in Germany.

Information Based Architecture – Key Buildings

Guangzhou TV Station

Guangzhou TV Station
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Guangzhou TV Station

Guangzhou TV tower
2010
Canton Tower
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Guangzhou TV tower

X-treme Sports Centre

Guangzhou Velodrome
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Guangzhou Velodrome


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Mark Hemel

Mark Hemel
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Current position:
Co-founder and Director Information Based Architecture
Nationality:

The Netherlands

1993 Mark Hemel graduated from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands.

1994 He subsequently received a scholarship from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture to research the development of vernacular architecture in West Africa, and historical cities in Southern India.

In 1996 he completed his Postgraduate studies at the Architectural Association in London.

In 1996-97 he worked for Zaha Hadid in London.

Between 1999-2008 he was Unit-master at the Architectural Association in London.

In 2002-03 he taught as design-tutor of the post-graduate Environment and Energy program at the AA in London, and also taught at the Architecture Academy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

In 2003 he received the RIBA Bronze Medal tutor award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Mark’s writings are widely published.

2010 He is currently writing a book on the design-process of the Guangzhou TV tower called Supertall, the rise of bio-intelligence.

He is a registered as architect at the Stichting Bureau Architecten Register, The Hague, the Netherlands (SBA nr. 1.960910.005)

Barbara Kuit

Barbara Kuit
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Current position:

Co-founder and Director Information Based Architecture

Nationality:

The Netherlands

1993 Barbara Kuit graduated from the Technical University Delft, The Netherlands.

She taught various workshops at the Technical University Delft, and was visiting critic at the Architectural Association in London, United Kingdom.

1996-97 She worked as a local architect on projects of Philippe Starck in London, the Sanderson and St Martins Lane Hotels.

1997-2002 She worked as senior designer at the office of Zaha Hadid in London, on the Mind zone in the Millennium Dome in London-Greenwich; the Wolfsburg Science Centre in Germany; the competition for the Contemporary Arts Centre in Rome and on many other competitions and projects.

Registered as architect at the Stichting Bureau Architecten Register, The Hague (SBA nr. 1.950619.007), and at the Architects Registration Board, London, United Kingdom (061236G)

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