Tokyo’s Modernist Gem, Hotel Okura, To Be Demolished

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Talk about Modernist Japanese architecture, and you can hardly fail to bring up Tokyo‘s Hotel Okura. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been a landmark not only for the city, but for Japan. Now, however, the hotel’s owners have decided that the main building for the hotel will be demolished in September of 2015, with a new hotel taking its place. To learn more – including how to sign the petition for preservation – keep reading after the break.

Arena da Amazônia / gmp architekten

© Marcus Bredt

Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Manaus,
Architect In Charge: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Martin Glass
Director Of Gmp Do Brazil: Ralf Amann
Project Management: Martin Glass, Maike Carlsen
Project Management In Brazil: Burkhard Pick, Sander-Christiaan Troost
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

Designing Invisible Architecture: Bird Hides by Biotope

Steilnes Bird Hide. Image Courtesy of

Biotope, a three-strong Norwegian practice based in the Arctic town of Varanger, have designed since 2009. For them, architecture is “a tool to protect and promote birds, wildlife and nature” – an approach reflected in their carefully crafted, environmentally integrated fragments of the ‘invisible’: small shelters that must blend into and be absorbed by their surroundings. Their diligent work has seen Varanger become established as one of the best birding destinations in Northern Europe and their unique design solutions are now being sought across Scandinavia.

House 02, Hyde Park / Daffonchio & Associates Architects

© Adam Letch

Architects: Daffonchio & Associates Architects
Location: Hyde Park, ,
Architect In Charge: Enrico Daffonchio
Project Team: Frances Joynt
Photographs: Adam Letch

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2014 Venice Biennale

Inside the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Innesti/Grafting

Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale looks at the country’s architecture through the lens of  “grafting,” or the transferring of new ideas onto preexisting realities and structures.

Architect and Pavilion curator Cino Zucchi associates grafting with “the great capacity to interpret and incorporate preceding states through continuous metamorphoses.” He opens and closes the Italian Pavilion with two physical grafts: a large rusted steel arch and a bench sculpture. The first room of the exhibit begins with a study of modernization in Milan, followed by series of collages of contemporary projects in . A video of Italian urban environments concludes the exhibit.

See images of the Pavilion and read a description from the curator after the break.

St Kilda East House / Clare Cousins Architects

© Shannon McGrath

Architects: Clare Cousins Architects
Location: St Kilda VIC,
Project Architect: Tara Ward, Michael McManus
Area: 263 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Álvaro Siza Decides The Fate of His Archives

Portrait of Álvaro Siza. Image © Teresa Siza

Earlier this week we announced that Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza was considering donating his archive to institutions outside of his home country of Portugal. Finally, after much discussion and speculation, Siza has arrived at a decision.

2014 ANFA Conference

2014 ANFA Conference

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) will have their 2nd international conference between September 18 and September 20 in La Jolla, California. 

The ANFA Conference will explore, from a scientific basis, the range of human experiences with elements of architecture, through collaboration between architects and neuroscientists.  The goal is to inspire ideas and new collaborations that will ignite change and unlock the potential of Neuroscience for Architecture.

Alfred Street Residence / studiofour

© Shannon McGrath

Architects: studiofour
Location: VIC, Australia
Project Team : Annabelle Berryman, Sarah Henry
Landscape Designer: 3/2 Jackson Street
 Toorak
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre / Taylor Kurtz Architecture+Design

© Ema Peter

Architects: Taylor Kurtz Architecture+Design
Location: Surrey, BC,
Area: 2,124 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ema Peter

Learning Centre Bieberach / Lanz Schwager Architekten

© Barbara Schwager, Konstanz

Architects: Lanz Schwager Architekten
Location: Wilhelm-Leger-Straße, ,
Team Competition : Sebastian Braun, Petra Martin, 
Johannes Oelschläger, Jan Voswinckel
Team: Sara Hampe, Götz Förg, Sebastian Frerichs, 
 Andreas Kimling, Parthena Sachanidou, Helmuth Sperbe
Area: 15,363 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Barbara Schwager, Konstanz

LegacyER / 5G Studio Collaborative

© Michael Moran/OTTO

Architects: 5G Studio Collaborative
Location: 1310 West Exchange Parkway, , TX 75013,
Design Team: Yen Ong, Paul Merrill, Josh Allen, Christine Robbins
Interior Designer : 5G Studio Collaborative
Interior Design Team : Interior Design Team
Area: 8432.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michael Moran/OTTO

Sydney Plans Large-Scale Urban Renewal Program

YouTube Preview Image

The government of New South Wales have announced plans for Sydney’s largest program of since the 2000 Summer Olympics. The proposal seeks to utilise and regenerate a series of former docklands from the area of Blackwattle Bay, through the Sydney Fish Market, Rozelle Bay and Rozelle Rail Yards, to White Bay Power Station (a protected building).

Infoversum / ARCHIVIEW

Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW

Architects: ARCHIVIEW
Location: Vrydemalaan, , The
Architect In Charge: Jack van der Palen
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ARCHIVIEW

Guest House Rivendell / IDMM Architects

© Joon Hwan Yoon

Architects:
Location: Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do,
Area: 721 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joon Hwan Yoon

Courtesy of Jane Duncan
Courtesy of Jane Duncan

Jane Duncan Elected as the next President of the RIBA

Jane Duncan…, an Architect based in the English county of Buckinghamshire, has been elected as the 76th President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Taking over the reigns from current President Stephen Hodder in September 2015, Duncan will become

Swissquote Building in Gland / Link architectes

© Swissquote Bank

Architects: Link architectes
Location: , Switzerland
Area: 38000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Swissquote Bank

US ABI Shows Continued Growth in June

June 2014. Image Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index () continued showing significant improvement in June, jumping to 53.5 from 52.6 in May, and hitting new records in the Projects Inquiry and Design Contracts indexes.

As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, the new Projects Inquiry Index surged to 66.4, its highest level in the year to date. In addition, the AIA’s new Design Contracts Index hit 55.7 – its highest mark since the indictor starting being measured in October 2010.

“The recent surge in both design contracts and general inquiries for new projects by prospective clients is indicative of a sustainable strengthening across the construction marketplace,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “With the first positive reading since last summer in billings at institutional firms, it appears that design activity for all major segments of the building industry is growing.  The challenge now for architecture firms seems to be finding the right balance for staffing needs to meet increasing demand.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…