Room 13 / Mitchell Taylor Workshop

© Piers Taylor

Architects: Mitchell Taylor Workshop
Location: , UK
Year: 2008
Photographs: Piers Taylor

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AD Interviews: Diébédo Francis Kéré / Kéré Architecture

Award-winning African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré is renowned for his cross-cultural approach to architecture. Although his office, Kéré Architecture, is based in Berlin, many of his projects are carried out in his native West African country Burkina Faso, where he is known for incorporating local materials and talent into his designs.

“I am working between two continents or between two cultures. And what I’m doing is trying to bridge the gap,” Kére told us at the opening of the 2014 Venice Biennale. Kére has carried out projects such as School Library Gando, Centre for Earth Architecture and the National Park of Mali.

In this interview, Kéré explains his two-continent approach to architecture, what architecture means to him and what “” means for Burkina Faso.

Pandora Media Inc. New York Office / ABA Studio

© Durston Saylor

Architects: ABA Studio
Location: , NY 10168, USA
Architect In Charge: ABA Studio, Andrew Bartle Architects
Year: 2014
Photographs: Durston Saylor

AD Round Up: Architecture of the Soviets

Druzhba Recreation Retreat Centre - Yalta, Ukraine. Image © Frédéric Chaubin via edgecast.metatube-files.buscafs.com

During the Soviet Union’s relatively brief and tumultuous history, the quest for national identity was one that consumed Russian culture. The decadence of Czarist society was shunned, and with it, the neoclassical architecture the Czars so loved. Communism brought with it an open frontier for artistic experimentation, particularly where public buildings were involved. It was on this frontier that Russian Constructivism was born, and some of Russia’s greatest buildings were built.  This article on EnglishRussia.com compiles a list of some of the “best of the best” in Soviet architecture—and we liked it so much that we’ve compiled our own top ten list! See all of our favorite Soviet projects, after the break!

Till House / WMR Arquitectos

© Sergio Pirrone

Architects: WMR Arquitectos
Location: El Arco, , Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region,
Architect In Charge: Felipe Wedeles, Jorge Manieu, Macarena Rabat
Area: 185.0 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Norman Foster Joins Hollywood Stars in Petition Against Venice Cruise Ships

© Flickr CC User Ed Wohlfahrt

Over 50 Leading figures from architecture, art, film and fashion – Including Norman Foster, the director of London’s National Gallery Nicholas Penny, the director of the Guggenheim Foundation Richard Armstrong, and Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Michael Douglas, Julie Christie, Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton and Rob Lowe – have signed a petition pleading Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Italian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dario Franceschini to keep large cruise ships out of Venice.

The petition, created by the UNESCO-backed Association of the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice, says is a reaction to both the aesthetic intrusion caused by the cruise liners, but also what it believes is a “probable risk of catastrophe” due to the possible effects that such large ships could have on the fragile Lagoon surrounding Venice.

More on the cruise ship controversy after the break

stadiumconcept and IAA architecten Create Stadium with Tractor Valve Columns

Exterior View. Image © stadiumconcept with IAA architecten

Designed to seat 33,000 people, stadiumconcept  IAA architecten’s proposal for Minsk’s newest football stadium has a unique and allusive form. The column-like supports of the stadium roof resemble tractor valves, a reference to Minsk’s booming tractor fabrication industry. These tapering columns provide a signature identity for a building that, in addition to being a stadium, will serve the city as a shopping and business center.

Azur Arena / Auer Weber

© Aldo Amoretti

Architects: Auer Weber
Location: Azur Arena , 06600 ,
Design Architecture: Auer+Weber+Assoziierte
Area: 12120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aldo Amoretti

Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil’s Acquario Ceará Aquarium

Courtesy of Zahner

The Brazilian coastal city of , one of the host cities for the 2014 Brazil World Cup, will soon be home to one of the world’s largest aquariums. Designed by Leonardo Fontanelle (Imagic Brasil), Acquire Ceará is projected to be the third largest building of its type is intended to provide a lasting beacon for tourism in the area. Zahner, a US company known for their ability to design and create complex façades (including the Petersen Automotive Museum by Kohn Pedersen Fox) have been tasked with constructing twenty three curving “legs” which support the structure of “the Manta and Sea Urchin-shaped roof surface”. Zahner’s President, William Zahner, believes that “this is perhaps the most intricate building ever constructed in the Americas.”

See Zahner’s prototype and images of the aquarium after the break.

The Pangbourne Communications Centre / Mitchell Taylor Workshop

© Peter Cook

Architects: Mitchell Taylor Workshop
Location: Pangbourne College, Pangbourne, Reading, RG8 8LA, UK
Year: 2012
Photographs: Peter Cook

Villa Sottanis Library and Gamesroom / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

© Ernesta Caviola

Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
Location: Via Annuti, 36, 16030 Genoa,
Architect In Charge: Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo
Design Team: Simonetta Cenci, Stefania Bracco, Francesca Ameglio, Cinzia Avanzi, Lorenza Barabino, Luca Bonsignorio, Chiara Braida, Elena Frigo, Domenica Laface, Francesca R. Pirrello, Francesca Recagno, Ilaria Sisto, Sara Traverso
Area: 581.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Ernesta Caviola, Giuseppe Maritati

Hamersley Road Residence / Studio53

© Christian Sprogoe

Architects: Studio53
Location: Subiaco WA 6008,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christian Sprogoe, Chris Maher

VOIDWALL / AND

© Kyungsub Shin

Architects: AND
Location: , Gangwon-do, South Korea
Area: 136 sqm
Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

Terra Remota Winery / Untaller

© Lluís Casals

Architects: Untaller
Location: Carrer Empordà, Girona,
Architects In Charge: Nacho Ferrer Orenga, Pepe Cortes
Year: 2008
Photographs: Lluís Casals

Pitulka Eatery / Triopton Architects

© Dimitris Kleanthis

Architects: Triopton Architects
Location: Athens,
Design Team: Hysolli Edis, Sergios Eleftherios, Vourliotis Dimitrios
Area: 62 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dimitris Kleanthis

Courtesy of Boston Society of Architects
Courtesy of Boston Society of Architects

Latest Issue of ArchitectureBoston Devoted Entirely To Architecture & Design Books

This summer, ArchitectureBoston gives readers a reason to linger in their hammocks a little longer and drift away into the world of architecture and design. The new issue contains extensive and insightful suggestions for book lovers looking to build a personal library of new and important titles. Read on for more information.

New Images Leaked of Zaha Hadid’s Luxury NYC Apartment Complex

New images have been leaked of the inside of Zaha Hadid’s New York City luxury apartment complex, set to be built alongside the second section of the High Line at 520 West 28th Street.

The renderings, first published by Curbed, show the layout of a typical kitchen and master bath in this 11-story sculpted glass and steel apartment. While the kitchen rendering features a curvy island and faucet in the middle, the bathroom appears to have textured walls.

9 Flats Low Cost Renovation in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona / EMBT

© Marcela Grassi

Architects: EMBT
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Benedetta Tagliabue, Miralles Tagliabue
Project Director And Construction: Salvador Gilabert
Area: 1,872 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcela Grassi