AD Recommends: Best of the Week

Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego. Photo by Francisco Nogueira

We have just had a really intense week in ArchDaily. Along with many great projects, Eduardo Souto de Moura was announced as the new Pritzker Prize winner and Lebbeus Woods refused to work in China until Ai Weiwei is released from prison. Check all the news and best projects from last week after the break.

2011 Pritzker Prize: Eduardo Souto de Moura
The 58-year-old architect based in Porto worked on his earlier years at Alvaro Siza’s office, another Pritzker Laureate (1992), and opened his own practice in 1980. Since then he has completed over sixty buildings, most of them in Portugal, and also in Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and Switzerland (read more…)

© Max Núñez

House at Punta Chilen / dRN Arquitectos
Unlike the abrupt topography of continental Chile, the soft slopes and the extended horizon of the Island of Chiloé defines a distinct landscape. Constant rains, strong winds and a tidal variation of up to eight meters, characterize its harsh and always changing shores (read more…)

© José Hevia

Faculty of Business Studies of Mondragon University / Hoz Fontan Arquitectos
The university required a space in which to impart regulated and continuous education, lodge the administration’s office, a library and the assembly room. The building meets all these requirements divided in four volumes. The first three volumes are destined to hold the educational and administration sections, and are formed with specific characteristics for the development of its activities (read more…)

© Yoshimura Masay

Wear House / Akitoshi Ukai/AUAU
It is a small house for two small children and a young couple. The blank and coming in succession were invented by making the best use of the vertical interval in the small hill, making “Enclosure” as the life scene place in the average of a dynamic flow that connected the earth to the sky, and dressing “Wear” the outside (read more)

Shiho Fukada for The New York Times

Lebbeus Woods Refuses to Work in China until Ai Weiwei is Released
Ai Weiwei was arrested today on unspecified charges by Chinese security police while he and his family were about to board a plane to Hong Kong, as reported by the NY Times. In response to Weiwei’s arrest Lebbeus Woods made the following statement on his blog: The Light Pavilion by me and Christoph a. Kumpusch is already under construction in Chengdu, China. I here state publicly that I will not accept another project in China until Ai Weiwei is released unharmed from detention or imprisonment (read more…)

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "AD Recommends: Best of the Week" 04 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=125030>