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Houses, an office, a culture center, and a bubble. Yes, a bubble. All of them, great projects you may have missed this week. Check them all after the break.

VitraHaus / Herzog & de Meuron Over the years the Vitra Campus has become an architecture museum, featuring works by the most renowned architects: Frank Ghery, Zaha Hadid, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, Jean Pruvé, Nicholas Grimshaw, Buckminster Fuller and SANAA (under construction). The latest addition to the complex is the VitraHaus building, a series of stacked pitched-roof boxed, designed by Herzog & de Meuron for Vitra’s Home Collection (read more…)

Azahar Group / OAB The Office of Architecture in Barcelona, OAB, just finished the Azahar Group headquarters in the Castellon region of Spain. Since the Azahar Group is very active with recycling, waste-treatment plants, and the like, the building intends to serve as a manifesto, in a way, to showcase their ideas of the importance of maintaining a relationship with nature (read more…)

Beijing Hutong Bubble / MAD MAD’s proposal for the future Beijing 2050 was first revealed at its exhibition MAD IN CHINA in Venice during the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. Beijing 2050 imagined three scenarios for the future of Beijing―a green public park in Tiananmen Square, a series of floating islands above the city’s CBD, and the “Future of Hutongs,” which featured metallic bubbles scattered over Beijing’s oldest neighborhoods (read more…)

King Abdullah II House of Culture & Art / Zaha Hadid Architects The new King Abdullah II House of Culture & Art in Jordan designed by Zaha Hadid Architects has been announced this week. The project consists in a performing arts and cultural centre that includes a 1600-seat concert theatre, 400-seat theatre, educational centre, rehearsal rooms, and galleries (read more…)

House in Buzen / Suppose Design Office When they are young, places like a narrow path between houses, the edge of a garden, the back of a shed, under the floor, or an open lot are the preferred playgrounds of children. Rather than a park or garden that was built to be played in, we wanted to make a house with a courtyard that would become a playground naturally (read more…)

Cite:Sebastian Jordana. "AD Recommends: Best of the Week" 26 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>