It’s been a busy week at ArchDaily. Along with some fantastic projects, we also featured the winning designs for the ArchDaily Building of the Year 2009 Award. What you may have missed this week, after the break.
Handmade School / Anna Heringer & Eike Roswag Bangladesh is a fertile alluvial land in the Gulf of Bengal and the land with the highest population density in the world. On average nearly 1000 people live in every square kilometre and over 80% of the population live in rural areas. Much of the vernacular built tradition uses earth and bamboo as a building material, however, construction techniques are error-prone and many buildings lack foundations and damp proof coursing (read more…)
Tokinokura Lavatories Shimodate / Shuichiro Yoshida Architects Here’s a kind of project we don’t frequently see a lot of…a public bathroom facility. Shuichiro Yoshida, a Tokyo based architect, designed lavatories housed on less than 9m2 of ground space in Chikusei City. The site is a historic storage building, (one of the few still standing after the WWII), and a volunteer group obtained the ownership of the building to use as their activity base for “discovering the region-specific historical and cultural heritages” (read more…)
Blair Residence / Bruce Bolander Having grown accustomed to small spaces, severe restrictions on building size imposed by geologic conditions and building codes were not seen as insurmountable by a couple moving from SoHo to the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu. The 2.5 acre site provided sun and air and enormous panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island and the red sandstone outcroppings of the local mountains (read more…)
ArchDaily Building of the Year 2009: The Winners At ArchDaily we strongly believe in our readers. You have helped us to expand the debate in the site, sharing your thoughts around the buildings we feature every day. When we decided to award the best buildings featured during 2009, we could´t think of a better way to do this, than to handle this important duty to you. You narrowed down the list from almost a thousand buildings to 5 per category. Said that, today we are happy to announce the winner of each category on the following articles (read more…)
Capilla para el Tio / Visiondivision Visiondivision never fails to share interesting projects with us, whether it be their zoo/waterfall or their latest – a chapel for Tio, an evil devil that owns a mountain in Bolivia. As unusual as it may sound, miners in Bolivia are faced with awful working conditions inside a mountain, and claim that Tio is responsible for claiming the 8 million lives that have been lost within the mountain (read more…)