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SANAA to design Serpentine Gallery Pavillion 2009

12:30 - 3 March, 2009

The Serpentine Gallery is delighted to announce that the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 will be designed by architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, of the leading Japanese practice SANAA. Sejima and Nishizawa’s Pavilion will be the architects’ first built structure in the UK and the ninth commission in the Gallery’s annual series of Pavilions, the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind. The Pavilion will open in July on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn, where it will remain until October.

Headquarters of the RBGO, Ribera del Duero / Estudio Barozzi Veiga

08:53 - 3 March, 2009

A very interesting project from Estudio Barozzi Veiga, a practice featured on our AD Futures series.

Headquarters of the Ruling Board for Guarantee of Origin, “Ribera del Duero” Location: Roa, Spain Years: 2006 – 2009 Competition: first prize Status: under construction

The objective of this competition was to remodel an existing building and to extend it to accommodate the headquarter of the ruling board for guarantee of origin “Ribera del Duero”.

Ternat House / V + bureau vers plus de bien-être

07:30 - 3 March, 2009

Architects: V+/Bureau vers plus de bien-être Location: Ternat, Belgium Client: Cortier – De Lat Design Team: Jörn Aram Bihain, Thierry Decuypere, Shin Hagiwara Engineers: Kathleen Mertens Contractor: CPR Construction (main construction), De Meersman (carpentry), FMP (metalwork) Design year: 2001-2003 Construction year: 2003-2005 Surface: 360 sqm Budget: 325.000 euro Photographs: V+, Olivier Chenoix, Patrick Van Roy

Celebrating 90 Years of Bauhaus

21:00 - 2 March, 2009

The legendary Bauhaus movement turns 90 this year and the anniversary is being marked by exhibitions from Tokyo to New York. The school was founded by a young architect, Walter Gropius, who wanted to shape products for the future and create a more just society.

AD Futures #5: Estudio Barozzi Veiga

17:59 - 2 March, 2009

Dresden Museum of Contemporary Art – Estudio Barozzi Veiga, 2007

For our 5th installment of the AD Futures series, I have choosen Estudio Barozzi Veiga (EBV). The studio was formed in 2004 by Fabrizio Barozzi (Trento, Italy, 1976) and Alberto Veiga (Santiago, Spain, 1973). The preactice is based in Spain, but with project all over Europe (and a villa in China).

Why did I choose them? It wasn´t because of ORDOS 100, but actually for all the recent competitions they have won, on which you can see an excellence in design. Every one of this projects features a different approach in terms of design, showing a constant experimentation and search for innovation inside the practice.

Some of these awarded projects are currently ongoing (ROA Headquarters at Ribera del Duero, Aguilas Concert Hall and the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall), so we are close to see built projects from this practice.

Now onto some of these projects:

ORDOS 100 #23: Oyler Wu Collaborative

14:00 - 2 March, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Oyler Wu Collaborative Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project Team: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu, Fayez Ahbad, Phillip Cameron, Jian Huang, Huy Le Consulting Structural Engineer: Buro Happold Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, ChinaConstructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

This proposal for a 1000 square meter villa in Inner Mongolia, China is part of a development of 100 villas to be designed by 100 architects from 27 different countries. The project is coordinated by Ai Wei Wei of FAKE Design, Beijing.

Four “Tropical Skyscapers” Commissioned To Keep Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ Nice and Shady

12:30 - 2 March, 2009

Steven Holl Architects‘ winning design from the “4 Tower in 1″ competition calls for a quartet of towers to be built around the brand new Shenzhen Stock Exchange and its surrounding plaza.

All about the construction of the Wyly Theater

12:30 - 1 March, 2009

The folks at Art & Seek published a video with interesting insights on the construction of the Wyly Theater in Dallas, TX designed by REX | OMA, which is almost complete.

Hollywood House / wHY Architecture

21:00 - 28 February, 2009

wHY Architecture shared with us an interesting project for a house in Hollywood, a series of spaces contained by a single stripe, alternating between open and closed.

Read more about it:

Virtual Electronic Poem, Le Corbusier back from the past

12:30 - 28 February, 2009

World Expositions have been an architectural playground since they started to appear: London World Exposition of 1851 (Crystal Palace), Paris World Exposition of 1889 (Eiffel Tower), and more recently, Hannover 2000 and Zaragoza 2008.

12 year old makes shelter for the homeless with plastic, wire and packing peanuts

21:00 - 27 February, 2009

Max Wallack, a 12 year old from Natick, has just won WGBH’s Design Squad “Trash to Treasure” design contest with his “Home Dome” invention, which is a shelter for the homeless, built with just plastic, wire and packing peanuts. The structure is in the form of a Mongolian yurt and includes a built-in bed.

For his winning design, Max won $10,000, a Dell laptop and a trip to Boston to see how his design becomes real. The “Home Dome” was selected as the winning innovation out of more than 1,000 contest submissions.

Seen at The Design Blog. Watch a video about the winner, after the break.

AD Round Up: Patio Houses Part I

18:30 - 27 February, 2009

For many people, a nice house isn’t complete without a nice patio. So this Friday, we bring you a “Round Up” with our best selection of patio houses previously published on ArchDaily.

Quarterhouse Performing Arts and Business Centre in Folkestone

12:30 - 27 February, 2009
© David Gilbert
© David Gilbert

Secretary of State for Cultura Media and Sport Andy Burnham, will officially open Alison Brooks Architect’s Quarterhouse Performing Arts and Business Centre in Folkestone, located in the Kent district, England. The ceremony will take place in March 5.

The building is the centrepiece of the city’s arts-led regeneration programme spearheaded by client The Creative Foundation. The 1550 sqm includes a 220 seat, 500 standing multi-purpose auditorium for music, dance, theatre, film performances and conferences; ground floor foyer and exhibition space; first floor café/bar and a top floor business centre for start-ups in the creative industries.

More details and images, after the break.

Bermondsey Bike Store: Bike parking by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

21:00 - 26 February, 2009

The London architecture firm Sarah Wigglesworth Architects have finished a bike store in Bermondsey, London. The structure can store 76 bikes in two levels, using a system designed by bicycle rack producers Josta.

The building is constructed from 13 portal frames, clad externally with triangular, stainless-steel panels and internally with translucent, glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) sheeting. The structure will provide secure shelter for residents and workers in the Bermondsey Square area.

Photos by Mark Hadden Photography. More images, after the break.

ORDOS 100 #22: Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter

14:00 - 26 February, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, ChinaConstructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

The starting point of this proposal is a vertical experience as a complement to the horizontal condition of the Ordos plateau, a new topography that can take full advantage of its surroundings. The house starts with the pool at lower garden level and reaches up to the top roof terrace open to the sky. Interior spaces follow the movement, a rising spiral around the structural core, the stairs. As a result the program is distributed on a series of interior terraces that are interconnected visually yet offering seclusion and differentiating space in the section.

Chinatrust Bank Headquarters designed by NBBJ

12:30 - 26 February, 2009
photo by NNBJ
photo by NNBJ

After an international design competition and nearly two years of design, the high-profile, 2.5-million-square-foot Chinatrust Bank headquarters has broken ground in Taiwan. Designed by the Los Angeles office of NBBJ, in cooperation with the local firm Fei & Cheng Associates, the project is slated to reach completion in 2012.

The Chinatrust Bank development will consist of a 30-story headquarters building, a 21-story commercial office building, a 10-story hotel, and a four-level retail center. The project is designed to accommodate the bank’s growth, while supporting its status as the “Best Bank in Taiwan,” as named in Asiamoney, Euromoney, and FinanceAsia publications.

More images, after the break

Architectural Billings Index Hits All-Time Low

21:00 - 25 February, 2009

In January, the Architectural Billings Index (ABI) sunk to 33.3, the lowest level in its 13-year history. The score has fallen below 50 for 12 straight months; a score above 50 indicates an increase in billings, and below 50, a decrease.

Building on Canvas: Sarah McKenzie and the New American Landscape

14:00 - 25 February, 2009

In recent years, the art world has played host to a number of lively explorations of architecture and the built environment. (In 2006, The New Yorker went so far as to snipe, “Painting about architecture has become popular to the point of excess, much the way seventies artists went overboard on the cube.”) By looking at architecture through the lenses of politics, psychology, humor, and more, artists have been helping to enrich the conversation about the field.

Last week I sat down with painter Sarah McKenzie, who was in New York for the opening of her new show, Building Code, to discuss her thoughts on art and architecture. McKenzie, who first came to public attention for her aerial views of suburban developments, currently uses images of construction sites as her source material.

The interview after the break.

Sverre Fehn 1924-2009

12:30 - 25 February, 2009

Two days ago, norwegian architect Sverre Fehn died at 84 years old.

Tree hotel / Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter

07:30 - 25 February, 2009

An interesting concept for a camouflaged hotel on a tree by Swedish architects Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter:

Tóló House for sale

21:00 - 24 February, 2009

For those who are looking for a nice holiday home with three bedrooms, a social bathroom, a living room, a dinning room, a small kitchen with a support washbasin, pantry, and even a small outdoor swimming pool, this might be your lucky day. Tóló House (previously published on ArchDaily), designed by Alvaro Leite Siza, located in Lugar das Carvalhinhas – Alvite, Cerva Parish, Ribeira da Pena Commune, Vila Real District, Portugal, is now for sale.

AD Round Up: Educational Architecture Part I

18:30 - 24 February, 2009

We continue our effort to bring you our best previously published works, this time, our Round Up features Educational Architecture. Enjoy it!

Into the Open: Positioning Practice exhibition

12:30 - 24 February, 2009

Into the Open: Positioning Practice is the official U.S. representation at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition explores how architects, urban researchers, and community activists are meeting the challenges of creating new work in response to contemporary social conditions. The exhibition also addresses factors challenging traditional methods of architecture, such as shifting socio-cultural demographics, changing geo-political boundaries, uneven economic development, and the explosion of migration and urbanization. At the same time, it will advocate for an expanded conception of architectural practice and responsibility. The sixteen practitioners included, all of whom actively engage communities in their work, demonstrate multifaceted responses to social and environmental issues.

Russel Hill Road / gh3

07:30 - 24 February, 2009

Architects: gh3 Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Design Team: Pat Hanson, Anthony Provenzano Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick General Contractor: Jens Nielsen Project year: 2006-2007 Budget: US $500,000 Constructed Area: 185.8 sqm Photographs: Ben Rahn

The interior of the building was stripped back to a more modern tradition of interior. The house becomes a neutral shell punctuated by three sculptural elements – a block of stone that is associated with kitchen elements, a curved stair, and a 20′ stone bench/shelf and fireplace wall. Each of these elements is associated with windows, skylights, and double height spaces to enhance the spatial experience of the house. Kitchen working areas and storage for dishes, books and media are organized linearly along the exterior walls and are concealed behind full-height doors.

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