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Aravena buildings in Sketchup / ORDOS 100

11:34 - 11 December, 2008

A few days ago we featured an interview with Alejandro Aravena and his project for a villa in ORDOS 100, with more than 70 images. In order to further extend the possibilities of understanding this project, Alejandro shared with us a very detailed Sketchup model that is now availabe on Google Warehouse for you to download, explore, explode, modify, share back with us and all the possibilities that Google Sketchup offers.

The Copenhagen Waterfont / JDS & KLAR

12:51 - 10 December, 2008

JDS, in collaboration with Klar, will redesign the harbour front Kalvebod Brygge as the result of a tender held by the City of Copenhagen, within the newly established ‘Metropolzone’

The Metropolzone is a major development project to upgrade a part of Copenhagen City centre, which stretches from Kalvebod Brygge to St. Jørgens Lake.

Interesting sea baths, something that JDS developed in the past as PLOT.

We expect more information shortly. A few more images after the break.

AD Interviews: Alejandro Aravena

15:52 - 9 December, 2008

Alejandro Aravena is a chilean architect, recently awarded with the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale (Promising Young Architect) and selected as a one of the 20 most promising young architects by Icon Magazine, magazine which also features him on the cover of the january issue.

ORDOS 100 #1: Alejandro Aravena Architects

09:45 - 8 December, 2008

ORDOS 100 is a development  in Inner Mongolia that you might have heard of. It consist of one hundred 1000sqm villas designed by 100 hip architects in 100 days, selected by Herzog & de Meuron over a master plan developed and curated by Ai Wei Wei (FAKE Design).

If during modernism, architectural experimentation was practiced through large housing projects, we now find it in curated projects such at this, on countries with a raising -or at least before the crisis- economy.

The project was split into two-phases, of 28 and 72 houses respectively. In ArchDaily we are going to feature the projected villas each week, and hopefully we manage to document all We have contacted several offices already, but if you are part of ORDOS 100 and we haven´t got in touch with you, please use the contact form.

We start with the villa by Alejandro Aravena (Chile). No project description, but you can understand some of the concept design from the sketches.

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Download Sketchup model for this villa here.

David Chipperfield Interview

12:31 - 5 December, 2008

Interesting interview with David Chipperfield by Martha Thorne (Associate Dean for External Relations of IE School of Architecture and Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize). He shares his thoughts on new concepts in architecture.

How to build an Eames Shell Chair?

12:47 - 3 December, 2008

The step by step process

AR Emerging Awards 2008: The winners

06:00 - 27 November, 2008

The winners of the 10th edition of the AR Emerging Awards are being announced right now. In the past, the AR Emerging Awards have awarded the most promising young practices from around the world. Previous versions of this award confirms it: Sou Fujimoto, Miro Rivera, Plot (BIG) and more.

This time, we´ve got 3 winners, 6 highly commended, 4 commended and 12 honourable mentions.

As for the winners we have the BIP Computers building (Santiago, Chile) by Alberto Mozo (previously featured on ArchDaily), the Hotel Aire Bardenas (Navarra, Spain) by Emiliano López and Mónica Rivera Arquitectos and the the HOMEmade village family houses and DESI building  (Vishnupur, Bangladesh) by Anna Heringer (in collaboration with BASE habitat, BRAC University and Dipshikha (NGO)).

Anna Heringer was also featured on the previous versions, and I recommend checking out her work, as she has been doing an amazing job in India, involving the community.

More pictures of the awarded projects after the jump.

MY PLAYGROUND: Urban Documentary

19:34 - 24 November, 2008

Parkour is a sport on which you have to go from one point of the city to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, overcoming any obstacles in your way: walls, fences, trees, etc. This has made Parkour THE urban sport, included in recent pop culture music videos.

International Criminal Court in The Hague / SHL Architects

15:30 - 20 November, 2008

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been named as one of three winning architectural practices in the competition to design the International Criminal Court’s new headquarters in The Hague.

Location: The Hague, Netherlands Competition type: Restricted anonymous project competition Client: The International Criminal Court Subconsultants: Royal Haskoning, Bosch & Fjord Project Year: 2008 Construction Year: 2011-2014 Constructed Area: 46,000 sqm Images: SHL

More images and text from the architects after the break.

Dualiy Co, architecture in hi-def

10:47 - 20 November, 2008

In the past, we have featured several architecture photographers, such as Cristobal Palma, Joao Morgado and Iwan Baan. But the web allows for much more than just images. This time, the guys over Duality Co -readers of our blog- shared with us their reel on architecture videos, a new service they are offering to architectural firms.

56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron: the video

09:45 - 20 November, 2008

A few months ago we featured an amazing skyscraper by Herzog & de Meuron, that will have a great impact in  the skyline of New York. I’m very intrigued by the final result of this project, as it develops a pixelated unit composition that many have propossed, but no one has built.

ArchDaily Interviews: SHoP Architects

17:00 - 19 November, 2008

SHoP Architects PC is a New York based practice we meet a few months ago. We knew a little about them, because of the PS1 Competition they won back in 2000, the Porter House condos in NY -a great example of urban renovation- and the East River Waterfront Renovation, currently in progress.

Something that interested me before getting to know them in person, was the fact that they stated “we believe in both ideas and profitability”, as a middle point between academia and service firms – something that some architects escape from.

During our conversation, they told us something very important for current practices: how to manage the growth of your office, how to work in a multidisciplinary environment and how to get the most out of computer aided design technologies, not just in terms of design, but in streamlining the construction process and create new efficiencies and cost-savings.

After the break, the office profile and some selected works from SHoP.

In Progress: 290 Mulberry / SHoP Architects

16:00 - 19 November, 2008

290 Mulberry is defined by its context through a direct response to zoning and building code regulations. Located in Nolita, New York, this building is bound on the north by Houston Street and on the west by the historic Puck Building on Mulberry Street.  A zoning district requirement specifying a masonry enclosure for the two street walls created an opportunity to respond directly to the Puck Building, one of New York’s most recognizable masonry buildings.  We then focused the idea on the reinterpretation of local laws and regulations with a contemporary response to masonry construction and detailing that doesn’t attempt to imitate the past.

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I LOVE GITMO / zerOgroup

14:25 - 18 November, 2008

In reaction to US President-elect Barack Obama’s Sunday’s declaration on CBS ’60 minutes’ on 16.11.2008 (his first sit-down interview since winning the November 4 presidential election) where he has confirmed his intention to close Guantanamo’s Detention Center, zerOgroup made this proposal, called ‘I LOVE GITMO’ to upgrade the American enclave in Cuba into a mass tourism destination.

The ‘I LOVE GITMO’ proposal is one of the works that have been elaborated at the ‘Con Embargo Sin Embargo’ workshop organized by Supersudaca, supported by the Prins Claus Fund, and held at the IaaC Barcelona (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya) in September 2008.

Multiconfessional Pavilion / ARTEKS Arquitectura

13:34 - 14 November, 2008

Gerard Veciana, from ARTEKS Arquitectura shared with us his latest project in Tarragona, Spain.

Architect: ARTEKS Arquitectura Location: Tarragona, Spain Architects in charge: Gerard Veciana Membrado & Elisabet Faura Pavia Collaborators: Miquel Mercé, Manuel Gonzalez, Rubén Alonso, Flavio Rezende Project Year: 2008 Structural Engineering: Ing.Joan Rovira, Ing. José María Velasco /

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Heineken The City / Tjep

22:33 - 13 November, 2008

Size: 250 m2 Design: Tjep Project team: Frank Tjepkema, Janneke Hooymans, Tina Stieger, Leonie Janssen Production: Hypsos Location: Amsterdam

What do you do when Heineken asks you to design their first shop? Do you place furniture and displays into a given space? At Tjep, they thought it would be rather more appropriate to pour furniture into the six monumental buildings located in the heart of Amsterdam, as if we were filling a cold fresh glass of X-tra cold Heineken.

EB1 Home / Replinger Hossner Architects

12:51 - 13 November, 2008

This contemporary modern house by Replinger Hossner Architects is up for sale in Seattle, WA. Amazing views and good interior spaces. I just got this on my mail and I thought any of our readers could be interested.

More pictures and plans after the break.

Iwan Baan

21:03 - 12 November, 2008

If you usually take a look at the photo credits on the projects we publish every day, then you already know who Iwan Baan is. But in case you haven’t, Iwan Baan is a dutch photographer that has been documenting works from the best contemporary architects, such as OMA, SANAA, Steven Holl, Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Michael Maltzan and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, moving away from the traditional static architecture photography.

He’s always moving between London, Amsterdam, Paris, New York or Beijing, where he has been documenting  the construction of OMA’s China Central Television (CCTV) building, alongside Herzog & de Meuron’s Olympic Stadium and other 2008 Olympic projects in Beijing.

For those of you in London, the Architectural Association Gallery is hosting an exhibition on Iwan Baan’s work(with installation views by Sue Barr) from Nov 10th to Dec 10th. Also, on Nov 21th Iwan will be at a roundtable at the AA Lecture Hall.

I take this opportunity to thank Iwan for letting us use his photos on ArchDaily, helping us to bring you the best buildings around the world with high quality photos – Thanks Iwan!

More pictures of his work after the jump.

Sky Village in Rødovre / MVRDV

22:43 - 10 November, 2008

Some time ago we featured a mid rise building by OMA in New York, a cantilevered volume that brings a new concept for tall buildings. A similar approach can be found at a recent competition for the Rødovre Skyscraper won by MVRDV in association with ADEPT: A 116m tall mixed use tower, based on a 60sqm module arranged around the central core of the building.

It´s interesting to see the structural approach for this new typology, as you can see on another render below: the inner core -actually 3 cores to access the different program segments- is made out of concrete, with the units wrapping it around on a steel structure.

Something interesting in times like this, is that the building allows for different configurations responding to unstable markets, flexibility achieved by re-designating these 60sqm units.

Anara Tower by Atkins Design Studio

20:51 - 3 November, 2008

Well, here we have another skyscrapper in Dubai, this time in the shape of a giant wind turbine. When I saw this, i thought it had this turbine to generate eolic energy, but actually it’s a structure that holds a panoramic restaurant in the glass capsule at the top of the building, as you can see on the further images.

The 2,15 feet (655m) tall tower includes a mixed use developement with retail, offices, 300 luxury apartments and a 250-room luxury hotel. As you can see on the vertical renderings, it has a tremendus atrium and vertical gardens every 27 floors.

The Anara tower was designed by Atkins Design Studio for Tameer Holding Investment

Construction is set to be started during next year. More images after the break.

Massimiliano Fuksas and the conflict

00:33 - 2 November, 2008

This morning we had the honor of interviewing Massimiliano Fuksas at the chilean Biennale.

World Trade Center Iguala / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

14:06 - 29 October, 2008

b720 architects won the competition for the World Trade Center at Igualada, Spain. The complex will articulate the existing industrial city with the residential zone, completing a new zone of infrastructure for this developing city.

The complex consist of 4 buildings with a total area of 53.000 sqm, including 530 underground parking spaces. This project will hold offices, retail spaces.

Retail space is located on the lower and first level of the first 3 buildings, as a base to the office space above it as you can see on the rendering. The upper levels are wider than this retail base, creating a covered space for pedestrians. Between the volumes, several spaces will allow for future occupation. Galleries on the upper floors will allow an exterior-interior continuity, integrating the mid-rise volumes with the exterior that starts to become more as a neighborhood than with this new relations, thus answering to the city council requirement to turn this project in not just office space, but a new urban centrality.

There’s only a few more images available (after the break), but we will keep in touch with b720 to bring you more on this project as it develops.

Folded Bamboo + Paper House / Ming Tang

14:51 - 28 October, 2008

Our friends at Inhabitat tipped us on this amazing project, the Folded Bamboo Houses + Paper House by Ming Tang. This structures were conceived as a response to the 7.9 earthquake that strucked China last May.

In order to relocate the people that lost their houses, the Chinese goverment decided to build 1.5 million temporary homes. For this, Ming Tang proposed a shelter that was easily produced, cheap and environmentally friendly, using bamboo. The concept utilizes a system of bamboo poles that are pre-assembled into rigid geometric shapes. The geometry of these forms provides each structure’s integrity, allowing a range of lightweight modular structures to be quickly assembled in factories and transported to their destination. Once constructed, the shelters are then covered by using post and pre-consumer recycled paper.

For this modular system, Tang also proposed a  paper fibers, water, and cement envelope that allows for larger configurations.

This project was presented on the RE:Construct competition, a call for a ideas on temporary housing. This project was selected as a notable entry, but i think it should have been awarded since it address a on going problem with a local solution in an innovative way.

This are the kind of projects that I wish were being built right now! What do you think? Do you have more examples on innovative temporary housing?

More pictures after the break.

Design Build Bluff Studio

16:40 - 22 October, 2008

Rural Studio has been a good teaching model, which made students get involved on communities as they learn architecture, a good approach to form architect’s that are part of the society. This model, first initiated by Sam Mockbee in 1993, is still being used in schools in the US.  A good example of this is DesignBuildBLUFF, a studio  taught by Hank Louis (AIA) through the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning.