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Torreão House / Bloco Arquitetos

© Haruo Mikami

Architects: Bloco Arquitetos
Location: Brasilia – Federal District,
Architects In Charge: Matheus Seco, Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Haruo Mikami

Stadthaus M1 / Barkow Leibinger

© Zooey Braun

Architects: Barkow Leibinger
Location: Freiburg,
Architect In Charge: Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
Design Team: Lukas Weder (project manager), Jonathan Kleinhample, Hiroki Nakamura, Ulrich von Türckheim, Woonghee Cho
Area: 6668.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Zooey Braun , Ina Reinecke

Football Playground / Guinée et Potin Architects

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Architects: Guinée et Potin Architects
Location: 2 Ter Quai François Mitterrand, 44000 Nantes,
Architect In Charge: Florian Carré
Design Team: Anne-Flore Guinée, Hervé Potin architects
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Martin Argyroglo

Office Building 200 / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

© Ruedi Walti

Architects: Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten
Location: Grenzach, 79639 Grenzach-Wyhlen,
Area: 6500.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Ruedi Walti

Snow Picnic / Torafu

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Torafu
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Production: Ishimaru
Area: 64.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Takumi Ota

John M. Roll US Courthouse / Ehrlich Architects

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Architects: Ehrlich Architects
Location: , AZ, USA
Architect In Charge: Charles Warner Oakley, FAIA
Area: 60000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lawrence Anderson _ ESTO

Bioinnova / Tatiana Bilbao

© Iwan Baan

Architects: Tatiana Bilbao
Location: , Sinaloa,
Area: 6260.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Big Thinking For Small Projects: Bolster Offers Insurance for Residential-Scale Work

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It is a common complaint among architects that, unlike other manufacturing systems, the way we build has remained essentially the same for hundreds of years. This presents a huge number of challenges, not only to architects but also to their clients and to contractors, with disputes over unexpected costs and time overruns – resulting in a system where contractors, clients and architects often see each other as adversaries rather than as members of a team.

The world of commercial architecture has at least gone some way to a solution: many large projects financed by developers or by the government are covered by construction bonds, which tie all parties down to a contract, and provide insurance against unexpected expenses and overruns. But what about the architects who work for small private clients? Now, thanks to a company called Bolster, designers on smaller projects can have the insurance used to streamline major projects – as well as a client matching service which can help architects and contractors find work.

Find out more about Bolster, and what it can offer architects, after the break

MO House / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

© Nico Saieh

Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Zapallar, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Exclusive Video: Innovation Center UC – Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

is recognized internationally for the quality of its architecture, even though its most lauded projects are not often found in urban areas. At a time when the true potential of Chilean architecture seems absent from the South American country’s cities, | ELEMENTAL has designed a conceptually – and physically – dense project in Santiago.  

In this ArchDaily exclusive video, ELEMENTAL‘s director Alejandro Aravena explains the concepts that shaped the form and delineated the design process of the Pontifical Catholic University’s Innovation Center UC – Anacelto Angelini. Instead of using materials that are usually associated with technology and innovation, such as glass and steel, Aravena uses concrete and its hermetic, weighty properties to imbue the center with an air of timelessness and transcendence. 

Urca Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Arthur Casas
Design Team: Milena Chieco, Flávia Castellan, Flávia Castellan, Joana Pini, Renata Adoni, Bruna Rizzi
Area: 667.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Great Ape House / Hascher Jehle Architektur

© Svenja Bockhop

Architects: Hascher Jehle Architektur
Location: , Germany
Design Team: Johannes Raible, Moritz Müller-Werther
Area: 3154.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Svenja Bockhop, Hugo Jehle

Twin Stations / sporaarchitects

Fovam Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky

Architects: sporaarchitects
Location: , Hungary
Architects In Charge: Tibor Dékány, Sándor Finta, Ádám Hatvani, Orsolya Vadász
Design Team: Zsuzsa Balogh, Attila Korompay project architects, Bence Várhidi, Noémi Soltész, András Jánosi, Diána Molnár, Károly Stefkó
Area: 7100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

Zé House / Paratelier

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Paratelier
Location: , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Leonardo Paiella, Mónica Ravazzolo
Area: 186.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Laufen Forum / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

© Ruedi Walti

Architects: Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten
Location: Laufen,
Client: Keramik Laufen AG
Area: 660.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Ruedi Walti

11 Houses in Murtal / ARX

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Architects: ARX
Location: Cascais, Portugal
Architect In Charge: José Mateus, Nuno Mateus
Year: 2004
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Charvot House / Hérard & da Costa

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: Hérard & da Costa
Location: ,
Area: 328.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Residential Building DMT / [tp3] architekten

© Mark Sengstbratl

Architects: [tp3] architekten
Location: 4490 , Austria
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mark Sengstbratl