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Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre / Studio Gang Architects


Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Location: Rockford, IL,
Owner: Rock Valley College
Completion: 2003
Photographs: Greg Murphy

Demolition fail

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Another building-related fail. We should make this a series.

OIC Headquarters / WMA


Architects: Willy Müller Architects
Location: Jeddah,
Principal in Charge: Willy Müller
Associate Architect: Frédéric Guillaud
Project Team: Francisco Villeda, Isabella Pintani, Simona Assiero Brá, Mariano Arias-Diez
Collaborators: Iris Cantante, Bruno Louzada, Edgardo Arroyo, Claudia Barata, Bart Hooijen, Katrine Kunstz
Rendering: Lucas Capelli, Julia Morgado, Daniel Corsi
Model: ARRK,s.l., Fabio Castelblanco, Fabian Asunción
Structure Consultant: SBP, Schlaich Bergermann und partner
Engineering Consultant: GEPRO engineering
Model Photographs: Adria Goula Sarda

High Line 23 / Neil M. Denari Architects


Architect: Neil M. Denari Architects
Location: , USA
Principal in charge: Neil Denari
Project Architect: Duks Koschitz
Project Designer: Stefano Paiocchi
Project team: Carmen Cham, Alex Janowsky, Philipp Traexler, David Aguilo, Steven Epley, Paola Vezzulli, Joe Willendra
Collaborating Architect: Marc Rosenbaum Architects
Structural engineers: Desimone Consulting Engineers
Lighting design: TWS & Partners
Façade Consultant: Front
Interior design: Thomas Juul-Hansen
Lighting design: Lighting Design Alliance
MEP Engineering: Ambrosino, DePinto & Schmieder Consulting Engineers
Construction Management: T. G. Nickel & Associates
Land area: 352.5 sqm
Constructed area: 3,642 sqm
Status: Under Construction
Images: Neil Denari Architects


Duplex House for Make It Right / GRAFT


GRAFT was one of the first practices that started working with to redevelop the Lower 9th Ward area in New Orleans. Their single family home design has been picked by 3 homeowners so far, with 2 already finished and 1 in construction phase.

GRAFT’s proposal for the new set of duplex homes we featured yesterday, has LEED Platinum certification and in my opinion proposes an interesting strategy to connect with the street level, mandatory to all MIR projects.

Architect’s description and more images after the break:

Walking Berlin / Fantastic Norway

Our friends from Fantastic Norway shared with us their project, “Walking Berlin”, an event created as part of their exhibition at the DMY International Design Festival 09 in .

The walking houses are man-sized models of their latest architectural project: a tourist destination located on the northern west coast of Norway. As the project depends on the idea of travelling, they decided it was only fair that the houses got to do some travelling too!

The project consists of a group of narrow high-rise modules welcoming the guests of the Norwegian west coast. The systematic and flexible module-system allows the outdoor spaces, the miniature high-rise modules and the interiors to be designed in collaboration with the future inhabitants and selected artists.

More images after the break.

Volume #19

In times of crisis, hope is what we need. And hope is what the latest issue of Volume magazine explores under the title “Architecture of Hope”.

Once again, Arjen Oosterman writes a short yet provocative editorial, starting by why they choose to only use black&white images on this issue.  He brings back the subject of the welfare society during post-War, and compares the european and american models of sprawl/density which are key aspects of current crisis.

And since hope is the word of the day, “Yes we can” is also mentioned on the editorial and other articles related to Obama.

More about this issue after the break.

29GPS Architecture: A geo located guide to architecture in your pocket

In my opinion, the has opened a complete new world of interaction in our hands and for me has been a very valuable tool in terms of productivity. Thanks to its mobile broadband capabilities, it allows you to be connected almost everywhere and download content very fast. But one of the most amazing features is the built-in GPS, that allows you to get content related to your immediate surroundings.

But it´s not just maps or directions. For example, 29GPS Architecture (developed by 29GPS) makes a very good use of this feature, featuring a daily selection of contemporary architecture and telling you exactly how far you are from it.

For example, works like the Hollywood House by XTEN or the recently opened Standard hotel in NY are presented with a set of photos (and even a video), with a radar (green,yellow or red, depending how far you are from the building) and a view that allows you to see the building pin pointed over Google Maps.

A very good app if you are traveling around and want to discover new architecture around. And the best of all, is that you can download this app for free (it contain some ads, see screenshoots ). There are two different versions of the app depending which measure system do you use, with the distance in either kilometers (download with iTunes, free) or miles (download with iTunes, free).

Screenshots and more info after the break.

MVRDV + 24 Architects on the future of Almere

The 24 architecture teams with the client, Almere city officials and the project teams of on site, photo by © Xander Remkes

We all know that the Dutch are experts on reclaiming land from the sea. And with all this new land, come new cities. One of these is Almere, a city founded in 1984, which is growing fast into becoming the fifth largest city in . This growing city is now into the process of consolidating a new center, Olympiakwartier, envisioned on a larger master plan for a sustainable city by Mecanoo.

By 2030, Almere expects to grow into a city with a stronger identity and a total of 350,000 inhabitants, which involves the building of 60,000 new homes and the creation of 100,000 new jobs for the expected 150,000 new inhabitants. For this, Amsterdam based housing association Housing Stadgenoot commissioned MVRDV to be planner for 60,000m2 work space, 120,000m2 housing (1,000 homes), 15,000m2 education, 2,000m2 commercial space, 2,640 parking spaces and various public spaces. This total has been split into 93 volumes of which MVRDV will design 45. The plan demands individual development of the buildings: a dense mix of living and working leading to a complex urban condition. Retail, a public square and communal gardens are also part of the comprehensive plan which introduces inner city life to the mostly suburban typology of Almere. Flexibility is a key objective: All ground floors and part of the office and apartment buildings are designed to facilitate future change of use. In this way the owner, Stadgenoot, can adjust the district more and more to the needs of the growing new town and its inhabitants.

The remaining 48 buildings (500m2 to 5,000m2) are going to be designed by a selected group of 24 international practices, including established and emerging offices (see list after the break).

This project is very ambitious, with the potential of becoming a milestone on urban planning, apart from recent mega projects by groups of architects we have seen lately, which can be very innovative in terms of form or solving individual housing problems, but lack of a clear master plan that make all the individual architect’s efforts act as a whole. It sort of reminds me of the Weissenhof Estate, lets hope this one becomes an example for future architects.

Boavista School / José Marini Bragança

Architect: José Marini Bragança
Location: Leiria,
Client: Câmara Municipal de Leiria
Collaborator: Inês Vicente
Structures: Rui Matos
Water and sewage system: Rui Matos
Electricity, telephone and network system: Álvaro Lopes
Gas: Álvaro Lopes
Central heating: João Aguilar Ramos
Fire safety hazaards: Paulo Vasconcelos
Landscaping: Paula Simões e Catarina Patrão
Project year: 2001-2008
Photographs: Catarina Costa Cabral

Conde Lumiares drugstore / Mobil M

Architects: Mobil M
Location: Alicante,
Architect in Charge and interior design project: Daniel Ferrer (YTRASD) for
Graphic identity and furniture: Mobil M
Photographs: Pelut i Pelat

The High Line, as told by the architects

Our green friends from Inhabitat had the chance to visit the recently opened project in , and interviewed the lead design architect James Corner from Field Operations and Ricardo Scofidio from DS+R at the new elevated park.

This project is a remarkable example of infrastructure renovation, and in my opinion will be a case study for future urbanists and architects, not only in terms of design but also on how the community got involved in the process.

Also, props to Jill for making this video.

Urban Parasite / Bostjan Gabrijelcic

from Arhitektura d.o.o. sent us this rehabilitation of an old apartment’s terrace in .

More images and drawings after the break.

House 656 / O’Connor + Shanahan architects

Michael O’Connor sent us this single family house designed by Garry Miley for a rural site in Tipperary, . O’Connor + Shanahan architects prepared the detail drawings, brought the project to Tender and onto site for the clients due to Garry’s commitments at the time.

Follow ArchDaily on Twitter

Last week we gave you 5 reasons to follow @archdaily on . If you are following us, then you already know that we are attending the Pritzker ceremony today, and that we are going to interview an architecture master from Japan in a few weeks.

Remember to tell your friends to follow us on this #followfriday.

p.s.: if you don´t have any idea what #followfriday is: it is a Twitter meme on which people recommend people to follow on fridays, with a message such as “if you like architecture, make sure to follow @archdaily #followfriday”.

In Progress: Capital Gate by RMJM, Most leaning building in the world

Capital Gate, the iconic leaning building in , reached halfway point. The building, designed by international architects , will lean 18 degrees westward, 14 degrees more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To make this possible, the central core of the building slants in the opposite direction to the lean of the structure, and it straightening as it grows. It sits on top of a 7-foot-deep concrete base with a dense mesh of reinforced steel. The steel exoskeleton known as the diagrid sits above an extensive distribution of 490 piles that have been drilled 100 feet underground to accommodate the gravitational, wind and seismic pressures caused by the lean of the building.

A gigantic internal atrium, including a tea lounge and swimming pool suspended 263 feet above the ground, has been constructed on the 17th and 18th floors, the halfway point of the 35-story, 525-foot tall tower.

Capital Gate will house Abu Dhabi’s first Hyatt hotel – Hyatt at Capital Centre, a presidential-style luxury, 5-star hotel and will provide 200 hotel rooms for Abu Dhabi and will serve ADNEC’s (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) visitors and exhibitors as well as international business and leisure travelers.

AD Interviews: Cameron Sinclair, Architecture for Humanity (Part II)

As promised, the second part of the interview with , Founder and Eternal Optimist of Architecture for Humanity.

Bambinos International Learning Center – Scott Edwards Architecture

Architects: Scott Edwards Architecture
Location: Hood River, OR,
Principal in Charge: Sid Scott
Project Team: Lisa McClellan, Jesse Graden, John Froning
Project year: 2008
Budget: US $2,000,000
Site Area: 43 Acre
Constructed Area: 762 sqm
Photographs: Pete Eckert