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Sambade House / spaceworkers

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Architects: spaceworkers
Location: Penafiel, Portugal
Principal Architects: Henrique Marques & Rui Dinis
Collaborating Architects: Rui Rodrigues, Sérgio Rocha, Rui Miguel, Vasco Giesta, Pedro Silva
Engineering: Lino Correia Engenharia
Finance Director: Carla Duarte – cfo
Project Area: 1177 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Inshopnia / Nan Arquitectos

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Architects: Nan Arquitectos
Location: Rúa Velázquez Moreno, , Pontevedra, Spain
Project Team: Wenceslao López, Vicente Pillado, Alberto F. Reiriz
Project Area: 95 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Iván Casal Nieto

The Hedonist / Nuno Pimenta + Frederico Martins

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Architects: Nuno Pimenta,
Location: Neckarspitze, 68159 Mannheim, Germany
Authors: Nuno Pimenta, Frederico Martins
Project Team: Frederico Martins, Miguel C. Tavares, Nuno Pimenta, Ricardo Leal, Rui M. Vieira
Project Area: 14.4 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Nuno Pimenta

House at Chicureo / Cristian Izquierdo Lehmann

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Architects: Cristian Izquierdo
Location: Chicureo, Colina, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Project Area: 215 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Alberto Browne

House in Futrono / Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann

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Architects: Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann
Location: , , Los Ríos Region, Chile
Project Area: 464.0 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Alberto Browne, Roland Halbe

Vivalto Building / Najas Arquitectos

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Architects: Najas Arquitectos
Location: Gonzalo Endara Crown, Quito EC170124, Ecuador
Design: Esteban Najas Raad
Project Area: 7000 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Sebastián Crespo

One Central Park / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Location: LOT 1 Broadway, Central Park, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Design Architect: .
Architect Of Record: PTW Architects
Green Walls: Patrick Blanc
Year: 2014
Photographs: Murray Fredericks, Simon Wood, John Gollings

Innovation Center UC – Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

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Architects: Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL
Location: Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Project Team: Alejandro Aravena, Juan Cerda
Collaborators: Samuel Gonçalves, Cristián Irarrázaval, Álvaro Ascoz, Natalie Ramirez, Christian Lavista, Suyin Chia, Pedro Hoffmann
Area: 8176.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nico Saieh, ELEMENTAL | Nina Vidic

Casa no Tempo / Aires Mateus + João and Andreia Rodrigues

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Architects: Aires Mateus,
Location: 7050 Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira

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Architects: Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira
Location: Huai’an, Jiangsu,
Architects In Charge: Álvaro Siza e Carlos Castanheira
Local Partner: United Architects & Engineers Co., Ltda
Project Management: Stephen Want & Richard Wang
Client: Por-Shih, Diretor da Shihlien Chemical Industrial Jiangsu Co., Ltd.
Project Area: 11000 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Inside “Places of Power”: Austria’s Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

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The 20th Century was a time of significant political unrest, seeing two World Wars and the 70-year rise and fall of a major superpower, the Soviet Union, among countless other conflicts. In some ways, “modernity” could be characterized by the rapid creation and crystallization of huge numbers of nation states since the outbreak of World War One a hundred years ago.

Reacting to the theme of “Absorbing Modernity“ set for the national pavilions at this year’s Venice Biennale, the curators of the Austrian pavilion chose to investigate the area where this political unrest most overlaps with architecture: the Parliament Buildings of countries around the world.

Read the curator’s take on the pavilion after the break

Inside “Open: A Bakema Celebration” – The Dutch Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

“We consider Bakema not so much an architect of buildings, but an architect of a new idea of what Holland could be–a new national identity, a new national landscape…with an architect in the center of this particular ambition.” – Guus Beumer, co-curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale

Guus Beumer and Drik van den Heuvel, curators of “Open: A Bakema Celebration,” sat down to speak with us about this year’s Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. With the help of graphic designers Experimental Jetset, Beumer and van den Heuvel created an emblematic, stripped-down, research-focused display of a particularly Dutch idea: the “Open Society.” This was all conveyed within and around a 1:1 model of architect Jaap Bakema’s Lijnbaan Shopping Centre (Rotterdam 1954), constructed within the Pavilion.

The hope, as Dirk van den Heuvel explains, is that “the elements of Bakema…may be useful, inspiring for our own practices today. Elements that he developed in questions to housing, planning, modernizing… I think when you come here you will recognize that there’s lots of affinities, interesting things that we still work with and that we will work with in the future.”

After you watch the video, make sure to read the curator’s statement, and see images of the pavilion, after the break.

Rabobank Westelijke Mijnstreek Advice Centre / Mecanoo

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Architects: Mecanoo
Location: Sittard, The
Area: 5,375 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christian Richters,

Fogo Natural Park Venue / OTO

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Architects: OTO
Location: Fogo,
Project Team: André Castro Santos, Miguel Ribeiro de Carvalho, Nuno Teixeira Martins, Ricardo Barbosa Vicente
Area: 3200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

China’s Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014: Mountains Beyond Mountains

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From the Curators. By making space the manifestation of content and content an insight of the space, space and content are correlated in the Pavilion in that content provides an explicit timeline of ’s 100 years’ of architectural thinking (dual theme threads), while space presents an implicit theme of Yi Xiang (imagery-scape) through the history of Chinese architecture.

“Visibility (Imposed Modernity)” – Kosovo’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

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“Poi piovve dentro a l’alta fantasmi.” (“Then rained down within the high fantasy…”) Dante Alighieri (Purgatorio XVII.25)

From the Curators. has never absorbed modernity. Modernity has been a synonym of destruction and foreign aesthetics.

“Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models” – The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

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From the Curators. The exhibition at the Nordic Pavilion has been titled FORMS OF FREEDOM: African Independence and Nordic Models. The exhibition explores and documents how modern Nordic architecture was an integral part of Nordic aid to East Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. The resulting architecture is of a scope and quality that has not previously been comprehensively studied or exhibited.

The “Urban Interior” of Jimenez Lai’s Biennale Pavilion for Taiwan

UPDATE: We’ve added our interview with .

Jimenez Lai
, leader of Bureau Spectacular and curator of Taiwan’s Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale, claims that “domesticity is possibly one of the origins of architecture” and that “the standardization of the domestic program was…a very modern development.” Thus, Lai built nine single-program houses within the Palazzo della Prigioni, each dedicated to one specific domestic act–such as sleeping, eating, etc. The result is a vibrant, colorful response to Rem Koolhaas’ unifying theme: “Absorbing Modernity.”

Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan, delves into the part-to-whole relationship and political implications of our domestic lives. But Lai also believes that, from this relationship, we can learn something about the way that cities function. See more images from the exhibition and read on for the curator’s statement.