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Al Rostamini Headquarters / MAD

Architects: MAD
Location: , United Arab Emirates
Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun
Site Area: 4,392 sqm
Constructed Area: 50,000 sqm
Program: Office Headquarters
Client: Al Rostamini Group Ltd
Images: MAD

House N / 3LHD

Architects: 3LHD
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Project team: Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Josipa Knez, Paula Kukuljica
Project team Collaborators: Romana Ilić, Lucija Staničić
Collaborators: Mateo Biluš, , fizika zgrade / projekt detalja; Ivan Palijan, Palijan, projekt konstrukcije; Miroslav Janičijević, Bramini d.o.o., projekt strojarskih instalacija; Branko Čorko, IPZ-elektroinženjering 22, projekt elektroinstalacija; Vedran Vrabec, Avoka, projekt vodovoda i kanalizacije; Eugen Zeneral, Schrack Energietechnik, pametna kuća; Milivoj Kovačić, ELTEH, tehnička zaštita; Štefica Prosinečki, , konzultant troškova; Ines Hrdalo, , uređenje krajobraza
Main Contractor: KAMGRAD
Project year: 2005-2006
Construction year: 2006-2008
Site area: 746 sqm
Gross floor area: 480 sqm
Footprint: 175 sqm
Photographs: Damir Fabijanic

ORDOS 100 #40: Slade Architecture

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This villa is located in plot #31 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: Slade Architecture
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009-2010
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China
Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

Vogaskoli secondary school extension / Studio Granda

Architects: Studio Granda
Acoustic Consultant: Verkfraedistofan Önn
Structure and Services engineers: Hnit
Electrical Engineers: Rafhönnun
Fire consultants: Verkfraedistofa Snorra Ingimarssonar
Contractor: SS Verktaka

New Tamayo Museum / Rojkind Arquitectos and BIG

Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos + BIG
Location: City,
Client: Patronato Tamayo
Constructed Area: 3,500 sqm
Partners in Charge: Bjarke Ingels & Andreas Klok Pedersen
Project Team: Pauline Lavie, Maxime Enrico, Pål Arnulf Trodahl
Rojkind Arquitectos
Partner in Charge: Michel Rojkind
Project Team: Agustín Pereyra, Monica Orozco, Ma. Fernanda Gómez, Tere Levy, Isaac Smeke, Juan José Barrios, Roberto Gil Will, Beatriz Díaz, Joe Tarr
Structural Engineer: 
Romo y asociados
Landscape Design: 
Entorno taller de paisaje
Graphic Design: 
Ernesto Moncada
 Glessner Group – Germán Glessner

Montecito Residence / OSKA Architects

Architects: Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects
Location: Montecito, CA,
Principal in Charge: Tom Kundig
Year: 2008
Photographs: Tim Bies/Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects

Jenni Kayne boutique / Standard

Architect: Standard
Location: West Hollywood, , USA
Architect in charge: Jeffrey Allsbrook
Constructed Area: 223 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Benny Chan

House of Inclusion / FORM | Kouichi Kimura

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Architects: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Shiga,
Client: Private
Construction Year: 2009
Site Area: 215,35 sqm
Constructed Area: 151,71 sqm
Photographs: The copyright of all images belongs to Takumi Ota

W Hotel / BBG-BBGM

Conceived as an urban oasis, the new guestrooms of the W Hotel designed by BBG-BBGM offer a respite from the chaos of the city by immersing the guest in soothing colors and textures inspired by nature. Curving, organic shapes complement modern angles while crisp white is softened with tones from the forest and earth.

SGAE Central Office in Santiago de Compostela / Ensamble Studio

Spanish architects Ensamble Studio shared with us their building for the SGAE Offices in (the equivalent to the RIAA in the USA). Once again, Ensamble Studio shows us an impressive use of mass, using stacked slabs to create an intermediate space with filtered light. It also has a wall built with used CDs on the inside.

Consolacion hotel / Camprubi i Santacana

Architects: Camprubi i Santacana / Estela Camprubí Amat & Eugènia Santacana
Location: Monroyo/Mont-roig, Teruel,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Jaime Font Furest & Consolacion Hotel

Senior Citizen Community Center / F451 Arquitectura

Architects: f451 Arquitectura
Location: Cardedeu, Barcelona,
Design team: Santiago Ibarra, Toni Montes, Lluis Ortega, Xavier Osarte, Esther Segura
Quantity Surveyor: Teresa Vivó
Structure: J.M. Riba de Palau
Mechanical: Prisotec
Landscape: Teresa Gali-Izard
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: José Hevia

CS House / Pitagoras Arquitectos

Portuguese practice Pitagoras Arquitectos sent us this great white house, with some nice patios all over it.

You can see some drawings, more photographs and the architect’s description after the break.

Maiorca Residential Building / Lourenço | Sarmento

Architects: Paulo César Lourenço and Bruno Sarmento
Location: Juiz de Fora, MG,
Structural Engineering: Protec Engenharia
Construction: Suport Engenharia
Electrical & Sanitary Services: Primus Engenharia
Site Area: 600 sqm
Constructed Area: 3,300 sqm
Project year: 2005-2007
Photographs: Marcio Brigatto

La Purificadora Hotel / LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA

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Location: Puebla, México
Client: Plus Arrendamientos
Associate Architect: Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos
Interiors: , SerranoMonjaraz Arquitectos
Structure: García Jarque Ingenieros, SC.
Electrical & Services Consultant: Proyectos de Ingeniería Eléctrica y Sistemas Automatizados S.A. de CV.
Landscape Architects: Espacios Verdes
Contractor: Grupo Huitzilin SA de CV
Kitchen Consultant: DIPREC
Lighting Consultant: Luz y Forma
Graphic Design: CENTRO
Art: Laureana Toledo
Constructed Area: 3000 sqm
Exteriors Area: 711 sqm
Site Area: 1178 sqm
Project year: 2007
Photographs: Undine Pröhl

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Authentic Studios / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Architects: LOHA Architects
Location: Burbank, ,
Principal in Charge: Lorcan O’Herlihy
Project Team: Pierre de Angelis (PM), Mark Mendez
Client: Authentic Entertainment, Inc.
Project year: 2008
Constructed Area: 1,393 sqm
Photographs: Douglas Hill

ORDOS 100 #39: OBRA Architects

This villa is located in plot #16 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: OBRA Architects
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Principals in Charge: Pablo Castro, Jennifer Lee
Project team: Shin Kook Kang, Atsushi Koizumi, Sara Kim, Patricia Bohrer, Ricardo Escutia, Soojeong Jo, Jiyoung Kim, Mingkyu Kim, Yixin Liu, Doreen Lam, Alvaro Mayoral, Selin Semaan, Paula Zapolski
Structural/Mechanical Engineering: ARUP NY / Mahadev Raman, Brian Markham, Rajesh Shah
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009-2010
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China
Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

ORDOS 100 by OBRA Architects

Last year there was an interesting exhibition on the ORDOS villas by 13 NY Architects, 13:100. During that time the Architectural League conducted short interviews with some architects asking them some interesting things about the project.

  • What was your initial reaction to the invitation? Did you ever consider not accepting the commission?
  • How aware were you of Ai Weiwei’s work when you accepted the commission? To what extent do you think we need to see the Ordos 100 project in the context of his work thus far?
  • Describe how you dealt with designing a private residence for an abstract client.
  • To what extent were you designing with Chinese construction technique and standards in mind? How is this reflected in your design?
  • Describe what is architecturally at stake in your project. What were you after architecturally?
  • How do you feel about your participation in the project now that the design phase is over?
  • What do you think of the site plan and the cumulative effect of the one hundred architectural interventions?
  • Can you imagine an equivalent development being built on the United States?
  • Describe how you think the sheer size of Ordos impacts the role and position of the architect.
  • Describe your dream commission.

See the answers by Pablo Castro from OBRA Architects. You can also see their villa on our following post.