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Zulte Stone Company / BURO Interior

The Company, a natural company in Zulte, underwent a true metamorphosis. The renovated display hall cum meeting and office space was decorated austerely and elegantly with the natural product as a calling card used in all its facets. Belgian practice BURO II was in charge of this renovation.

ORDOS Villa: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

Architects: Yazdani Studio
Location: Ordos, Inner ,
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009-2010
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China

Duckett House / John Pardey Architects

John Pardey Architects sent us this great second house on the village of Burley, . The concept was based on the idea of creating a building that respects the nature of vernacular buildings by avoiding a single form in favour of what may be seen as an assemblage of forms, akin to the typology of farm buildings.

Uniqlo Megastore / Curiosity

Curiosity has completed the design of the Uniqlo Megastore that has opened near Shinjuku station in . The new design is strongly influenced by the urban landscape and the large entrance, marked with three display towers, recreates a mini-Shinjuku city. As the lighting floor wraps the towers in a glow of light that illuminates the surrounding streets, the shop becomes an active element of the street: attractive, reliable, and secure. The new Uniqlo Megastore adds a civic dimension to its commercial purpose.

Museum of Tolerance / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

II Phase image

Architects: Yazdani Studio
Location: Los Angeles, ,
Project Team: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design – team includes: Mehrdad Yazdani, Design Principal; Scott F. Reed, AIA, LEED AP, Project Principal; Paul Gonzales, Project Manager; John Gormley, Project Manager (conceptual design); Hansol Park, AIA, Senior Designer; Jessica Yi, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP Project Architect; Philip Ra; Senior Designer (Phase II only); Jeremy Whitener, Project Designer; Jack Poulin, IIDA, Interior FFE; Mimi Lam, LEED AP, Designer; Josh Moratto, Designer; Sepideh Nabavi, Designer
Structural engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
MEP (conceptual): IBE Consulting Engineers
Electrical engineer: IBE Consulting Engineers
General contractor/ Construction Manager: Matt Construction
Lighting designer: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Mechanical, Engineer: ACCO Engineered Systems
Electrical, Engineer: ESSCO
Acoustician: Veneklasen Associates
Audiovisual: Electrosonic Systems
Exhibit Designer: Houghton Kneale Design and Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Fire/Life/Safety: Rolf Jensen Associates
Photographs: Benny Chan of Fotoworks


Community Center Valley of Herault / N+B Architectes

Architects: N+B Architectes / Jacques BRION, Elodie NOURRIGAT
Location: Gignac,
Associated Architect: Julien WAFFLART
Client: Communauté de Communes Vallée de l’Hérault
Project Manager: Elodie Nourrigat and Jacques BRION
Site area: 12,020 sqm
Constructed Area: 4,450 sqm
Budget: US $ 6.4 M
Year: 2005-2007
Photographs: Paul Kozlowski & Serge Demailly

Shangri-la 01 house / Adriano Carnevale Domingues

One of our readers, Adriano Carnevale Domingues, sent us this 250 sqm house in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a very attractive  roof succession.

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

Bijlmer Park Theater / Paul de Ruiter

Architect: Paul de Ruiter
Location: Anton de Komplein, , Netherlands
Project Architect:
Project Team: Willem Jan Landman, Dieter Blok
Client: City of Amsterdam, Stadsdeel Zuidoost
Construction Advisor: Arup bv
Installations Advisor: Halmos bv
Acoustic Advisor: DHV-Dorsser Blesgraaf
Theater Advisor: Theateradvies bv
Urban Design: Rein Geurtsen & Partners bv bureau voor stadsontwerp / mecanoo architecten bv
Constructed Area: 1,953 sqm
Project Year: 2005-2007
Construction year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Pieter Kers

Vertical Park / Jorge Hernandez de la Garza

Architects: Jorge Hernandez de la Garza
Location: Coyoacan,
Design Team: Rodrigo Ambriz, Michael Smith, Erik Cosio
Project Year: 2009

GKK Dental Ambulatory / x Architekten

Architects: x Architekten
Location: Oberösterreich,
Client: APK Pensionskasse AG
Construction: Polycarbonate, PVC, , Wood
Constructed Area: 525 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Max Nirnberger

Moodwall / Studio Klink and Urban Alliance

Media architecture collective Urban Alliance has recently finished the Moodwall: a 24 meter long interactive light installation in .

Playa la Isla house / Juan Carlos Doblado

Architect: Juan Carlos Doblado
Location: Playa La Isla, Asia, Cañete,
Structural Engineer: Pedro Moscoso
Electrical Engineer: Abelardo Grados
Sanitary Engineer: Gonzalo Herrera
Site area: 209 sqm
Constructed Area: 258 sqm
Project year: 2007
Construction year: 2007
Photography: Elsa Ramírez

H house / Group 41

Architecture and design firm Group 41 Inc. is proud to unveil the H House, a modern architectural residence whose design is informed by the crisp language of modernism and shaped by the principals of sustainability. In a city like where a moratorium on demolition limits most construction projects to being creative renditions of a renovation, a new, ground-up construction is a rarity. Rectilinear and angular, the H House is architect/developer Joel Karr’s first ground-up development property and represents a welcomed opportunity to express ′s own distinctive brand of modernist design.

Photographs by Ken Gutmaker & Eric Rorer

Top 100 US Architecture Firms according to Architect Magazine

Architect Magazine listed the Top 100 U.S. firms based not just on their size, but on three elemental and critical aspects of each one: profitability (revenue per employee, based on 2008 gross revenue), sustainability (with variables such as percentage of LEED projects in 2008 and green policies) and design quality (based on awards on 2008).

Some of this practice have been featured on ArchDaily like Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Perkins Eastman & SHoP Architects.

Take a look at the complete ranking after the break.

Actur Library / Carroquino Finner Arquitectos

Architects: Carroquino Finner Arquitectos
Location: Zaragoza,
Partner in Charge: Santiago Carroquino Larraz
Collaborator: Maria José Iturralde Navarro
Riggers: Juan José Vera Villamayor, Jeronimo Moya, Lara Gimenez
Client: Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, Suelo y Vivienda de Aragón
Services: TRAGSA / Ingeniería Pilar Peco
Project year: 2005
Construction year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Jesus Granada

House K / 3LHD

Architects: 3LHD
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Project team: Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Paula Kukuljica, Zvonimir Marčić
Project team Collaborators: Romana Ilić, Ivan Milonja, Ana Penavić
Project year: 2004-2005
Construction year: 2005-2008
Site area: 1,110 sqm
Gross floor area: 595 sqm
Footprint: 317 sqm
Photographs: Damir Fabijanic

CAP Salt 2 / BAAS

© Pedro Pegenaute

Architect: Jordi Badia
Collaborators: Daniel Guerra, Rafael Berengena, Andreu Orradre
Location: Salt, Girona,
Structure: Eduard Doce, architect
Measurement: FCA Forteza Carbonell Associats
Services: Consulting Lluís Duart
Client: GISA. Gestió d’infraestructures S.A. – Departament de Sanitat
Project year: 2004
Construction year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Erdos Museum / MAD

Architects: MAD
Location: Erdos, Inner Mongolia
Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun
Design team: Shang Li, Andrew C. Bryant, Howard Jiho Kim, Matthias Helmreich , Zheng Tao, Qin Lichao, Yang Lin, Sun Jieming Yin Zhao , Du Zhijian
Collaborators: Institute of Building Standard Design and Research, The Institute of Shanxi Architectural Design and Research
Site Area: 27,760 sqm
Constructed Area: 41,227 sqm
Status: Under Construction
Client: Erdos Municipal Government
Images: MAD