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Canelos 59 Building / Garduño Arquitectos

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Architect: Juan Garduño / Garduño Arquitectos
Location: Bosque de las Lomas, City,
Design team: Ricardo Guzmán, Ernesto Flores, Daniel Banda, Athos Sajid
Client: BICYQ Construcciones
Builder: BICYQ Construcciones
Project size: 35,090 sqf
Design period: 2008
Completion period: 2010
Photography: Sófocles Hernández

Cultural Centre / RMDM Architectes

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Architects: RMDM Architectes
Location: Saint Germain Les Corbeil, , France
Interior and Landscape Design:
Structural and Constructional Engineer: SOTEC Ingenierie
Client: Communatute Agglomeration Seine Essonne
Site Area: 5,450 m2
Building Area: 2,450 m2
Completion Date: December 2009
Photographs: Herve Abbadie

Conversations: Continued / PRAXIS + PS1 MoMA Symposium

The symposium marks the release of the 11 Architects + 12 Conversations issue of PRAXIS: a journal of writing and building. The moderated discussion will invite audience participation in an open dialogue that explores shared and contested territory among this emerging generation of practices.

The symposium, “Conversations: Continued”, brings together 10 Young Architectural Practices: MOS, NArchitects, WORKac, PATTERNS, Aranda/Lasch, Productora, FAR, Ciro Najle, The Living, and Howeler +Yoon with two critics, Timothy Hyde and Lucia Allais. The event continues the more formal discussion begun in PRAXIS 11, 11 Architects/12 Conversations, by bringing the firms together in a shared conversation, broadening the issues at stake, and sharing the material with a wider architectural and public audience.

The symposium will take place next Friday, June 25, from 12:30 till 6 pm at Contemporary Art Center in . For further information and schedule, go to

1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces exhibition by Pasi Aalto

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Architectural photographer Pasi Aalto sent us this photos of the 1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The V&A invited nineteen architects to submit proposals for structures that examine notions of refuge and retreat. From these nineteen concept submissions, seven were selected for construction at full-scale.

This photos belong to the project designed by Rintala Eggertsson Architects. The exhibition started on Tuesday and will be on display till August 30. You can see more photos by Pasi Aalto after the break.

3XN Wins Landmark Project in Sweden


3XN’s winning proposal for the new structure marking the entrance to Vällingby Parkstad in , Sweden,  creates a close relation between work life, housing, and leisure. The building’s curved design embraces the area and the lively shaped balconies opens up the structure towards the surroundings thus raising the park up in the air. The dense city structure at the base adds activity at eye level and life thrives on active roof tops and flowering balconies. Construction is planned to begin in 2011.

More images after the break.

Rockwall Bar & Grill / Dock4 Architecture

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Architects: Dock4 Architecture
Location: Salamanca Place, Hobart, ,
Principle: Stephen Geason
Collaborator: Richard Loney
Builder: Moxy
Engineering: Aldanmark Consulting Engineers
Completion Date: November 2008
Project Budget: $200,000
Photographs: Jonathan Wherrett

Siloetten/The Sil(o)houette / C. F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Christian Carlsen Arkitektfirma

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Architect: C. F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Christian Carlsen Arkitektfirma
Location: ,
Landscape Architect: C. F. Møller Architects
Engineer: Niras
Client: Løgten Midt A/S
Size: 3000 m2 (silo conversion housing), 1500 m2 (mixed-use urban centre)
Year: 2004-2010
Photograph: Julian Weyer

‘Su Pietra’: An exhibition by Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects is pleased to present ‘Su Pietra’, an exhibition of recent projects in China and Europe, which will be held at the Castle of Acaya in Lecce, Italy, from July 10, 2010 to January 15, 2011.

While the Chinese projects – the Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, Linked Hybrid in Beijing, and the Nanjing Museum of Art and Architecture – explore the macro scale of cities through the lens of architecture, the European projects show a vision of the preservation of natural landscape, as with the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Knut Hamsun Center, Loisium Alsace, and the Cité de l’Ocean et du Surf in Biarritz. In addition, a series of sculptures has been created by Steven Holl specifically for Su Pietra.

Zagreb Crafts Centre / SANGRAD architects and AVP_arhitekti

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Vedran Pedišić, Mladen Hofmann (SANGRAD architects), and Emil Špirić and Erick Velasco Farrera (AVP_arhitekti) shared with us their winning proposal for the New Crafts Centre Competition in Croatia. The architects presented an introverted island organized around the central public communications and spaces.

See more images and architect’s description after the break.

White/Perrin House / Dock4 Architecture

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Architects: Dock4 Architecture
Location: Bull Bay, North Bruny Island,
Principle: Michael Shrapnel
Collaborator: Stephen Geason
Builder: Cain McCloud
Engineering: Aldanmark Consulting Engineers
Site area: 18.2 Hectares
Project area: Floor Area: 140sqm / Deck Area: 62 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Jonathan Wherrett

YES IS MORE Exhibition: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution

As part of arc en rêve’s long-term ambition, this event aims to call attention to a young European agency that considers architectural projects in an incisive, innovative way that does not exclude a sense of humour. With projects such as the Copenhagen Harbour Baths (2003), the Ørestad residences (2008) built on a gigantic sloping slab resembling an urban mountain, and a bike track spiralling through the Danish pavilion at Expo Shanghai (2010), BIG’s completed projects offer profound architectural experiences at a far remove from minimalism, political correctness and digital formalism.

Set up in arc en rêve’s main gallery, the exhibition takes the form of a huge, 130-metre-long comic strip occupying the entire 450 square metres of the space and complete with 30 models – one of them an astonishing LEGO construction – and 19 animated films. As a manifesto project accompanied by a book, Yes is More is an invitation to update our vision of architecture and the city in a return to modernity and its utopias. This is ’s first solo exhibition in France which was inaugurated earlier this year at the Danish Architecture Center. The exhibition will take place tomorrow, June 17, 6pm at Arc en Rêve, Entrepôt 7 Rue Ferrêre, 33000 Bordeaux, France.

Rose Bay Apartment / FJMT

Photographs by Mathieu Faliu courtesy of FJMT

Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Location: 1A Rose Bay Avenue, ,
Landscape Architect: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Client: Pinnacle One
Builder Group: Built Holdings Pty Ltd.
Development Group: Vicon Properties
Engineer: AJK Design
Interior Design: Garth Barnett Designers
Project Area: 2,792 m2
Completion Date: 2009
Photographs: Mathieu Faliu

ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition

The ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition challenges design teams to reweave the landscape for wildlife in a cost-effective manner using new methods, new materials, and new thinking. The site of the ARC design competition is located where natural and human-dominated worlds collide. Between the rapidly urbanizing metropolitan area of and the resort communities of Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge, Colorado, the site sits at approximately 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level and 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of along the I-70 Mountain Corridor just west of Vail Pass.

Jurors will be looking not only for beautiful, compelling designs that meet the needs of both people and wildlife but also the use of materials that make infrastructure more affordable and, ultimately, our roads safer from wildlife-vehicle collisions. Expressions of Interest are due in hard copy by 4pm (Mountain Daylight Time) July 30, 2010. For complete information visit the competition’s official website. Seen at Bustler.

AD Round Up: Projects in South Africa

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This month everything seems to be World Cup-related. We didn’t want to be left behind so we had a look at our best projects from South . Check them all after the break!

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre / Peter Rich Architects
Last year, architectural photographer Iwan Baan took a trip to to visit the Mapungubwe Interpretation Center designed by Peter Rich Architects. Mapungubwe, located on ’s northern border with Botswana and Zimbabwe, prospered between 1200 and 1300 AD by being one of the first places that produced gold, but after its fall it remained uninhabited for over 700 years, until it’s discovery in 1933 (read more…)

London Festival of Architecture

The Festival in 2010 will be a city-wide celebration of architecture in the capital. As gears up for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games we look at ways that planners, architects and local communities play their part in the development of ‘The Welcoming City’.

Everyone is invited to join the Festival community, to develop projects to take part in debates; to investigate ways that London can be made a better place to live, work and play; to explore the city through guided walks and bike rides and to examine change in the capital in a celebratory way.

A wide range of independent events will surround a number of core activities – some focused on high profile weekend events – others taking place throughout the Festival period. For a complete list of event, go to the festival’s official website.

7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes

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Architects: Stéphane Bigoni and Antoine Mortemard
Location: Villejuif, Paris, France
Engineer: SIMA Ingénierie
Client: SADEV 94
General contractor: DEMATHIEU & BARD
Cost: 1,447,000
Cost per square meter: 1,405
Building area: 1,030 m2
Photography: Courtesy of Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes

Football for Hope Centres in Africa

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As the FIFA World Cup kicks off, Architecture for Humanity in partnership with streetfootballworld, honors the architects, designers and building professionals across Africa who have helped design sustainable Football for Hope Centres as part of the Football for Hope movement.

The first centre, located outside of Cape Town, South Africa, was completed in December 2009. Centres in Nairobi, Namibia and Mali are currently under construction and aim to be completed around the time of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

The Football for Hope Centres are part of a movement created by FIFA and streetfootballworld to strengthen local community-based organizations in promoting social development within their community. The buildings house facilities to promote public health, education and football initiatives. Find more about the projects here.

Herzog & de Meuron’s VitraHaus Video

Earlier this year we featured Herzog & de Meuron’s VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein, . Now, we share with you this amazing video by , a brazilian architectural photographer whose incredible photos can be seen in our Flickr pool.