The fourteenth of July is Bastille Day, a day that commemorates the start of the French Revolution. Named for the fortress prison that was stormed by revolutionaries on July 14th, 1789, Bastille Day is celebrated globally both by France and her former colonies, as well as many cities in the US. In honor of this historic date, we’ve compiled some of our favorite French projects from the past few years. In this round up you’ll find classics such as the Villa dall’Ava by OMA, as well as fantastic works like Nova Green by Agence Bernard Bühler, Pontivy Media Library and Louviers Music school by Opus 5 architectes, Platform Architecture’s Aquitanis Headquarters, L’Atoll Angers by Antonio Virga Architecte and AAVP Architecture, a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion by Jean-Luc Fugier, Kengo Kuma’s Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music, and Origami by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture. Joyeux quatorze juillet!
Responding to Rem Koolhas’s theme of “Absorbing Modernity,” OfficeUS, the US’s National Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, launched as an experimental architecture firm with a mission to revisit, rethink and re-evaluate one thousand American architectural projects from the last century. The Giardini Pavilion was transformed by New-York based firm Leong Leong into a multi-functioning and interdisciplinary office, run by the six “partners” who were hand-picked for the job. Assigned with the ongoing task of producing models, drawings, and engaging in workshops and lectures throughout the duration of the Biennale, the partners and their collaborators in Venice and around the world attempt “to construct an agenda for the future production of architecture.”
Focused mainly on exported architecture, the projects vary from nuclear plants to US embassies, residential typologies and museums and are lined on the pavilion’s walls within research booklets, available for the use of the partners and the public.
Care to join in? Check out 15 of the projects investigated by OfficeUS, after the break…
In honor of the 48th annual NFL Super Bowl, we at ArchDaily are rounding up 5 astounding arenas for your viewing pleasure (way more captivating than those silly commercials): the lavishly leviathan Lasesarre Football Stadium by NO.MAD, the curiously colossal BBVA Compass Stadium by Populous, the daintily dolloped Ice Dome Bolshoy by SIC Mostovik, the tetragonally titanic Olympic Tennis Centre by Dominique Perrault Architecture, and the whimsically whopping Wanangkura Stadium by ARM Architecture. For more Stadium Round Ups, follow this link.
Today’s been shaping up to be quite the day for Bjarke Ingels. Not only does the BIG founder turn 39 today, but he was just announced as a finalist for the second annual FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards for his work on the award-winning urban park Superkilen. For more Bjarke to brighten up your day, we’ve decided to round-up the soaring, twisting and turning towers that BIG has waiting in store for us: from a precariously spiraling observation tower planned for downtown Phoenix, Arizona; to the two high-rise residential towers BIG has in the works for Miami – the seemingly “ruptured” Marina Lofts and the twisting twins of The Grove at Grand Bay; to the headlines-making, mixed-use towers planned for Vancouver and Calgary. Enjoy!
This AD Round Up is dedicated to unbuilt classics, a selection of projects and ideas that, although never built, contributed greatly to the canon of twentieth century architecture. In 1920, Buckminister Fuller designed the Dymaxion House, which displayed forward-thinking innovations in sustainability and prefabrication. In 1924, Le Corbusier’s radical plan for Ville Radieuse (The Radiant City) had an extensive inﬂuence upon modern urban planning and led to the development of new high-density housing typologies. In the same year Friedrick Kiesler introduced his “Endless House“, the basis for his subsequent manifesto of Correalism. Eight years later in 1932, Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock curated the “Modern Architecture: International exhibition” at the MoMA, introducing the emerging International Style and laying the principles for Modern architecture. And finally, one of Archigram’s most famous utopian visions, the Plug-In City, proposed by Peter Cook in 1964, offered a fascinating new approach to urbanism and reversed traditional perceptions of infrastructure’s role in the city.
Five great architects, five great houses. This 4th of July, take a look at five of the most iconic houses in the USA. The main image is of a house that redefined the relationship between man, architecture and nature — Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House. If you’re searching for the meaning of less is more, you must check out the Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House or The Glass House by Philip Johnson. You should also check out one of the first built examples of Postmodern architecture, The Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi. Finally, revisit Frank Gehry’s Norton House, known for its eccentric form and eclectic materiality. Which one is your favorite?
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For today’s Round Up we have our first selection of previous featured projects in the amazing New Zealand. The main image belongs to Crosson Clarke Carnachan’ s Whangapoua an excellent example of small, functional and simple architecture. Don’t miss the Victoria Square by Architectus or the MOTAT Aviation Display Hall a great wooden structure building designed by Studio Pacific Architecture. Finally, you must check out the Salamanca House by Parsonson Architects and the stunning Yellow Treehouse Restaurant designed by Pacific Environments.
Habemus Papam! and is the first time a latin american is elected as a Pope. So we seize the opportunity to remember great religious projects in latin america featured in ArchDaily. Like the Lookout Point Espinazo del Diablo designed by HHF architects or Pilgrim Route Refuge by Luis Aldrete, both projects part of The Pilgrim Route in Mexico. Also in Mexico, is situated the beautiful Lake Chapel by Divece Arquitectos. Revisit, the great Capilla del Retiro by chilean practice Undurraga Devés Arquitectos. Finally, you can’t miss one of our AD Classics, the stunning Cathedral of Brasilia by one of the masters of modern architecture, Oscar Niemeyer.
Today the world commemorates the International Women’s Day, so its an excellent opportunity for the first Round Up of Women Architects. Five great post you must visit, like Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy Soho or the Observatory House by mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao. Check out the amazing Aqua Tower by Studio Gang and the New Art Museum in New York by SANAA, firm founded by Kazuyo Sejima in 1995. Finally, watch the beautiful Torreblanca Park designed by Carme Pinos.
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Aires Mateus was established in 1988 and is one of the most influential portuguese architectural practices. Here are five great projects that you can’t miss again, like the amazing House in Leiria or the Casa na Areia located in Comporta, Portugal. You must check out Santo Tirso Call Center or the Sines Center for the Arts a building that works as link between Sines town and the sea. Finally, revisit the Building In Lagoa das Furnas, an outstanding project that evoke the architectural landscape of the Azores.
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As probably you were expecting, here are the 10 most popular projects of 2012! Thanks to all our readers and collaborators for this great year. Happy 2013! (more…)
The New Year is almost here! Before you head out to celebrate, check out the most retweeted articles of 2012. From the world’s first underwater hotel to a list of the most helpful apps for architects, this round up will not disappoint. Cheers!
The complete, top ten list after the break. (more…)