AD Round Up Special: Germany vs. Spain

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The second semifinal of ’s World Cup has kicked off. Germany and Spain are fighting to play in Sunday’s final game. So we decided to choose a few amazing projects from both sides for you to realize that as in soccer, both countries have excellent teams. Check them all after the break.

Haus M / Titus Bernhard Architects
The distinctive feature of the property lies in its north-facing slope, which has to be negotiated over two storeys to reach the almost flat garden level. This gives rise to the leitmotiv of a “house winding up the slope”, with a quarry-stone façade which is corresponding to the ultrathin Frames of the façade (read more…)

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Pitch House / Iñaqui Carnicero
The house is located in a small neighbourhood on the west boundaries of Madrid in a place called “los Peñascales”, that mean something as well as great stones. The plot is characterized to have a great slope oriented to the south and have two great granite rocks partially covered by moss. The structure of the house at a functional level as formal is explained perfectly in section. The underground level is used to solve the encounter with the slope of the land (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Offices Part IV

Offices from USA, England, Mexico, Norway and Italy. Out of all of these, in which one would you like to work? Check them all after the break.

Winters Studio / MOS Architects
This project explores the idea of creating a space for both painting and drawing set against an intense landscape of shale cliffs, forest and ponds. Overlooking the hills of the Taconic State Park, this isolated site is one of several free standing structures making up a compound for an artist and a curator/writer (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Projects from The Netherlands

A few minutes ago, The Netherlands national soccer team defeated Brazil, one of the favorite teams to win the and advanced to semi-finals. We want to congratulate all of our Netherlands fans in this big step to win their first ! And to celebrate, we decided to put together a small selection of five great projects from The Netherlands. Check them all after the break.

Villa Berkel / Paul de Ruiter
Villa Berkel in Veenendaal (Netherlands) is built on a site formerly occupied by a bungalow dating from the nineteen seventies. The owners wanted to remodel the bungalow, but decided on the advice of Paul de Ruiter to demolish the bungalow and make room for a completely new design (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Libraries Part IV

I love how different these five libraries are. From Poland, , , Finland and Turkey, each one has its own unique design. Check them all after the break. Which one’s your favorite?

University of Poznan Library / Consultor + APA Bulat + Neostudio Architects
Polish and Classical Philology Faculty Library of Adam Mickiewicz University is located in the heart of Poznan – in the close proximity to historical buildings from the beginning of twentieth century, in the immediate vicinity of the Poznan Opera House and the Prussian Imperial Castle. It was designed as an extension of the Collegium Maius – the former building of “Hakata” – the Royal Prussian Colonization Commission. The parcel is hidden at three sides by the Collegium Maius and by the building of Regional Government Office (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Houses in Switzerland

Today, played Honduras for the final spot in ’s World Cup Round of 16. Sadly, they couldn’t go through and what started as a great World Cup for them (beating Spain in the first match), ended today without any luck. So to cheer them up, we selected five great houses from Switzerland we’ve previously featured. Check them all after the break!

Villa Vals / SeARCH & CMA
Shouldn’t it be possible to conceal a house in an Alpine slope while still exploiting the wonderful views and allowing light to enter the building? Surprised that it was permissible to construct a pair of dwellings so close to the world famous thermal baths of Vals, the client seized the opportunity to develop the site, without disturbing the bath’s expansive views (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XIII

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What you’ve all been waiting for! Here’s our second selection of photos of our Flickr pool we’ve done on June. Selections are getting harder each time as we’re about to get to 20,000 photos! You can see all of our previous selections here. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Bercy Chen Studio LP in Lake Austin, Texas. Check the other four after the break. (more…)

AD Round Up: Projects by IROJE KHM Architects

Today, South Korea made it to South Africa’s Round of 16. We imagine that at IROJE KHM Architects they must be very happy. So to congratulate them, we decided to remember five amazing houses designed by them previously featured in ArchDaily. Check them all after the break.

Island House
This site, where is floating on river and confronted the graceful landscape, was strongly recognized to me as a part of nature, from the first time that I met. From then, I started to visualize “the architectural nature” as a place of recreation. While maximizing the efficiency of landuse, the leaner concrete mass, that cherishes the courtyard where is filled with the water and the greenery, was laid out on this site along the irregular formed site line (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Kindergartens Part III

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It’s the place where your little kid will spent most of their time outside your house. Shouldn’t it be nice? Here’s our third selection of previously featured kindergartens. Check them all after the break!

Medo Brundo Kindergarten / njiric+ arhitekti
How to design a kindergarten on a too small plot ? What if the plot is overshadowed by a massive nine-story block on it’s south side ? What if the plot is surrounded by the heavy traffic? The kindergarten is initially conceived as a single-story mat building – compact, introverted, autocatalytic, with clearly defined borders. Due to the context, the mat is pushed away from the shadow and folded up towards the sun (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Projects in South Africa

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

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre / Peter Rich Architects
Last year, architectural photographer Iwan Baan took a trip to South Africa to visit the Mapungubwe Interpretation Center designed by Peter Rich Architects. Mapungubwe, located on South Africa’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…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Refurbishment Part III

Four houses and a museum. All reinvented, refurbished and redesigned. Projects from the UK, USA, Canada and Chile. Enjoy our third selection of previously featured refurbishment project in ArchDaily. Check them all after the break.

Garden Museum / Dow Jones Architects
In October 2007, Dow Jones Architects won an architectural competition to redesign the museum. The competition brief asked for a new gallery space where temporary exhibitions could be housed in secure and environmentally-controlled conditions. It appeared to us that creating a dedicated place for the museum’s permanent collection was equally important, as the exhibits were frequently moved to make space for events. We developed a strategy which addressed both issues (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XII

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As we told a couple of weeks ago, we had so many fantastic photos from our Flickr pool, that instead of once a month, we decided to show you a selection of the best every two weeks. You can see all of our previous selections here. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by simone.utzeri in Milan, Italy. Check the other four after the break. (more…)

AD Round Up: South Africa World Cup 2010 Stadiums

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2010 kicks off this Friday in and millions of people all over the world will be cheering for their national team. So to prepare ourselves, we decided to show once again the stadiums of Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Check them all after the break.

South Africa World Cup 2010: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium / gmp architekten
The Nelson Mandela Bay Multi-Purpose Stadium located in Port Elizabeth is the third stadium designed by gmp architekten for South Africa’s World Cup. It will host eight games, including the 3rd and 4th place match. Check our recently featured stadiums by gmp architekten (Moses Mabhida Stadium / Greenpoint Stadium), and decide which one you like the most! (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Wooden Houses Part III

From Netherlands, USA, Chile, New Zealand and Sou Fujimoto’s awarded Wooden House in Japan, comes this third selection of previously featured wooden houses. Check them all after the break!

Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto
I thought of making an ultimate wooden architecture. It was conceived by just mindlessly stacking 350mm square. Lumber is extremely versatile. In an ordinary wooden architecture, lumber is effectively differentiated according to functions in various localities precisely because it is so versatile. Columns, beams, foundations, exterior walls, interior walls, ceilings, floorings, insulations, furnishings, stairs, window frames, meaning all (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Classics Part I

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As you may have noticed, we’ve been featuring some iconic architecture in our new section AD Classics. We will keep bringing you many more, but in case you’ve missed a few, here’s a first selection of our “classic” architecture. Check them all after the break.

The Farnsworth House / Mies van der Rohe
The Farnsworth House, built between 1945 and 1951 for Dr. Edith Farnsworth as a weekend retreat, is a platonic perfection of order gently placed in spontaneous nature in Plano, Illinois. Just right outside of Chicago in a 10-acre secluded wooded site with the Fox River to the south, the glass pavilion takes full advantage of relating to its natural surroundings, achieving Mies’ concept of a strong relationship between the house and nature (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Awarded Competitions Part III

It’s been a long time since our last Round Up on Awarded Competitions. So to finish this week, here’s our third selection. Check them all after the break.

Schmidt hammer lassen architects to design largest public library in Scandinavia
Our friends from SHL architects just sent us their new project. They won an international competition to design “Urban Mediaspace”, the largest public library in Scandinavia. The € 228 million scheme, located in Aarhus, Denmark, will become a new visual and cultural focal point for the city whilst pioneering the next generation of library design. SHL Architects’ innovative, 30.000 m2 scheme reassesses traditional concepts of library design (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XI

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After reaching more than 17,000 photos on our Flickr pool, we decided that choosing five each month was unfair to the hundreds of amazing pictures we receive. So starting today, we’re going to have a selection every two weeks! Happy? You can see our previous selections here. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The picture above was taken by pedro kok in Barcelona, . See the other four after the break. (more…)

AD Round Up: Retail Part III

Have yuo ever enter a store because of it’s design and not for what they sell? Probably yes. So to honor that great retail designs, here’s our third selection of previously featured Retail projects. Check them all after the break.

H&M Store in Barcelona / Estudio Mariscal
A design project aimed at creating excitement among the customers that go into the shop. Excitement at buying clothes and also to be shopping in a pleasant, comfortable, unique place. To make sure that the area is the setting for a pleasant, fun-filled experience. Second objective: that the clothes should find their own place, that the distribution of the shop should order the exhibition of the clothes and the routes (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Wineries Part I

Designing a may be a very difficult task. Usually, they are located in such beautiful landscapes that their design has to step up for the challenge. What this five amazing wineries? Check them all after the break.

14 Viñas Winery / S.M.A.O.
The winery arises as a free standing building with an accentuated singular character. Dueto its industrial use as much as to its location in an emblematic environment. It raises a respectful solution towards the landscape of low environmental impact which is suitable for the scale as much as for the dominating colours of the landscape (read more…) (more…)