AD Round Up: Cultural Centers Part III

It’s amazing how different can five cultural centers look. From USA, , Denmark and , here’s our third selection of previously featured Cultural Centers. Check them all after the break.

Prism Gallery / PATTERNS
PATTERNS has designed a new three story cultural center for West Hollywood, California. The center, known as Prism, will become a cornerstone of artistic experimentation, carving a new niche for the arts in Southern California. The facade will be the first in the nation to be constructed entirely out of a resin based composite polycarbonate (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: ARX

is a Lisboa-based studio whose projects in Portugal have been featured in ArchDaily since 2008. Three amazing houses, a college and a library. Check them all after the break.

House in Romeirão
The site has a strong rural character, with small plantations, orchards and pathways limited by roughly made stone property walls and, once in a while, houses, scattered in the landscape. It is a steep slope facing south over the valley, furrowed by a small river and a mountain in the background. While the upper half of the site is ramped, the lower is built in steps (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Architecture Videos

This year, we’ve been featuring some amazing videos. The latest shortfilm by Alex Roman, two different videos from Dubai, a video on SO-IL’s winning entry for the P.S.1, and something on Urban Farming. Check them all after the break!

The Third & The Seventh / Alex Roman
We all remember how spectacular was Alex Roman’s CG Shortfilm about Louis Kahn’s Phillips Exteter Academy Library. Now, you can see Roman’s latest animated video called “The Third & The Seventh”. The video was created with 3dsmax, Vray, After Effects, and Premiere. (more…)

AD Round Up: Projects photographed by Iwan Baan


Iwan Baan is a dutch photographer that has been documenting works from the best contemporary architects, such as OMA, SANAA, Steven Holl, Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Michael Maltzan and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, moving away from the traditional static architecture photography. As you may have noticed, we’ve been featuring many projects photographed by Iwan Baan, so here’s a little selection for you to see his works. Check them all after the break.

Selgas Cano Architecture Office by Iwan Baan
Once again, Iwan Baan amaze us with this great project between the woods by Spanish practice Selgas Cano: Their own architecture office. You can see the complete photoset after the break (photos here) (more…)

AD Round Up: Shanghai Pavilions Part V

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Only four days left to the grand opening and the pavilions of the Shanghai World Expo 2010 should be ready to receive thousands of visitors each day. We’ve been featuring a lot of pavilions but there is still a lot to cover, so we hope to bring you more on the Expo in the next few days (like a good preview of many pavilions ready later today). Meanwhile, check some of our latest ones, after the break.

Dutch Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010
The Dutch submission to the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai is an exceptional one. This time around, it will not be the classic pavilion with long lines of visitors waiting outside and a presentation inside. The Netherlands is making its appearance at ’s world exposition along an entire street. The submission, entitled “Happy Street”, is the response by designer John Kormeling to the Chinese Expo theme “Better City, Better Life” and the sub-themes (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Hotels Part IV

Planning a little getaway for the weekend? Perhaps you could try one of these amazing places to stay. Check them all after the break.

WISA Wooden Design Hotel / Pieta-Linda Auttila
WISA Wooden Design Hotel is an architectural gem of wood situated in the maritime heart of Helsinki, capital of Finland. Around it lie the city and 200 years of architectural history. The work was designed by interior architect Pieta-Linda Auttila. She hopes to spark interest in wood and highlight its role in building and interior design (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Mixed Use Architecture Part III

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From , Italy, Germany, Egypt, and Croatia. Here are some great previously featured projects you may have missed. Check them all after the break.

Linked Hybrid / Steven Holl Architects
The 220,000 square meter pedestrian-oriented Linked Hybrid complex, sited adjacent to the site of old city wall of Beijing, aims to counter the current urban developments in China by creating a new twenty-first century porous urban space, inviting and open to the public from every side. Filmic urban public space; around, over and through multifaceted spatial layers, as well as the many passages through the project, make the Linked Hybrid an “open city within a city” (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part IX

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With almost 15,000 photos, our Flickr pool keeps growing with the most amazing architecture photos, so we invite you to look at all the submission by our readers. You can also check 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 Bill in STL in Milwaukee, USA. See the other four after the break. (more…)

AD Round Up: Leisure Architecture Part III

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Enjoy a sports center, cut your hair or relax at a spa. Part III of our leisure architecture selection has some amazing projects. Enjoy them all after the break.

Mizu Spa / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
Mizu is water, which Mizu Spa embodies. The atmosphere is a tranquil stream. At the center is a river of rock, around which the communal therapy barge floats in space. The walls are draped in shimmering mesh creating light and fluid edges. The horizontal surfaces of floor and ceiling are black. Everything else is pure and white (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Institutional Architecture Part III

Four projects from Europe and one from Chile, here’s our third selection of previously featured institutional architecture projects! Check them all after the break.

NRGi’s Headquarters / SHL Architects
NRGi’s new corporate headquarters is situated in an area marked by a number of freestanding buildings. NRGi stands out from its neighbours in the surrounding area in virtue of its visually light, metallically gleaming built volume. Distinguished by an angular and distinctive façade, the building forms a crisp contrast to the mellow, scenic context (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Educational Architecture Part III

Projects from South America and Europe in this third part of our educational architecture selection. Check them all after the break.

Gerardo Molina School / Giancarlo Mazzanti
As the Project will be winding and turning it will be opening to the city, leaving space for small squares and exterior parks for public usage, leaving behind the bars and walls that stereotyped education institutions as closed spaces. The conformation of small squares and green spaces with trees direct on the surrounding streets, accompanied by the auction modules, will redefine direct accesses (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Religious Architecture Part IV

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Let’s finish this religious week as we start it, with a fantastic selection of religious architecture projects we’ve been featuring in AD. Check them all after the break.

Field Chapel in Boedigheim / Students of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology
The Field Chapel is a project designed and executed by the students of an Advanced De-sign/Build Studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture in Chicago for a ecumenical church co-operative in Boedigheim, Germany. Led by Professor Frank Flury, the project was assisted on a pro bono basis by the firm of Ecker Architekten (Buchen, Germany) with the craftsmen, volunteer workers and townspeople of the Odenwald/Bauland, a rural region in northern Baden-Württemberg (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Religious Architecture Part III

In a week where millions will celebrate Passover and Easter, we think it would be good to remember some great religious architecture we’ve been featuring in the past. After the break, our third selection of religious architecture.

Farewell Chapel / OFIS Arhitekti
A farewell chapel is located in a village close to Ljubljana. The site plot is next to the existing cemetery. The chapel is cut into the rising landscape. The shape is following the lines of the landscape trajectories around the graveyard. Three curved walls are embracing and dividing the programs. External curve is dividing the surrounding hill from chapel plateau and also reinstates main supporting wall (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Museums Part III

From Portugal, Germany, Canada, UK and Sweden, here’s our third selection of previously featured museum on AD. Remember to check them all after the break!

Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum / Aires Mateus
Aires Mateus is an office that has been working on minimal projects, blending the new with the old in a subtle way. More fresh portuguese architecture, thanks to photographer Joao Morgado for sharing this with us! (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Refurbishment Part II

From old stores to new residences, this is our second part (see the first one here) of our selection of previously featured refurbishment projects in AD. Check all of them 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: Best from Flickr Part VIII

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It’s been more than two months since our latest Flickr Round Up and our pool has grown to almost 13,000 photos! You can check 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, Spain. See the other four after the break. (more…)

AD Round Up: St. Patrick’s Day Special, Architecture in Ireland

Today, thousands celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day throughout the world. Named after the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of , we didn’t want to be left behind in this celebration. So for today’s Round Up, we bring you previously featured architecture projects in . Don’t forget your green shirt, drink responsible and check five great projects from after the break.

Dwelling at Maytree / ODOS architects

This house is in essence a simple bold sculptural form which sits at the foot of a steep escarpment in the Wicklow hills. It is a two storey house with vehicular and pedestrian access from the Bray Road. Accommodation is comprised of a two car garage, boiler room, wc and utility at ground floor level and open plan living, kitchen, dining areas with 3 bedrooms (master en suite), study and family bathroom at first floor level (read more…) (more…)

AD Round Up: Shanghai Pavilions Part IV

It’s getting closer and closer. Shanghai World Expo 2010 is around the corner and we want to remind you some pavilions we’ve been featuring in the post. Check our fourth selection after the break!

French Pavillion

Jacques Ferrier Architects were selected to design the French Pavillion at Shanghai Expo 2010. Their project ‘The Sensual City’ is a simple building with a big style French garden inside. Surrounded by water it appears to be floating. The 6000 square meter pavillion will use advanced building materials and environmental protection technology including solar panels on top of the roof (read more…) (more…)