AD Classics: New York State Pavillion / Philip Johnson

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It is rare to find an architectural project whose history makes such strange bedfellows as the State Pavilion: a master architect and millions of exhibition patrons, roller skaters and rock stars, stray cats and Iron Man [1]. For three hours on April 22, in honor of the fifty year anniversary of the 1964-65 World’s Fair, the city of Queens will open the long shuttered gates to ’s most futuristic work.

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AD Classics: Kresge Auditorium / Eero Saarinen and Associates

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Kresge Auditorium, designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen, was an experiment in architectural form and construction befitting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s focus on technology and innovation. This feat of sculptural engineering serves as a meeting house and is part of the cultural, social, and spiritual core of MIT’s campus. Kresge Auditorium is one of Saarinen’s numerous daring, egalitarian designs that captured the optimistic zeitgeist of Post-war America.

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3XN Designs “DreamCenter” Entertainment Hub for Shanghai

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Danish practice 3XN Architects will begin construction this year on an IMAX theater, retail and creative office complex for the massive DreamCenter entertainment district on Shanghai’s West Bund. Stressing the importance of the “red carpet” experience, 3XN will incorporate a “Shanghai version of the Spanish steps” which will be used for film premieres, festivals and other cultural events.

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Stavanger Concert Hall / Ratio Arkitekter AS

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Architects: Ratio Arkitekter AS
Location: , Norway
Area: 13800.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jiri Havran, Stavanger Aftenblad, Sindre Ellingsen , Jon Ingemundsen, Dirk schoenmacher

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Rebirth of The York Theatre / Henriquez Partners Architects

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Architects: Henriquez Partners Architects
Location: , BC, Canada
Area: 6171.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ed White, Harold Kalman

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Topfer Theatre at ZACH / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: , TX, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrew Pogue

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NL Architects Shortlisted to Design ArtA Cultural Center in Arnhem

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Amsterdam-based NL Architects has been shortlisted, alongside three other prestigious teams, to design a new “ArtA” museum and film house for the city of . Uniting four main programs – a cinema, art square, museum and park – the “wedge-shaped” structure is designed as an “urban moraine” that cascades towards the city and invites residents to experience the Rhine from an elevated parkway. This formation grants pedestrians two options for museum access: up the Baroque-inspired rooftop park or through the ground level “Art Square” which serves as a “public intermediary” between the building and city, as well as the museum and film theatre.

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Music Academy Of Roubaix / zigzag architecture

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Architects: zigzag architecture
Location: ,
Area: 3600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

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Kengo Kuma Presents Shortlisted Design for ArtA “Civic Center” in Arnhem

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Kengo Kuma, one of four renowned architects competing to design the highly anticipated ArtA cultural center in Arnhem, has shared details about their shortlisted proposal. Enveloped in an “elegant filigree screen” of contextually prevalent red clay roof tiles, the “multileveled Arts Square” is designed to serve as “the living room of the city.” Its main programs, the Focus Film Theatre and Museum Arnhem, are united by a series of green terraces whose main purpose is to reconnect the inner city to its “unexploited resource,” the Rhine River.

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SO-IL Shortlisted to Design Arnhem’s ArtA Cultural Center

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-based SO-IL, together with Architectuurstudio HH (AHH) and , has unveiled details of their shortlisted design for Arnhem’s highly-anticipated ArtA cultural center. One of four shortlisted proposals, SO-IL’s “energy-neutral” building aims to serve as a transformative link that connects the inner city to the Rhine River. “Generous and flexible programmatic volumes,” which were shaped by the surrounding context, are designed “support the production and experience of culture, as well as create a place for reflection and wonder – a transportive experience.”

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Cineteca Nacional S. XXI / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos
Location: Eje 1 Poniente (Av. México-coyoacán), Xoco, Benito Juarez, 03330 , Federal District, Mexico
Founding Partner: Michel Rojkind
Partner: Gerardo Salinas
Project Team: Gerardo Villanueva, Barbara Trujillo, Alfredo Hernández, Diego Leal, Andrea León, Rodrigo Medina, Philipp Schlauch, Beatriz Zavala, Birgit Hammer, Juan Manuel Ortuño, David Stalin, Alonso de la Fuente, Rafael Cedillo, Arie Willem de Jongh, Victor Martínez, Adrian Aguilar, David Guardado
Media: Monique Rojkind, Cynthia Cardenas, Dolores Robles, Rosalba Rojas
Area: 49000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Rivera, Jaime Navarro

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BIG Shortlisted to Design ARTA “Arts Cluster” in Arnhem

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As we announced yesterday, four impressive teams have unveiled their shortlisted proposals to design a new house for an existing art museum and film theater on a waterfront site in . Competing to design the “ArtA” cultural center includes BIG, who teamed up with Amsterdam-based Allard Architecture to propose a scheme that would merge the two facilities by constructing “a simple building volume of two poles: The Film Theater facing the city and the Art Museum facing the river.”

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Polyvalent Theater / Lacaton & Vassal

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Architects: Lacaton & Vassal
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal
Project Team: Emmanuelle Delage chief project, Vincent Ducatez construction supervision
Area: 3791.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

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Tejlgaard & Jepsen Transform a Temporary Geodesic Dome Into a Permanent Structure

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In order to generate a debate on the future of , Danish designers Tejlgaard & Jepsen are in the process of permanently reconstructing the People’s Meeting Dome as a gift from BL (Denmark’s Public Housing) and Lokale & Anlægsfonden to the Island of and the city of Allinge. Having previously been erected twice as a temporary event space, this final incarnation of the dome will be inaugurated at the next Folkemøde (an annual gathering of Danish politicians), with the intention of becoming a community and event centre for the city

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New Opera in Jinan / Paul Andreu Architecte

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte
Location: , Shandong,
Design Team: Katharina Kriener, Stephanie Boufflet, Pengzi Zhang, Riccardo Vanigli, Olivia Faury, Antoine Barbeyer, Yanfang Niu, Kasia Dudzik, Hailin Zhai, Chen Wei, Wei Dong, Guo Kun
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

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Princess Alexandra Auditorium / Associated Architects LLP

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Architects: Associated Architects LLP
Location: School, The Friarage, , Stockton-on-Tees TS15 9EJ, UK
Area: 4228.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Associated Architects LLP

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KSP Designs Floating ‘Urban Helix’ for Changsha

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KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International has been awarded first prize for their proposal of a new “urban helix” in Changsha, , that extends public space from the city center into Lake Meixi. The concept serves as a catalyst, marking a termination point on a new street axis that culminates into a pedestrian ramp symbolically spiraling 30 meters above a 20,000 square meter artificial island.

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Kineforum / Csutoras & Liando

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Architects: Csutoras & Liando
Location: ,
Design Team: Laszlo Csutoras, Melissa Liando
Structural Engineer: Sumarsono
Area: 530.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Laszlo Csutoras

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