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1303_IH House / Albert Brito Arquitectura

02:00 - 17 July, 2017
1303_IH House / Albert Brito Arquitectura, © Flavio Coddou
© Flavio Coddou

© Flavio Coddou © Flavio Coddou © Flavio Coddou © Flavio Coddou +15

Tom's Hut / raumhochrosen

00:00 - 17 July, 2017
Tom's Hut  / raumhochrosen, © Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel
© Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel

© Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel © Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel © Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel © Albrecht Imanuel Schnabel +7

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wienerwald, Austria
  • Design Team

    Heike Schlauch, Robert Fabach, Thomas Hopfner
  • Construction

    Meiberger Holzbau
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

CJ Blossom Park / CannonDesign

20:00 - 16 July, 2017
CJ Blossom Park / CannonDesign	, © Tim Griffith + Christopher Barrett
© Tim Griffith + Christopher Barrett

© Tim Griffith + Christopher Barrett © Tim Griffith + Christopher Barrett © Tim Griffith + Christopher Barrett © Tim Griffith + Christopher Barrett +21

10 Contemporary Japanese Homes Pushing The Architectural Envelope

16:00 - 16 July, 2017

Contemporary Japanese homes are a balance between the country’s traditional values of organizing spaces and architectural innovation that is constantly on the move. They challenge the norms of how to occupy places, pushing the envelope for what it means to have a minimal, “micro-living”.  Through experiments small and smaller, residential projects in Japan shed new light on how we go about our daily routines and rituals at home and question urbanites on what we can do with the space we have.

For this reason, we’re inspired to go through our archives and bring out 10 projects that bring out new perspectives on Japanese architecture, be it aesthetic, functional or atmospheric. 

Check them out below:

Workshop in Italy Constructs Rammed Earth Structures to Rescue Constructive Traditions

14:00 - 16 July, 2017
Workshop in Italy Constructs Rammed Earth Structures to Rescue Constructive Traditions, © Elettra Melani, Building Trust international
© Elettra Melani, Building Trust international

In a 12-day workshop, Building Trust International and Terraepaglia joined the Ciuffelli Agricultural Technical Institute in Todi, Italy, with the aim of exploring a series of construction techniques with raw soil. In addition to producing earth bricks and rammed earth structures -in collaboration with experts such as Eliana Baglioni and Pouya Khazaeli-, a curved wall was erected with a wooden structure and a cane framework, on which a massive layer of earth and straw was spread.

The activity generated a series of internal spaces as a kind of laboratory, to show the construction methods and the materials in situ.

© Elettra Melani, Building Trust international © Elettra Melani, Building Trust international © Elettra Melani, Building Trust international © Elettra Melani, Building Trust international +11

KS Residence / Arquitetos Associados

13:00 - 16 July, 2017
KS Residence  / Arquitetos Associados, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Sete Lagoas - Nova Parnamirim, Natal - RN, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Alexandre Brasil
  • Area

    410.35 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

10 Interventions on Historic Buildings

12:00 - 16 July, 2017

The concept of heritage is often associated with something that has had value in its past and, for that reason, deserves to be preserved. In the case of architecture, we want our built environment to tell our history and to remain untouched in time, often without considering the real use and meaning of the building in the present. We ask ourselves: Does a building still have value if its use is obsolete?

Despite the fascination that we have with ruins, sometimes conversion or rehabilitation is a better, more contemporary alternative to conservation. By doing so, it is possible to introduce new innovative materials, which, rather than take away from the original structure, can actually add even more value to architectural works. It is also possible to convert spaces that were originally designed to accommodate certain functions into spaces that admit new uses relevant to the present.

To conserve a building without updating it or rethinking its functions can lead to wear and tear, freezing it in time and preventing it from adapting to an ever-changing society.

To illustrate this theme, we searched our archives and selected someof the best architectural interventions in historic buildings. Check them out below.

7 Game of Thrones Locations You Can Visit in Real Life

09:30 - 16 July, 2017
7 Game of Thrones Locations You Can Visit in Real Life, © <a href='http://www.geograph.ie/photo/5221846'>Geograph user Colin Park</a> licensed under <a href='http://https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
© Geograph user Colin Park licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Is your life lacking in dragons? Do you long for the excitement and danger of a constant, treacherous struggle for governing power? If you find yourself simply biding your time waiting for new seasons of Game of Thrones to air (or for George R.R. Martin to finally write another book) one option is to spend some time traveling to the real-life locations used in the filming of the show! From Iceland to Morocco, the show’s creators have traveled all over the world to bring the mythical world Martin describes in his novels to life on screen. While much of the filming is done in a studio, and of course there’s plenty of CGI involved, many of the landscapes and buildings seen throughout the show’s 6 seasons are real places open to the public. We can’t promise you dragons or control of the Iron Throne, but what you will get are some spectacular sights that might just make you feel like a real Westerosi.

In honor of the show’s seventh season beginning later today, here’s a list of 7 Game of Thrones filming locations you can visit! (This list is mostly spoiler-free, but you may want to read with caution if you’re not caught up!)

Castle Ward: Winterfell. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Castle_Ward_Castle,_June_2011_(01).JPG'>Wikimedia user Ardfern</a> licensed under <a href='http://https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Dubrovnik City Walls: King's Landing. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Casco_viejo_de_Dubrovnik,_Croacia,_2014-04-13,_DD_18.JPG'>Wikimedia user Diego Delso</a> licensed under <a href='http://https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a> Stradun, Dubrovnik: King's Landing. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Main_street-Dubrovnik-2.jpg'>Wikimedia user László Szalai</a> licensed under <a href='http://https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Alcázar of Seville: Sunspear and the Water Gardens. Image © Megan Fowler +13

Watt Family Innovation Center / Perkins+Will

09:00 - 16 July, 2017
Watt Family Innovation Center / Perkins+Will, © Jonathan Hillyer
© Jonathan Hillyer

© Jonathan Hillyer © Jonathan Hillyer © Jonathan Hillyer © Jonathan Hillyer +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sigma Dr, Clemson, South Carolina, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Manuel Cadrecha, Jim Merriman, David Rogers, David Wales
  • Area

    77000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Innovative and Beautiful Uses of Brick: The Best Photos of the Week

07:00 - 16 July, 2017

It can't be denied that architects love brick. The material is popular both for its warmth and for the diversity of expressions that can be achieved by applying it in a creative way—depending on the arrangement of individual bricks or the combination of bonds, it’s possible to arrive at a result that is both original and attractive. That ingenuity is what photographers like Hiroyuki Oki, Gustavo Sosa Pinilla, and François Brix, among others, have attempted to capture in their photographs. In these images, light is a key element of good composition, allowing the photographers to control the intensity of color and the contrast of masses and voids, as well as enhancing the incredible textures of the brick we love so much.

© Courtesy of Atelier Alter © Photographix © Trieu Chien © Su Shengliang +11

Healthcare Center in Valenzá / IDOM

05:00 - 16 July, 2017
Healthcare Center in Valenzá / IDOM, © Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz +33

  • Architect

  • Location

    Valenzá, Orense, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Jesús Llamazares Castro
  • Area

    1952.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Walloon Branch of Reproduction Forestry Material / SAMYN and PARTNERS

02:00 - 16 July, 2017
Walloon Branch of Reproduction Forestry Material  / SAMYN and PARTNERS, © Daylight Liège sprl
© Daylight Liège sprl

© Marie-Françoise PLISSART © Marie-Françoise PLISSART © Marie-Françoise PLISSART © Simon SCHMITT +53

K.Pok House / Sute Architect

20:00 - 15 July, 2017
K.Pok House  / Sute Architect, © Issira Tonehongsa
© Issira Tonehongsa

© Issira Tonehongsa © Issira Tonehongsa © Issira Tonehongsa © Issira Tonehongsa +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Det Udom District , Ubon Ratchathani Province Thailand
  • Architect in Charge

    Sutinon Thawaisin,Sitthiphon Komonwetchakul
  • Area

    650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

New Photographs Unveiled as China's First Design Museum Nears Completion in Shenzhen

16:00 - 15 July, 2017
New Photographs Unveiled as China's First Design Museum Nears Completion in Shenzhen, Courtesy of Design Society
Courtesy of Design Society

A series of new photographs of China’s “first major design museum” has been unveiled by Design Society, showing Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki’s design nearing completion in the Shekou district of Shenzhen. Commissioned by the duo of China Merchants Group (CMG) and the V&A Museum in London back in 2014, the project was envisioned as a catalyst for development in the city, given Shenzhen’s bustling creative sector of over 6,000 companies. 

As the photos display, the building is formed through three separate cantilevering volumes, which sit atop a plinth overlooking the waterfront. An exterior corner staircase leads to a number of publicly accessible rooftop terraces, inviting the public to engage with the building at various levels. Finishing touches are being added to the construction with the envelope already complete, while interior spaces and the site landscaping are still undergoing further polish and are yet to be fully resolved. Check out all the photographs of the building below, which will be occupied by Design Society upon completion.

Courtesy of Design Society Courtesy of Design Society Courtesy of Design Society Courtesy of Design Society +9

This Low-Cost System Creates Sleek Shelving from Simple Plasterboard Profiles

14:00 - 15 July, 2017
This Low-Cost System Creates Sleek Shelving from Simple Plasterboard Profiles, © Xavi Torrent
© Xavi Torrent

The premise for this design was to create an iconic space, with a concept adaptable to any property and versatile when exposing the product. It should also be a design that could be quickly built and at a moderate cost.

To reach this goal, DearDesign has designed an open store with a structure that, despite its rigid and orthogonal look, solves flexibility in terms of product display. The design of the store is based on a three-dimensional grid inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, which creates a variable rhythm in a permeable volume, ordering the space by generating niches to exhibit the product along its perimeter.

© Xavi Torrent © Xavi Torrent © Xavi Torrent © Xavi Torrent +29

MAJO House / Estudio 111 Arquitectos

13:00 - 15 July, 2017
MAJO House / Estudio 111 Arquitectos, © Yordana Andaur
© Yordana Andaur

© Yordana Andaur © Yordana Andaur © Yordana Andaur © Yordana Andaur +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    F-304, Hijuelas, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Lead Architect

    Enzo Sartori Torres
  • Area

    90.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The Curves of Luís Pedro Silva's Leixões Cruise Terminal Through the Lens of Fernando Guerra

12:00 - 15 July, 2017
The Curves of Luís Pedro Silva's Leixões Cruise Terminal Through the Lens of Fernando Guerra

The strategic definition of a new cruise terminal had a double objective: improvement of the commercial efficiency and a better urban integration. In this photoset, Fernando Guerra captures the many sides of the Leixões Cruise Terminal, a project that won the 2017 Building of the Year Awards in the "Public Architecture" category.

Get to know all the facets of this building below.

ReSITE 2017’s “The In/Visible City” Conference Unveils the Infrastructural Heart of Urbanism

09:30 - 15 July, 2017
ReSITE 2017’s “The In/Visible City” Conference Unveils the Infrastructural Heart of Urbanism, © PLANE—SITE
© PLANE—SITE

Now in its sixth year in its home city of Prague, reSITE is a conference that has consistently taken a broad view of urban issues, bringing together the largest concentration of the world’s top architects, urbanists, urban planners, landscape architects, and economists under umbrella topics such as Cities in Migration (2016), The Sharing City (2015), and Cities and Landscapes of the New Economy (2014). However, when it comes to events like this, such broad-ranging ambition can be a double-edged sword, flattening and obscuring the nitty gritty details of complex issues. Perhaps reflecting a concern that cities and the challenges they face be seen in full, reSITE 2017’s chosen theme was In/Visible City.

That particular lens reflects a shift in recent years for events such as this to bring into focus that which has typically remained firmly out of view: infrastructure. An allusion to the technical was manifest in the conference’s visual identity: a human heart, with pipe-like arteries and vegetation growing in between the cracks. The heart is to the body like infrastructure is to the city – but just as the body is much more than its circulatory system, the infrastructure cities depend upon is not limited to the obvious, billion-dollar construction projects that make headlines. Urban infrastructure spans all scales and numerous disciplines, ranging from design details to the small print in city policy. In/visible City brought forth the invisible features that give shape to the visible city demonstrating that cultural vitality, social fabric and citizen participation are infrastructural as well.