House AADD / Galeria Gabinete

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Architects: Galeria Gabinete
Location: 4630 ,
Architect In Charge: Helder de Carvalho
Design Team: Helder de Carvalho, Sérgio Azevedo, Cláudio Ferreira, Pedro Guedes
Area: 648.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Campos

Heat Exchanger Važecká / Architektonické štúdio Atrium

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Architects: Architektonické štúdio Atrium
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Michal Burák, Dušan Burák
Collaborators: Marek Ganz
Area: 180.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lubo Stacho

SEPA / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki

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Architects: +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Shintaro Matsushita, Takashi Suzuki
Construction: Miki Construction Company
Area: 89.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

Vanke Sales Office / FCHA

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Architects: FCHA
Location: , Guangdong,
Principals In Charge: Su Jinlefu and Chen Zetao
Design Team: Matthew Marano, Su Jinlefu, Chen Zetao, Liang Jie, Guo Xusheng, Lu Zhiwei
Collaborators: CCDI
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of FCHA

TT House / Adrei Studio

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Architects: Adrei Studio Architecture
Location: Trường Tiểu học – Mầm non Chu Văn An, Khu Đô Thị Văn Khê, Khu đô thị Văn Khê, Văn Khê, , Hà Nội, Vietnam
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Le Anh Duc

adidas Superstar Hall of Fame / URBANTAINER

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Architects: URBANTAINER
Location: 524-34 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, , South
Creative Director: YounjinJeong, Jinyoung Yoon
Space Design Team: Sujung Lee, Donhee Yoon
Brand Design Team: Minjeong Choi
Area: 355.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Young Kim_Indipos

Tham & Videgård Propose Wooden High-Rise Housing for Stockholm

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Tham & Videgård Arkitekter is the latest to investigate the potential of tall wooden structures. Planned for a site in the former transport harbor of , which will soon be revived as a new urban area, the practice’s mixed-use scheme proposes to integrate 240 apartments within a cluster of four wooden high-rise buildings that reach up to 20 stories.

“The buildings are constructed entirely in one material, Swedish solid wood, from the frame to the facade, finishes and windows,” says the architects. “Through consistent use of a renewable material like wood, the result is a sustainable, well insulated and robust house structure with good potential to perform well over time, and minimize the total energy consumption.”

Bike House / FMD Architects

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Architects: FMD Architects
Location: VIC, Australia
Design Team: Fiona Dunin, Katherine Peasley, Robert Kolak, Caroline Tan, Alex Peck, Ryan Fothergill
Area: 202.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: John Gollings

Kengo Kuma Wins Competition to Design Metro Station in Paris

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Kengo Kuma and Associates has won an international competition to design the new Saint-Denis Pleyel in France. Like Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue and Elizabeth de Portzamparc, Kengo Kuma will design one of four stations that will be built as part of the ambitious Grand Paris Express (GPE) project which seeks to modernize the existing transport network and create an automatic metro that will connect new neighborhoods to Paris.

The winning project aims to serve as a multi-level extension of public space that will connect two districts currently separated by the large railway network of the Parisian North station.

Read on to learn more about Kengo Kuma’s winning proposal. 

Wooden Hut / Kawahara Krause Architects

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Architects: Kawahara Krause Architects
Location: ,
Area: 11.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Kawahara Krause Architects

Tribeca Loft / Andrew Franz Architect

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Architects: Andrew Franz Architect
Location: , NY,
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Albert Vecerka/Esto

SOM Masterplans Egypt’s New Capital City

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Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) has released a conceptual masterplan for Egypt’s new capital city following its unveiling at the Egyptian Economic Development Conference. The 700-square-kilometer “Capital Cairo” hopes stimulate ’s ailing economy and alleviate Cairo’s rising population density, while adhering to the cultural and climatic conditions of its site.

All the details, after the break.

ARCHIZOO: Illustrated Architectural “Animals” from Federico Babina

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An architectural “Paraidolia,” Federico Babina has uncaged the ARCHIZOO. Recalling images from his childhood, Babina has imagined a creative series of zoo animals rendered in familiar architectural forms.

“When I was a child I wanted to be an architect and now that I’m an architect I would like sometimes go back to my childhood,” says Babina. “Our mind is capable of collecting, record and store millions of images. One thing that always interests me is the association that we can do between these images.”

View the ARCHIZOO, after the break. 

Call for Ideas: Food & Wellness Club

 (YAC) is launching an open architectural competition to design a Food & Wellness Club for the upcoming F.I.CO.® (Fabbrica Italiana Contadina) theme park in Bologna. In 2016, F.I.CO. will become the world’s  biggest theme park dedicated to food farming and food culture, with nine million tourists expected to visit this structure each year. Such a project will trigger a redevelopment of the surrounding area in order to provide visitors with services. The Food & Wellness Club aims to offer a wellness area for those visitors willing to discover both nutrition and body care, offering comfort and care in a multi-sensory and exclusive space. The question of the competition becomes: how to create an architectural space that combines the elements of food, relaxation, wellness and seasonality?

UTM Innovation Centre / Moriyama & Teshima Architects

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Architects: Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Location: , ON,
Area: 65300.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shai Gil

ThinkParametric Offers Free Online Classes

Among the courses offered by ThinkParametric is one in which users learn to create “challenging designs” such as MAD Architects’ Absolute Towers. Image © Iwan Baan

Launched in May of 2014, ThinkParametric is an online platform for learning the tools of the digital architecture trade. Gaining access to their video tutorials and the benefit of their online community would usually set you back $29 per month, or $269 for an entire year. However, to celebrate a successful first year, on March 12th they announced an “Open Class Season,” a full month for people to enjoy their courses for free.

The courses offered include:

Those who haven’t already signed up for a ThinkParametric account need to act fast, however – the deadline to be able to access the courses for free is this Thursday, the 26th March. Find out more information here.

An Interview with Zhu Pei, Pei-Zhu Studio

OCT Design Museum / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi

“If we look at architecture from a cultural point of view, we see we are in a special moment where we are trying to figure out our identity. I think we are too focused on how to transform old Chinese architecture into contemporary architecture; but in no way can you transform it, you can see it with your own eyes. For instance you cannot transform a Roman building into today’s buildings! Sometimes you have to forget about history to create contemporary and unique architecture.”
- Zhu Pei, Shenzhen, 2013

Txai House / Studio MK27

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Architects: Studio MK27
Location: Itacaré – BA,
Architect In Charge: Marcio Kogan
Co Architect: Carolina Castroviejo, Gabriel kogan
Desing Team: Carlos Costa, Laura Guedes, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Paula Sertório
Area: 640.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG