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Sporthalle Landheim Bruettisellen / L3P Architects

  • Architects: L3P Architects
  • Location: Bassersdorf, Switzerland
  • Construction Management: Thomet Bauleitungen Planungen AG, Kloten; Alberto De Giorgi
  • Civil Engineer: Bona + Fischer Ingenieurbüro AG, Winterthur; Markus Fischer
  • Electrical Engineer: Elektro-Design + Partner AG, Winterthur; A. Baiker
  • Heating Engineer: Hans Spillmann AG, Kloten; Martin Nötzli
  • entilation Engineer: Thermatic AG, Zürich; Martin Oberholzer
  • Sanitation Engineer: Sanitär Krucker AG, Brüttisellen; Paul Vogel
  • Building physics: Wichser Akustik & Bauphysik AG, Zürich; Stephan Huber
  • Area: 980.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Sabrina Scheja

© Sabrina Scheja © Sabrina Scheja © Sabrina Scheja © Sabrina Scheja

The ArchDaily "Building of the Year" App Has Launched!

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© ArchDaily

We know you’ve been anxiously waiting to have ArchDaily with you everywhere you go - whether on the road or on your couch. Well, we’ve listened, and we’re more than proud to announce the launch of our first iPad application! 

Our new App will give you in-depth access to the winners and finalists of The Building Of The Year Award, the most important architecture award in the online world (since 2009). It’s an award that recognizes architects - both established heavyweights and emerging talents - as the best and brightest of today, and they’re all chosen by you, our community of ArchDaily readers. While you'll have to wait a bit longer until you can vote for your favorite 2012 projects (TBA early 2013), the App offers the perfect distraction: full access to the 2011 winners.

Find out more about our “Building of the Year” App, after the break...

Museum of Historical Markmenship / Gnädinger Architekten

© Markus Hattwig © Markus Hattwig © Markus Hattwig © Markus Hattwig

  • Architects: Gnädinger Architekten
  • Location: Duderstadt, Germany
  • Architect in Charge: Christoph Claus
  • Design Team: Gnädinger, Babette Drillig, Karin Hirschmiller, Markus Hattwig
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Markus Hattwig

3m Italia Headquarters / Mario Cucinella Architects

  • Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects
  • Location: Pioltello, Milan, Italy
  • Project Team: Mario Cucinella, David Hirsch, Luca Bertacchi, Julissa Guttara, Michele Olivieri, Linda Larice, Luca Stramigioli
  • Area: 11300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

© Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali

Chen Minshuku / TSDesign

  • Architects: TSDesign
  • Location: Tainan, Taiwan
  • Principal Designer: Chao Yuan-Hung, Chi Chien-Ching, Wang Jun-Jie, Chen Hsuan
  • Character of Space: Minshuku (B&B)
  • Client: Miss Chen
  • Contractor: TA-Shan Development Contractor Ltd.
  • Cost: 5.5 Million NT
  • Area: 132.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tsai Tsung-Sheng

© Tsai Tsung-Sheng © Tsai Tsung-Sheng © Tsai Tsung-Sheng © Tsai Tsung-Sheng

La Candela / ONL Arquitectura

  • Architects: ONL Arquitectura
  • Location: Valls, Spain
  • Developer: Departament d’Educació de la Generalitat de Catalunya. GISA
  • Constructors: Construccions PAI
  • Collaborators : Topo Abe, arquitecte Esther Ferrer, arquitecta
  • Installations: IMANAGEST
  • Structure: BIS Arquitectes
  • Area: 2796.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ONL Arquitectura

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OMA To Design "Iconic" Qatar National Library

Courtesy of Qatar National Library (
Courtesy of Qatar National Library (

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser has announced the launch of the Qatar National Library (QNL), to be designed by Rem Koolhaas of OMA.

The QNL, a public access library, will symbolically connect the country's past and future. As her highness explained: “The library’s vision of bridging with knowledge Qatar’s heritage and future demonstrates the significant role QNL will play in unlocking human potential as Qatar builds a knowledge-based economy. A modern dynamic National Library for the country is essential in reaching this goal.” 

As such, Rem Koolhass - an architect known both for his iconic structures as well as his success with the Seattle Public Library - has been hand-picked for the important design, soon to be, according to the QNL website, "one of the most [...] iconic landmarks in Qatar and the region." As a library on the cutting-edge of digital archiving, the building will require innovative facilities (including over 300 public computers, wifi and multi-media production studios); however, it will also serve the community as a relaxed, social gathering place. 

More images of OMA's plans for the Qatar National Library, after the break....

House in Blacksod Bay / Tierney Haines Architects

  • Architects: Tierney Haines Architects
  • Location: Mayo, Ireland
  • Project Team: Stephen Tierney, James Casey, Gabriella Regina, Sandy Rendel, Alex Doran, Amy Fitzgerald.
  • Engineer: EDPM, Frank Endicott, Alan Guildea
  • Lighting Design: Contemporary Lighting Solutions, James Hornsby
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stephen Tierney

© Stephen Tierney © Stephen Tierney © Stephen Tierney © Stephen Tierney

Loft Andrés Borrego / Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos

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VIDEO: Dwell Presents Jen Risom's Island Home

If you're at all immersed in the design world, you already know the name of Danish-American furniture designer Jens Risom. And, if you know Jens Risom, you most certainly know the mid-century, pre-fab house he designed and built on an isolated island 13 miles off the coast of New England. 

If you don't know it - now's the time to get acquainted. The gorgeous summer home - which famously graced the pages of LIFE Magazine in 1976, has recently been featured by Dwell in a video.

The house, which has stood on Block Island for 45 years with relatively little renovation, despite the island's notoriously powerful gales of wind, defies the stereotype that pre-fabricated buildings can't be built to last (or beautifully designed).  Indeed, Risom only attempted the venture because of the "personal freedom" that pre-fabrication afforded him. As he explains: “Architecture, to me, is the most beautiful of the arts. But I watched my father [an architect] struggle with the challenges, what was to me an enormous drawback: The architect did not fully drive the end product. I always knew that I wanted to design, but only [if I could] create products over which I had total control.”

More on this extraordinary home and its designer, after the break...

House N / mattch

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© nacasa&partners
  • Architects: mattch
  • Location: mizuho-ku Nagoya-shi,aichi-ken, Japan
  • Area: 98.16 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: nacasa&partners

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Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Kubota & Bachmann Architects

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© Jigen

Located at a strategic point within the city of Helsinki, the ‘Shared Dreams’ proposal for the Helsinki Central Library conforms to the proposed massing and urban regulations, while endeavoring to give a coherent response to the program and the environment. Designed by Kubota & Bachmann Architects, the variety of the urban conditions will be, from the very beginning, reflected in the concept of the building and the organization of spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Round Up: Pavilions Part II

© ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart
© ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

Modular Residential Tower To Be Built at Atlantic Yards

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© SHoP Architects

Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) just announced that they will be partnering with Skanska, one of the world’s largest construction and development groups, for the B2 project. This project is making headlines because it will be the first residential tower that is part of the Atlantic Yards Development in Brooklyn using modular construction. FCRC plans to break ground on the 32-story building on December 18th and anticipates that the building will open in 2014. While high-rise modular technology has been initially developed for use at Atlantic Yards, this new industry has the potential to create modular components for construction projects across New York City and worldwide, becoming the first major manufacturing expansion in New York City since manufacturing began its decline over a generation ago. More information after the break.

Visionary Concept for Science Campus / AllesWirdGut Architektur

Courtesy of AllesWirdGut Architektur
Courtesy of AllesWirdGut Architektur

AllesWirdGut, together with the German climate engineering experts Transsolar and the Dutch-born urban planning avant-gardist Ton Matton, recently developed their concept for the BIO Campus. The project consists of a huge site just outside Istanbul that is becoming one of the world’s leading scientific research centers which has had a holistic approach from the very start. The main idea behind the architectural and environmental project is to create a self-sufficient and self-supporting accumulation of living spaces for work, scientific research, everyday life and recreational activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

8th China Flower Expo Information Center / Lab Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Lab Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Lab Architecture Studio

Designed for the 8th China Flower expo, which will be held in 2014, the design for the information center by Lab Architecture Studio aims to create a very subtle expression. By blending it into nature, the project is able to unite itself with the land and environment. Both the lively architectural form and the flexible spatial structures activate the whole expo park. More images and architects’ description after the break.