Mediapark / Volta Arquitectos, Patrick López and Augusto Arias

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Volta Arquitectos, Patrick López and Augusto Arias shared with us their proposal for the XIII Arquine International Contest, which asked participants to design a Media Park, an environment for free and safe interactions that can also be a space for culture and learning.

This design is aimed to be much in the tradition of the successful library parks in Medellin, Colombia , while reactivating an emblematic, but semi-abandoned site of Ciudad , the PRONAF polygon (National Border Program of ), built in 1961 with the intention of attracting people from the neighbor city of EI Paso, Texas. The 1961 project saw two of ’s most prominent architects of the time -Pedro Ramirez Vazquez and Mario Pani-design buildings which in the past 2 decades have become surrounded by parking lots, and eaten by a now decaying mall respectively. More images and description after the break.

House in Ichijoji / Tadahiro Shimada

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Architects: Tadahiro Shimada
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010-2011
Project Area: 59.63 sqm
Photographs: Kei Sugino

Newmarket Operations Centre / RDH Architects

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Municipal operations centers rarely attract attention from architects or the public, but the maintenance of our physical environment and infrastructure is critical to the well-being of any community. The design of the Operations Centre aims to celebrate these services through the creation of a new local landmark while meeting complex technical requirements in a robust and economical structure. The project embodies a pragmatic rethinking of the municipal operations center and sets a new national standard for the design of this under-appreciated building type.

Architect: RDH Architects
Location: Newmarket, , Canada
Project Area: 6,100 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tom Arban

Social Housing in Angers / Studio Bellecour Architects

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Architects: Studio Bellecour Architects
Location: , France
Project team: Wilfrid Bellecour François Barberot, Hélène Dumas, Anne Lhermitte, Bruno Codron, Raphaël Philipppe
Client: Angers Habitat
Project area: 8,042 sqm
Project year: 2008 – 2010
Photographs: Nicolas Borel, Willy Berr, Philippe Caumes,

Cedar Street Residence / colab studio

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This is the home of Matthew Salenger, RA and Maria Salenger, AIA, the founders of colab studio. They had owned a fairly large suburban lot near downtown Tempe, for ten years. They had altered the house and site considerably over the years, experimenting with low-cost methods to change the way to live in suburbia. Over time, though, life occurred, and circumstances changed: The birth of a little boy, founding a full-time design studio of their own, family visiting more often, etc. So another change needed to occur- something more substantial.

Architect: colab studio, llc
Location: Cedar Street, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Project Team: Matthew Salenger, RA and Maria Salenger, AIA
Contractor: Build, Inc., Rich Fairbourn
Structural Engineer: JT Engineering, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Woodward Engineering, Inc.
Project Area: 2,222 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Pays de la Roche aux Fées Swimming Pool / a/LTA

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French architects a/LTA shared with us their latest project, ‘Swimming Pool Pays de la Roche aux Fées’ in Janzé, . More images and architect’s description after the break.

NOLA Modern Proposal / GOATstudio


’ Lower 9th Ward represents a rather new phenomenon in American urbanism; physical tabula rasa paired with a metaphysical fabric of emotion, history, and tragedy that is no less significant than the physical emptiness. That emptiness has boldy been broken by the Make It Right foundation. Regardless of one’s opinion of their planning or design practices, the context that MIR has created in the 9th Ward has it’s own richness that is redefining the neighborhood’s physical presence while ensuring the continuity of the metaphysical through resident outreach. It is this new context that should now be respected and preserved. Unwittingly, MIR has sparked and nurtured the NOLA[modern] movement, defined by contemporary material, formal, and tectonic gestures with a thoughtful respect for regional typologies. This proposal by , for the DesignByMany challenge which ArchDaily sponsored, is the next entry in the soon to be expanding catalogue of NOLA[modern]. More images and description after the break.

Osdorp Multi-Functional School / Mecanoo


Architects: Mecanoo
Location: Osdorp,
Developer: Ymere Ontwikkeling, Amsterdam; Amsterdamse Stichting voor Katholiek Onderwijs (ASKO), Amsterdam
Cost: € 15.000.000
Project year: 2005 – 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Mecanoo

In Progress: Taiyuan Museum / Preston Scott Cohen


Preston Scott Cohen‘s winning competition proposal for the Taiyuan Museum of Art is currently under construction.  A cluster of buildings unified by continuous and discontinuous promenades both inside and outside. The building responds to the urban parkscape in which it is set; visitors are encouraged to pass through the building while not entering into the museum itself. An exterior ramp threading through the building connects the heterogeneous hardscapes, lawns and sculpture gardens. The integration of building and landscape registers multiple scales of territory ranging from the enormity of the adjacent Fen River to the intimacy of the museum’s own particular spatial episodes.

Architects: Preston Scott Cohen
Location: Taiyuan,
Client: Taiyuan City Government
Project Team: Preston Scott Cohen (architectural design); Amit Nemlich (planning); Collin Gardner, Hao Ruan, Joshua Dannenberg (design assistants, modeling, renderings); Yair Keshet(model)
Project Consultants: Architecture Design and Research Institute of South East University
Project Area: 32,500 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2010

House in La Encantada / Javier Artadi

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Architects: Javier Artadi
Location: , Peru
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Elsa Ramirez

Rochaverá Corporate Towers / Aflalo and Gasperini Architects

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Architects: Aflalo and Gasperini Architects
Location: São Paulo,
Project Area: 228,104 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon and Daniel Ducci

Can Joan Jaume / TEd’A arquitectes

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Architects: TEd’A arquitectes
Location: ,
Project year: 2004 – 2010
Photographs: TEd’A arquitectes

Video: Football for Hope

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’s Kimisagra Football for Hope Center in Kigali, has broken ground. This video by Killian Doherty and music by Sophie Nzayisenga features the site location, renderings, and most importantly the communities excitement for the new center.

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XLVII

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We are slowly getting closer to 50,000 photos on our Flickr Pool, so if you want to see a lot of amazing architecture photography, go ahead. 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 photo above was taken by thomaslewandovski in Glauburg, Germany. Check the other four after the break.

The Indicator: Distractions

post-it art by Marc Johns

Focus! Focus! Focus! Why are you reading this! You should not be reading this now! Get back to work! You are being unproductive! You are DISTRACTED!

Architecture in an office environment often functions like the opposite of how it was in studio. For one, offices are businesses so there is a need for oversight, management, evaluation, assessment, leadership, discrete task assignments, meetings…the list goes on. Notice that all of these elements to running a firm somehow come down to time management and staffing issues. Leaders have to keep an eye on junior staff, not to be annoying and stand over their shoulders micro-managing them, but to stay aware of what everyone is doing and where the different aspects of complex projects stand. Of course, this also relates to project budgets.

More after the break.

Arthouse at the Jones Center / LTL Architects

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Located in the heart of downtown , this project is a renovation and expansion of an existing contemporary art space. LTL was commissioned to design 21,000 sqf of new program within the building envelope, including an entry lounge, a video/projects room, a large open gallery, multipurpose room, two artists’ studios, additional art preparation areas, and an roof deck.

Architect: Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis Architects (LTL Architects)
Location: Austin, , USA
Project Area: 21,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Michael Moran

Renovation and Extension of the Municipal Theatre of Corfu and the Entrance Piazza / Zerefos Tessas Architects

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The original Municipal Theatre of  designed by C. Pergolessi at the end of the 19th century and destroyed by German bombers during the Second World War. In its place a modern building was erected in the 1960’s which unfortunately did not meet the aesthetic and functional expectations of the citizens of .  This proposal, brought to ArchDaily by Zerefos Tessas Architects is for the Renovation and Extension of the Municipal Theater of Corfu, Greece to provide a more appropriate architectural identity through the building.

More on this project after the break.

Ann Arbor District Library / inFORM studio

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Architects: inFORM studio
Location: , , USA
Project year: 2008
Photographs: James Haefner Photography, Justin Machonachie Photography