Courtesy of AIA New York

2012 New Practices New York Competiton

New Practices New York, a biennial competition since 2006, serves as the preeminent platform in New York City to recognize and promote new and innovative architecture and design firms. The juried portfolio competition is sponsored by the New Practices Committee…

The Gary Comer Youth Center / John Ronan Architects

© Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

Architect: John Ronan Architects
Location: 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, Illinois,
Project Team: John Ronan AIA, Lead Designer; Evan Menk, Project Architect; Brian Malady, Project Architect; Yasushi Koakutsu, Oscar Kang, Brad Kelley, Micah Land, Nageshwar Rao
Project Area: 75,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing, Chris Lake

Strelein Warehouse / Ian Moore Architects

© Iain D. MacKenzie

Architect: Ian Moore Architects 
Location: Surry Hills, Sydney,
Principal Architect: Ian Moore
Project team: Ian Gorton, Danny Mathis
Project Area: 150 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Iain D. MacKenzie 


Social Building / Donaire Arquitectos

© Fernando Alda

Architects: Juan Pedro Donaire (Donaire Arquitectos), Cristina Rubiño (Surco Arquitectos)
Location: Avd. de la Paz, Seville,
Client: Public. E.P.S.A. Junta de Andalucía
Project Area: 3,358.00 sqm
Budget: 2.229.718 €
Architect Team:Ignacio Núñez, Jesús Núñez, Tibisay Cañas, Beatriz Hacar,Carmela Domínguez, Delia Pacheco, Pablo Baruc
Photographs: Fernando Alda 


Westside Road Private Residence / Dowling Studios

© Matthew Millman

Architects: Dowling Studios
Location: , , USA
Project Area: 2240 sqf
Photographs: Matthew Millman

Video: Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames

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We ran into this video this morning and just had to share it with you. Before launching his rap career, actually studied architectural drafting. In the video, he describes the he knows. Watch it and leave your comments!

Moscow office of Walt Disney Studios Sony Picture Releasing / UNK PROJECT architects

© Viktor Chernyshov

Architects: UNK PROJECT architects
Location: , Russia
Project team: Nikolay Milovidov, Nikolay Fedoseev, Oleg Burmistrov
Consultants for Cinema hall: Janson + Tsai Design Associates
Project area: 685 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Viktor Chernyshov

Video: Culture of Craft / AIA Committee On Design

The experts at studio/216 have shared with us the Culture of Craft – a pilot for an AIA Committee On Design (COD) series about The Value of Design. The non-profit AIA committee spent this past year discussing this topic, hosting two conferences in Seattle and Japan. In this film, architects Tom Kundig FAIA, FAIA, Annie Han, Prentis Hale and discuss the value of craft and design in theory and in practice.

This film was created by studio/216.

M3A2 Cultural and Community Tower / Antonini + Darmon Architectes

© Luc Boegly

Architects: Antonini + Darmon Architectes
Location: 6 Rue Marguerita Duras, Paris,
Area: 550 sqm SHON
Cost: 2,5 M euros HT
Finished: November 2011
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Steven Holl awarded 2012 AIA Gold Medal

, photo © Mark Heitoff

The American Institute of Architects () Board of Directors has awarded Steven Holl, FAIA with the annual AIA Gold Medal. The Gold Medal represents the highest award an architect may receive, honoring their “humanist approach to formal experimentation.” The world renowned architect and Columbia University professor continues to inspire and influence the practice and theory of architecture.

In a recommendation letter, Harry Cobb, FAIA, of Pei Cobb Freed stated, “What, in my view, especially commends him as a candidate for the Gold Medal is his brilliantly demonstrated capacity to join his refined design sensibility to a rigorously exploratory theoretical project.”

The AIA highlighted two of Holl’s projects – Linked Hybrid in Beijing and Vanke Center in Shenzhen – stating they are “emblematic of his approach to architecture and his innovative method of design inquiry.”

 “I am grateful, I am still beginning and I consider this award shared with all my collaborators. I feel this award is a positive advocacy to make theoretical explorations and experimental works. I was on the way to my final review at Columbia University when I received the call from Washington D.C. and felt it connected to my teaching and efforts toward education. I remember John Hejduk’s statement that teaching is a social contract, and I remain committed to teaching.”

- Steven Holl, FAIA

The award will be presented at the AIA Convention in Washington D.C. in May, 2012.

You can watch our interview with Steven Holl and see his projects here.


Block 128 IJburg / DP6

© Christian Richters

Architects: DP6
Location: Amsterdam,
Photographs: Christian Richters, Hans van der Vliet,

Rothschild Bank Headquarters / OMA

Forecourt and St Stephen Walbrook at night © OMA by Philippe Ruault

OMA recently completed their first building in London. The new 21,000sqm building is located in the narrow medieval alley of St Swithin’s Lane, in the heart of the City, a dense context where OMA’s precise intervention is able to blend and become an active urban piece.

The building, thanks to its structural design, is lifted from the ground exposing new situations, connections and views, detonator of a new  streetscape where the public realm is as important as the office space above.

You can see Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon discussing this project on a video posted earlier at ArchDaily.

More information courtesy of OMA after the break:

Project: Rothschild Bank Headquarters
Year: 2011
Client: NM Rothschild & Sons
Location: St Swithin’s Lane, City of London
Site: New Court, enclosed in cluster of buildings, adjacent to the 17th century St. Stephen Walbrook church; with main entrance on the narrow St. Swithin’s Lane
Program: Office headquarters: 13,000m2
Partners in charge: , Ellen van Loon


Bjarke Ingels/BIG. Danish Pavilion, project. 2010 Shanghai Expo. © Iwan Baan

ASAP Launch and Benefit

A new not-for-profit art and architecture organization called ASAP (Archive of Spatial Aesthetics and Praxis), founded by former MoMA Curator Tina di Carlo, launches Monday, December 12 at the top of The Standard, New York with Bjarke Ingels, Alex Schweder…

Blair Barn House / Alchemy Architects

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Architects: Alchemy Architects
Location: , Wisconsin,
Size: 1,850 sqf
Budget: $360,000
Photographs: Courtesy of Alchemy Architects

Leganés Museum of Sculpture / MACA Estudio

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The proposal for the new Sculpture Museum of Leganés by MACA is the result of setting a few specific objectives to accomplish. Their main objectives include the importance of providing appropriate exhibition spaces, adapting the new building to the urban surroundings and gardens nearby, and demonstrating flexibility while creating an iconic design for visitors. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of Superunion Architects

Disaster Prevention and Education Center / Superunion Architects

On a site almost without context because of its vast scale and open development plans, the Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Centre (DPEC), designed by Superunion Architects…, represents a new beginning for the Expo area adjacent to the Atatürk

BGT Partners Headquarters / ADD Inc.

© Chuck Wilkins

Architects: ADD Inc
Location: Hallandale Beach, Miami,
Client: bgt Partners
Contractor: KM Plaza
Size: 26,000 sqf
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Chuck Wilkins

Porreres Medical Center / MACA Estudio

© Jaime Sicilia

Architects: MACA Estudio
Location: Porreres, Mallorca, Spain
Client: Servei Salut de Illes Balears
Project Team: Christian Álvarez, Jorge Garrudo, Noelia Álvarez
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 900 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia