Urban Lofts / Charis Gkikas & Evaggelia Filtsou

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Location: Gazi, , Greece
Developer: Alpha Land Developers 
Construction: Alpha Land Developers
Project Team: George Stamatakis , Charis Gkikas
Interior Designer: Theano Potamianou-Ravazoula
Project Area: 1.200 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Vangelis Paterakis

Update: Elbe Philharmonic Hall / Herzog and de Meuron

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Slowly, but surely, ’s beautiful  is nearing completion (according to the Philharmonic’s construction website, the roof construction that seals the large concert hall has just been completed!).  We shared some photos of the concert hall’s innovative and iconic skin system when we visited Hamburg earlier this year, and recently, Jose Campos shared his latest set with us.

Check out Campos’ photos and learn more about the completed ceiling construction after the break.

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Terme Olimia Wellness Spa / Enota

The project proposal for the new Terme Olimia wellness spa, designed by Enota…, is located in the very center of a well-known ski resort, Kranjska Gora in Slovenia. With rethinking the local building characteristics completely, the new spa building

Chimney House / Marcio Kogan

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Architects: Studio MK27 / Marcio Kogan
Location: São Paulo,
Co-Author: Diana Radomysler, Oswaldo Pessano
Interior Design Co-Authors: Diana Radomysler, Carolina Castroviejo
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 400 sqm
Photographs: Reinaldo Coser + Gabriel Arantes

The Arbor / Kerimov + Prishin Architects

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The arbor, designed by Kerimov + Prishin Architects, is a living space project meant to accommodate a family of about 15 people. The design’s floor plan consists of a semantic differentiation on three zones which they conditionally named “kitchen-furnace”, “dining room-drawing room” and “terrace-scene”. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art and Concert Hall / Provencher Roy + Associés Architects

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Architects: Provencher Roy + Associés Architects
Location: Montreal,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 59,000 sqf
Photographs: Tom Arban

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010, is pleased to announce that its new 59,000-gsf. Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art and Bourgie Concert Hall will open to the public on October 14, 2011. Increasing the MMFA’s total exhibition space by 20%, the new Pavilion features 18,953 nsf. of gallery space, which doubles the previous display area dedicated for the presentation of the Museum’s collection of historical and contemporary Quebec and Canadian art.

Installation for California Design Exhibition / Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture

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On view until Marcg 25th and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the installation for California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way” Exhibition is created by the Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture Studio, which is also responsible for a number of Los Angeles landmarks, including the renovated Hollywood Bowl and Egyptian Theater. The design for the exhibition is inspired by ’s unique style, with lithe, sensuous lines carried throughout the installation, including the display cases and a helical construction that soars through the center of the space. Hodgetts + Fung also collaborated with curators Wendy Kaplan and Bobbye Tigerman to bring the re-creation of the Eames living room to life. More information on the design and exhibition after the break.

House in Kaga / AE5 partners

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Architects: AE5 partners / Hidenari Arai, Stefano Tozzi
Location: , Ishikawa,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 84.64 sqm
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners

AIA 2030 Commitment

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The AIA has recently updated its 2030 Commitment Reporting Tool, a tool that assists in providing firms a method to track the predicted energy use of their complete design portfolios. Since buildings are the largest contributor to the production of greenhouse gases and represent nearly half of the total annual production, this tool provides an avenue to address and exercise our responsibility in the creation of the built environment.

In order to increase the relevance and better suit the needs of firms, the AIA has expanded the toolset to include additional building types, additional code equivalents, distinctions between new construction/renovation and interior work, and a mixed use calculator.

Museum Folkwang / David Chipperfield

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Architect: David Chipperfield Architects
Location: ,
Photographs: Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
Door & Window Hardware: FSB

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Here are five really interesting projects you may have missed from last week. Check them all and join the discussion in their comments after the break.

Dresden’s Military History Museum / Daniel Libeskind
A decade after Daniel Libeskind’s iconic Jewish Museum opened in Berlin another Libeskind-designed German museum will open – Dresden’s Military History Museum. The projects are more alike than they appear. Both juxtapose aggressively avant-garde design and decidedly pre-modernist structures. Both demand a renewed emotional and intellectual focus on history. Both attempt to make sense of the seemingly senseless – of war, violence, destruction and hatred (read more…)

Splice / Cadence

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Architects: Cadence
Location: , India
Project Team: Smaran Mallesh, Narendra Pirgal, Vikram Rajashekar, Rejin Karthik
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Claire Arni

The POD / Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn with Studio Nicoletti Associati

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Architect: Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn with Studio Nicoletti Associati
Location: Kuala Lumpur,
Contractor: Bina Jurati Sdn
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Mr. H Lin Ho Courtesy of PJCC

200 Eleventh Avenue / Selldorf Architects

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Architect: Selldorf Architects
Location: , ,
Project Area: 61,000 gsf
Project Year: 2010
Photographer: David Sundberg | Esto

Facilities for Children and Youth Activities “La Camisera” / Cerrejon Arquitectos + Magén Arquitectos

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Architect: Cerrejon Arquitectos + Magén Arquitectos
Location: La Camisera, Oliver Neighborhood of Zaragoza,
Lead Architect: Sebastián Cerrejón Hidalgo and Jaime Magén Pardo
Industrial Engineer: Rafael González Barrida
Technical Architect: Gabriel Faj y Juan José Escobar
Sponsor: Municipal Management of Urbanism Town Hall of Zaragoza
Construction: U. T. E. Obearagón Obenasa
Project Area: 25,225.26 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Steven Holl Architects’ Campbell Sports Center Breaks Ground at Columbia University

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Campbell Sports Center designed by Steven Holl Architects began construction over the weekend. Complimenting the existing Baker Athletics Complex, the Campbell Sports Center will create a necessary and inviting new gateway to ’s complex at its location on the corner of West 218th street and Broadway.  The five-story, 48,000 sqf facility will include an auditorium, strength training and conditioning rooms, offices for varsity sports, a hospitality suite, and student-athlete study rooms.  Led by Steven Holl and Chris McVoy, the Campbell sports Center is scheduled to open in fall 2012.

Steven Holl shared, “We are honored to collaborate with Dianne Murphy and Columbia Facilities in creating this new state of the art athletics facility. Its inviting architecture indicates the invigorating presence and future of intercollegiate athletics at Columbia University.”

MOPTT Building in La Serena / Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos

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Architects: Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos / Teodoro Fernández Larrañaga, Sebastián Hernández Silva, Milva Pesce Traverso
Location: Calle Cirujano Videla, ,
Client: Ministerio de Obras Públicas
Project Area: 10,000 sqm
Photographs: Rodrigo Opazo

The Park Designs the City Proposal / C+S Associati

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C+S Associati shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the competition for Area Parolini in , Italy. The project was done in association with landscape architects Land Srl. Every project needs to cope with the characteristics and values which are deposited in the specific site: particularly each project needs to look at these values as potentialities to be brought into the contemporary. In this way the park they designed has a strategic value, both in environmental terms and in terms of potentiality: the park is, in fact, conceived as part of a larger system ‘the green ring’, originated by the historic void spaces of the three beautiful squares of Bassano city centre. More images and architects’ description after the break.