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Masterplan for Nice Grand Arénas / Josep Lluís Mateo

Josep Lluís Mateo, of Mateo Arquitectura…, recently presented his masterplan for the Pôle Multimodal Nice-Aéroport quartier d’affairs Grand Arénas which imagines a city of the future. His brief description and a video can be viewed after the break.

School Farm / Felipe Grallert Architects

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The intention of the design for the School Farm by Felipe Grallert Architects is to enhance the history of the place of Antilhue, once a train station, located in the town. Their design aims to put value on the station area as a large urban public square and create a path along the railroad tracks. Doing so would add history and cultural identity through an urban element capable of enhancing the rural characteristics. This would then translate into concrete action, an element capable of educating and bringing new opportunities based on its own roots, the vernacular and unique place. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: ‘Newly Drawn – Emerging Finnish Architects’ Project / NOW

Above is a video of NOW presenting their project, Kulttuurisauna, a new public building for the city of Helsinki, the World Design Capital 2012. Their design features saunas, cafe, offices, and a courtyard that opens directly to the sea. Using their model as a reference, you are able to get a sense of the spaces and their relationship to each other, as well as to the city itself which is discussed in the video.



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“Towards Comfo-Veg” Exhibition at SCI-Arc

Exhibited from April 6 – Mary 13, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to present “Towards Comfo-Veg,” a large scale, site-specific installation designed for the SCI-Arc Gallery by architect and artist Peter Cook and partner Gavin Robotham…

House La Punta / Central de Arquitectura

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Architects: Central de Arquitectura
Location: Prolongación Bosques de la Reforma # 2000, Bosques de las Lomas, México
Completion: 2010
Photographer: Paul Czitrom

Mark your calendars for the 2013 Solar Decathlon

WaterShed / University of Maryland - 2011 Architecture Winner

U.S. Department of Energy has announced the date and location of the 2013 Solar Decathlon. Appearing for the first time outside of Washington D.C., the highly anticipated competition will take place in 2013 from October 3rd through the 13th at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, . Launched in 2002, the biennial event will challenge twenty collegiate teams to design, build and operate a solar-powered house that is cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. Participants are judged by their ability to blend affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

Continue reading after the break for more information and the complete list of the 2013 teams.

Beverley Gardens / Lewandowski Willcox

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Architects: Lewandowski Willcox
Location: ,
Completion: 2010
Floor area: 600 sqm
Photographs: Nick Kane Photography


6 Bevis Marks / Fletcher Priest Architects


Norman Foster’s Swiss Re Building will soon have a new neighbor! London-based practice Fletcher Priest Architects have designed a 16-story tower that will replace the existing, outdated 1980s office building. under construction, the new 230,000 square-foot office building at 6 Bevis Marks will reuse 50% of the original structure and be 80% more energy efficient than the current building. Continue reading for more.

Video: David Adjaye

Famed British architect David Adjaye was named Designer of the Year at this year’s Design Miami – and quite rightly so. The 45-year-old has already been named an OBE by the Queen, designed the $500 million National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., as well as being commissioned to design the homes of Jake Chapman, Juergen Teller and Ewan McGregor. catches up with Adjaye at Miami’s Wolfsonian museum to discuss what the award means to him, and why he’ll always draw inspiration from his heritage.

Bentini Headquarters / Piuarch

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Architects: Piuarch
Location: Faenza, Ravenna,
Design Team: Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini, Monica Tricario
Built area: 6,500 sqm
Client: Bentini S.p.a.
Year: 2009–2011
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna


Sunshine Beach Pool House / Bark Design Architects

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Architect: Bark Design Architects
Location: , Queensland,
Project Team: Stephen Guthrie, Lindy Atkin, Phil Tillotson, Neil Nash, Richard Waterson, Emma Kelsey
Structural Engineer: Scott Brimelow, GEO Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: Pat Atkin, Landform Design Consultants
Builder: Gary Emanuel, GV Emanuel
Photographers: Christopher Frederick Jones, Claire Plush

Yungang Grottoes Museum in Datong / Do Union Architecture

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Architects: Do Union Architecture – Dapeng Cheng
Location: Datong City, Shanxi Province,
Completion: 2011
Total: 9,939.46 sqm
Materials/products: VMZINC
Photographs: Do Union Architecture

The Motherships Are Landing: What Google’s New Headquarters Reveal About Apple 2

When Apple revealed the plans for their new campus in Cupertino, the responses to the “spaceship” were….varied, to say the least:

Spectacular would be an understatement” ; “So disappointing…” ; a “…panopti-lawn…” ; and – my personal favorite – “Sphincter?” [1]

The announcement instigated a flurry of analyses and criticisms over the meaning of the design for the world – the Zen-like significance of the circle, the role of architecture in this technologically-driven age, the legacy and hubris of Jobs – but produced very little discussion over its meaning for the company itself.

Meanwhile, months before news of the “spaceship” landed, another internet giant was searching the California landscape for its own space to call home. Still very much under-wraps, the new Googleplex will be the first time Google builds a workplace completely from scratch. [2]

These projects will be the Magnum Opuses, the ultimate physical representations, of the two most influential Tech companies in the world, and the two share striking similarities. So let’s clash the plans of these two titans and take another look at 2 – but this time in the light of – and see what they can tell us about these companies’ futures.

An International Ideas Competition for the National Museum of Afghanistan

The Ministry of Information and Culture of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in collaboration and sponsorship with the Government of the of America and the U.S. Embassy in , has announced an International Architectural Ideas Competition for a new National Museum of Afghanistan (IAIC_NMA) in Kabul. The one stage ideas competition seeks to generate new and creative design proposals for the museum. Applicants may be invited to provide full design serves, or may be asked to partner with other design firms to produce the documents for the planning phase. This is seen as a great opportunity between the international and local design communities to collaborate and envision a museum that represents Afghanistan in the 21st. The top three winning proposals will win a cash prize up to 50,000 US$. Continue reading for more details.

7th International Strawberry Symposium / DADA Architectural Design + Planning

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Architect: DADA Architectural Design + Planning
Location: Changping District, ,
Design Architect: DADA- Principal: Wu Hua; Design Partner: Zhao Zhao
Project Managers: Duan Gong, Li Gang, Project Architect: Jonathan Kan
Parametric Design: Zhou Difeng
Design Team: Jessica Strandell, Yao Cong
Architect of Record: ZJHJ
Budget: 300M CNY ( US$47.6M )
Built Area: 50,000 sqm
Site Area: 28,760 m
Photographs: Courtesy of DADA Architectural Design + Planning


Lebbeus Woods: Early Drawings on Exhibit in NYC

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Lebbeus Woods is well known for his conceptual drawings that bring new worlds and spaces into the eyes of their viewers.  In four decades, Woods has shared his imagined worlds, expressing ideas about spaces, inhabitation and technology, and outlined alternate futures.  Through April 6th, Friedman Benda Gallery will be exhibiting Lebbeus Woods: Early Drawings from the 1980s, many of which have never been displayed before. The gallery is located 515 West 26th Street in . A preview of the exhibit after the break!

Yomogino Ryokan Hot Spa / Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture

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Architects: Ryuichi Sasaki + Sasaki Architecture
Location: Fukushima,
Client: Tios Group
Contractor: Oba Corporation
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Ryuichi Sasaki, Ryota Atarashi

Starry Night Dining / Panorama International Limited

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Architects: Panorama International Limited
Location: WuXi,
Area: 700 sqm
Completion Date: Jan 2012
Client: Star Food Service (Suzhou) Inc.
Design Team: Horace Pan, Alan Tse, Ardy Tsoi
Photographs: Ng Siu Fung