Architectural Award Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2011

The use of solar energy in and on buildings is a key aspect within energy efficient construction – for individual homes, industrial and administrative buildings, as well as residential schemes. Solar systems should be self-evident components in innovative building envelopes and refurbishments to improve energy efficiency. The challenge is to find suitable ways to implement these technical innovations in design terms. Solar thermal energy and photovoltaics open up a diverse range of possible applications and offer high quality products.

By integrating solar power systems in the roof or façades of buildings in an architecturally and technically sophisticated manner, architects can increase the awareness of both builders and the public regarding the possibilities for combining buildings with solar technology, and thus help renewable energies become more widespread. To increase acceptance and to foster awareness of this topic, the Bavarian Association for the Promotion of Solar Energy (SeV Bayern) is organising the competition “Building-Integrated Solar Technology2011”.

More information on the competition’s official website.

Jarson Residence / Will Bruder Architects

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This house is designed as a vessel of personal discovery for two real estate professionals with an educated passion for modern architecture and their two sons. Gracefully embracing the topographic fold of a desert wash, the house focuses on the northeasterly view of the McDowell Mountains in the distance.

Architect: Will Bruder Architects
Location: Paradise Valley, , USA
Project Team: Will Bruder, lead design; Eric Weber (project manager), Katherine Hogan, Chris Balzano, Dan Clevenger
Project Area: 4,440 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Reißeck Top Terminal Competition / Zechner and Zechner

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This proposal comes from Zechner and Zechner’s winners entry for the Reißeck Top Terminal Competition, a new mountain restaurant at 2250 meters above sea level in the Austrian Alps.  In addition, the building with include a top terminal for the Reißeck incline railway, along with information and display areas.

Read on for more information after the break.

Galeria Concreta / GCP Arquitetos

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Architects: GCP Arquitetos
Location: Sao Paulo,
Author: Sergio Coelho
Co-author: Adriana Oliveira
Sustainability: Alessandra Araujo
Project team: Icardo Segantini; Tais Usuda Miyake, Sílvio Diarte
Project area: 170 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Nelson Kon, Kiko Coelho

Recycled Building / Alonso de Garay Architects

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Architects: Alonso de Garay Architects
Location: ,
Client: Tierra Capital S.A de C.V
General contractor: Rodolfo Ortega ORAR
Landscaping: Jeronimo Gabayet
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Jimena Carranza

AIA Pavilion / Gernot Riether

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Every year, the AIA stages a competition for an intervention that brings to life the historic city of . This year the institute selected a scheme by Gernot Riether that proposed a series of glowing spherical enclosures sited within the hidden courtyards of the city’s distinctive French Quarter. They would be illuminated in the evening, dramatically modulating the host environment and bringing attention to these romantic, mysterious and usually private spaces, typically located deep in the block, away from the street.

Architect: Gernot Riether
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Project Team: Gernot Riether, Valerie Bolen, Rachel Dickey, Emily Finau, Tasnouva Habib, Knox Jolly, Pei-Lin Liao, Keith Smith, April Tann
Photographs: Courtesy of Gernot Riether

Floating OffShore Stadium / stadiumconcept

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Developed by the german architects stadiumconcept for the FIFA World Cup 2022 the Floating OffShore Stadium represents an extraordinary and ambitious concept. The Floating OffShore Stadium is a swimming construction that can be relocated to seaside venues across the oceans. More images and complete architect’s description after the break.

Water Box / Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe and Associates


South based Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe and Associates was recently awarded third place in the Miami Water Box competition for their roaming proposal. Additional images of their project in addition to a full description can be viewed after the break.

Alphabet Building / MVRDV

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based project development corporation NIC started sale of the MVRDV designed Alphabet building. In Amsterdam small and mid-size creative companies have trouble finding suitable office space. The Alphabet building communicates through a clear exterior design which reveals on the East façade the house number and at the main façade the extension for each company, a letter of the alphabet. The interior is highly flexible and completed with a rough and pure finishing. The 3200m2 creative industry building will be completed in 2012 according to high energy efficiency standards.

Architecture City Guide: San Diego

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to . It is home to the Salk Institute, one of ’s most well-known buildings, and Richard Neutra’s Airman’s Memorial Chapel. One could argue that these alone make a visit worth the trip. That said, we have put together a list of 12 great contemporary buildings that are also worth seeing. By limiting ourselves to 12 buildings we were not even able to include all the ones we have previously featured on our website. Take a look at our list and add to it in the comment section below.

Architecture City Guide: San Diego list and corresponding map after the break!

Is Architecture Employment Improving

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Is architecture employment improving?  According to C. J. Hughes recent article some firms need for design services has increased providing an opportunity to hire employees.  That being said the employment opportunities are still minimal some firms hiring only one or two employees while others are able to hire in the double digits.  Many principals are tentative about the future and are therefore proceeding cautiously not to over hire employees.

The full article Architecture Employment on the Rise by C. J. Hughes for ArchRecord following the break.

Pavilion for an Artist / DHL Architecture

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Architects: DHL Architecture
Location: Amsterdam, The
Design team: Lada Hršak, Daniëlle Huls
Client: Stichting Nieuw en Meer
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Thomas Lenden

Los Angeles Mission College / Cannon Design

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Architects: Cannon Design
Location: , California, USA
Engineering: Integrated Engineering Consulting Engineers
Project area: 87,000 sqf
Photographs: Feinknopf Photography

House in Ookayama / Torafu Architects

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Architects: Torafu Architects
Location: , Japan
Structural Design: OHNO-Japan
Lighting: Maxray
Fabric Design: Nuno
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 105 sqm
Photographs: Daici Ano

Proposed Renovation to the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School for the AIAS Competition for Schools of Tomorrow / Brian Albrecht, Kristopher Kunkel and Mary Rogero

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University graduate students, Brian Albrecht and Kristopher Kunkel, and their faculty adivsor, Mary Rogero, recently sent us their submission for the AIAS School of Tomorrow 2010 Competition. They chose to design for the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School that we recently featured on our site. Their proposed design seeks to accomplish two vital aspects of sustainability and design: the preservation of an iconic Modern structure that embodies the period in which it was built, and secondly adapts that structure to suit present day needs for an area with unique problems and a unique culture.

AD Round Up: Kindergarten Part VII

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Five great kindergartens for our seventh selection of previously featured projects. Check them all after the break.

Kekec / Arhitektura Jure Kotnik
Kindergarten Kekec is an extension of a typical Slovene prefab kindergarten from the 1980s. Situated in one of Ljubljana’s residential areas, Kekec answers the growing demand for kindergartens. This comes as a result of Ljubljana having witnessed considerable population growth as well as legislative changes and a planned increase in building density inside the highway ring surrounding the city (read more…)

Dense Cities Conference

Under the title “Dense Cities”, the Institute of Architectural Typologies at University of Technology addresses the broad topic of urban density and its relevance to actual production of architecture. There is every indication that the habitat of the 21st century will be the city. Whilst a major part of this development will take place in megacities and megaurban areas, the open development of medium-sized cities, which still see themselves as founded on the centrally oriented historical city, would seem to invite discussion of new approaches to design and planning in architecture.

At an international symposium from 26/05/2011 till 28/05/2011 in Graz, attention turns to the question of how to shape an active role for architecture in the development of “Dense Cities“. The range of questions covers all levels of scale ranging from urban landscape and agglomeration through districts to blocks and individual buildings, covering everything from the development of new building typologies on through actual interventions in the urban setting to analyses of transformations of urban density.

For more information, visit the conference’s official website.

Ecco / NAU


As an all-electric vehicle, the Ecco has no emissions of its own, and can be quickly charged at a standard 240V station. But when used for extended living purposes, even where no electricity is available, its built-in photovoltaic panels and solar sail roof mean that it can cut out the middle man, and charge directly from the sun.