AD Round Up: Housing Part VIII

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Five great projects from early 2009 for our 8th selection, including BIG’s Mountain Dwellings, winner of our Building of the Year Award 2009, Housing category. Check them all after the break.

Mountain Dwellings / BIG with JDS
The Mountain Dwellings are the 2nd generation of the VM Houses – same client, same size and same street. The program, however, is 2/3 parking and 1/3 living. What if the parking area became the base upon which to place terraced housing – like a concrete hillside covered by a thin layer of housing, cascading from the 11th floor to the street edge? (read more…)

University of Iowa BioVentures Center / OPN Architects

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Architect: OPN Architects
Location: Coralville, Iowa
Project Year: 2009
Engineer: KJWW Engineering Consultants
Photographs: Wayne Johnson, Main Street Studio 

The BioVentures Center is a new office and laboratory facility on the campus of the University of Iowa that functions as a collaborative environment and business incubator for biotech start-ups and the academic field.  The 80,000sf facility was designed by of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in conjunction with KJWW Engineering and Consultants.  In addition to traditional academic functions, half of the buildings usable area was designed as speculative lab space and is available for commercial lease.

Sundaram Tagore Gallery / Katz Architecture

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Architect: Katz Architecture
Location: 547 West 27th Street, , New York, USA
MEP Engineer: Lilker Associates
Schematic Design: Charles Hemminger Associates
Lighting: Lighting Collaborative
Expediting: William Vitacco Associates
Custom Concrete: The Concrete Impressionist
Photographs: Julian Olivas of Air-to-Ground Photography

The Worlds First Pop-Up Scent Museum Opens in New York City

Production and design firm, The Department of the 4th Dimension (The D4D), created the world’s first pop-up scent museum for Sephora & Firmenich. The Sensorium: Lucid Dreams from the Sensory World is an interactive exhibition exploring the emotions and instincts behind scent.

For more information, continue reading after the break.

Casa do Conto / Pedra Líquida

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Architect: Pedra Líquida
Location: Rua da Boavista, 713, Porto, Portugal
Project Team: Alexandra Grande, Nuno Grande, Daniela Coutinho, Joana Couceiro, João Crisóstomo, Luís Sobral, Gerson Rei, Ivo Lapa, Rui Baltazar
Grafic design: R2
Consultants: AB Projectos, Gatengel, GET, ALFA Engenharia
Client: Casa do Conto, Arts and Residence
Construction Company: Pedras de Ronfos
Project Year: 1st phase 2008-2009, 2nd phase 2009-2011
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Digital Fabrication / SketchChair

SketchChair, Process Diagram

has been a popular discussion among architecture and design professionals. Students are digitally fabricating their models and building their own personalized 3D printers. What was impossible to build by hand is quickly assembled through digital fabrication. As the technology rapidly evolves, larger objects are being fabricated at more affordable prices. Today we may be digitally fabricating furniture and tomorrow we might be 3D printing our house. Architects and designers are jumping on board and exploring the capabilities of this game changing technology.

Diatom Studio is currently working on releasing SketchChair. This program offers easy to use, open-source software that allows you to design your own personalized digital furniture. With a few clicks of a mouse, you can view your masterpiece and digitally occupy it in order to test its comfort level and structural capabilities. Options range from personalized ready-made designs to more advanced features that allow you to design your chair from scratch.

Satisfied with your design? Perfect. The SketchChair allows you to export your masterpiece to any digital-fabrication service instantly. In a matter of days, you will receive your customized CNC-milled plywood parts for quick hand construction. Digital fabrication is changing the world of design and becoming available to the masses.

Sarreguemines Nursery / Michel Grasso + Paul Le Quernec

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Architects: Michel Grasso & Paul Le Quernec
Location: ,
Client: Communauté d’Agglomération Sarreguemines Confluences
Project Area: 1,350 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Michel Grasso + Paul Le Quernec

Grand Stade de Casablanca / NBBJ & Yassir Khalil Studio

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NBBJ & Yassir Khalil Studio shared with us their vision for the new Grand Stade de Casablanca. Their goal for the project is to create a center for sports and assembly events which is keenly in tune with the natural environment, geography, and history of the nation of . The sports center will signify to the world the unique character and vision of the city, while taking advantage of the natural environment to reduce energy consumption and create a dramatic human experience. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Richmond House 01 / Rachcoff Vella Architecture

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Architect: Rachcoff Vella Architecture
Location: Melbourne,
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

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2012 Pritzker Prize Ceremony to be held in China

Guo Jinlong, the Mayor of , and Thomas J. Pritzker, Chairman of the Hyatt, revealed the location of the 34th Pritzker Prize Ceremony. The prestigious event will be held in Beijing, China on May 25th, 2012.

The specific building to be used for the ceremony is still under consideration. Past locations included buildings of historical significance. In 2011, Washington D.C. hosted the event at the classic Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. In 2010, the ceremony took place on the historic Ellis Island in New York. And in 2009, Argentina’s historic Palacio San Martin hosted the event in Buenos Aires.

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International VELUX Award 2012

The International VELUX Award 2012 for students of architecture wants to encourage and challenge students of architecture to explore the theme of daylight in its widest sense – and to create a deeper understanding of this specific and ever-relevant source…

Vergilio Ferreira High School / Atelier Central

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Architects: Atelier Central
Location: ,
Electrical Installations: Lmsa | Eng.º Pedro Gonçalves, Eng.ª Sílvie Cruz, Eng.º João Branco, Eng.º Luis Frazão
Integrated Security: Lmsa | Eng.º Joaquim Pereira
Hvac: Lmsa | Eng.ª Gabriela Ferreira
Photographs: João Morgado

Hippodrome de Longchamp Proposal / Marc Anton Dahmen & Studio DMTW

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Marc Anton Dahmen & Studio DMTW, in collaboration with Tilke & Partners, shared with us their third prize winning design for the Longchamp racetrack in , France. One of the main aspects of their design is to understand each new structure as a solitary sculpture within the park to respect the landscape and nature of the Bois de Boulogne. Therefore it was very important to conserve as much of the spectacular mature trees as possible. In that sense, the design is aimed to maximize clear open moving space within that park. Consequently, the ground floor of the Grandstand was designed to be as open as possible to aids the visitors between the track and the betting halls, and also to achieve logical circulation between all functions within the site. More images and project description after the break.

House in Praia Verde / Nelson Resende Arquitecto

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Architects: Nelson Resende Arquitecto
Location: , Portugal
Collaborators: Ricardo Serra Leite, Architect
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 371 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

AD Review: From the Archives

Among the ArchDaily archives for this week are BIG’s impressive 8 House, a haystack house in , the tortoise shell inspired pavilion in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, a rammed earth winery in , and a nature center in Bangladesh.  Follow the break to read highlights of the archives and links to their original project features.

d3 Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition Winners

1st prize - Entropic Industries/Jared Winchester,

d3 is pleased to announce the winners of the Natural Systems competition for 2011. The program, developed by co-directors Gregory Marinic and Ji Young Kim, promotes investigation of natural systems from microscopic to universal toward determining new architectonic strategies. The competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential for analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based, sustainable influences in urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects.

The competition awarded three top prizes and seven special mentions, with the first prize captured by Entropic Industries/Jared Winchester from the United States. More information on the remaining winners after the break.

On the Brewery / LEVS Architecten

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Architects: LEVS Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Client: ING Real Estate Development
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 16,000 sqm
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg – primabeeld

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama / BFLS

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Architects: BFLS
Location: Cardiff,
Client: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
BFLS Team: Jason Flanagan, Paul Bavister, Jason Sandy, Anne Heucke, Kibwe Tavares, Armando Elias
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4,400 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of BFLS