Jeju World Natural Heritage Center / poly.m.ur

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is an island formed by volcanic activities and celebration of its distinctive geological features was one of the main objectives of the brief. The design started from answering the brief which explicitly requested that the scheme to symbolise the volcanic landscape of consists of caves and mounds. poly.m.ur viewed these two geological feature in terms of their morphological forma-tions – one as constructive space (volcanic mounds) and the other one as subtractive space (volcanic caves), and were repre-sented in the formation of the massing of our scheme.

Palmaret-Alboraya Train Station / Rstudio

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Architects: Rstudio
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2010
Engineering Management: Seg_Ineco
Landscape Architecture: Alfonso Peris
Photographs: David Frutos

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Architect: architecten|en|en
Location: , The Netherlands
Client: Hugo de Ruiter Design
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Post & Van Leeuwen Photographers

AD Classics: Bac de Roda Bridge / Santiago Calatrava

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The Bac de Roda by Santiago Calatrava marks his first foray into bridge design. Part of a larger development plan in preparation for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, the bridge functions as both a symbolic and physical connection to two previously disjointed districts; Sant Marti and Sant Andreu. More information after the break.

Student Housing / Pierre Marsan

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Architects: Pierre Marsan
Location: La Soule,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Anne Leroy

Zaha Hadid wins 2011 RIBA Stirling Prize

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For the second year in a row, was announced as the winner of the prestigious RIBA .  Often labeled as the UK’s most important architecture award, Hadid will be awarded £20,000 for her design of the Evelyn Grace Academy in London.  Recognizing the ‘architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year’, to be considered the project must be built in Britain or the architects head office must be in the UK.

Zaha Hadid’s Evelyn Grace Academy was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize along with O’Donnell and Tuomey’s An Gaelaras, David Chipperfield Architects’s Folkwang Museum , AHMM’s Angel Building, Bennetts Associates’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and the Velodrome by Hopkins Architects.  Last year Hadid was awarded the prize for her design of the MAXXI Museum of Modern Art in Rome.

This year’s award was a bit controversial; former president of the RIBA, George Ferguson’s reaction, ‘This is an appalling result and the worst decision since the Magna Centre beat Girmshaw’s Eden Project to win the Stirling Prize in 2001. It’s a great big own goal. It is also the worst possible message to send to [education secretary] Michael Gove. In fact it reinforces his case. A good school is one that can be replicated. But this can’t. It’s a one-off. The prize [has become] an award from architects for architects. It makes me angry.’

More reactions regarding the 2011 Stirling Prize can be found at the Architects Journal.

National Parliament Principality of Liechtenstein / Hansjoerg Goeritz Architekturstudio

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Architects: Hansjoerg Goeritz Architekturstudio
Location: Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Collaborators: Anne-Claire von Braunmühl, Stefan Höpfinger, Mario Bearth, Marc Berliat, Fritz Eggenberger
Local Architects: FrickArchitekten AG
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Jürg Zürcher
Products used in this project: , Door & windows hardware.

White Rabbit Gallery / Smart Design Studio

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Architect: Smart Design Studio
Location: , Australia
Project Team: William Smart, Hamish Ginn, Hon Loong, Tatsu Hayashi, Luke Moloney
Client: White Rabbit Foundation
Structural Engineer: Partridge Partners
Services Engineer: Itc Group
Site Project Manager: Northcroft
Planner: Urbis Jhd
Heritage: Design 5
Bca / Pca: Dix Gardner
Lighting: Architectural Lighting Design
Text: Provided by Smart Design Studio
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Smart Design Studio

Video: Maggie Gartnaval by OMA

This exclusive video of OMA’s Maggie’s Centre by BD online features partner Ellen van Loon discussing the design for the cancer care center. Led by Partners and Ellen van Loon with Associate-in-charge Richard Hollington the Maggie Gartnaval center located in Glasgow opened today.

Ellen van Loon shared, “I enjoyed designing such an exceptional environment with this very dedicated and inspired team of designers and contractors. The sequence of spaces is an interplay of openness, retreat and support to underpin the Maggie’s programme.”

Louis Vuitton Architecture and Interiors / Frederic Edelmann, Ian Luna, Rafael Magrou and Mohsen Mostafavi

Louis Vuitton Architecture and Interiors / Frederic Edelmann, Ian Luna, Rafael Magrou and Mohsen Mostafavi

“In the more recent past, it is the architecture of minimalism that has provided the most explicit and significant contribution to the reciprocal relationship between fashion and architecture. In many ways the abstraction and literal emptiness of minimalism has been…

Harrington Grove Country Club / Hassell

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Architect: HASSELL
Location: , , Australia
Project Area: 2,230 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Client: HARPAK
Photographs: Courtesy of HASSELL

Autodesk Project Vasari 2.1

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Autodesk recently released their Project Vasari 2.1, an easy-to-use, expressive design tool for creating building concepts. Vasari goes further, with integrated analysis for energy and carbon, providing design insight where the most important design decisions are made. And, when it’s time to move the design to production, simply bring your Project Vasari design data into the Revit platform for BIM, ensuring clear execution of design intent.

Project Vasari is focused on conceptual building design using both geometric and parametric modeling. It supports performance-based design via integrated energy modeling and analysis features. This new technology preview is now available as a free download and trial on Autodesk Labs. More videos and information on the software after the break.

OMA designed Maggie Gartnaval Opens Today

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Today marks the opening of Maggie’s Gartnaval, a new center for the charity located on the ground of Gartnaval Royal Infirmary in Glasgow, . Designed by OMA, the center aims to provide emotional and psychological support to those affected by cancer in the greater Glasgow area.

Rem Koolhaas commented, “We were touched to be asked to design a Maggie’s Centre, and invigorated by the opportunity to work on a completely different scale, with different ambitions, and in a different environment. Maggie’s is so unique and urgent among the projects we are working on.”

Vila Castela Residence / Anastasia Arquitetos

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Architects: Anastasia Arquitetos
Location: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Project Year: 2009
Construction: Campo Empreendimentos
Structural Design: Lucas Saraiva
Project Area: 650 sqm
Photographs: Jomar Bragança

An Architectural Pocket Dictionary (A-J)


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Adaptive Re-use: (noun) - Removing soiled linens and empty colt 45 bottles prior to leasing a building to creative professionals.

Agora: (noun) – The fear of Architecture in public places.

Amphitheatre: (noun) – Large crowds in seating organized by their dislike of classical music.

Arcade: (noun) – Corridors lined with repetitive video games.

Architect: (noun) – An effete bon vivant with a drawing problem.

Architecture: (noun) – Load bearing walls plus optimism.

{more definitions after the break}

Netscape: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2011 / Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc

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Architect: Oyler Wu Collaborative with SCI-Arc
Location: Los Angeles, California,
Principal Architects: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu
Project Team: Oyler Wu Collaborative: Nick Aho, Chris Eskew, Matt Evans, Andy Hammer, Michael Ho, Richard Lucero, Sanjay Sukie, Yaohua Wang; SCI-Arc: Jacob Aboudou, Casey Benito, Paul Cambon, Julian Daly, Hung Diep, Jesus Guerrero, Clifford Ho, Duygun Inal, Mina Jun, David Kim, Noorey Kim, Jacques Lesec, Zachery Main, Tyler McMartin, Richard Nam, Kevin Nguyen, Manuel Oh, Carlos Rodriquez, Bryant Suh, Kyle von Hasseln, Liz von Hasseln, Jie Yang
Engineering: Nous Engineering
Principal Engineer: Matt Melnyk
Text: Provided by Oyler Wu Collaborative
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Oyler Wu Collaborative, Scott Mayoral

Cloud no 9 / Andrew Simpson Architects

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Architect: Andrew Simpson Architects
Location: , Victoria, Australia
Project Team: Andrew Simpson, Owen West, Steve Hatzellis, Stephan Bekhor, Michael Barraclough, Eugene An
Builder: Camson Homes
Structural Engineer: Meyer Consulting
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Christine Francis

Observation Tower / UNStudio + ABT + BAM Utiliteitsbouw + Haitsma Beton

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This past week, the Dutch Society for the Preservation of Natural Heritage received a new observation tower during the mini-symposium ‘Experience Nature with innovative ’ in Peize.  A multidisciplinary case study team comprised of UNStudio, ABT, BAM Utiliteitsbouw and Haitsma Beton were experimenting with the characteristics of ultra high performance concrete – a super dense mixture of fine grain structure which contains fibers – to manifest their findings in a functional, operative design.  The observation tower will rest in the forested reserves of De Onlanden in Groningen and will extend 5 meters above the tree line to offer amazing views of the landscape.

More about the tower after the break.