Conference and Exhibition Center / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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The winning proposal for the conference and exhibition center in Leon, by Dominique Perrault Architecture stands on the grounds of the old Sugar Santa Elvira and involves the transformation of the main building of the former sugar in Congress Hall (Grand Palais) and the creation of an Exhibition center located to the east side of the Palace of Congress. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Next Silicon Valley(s)

AOL Offices in Palo Alto by Studio O+A © Jasper Sanidad

HP, Apple, Google – they all found their success amongst the peach groves and Suburban houses of . But why? What is it about Silicon Valley that makes it the site of technological innovation the world over?

It’s tempting to assume that the Valley’s success must be, at least in part, due to its design. But how does innovation prosper? What kind of environment does it require? In a recent interview with The Atlantic CitiesJonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, suggests that creativity is sparked from casual exchanges, the mingling of diversity, the constant interaction with the strange and new. In short, and as a recent study corroborates, innovation flourishes in dense metropolises.

Seemingly then, , a sprawl of highways and office parks, has become a hotspot of creativity in spite of its design. But let’s not write off design just yet.

As technology makes location more and more irrelevant, many are looking to distill the magic of Silicon Valley and transplant it elsewhere. The key will be to design environments that can recreate the Valley’s culture of collaboration. The future Valleys of the world will be microsystems of creativity that imitate and utilize the structure of the city.

Coburn Residence / Harris Butt Architecture

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Architects: Harris Butt Architecture Ltd. – Grant Harris
Location: Jacks Point Golf Course, , New Zealand
Completion: 2009
Building Size: 712 sqm
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Adult Education Centre / CEBRA

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Danish architects CEBRA, along with developers Pihl & Søn and engineers Hundsbæk & Henriksen recenlty won the competition for a new Adult Education Centre of in downtown , Denmarks’s third largest city. The 12.500 m2 / 134.550 ft2 educational institution aims at creating a flexible and diverse learning environment that gives room for individual needs in a collective building. According to the plans, the centre will open at the beginning of 2014. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Flashback: Post Tower / Murphy/Jahn

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Architects: Murphy/Jahn
Location: Bonn,
Height: 162.40
Area: 73,501 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy/Jahn

Trianel GmbH Corporate Centre / gmp Architekten

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gmp Architekten shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Trianel GmgH Corporate Centre in , Germany. The new building is located along a major road next to the Tivoli stadium. From 2013 on it is to be built in two phases, the first of which comprises 9,600 square metres of gross floor area and will accommodate 400 members of staff. In the second, optional phase the building can be extended by 4,800 square metres to accommodate a further 200 employees. The building’s sustainability concept merits a silver DGNB certificate. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mohawk College / Zeidler Partnership Architectschitects

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Architects: Zeidler Partnership Architects
Location: Hamilton, , Canada
Area: 48,500 square feet
Construction Cost: $12 million
Completion Date: January 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban


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Adream – European Competition in Architecture and Design Realization in Eco and Agro Materials

Open to students and professionals in architecture and design fields, the Adream 2012 competition, a European competition in architecture and design realization in eco and agro materials, the aim of the competition is to support the sustainable management of natural…

Owhanake Bay House / Strachan Group Architects

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Architects: Strachan Group Architects
Location: Waiheke Island,
Head Architect: Dave Strachan
Builders/Main Contactor: Tomik Ltd (Auckland & Waiheke Island based)
Structural Engineer: Adam Mackenzie
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

Update: Transitional Shelter Project in Haiti / MICA

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When we last heard from David Lopez and his students at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) they were in the process of constructing a prototype of the Transitional Shelter for Disaster Relief in .  The project started in a Design|Build studio in the Spring of 2011.  Acquiring funds to prototype the design became a challenge.  Students spent the summer and fall of 2011 completing the design and reaching out to organizations for donations and materials. and Whiting Turner Contracting Company gave critical donations that made it possible to begin construction.

Follow us after the break to catch up on the status of the project.

Video: The Printable House / 1:1 Arkitektur

Danish architects from 1:1 Arkitektur, in collaboration with Facit Homes, are constructing an entire house in just four weeks with only their computer and a CNC machine. Constructed entirely out of wood, the printed house demonstrates a sustainable, quick and affordable alternative to conventional building that minimizes waste and simplifies the buildings process. Many argue that this way of building is the future of construction.

Reference: Reuters, Archinect

Whangapoua / Crosson Clarke Carnachan

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Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan
Location: Coromandel,
Engineering: CMR Engineers Ltd
Contractor: D.F. Wight Builders Ltd
Completed: 2011
Area: 48.8 sqm
Photographs: Jackie Meiring


Sky Light Pavilion / Nimbu

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The Sky Light Pavilion, designed by Nimbu for the Architecture Pavilion Competition sponsored by the Serbian Arhitekton Magazine and the company, Kingspan, is universal, timeless and spaceless. The architects believe that a pavilion shouldn’t be connected with the idea of conceiving one construction that is meaningless. Instead, an architecture pavilion, to be contemporary, should be a construction that demonstrates the pursuit of the architecture itself. Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa says that the renewal, whatever it is, means rediscovering its deepest essence, and that architecture is a direct expression of the existence, of the human presence in the world. More images and architects’ description after the break.

2012 MAD Travel Scholarship

MAD Architects recently launched their 2012 Travel Scholarship, which provides mainland Chinese students with an opportunity to travel abroad and research an architectural topic of their choosing. Established in 2009, and with the support of long-term sponsor VERTU, this year, 5 students will have the opportunity to travel for 7-10 days in their chosen city or region of independent study. Following their trip, the students will give a public presentation of their experience. The application deadline is June 30. For more detailed information, please visit their website here.

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‘Translate the Intangible’ Symposium

Taking place at the Architectural Association (AA) on May 11, the ‘Translate the Intangible’ symposium addresses the challenges of communicating dynamic aspects of contemporary design methodologies through static mediums such as text and images. As current design-oriented fields have amplified…

Rathaus Bernried / Titus Bernhard Architekten

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Architects: Titus Bernhard Architekten
Location: ,
Design Team: Stefan Krippl, Sebastian Filutowski, Elmar Wilhelm
Area: 4,060 sqm
Volume: 17,800 cbm
Structural Engineer: Merz Kaufmann & Partner, Herr G. Kley, Dornbrin/Austria
Client: Gemeinde Bernried
Completion: 2008 (1st step, the other two steps are unbuild until now)
Photographs: Christian Richters


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Ball-Nogues Studio “Yevrus 1, Negative Impression” Exhibition

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to present “Yevrus 1, Negative Impression,” an installation designed for the SCI-Arc Gallery by alumni Benjamin Ball (B.Arch ‘03) and Gaston Nogues (B.Arch ‘94) of Los Angeles-based Ball-Nogues Studio…, opening

Ombu Building / Mas Fernandez Architects

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Architects: Mas Fernandez Architects
Location: Avda. Andrés Bello 2115, Providencia, , Chile
Collaborator: Felipe Fuentes
Completion: 2009
Floor Area: 6.961 sqm
Client: Almagro – Ombu Real State
Budget: U$46 / sqm.
Building Contrator: Socoicsa
Structural Engineer: Luis Soler and associates
Energy Saving: Idiem
Photographs: Felipe Fontecilla