Southbank Centre Shortlist Announced!

Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery © Morley von Sternberg

The UK’s largest arts centre, occupying an 21-acre site that sits in the midst of ’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames, has announced the shortlist of architects competing to head the refurbishment and renewal of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex. According to a statement released by the , the project plans to bring the performance spaces and galleries in the complex up to the standard of the recently transformed Royal Festival Hall and will address current urgent problems including poor access to and the upgrading of the stages and galleries; sub-standard back stage areas; and worn out services.

The eight shortlisted practices are:

NOI Hotel / Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

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Architects: Jorge Figueroa + Asociados
Location: Vitacura, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Nicolas Caceres + Paula Marchant, Jorge Fiqueroa + Asociados

MVRDV presents “Welcome to the Vertical Village” in Seoul

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“Welcome to the Vertical Village” is a new exhibition now open until October 7th at Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea.  The show is orchestrated by MVRDV and The Why Factory and is on its second run since opening in Taipei.  Each city has experience a different design of the exhibit, which allows visitors to walk through a giant model of a possible Vertical Village and experience the spatial richness and three dimensionality.  The exhibit explores “a city under rapid transformation” and the alternative to the “block attack” to find the ideal built environment.  The show features films, outdoor sculpture and a giant vertical village composed of more than 700 objects.
More on the exhibition after the break.

Brandeis Mandel Center / Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects

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Architects: Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects
Location: , , USA
Lead Design Architects: Michael McKinnell and Martin Dermady
Completion: 2010
Total Area: 36,600 gsf
Construction Cost: $18,700,000
Photographs: Anton Grassl of Esto Photographics

  

Courtesy of Indian Institute of Architects, Thrissur Center and The Architects Club, Thrissur

‘residence NEXT’ International Design Workshop

The architectural scene in Kerala, India is in its volatile best and hence the right time to breed path breaking design concepts in new age residential design. In this directionless period, the ‘residence NEXT’ workshop, put on by Indian Institute…

Smolenka “Oak Tube’’ Apartment / Peter Kostelov

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Architect: Kostelov Peter
Location: , Russia
Project Area: 110 sqm
Photographs: Zinon Razutdinov

Video: Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island

After WWII, the East End of played host to a variety of architectural styles.  From modernism, through post-modernism, and deconstructionism,  architects experimented with social ideas and aesthetic expressions which culminated in “small” houses scattered about the Island’s natural backdrop.  Now, with the advent of the mega-mansion and the desire for “bigger”, it is becoming increasingly difficult to preserve such iconic and progressive architectural projects.

More about the film after the break. 

DJ House / [i]da arquitectos

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Architects: [i]da arquitectos
Location: Carcavelos, Cascais,
Design Team: Ivan de Sousa, Inês Antunes
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 283.81 sqm
Photographs: Joao Morgado

Videos: London Olympics 2012 Time Lapse

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This post features time lapses of the construction of various venues that will be hosting the 2012 London Olympics. With the opening ceremony Friday, July 27, these construction time lapses give you an inside look to all of the effort put into the games. If you get a chance to watch the games, you will now have a new found appreciation for the amount of work it takes to hold a major event such as this. More videos after the break.

Grand Theater Qingdao / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Qingdao, Shandong,
Design Team: Meinhard von Gerkan, Stephan Schütz, Nicolas Pomränke
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 60,000 sqm
Photographs: Christian Gahl

The Gourmet Tea / Alan Chu + Cristiano Kato

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Architects: Alan Chu + Cristiano Kato
Location: São Paulo,
Area: 25,00 sqm
Completion: 2012
Project Architect:
Team: Thiago Moretti
Photographs: Djan Chu

 

Courtesy of AIM (Architects in Mission)
Courtesy of AIM (Architects in Mission)

2012 AIM Architecture Competition

The Architects in Missions (AIM) recently launched their 2012 architecture competition with the topic, “Shengsi Islands: Renewing China’s Traditional Village Lifestyle.” In setting their sights upon the eastern gate of China: Shengsi Islands, participants are challenged in guiding the island…

Portico / Aida Atelier + Kuno Lab

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Architects: Aida Atelier + Kuno Lab
Location: Tokyo,
Design Architect: Tomoro Aida & Toshimitsu Kuno & Shinpei Uehara (, Inc. & Kuno Lab. / Nagoya City Univ. Graduate School of Design and Architecture)
Executive Architect: Tomoro Aida & Toshimitsu Kuno & Shinpei Uehara & Tomoki Nagase
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 179.07 sqm
Photographs: Tatsuya Noaki

   

KK100 / TFP Farrells

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Architects: TFP Farrells
Location: Shenzhen,
Client: Kingkey Group
Interior Design: Laguarda.Low
Structural Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
Tower height: 441.8 m
GFA: 210,000 sqm
Completed: September 2011
Photographs: Carsten Schael, Fu Xing, Jonathan Leijonhufvud

AD Round Up: Beach Houses Part V

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Five great projects for our 5th selection of previously featured Houses. In the main image is Paraty House designed by the talented brazilian architect Marcio Kogan. Don’t miss again Kuressaare Beach House our one of our AD Classics, the amazing Palais Bulles by Antti Lovag. Revisit Beached House located in Coastal Victoria, Australia. And finally check out the great Casa na Areia by portuguese architect Aires Mateus.

KAA Design Group wins Best Adaptive Reuse for Latitude 33

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Latitude 33, a luxurious collection of -side homes ranging from townhouses, penthouses, and single floor units, was partially designed from a forty year-old, nine-storey “eye sore for the neighborhood” that was once an office building. The mixed use development, designed by KAA Design Group, includes residential and commercial spaces in Marina del Rey in Southern California. The strategic decisions involved with designing these apartments from an early 197os office building earned Latitude 33 two Gold Nugget Merit Awards, one of which was for Best Adaptive Reuse.

Read on for more after the break.

Expansion of the Hospital de Sabadell / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

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Architects: Estudi PSP Arquitectura
Location: Parc del Taulí, , Spain
Client: Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí
General Constructor:  COPCISA
Structure Consultant: Rafel Bellmunt, Laura Bellmunt (Bb Arquitectura)
Project Year: 2009
Gross Floor Area: 15,641 sqm
Project Area: 1,098 sqm
Photographs: Jordi Canosa,

Mies Towers for Sale….(Just Read the Fine Print first)

Lafayette Park (1946) Ludwig van der Rohe. Photo via Flickr CC User MI SHPO.

No architectural gem is safe from Detroit’s foreclosure crisis – not even two of Mies Van der Rohe’s very own creations. The , two 22-story towers of 584 units, originally part of a major urban redevelopment project in the late 50s early 60s, are up for auction July 18th.

But be warned, there is a catch…

Find out the fine print, after the break.