Columnar Towers: Colville Estate Competition Entry / NL Architects + WHAT Architecture

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
Courtesy of NL Architects + WHAT Architecture
Courtesy of NL Architects + WHAT Architecture

The proposal by NL Architects and WHAT Architecture for the Columnar Towers: Colville Estate competition attempts to mitigate the effects of a large massing of residences by breaking each tower into a 'bundle' of seven smaller towers, or ‘columns’. Each mini-tower is formed by simple 'stacks' of single apartments. This residential development of 199 apartments in Hackney, London is part of a masterplan by Karakusevic Carson Architects for the regeneration of the Colville Estate. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: WikiHouse co-founder Alastair Parvin at TED@London

00:00 - 6 March, 2013

Alastair Parvin, co-founder of WikiHouse gave his TED Talk last week (one of the many architecturally relevant talks at TED 2013). Although the video of his latest talk is not yet available, to whet your appetite we present you with his speech from last year at TED@London. In it he explains the conditions of architectural and material culture that led to the foundation of WikiHouse, an open source database of house designs that can be manufactured with a CNC cutter and assembled in a day.

Behind the Scenes of OMA's Latest Tower with Sustainability Consultant Arpan Bakshi

00:00 - 6 March, 2013
Essence Financial Building. Image © OMA
Essence Financial Building. Image © OMA

Last month, we reported on OMA's latest competition winner: the Essence Financial Building, a building that OMA Partner David Gianotten described as "a new generation of office tower" for the city of Shenzhen, China. To talk us through the building's cutting edge sustainable features, we spoke with Arpan Bakshi, an architect, engineer, and Sustainability Manager at YR&G, OMA's sustainability consultants, who led the environmental design for the project.

Learn more about the Essence Financial Building, OMA's collaborative approach, and Bakshi's views on the future of sustainable design - for both China and the world - after the break...

Willebroek Administration Building / BRUT

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
© Steven Neyrinck
© Steven Neyrinck

© Steven Neyrinck © Steven Neyrinck © Steven Neyrinck © Steven Neyrinck +47

Vegetation Room Inhotim / Cristina Iglesias

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
© Cristina Iglesias
© Cristina Iglesias

© Cristina Iglesias © Cristina Iglesias © Cristina Iglesias © Cristina Iglesias +23

Green Dot Animo Leadership High School / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
© John Linden
© John Linden
  • Architects

  • Location

    11044 South Freeman Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90304, USA
  • Principal in Charge

    Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA
  • Project Architect

    Angela Brooks, AIA, Mark Buckland, Ching Luk
  • Project Design Team

    Brad Buter, Silke Clemens, Emily Hodgdon, Gwynne Pugh, Sri Sumantri
  • Engineering

    Thorton Thomassetti-Structural
  • Area

    53500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© John Linden © John Linden © John Linden © John Linden +24

Media City Bergen (MCB) Winning Proposal / MAD arkitekter

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
© Entra OPF Utvikling / MAD Arkitekter / Placebo
© Entra OPF Utvikling / MAD Arkitekter / Placebo

MAD arkitekter recently won the competition for the development of a large media cluster in the west coast city of Bergen. Establishing an international hotspot for innovation and knowledge within the field of media, the Media City Bergen (MCB) gathers TV-channels, newspapers, providers of media technology, education and research environments in the same location of Lars Hilles gate 30, an area in the periphery of the city center undergoing urban transformation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant / LEAD

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
© Dennis Lo Designs
© Dennis Lo Designs
  • Architects

  • Location

    23-25 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  • Project Management

    4N Architects, Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD)
  • Design Team

    Kristof Crolla, Sebastien Delagrange
  • General Contractor

    Kin Wah Decoration Co
  • Area

    25.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Dennis Lo Designs © Dennis Lo Designs © Dennis Lo Designs © Dennis Lo Designs +11

Ita House / Taller5 Arquitectos

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
© Roberto Ortiz
© Roberto Ortiz
  • Architects

  • Location

    La Piedad, Michoacan
  • Architect in Charge

    Octavio Arreola Calleros, Elisa Lerma G. de Q, Mariano Arreola Calleros
  • Collaborators

    René Torres Márquez, Julio Cesar Rivera Pedroza
  • Construction

    Salvador Carrillo C
  • Area

    680.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Roberto Ortiz © Roberto Ortiz © Roberto Ortiz © Roberto Ortiz +26

Postcard from Roosevelt Island, New York

00:00 - 6 March, 2013
© Hassan Bagheri
© Hassan Bagheri

This text was provided by San Francisco-based writer Kenneth Caldwell

One friend said, “It looks a bit austere.” At first glance, it probably is. But like so many great minimal environments, it asks for patience and generosity. You give, and in turn it gives back.

This is also what the artists Mark Rothko, Richard Serra, Donald Judd, and, more recently, Olafur Eliasson ask. Trust them with your time and you may be rewarded with a small measure of serenity—perhaps even with the connection between art and the divine that Dominique de Menil was so focused on. 

Designed by Louis Kahn, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is an outdoor sanctuary at the southern tip of what is now called Roosevelt Island, created as a memorial to FDR. The park opened last fall. Kahn’s gift took 40 years to be realized, but it presents a path for human beings to treat each other to peace.

Continue reading after the break...

Asfinag Office Building / Peter Lorenz Ateliers

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
© Günther Wett
© Günther Wett

© Günther Wett © Günther Wett © Günther Wett © Günther Wett +20

And the Winner Is... Competitive Advantages?

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
Kengo Kuma's competition winning design for the V&A at Dundee. Courtesy V&A.
Kengo Kuma's competition winning design for the V&A at Dundee. Courtesy V&A.

Architectural Competitions may be regarded as an opportunity or a burden.  There are numerous architectural practices that gained significant attention for their submissions and winnings in highly publicized competitions, but the reality is that architectural competitions are expensive and do not guarantee reward.  And yet, they are an opportunity to engage in a critical dialogue about the projects at hand, and may be approached with more creative and imaginative risk than when working directly with a client, which is probably why they are so popular and numerous.  They are also an opportunity to bring the public into conversations about architecture in the public forum .  These are just some of the considerations that The Architecture Foundation hopes to tackle in its new series, "And the Winner is...?".

Museum of Nature and Science Winning Proposal / Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
Courtesy of Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture
Courtesy of Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture

Designed by Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture, their competition winning proposal for the Museum of Nature and Science in Jerusalem emphasizes the desire to create an open, absorbent, breathing building – the type of building that communicates with the environment, and not a closed structure with fences and a guard. In accordance with the sustainable planning approach, the building's external appearance is restrained and modest, on the one hand blending into the environment, and on the other hand enveloping a flexible, multifaceted, and dynamic structure. More images and architects' description after the break.

Video: Russian For Fish, Notes From A Small Practice

00:00 - 6 March, 2013

Hotchkiss Biomass Power Plant / Centerbrook Architects and Planners

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
© David Sundberg/Esto
© David Sundberg/Esto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hotchkiss School, Salisbury, CT 06039, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA
  • Project Manager

    Alan D. Paradis, RA
  • Project Team

    Mark A. Herter. AIA, Erik Lübeck. Associate AIA, Peter Cornell. AIA
  • Area

    16500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    David Sundberg/Esto

© David Sundberg/Esto © David Sundberg/Esto © David Sundberg/Esto © David Sundberg/Esto +15

AD Round Up: Flickr Part XC

00:00 - 6 March, 2013
Photo by Burçin YILDIRIM – http://www.flickr.com/photos/burciny/
Photo by Burçin YILDIRIM – http://www.flickr.com/photos/burciny/

We are over the 100,000 photos in our Flickr Pool, so keep them coming! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above is the great Zollverein School of Management and Design  by japanese practice SANAA and was taken by Burçin YILDIRIM. Check the other four after the break. 

Tower of Colony Installation / Groundwork

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
© Joseph Jiau
© Joseph Jiau

Exhibited at the ‘Next Play: Shifting Ground’ Exhibition in Taipei, the Tower of Colony is the Hong Kong project by Groundwork, which responds to a theme of ‘Displacement’, to transform a one acre site at Huashan, a cultural district at the heart of Taipei City. The architects were interested in how migrants react on a foreign land. By building on the site, they 'colonized’ one acre of grassland from site, therefore colonizing a fragment of Taipei. Hong Kong, a colony by nature, now has its own colony. Their abstraction of the act of colonization can be observed at two scales: The Tower and The Performance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Leme Gallery / Metro Arquitetos Associados + Paulo Mendes da Rocha e João Eduardo de Gennaro

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +25