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Design unveiled for St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion in D.C.

© Davis Brody Bond
© Davis Brody Bond

Mayor Vincent C. Gray has announced Davis Brody Bond, KADCON and Robert Silman Associates as the winning team to design the new St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion on the St. Elizabeths Hospital east campus in Washington D.C. Designed by Davis Brody Bond, the $5 million Gateway Pavilion will transform an existing “weedy, fenced-in plaza fronting Martin Luther King Avenue SE in Congress Heights” into a sustainable, multi-purpose structure that will provide “a venue for casual dining, a farmers’ market and other weekend and after-hours community, cultural and arts events”. Continue after the break to learn more.

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXXI

We are near to the 95, ooo 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 was taken by Я. Garcia in Avilés, Spain. Check the other four after the break.

Google Releases Never-Before-Seen Images of Its Data Centers

“A rare look behind the server aisle. Here hundreds of fans funnel hot air from the server racks into a cooling unit to be recirculated. The green lights are the server status LEDs reflecting from the front of Google’s servers.” Photo © Google/ Connie Zhou
“A rare look behind the server aisle. Here hundreds of fans funnel hot air from the server racks into a cooling unit to be recirculated. The green lights are the server status LEDs reflecting from the front of Google’s servers.” Photo © Google/ Connie Zhou

If you’ve never heard of a Data Center before, there’s a reason. Despite the fact that data centers are “Giant, whirring, power-guzzling behemoths of data storage – made of cables, servers, routers, tubes, coolers, and wires,” they’re often hidden far away, where their energy-guzzling is more efficient (and way less less obvious). Indeed, largely because of their gargantuan energy requirements and high-tech secrets, Data Centers have been shrouded in mystery since their beginnings. This is particularly true in Google’s case. When Andrew Blum, author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, visited Google’s Data Center in The Dalles, Oregon, he said it was like “ a prison,” and couldn’t even get past the cafeteria. Nary a peek has been seen of a Google Data Center. Until now, that is. Google just launched a new website, Where the Internet Lives, which features never-before-seen images of eight of Google’s 9 data centers, the places the “physical internet” calls home. Check out the images of these never-before-seen Data Centers, after the break…

Guangzhou International Finance Centre wins 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud
© Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Now in it’s sixth year, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) 2012 Lubetkin Prize has been awarded to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for their Guangzhou International Finance Centre in China. This annual award is presented to the “best new building outside the European Union”. RIBA President and judge, Angela Brady commented: “With exceptional vision and skill, Wilkinson Eyre Architects have given their clients and the city of Guangzhou an outstanding new 103 storey landmark. The tower’s diamond shaped structure, exposed throughout the offices, atrium and hotel, looks simple but is the hugely complex key to the success of this building. It not only allows the dramatic tapering atrium and raked floors but brings environmental benefits by using 20% less steel than similar buildings. Guangzhou International Finance Centre is a worthy winner of this important prize.”

Brutalist architect Ulrich Franzen dies at 91

German-born, New York-based architect Ulrich Franzen (1921-2012) was one of the most creative American architects in the second half of the twentieth century. As reported by the New York Times, Franzen died in his Sante Fe, New Mexico, home on October 6 at the age of 91. A graduate of Williams College and the Harvard GSD (MArch’48), Franzen entered the world of architecture first as an understudy for I.M. Pei. In 1955, he established his own practice – Ulrich Franzen and Associates – in New York City and has since created distinguished contributions to to architecture, urban design and the theoretical and critical literature of design.

Video: 24 Hours in Moscow

Tianjin Grand Theater / gmp Architekten

  • Architects: gmp Architekten
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Project Leaders: David Schenke, Xu Shan
  • Design Team: Tobias Keyl, Matthias Grünewald, Martin Gänsicke, Susan Schwarz, Verena Fischbach, Bin Zhou, Jan Demel, Thilo Zehme, Duc Nguyen, Di Wu, Fang Xie
  • Structural Engineers: Schlaich Bergermann and Partner
  • Light Planning: Conceptlicht
  • Stage Technology: Kunkel Consulting
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Christian Gahl

© Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl

MAS Summit 2012

The Municipal Art Society of New York is preparing for their third annual Summit which will feature nearly 100 talks pertaining to  architecture and urbanism.  Beginning October 18th, the two day event at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall will bring together elected officials, designers and innovators to share their thoughts on how New York can maintain its global-leadership position while remaining a livable environment for all its inhabitants.

More after the break. 

Ceramica Cumella: Shaping Ideas

From September 29th to December 8th, the exhibition dedicated to the work of Toni Cumella will be open. His works in ceramic have been utilised by architects such as Enric Miralles, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, or Jean Nouvel. These collaborations made his material became part of the image of Barcelona, being part of the construction of La Sagrada Familia, and the restoration of Casa Batlló and Parc Güell. Focusing on the 4 main fabrication processes in use at Ceramica Cumella – extruding, casting, pressing and revolving – Shaping Ideas presents the work of Toni Cumella and the application of his ceramics in some of contemporary architecture’s most significant projects.

Port House: Antwerp Headquarters / Zaha Hadid Architects

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

In early September, Zaha Hadid gave the official order to begin construction work on Port House, the new headquarters for Antwerp Port Authority on the Kattendijk dock. The new Antwerp Port Authority headquarters will house approximately 500 staff in a single new location that comprises both a former fi re station and a new extension. Together, these two entities form an impressive new landmark as the headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority, overlooking both the city and the harbor. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Harvest Wave' Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Various Architects

Courtesy of Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, Teresa Cacho
Courtesy of Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, Teresa Cacho

Andrew McGregor, Robert Miller, Raymond Bourraine, and Teresa Cacho were recently named as the second prize winner in the Sukkahville Design Competition in Toronto. Organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, five finalists were given the opportunity to build their designs for an exhibition with the challenge to design a temporary structure constructed for use annually during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. Representing many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling, this proposal for an innovative Sukkah design delicately balances the inherent dichotomies of new/old, open/closed, and temporary/permanent. More images can be viewed after the break.

AD College Guide: Centre for Architecture and Human Rights / King Mongkut’s University of Technology

Courtesy of CAHR
Courtesy of CAHR

Intervention in Human Rights has, until now, had very few models in the architecture profession. There are the non-profit organizations and NGO’s. They often focus on structures and spaces that have been decimated by natural disasters or military conflict. Then there is the Forensic Architecture approach which seeks to document exactly what people have undergone in those circumstances. Most architecture activists, however, fall into the first category, focusing on building or re-building. 

While these models are very useful, they contain some inherent problems. One is that many of these organizations have predetermined agendas that dictate their intervention. Part of this is driven by the funding cycle: donors are not always inspired by the thought of funding a pig farm, but the idea of a new school designed by a famous architect makes an attractive selling point for new and continuing donors. Too often, however, that results in projects that are disconnected from the actual needs of local populations. Unneeded buildings are a waste of resources, time, money, and labor. 

Continue reading the school profile after the break

Oscar Niemeyer Hospitalized

Oscar Niemeyer.
Oscar Niemeyer.

Oscar Niemeyer, the renowned Brazilian architect, has been admitted to the Samaritan's Hospital of Rio de Janeiro. 

Pearl Valley 334 / SAOTA

  • Architects: Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Interior Architecture: Mark Rielly, Jon Case
  • Interior Decor: Mark Rielly, Ashleigh Gilmour, Sarika Jacobs
  • Main Furniture Supplier: OKHA Interiors
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch