The Tree Garden / SNITKER/BORST/ARCHITECTEN/

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Architects: SNITKER/BORST/ARCHITECTEN/ – Leen Borst, Mark Snitker
Location: Amsterdam,
Project Team: Brigitte Kwa, Janet André, Pieter van der Pot, Rudy Davi, Petty Tang, Patrick Colly
Design Team – Urban Design: Andrea Alvarez, Sebastian Soelberg
Landscape Architect: Ruwan Aluvihare
Project year: 2007 – 2009
Photographs: Roos Aldershoff

Camino Nuevo High School / Daly Genik Architects

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This charter high school houses 500 students in Silver Lake, a multi-cultural community adjacent to downtown . It is the third project, in a series of four that the Daly Genik Architects has designed for the charter school client. The schools were launched by a nonprofit community development corporation to provide small, focused schools for children in a dense and underserved urban Los Angeles neighborhood. In 2000 and 2003 the office completed an elementary and a middle school on a single block campus in MacArthur Park.

Architect: Daly Genik Architects
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Project Team: Kevin Daly (Principal-in-Charge), Tomaso Bradshaw, Patrick McEneany, Stephan Bohne, Anthony Anderson, Jared Ward, Aaron Whelton, Irena Bedenikovic, Timothy Morshead, Kody Kellogg
Structural Engineering: John Labib + Associates
Mechanical Engineering: Tsuchiyama Kaino Sun & Carter
Electrical Engineering: Konsortum 1
Civil Engineering: Pfeiler and Associates
Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnologies, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Ahbe
Code Consulting: Schirmer Engineering
Specifications: Philip Easton
Contractor: Turner Special Projects
Photographs: Tim Griffith

ONE LAB 2011: BioDesign Summer

Summer Lab for students, architects, scientists, artists, and individuals of all backgrounds to explore design with various living matter including live tissues, bacteria, tree grafting, fungi growth control and parametric scripting. ONE Lab is designed for students who wish to engage with the crossover of design and science. The lab concentrates on recent advances in the biotechnology and computation, both in theory and practice.

ONE Lab offers a new means of design inquiry where students will actively use the tools and technologies of live sciences . The participants will learn the processes of biotechnology (including technologies such as genetic engineering, tissue culture, and cloning), growing materials, grafting trees and plants, scripting and computational modeling for controlled growth. Students will have access to bio laboratories, techniques and expertise.

This summer approximately 40 researchers will gather in City for 3 weeks of intense creative and scientific exploration. TerreLab provides a unique opportunity for students to learn from internationally recognized scientists: Dr. Oliver Medvedik; Dr. Ellen Jorgenson; Dr. Dickson D. Despommier and renown designers and artists: Vito Acconnci, Natalie Jeremijenko, Marc Forens and many more. The Lab consists of a Seminar Week (guest lectures from international scholars and designers) and Workshop Weeks where the participant will chose a series of day-long workshops. All classes are beginner level and no previous knowledge or experience is required. More information on the workhop’s official website.

Park of Levante Master Plan / K/R Architects

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K/R Architects, announced recently that the firm has completed the master plan for the 100-acre (40-hectare) Parque de Levante in , Spain. The plan, which reinvents the concept of a museum-park explores the relationship between art and culture as a generator of creativity and education, as well as economic dynamism and tourism. The park will serve the Mediterranean region as a major art destination. K/R recently presented the master plan at City Hall in Murcia. Additional images and descriptive text follows the break.

Villa Ronde / Ciel Rouge

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Architects: Ciel Rouge
Location:
Project area: 1800 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Iishii Toshihisa

Architecture City Guide: Miami

This week we are taking our Architecture City Guide to South Beach. ’s architectural styles range from austere corporate architecture, as it has the largest concentration of international banks in the United States, to colorful and playful architecture that reflects its beach and Latin American culture. Architecture lovers can’t miss Beach’s Art Deco District or its old Spanish heritage. We have put together a list of 12 contemporary buildings that range from a small park pavilion to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. There is plenty more to see in so please add your “must not miss” in the comment section below.

Architecture City Guide: Miami list and corresponding map after the break!

Translational Research Center / Rafael Viñoly Architects

. Photographed by Brad Feinknopf

Rafael Viñoly Architects [RVA] has just shared the opening of their Translational Research Center at Penn in Philadelphia with us.   The project, which is part of a larger master plan for Penn Medicine, accommodates research facilities and clinical functions allowing the practices of scientific investigation and patient care to inform one another through close proximity.  Building upon an existing structure, RVA’s addition contributes a functionally organized facility while respecting the spirit and urban character of the Perelman Center.

More about the project and more images after the break.

MVRDV’s Winy Maas receives Legion of Honor

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The prestigious recognition of France’s Legion of Honour, was recently bestowed upon MVRDV’s Winy Maas. A French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte, on 19 May 1802, it is the highest decoration in France and was given to Mass by French Ambassador to the Netherlands Mr. Jean-François Blarel.

MVRDV has become active in France, currently part of a think tank – Atelier du Grand Paris (concerned with the future planning of Greater Paris) and a number of architecture projects throughout France including: the refurbishment of a Dijon Mustard laboratory into a call centre and incubator, Le Monolithe in Lyon, they are also working on Caen’s port refurbishment, and the Pushed Slab energy efficient office building.

Jewish Community Center Mainz / Manuel Herz Architects

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Architects: Manuel Herz Architects, Basel and Cologne – Manuel Herz
Location: Mainz, Germany
Project Team: Construction Design: Elitsa Lacaze; Hania Michalska, Michael Scheuvens, Peter Sandmann
Concept Design: Cornelia Redeker, Sven Röttger, Sonja Starke
Project Management: Mainzer Aufbaugesellschaft mbH
Site Supervision: Klaus Dittmar Architekt, Mainz
Landscaping: Harald Heims, Mainz
Structural Engineering: Arup GmbH, Düsseldorf
Ceramic Facade Planning: Niels Dietrich Keramikwerkstatt, Cologne
Electrical Engineering: K. Dörflinger GmbH, Allendorf
Building Services: House of Engineers, Mainz
Building Physics: IBC Ingenieurbau Consult GmbH, Mainz
Fire Services: Ingenieurbüro Ingo Petry, Mainz
Acoustical Planning: Ingenieurgesellschaft für Technische Akustik, Wiesbaden
Project area: 2,500 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Toshiba Milano Salone / Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane

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Architects: Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane
Location: Milan,
Project area: 534 sqm
Project year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: Francesco Niki Takehiko, Daici Ano

Office Building in Ultimo / Smart Design Studio

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Architects: Smart Design Studio
Location: , Australia
Project Team: William Smart, Anita Panov, Victoria Judge, Stefanie Loeb, Marie Burgess, Uta Wolf, Richard Storey, Troy Melville, Edmund Spencer & Sara Gardhouse
Project year: 2006 – 2009
Photographs: Smart Design Studio

SEI Investments Corporate Headquarters / Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle

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SEI Investments, Inc., a banking and financial software services firm with operations worldwide, commissioned Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle to develop and implement a multi-phase master plan for their 90-acre site located outside Philadelphia. Master planned for 650,000 square feet, SEI Investment’s corporate campus is designed to maximize employee environmental benefits, increase productivity, and eliminate about $1 million per year in operational costs. For five consecutive years, SEI has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America.” In addition to general statistics regarding employees, jobs, and management, the company was recognized for its family center, egalitarian culture, and beautiful grounds.

Architects: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle
Location: , Pennsylvania,
Photographs: Lara Swimmer

AD Round Up: Restaurants Part VII

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Thinking of going out for a bite tonight? Here are five great restaurants to get you inspired! Check them all after the break.

Cave Restaurant / Koichi Takada Architects
We aim to change the way we eat and chat in restaurants. The acoustic quality of restaurants contributes to the comfort and enjoyment of a dining experience. We have experimented with noise levels in relation to the comfort of dining and the ambience a cave like environment can create. The timber profiles generate a sound studio atmosphere, and a pleasant ‘noise’ of dining conversation, offering a more intimate experience as well as a visually interesting and complex surrounding (read more…)

The Animal Architecture Awards

Animal Architecture seeks exciting projects that engage the lives, minds and behaviors of our alternate, sometimes familiar companion species — insects, birds, mammals, fish and microorganisms – each one with unique ways of world-making. As our society re-examines its place in the global ecology Animal Architecture invites your critical and unpublished essays and projects to address how architecture can mediate and encourage multiple new ways of species learning and benefiting from each other – or as we say it here: to illustrate cospecies coshaping.

Animal Architecture wants to hear your ideas. Animal Architecture (formed in 2009) is dedicated to providing a forum for addressing the myriad issues arising from the complex interactions between animals and human society. The lens of our focus is Architecture. The aim of our study is to again see ourselves as partners in an intimate and reciprocal relationship with larger (sometime smaller) ecological forces.

All creatures great and small. Submit your project to us. Submissions can include past work, current research and built or unbuilt projects. Winning entries will be announced mid summer 2011 and will be eligible for inclusion in a publication and exhibition. More information on the competition’s official website.

First Unitarian Society Meeting House / TKWA

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In Fall 2008, the First Unitarian Society of Madison completed a major new addition to its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed National Historic Landmark Meeting House. Commissioned by the First Unitarian Society in 1946 and completed in 1951, the original Meeting House has been hailed as one of the world’s most innovative examples of church architecture. In 1960 the American Institute of Architects listed the Meeting House as one of seventeen buildings to be retained as an example of Wright’s contribution to American culture.

Architect: The Kubala Washatko Architects (TKWA)
Location: 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, Wisconsin,
Project Area: 20,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of TKWA

Buyeo Premium Outlet / Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab

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Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab has been awarded first prize for the invited design competition for a new landmark shopping center in , Korea. Additional images of the project and the architects process can be viewed after the jump.

Infiltrated Cultural and Ecological Urbanism / Maxthreads Architectural Design

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Maxthreads Architectural Design of Edinburgh has shared with ArchDaily their second stage design proposal for the Kaohsiung Port Station Urban Design competition, additional images and text after the break.

Canopy House / MDMA

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This eye-catching house in the picturesque landscape was designed by MDMA. Although its form stands in contrast to the surrounding area, the exterior walls and roof reflect the traditional colors of earthernware with gray-brown wooden shingles and polycarbonate sheet with dark orange insulation behind. The result is a house that both fits and stands out from its setting.

Architect: Martine de Maeseneer Architects (MDMA)
Location: Pajottenland, Belgium
Project Area: 600 sqm
Photographs: Filip Dujardin