Forscherkindergarten / WINKENS Architekten

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Architects: WINKENS Architekten
Location: ,
Project Team: Karl-Heinz Winkens, Marcel Klebs
Structural Engineering: Ingenieurbüro Rüdiger Jockwer GmbH
Civil Engineer: Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Laubinger
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 550 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of WINKENS Architekten

New Taipei City Museum of Art Proposal / OTA+

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The proposal for the New Museum of Art by OTA+ challenges the traditional definition of a museum and the conventional relationship between building and site. By freeing the ground plane of enclosed semi-public space, the interface between the museum and the site offers a new experience of a museum; one that is open, friendly, and welcoming. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kap 686 Skate Park / Metrobox Architekten


Architects: Metrobox Architekten
Location: , Germany
Client: City of Cologne
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: metrobox architekten

2011 Architecture and the City Festival: San Francisco

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The 2011 Architecture and the City Festival, being held from September 1st to September 30th, is a month long celebration featuring over 40 behind the scenes tours, workshops, exhibitions, lectures, dining adventures, films and more that explore the best of architecture and design.

Hosted by AIA San Francisco, the 2011 festival theme is ‘Architecture of Consequence.’ By selecting this theme, the festival hopes to demonstrate how progressive design and creative problem solving can address society’s current challenges and lead to a more sustainable future. More information on the event after the break.

Villeurbanne-Lyon Arena / Gensler


Gensler has been named lead architect, in collaboration with Groupe-6, of this new multipurpose arena in Villeurbanne, France.  The Villeurbanne-Lyon Arena project includes a 12,000 seat arena that incorporates Tony Parker Academy, a training academy for talented young basketball players. This mixed-use project is a large public plaza which fluidly transitions from arena, to public hall, to public transit facilities.

More on the Villeurbanne-Lyon Arena after the break.

AD Classics: Alden B. Dow Home and Studio / Alden Dow

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The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, design by architect himself, masterfully incorporates work and domestic life in an interwoven fabric with the natural world. Using patented “Unit Blocks” the structure is given a sense of organicism and scale. A winding circulation serves to both separate programs within the home and add organic interest to the plan.

Elsbethen Site / trint + kreuder d.n.a


Architects: trint + kreuder d.n.a
Location: , Germany
Client: City of Memmingen
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 15,726 sqm
Photographs: Wettbewerbe Aktuell, trint + kreuder d.n.a

Sleep Suit Inspired by Dymaxion Sleeping

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Forrest Jessee has recently unveiled his Sleep Suit inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s practice of Dymaxion Sleeping – 30-minute naps over 24 hours – while simultaneously exploring the materiality requirements to accommodate such a function. Interaction between the human body and the suit is the form generator as well as the threshold medium between the internalized occupant and their immediate surroundings.

Architecture City Guide: Shanghai

This week, with the help of our readers, our  is headed to . is noted for having more Art Deco buildings than any other city, including László Hudec’s Park Hotel, which is not on our list but will be added in a future guide. Like many cities in China, ’s rapid growth has meant a boon in contemporary architecture styles. We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. Please add your favorites in the comment section below so we can add them on the second go around. Again thank you to all our readers who sent in their suggestions and photographs. The city guides would not be possible without your help.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide page.
The Architecture City Guide: Shanghai list and corresponding map after the break.

Greenhouse Pavilion / Studio Elmo Vermijs

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Architect: Studio Elmo Vermijs
Location: , , Netherlands
Client: Land Art / BKKC / Forest Green
Project Manager: Erik Luermans
Collaborators: Quentin Corbey, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Henk Wiersma
Engineering: Frans Schippers
Local Companies: Ahrend (residuals), A. van Liempd demolition company, BAM construction company
Project Area: 12.5 meters long, 5.5 meters wide, 3.5 meters high
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Stink Finger / Bob Driessen

Hotel Centar / MITarh

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Architect: MITarh
Location: Corner of Uspenska and Jevrejska Street, Novi Sad,
Project Team: Branislav Mitrović, architect; Jelena Kuzmanović, architect; Nemanja Zimonjić, architect; Igor Pantić, architect; Ognjen Krašna, architect
Main Project: Siniša Tatalović, architect
Client: IM “Matijević”, Novi Sad
Project Area: 4364 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Rade Kovač and MITarh

10 College Campuses with the Best Architecture

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Architectural Digest has compiled a list of college campuses throughout the which have the most remarkable architectural traditions, which broadcast their innovative philosophy through design. A number of colleges have fully incorporated modern architecture into their campus schemes, for example MIT; while others have preserved their historical edifices through the course of the years, like the University of Virginia. The list involves some prestigious institutions, in addition to some surprises, all possessing their individual architectural languages.

See the 10 College Campuses with the Best Architecture after the break.

Neufeld an der Leitha Kindergarten / Solid Architecture

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Architects: Solid Architecture
Location: Neufeld an der Leitha,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 950 sqm
Photographs: Kurt Kuball

Martinek Residence / 180 Degrees Design + Build

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Architect: 180 Degrees Design + Build
Location: Tempe,
Project Year: 2010
Photography: Jim Christy, Phifer Photography, 180 Degrees Design + Build


Richard Meier & Partners Architects Wins American Architecture Award for Coffee Plaza

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Richard Meier & Partners Architects has been awarded the American Architecture Award 2011 for Coffee Plaza in Hamburg, . The American Architectural Awards is one of the most prestigious building awards program in the United States that honors “new and cutting-edge design”. This annual program is organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies to promote the best of new architecture and urban design.

The Coffee Plaza in Hamburg’s HafenCity is planned as a unique center for international coffee commerce and related lines of business. The project encompasses the design of the headquarters for one of the largest coffee trading companies worldwide and two office buildings with rentable areas as well as a public plaza and underground parking. The site is part of the ambitious new Master plan to redevelop Hamburg’s post-industrial port into a viable business, commercial and cultural center and is currently the largest urban development project in Europe. More after the break.

Computer History Museum / Mark Horton / Architecture

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The birthplace of Pong. The home of Facebook. The epicenter of the Cloud.

Mark Horton / Architecture (MH/A)’s renovation of an existing former Silicon Graphics office building in Mountain View, California, into the new home of the Computer History Museum is genius loci made physical.

Architect: Mark Horton / Architecture
Project Team: Mark Horton, Principal; Daniel Mason, Project Architect
Location: Mountain View, California,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 25,000 sqf Primary Exhibition Space; 6,000 sqf Multi-use lobby / café / reception / gift shop
Photographs: Mark Richards, Ethan Kaplan Photography, Daniel Mason, Mark Horton / Architecture

Mortensrud church / JSA

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Architects: Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor
Location: Mortensrud, Oslo
Design Period: 1998 – 1999
Construction period: 2000-2002
Building Leader: Øivind Moen AS, Dag Solvang, Haavard Slaatten
Client: Kirkelig Fellesråd i Oslo, Terje Oterholt
Project Architects: Jensen & Skodvin, JanOlav Jensen (project leader), Børre Skodvin, AnneLise Bjerkan, Torunn Golberg, Torstein Koch, Siri Moseng, Einar Bjarki Malmquist
Artists: Gunnar Torvund (main altar piece & blue sculpture in chapel), Knut Wold (marble piece in chapel)
Interior Architect Furniture: Terje Hope
Structural Engineer: ICG ASA / Einar Johansen, Ola Bjørn Petteresen, Gunnar Fuglerudsveen
Ventilation & Sanitary: Andersen & Johnsen AS, Bjørn Andersen
Budget: 5.500.000 EURO (US $8.42 millions)
Constructed Area: 2.200 sqm
Photographs: Jan Olav Jensen, Per Berntsen

H-House / Axis Architects

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Architects: Axis Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2009
Projects Area: 4,100SqFt
Consultants: Bsumek Mu and Associates
Photography: Paul Richer, Richer Images