Calatrava Withdraws from Denver Airport Expansion

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It was with much enthusiasm that Denver International Airport officials announced Santiago Calatrava as the architect for the new $650 million expansion that included a hotel, public plaza, and commuter-rail station. However, Calatrava is now withdrawing himself from the project only a year later. Numerous concerns have been cited as the reason for his departure including “financial constraints, unnecessary time delays, and deep divisions” between his design team, DIA, and Parsons International Group as quoted by his wife and business manager Robertina in a letter to DIA manager Kim Day.

Global House / Daniel Corsi, André Biselli Sauaia, Daniel Fonseca, Reinaldo Nishimura, Victor Paixão

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No walls, no columns, no ground, no boundaries, no limits…just pure space, and the never-ending possibilities that nature’s man linked to man’s nature offer to the whole world of living experience. The Global House, designed by , André Biselli Sauaia, Daniel Fonseca, Reinaldo Nishimura, and , reveals itself as a living being, related to man through the most fluid way, where neither one is a stranger to each other and new forms of spatial relations are generated: a house as an interface that interacts with the human – physical/mental – necessities and desires, as it also acts by its own condition of a vital organism. More images and the team’s description after the break.

SUNY Institute of Technology Student Center / QPK Design

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Architect: QPK Design
Location: Utica, , USA
Project Team: Nicholas C. Lindabury, R.A., LEED AP, Partner-in-Charge; Paul Vaivoda, R.A, LEED AP BD+C, Project Designer; Matthew Klucznik, LEED AP, Project Manager; Erin Sirianni, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Interior Designer
Collaborators: Argus Engineering, PLLC, Plumb Engineer, P.C., John P. Stopen Engineering Partnership, Roth Consulting Group (Food Service), Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation
Project Area: 43,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Dave Revette Photography,  Chris Pitulej

ISMOF – International School Museum of Flamenco / MUS Architects

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Movements and gestures of dancers are full of expression and tension. Dancers bring the fascinated viewer into an internal world of experience and emotion through the swinging movement of their hips, decorative arrangement of their fingers and smooth vibration of the ornamental frills. Rhythmic and dynamic music transmits the spectator into a world of incredible aesthetic feelings awakening all senses and inflaming the imagination. This is how dedicated to the culture of feisty flamenco should look like as demonstrated in the proposal by MUS Architects. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Sa Lluna Club / Miquel Corró

Architects: Miquel Corró
Location: Inca, Spain
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 112,42 sqm
Photographs: Maria Ramis…

Technological Park of Óbidos / Jorge Mealha

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Architect Jorge Mealha shared with us the winning design of the public tender of ideas for the architecture of the central buildings and exterior of the Technological Park of in . The proposal tries to suggest the memory of existing and relevant structures in the territory of the region. From the outside only, a long and narrow textured strip is perceived over the natural landscape, evoking those long external walls seen in a few farms, convents and monasteries who punctuate this territory. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Bullhorn – Cembrit Design Competition

Endorsed by Icsid and part of World Design Capital2012 Helsinki, the Bullhorn – Cembrit Design Competition challenges participants to design and develop Malmi Station, one of Helsinki’s biggest suburban transit areas, into an outstanding and experimental landmark that will improve…

Roncero House / ALT arquitectura

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Architects: ALT arquitectura / Ángel Luis Tendero, Bernardo Cummins
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Silvio Posada

SOM’s Design Chosen for Nanjing Waterfront Sustainable Redevelopment

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Modern urban living, commerce and tourism are a part of the new multi-district redevelopment plans for ’s Yangtze Redevelopment. Selected by Beijing based MCC Real Estate Company, SOM has imagined a scheme that will create a new area of neighborhoods, shopping districts and corporate skyscrapers embodying a new identity for Nanjing and a mixed-use cityscape for its people.

SOM Director Douglas Voigt said, “The core concept of the SOM plan for Nanjing Xiaguan is making connections. Connecting the city to the river. Connecting the best of urban living to nature. Connecting under–utilized land to value creation that will increase growth, tourism and prosperity. Connecting Nanjing’s rich heritage with China’s rising economy.”

Andrea Palladio’s Works on Display

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Architect Andrea Palladio’s (1508–1580) influence can be found throughout the world in monumental architectural works on both sides of the Atlantic. His Four Books on (1570) are some of the most famous and influential writings on architectural theory. The Royal Institute of British Architects Trust in conjunction with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, has organized a traveling called Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey. This display will offer up a unique opportunity to view the numerous works, drawings, and models of one of the most influential architects of the last 500 years. Hosted by the Carnegie Museum of Art in their Heinz Architectural Center, the exhibition will run from September 3-December 31, 2011.

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LIV

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Our Flickr Pool has nearly 60,000 photos! Keep them coming! As always, 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.

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British Council School in Madrid / Broadway Malyan

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Architect: Broadway Malyan
Location: , Spain
Quantity Surveyor / Project Manager: EC Harris
Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Fulcrum / Mott MacDonald
Contractor: Sateco.
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Broadway Malyan

Darling Point Penthouse / Christopher Polly Architect

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Architects: Chirstopher Polly Architect
Location: Sydney,
Structural Engineer: Simpson Design Associates
Builder: Paul King Pty Ltd
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 100 sqm, 55 sqm (terrace)
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Station BLÜ / Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement

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Architect: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement
Location: St-Tite-des-Caps, Quebec, Canada
Client name: Station BLÜ
Project Manager: Alexandre Blouin
Project Team: Isabelle Beauchamp, Pascal Mailloux, Sophie Marquet, Guillaume Martel-Trudel, Jonathan Trottier, Alexandre Blouin
Structural/Mech./Elect. Engineer: Genivar
Contractor: Construction Marc Drolet
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Explore Chicago’s Best Architecture


Ever wanted to get a behind the scenes look at some of the most interesting buildings in Chicago? If you are an architecture enthusiast, student, or just curious about what all the hype is about, this weekend is your opportunity to experience the best that Chicago has to offer. From October 15-16, 2011, the Chicago Architecture Foundation will be hosting openhousechicago 2011 – which is free and open to the public. The primary themes for OHC are sustainability and community, with an emphasis on how buildings can achieve energy efficiency, and how design brings people and places together in a holistic manner.

Click here for a complete mapping of all the buildings available to explore.


Gate / mihadesign

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Architect: mihadesign
Location: Sinjuku, , Japan
Project Area: Site Area:84.75 sqm, Building Area: 50.66 m2, Floor Area Ratio: 88.39 m2
Structure Engineer: ejiri structure design office
Project Year: 2011
Photographer: Sadao Hotta

Pragal Civic Center and Almada Business Hotel / NLA – Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos

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Architects: NLA – Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos / Nuno Leónidas, Vasco Leónidas, Duarte Tenera
Location: , Portugal
Interior Design: nl decoração – teresa leónidas
Electrical Installations: tecproeng – técnica e projectos de engenharia, lda.
Hydraulic Installations: tecproeng – técnica e projectos de engenharia, lda.
Landscape Architecture: topIarIs – arquitectura paisagista, lda.
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: José manuel

Saivu / Eriksen Skajaa Architects, Pushak Architects, Bjørbekk & Lindheim Landscape Architects

Saivu Valnesfjord

Eriksen Skajaa Architects, Pushak Architects, and Bjørbekk & Lindheim Landscape Architects shared with us their 1st prize winning design in a competition for new gateways to the Sjunkhatten National Park in Nordland, . The park has a focus on children and the jury found the proposal’s focus on the mythical fit to enrichen children’s experience of nature. It is a dramatic and beautiful landscape close to Bodø in northern between fjords and snow covered mountain peaks. More images and architects’ description after the break.