Casa la Roca / Parque Humano

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Architects: Parque Humano 
Location: Valle de Bravo,
Total Area: 450 sqm
Client: Private
Completion: 2011
Project Team: Jorge Covarrubias + Benjamín González Henze, Omar Martinez, Juan Jose Barrios, Mercedes Escudero
Structure: D.E.C.S.A.
Photographs: Paul Rivera – ArchPhoto 


Skolkovo Residential Area / Arch Group


Skolkovo Innovation Center (‘Russian Silicon Valley’), a high-tech hub to be built at Skolkovo near , Russia, is intended to concentrate international intellectual capital, thereby stimulating the development of break-through projects and technologies. The modern approach to residential buildings often creates a feeling of isolation. A person has his or her own apartment and a little garden, while neighbors are perceived as competitors. The new residential area, including apartment houses and townhouses, designed by Arch Group, is designed for temporary accommodation of the scientific elite shown in the apartment houses while the townhouses feature a multi-layered environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Straw Bale Cafe / Hewitt Studios

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Architect: Hewitt Studios LLP
Location: Holme Lacy, Herefordshire,
Client: Herefordshire College of Technology
Cost: £180,000
Completed: November 2010
Structural Engineer: Integral Engineering Design
M&E Engineer: Hicks Titley Partnership
Project Manager/QS: Ridge
Main Contractor: Sturland
Photographs: John Hewitt, Paul Younger


In Progress: Broad Art Museum / Zaha Hadid

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In 2007, Zaha Hadid won an international design competition for the Broad Art Museum on the campus of State University. The 4000 m2 building, which is donated by alumnus Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, will provide ample space for large art installations and galleries dedicated to “international contemporary culture and ideas through art.”  The design takes cues from the surrounding topography as the volume seeks to extend and emphasize existing circulatory and visual connections.  Manifested in a series of pleats, the building’s abstracted connections create linear perpsective lines that change are the vistor moves past and through the building, “creating great curiosity yet never fully revealing its content,” explained Hadid. Ground breaking began in March of 2010, and now, construction is nearing completion on the project, which is slated to open in April of this year.

Check out more construction photos, along with the competition proposal renderings, after the break.

Europan 11 Proposal: Toulouse / RNDM Architecture

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Between the canal and the railway, the site of the prize winning project proposal by RNDM Architecture is currently enclosed. Therefore, their project strives to reconnect it with the city, which is why they rely on strong structural elements to both organize the territory and make it attractive. The design is set up as a new urban landscape that draws on elements of identity that constitute the urban tissue of old . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Architectural Photographers: Brad Feinknopf

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It’s been a while since the last Architecture photographer we featured here in ArchDaily, but we are back presenting one of the most experienced photographers in North America: Brad Feinknof.

As he states, his passion for photographing architecture stems directly from the influence of his grandfather and father, both successful architects practicing in Columbus, Ohio. He has personally been shooting photography for over 20 years, since graduating from Cornell University with his undergraduate degree in Design. Brad went on to spend his post-collegiate years in assisting prominent photographers Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Arnold Newman and Joyce Tenneson. Today, many of the ideals Brad obtained from his New York experience carry over to his clients; — the consistent pursuit of perfection, extreme attention to detail, uncompromised professionalism and the utmost quality in service.

Following his return to Columbus, Brad established feinknopf photography, rapidly growing an established clientele among architectural, engineering and construction firms. In serving these clients, Brad has traveled throughout the United States shooting projects, many of which have been published in major publications. From the multitude of projects I have shot of the years over 100 have gone on to be AIA award winners.

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Open Call for Ideas: ‘How Much Does Your Building Weigh?’

Open Call for Ideas: How much does your building weigh?… put on by COAC (Col·legi Oficial d’Arquitectes de Catalunya) challenges teams to take action and explore your city, searching for non-consolidated urban spaces in need of activation! Focusing on the design

Glenhope House / JOH Architects

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Architects: JOH Architects 
Location: Melbourne,
Completion: 2009
Builder: David Tucker
Project Architect: Christian O’Halloran
Area: 355 sqm
Photographs: Dianna Snape 


Augmented Structures v1.1: Acoustic Formations / Salon2

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The first stage in the Augmented Structures project by Salon2 is the Augmented Structures v1.1: Acoustic Formations / İstiklâl Caddesi installation which reanimates phenomena (architecture, sound and visual arts) that appear to be completed and concluded. The acoustic memory of İstiklâl Caddesi is first transformed into an architectural surface and then this solid form becomes a dynamic visual performance through a 400m2 installation on the facade of Yapı Kredi Bank Culture Building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Greatest Grid and the Unifinished Grid at The Museum of the City of New York

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Through April 15th, the Museum of the City of New York is exhibiting The Greatest Grid: The Masterplan of Manhattan and The Unifinished Grid: Design Speculations for Manhattan. The two exihibits are in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811 that transformed into the city of endless streets and avenues we know it today, and speculations as to what the next 200 years will mean for the city.

More on the exhibits after the break.

Polileuger / Domingo Ferré

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Architects: Domingo Ferré
Location: Calle Figueres 2, Reus (), Spain
Buildarea: 1,459 sqm
Budget: 365 €/sqm
Photographs: Jordi Canals, Ricard Altes

Video: Innovative architect to ensure a sustainable future / Mark Raymond

After studying at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Mark Raymond returned to Trinidad in 1993 to focus on a range of architectural, urban design and planning projects throughout the Caribbean. You may have seen him lecturing at the Caribbean School of Architecture in Kingston, Jamaica, UNPHU in Santo Domingo, London Metropolitan University and Yale University. In this video, he discusses innovation architectural, urban and landscape design and how they may ensure a sustainable future.

Reference: TEDx, Design Intelligence

Vision / Takehiko Nez Architects

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Architect: Takehiko Nez Architects
Location: Yamanashi,
Completion: 2010
Structure: ASA
Electrics: EOS plus
Services: Comodo
Contractor: M’s-A
Photographs: Takumi Ota

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Architectural League Prize Competition: ‘No Precedent’

With the theme of ‘No Precedent’ this year, the annual Architectural League Prize competition invited young architects and designers to submit their work. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. Driven by…

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Urban Redevelopment of ‘Havenkwartier’ / Office Jarrik Ouburg

Office Jarrik Ouburg (OJO)… shared with us their plan for the urban redevelopment of the ‘Havenkwartier’, the harbor of Deventer. Although the harbor will continue to function as a place for transhipment of goods, it has lost one of its

Master Plan for Bastide Niel / MVRDV


The Urban Community of (CUB) and MVRDV recently presented the master plan for Bastide Niel, a 35ha extension of Bordeaux’ city center onto the right bank of Garonne River. The dense urban master plan will offer 3200 homes, offices and urban amenities, respect the existing fabric of the city and become one of the largest zero energy neighborhoods in the world. Construction is to start in 2014. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Office & Hotel Complex / Hooman Balazadeh

Although Kish Island is currently a developing region, it can be observed as two main zones; one of which is based on former developments of the Island in previous years, and the other is the currently developing parts. The project…

Safor School of Architects / Orts-Trullenque

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Architects: Orts-Trullenque
Location: Benipeixcar,Valencia,
Client: CTAV (College of Architects of Valencia)
Head Architects: Marta Orts, Carlos Trullenque
Assistant architects: Carlos Nieto – Ana Ábalos – Nacho Fós
Structural engineering : Javier Cases
Civil engineer: Vicente Sevila
Mechanical Engineering: GIA (Luis Sanchis – Agustí Vila)
Contractor: OTP Construcciones
Photographs: Diego Opazo