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Extension of Gate A at Frankfurt Airport / gmp Architekten

© Marcus Bredt
© Marcus Bredt

Architects: gmp Architekten Location: Frankfurt, Germany Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Jürgen Hillmer Design Team: Klaus Lenz, Sebastian Flatau, Ingo Beckmann, Kai Beckmann, Markus Carlsen, Christian Dahle, Henning Fritsch, Ben Joscha Grope, Markus Helmin, Matthias Holtschmidt, Silke Jessen, Eduard Kaiser, Raimund Kinski, Prisca Marschner, Rouven Oberdieck Project Leaders Susanne: Winter, Reiner Schröder Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Marcus Bredt

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© Marcus Bredt
© Marcus Bredt
© Marcus Bredt
© Marcus Bredt
© Marcus Bredt

AV62 Arquitectos wins National Museum of Afghanistan Competition

First Prize: AV62 Arquitectos (Spain)
First Prize: AV62 Arquitectos (Spain)

The Ministry of Information and Culture of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in collaboration and sponsorship with the Government of the United States of America and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, has awarded AV62 Arquitectos first prize for the National Museum of Afghanistan Competition. The Spanish team was selected over 72 other design proposals from 31 countries. A second and third prize winner, along with three honorable mentions, were also recognized at the awards ceremony in Kabul. More details after the break.

Mimicry Chairs Installation / Nendo

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Architects: Nendo Location: London, UK Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Daici Ano

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© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

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NASCAR Hall of Fame / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners © Paul Warchol
NASCAR Hall of Fame / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners © Paul Warchol

Video: Keiichi Matsuda, London Design Festival 2012

Ro House Tapalpa / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

© Marcos García
© Marcos García

Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos Location: Tapalpa, Jalisco, México Architects: Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez Collaborators: Rigo González and Gabriela Chávez Project Year: 2008 Photographs: Marcos García

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© Marcos García
© Marcos García
© Marcos García
© Marcos García
© Marcos García
© Marcos García
© Marcos García

Venice Biennale 2012: Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank HQ / Foster & Partners

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

From the architects: The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank was designed by Norman Foster in 1979. At the core of the project is the attempt to create a civic space, a piece of common ground for the city. Though the building’s design went through many variations – culminating in the final scheme, completed in 1985 – the common denominator throughout was a desire to create a public arena by lifting the building up to ensure a flow of pedestrian movement across the site. This covered space is lit naturally by an external “sunscoop”, which reflects sunlight down through the glazed “underbelly” of an atrium at the heart of the building. Through the medium of models, sketches, drawings, and photographs, this exhibition shows the evolution of the design of the space and the tower that defines it.

Ruten Competition Winning Proposal: 'Lysning' / Space Group + Superunion Architects

Courtesy of Space Group +  Superunion Architects
Courtesy of Space Group + Superunion Architects

Designed by Space Group + Superunion Architects, their winning proposal for Ruten competition reflects the city of Sandnes’ development and establishes Ruten as a natural center and Sandnes as a future city with strong roots and a proud local history. The proposal, titled ‘Lysning’, consists of a ring that connects and creates the new transport hub and public space below for an attractive unifying roof. As the Central Park in New York was built before the Manhattan grid was condensed around it, Ruten has remained as a buffer in the urban development in anticipation of something bigger. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Riga Passenger Terminal Winning Proposal / NRJA

Courtesy of NRJA
Courtesy of NRJA

With the existing Riga Passenger Terminal now outdated and situated in an exclusive location – adjacent to the very center of Riga, the infrastructure needed a new identity and urban response. Therefore, the first prize winning proposal by NRJA envisions the development of the territory and port as a high quality urban environment which offers not only maritime transport, leisure, shopping and business experience but also public space connection to the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mältaren Office Building / Rosenbergs Arkitekter

  • Architects: Rosenbergs Arkitekter
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Architect in Charge: Alessandro Ripellino
  • Project Team: Ylva Åborg, Erik Sandberg, Kalle Dinell
  • Area: 4400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Axel Kårfors, Tord-Rikard Söderström

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Viviendas sociales y Centro social para la cofradía de Pescadores de Cala Rajada / BB Arquitectes

  • Architects: BB Arquitectes
  • Location: Mallorca, Spain
  • Architecture: Antoni Barceló y Bàrbara Balanzó
  • Rigger: Fernando Liesegang
  • Structure: Javier Jambrina
  • Facilities: Enginy, C.B. (Antoni Aguilà)
  • Collaborators: Francesc Trillo
  • Construction: Costruccions Lluís Nebot
  • Area: 2730.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

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Edgecliff Medical Centre / Enter Architecture

  • Architects: Enter Architecture
  • Location: Edgecliff NSW, Australia
  • Architect in Charge: Patrick Keane
  • Design Team: Johanna Doerfel
  • Carpentry: Chris Lain Construction
  • Wall Treatments: Robert Mackenzie Internal Finishes
  • Lighting: Will Electric
  • Assistants: Noor ElGewely, Derick Uong, David Kirkland
  • Client: Annabel Stuckey, Minnd Foundation
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Brett Boardma

© Brett Boardma © Brett Boardma © Brett Boardma © Brett Boardma

National Museum of China Competition Entry / MAD Architects

Designed by MAD Architects for the 2011 international competition for a new national museum in Beijing, their proposal aims at being a city-sized museum where the public space is the greatest good. Situated on the central axis of the 2008 Olympic site, and part of a six mega volume masterplan, the main question became how to design something iconic on an unrealistic and inhuman city scale. Their response became a hybrid between an elevated public square and a floating mega building above. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Alt 1374 - Nax / Lx1 Architecture

  • Architects: Lx1 Architecture
  • Location: Nax, Valais, Suiza
  • Arquitecto a Cargo: David Vessaz
  • Equipo de Diseño: Miriam Bleikolm, Camille Bagnoud
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Luca da Campo / Strates

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"Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation" Opens Tomorrow in LA

Born in Finland, Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961) is recognized today as one of America’s most influential architects of the 20th Century. The exhibition Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation, opening tomorrow at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, will highlight his short but brilliant career bookended with two iconic buildings: the unbuilt Smithsonian Gallery of Art which was to be Washington, DC’s first museum of modern art and Dulles International Airport which was designed as the nation’s first jet airport.

WAF Awards: Category Winners Announced

The World Architecture Festival have just announced the winners of 17 of the awards categories. The jury included Sir Peter Cook, Juergen Mayer H, Moshe Safdie, Willy Alsop, and many more, including our own David Basulto. Check all the winners after the break.

Medical Training Center of Mae Tao Clinic / a.gor.a Architects

© Franc Pallarés López
© Franc Pallarés López

Architects: a.gor.a Architects Location: Mae Sot, Thailand Architect In Charge: Albert Company Olmo, Line Ramstad, Jan Glasmeier Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Franc Pallarés López

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© Franc Pallarés López
© Franc Pallarés López
© Franc Pallarés López
© Franc Pallarés López
© Franc Pallarés López
© Franc Pallarés López
© Franc Pallarés López