CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects, © Yao Li
© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Lei
  • Design Team

    Zhang Lei, Jeffrey Cheng, Wang Wang, Wang Yi
  • Collaborator

    Architectural Design & Planning Institute, NJU
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +22

Nordahl Grieg High School / LINK arkitektur

01:00 - 4 May, 2013
© Hundven-Clements Photography
© Hundven-Clements Photography

© Hundven-Clements Photography © Hundven-Clements Photography Courtesy of LINK arkitektur Courtesy of LINK arkitektur +15

Black and White Office / TOYA Design

01:00 - 4 May, 2013
Black and White Office / TOYA Design, Courtesy of TOYA Design
Courtesy of TOYA Design
  • Architects

  • Location

    Konin, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomasz Wojtkowiak
  • Design Team

    Tomasz Wojtkowiak, Anna Sędecka, Dominika Gieburowska
  • Area

    62.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Courtesy of TOYA Design Courtesy of TOYA Design Courtesy of TOYA Design Courtesy of TOYA Design +9

The Presidio Trust of San Francisco Announces 3 Finalists for Cultural Hub Competition

00:00 - 4 May, 2013
The Presidio Trust of San Francisco Announces 3 Finalists for Cultural Hub Competition, Fort Baker Golden Gate National Recreation Area; © The City Project via Flickr; Licensed via Creative Commons
Fort Baker Golden Gate National Recreation Area; © The City Project via Flickr; Licensed via Creative Commons

San Francisco is planning a new cultural facility on the former commissary of the military base that has been turned into a national park and has announced three finalists in its competition held by the Presidio Trust, according to news outlet SFGate.  The 92,000 square-foot building is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has an ambitious future that will be developed on this unique location.  The three finalists have diverse agendas that range from turning the future cultural center into a performance and exhibition space to an institute that focuses on sustainability issues.  The Presidio Trust is currently laying out guidelines in the next step of the competition that will likely be due in the fall.  The trust also plans to engage the public with a to-be-scheduled forum in June that will host presentations by the finalists.

Join us after the break for a look at the three finalists.

Nanak Emporium / MACh Arquitetos

01:00 - 4 May, 2013
Nanak Emporium / MACh Arquitetos, © Gabriel Castro
© Gabriel Castro
  • Architects

  • Location

    Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge

    Fernando Maculan, Mariza Machado Coelho
  • Associated Architect

    Gabriel Castro (MOBIO ARQUITETURA)
  • Area

    40.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro +12

Daily Child Care Facility Competition Entry / ddrlp

01:00 - 4 May, 2013
Daily Child Care Facility Competition Entry / ddrlp, Courtesy of ddrlp
Courtesy of ddrlp

With the main objective of creating a model for the architectural design of daily child care facilities in Turkey, the 'Child-Play-Learning-Space-Environment' concept by ddrlp consists of creative components for a building while being formed by multiple relations. Ranging from 75 to 150 children between ages of 0 and 6, the main form generators of their design included social interaction spaces: individually, by group, for crowded uses, the relationship with sun, sky and seasonal-natural cycle, and the sensual interaction with light, colour, texture, material, shape and structural components. More images and architects' description after the break.

Rehabilitation of the Farmer Cure in a Nursery and Two Apartments / Y. Architectes

01:00 - 4 May, 2013
Rehabilitation of the Farmer Cure in a Nursery and Two Apartments / Y. Architectes, © Jonathan Letoublon
© Jonathan Letoublon
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lalheue, Saône et Loire, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
  • Client

    Commune de Lalheue
  • Cost

    € 423,685 excl. VAT
  • Area

    251.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon © Jonathan Letoublon +15

UC Davis Art Museum Proposal / WORKac

01:00 - 4 May, 2013
UC Davis Art Museum Proposal / WORKac, Courtesy of WORKac Architecture
Courtesy of WORKac Architecture

Last year the University of California, Davis invited three architectsto compete for the chance to design their new $30 million art museum, slated to open in 2016. The competition was a design-build affair, with each entrant being asked to pair up with a contractor and submit a holistic design. For those who missed it, SO - IL were announced yesterday as the winners of the competition.

Here we present one of two runner-up submissions, this one from WORKac. The concept revolves around creating a distinctive beacon, which would be a centerpoint for an overlap between art, higher-education, and everyday-life. The parallelogram form is intended to create a dynamic space which creates opportunities for interplay with the proposed landscape and surrounding area. Inside a collection of formal and informal, open and intimate are arranged along two axes, pinned together with a bright common space.

Read the architects description after the break...

Elbbrücken Underground Station Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

01:00 - 4 May, 2013
Elbbrücken Underground Station Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten, © gmp Architekten
© gmp Architekten

gmp Architekten just won the first prize in the competition for the design of the Elbbrücken Underground station. The genius loci of this over-ground station is determined by its position directly at the river Elbe, the future dense urban development, and by the historic Elbbrücken bridges with their conspicuous shallow steel arches. Characterized by simple and clearly structured access principles, the complex difference in levels between the terrain and the platforms is cleverly dealt with inside the building. More images and architects' description after the break.

Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Victoria Stotskaia, Raof Abdelnabi, Kamel Loqman

01:00 - 4 May, 2013
Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Victoria Stotskaia, Raof Abdelnabi, Kamel Loqman, Courtesy of Invert Studios
Courtesy of Invert Studios

The idea behind the design by Invert Studios (Victoria Stotskaia, Raof Abdelnabi, Kamel Loqman) for the Central Mosque of Pristina started with a very simple question:How can we can design a building that should play in harmony with the surrounding neighborhood, integrated with the urbanity, and for a very powerful reason want to stand out as a futuristic icon for the city? By proposing a design that is not conventional and common, and in an effort to change the way the public perceives mosques external shapes, they created an example of a world class building that reflects the Islamic Architectural Heritage. At the same time, this building stands out with a high technology character. More images and architects' description after the break.

Beach House in Ses Oliveres / Toni Girones

01:00 - 4 May, 2013
© Aitor Estévez
© Aitor Estévez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cadaqués, Girona, España
  • Architect in Charge

    Toni Gironès Saderra
  • Area

    394.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez +28

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

00:00 - 4 May, 2013
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award, Apple Fifth Ave © Esto; Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Apple Fifth Ave © Esto; Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has been honored with the Good Design is Good Business Lifetime Achievement Architecture Award, presented by Architectural Record in association with the American Architectural Foundation. The firm is the second recipient of this award in the program’s 15-year history, which was originally started by BusinessWeek and Architectural Record to recognize exceptional contributions to bettering how businesses and institutions perform through architecture. 

Where are the Architect Heroes?

00:00 - 3 May, 2013
Where are the Architect Heroes?, Image of Thomas Jefferson Memorial courtesy of shutterstock.com
Image of Thomas Jefferson Memorial courtesy of shutterstock.com

This blog was written by Doug Wingall, the President of HDR Architecture, for the AIA Blog Off on the theme “What does architect as leader mean to you?” It was originally published on HDR Architecture's blog BLiNK.

Architects and designers are trained in school to be creative and critical thinkers. We are shaped and molded into being the purveyors of ideas that can have a positive influence not only on the built environment, but society in general. By the very skills and talents which architects and designers possess, we are inherent problem solvers.

In fact, one of our country’s greatest politicians, Thomas Jefferson, believed that architecture embodied the soul of his new country–a building was a metaphor for American ideology, the process of construction equal to the task of building a nation.

So why aren’t there more architects and designers working on the national and global stage to solve pressing social, environmental and economic challenges? Currently, lawyers comprise 37 percent of all U.S. senators and nearly 24 percent of all U.S. congressmen. Banking and business occupations account for 20 percent of the Senate and 22 percent of the House. According to the AIA, in the last 50 years, only one architect has served in a national capacity: U.S. Congressman Richard Swett, who represented New Hampshire from 1990 to 1994.

Why aren’t there more architects on a national or global leadership level influencing the policy that ensures positive change? 

University of Surrey 5G Research Center Winning Proposal / Scott Tallon Walker Architects

01:00 - 3 May, 2013
University of Surrey 5G Research Center Winning Proposal / Scott Tallon Walker Architects, Courtesy of Scott Tallon Walker Architects
Courtesy of Scott Tallon Walker Architects

Scott Tallon Walker Architects just won the competition to design the new £35 million 5G Research Centre for the University of Surrey which will be the world’s first center for research into the next stage of mobile technology at the University. Their concept for the new building creates a flexible space with a circular atrium that acts as a central lung and focus, to ensure maximum interaction amongst researchers. The building will house the UK’s largest academic research center for mobile communications with 130 researchers and around 90 PhD students. The project has been given an urgent status and it is being undertaken immediately/ The project is expected to be completed well before the end of next year. More images and architects' description after the break.

Youth House of Culture and Knowledge / 2NE Architecture

01:00 - 3 May, 2013
Youth House of Culture and Knowledge  / 2NE Architecture, Courtesy of 2NE Architecture
Courtesy of 2NE Architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    La Châtre, France
  • Area

    1652.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of 2NE Architecture

Courtesy of 2NE Architecture Courtesy of 2NE Architecture Courtesy of 2NE Architecture Courtesy of 2NE Architecture +20

Under 40. Young Norwegian Architecture 2013

00:00 - 3 May, 2013
Under 40. Young Norwegian Architecture 2013, Cassia Co-op Training Center, Sumatra. Tyin Tegnestue Arkitekter © Pasi Aalto
Cassia Co-op Training Center, Sumatra. Tyin Tegnestue Arkitekter © Pasi Aalto

Who are currently the most noteworthy young architects in Norway, and how are they positioning themselves both at home and abroad?

AD Classics: Casa Milà / Antoni Gaudí

01:00 - 3 May, 2013
AD Classics: Casa Milà / Antoni Gaudí, © Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

With its undulating façade and surrealist sculptural roof, Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Milà appears more organic than artificial, as if it were carved straight from the ground. Known as La Pedera, the quarry, the building was inspired by the Modernista movement, Spain’s version of Art Nouveau..

Cipreses Residential Complex / Juan Carlos Doblado + Nómena Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 May, 2013
Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos
Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Isidro, Peru
  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos
  • Constructor

    Graña, Montero S.A.
  • Structure

    Marcos Tinman
  • Area

    2681474.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos

Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos Courtesy of Juan Carlos Doblado, Nómena Arquitectos +19