Open Block / ARQX arquitectos

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Architects: ARQX [arquitectos]
Location: , Portugal
Site Area: 555 sqm
Photographs: Sonia Arrepia

Yas Island Yacht Club / Omiros One Architecture

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Architects: Omiros One Architecture
Location: ,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Omiros One Architecture

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Contemporary Slovene Architecture: Small and Smart Films

Museum of Architecture and Design has published the first film from the series of six Small and Smart – Expressions of Contemporary Slovenian Architecture in Film: Biotechnical Faculty, ARK arhitektura Krušec (Ljubljana, 2009-2010). Small and Smart consists of six short films,…

Oshikamo / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

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Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Location: Toyota, , Japan
Site Area: 191.71 sqm
Built Area: 84.18 sqm
Total Floor Area: 101.94 sqm
Type of Construction: Wooden
Exterior Materials: Metal finish
Interior Materials: Paint finish
Design time:June2010 – February 2011
Completion: 2011
Structure company:  Masaki structural laboratory
Construction company:  Inoue construction Ltd
Photographer: Toshiyuki Yano

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Estudio Barozzi Veiga: 5th Edition International Biennial of Architecture Barbara Cappochin Prize Winners

The winners of the 2011 International “Barbara Cappochin” Prize for Architecture are two young emerging talents in the field of contemporary architecture, the Italian architect Fabrizio Barozzi and the Spanish architect Alberto Veiga…: it is their project, a Promotional

The Rock / Erick van Egeraat

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Architects: Erick van Egeraat
Location: ,
Client: Mahler 4 VOF
Project Manager: Mahler 4 VOF
Structural Engineer: Van Rossum, Amsterdam, A. van der Sluis, Arup London
Mechanical Services Engineer: Techniplan, Rotterdam, Lio Kooiman
Electrical Services Engineer: Techniplan, Rotterdam
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 33,500 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters

International Skyscraper Competition Winning Proposal / ADEPT and Urbanus

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The winning design of a large international architectural competition, ‘The Two Towers’, was recently announced in Shenzhen, . The team selected to design this new Shenzhen landmark – comprising 100.000 square meters in total – is a constellation of ADEPT (DK) and Urbanus (CHN) with VSA (HK), Max Fordham LLP (GB) and Beijing CCI Architectural Design Co, LTD (CHN). The jury meeting was hosted at the Shenzhen Municipal Planning Building with Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne as chairman of the jury. More information on the competition winners after the break.

Bilbao Arena / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT / Javier Pérez Uribarri y Nicolás Espinosa Barrientos
Location: Bilbao,
Client: Azpiegiturak (Diputación Foral de Bizkaia)
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 30,808 sqm
Photographs: Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

2012 National Design Awards: Nominate Now!

2011 Winner: The Diana Center at Barnard College / Weiss Manfredi, © Albert Vecerka/Esto

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is now accepting nominations for the 13th annual National Design Awards – honoring lasting achievement in American design. “The awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.”

Citizens and long-term residents of the and corporations or institutions headquartered in the country are eligible. Nominees must have been professionally practicing for a minimum of seven years. Awards are not focused on specific projects, but rather an entire body of realized work.

Click HERE to read about the 2011 finalists and go HERE to cast your nominations by December 15th.

House in Aldoar / Topos Atelier de Arquitectura

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Architect: Topos Atelier de Arquitectura, Lda
Location: , Portugal
Project Team: Jean Pierre Porcher, Margarida Oliveira and Albino Freitas
Collaborators: Sofia Lima, Michael Ferreira
Project Area: 485.00 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Xavier Antunes

Youth Centre Amsterdam-Osdorp / Atelier Kempe Thill

© Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz

Architect: Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners
Location: Reimerswaalstraat 101, 1069 AG ,
Project Team: André Kempe, Oliver Thill, David van Eck, with Andrius Raguotis, Blanca Sanchez Babe, Ruud Smeelen, Giorgio Terraneo
Client: Ymere Ontwikkeling
Urban planner: De Architecten Cie, Rotterdam
Project Area: 285 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz

JNC Sales Office & Community Arts Center / Line and Space, LLC

View from Entry Path © Yang Chaoying

Architect: Line and Space, LLC
Location: Xiamen, China
Project Team: Les Wallach, FAIA (Lead Designer), Bob Clements, AIA, LEED AP (Project Architect), Henry Tom, AIA, NCARB (Project Manager), Mike Anglin, RA, LEED AP, John McColgin, Ray Jin LEED AP, Emily Starace RA, LEED AP
Project Area: 11,400 sqf
Project Year: August 2011
Photographs: Yang Chaoying, Line and Space, LLC

Sarpi Border Checkpoint in Georgia / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Architects: J. Mayer H. Architects
Location: Sarpi,
Client: Ministry of Finance of Georgia
Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Christoph Emenlauer
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ucha Tsotseria, Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Beka Pkhakadze

Airbnb San Francisco Headquarters / Garcia Tamjidi


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Architect: Garcia Tamjidi (Michael Garcia and Farid Tamjidi)
Location: San Francisco, ,
Client: Airbnb Inc.
Photographs: Courtesy of Airbnb

Makeshift Refuge in Bangkok

Prefabricated concrete shells become emergency shelters for flood-ravaged communities in Pathum Thani. The concrete forms are intended to be used for the construction of ’s elevated skyway. The company that owns the shells has given the temporary residents permission to stay and access to electricity. Residents have expressed preference of the makeshift community over government shelters due to “familiar faces” and more space.

Reference: CNN

Less is More stupid

Less is more.

Congratulations, you have officially alienated 75% of the population. Now if you can make Less cost more? You’ll knock out another 23%. The remaining 2% are married to an Architect. Clearly, your practice is off to a good start.

Reducing everything down to the purest, most elegant form is difficult, and only a truely gifted Architect can achieve that level of perfection, and that gifted Architect probably designed a glass house for a crazy lady in a robe, but she died, and now the house is a museum, and, yes, I just called Philip Johnson a crazy lady in a robe, and I think the facts will back me up on that.

Witlox Van den Boomen new Headquarters / Van den Pauwert Architecten

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Architects: Van den Pauwert Architecten / Jeroen Verdonschot
Location: Waalre, The
Client: Witlox van den Boomen
Associates: Ton Smulders, Paul Buts, Gijs Kersten
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 6,000 sqm
Photographs: Norbert van Onna,

ICE (Innovation Community Emmen) / RD2B Limited

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Inspired by the Swiss glaciers and taking advantage of their history, the architectural firm rd2b limited created Emmen Innovation Community, an innovation center located in the region of Emmen, in Zurich, located in the heart of Switzerland. Roads, railways, public transportation and an airport connect the area to Europe. Bluish in color, a solid line through organic and deployments to the territory, the aesthetics of the design reflects the elegance, harmonizing and transcendence of the glaciers. More images and architects’ description after the break.