Cobogó House / Marcio Kogan

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Architects: Studio mk27 / Marcio Kogan
Location: São Paulo,
Co-Author: Carolina Castroviejo
Interior Design Co-Authors: Diana Radomysler, Carolina Castroviejo
Collaborator: Eduardo Chalabi
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1000 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon

AD Round Up: Restaurants Part VIII

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Thinking of going out to dinner tonight? Maybe the 8th part of our previously featured restaurants selection will help you decide. Check them all after the break!

Spectacles Jeux Restaurant / Malcotti Roussey Architectes
This project is located in the space that was left free in the ancient saline, a place that was partially destroyed. It is situated in Salins-les-Bains near the museum, which is being restored (see the museum fact sheet). In March 2007, a fire took place in the former and major building of the saline called « pardessus ». It included a restaurant, an auditorium and a gambling room (read more…)

East Oakland Sports Center / ELS Architecture and Urban Design

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Architects: ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Location: ,
Project Team: Clarence D. Mamuyac, Jr. (AIA, LEED® AP, NCARB, Principal in Charge); Christopher Jung (LEED® AP, Project Designer and Manager)
Design and Production Team: William Gordon, LEED® AP, Sims Key, Gerald Navarro, Rick Wang
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 25,000 sqf (Phase I), 50,000 sqf (after Phase II is completed)
Photographs: David Wakely

Sunnylands Center and Gardens / The Office of James Burnett , Frederick Fisher + Partners

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An extension of the 200-acre desert retreat of publisher, diplomat and philanthropist Walter Annenberg, the Sunnylands Center and Gardens is an interpretive center that celebrates the architectural and cultural legacy of the historic estate. Inspired by the Annenberg’s extensive collection of impressionist artwork, the landscape architect painted a living landscape that respects the character of the Sonoran Desert and demonstrates a new ecological aesthetic for landscapes in the arid southwest.

Landscape Architect: The Office of James Burnett (OJB)
Project Location: , California,
Architect: Frederick Fisher + Partners
Client: The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
Photographs: Hester + Hardaway, Dillon Diers/The Office of James Burnett, Kerun Ip, The Office of James Burnett

Video: Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi – Evolutionary Infrastructures

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Earlier this week Marion Weiss and , founding principals of Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, lectured at about Evolutionary Infrastructures. The multidisciplinary firm has distinguished themselves with their holistic design approach, successfully integrating the disciplines of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design.

Their projects have been received internationally attention; the Olympic Sculpture Park for the Seattle Art Museum, which was the winning design of an international competition and has been recognized at Barcelona’s World Architecture Festival (Nature Category Winner), by ID Magazine Environments Design Awards (Best in Category), and was awarded the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in urban Design from harvard University. The Diana Center at Barnard College was chosen as the winning design of a national design competition and received a Progressive Architecture Award and an ArchDaily 2010 Building of the Year winner.

Weiss/Manfredi has received the Academy Award in Architecture and the Gold Medal of Honor by AIA New york City chapter. ArchDaily had the chance to interview Weiss/Manfredi earlier this year.  Be sure to check it out.

Media Library and Cultural Centre / Barbotin + Gresham Architects

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Architects: Paul Gresham + Stéphane Barbotin-Larrieu architectes
Location: , France
Principal architect: Paul Gresham
Associate architect: Stéphane Barbotin-Larrieu
Project team: Michaël Neri, Benjamin Legrand
Project manager: Michaël Neri
Project area: 1,420 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Barbotin + Gresham Architects

House in Rüti / AFGH

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Architects: AFGH
Location: ,
Project Leader: Barbara Schaub
Planners: CES Bauingenieur AG, Seewen SZ, GLB Zürich Land, Hinwil ZH, GLB Zürich Land, Hinwil ZH / Gadola Fassaden AG
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Valentin Jeck

Dear Mr. Architect, Please advise

Dear Mr. Architect,

I would like to clarify a few things that you may have misunderstood during the design process. Please don’t get me wrong. In general we are very pleased with the house, ummm, I mean… “living-experiment”, (Did I get that right?) We’re just a little concerned about our marriage.

Granted, we said we wanted an “open” and “airy” bathroom, however, my husband and I do not enjoy showering in full view of our neighbors. The guy next door will not stop calling me. He also seems to have purchased a telescope. We would like to install blinds. Could you recommend a manufacturer? Would some kind of curtains work? Please advise.

‘Ladies (and Gents) Who Lunch with Architect Barbie’ Event

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Women – what’s up now? Architecture is Barbie’s profession for 2011. AIA San Francisco and Mattel partnered on an architect Barbie Doll as well as a Barbie Doll dream house competition.

Representing different paths in the design profession, architects Cathy Simon, FAIA (Perkins + Will), Ila Berman (California College of the Arts), EB Min (Min|Day) and Anne M. Torney (Daniel Solomon Design Partners) will discuss their careers and share their perspectives on women in the profession. More information on the event after the break.

Stone River / Jon Piasecki

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recently received a 2011 Honor Award from ASLA for his Stone River project. The magic of this project lies in the details. You need to watch the video (after the break) to appreciate the painstaking effort and attention to detail that went into this project.

Video, project description, and more photographs after the break.

Landscape Artist: Jon Piasecki
Collaborators: Rob Davis
Text: Jon Piasecki
Photographs: Jon Piasecki, John Dolan, David Borden

Update: Meridian First Light House Places 3rd / Solar Decathlon

In keeping with our coverage of the Solar Decathlon, we are happy to share Victoria University’s Meridian First Light House third place finish.  Finishing a few point shy of the University of Maryland’s 951 points, the New Zealand university received 919 points with high standings in several categories, including winning the Engineering contest, gaining first equal in Hot Water and Energy Balance, second for Architecture and third for Market Appeal.     Plus, over the course of the competition, the house managed to produce more energy than it consumed –  achieving net zero energy consumption, despite 10 days of undesirable weather.   Team member Nick Officer exclaimed, “While we may not have won overall we are incredibly proud to have represented New Zealand on the world stage. We had such and amazing response from the US public here along with supporters back home.” Be sure to check out our previous coverage of the house to learn more about the traditional Kiwi bach – a New Zealand holiday home – inspired residence.

More photos of the residence after the break. 

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2011 SMIBE Film Competition

With its third annual competition, SMIBE (Society for Moving Images about the Built Environment), sponsored by The Graham Foundation, Archinect, and Image, continues to bring together a growing body of moving image stories about the built environment. They hope the competition…

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Zero Emission Pavilion / partnerundpartner-architekten

Architects: partnerundpartner-architekten
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Design Team: Jörg Finkbeiner, Klaus Günter
Structural Engineer: ZRS-Berlin
Construction Supervision: Jan Becker – Freiräume gestalten
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 75 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of partnerundpartner-architekten…

Taliesin – A Guided 360 Virtual Tour

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’s Taliesin turned 100 this year. As part of the commemoration Tour de Force 360VR produced an award winning “guided” 360 degree virtual tour of the estate. The center of Frank Lloyd Wright’s world was Taliesin near Spring Green, . It was his home, workshop, architectural laboratory and inspiration for nearly all his life. Our international award winning Tour de Force, allows visitors from around the world to experience this place in ways only a personal visit could provide before. The response has been dramatic. More information on the tour after the break.

Mercedes-Benz at the Frankfurt Festival Hall / Kauffmann Theilig & Partner

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Architects: Kauffmann Theilig & Partner Freie Architekten BDA
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 10,800 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Kauffmann Theilig & Partner

Frankfurt’s Festival Hall once again played host to Mercedes-Benz at the IAA International Motor Show (September 13 – 25, 2011) where the “pulse” of a new generation of automobiles was on display. The exhibition design by architectural firm Kauffmann Theilig & Partner and Frankfurt-based Atelier Markgraph was a continuation of this years running-theme: 125 years since the invention of the automobile. This is the 9th consecutive collaboration between the two.

UFO Architecture

EUA / Los Angeles - Courtesy of Mário N. Rangel

Out of this world…designing for the unknown. The possibilities in design are endless and limitless when it comes to UFOs! The vast impact of ufology in architecture around the world is an interesting discovery. Documentation of some of these designs is shown here in this gallery. The photos prove how design concepts by several architects has been driven by UFO inspired ideas. More images on the UFO inspired designs after the break.

AD Review: From the Archives

This was a great week to choose from ArchDaily’s archive.  Again, the projects are from all over the world and vary greatly in size, anywhere from a small private chapel in Lima to a library in Belgium with an active rooftop leaving way for a green pedestrian space.   An iconic oval ribbed stadium in Croatia, remote Montana camp, art museum in North Carolina and Slovenian weekend house are all revisited after the break.

Stay Residence / Studio Loop

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Architects: Studio Loop
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 91.05 sqm
Structural design: Iwashita Structural Engineers
Photographs: Kai Nakamura, Studio Loop