UMass Amherst Integrated Science Building / Payette

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Architect: Payette
Project Area: 173,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Warren Jagger Photography


PEGS Junior Boys School / McBride Charles Ryan

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Penleigh and Essendon Junior Boys School began in an Italianate mansion on windy hill, opposite the Essendon Footy Club. This building is exceptional in a residential area where Federation housing dominates. Slowly the school has accumulated much of the property in the block bounded by Nicholson, Raleigh, Napier & Fletcher Streets. Many of the ‘houses’ are now occupied by the school. This new project, a two story year 5 & 6 block with 3 classrooms above and below, is an important addition to the school and public interface to Nicholson Street.

Architect: McBride Charles Ryan
Location: , Australia
Project Team: Rob McBride, Principal Architect; Debbie-Lyn Ryan, Principal Architect; Benedikt Josef, Project Manager; Amelia Borg, Natasha Maben
Engineer: Hive Engineering
Builder: Contract Control
Building Surveyor: Davis Langdon
Services Engineer: Medland Metropolis
Project Area: 1650 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of / John Gollings

Mexico City’s High Line Park

Courtesy of Federal District Public Space Authority

To say New York’s High Line is a successful project is putting it very lightly.  From the moment the overgrown landscape opened, thousands have flocked to experience the amazing public space dozens have been inspired to incorporate similar urban reuse attitudes in their cities.  Ruth Samuelson shared Mexico City’s inspired project which seeks to apply the High Line’s sense of serenity to a busy intersection by mid-2012. “The High Line in seemed to me a fresh breath of air, completely.  Mexico City just needs – within so many streets, so many avenues – respite like this,” explained Daniel Escotto Sánchez, the general coordinator for the city’s Public Space Authority.

More about the project after the break.

ABC Cancer Center / HKS

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Architect: HKS, Inc.
Location: , Mexico
Project Team: Enrique Greenwell, Bruce E. Johnson, Dulce Torres
General Contractor: Abitat
MEP Engineer: Hector Gomez Engineers
Structural Engineer: Correa Hermanos S.A. de C.V.
Project Area: 65,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Blake Marvin, Inc.

Boffo Building Fashion Competition Winners

© Boffo Building Fashion - Nicola Formichetti / Gage/Clemenceau Architects

Boffo is a City non-profit organization focused on culture and the arts. Through events and exhibitions Boffo draws attention to artists and designers while often giving them an opportunity to display their work. Boffo recently announced the winners of their Boffo Building Fashion competition, an open competition that called for architects to pair with fashion designers to build temporary spaces displaying both talents. Find out who the architects and designers are after the break.

Villa Topoject / AND

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Architects: Architecture of Novel Differentiation (AND)
Location: Gyeonggido,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 199 sqm
Photographs: Byun, Jong Suk

Busan Opera House Proposal / ORPROJECT

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ORPROJECT shared with us, Anisotropia, a proposal for Opera House based on Klavierstück I, a composition for piano by Orproject director Christoph Klemmt. It is based on a twelve tone row which is repeated altered by the different voices in order to create complex, rhythmic patterns. More images project description after the break.

House in Sanno / Studio NOA

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Architects: STUDIO・NOA Architect & Associates
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 38 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio NOA

Barcelona Elementary School / Baker Architecture + Design

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Architect: Baker Architecture + Design
Location: , New
Project Year: 2009
Client: Albuquerque Public School
Building Area: 12,500 SqFt
Contractor: MV Industries Inc.
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: CME Inc.
Structural Engineer: MacCornack Engineering
Civil Engineer: High Mesa Consulting
LEED Consultant: Halcom Consulting
Acoustical Consultant: Southwest Noise Control
Photography: Richard Nunez


SOM Announces the 2011 SOM Prize Winner


The SOM Foundation has announced the 2011 SOM Prize Winner Runner-up.   Brandon Clifford, a recent graduate of the Master of Architecture’s program at Princeton University, was selected as the winner of the prestigious SOM Prize, a $50,000 Research Travel Fellowship.  Clifford will visit multiple countries on four continents in carrying out his research topic, “Volume: Researching Past Methods of Stereotomy.”

SOM, one of the first major modern American architectural firms to promote a corporate face, has continued to be a ‘massive and dynamically creative commercial force’ designing the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai, their commission for a new green district, Green Tech City, in Hanoi, Vietnam, and SOM was selected to design City’s (and the State’s) first Net Zero Energy school building, PS 62 located in Staten Island.

In 2009 SOM was recognized for just that when they were included in Fast Company’s annual list of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” ranked #32 (the only AEC company on the ranking), amongst companies such as Google and Apple.  And they were also rated (by Fast Company) as number one on its list of the 10 most innovative architecture firms.

In this 30th year of Foundation Awards, the Fellowships continue to offer recent graduates the rare opportunity to travel in connection with carrying out in-depth research, collaborate with other professionals and pursue independent study outside the realm of established patterns. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 to architecture, design and engineering students who have gone on to distinguish themselves in professional and academic careers.  It has been said that,”the SOM Prize is one of the primary tools that our profession has to bridge the gap between the academy and the real world.”

The official press release from SOM following the break.

Peterson Residence / Robert Gurney Architect

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Architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA
Location: Chevy Chase, ,
Project Architect: Claire L. Andreas
Contractor:  Peterson and Collins Inc.
Interior Designer: Therese Baron Gurney, ASID
Landscape Architect: Lila Fendrick Landscape
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

AD Classics: Lotus Temple / Fariborz Sahba

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Popularly known as the Lotus Temple, the Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi,  is a house of worship that was designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba completed in 1986.  The temple is one of eight Bahá’í House of Worship facilities in the world has welcomed over 70 million visitors since its completion, making it one of the most frequented architectural landmarks in the world.  From a denominational standpoint, the Lotus temple is open to all practitioners regardless of religious affiliation functions more as a gathering place of worship to interested visitors.

Het College Weert / RAU

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Architects: RAU
Location: Weert,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 8,860 sqm
Photographs: Norbert van Onna

OSKA’s House: Secret Garden

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The house made famous by “Secret Garden”, a Korean soap opera, hosted a press conference for the actors gave the shows fans an intimate look at Oska’s house, one of the main characters of the show.  The house is actually owned by cosmetic and health food brand Maiim.  The whole area is called the Maiim Vision Village and is an environmentally-friendly park where the indoors and outdoors are balanced harmoniously.  In some views of the house, one can see how the exterior appears to be a smooth continuation of the interior space.  Floor to ceiling glazing provides views to nature extending beyond the house.  More images after the break.

Kindergarten in El Serrallo / Elisa Valero Ramos

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Architects: Elisa Valero Ramos
Location: Granada,
Building Surveyor: María de los Llanos Martín Romero
Collaborators: Leonardo Tapiz Buzarra, Esteban Salcedo, Óscar Raya
Client: HE Planning Department. Granada Council
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 887.30 sqm
Photographs: Fernando Alda

Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration (ISTB4) / Ehrlich Architects


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Arizona State University’s new Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) was designed to be a progressive home for ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and some departments from the Fulton Schools of Engineering (FSE). At 294,000 sq.-ft., this seven-story “smart” structure will be the largest research facility in the history of the university. In addition to cutting-edge laboratories and research offices, ISTB 4 will house extensive public outreach and K-12 education spaces designed to engage the Greater Phoenix community in earth and space exploration. Ehrlich Architects’ new State University School of Earth and Space Exploration is a clearly organized laboratory building that will enhance the research, science and educational programs housed within.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival: Lights + Music

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Since 1999 the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been bringing to the Desert a collection of different genres of music including rock, indie, Hip Hop and electronic music. Located in Indio, , with a population of 75,000, the annual music festival brings together over 225,000 people over a three-day weekend in April to the vast fields of the Empire Polo Club.

House in Camps Bay / Luis Mira Architects

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Architects: Luis Mira Architects
Location: , South Africa
Project Team: Luis Mira, Julia Hundermark
Structural Engineer: Jeffares & Green Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Sutherland Engineers
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 335 sqm
Photographs: Wieland Gleich,