Saemangum Exhibition Center / poly.m.ur


Saemangum is the name for the newly reclaimed area on the west coast of Korea by the architecture and urbanism firm poly.m.ur. It has been the country’s most anticipated reclamation project of recent years and promises enormous new opportunities for cultural commercial developments in the region. The brief was to provide an space to commemorate the completion of the work and showcase the visions and plans for this new land. The concept of the design was inspired by the lost mud flat in the area as the result of reclamation. Analogous to the mud flat, the building was designed to act as a ‘living field’, which breathe environment, programs, and activities.

Video: OMA/Progress Exhibition

This video features an exclusive interview with by BD online discussing the launch on October 6th of ‘OMA/Progress Exhibition’ at the Barbican Art Gallery. Curated and designed by Rotor, a Belguim-based collective, member Maarten Gielen and OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas discuss the importance of this major retrospective, the stories being told, and the discoveries Rotor made after having a unique and unheard of ‘behind the scenes access’ to OMA – asking candid questions and reviewing materials from the archives of OMA offices.

The launch of the exhibit coincides with last weeks opening of Maggie’s Centre in Gartnavel, Glasgow and the Rothschild Bank Headquarters in London later this year. The OMA/Progress Exhibition will run through February 19, 2012.

Sant Gregori School Remodelling and Extension / Coll-Leclerc Arquitectos

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Architect: Coll-Leclerc Arquitectos S.L.P.
Location: Carles Riba St., Barcelona, Spain
Client: Sant Gregori Fondation
Structure: Bis arquitectes
Installations: AJ Enginyers
Budget: Jordi Carbonell
Energy Certified: ADS
Road Project: STATIC
Constructor: ACME
Collaborators: Marta Velez, Gonzalo Cantos, Irene Gil, Carlos Carnicer, Gaietà Mestieri, Narcís Font, Cristian Vivas
Budget: 5,672,284 €
Project Area: 2,855 sqm schools, 1,007 sqm parking
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jose Hevia

Richard Meier Retrospective

Courtesy of Richard Meier and Parnters

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO) will host ‘Richard Meier Retrospective’ his first in Latin America beginning October 20th. The works on display will make it possible to view Meier’s design philosophy as a whole and in depth for the first time, with examples of nearly every type of work.

The retrospective includes a selection of models, original sketches, renderings, photographs, and product design. Some of the iconic projects exhibited on the show include the Smith House, The Getty Center, The Neugebauer Residence and the Jubilee Church. Other projects on view in the retrospective are well-known architectural projects such as the Perry Street Towers, the High Museum of Art, the Ara Pacis Museum, and the recently completed Arp Museum in Germany.

Wooden House K / partnerundpartner-architekten


Architects: partnerundpartner-architekten
Location: , Germany
Design Team: Jörg Finkbeiner, Klaus Günter, Christian Necker
Structural Engeneer: Müller & Günter Ingenieurbüro
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 176 sqm
Photographs: partnerundpartner-architekten

The Arch Nova Project / Isozaki + Kapoor

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Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor have joined forces to create a mobile concert hall that will travel across the devastated region of Higashi Nihon, brining a promise of hope to those still suffering from the earthquake of March 2011.  Using music as the means to bring an uplifting message, Ark Nova will provide seating for approximately 700 spectators to watch interdisciplinary artistic projects, musical ensembles and multimedia exhibitions.  The hall will serve not only as a platform for performances but also as a place to meet and find creative inspiration; thus, make a lasting contribution toward returning normalcy to the region.

More about the project, including a video clip, after the break.

Centre Communautaire Scientifique / FGMDA

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Architect: Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et associés architectes (FGMDA)
Location: Whapmagoostui/Kuujjuaraapik, ,
Project Team:  Alain Fournier, architect, Project Manager; Carolyne Fontaine, architect; Felix-Antoine Thibault, Mathieu Fournier
Engineer: Genivar et Cima+
General Contractor: Verreault
Project Area: 395 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Claude Tremblay, Carolyne Fontaine et Isabelle Laurier

Colin Powell Middle School / Legat Architects, Inc.

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Architect: Legat Architects, Inc.
Location: Matteson, Illinois
Construction Manager: Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc.
Technology/Audio-visual/Security/Geothermal Feasibility Consultant: KJWW Engineering Consultants
MEP/Structural/Civil Engineer: Globetrotters
PhotographsJames Steinkamp

Designed by Architects, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois, the 122,000sf Colin Powell Middle School is an academic facility that serves grades 6-8 for Illinois School District 159.  According to the architect, “The design of Colin Powell Middle School responds to the client’s desire to provide a progressive symbol of to its students and community.  Energy efficiency, environmental conscientiousness, and openness were all driving factors in the design.”  More images and description after the break.

Pin Computers office building / Kuzmanov and Partners

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Architects: Kuzmanov and Partners / Lazar Kuzmanov, Miljan Cvijetić
Location: ,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 3,770 sqm
Photographs: Branislav Mamić

Good Design Award 2011 Winners

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The recipients of the Good Design Award 2011 were recently announced. Both yotsuya tenera and ReNOA Motosumiyoshi won the award for their design of an apartment house and the renovation of complex housing respectively. More information on both projects after the break.

Kings College Library / Mitchell Taylor Workshop

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Architects: Mitchell Taylor Workshop
Location: , England
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Buro Happold
Contractor: RG Spiller
Project Area: 800 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Mitchell Taylor Workshop

Tower Block Complex / gmp Architekten

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Following their success in winning first prize in an international , the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been commissioned to realize a tower block complex of ten buildings in . The design by gmp is for a financial enterprise center on a site of about 80,000 square meters in this large eastern Chinese metropolis. The above ground gross floor space of the 120 to 200 meter high tower blocks will be about 500,000 square meters. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Johnson Museum New Wing / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

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Architects: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners LLP
Location: Ithaca, New York,
Project Director: Cornell University
Structural Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson Associates RLLP
MEP Engineer: ICOR Associates, LLC
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: ~16,500 sqf
Photographs: David O. Brown, Robert Barker

Challenge: Pop-up Retail Store

DesignByMany‘s latest challenge: Pop-up Retail Store sponsored by HP and media partners ArchDaily. For new Fall fashions and back-to-school shopping, ‘pop-up’ retail shops are the hottest trend. These small, temporary shops are bringing fashion and an urban edge to under-utilized and vacant spaces. This challenge is to design a quickly constructed or prefabricated, free-standing shop of no more than 200 square feet.

is a challenge based design technology community where users post challenges to the community along with their design source files. The community can then post responses with their own source files to solve the challenge. They can also comment on the challenge and interact with other designers throughout the process.

Social Incubating Center / Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

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Architects: Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
Location: Seoul, Republic of
Project Team: HyunjoonYoo, Yeongseop Yoon
Project Year: 2011
Project Areas: 680 sqm
Photographs: Seunghoon Yum

Duke University Smith Warehouse / LAMBERT Architecture + Interiors

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Architect: LAMBERT Architecture + Interiors
Location: Durham, ,
Project Area: 90,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: r h wilson photography

Train Store in Ribes de Freser / Sau Taller d’Arquitectura

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Architect: Sau Taller d’Arquitectura
Location: Ribes de Freser, , Spain
Lead Architect: Lluís Jordà Sala
Text: Sau Taller d’Arquitectura
Project Area: 1300 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Albert Camps Pla

Pan Gyo Housing / MACK Architect(s)

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Architect: MACK Architect(s)
Location: Pan Gyo, South
Project Team: Mark Mack, Matt Bean, Kyle Richardson, Ine Mayerhofer, Alia Hasan, Gerardo Rivero
Associate Architect: Dongwoo Architects
Client: Korea National Housing Corporation
Sustainability: Ibe Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: Ahbe Landscape Architects
Project Area: 26,200 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Courtesy of MACK Architect(s)