Transportation Interchange Complex / EDDEA

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Architects: EDDEA / Jose Mª de Cárdenas, Ignacio Laguillo, Harald Schönegger, Luis Ybarra
Location: Seville,
Project Team: Pedro Escobar, Alfonso Losada, Antonio Miguel García, Lucas García, María Romero, José Alexandro Almenara, Salvador Sánchez
Project Area: 65.000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of EDDEA

Over 500,000 visitors to the Riverside Museum in its First Weeks

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In June we shared with you a first look at Zaha Hadid Architects‘ Riverside in Glasgow, . Opened officially on June 21st the museum in a short seven week time period has already welcomed over half a million visitors!

“It is wonderful to see that the new museum has captured everyone’s imagination,” said Zaha Hadid. “Such passion for innovation and discovery from all members of the community is very exciting.”

“The Riverside Museum has been a huge hit since the day it opened to the public. We knew just how much visitors loved the old Museum of Transport at Kelvin Hall but even so, the reaction to the Riverside Museum has been phenomenal. The feedback from people has been overwhelmingly positive and we are already seeing visitors returning time and again to enjoy Glasgow’s latest attraction,” shared Councillor Gordon Matheson.

More about the Riverside Museum, photographs and drawings following the break.

Rennie Art Gallery and Offices / Walter Francl Architects with mgb

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The new Rennie Art Gallery and Office project is a quiet, modern insertion within an extensive heritage revitalization of a pair of buildings in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The project combines a 6-story tall laneway brick building with a 3-story street-front brick building dating to the late 1880’s.

Architect: Walter Francl Architects with mgb
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Project Architect: Walter Francl Architects: Walter Francl, MAIBC Project Architect; Scott Mitchell, MAIBC; Mark Ashby, MAIBC; Vince Knudsen, IA; Hazen Sise, MAIBC
Interior Architect: mcfarlane | green | biggar Architecture + Design Inc (mgb): Michelle Biggar, BBE Interior Design, Principal; Michael Green, MAIBC AIA AAA MRAIC, Principal; Steve McFarlane, MAIBC AAA MRAIC LEED® AP, Principal; Susan Scott, Associate; Tracey Mactavish, MAIBC, MRAIC. LEED® AP, Associate
Landscape Architect: Jonathan Losee Ltd.
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

The Conga Room / Belzberg Architects


The Conga Room, in its new location at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles across from the Staples Center, is the city’s premier Latin nightclub. The space will feature today’s hottest Latin performers in its 14,000 square foot live venue space, which includes a restaurant, three distinct bars, patio seating, and a VIP lounge and private room. In addition, the club will host LA TV and world-renowned DJs adjacent to the stage and above the crowd, adding even more excitement to the ambiance. Perhaps the club design’s greatest intent is to be true to the energy of the Latin community, to pay homage to its roots and deep history while infusing it with Los Angeles’ fervent modern lifestyle.

Architect: Belzberg Architects
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Project Team: Hagy Belzberg, Principal; Cory Taylor, Project Manager; Andrew Atwood, Ceiling Project Manager; Chris Arntzen, Kelly Bair, Bill Bowen, Carina Bien-Willner, David Cheung, Brock Desmit, Barry Gartin, Aaron Leppanen, Dan Rentsch, Lauren Zuzack
Project Area: 14,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Belzberg Architects, Fotoworks-Benny Chan

In Progress: Superkilen / BIG and Topotek 1

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Architect: BIG and Topotek 1
Location: , Denmark
Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels
Project Leader: Nanna Gyldholm Møller, Mikkel Marcker Stubgaard
Team: Ondrej Tichy, Jonas Lehmann, Rune Hansen, Jan Borgstrøm, Lacin Karaoz, Jonas Barre, Nicklas Antoni Rasch, Gabrielle Nadeau, Jennifer Dahm Petersen, Richard Howis, Fan Zhang
Collaborators: Topotek 1, Superflex, Help Pr & Communication, Lemming & Eriksson
Client: Copenhagen Municipality, Realdania
Status: 1st Prize, Completion Summer 2011
Size: 4.3 ha
Photographs: , Dragor Luft, Topotek 1

Meet New People through mmmm… and the Times Square Alliance

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Ever think you could find a moment of peace and quiet to have an intimate conversation with a friend in the middle of Times Square?  The designers that go by mmmm… must have considered the same thing.  Starting August 16th, people visiting Times Square can enjoy a private moment with up to eight people in one of mmmm…’s Meeting Bowls supported by the Times Square Alliance. The 5-foot tall, 7-foot wide pieces of street furniture will be available as a visiting exhibition until September 16th between 8am and midnight.

In this effort to humanize the otherwise frenetic city of New York, the designers at mmmm… hope to inspire intimate dialogue and interaction in the commercial center.  These semi-spherical forms are more than benches; they seat people across from one another, obscuring all the other events outside of the space.  They even rock gently as people enter and leave the bowls.

Doughnut House / Naoi Architecture & Design Office

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Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
Location: , Japan
Project Year: 2010
Structural Engineer: Inoue Structural Engineers
Project Area: 133.27 sqm
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Flyway View House / Jon Anderson Architecture

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Architect: Jon Anderson Architecture
Location: ,
Project Manager: Jarrod Arellano
Project Year: 2008
Building Area: 4,590 SqFt
References: Blueher Abodes
Photography: Kirk Gittings Photography


Busan Opera House Proposal / Peter Ruge Architekten

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Peter Ruge Architekten shared with us their entry for an international competition to design a new opera and theatre house in , Korea. The city of has a specific geography consisting of mountain areas that connect directly to the Pacific Ocean, great nature, a high population density, and an urgent demand for public spaces to be used by the inhabitants. By taking advantage of these characteristics, they were able to develop the concept for their design. More images and architects’ description after the break.

In Progress: Surrey City Centre Library / Bing Thom Architects

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The new City Centre Library, designed by Vancouver-based Bing Thom Architects (BTA), is set to open on September 24, 2011. This new building marks the next phase of a major civic investment in the area that will continue the transformation of downtown Surrey, from sprawling suburb to the Region’s next great downtown, which began with BTA’s Central City project. Creating dynamic environments that look to the future of Surrey is nothing new to BTA. Nearly a decade ago, the firm designed the incredibly vibrant Central City, which sits down the street from the new Surrey Library. The architectural and social innovation evident at Central City—a fusion of office space, a shopping center and a university—is further exemplified in BTA’s library design.

Architect: Bing Thom Architects Inc.
Location: 10350 University Drive, Surrey, British Columbia,
Project Team: Bing Thom, Michael Heeney, Venelin Kokalov, Ling Meng, Francis Yan, John Camfield, Shinobu Homma, Robert Sandilands, Marcos Hui, Lisa Potopsingh, Harald Merk, Berit Wooge, Dan Du, Michael Motlagh, Nicole Hu
Landscape Architect: Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 82,000 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Bing Thom Architects

Laurie Olin / Landscape Architects 2011 Medal for Lifetime Achievement

The Board of Trustees of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has chosen Laurie Olin as the recipient of the 2011 ASLA Medal, the highest honor the organization bestows upon a landscape architect. The Medal is given to those whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and the environment. Olin will accept the award at the ASLA’s annual meeting to be held in San Diego from October 30 through November 2.

Update: Beginning an Architecture Library

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Last year, we had great feedback when we proposed the question of which books to include in an architecture library.  After spending the better half of the year in Scandinavia, I have found my architecture library to be filled with new additions.

While back in New York, I had enjoyed these firms’ work and theories, only once I took residence in Scandinavia did I feel a strong urge to  totally immerse myself in the local talent of , Sweden and Norway, educating myself as much as possible about their sensitivity toward the environment, their sophisticated aesthetics and material choices.

Now, my architecture library includes pieces about contemporary firms such as Dorte Mandrup, Cebra and JAJA, in addition to classic names of the region like Arne Jacobsen.   I’ve found myself comparing projects of larger firms – take, for instance, Snohetta and Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Henning Larsen Architects.  Plus, I’ve developed a new interest in Finnish architecture as many young firms, such as Avanto Architects, K2S Architects, Verstas, Anttinen Oiva Architects and so on, are producing dynamic work that should be better known internationally for the country’s architecture is more than just Aalto and Saarinen.

My collection also includes a great museum book from the Louisiana Art Museum in Copenhagen.  We’ve featured the exhibit, Living: Frontiers of Architecture, and the book is a great summary of the exhibit and a perfect addition to my library.

So, what new books does your architecture library hold?  Whether you need some inspiration or have some inspiration to pass along, share your thoughts with us!

Eastside Addition / 3six0 Architecture

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Architect: 3six0 Architecture
Location: , Rhode Island
Project Team: Kyna Leski- Principal, Christopher Bardt AIA- Principal, Jack Ryan RA- Senior Associate & Project Architect, Curtis Boivin, Kelly Ennis, Yu Morishita, Michael Williams
General Contractor: Golden Rule Construction Company
Structural Engineer: Wilbur Yoder
Lighting Consultant: Hogan Macaulay, Architecture + Light
Project Area: 1,100 square feet
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: 3six0 Architecture, John Horner

Antalya Kepez Municipality Congress Hall Project Competition Proposal / Hakan Deniz Ozdemir & Cesa Architects

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The land between Bus Station and Çallı Junctions is one of the limited green zones of highly densed Dokuma and Otogar Districts. With the MKE social facilities on its opposite and the estates that are left for middle school and business centers in the new development plan at behind, the site is creating a green stripe inside urban texture. The famous quote by Frank Lloyd Wright, ‘Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.’ was the major driving force behind the design by Hakan Deniz Ozdemir and Cesa Architects. More images and architects’ description after the break.

London Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: ,
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority
Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty
Project Team: Alex Bilton, Alex Marcoulides, Barbara Bochnak, Carlos Garijo, Clay Shorthall, Ertu Erbay, George King, Giorgia Cannici, Hannes Schafelner, Hee Seung Lee, Kasia Townend, Nannette Jackowski, Nicolas Gdalewitch, Seth Handley, Thomas Soo, Tom Locke, Torsten Broeder, Tristan Job, Yamac Korfali, Yeena Yoon
Project Area: 15,950 sqm (Legacy), 21,897 sqm (Olympic)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hélène Binet, Hufton + Crow

Busan Opera House Proposal / PRAUD

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Designed by PRAUD, the concept for the Opera House starts from how multiple performance facilities can share a common program. One way is to share public spaces such as foyers and the other is to share the theatre function itself. They found out an interesting potential of the theatre that when one performance facility shares its theatre function with other facilities, various types of performance stages could be created by the transformation of stage and chamber facilities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pavilion in the Woods / Parque Humano

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Architects: Parque Humano / Jorge Covarrubias + Benjamín González Henze
Location: Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 80 sqm
Photographs: Paul Rivera, ArchPhoto

Scottsdale Museum of the West / Jones Studio


Engaging. Sophisticated. Pragmatic. Timeless. These qualities are essential to the architectural concept for the new Scottsdale Museum of the West designed by Jones Studio. Coupled with an imaginative and stimulating exhibit experience, guests will find a building that embodies the idea of the Old West meeting the New West.