2012 MoMA PS1 YAP Runner-Up: PS1 Moments / AEDS

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ArchDaily announced the winning proposal for the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) earlier this month. In order to bring you full coverage of the annual competition, we are featuring the other four creative designs that competed against HWKN’s Wendy. AEDS’s (Ammar Eloueini Digit-all Studio) proposal creates a 21st century urban oasis in the fabled courtyard of PS1. The design encourages visitors to meander through a maze-like field of objects, enticing them to take up different paths, creating distinct experiential moments. This anti-monumental, anti-plop art approach is acutely attuned to both the human scale and the elemental senses.

For perhaps the first time, the entire courtyard will be activated throughout the day and long into the night, inspiring a voyeuristic curiosity, a desire to explore and inhabit hidden “moments.” A stream of water carves a path between the objects, stitching together three main spaces defined by the experiences of Water, Mist and Vegetation. At night, diffused light is fragmented through the digitally fabricated patterns that perforate the surface of the objects.

Alvar Aalto: The Mark of the Hand / Harry Charrington and Vezio Nava

A short time ago we received the book Alvar Aalto: The Mark of the Hand. Before you Aalto fans get jealous of our newly acquired treasure, we want you to know that we received several copies and will be doing a giveaway in the near future. So keep yours eyes out, here and on our facebook page. The book is a collection of conversations recorded between members of Aalto’s atelier. It is a unique view into the process of this great architect and his team. It shows the personal side of Aalto, both the bad and good. Sometimes we get lost in the artistry of his works, and it is nice to see the context in which the works were developed.

Stavanger Museum of Archeology / Lund + Slaatto Architects

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Lund + Slaatto Architects, in collaboration with schmidt hammer lassen architects, were recently awarded second place in the competition for the extension of the Museum of Archeology. Though very vibrant and active, the premises of the museum are currently unsuitable and small. Therefore, the aim of the competition was to create an extension that forms the museum’s new main facade and which primarily provides space for the exhibition and education. More images and architects’ description after the break.

San Telmo Museum / Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

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The successful architectural rehabilitation and expansion project for the historical San Telmo Museum by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos emphasizes its connection with society both artistically and historically. Recognized internationally for recovering the original building to make it a contemporary work, the architects made it possible for the museum to reopen by providing a museum as well as a place to spread knowledge and create thought.

Also designed for the new museum is its extension with a new wing, under Mount Urgull along the seashore, intended to house the new cultural and commercial uses along with optimize accessibility for the public and the collections. The visual impact of the modern construction has been minimized thanks to the architects being able to work closely with artists Leopoldo Ferrán and Agustina Otero who have created a semi-plant wall covering the building with perforated steel sheets. A gallery of images taken by photographer Stefan Tuchila can be viewed after the break.

The Shanxi Grand Theater / Arte Charpentier Architectes

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The project of the Shanxi opera house in , designed by Arte Charpentier Architectes, is at the heart of challenges such as the rapid development of the city and imposing reflections on its planning and scope. Situated in the new district of Changfeng, in the heart of a green island, it participates in the creation of a new centrality for the city. More images and project description after the break.

Yuan Ze University Project / Santiago Calatrava

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The world-renowned architect, engineer and artist, Santiago Calatrava was recently commissioned by Yuan Ze University in to design an ambitious new building complex for its campus. The ambitious project, which will consist of a Performing Arts Center, a new Art and Design School and the Y.Z. Hsu Memorial Hall, which is dedicated to the university’s founder, Mr. Yu-Ziang Hsu, will mark Mr. Calatrava’s architectural debut in the country. More project description after the break.

Casa Cristo / PEEL Living Projects

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Architects: PEEL Living Projects  – Paulo Costa, José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira
Location: ,
Design Team: Paulo Costa, José Carlos Oliveira, Rui Cardoso, Atsushi Ueno, Jorge Vieira
Client: Cristóvão Campos
Gross Built Area: 280 sqm
Completion: 2006
Cost: 180,000€
Photographs: Arménio Teixeira

OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center breaks ground

Nearly two years after OMA was announced winner of a two-stage international competition, the construction of the new Taipei Performing Arts Center has commenced. This ambitious project, led by partners Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, generated a lot of debate among architects when it was announced back in 2009 due to its particular form. Morphed by a series of programatic operations, the form intersects three types of theater in order to accommodate a variety of performances.

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The main theater, which seats 1,500, is expressed on the exterior as a large sphere while the two smaller theaters, each capable of seating 800, are represented as peripheric cubes. All the stage accommodations are brought together within the central cube, allowing for more flexibility as theaters can be used independently or combined, thus expanding the possibilities for experimental performances – an art which is very strong inTaiwan. At the same time, and in a similar way as OMA’s CCTV building in Beijing, China, a “public loop” channels circulation through the building, exposing the spaces that make the TPAC work, areas typically hidden from the public but are as revealing as the performances themselves.

In this aspect, the building is like a machine at work with its engine exposed, somehow reminding me of OMA’s Prada Transformer – a machine-like building (the anti-blob) that changed its configuration to host different types of events.

The 180 million dollar project is set to be completed in 2015. More details, including sections and updated renders, after the break:

Bar La Boheme / AVA Architects

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Architects: AVA – Atelier Veloso Architects  - Carlos Jorge Coelho Veloso, Rui Filipe Coelho Veloso
Location: Rua Galeria de Paris, Porto,
Client: Alberto Nuno Oliveira da Fonseca
Completion: 2011
General Contractor: ConstruPóvoas (Sr. Manuel Póvoas e Sr. Tiago Póvoas)
Constructed Surface: 165 sqm
Photographs: José Campos

Office Besturenraad / COEN!

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Architects: COEN!
Location: BKO, Houttuinlaan 5a, ,
Client: Besturenraad / BKO, Woerden
Interiors: De Vastgoedinrichter, Albergen, Gielissen, Eindhoven
Floor: ca 2200 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: COEN! – Roy van de Meulengraaf

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXI

Photo by Vesper Hsieh - http://www..com/photos/vesperhsieh/

We have just passed 70,000 photos in our Flickr Pool! As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Vesper Hsieh in Tenerife, . Check the other four after the break.

Pass Plus Cafe / Imagine Native

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Architect: Imagine Native
Location: Hongqiao Railway Station, , China
Firm Principal: Edmond Tse (HKIA), F. Fung (HKIA), C. Lai
Client: Pass Plus Restaurant Management Co. Ltd.
Area: 140 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kingkay Architectural Photography

Video: Richard Rogers in conversation with RIBA President Angela Brady

President Angela Brady discusses design in 2012 with British architect Richard Rogers. Together, they discuss the important issues surrounding housing and cities, both agreeing that “intensification is critical”. Homes built within a compact city are said to be five times more efficient than those built outside the city. This realization is an important fact that should guide government officials, builders and architects to work together towards more intelligent and beneficial growth patterns.

Reference: RIBA, DI

Schoolyard Pavilion / Holweck Bingen Architectes

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Architects: Holweck Bingen Architectes
Location: Rodange,
Design Team: Pol Holweck, Nicolas Clarys, Manuel Meester
Landscape Architects: Maja Devetak
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 180sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of hba & photostudioC.bosseler

   

Krier speaks out against Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial design

Summer view looking northeast along Maryland Avenue through the memorial site © Gehry & Partners

The controversy surrounding ’s proposal for the Eisenhower Memorial has just reached new heights as the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin has recently published a 1,500-word essay, written by the influential neo-traditionalist architect Leon Krier, that bashes Gehry’s proposal and ideology. Krier calls Gehry a “greatly confused artist” who’s “style is a century old” and “seems “innovative” only to the ignorant”. Kier continues to claim the commission who appointed Gehry’s design “shares his [Gehry’s] intellectual confusion and distaste of classical ” Continue reading for more.

PTL / Satoru Hirota Architects

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Architects: Satoru Hirota Architects  / Satoru Hirota + Yoshimi Kondo
Location: ,
Client: Private
Structural Design: Nieda+Hisaeda Architects / Taizen Nieda + Mitsuyoshi Yoshida
Contractor: DAIDO KOGYO Co.,Ltd / Tomotaka Iwamoto
Collabotator: LIMES (roder made kitchen) / Tomoya Matsuda
Site Area: 253.74 sqm
Built-up Area: 213.53 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Satoru Hirota Architects

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‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition

The ‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + the Architecture of Flight’ exhibition, opening July 15 until October 7 at the Denver Art Musuem, will take visitors on a multi-media tour of airport design of the past, present and future. Visitors will…

Rock Executive Suite Synopsis / Rossetti

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Architect: Rossetti
Location: , MI, USA
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Dave Burk © Hedrich Blessing