Ada Street / Amin Taha Architects

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Located off Broadway Market, south of London Fields in one of the poorer, but upcoming east-end areas, Ada Street accommodates six apartments above two small retail units in an area with the largest number of different languages spoken in the city with the largest population of artist per square kilometer in Europe. With creative shops, bars and clubs to reflect the Local Authority’s more relaxed approach to design aesthetics, Amin Taha Architects formed a structure asymmetrical in appearance with subtly battered and sloping walls and floor plates and a gentle scattering of window openings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

IJburg College / LIAG

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Architects: LIAG
Location: Pampuslaan 1, ,
Client: Hevo BV, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Area: 11.430 sqm (school), 3.000 sqm (sport), 3.000 sqm (Parking) and 23 apartments
Completion: 2011
Team: Erik Schotte, Pivo Wirfler, Carel van Kuijk, Harmen Landman, Martin Pasman and Thomas Witteman
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg, Thomas Schlijper, Vulkers Fotografie


Nantong Sports Center Winning Proposal / Henn

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Henn architects recently won the first prize in the invited international competition to design a new sports center in , China, which is in close proximity to Shanghai. The Sports Center establishes a hybrid of landscape, public space and athletic functions. As the epicenter of the complex, the 50,000sqm stadium features a 400 m track and seating for 10,000 spectators. Smaller independent sports halls surround the central stadium, interconnected by a diagrid path network which seamlessly links all functions throughout the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bamboo Wing / Vo Trong Nghia

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia
Location: Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, province, Vietnam
Completion Year: 2010
Construction Area: 1,600 sqm
Photo credit (construction): Vo TrongNghia Co., Ltd.
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Glass Farm / MVRDV

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Rembrand developers, the town of and MVRDV recently started construction on the Glass Farm, a multifunctional building in the village square of the small Brabant town of Schijndel. The building, with a total surface area of 1600m2, will contain shops, restaurants, offices and a wellness centre. The exterior is printed glass with the motive of a typical local farm. Construction will be completed in December 2012. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ashburton House / Phooey Architects

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Architects: Phooey Architects
Location: ,
Site: 840 sqm
Floor Area: 240 sqm
Year Competed: 2009
Project Team: Peter Ho, Emma Young, Lucy Williams, Leigh de Longville, James Baradine & Alan Ting
Structural Engineer: Perrett Simpson Stantin
Landscape Design: Simon Ellis
Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Arbour House / Richard Kirk Architect

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Architects: Richard Kirk Architect
Location: New Farm, , Queensland, Australia
Completed: 2009
Structural Engineer: Bornhorst & Ward
Hydraulic Engineer: Cushway Blackford
Photographer: Scott Burrows


Robin Hood Gardens to be Demolished

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After many years spent fighting to preserve the famous Robin Hood Gardens social housing complex in East , the architecture community mourns another loss. Tower Hamlets Council and the Thames Gateway Development Corporations have approved the demolition of the 1960s Brutalist complex in an effort to make way for a new £500 million sustainable development comprised of energy efficient, mixed-tenure homes and an enlarged central park. The historic building was built by modernist architects and remains an important piece to Great Britain’s architectural history. Continue reading for more.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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It’s time for the best of last week. Like the new King’s Cross Station in , designed by John McAslan + Partners. Or this amazing beach house in Lima, Perú. You can’t miss our interview with Marlon Blackwell, whose projects you can check right here. What do you think about Dierendonck Blancke Architecten’s House 12k in Belgium? Would you visit an exhibition and retail pavilion in a cave?

Sunset / Topos Design Studio

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Architects: Topos Design Studio – Alan Fan, Lim Hong Kian
Location: , Singapore
Main Contractor: Millard Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: Barton Associates Pte Ltd
Civil and Structural Engineer: First Engineer Consultants
Completion: 2007
Site: 950 sqm
Floor Area: 590 sqm
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

SPNR 0402 / Steinmetz De Meyer

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Architects: Steinmetz De Meyer
Location: , Grand Duchy of
Site Area: 500 sqm
House Area: 350 sqm
Structural engineering: NEY & Partners
Photographs: Christof Weber Photograph 


Perth Arena / ARM Architecture + CCN

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Architects: ARM Architecture, CCN
Location: WA 6000 Australia
Project Director: Stephen Ashton
Jv Director: Dominic Snellgrove
Design Director: Howard Raggatt
Project Architects: Stephen Davies, Peter Keleman
Senior Team Leader: Steve Christie
Area: 28300.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Greg Hocking, Peter Bennetts, John Gollings

House A / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten

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Architects: Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten
Location: Dornbirn,
Project Management: P. Nußbaumer, F. Kruck
Completion: 2009
Floor Space: 252 sqm
Photographs: Bruno Klomfar

Respect the Architect / Franck Bohbot

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In a single photograph, French photographer Franck Bohbot exposes the essence of each unique architectural masterpiece in a series entitled Respect the Architect that captures a telling moment within a variety of locations throughout Europe. Stylistically, the series embodies a homogeneous composition throughout while simultaneously revealing the unique story of each space. Bohbot embraces quasiperfect symmetry, creating a surreal quality and invoking a sense of curiosity with each image.

Continue after the break for more images. In case you missed it, be sure to check out this series: Parisian Theaters by Franck Bohbot.

Contemporary Building in Berlin / BCO Architekten

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Architects: BCO Architekten, Busch Wameling, Gotaut, Schleipen & Wameling
Location: Linienstr. 23, ,
Client: WEG Linienstr. 23
Completion: May 2011
Photographs: Werner Huthmacher

Envision Energy Headquarters / AECOM

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The Envision Energy Headquarters, designed by AECOM, is located in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, .  Envision Energy is the leading Chinese wind turbine manufacturer that emphasizes in research, development, manufacturing, sales and maintenance.  The new 3-story 3,000 square meter facility is a mixed use, multi-layered space which includes program of offices, dining facilities, galleries and exhibition spaces, an employee recreation lounge with karaoke room, theater, gym, massage room and game room.  The facility supports all employees from skilled laborers to executive directors and encompasses the attitiude of the company, celebrating wind energy as the fastest growing clean alternative energy solution.  The architects were asked to design the facility to express this technology.

Read on for more on the design after the break.

Video: Mikkel Frost on the Troldtekt Award 2012

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Here’s a video on Mikkel Frost from Cebra presenting the Troldtekt Award 2012. More info on the award can be found here.

Ignacia Apartments / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani


Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: , Chile
Constructor: Salvador Errázuriz
Engineer: Alfonso Larraín
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nico Saieh