Cantina Mexicana Restaurant / Taller Tiliche

© LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo

Architects: Taller Tiliche
Location: ,
Project Team: Alberto Bustamante, Rodrigo Escandón, Manuel Bueno, Jerónimo Jiménez, Guillermo González, Jessica Sherwell
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: LGM Studio – Luis Gallardo

Top 10 American Downtowns

Courtesy of Flickr CC License / navets recently released a compilation of the 10 best downtowns in the USA.  Based on a rubric analyzing entertainment, planning, architecture, and green spaces they have come up with a list atypical of the cities typically found at the top of similar lists. Each of the cities on the list has a distinct and unique aura. Starting with Franklin, Tennessee, and topping out with Indianapolis, Indiana at number one, the descriptions of each city are sure to provide ample insight into the inimitable characteristics that warranted their listing within the downtowns. Be sure to check out projects from the cities on the list here:

  1. Indianapolis, Indiana
  2. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  3. Burlington, Vermont
  4. San Antonio, Texas
  5. Savannah, Georgia
  6. Louisville, Kentucky
  7. Fort Worth, Texas
  8. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  9. Eugene, Oregon
  10. Franklin, Tennessee

Plot 4328 / Bernard Khoury Architects


Architect: Bernard Khoury Architects
Location: Kferdebian,
Project Year: 2010
Client: Loft Investment
Photography: Bernard Khoury Architects


AD Round Up: Industrial Architecture Part VIII

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Five great industrial projects we published back in January this year for our 8th selection. Check them all after the break.

Biotechnology Industry / Marlene Imirzian & Associates
Phoenix, Arizona has a burgeoning Biotechnology industry and in order to help fill the demand for skilled employees the Paradise Valley Community College plans to double its Biotechnology Program. The new Life Science Building provides new instructional space, housing the college’s Anatomy, Physiology, General Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Marine Biology and Environmental Biology Programs (read more…)

Vershina Trade and Entertainment Center / Erick van Egeraat

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Architects: Erick van Egeraat
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 37,050 sqm
Photographs: Alexey Naroditskiy

YETA / Lab Zero

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Architect: , Lab Zero
Location: Not determined
Project and Engineering: Flavio Galvagni,
Construction: Raffaelli Contract
Collaborators: Alessandro Gadotti, And / Anna Dematte’, Kumbe, Ing. Marco Gabardi, Visual System
Photographs: Alessandro Gadotti


Arctic Food Network / Lateral Office

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Recent recipient of the 2011 Holcim Gold Award for the North American region, Lateral Office’s Arctic Food Network is a series of strategically distributed shelters addressing food security, biological and wildlife species management, and provides a safe navigation system across Baffin Island in Nunavut, .

Architect: Lateral Office
Location: Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
Collaborators: InfraNet Lab, Dr. Claudio Aporta
Advisor: Nunavut Department of Culture, Language, Elders, and Youth
Project Team: Mason White, Lola Sheppard, Nikole Bouchard, Fionn Byrne
Start of Construction: May 2012
Images: Lateral Office

Continue reading for more detailed information and images.

VCU Adcenter (Brandcenter) / Clive Wilkinson Architects

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Architect: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: 103 S. Jefferson Street, Richmond, , USA
Client: Virginia Commonwealth University
Project Area: 32,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: VCU Creative Services, Allen T. Jones

The Citizen Office Concept by Vitra

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Vitra presents an office of possibilities called Citizen Office – one in which employees control the way they interact with their work environment. Through the creative implementation of products and arrangements that stimulate the flexible use of space for each individual, employees can choose how their work will be most productive.  This promotes physical and mental well-being and reflects positively on employee performance.  According to Katharina Weisflog, Marketing & Public Relations Manager for Vitra, “feeling at ease makes people more motivated and productive” which is why at Citizen Office “the workers decide autonomously which rhythm and which form is right for their respective activity at which location”.

Click through for images of the working environment created within Citizen Office.

Le Terrazze / Studio Marco Piva

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Architects: Studio Marco Piva
Location: , Italy
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Marco Piva

Theory: Chapter 10

The first casualty was the large boy man with the soft hands. He had taken control of the tablesaw and was ripping ply for the little Asian girls with rectilinear eyewear and anyone else willing to let him. The bearded shop staff for some reason believed him when he said he knew what he was doing, &c, &c. That was soon revealed to be a mistake in judgment on their part when, after a number of successful, cocky rips, he tried a new technique and showed how close he could get his hand to the blade. The Asian girl who spoke in Ebonics shouted to be careful and he shouted back under his safety glasses that it was OK because the blade was outfitted with a laser thingamajig that would make it stop if his hand got within a mm of it or some small such dimension.

It was almost certainly her fault because the young man was at that moment trying to impress and seemingly in his element in the shop he slid his hand through the blade in one quick motion and the fingers popped off in quick succession, flying this way and that. The blood was immediately apparent and continued to flow freely out of the alien paddle that remained. His scream was more of a muffled grunting and crying as he concealed the paddle in his doubled over form amidst the sawdust. The Asian Ebonics girl immediately vomited while turning away and falling against a bandsaw. Others moved away. A few just stared transfixed. Some were dialing 911. The bearded shop staff ran in swearing and yelling what happened what happened and swearing some more and saying I thought you said you knew what you were doing and other accusations at the wounded boy as they obviously shifted blame onto him as the chief protagonist in his grave injury.

Ordos Museum / ///byn


Chinese calligraphy is mainly based in three characteristics: status of mind, line and color. These tree concepts triggered ///byn original ideas for the Museum. A primary impression of non-organization is quickly overcome by a self-organized logic. Here, the museum volumes have found their own space in the park. The logics of placement come from many different aspects: orientation, functionality, targeted visuals, public space, creating a unique orchestrated sequence of spaces. More images and project description after the break.

Enfield Mausoleum Extension / Greenway Architects

© Aldo Trissi

Architects: Greenway Architects
Location: Enfield Memorial Park, ,
Project Team leader: Jon Lowe 
Project Manager: DTEI
Structural Engineer: Jim Wilson
Services Engineer: Gascoigne Consultants
Landscape Architect: Oxigen
Builder: Coombs and Barei
Size (m2): 2000m2
Budget: $2M
Photographer: Aldo Trissi


Update: Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building / Preston Scott Cohen


Preston Scott Cohen’s office sent us drawings of his  to add to the images of the recently opened museum we shared earlier in the week. Preston Scott Cohen explained, “Conceptually, the Amir Building is related to the Museum’s Brutalist main building (completed 1971; Dan Eytan, architect).  At the same time, it also relates to the larger tradition of Modern architecture in Tel Aviv, as seen in the multiple vocabularies of Mendelsohn, the Bauhaus and the White City.The gleaming white parabolas of the façade are composed of 465 differently shaped flat panels made of pre-cast reinforced concrete. Achieving a combination of form and material that is unprecedented in the city, the façade translates Tel Aviv’s existing Modernism into a contemporary and progressive architectural language.”

Check out the drawings after the break.

‘Nine Dragon’ Housing Complex / YKH_LAB

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Located next to their apartment-factory project in Suizhong, , the design for the mixed-used development of residential units and sales center for the apartment-factory by YKH_LAB (to be converted later as a retail center for the residential development) is a part of the Korea Town development. Relevant to the core idea of its sister project Suizhong Apt-factory, the conceptual qualities of this project are in response to this relationship with 8 distinctive courtyards and roof gardens. Their mission was also to reflect the needs of the owner: to maximum density and marketable residential prototypes. More images and architects’ description after the break.


Courtesy of DVA Arhitekta

Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 590 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of DVA Arhitekta

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[global] Crisis & Design ver.1.0: Living in the Crisis Era Exhibition

The Institute of Multidisciplinarity for Art, Architecture and Design (IM) and Artgate Galleryare pleased to present an exhibition, [global] Crisis & Design ver.1.0: Living in the Crisis Era, between Anxiety and Desire. The exhibition is on view at Artgate Gallery…

798 ART SPACE / Thanlab Office

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Architects: Thanlab Office / Han Tao, Guo Xi, Ma Lina, Zim He, Wang Mohan, Johnny Huang
Location: , China
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,107 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Thanlab Office