Seixal City Hall / Nuno Leonidas Arquitectos

© Jose Manuel

Architect: NLA – Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos, Lda.
Location: Quinta do Quterio, Lote 0 – ,
Project Team: Nuno Leonidas, Vasco Leonidas, Duarte Tenera
General Coordination: Nuno Leonidas Arquitectos
Client: ASSIMEC – Imoveis e Construcoes da A. Silva e Silva, SA
Struture: ESTIPLANO – Estudos e Projectos, Lda.
HVAC/Technical Management/Safety/Electrical/Hydraulic/Acoustic/Traffic: Coopacil, CRL
Landscape Architect: ARTEMISIA
Supervision: ASSIMEC – Imoveis e Construcoes da A. Silva e Silva, SA
Construction: OPWAY
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jose Manuel

2011 Monterey Design Conference

Praised as the most prestigious and best attended architectural design conference in the , the Monterey Design Conference was founded in 1979.  Held in Pacific Grove at the historic Asilomar Conference Grounds, past attendees of this prestigious design conference include such starchitect names as Rem Koolhaas.

This year’s speakers include Jeanne Gang, Tom Kundig, Michael Maltzan, David Salmela, Brigitte Shim, Borja Ferrater, and Peter Walker.

The 2011 MDC will take place at the Asilomar Conference Grounds on Oct 7-9th. A complete conference schedule can fe found at the AIACC Monterey Design Conference website and to register click here.

During the MDC there will be a guided Modern Home Tour which will include visits to projects by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Bernard Trainor + Associates, Jonathan Feldman, among others.

As a teaser, you can read interviews with  Jeanne Gang, and past speakers Thom MayneNeil Denari and Lawrence Scarpa.

More details after the break:

Haikou Tower Competition Winner / HENN

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HENN have won the first prize in the international competition to design the Haikou Tower in Haikou, . More information and images after the break.

Box House / Alan Chu & Cristiano Kato


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Architects: Alan Chu & Cristiano Kato
Location: Ilhabela, Sao Paulo,
Project year: 2008
Site area: 8,000 sqm
Constructed area: 36 sqm
Photographs: Djan Chu

House in Cadiz / Alfonso Alzugaray + Carlos Urzainqui

© Iñaki Bergera

Architects: Alfonso Alzugaray +
Location: Cadiz, Spain
Collaborators: Leire Leoz y Jesús Ramírez
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 640 sqm
Photographs: Iñaki Bergera

Design Studio: Top 10 Things you should know

Editor’s note: We welcome Bob Borson to ArchDaily. We will be presenting periodic updates from his popular blog Life of an Architect, generating a space for conversation among architects.

So school started a few weeks ago and architecture students are back in the studio environment – Aaahhhhh (breathing deeply) the familiar smell of despair, B.O. and basswood. There are a few things that I thought I would share with all you new studio rats. These are things you will probably have to figure out for yourself but I wish someone had told me some of these things when I was still spending 35 bazillion hours a week up at studio. There are many different experiences people might value from their time spent with other future architects but I would like to expose some commonly held urban legends associated with architecture and design studios.

Habitat For Humanity Adopts Student House Design

Courtesy of Yonatan Pressman and Courtney Benzon

Vert House, a low-cost sustainable house design, has been approved and adopted by Houston Habitat for Humanity. Designed by Yonatan Pressman and Courtney Benzon, graduate architecture students at , the 1,300 square-foot, 3-bedroom house will be constructed by Rice students and alumni in Spring 2012 as the Rice Centennial House, a student initiative in honor of of the university’s centennial celebrations. The design will also be added to Houston Habitat’s portfolio of home designs for additional builds in the future. More information on the project after the break.

1111 Lincoln Road / Raymond Jungles

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We have previously featured 1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog & de Meuron. We focused mostly on the building and interior design, but the landscape is equally note worthy and should not be missed. Raymond Jungles, the project’s landscape architect, generously shared with us the project from his perspective.

Landscape Architect: Raymond Jungles Inc
Location: 1111 Lincoln Rd, , Florida,
Landscape Architect of Record: Raymond Jungles, FASLA
Design Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Client/Owner: Robert Wennett and the City of Miami Beach
General Contractor: G.T. McDonald Enterprises, Inc.
Landscape Contractor: Superior Landscaping, Inc.
Specimen Tree Broker: Sean Jacobus Company, Inc.
Landscape Contractor: Plant Creations, Inc.
Lighting Consultant: Leni Schwendinger, Light Projects LTD.
Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Aquatic Consultant: Biscayne Aquaculture
Urban Soil and Tree Consultant: James Urban
Bromeliad Donations: Bulis Bromeliads
Silva Cell Installation/Design: Deep Root Partners
Project Area: 43,560 sqf
Photographs: Steven Brooke

Update: Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero / dbox

Illustration(s) by dbox

During the last week of August, the first installment of Spielberg’s Rising aired on the Discovery Channel.   Throughout the three hour segment, the documentary played to viewers’ emotions by sharing family members’ stories of that day and introducing us to a few iron workers who are slowly, but surely, bringing the Freedom Tower to life.    The documentary also featured amazing visualizations showing the complex while designers’ discussed the strategies behind the project.  Back in 2002, dbox: a branding & creative agency, with studios in New York, London and , became involved with the WTC and has been working on one or more of the projects at the site.  In collaborated with KPI, executive producer Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks, dbox provided brand identity, graphics, CGI and aerial cinematography for the Rising series which affords us glimpses into the future and reveals to the world the renewed skyline of New York.  We love the sunlight catching the edge of the sleek Tower and, for those familiar with the PATH at the WTC, the atmosphere shown in Calatrava’s transit hub leaves us anxiously awaiting its completion.  Take a look at the images and let us know which is your favorite.

View more illustrations after the break.

Casa Sasso / 57Studio

© Luly Pozo

Architect: 57Studio
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 1,658SqFt
Collaborators: Felipe Zamora
Construction: 57Studio + Francisco Sass0
Structural Engineer: Roberto Ibaceta
Photography: 57StudioLuly Pozo, Mauricio Fuertes


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The Exbury Egg / Perring Architecture + Design (PAD)

Idyllically located on the mud flats of the Exbury bank of the Bealieu River, The Egg is a project that young architectural practice, Perring Architecture + Design (PAD)…, are developing in partnership with ArtSway, a contemporary visual arts organization

Boathouse / TYIN tegnestue

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Architects: TYIN tegnestue
Location: More og Romsdal,
Project Area: 2011
Photographs: Pasi Aalto

Holcim Awards Winners for Africa Middle East

Holcim Awards Gold Prize - by Diébédo Francis Kéré, Kéré Architecture,

The winners of the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and visions from Africa Middle East have been announced at a ceremony in Casablanca. A total of USD 300,000 was presented to ten outstanding projects submitted by architects, planners, engineers and project owners. The winning projects illustrate the broad scope of applying sustainable approaches in construction including school infrastructure, community renewal, urban redevelopment, and energy-efficient design. More information on the awards after the break.

Essener Geschichte Archive Building / Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch

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Architects: Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch
Location: , Germany
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 6700 sqm
Photographs: Deimel & Wittmar

25th Street Residence / Shimizu + Coggeshall Architects

© Joshua White

Architect: Shimizu + Coggeshall Architects
Location: , California,
Project Team: Joshua Coggeshall, Janice Shimizu, Sean Harris, Ryan Klinger, Danny Mascari
Project Area: 2785 sf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Joshua White

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New Taipei City Museum of Art Proposal / Yi-Hsiang Chao Architects & Infinite Studio

The New Taipei City Museum of Art conceptual design proposal by Yi-Hsiang Chao Architects and Infinite Studio… was initiated from a basic question: How does a museum allow the public to experience a seamless fusion between life and art? A

AD Classics: Rothko Chapel / Philip Johnson, Howard Barnstone, Eugene Aubry and Mark Rothko

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In 1964 Mark Rothko was commissioned by John and Dominique de Menil (who are also founders of the nearby Menil Collection that is housed in the Renzo Piano-designed Menil Museum and Cy Twombly Gallery) to create a meditative space filled with his site-specific paintings. The original architect assigned to work alongside Rothko was , with whom Rothko clashed over their distinct ideas for the building. Rothko would object to the monumentality of Johnson’s plan as distracting from the artwork it was to house. For this reason the Chapel would go through several revisions and architects working on the meditative space. Rothko continued first with and then Eugene Aubry, but ultimately did not live to see the chapel’s completion in 1971. It was after a long struggle with depression that Rothko committed suicide in his New York Studio on February 25th, 1970.


Arvo Pärt and Snøhetta Collaborate for Guggenheim Exhibition in Lower Manhattan

To a Great City by Arvo Pärt and Snøhetta,

The second iteration of stillspotting nyc–a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim’s programming into the streets of New York City–features Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and U.S. and Norway–based architecture firm Snøhetta in collaboration on urban soundscapes around . To a Great City, the Manhattan edition of stillspotting nyc, will be open to the public for two extended weekends on September 15–18 and 22–25, 2011. The installations explore the relationship between space and sound.

The architects have selected, and sometimes altered, urban spaces embodying the concept of a central tone, extending the perception of sound in the realm of space. Visitors will experience the confluence of music and architecture at five locations that quietly celebrate the city, ten years after September 11th. Around the periphery of , “participants may encounter a green labyrinth created by The Battery Conservancy, reflect in an underground chamber at Governors Island National Monument, and enter otherwise inaccessible spaces in landmark skyscrapers.” Participants can visit spaces multiple times at their leisure to understand how their perception changes based on circumstances such as time, stress, appetite, and sleep.

Exhibition: stillspotting nyc: manhattan (To a Great City by Arvo Pärt and Snøhetta)

Venue: Five locations, starting at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, across from 17 Battery Place, New York, NY

Dates: September 15–18 and 22–25, 2011

Read the press release here: