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Moda Bagno-interni Store / k-studio

© Yiorgos Kordakis

Architects: k-studio
Location: Alimou Street, Athens,
Interior Design: Moda Bagno Design Team
Steel Structural Engineer: Evel Dimopoulos
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Yiorgos Kordakis

Mosquée d’Algérie / KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

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As part of the celebrations of ’s National holiday on November 1st the foundation stone for the new “Mosquée d’Algérie”, designed by KSP Juergen Engel Architekten, was laid at an official ceremony in Algiers. This formal act marks the beginning of the construction of the world’s third largest mosque after the Islamic pilgrimage sites in Mecca and Medina. With its prayer hall for up to 37,000 people and the approx. 265-meter high minaret, the Mosque will in future be one of the largest religious buildings in the Islamic world. The complex offers space for up to 120,000 visitors daily and, in addition to the prayer hall and the minaret, boasts further facilities such as a cultural center, an Imam School, a library, apartments, a fire station, a museum, and a research center. More images and project description after the break.

Unique Architecture, Unique Dining Experiences

This post is presented by S. Pellegrino, Fine Dining Lovers.

Restauranteurs are having a tougher time to please their customers, now turning into food aficionados. For the foodies, dining is more than just a gourmet, refined preparation. It’s all about the science of the food, where it comes from, how it is prepared, and dining becomes a full experience. In this aspect, the environment where the food is served has turned into a very important part of this experience.

In this post we are going to present to you restaurant projects that offer unique dining experiences, through innovative architecture.

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

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Over the past year, we’ve been following the development and early construction of Preston Scott Cohen’s Amir Building.  The 195,000 square ft building has recently been completed and now, the museum is open to the public.   The $55 million Herta and Paul Amir Building will provide the space needed to permanently display one of the world’s largest collections of Israeli art.  From its earlier beginning in 2002, Preston Scott Cohen’s proposal has been further developed and refined, culminating in the strong geometric aesthetic typical of Cohen’s design ideas.   Paul Amir, a philanthropist who, with his wife Herta, has provided the naming gift for the building, stated, “We feel privileged to have been able to advance the work of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, an institution that is truly at the heart of ’s creative community. With this exceptional building by Preston Scott Cohen, and with the ability to showcase the work of ’s artists as never before, the Museum now has the potential to step up to a prominent new role on the international scene, to the benefit of everyone.”

Check out more photos and learn more about the opening after the break. 

K House / Alroy Hazak architects

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Architects: Alroy Hazak architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Amir Hazak Ronnie Alroy Bathelle Unger Alon Goldberg
Project Area: 700 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Amit Giron

2012 United States Best Architecture Schools

Milstein Hall at Cornell University / OMA © Matthew Carbone

James Cramer and the Greenway Group have just released the 13th edition of DesignIntelligence, a compilation of different for accredited architecture schools in the .   The report attempts to create a level playing ground upon which to rank the universities by polling thousands of students, talking to deans and administrators, interviewing successful designers in private practices, and visiting each university campus.  While the findings may raise some debate, overall, the report creates a dialogue as to how, and to what extent, higher education responds to the changing demands of our profession.  We will be focusing on key aspects of the report throughout the following weeks such as regional rankings for accredited universities, an interesting deans’ survey, a selection of top educators, and even charts featuring award-wining firms and their graduate affiliations.  And, to begin, let’s introduce the top 10 undergraduate and graduate Architecture Programs of 2012.

Check out the list after the break.

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Footbridge in Cyprus Proposal / Elina Pattichi

This proposal for a footbridge on the T. Papadopoulos Avenue by Elina Pattichi… won the first prize in the competition for a footbridge in Pafos City, Cyprus. The design ensures safe pedestrian circulation between the adjacent schools and the residential

Schuler Villa / andrea pelati architecte

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Architects: andrea pelati architecte
Location: , Switzerland
Project Team: Andrea Pelati, Raphaël Fromaigeat, Anna Popek-Schmalstieg, Sandy Erlebach
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 690 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Courtesy of The New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects

B*Sessions: LEEDing Affordable Housing Seminar

Join a critical discussion on the architect’s role in shaping sustainable buildings and communities. Panelists Terrence O’Neal AIA, LEED AP [Terrence O'Neal Architect, LLC]; Victor Body-Lawson AIA [Body Lawson Associates]; and David Danois AIA [Danois Architects] will use case studies…

Flashback: Mar Mediterrâneo & Mar Vermelho Office Buildings / IDF – Ideias do Futuro

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Architects: IDF – Ideias do Futuro
Location: Lisbon,
Partners: Rolinet et Associés
Project Team: Arch. Gabriel Santos, Arch. Mário Salgado Freire, Arch. Ricardo Lopes, Arch. Tiago Corregedor da Fonseca, Arch. Virgínia Gomes
Engineering: Termifrio – Projectos e Planeamento Industrial Lda; Quanti; A2P, Consult Estudos e Projectos, Lda.
Project Year: 2002
Project Area: 17,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of IDF – Ideias do Futuro


Container Architecture Exhibition

Showcasing the most high-profile realized ISO-container projects from all over the globe, the Container Architecture Exhibition, put together by Jure Kotnik…, is offering an insight into one of architecture’s youngest branches until December 9 at the Seattle AIA gallery

National Museum of Scotland / Gareth Hoskins Architects

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Architects: Gareth Hoskins Architects
Location: Edinburgh,
Structural Engineer: David Narro Associates
Services Engineer: Max Fordham
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 30,000 sqm
Photographs: Andrew Lee

Jane Jacobs Forum 2011 Women as Public Intellectuals / The Municipal Art Society

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To honor the 50th anniversary of Jane Jacob’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The Municipal Art Society of is hosting the Jane Jacobs Forum focusing on Women as Public Intellectuals. The forum will discuss three prominent female writers: Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) and Betty Friedan (The Female Mystique) all of whom challenged the status quo.  Their voices contributed to discussions about urban planning, environmental responsibility and the role of women in society.  The forum will be moderated by Robin Pogrebin with five other panelists who will address the circumstances of these women’s successes and the role of women engaged in public critique today.

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 8th at The CUNY Graduate Center in The Elebash Hall at 6:30 – 8pm and reservations can be made here.

The Wellington Zoo Hub / Assembly Architects Limited

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Architects: Assembly Architects Limited
Location: , New Zealand
Project Team: Justin Wright, Louise Wright, James Norman
Structural Engineer: Alistair Cattanach, Dunning Thornton Consultants Ltd
Metalwork Fabricator: Fraser Engineering
Services Engineer: SKM & eCubed
Contractor: Naylor Love Limited
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jet Productions Ltd (Mike Heydon)

GH Genhelix Biopharmaceutical Facilities / estudioSIC

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Architect: estudioSIC
Location: ,
Authors: Esaú Acosta, Mauro Gil-Fournier, Miguel Jaenicke, estudiosic
Client: GH Genhelix
Collaborators: Alfredo Borgui, Nieves Valle, Matteo Ferrari
Coauthors: Pedro Colón, Raquel Buj
Project Team: Fhecor, Jose María Heras, IPD, David García, Gumersindo Fuertes
General Constructor: García de Celis
Budget: 4,890,000 €
Project Area: 8380 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Esaú Acosta. estudiosic

Zaha Hadid is Coming to San Diego

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Planning Commission has approved Zaha Hadid’s Residence. Along with the San Diego firm Public, Hadid will demolish an existing house on a half-acre site at 8490 Whale Watch Way, replacing it with a 12,700 square foot home comprised of four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and an indoor pool. The firm has described the home as an “introverted sculptural structure.”

The La Jolla Community Planning Association responded to unsupportive neighbors by appealing the owners’ application for a Coastal Development permit. Residents were concerned by the radical appearance in comparison to the rest of the neighborhood homes. Association member Dale Naegle stated, “If we approve this we might as well abandon our La Jolla Shores Planned District Ordinance…It is a beautiful house, but it doesn’t fit.”

The project still risks being appealed again by the La Jolla Community Planning Association. If that were to occur, the project would then be in the hands of the much more challenging city council.

Reference: The Architect’s Newspaper

House E / Sharon Neuman Architects

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Architect: Sharon Neuman Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Sharonneuman, Sharonwolman
Project Area: 300 sq.m
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Amit Gosher