Waitakere Library And UNITEC Facilities / Architectus & Athfield Architects

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Architects: Architectus & Athfield Architects
Location: , New Zealand
Project area: 8,000 sqm
Project year: 2006
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Green Light Tower / UArchitects

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Architects: UArchitects – Emile van Vugt and Misak Terzibasiyan
Location: ,
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KH+DH Houses / Vladimir Kalinowski

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The KH+DH Houses designed by Vladimir Kalinowski aim to accomodate two elderly couples. Conceptualized around the idea of a centrally located courtyard, the homes are connected both visual and programmatically by the garden. The relationship between inside and outside also became a crucial aspect of the quality of space.

Architects: Vladimir Kalinowski
Location: ,
Contractor: Mario Mejia
Project Area: 500 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Vladimir Kalinowski

The System – A Paul Mitchell Partner School / Dake | Wells Architecture

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The challenge was to transform the interior of a 10,500 sqf banal retail center into a salon and education facility worthy of the Paul Mitchell brand while meeting an extremely tight budget and rapid construction schedule. In order to meet the challenge, the design solution focuses on three key elements: color, light and composition.

Architect: Dake | Wells Architecture
Location: , Missouri, USA
Project Area: 10,500 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Architectural Imageworks

V&A Exhibition Road / Amanda Levete Architects

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The V&A Exhibition Road design by Amanda Levete Architects in London, strives to break down the boundary that exists between the V&A Museum and the street by taking the museum onto Exhibition Road and bringing Exhibition Road into the museum.  It unlocks a the potential to bring new audiences into the museum by exposing it to passersby.

Read on for more information on this project.

YMCA Quinte / aTRM Architects

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Architects: aTRM Architects - Scott Robinson
Location: Quinte West, , Canada
Project area: 50,000 sqf
Project year: 2009
Photographs: S.GIL

Tallest LEGO Tower

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Brazil will be the first South American country to host the Summer Olympics which will be held in 2016, but first the country set their sites on building the world’s tallest tower, a record previously held by Chile.  The community of constructed their 500,000 piece tower last weekend which rose to a height of 102 feet-three inches.  School groups, families both kids and adults, joined in the team effort assembling the independent  bricks that were stacked on top of each other eventually using a crane.

Eme3 International Architecture Festival Call for Projects

Eme3 is pleased to announce the the deadlines to present projects to be selected and exhibited in the 6th edition of the eme3 International Architecture Festival, which will take place form 1st to 3rd of July in the COAC, ARTS_SANTA_MONICA, ELISAVA and DHUB of .

The eme3 guideline, a festival that questions and confronts differents points of view on architecture and its relationship to society, will be maintained this year wanting to provide answers to global solutions presented and discussed in the last edition 2010. Thus, among other topics, the questionings will revolve around the contradictions between sustainable development and “greenwashing”, around the appropriateness of the use of technology resources compared to “low cost”, aroud the urban impasses in cities, or the micro -urban policies that affect citizens in their daily lives.

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Xiang’he Garden City – Park of the Floating Gardens / OKRA

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Currently under development, OKRA’s Xiang’he Garden City, consisting of a masterplan for the Park of the Floating Gardens, defines challenging ambitions, turning the former clay pits into a water park. A new garden city of approximately 700 hectares will arise close to the future 7th ring of Beijing, . The ambitions for the park are high and should create the perfect setting for the first housing development. The park should be a place for recreation, for running, for barbequing, for celebrations and more. It should also contribute to a sustainable environment, combining green design and water. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Lake House / David Guerra

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Architects: David Guerra Architecture and Interior
Location: Minas Gerais,
Project area: 340 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Jomar Bragança

Michel / Group Goetz Architects

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Group Goetz Architects (GGA) is proud to serve as the lead designer for Michel the newest restaurant by Michel Richard. Located in the Ritz Carlton at Tyson’s Corner, Michel infuses the hotel with the character and life the James Beard Award-winning chef is known for. The space combines the elegance of his Georgetown location, Citronelle, and the business atmosphere found in his latest venture, Central, also designed by the nationally recognized Group Goetz Architects. Michel is a destination for business breakfasts and lunches and transforms into an elegant evening dining venue serving innovative modern French cuisine in a contemporary setting, where guests can enjoy everything from duck with figs and cinnamon to chocolate crème brulee.

Architect: Group Goetz Architects
Location: 1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, Virginia, USA
Project Team: Lewis J. Goetz, FAIA, FIIDA (Principal-in-Charge), Al Gooden (Project Manager), Tom Mulhearn (Tom Mulhearn), Laura Madge, NCIDQ (Project Interior Designer)
Project Area: 4,800 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Group Goetz Architects

Berkshires XIII House / Burr & McCallum Architects

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Architects: Burr & McCallum Architects
Location: West Stockbridge, , USA
Project area: 4,600 sqf
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Michael Lavin Flower

Modular Arts / Heliotrope Architects

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Modular Arts is a -based company that designs and produces technologically advanced gypsum based 3-dimensional wall panel materials used by designers worldwide. Their growing business recently relocated to a light-industrial building with accommodations for both office and manufacturing functions. Heliotrope Architects was brought in to collaborate on the office interior tenant improvement, which required replacement of all existing finishes, systems and furnishings.

Architect: Heliotrope Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Project Area: 2,200 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Sean Airhart

Video: Honeycomb Apartments / OFIS Arhitekti

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Slovenian architects OFIS arhitekti shared with us this video that showcases the making of this very interesting construction named the Honeycomb Apartments, located in , .

Jarego House / CVDB arquitectos

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Architects: CVDB arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Project Team: Diogo Burnay, Cristina Verissimo, António Cotrim, Sofia Brogueira, Tiago Santos, Mireia Cases Sampere
Project area: 350 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2008
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

COTE 2011 Top Ten Green Projects

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The Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced the Top Ten Green Projects for 2011. Receiving this honor at the upcoming 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans, the following projects are examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.

Celebrating its 15th year, the COTE Top Ten Green Projects program is one of the profession’s highest recognitions for sustainable design excellence.

The jury assembled for the 2011 COTE Top Ten Green Projects includes: Joshua W. Aidlin, AIA, Aidlin Darling Design; Mary Guzowski, University of Minnesota School of Architecture; Kevin Kampschroer, General Services Administration, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings; Mary Ann Lazarus, AIA LEED AP, HOK; Jennifer Sanguinetti, P.E. LEED AP, Smart Buildings & Energy Management, BC Housing; and Lauren Yarmuth, LEED AP, YRG New York.

The COTE 2011 Top Ten Green Projects following the break.

AD Round Up: Museums Part VII

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Last year we featured many great museums. Like Alberto Campo Baeza’s Museum of Memory in Andalucia. Or Tampa’s Museum of Art designed by Stanley Saitowitz. Check five amazing museums from 2010 after the break.

Tampa Museum of Art / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
Museums began in ancient times as Temples, dedicated to the muses, where the privileged went to be amused, to witness beauty, and to learn. After the Renaissance museums went public with palatial structures where the idea of the gallery arose, a space to display paintings and sculpture (read more…)

Intergrain Timber Vision Awards

The Intergrain Timber Vision Awards are back in 2011, inviting architects, landscapers and designers nationwide to showcase their visionary use of timber in residential and commercial design projects. With the chance to showcase your work in front of a prestigious industry audience, the awards now cover five categories including: Residential Interior, Residential Exterior, Commercial Interior, Commercial Exterior and Young Architects (under 30 years of age).

To enter, simply submit your images and a brief description of your project. Your design will be judged by a panel of experienced representatives from the Australian Institute of Architects and , with category winners receiving a $2,000 cash prize, feature editorial in Architecture magazine and Intergrain product (to the value of $5000).

All entrants will also be eligible for the People’s Choice Award, selected by online public vote from all entries submitted across all categories. Entries open 13 April 2011 and close 30 June 2011. Winners will be announced in Architecture Australia’s November issue. For more information, visit the official website.