2012 Architecture Awards / American Academy of Arts and Letters

St Nicholas Church / Architect

Beginning in 1955, the American Academy of Arts and Letters have awarded architectural accolades to those who made a significant contribution to architecture as an art.  Recently, the organization began giving such awards, formerly called Academy Awards, to honor  American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction or explores architectural ideas through any medium of expression.   This year’s winners include Kathryn Gustafson (Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture), Hilary Ballon (Arts and Letters Award for medium expression), Marlon Blackwell,  & Alan Organschi and Michael Maltzan (Arts and Letters Awards for personal direction)a mixture of architectural academics and practitioners, landscape designers and fabricators.

More about the winners after the break. 

Pocafarina / Hidalgo Hartmann

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Architects: Hidalgo Hartmann - Jordi Hidalgo Tané, Daniela Hartmann
Location: Girona,
Technical Architect: Rafel Serra Torrent, Technical Architect
Collaborators: Torrent Rafel Serra, Technical Architect, Ana Roque, architect
Promoters: Xevi Bartrinai Alba Sarola.
Surface: 320 sqm
Budged: 526,236.20€
Photographs: Filippo Podi, Jordi Hidalgo 


Tadao Ando Architecture Exhibition

Courtesy of Duvetica

Curated by the Tadao Ando Architect & Associates studio, an exhibition dedicated to Tadao Ando’s last ten museum projects will be held at the Duvetica Store and Showroom in April 17-22. The projects, realized between Europe and Japan over a period stretching from the mid-1990s until 2010, will be presented through a large selection of drawings, models, videos and photos. The event will be held in the building that was the Japanese architect’s latest project in Europe, the Duvetica Store and Showroom in , opened in October 2011 and comprising a vast open space and a showroom below the store, both measuring 220 square meters. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Forte Nanshan / SPARK

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Architects: SPARK
Location: , China
Completion: 2011
Total GFA: 5,420 sqm
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann
Design Team: Ming Yin Tan, Eldine Heep, Cristina Perez Guillen, Leonardo Micolta, Javen Ho
Client: Forte
Interiors: One Plus Partnership Limited
Landscape: Hassell/Hong Kong
LDI: Chongqing Design Institute
Structure: Chongqing Design Institute
Photographs: Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Burgenland Meierhof in a Multifunctional Complex / AllesWirdGut

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AllesWirdGut won the first prize of the Esterházy Domain Private Foundation competition for the conversion of a Burgenland Meierhof in a multifunctional complex. The specific nature of the project results from the partially worth protecting historic buildings. The design of AllesWirdGut strengthens existing qualities, but combines the old architecture with contemporary enhancements. An hour away from Vienna, a multifaceted system of a restaurant, offices and homes is about to be created. More images and architects’ description after the break.

El Nodo Housing / Exit Architects

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Architects: Exit ArchitectsIbán Carpintero, Mario Sanjuán,  Ángel Sevillano, José Mª Tabuyo
Location: Solius,
Client: Sogepsa. Principado De Asturias
Built Area: 2,737 sqm
Budget: 2,233,087 Euros
Completion: 2007
Technical architects: Manuel Martínez Manso / Florentino Sión
Mechanical consultant: Roberto Montero De La Losa
Structural consultant: Jofemar S.L. José Luis Gutiérrez
Photopgraphs: Miguel de GuzmánExit Architects

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‘Manta’ Installation for SmartGeometry 2012 Conference / Guillermo Bernal, Eric Ameres, Zackery Belanger, Seth Edwards

Drawing from creative minds of Guillermo Bernal, Eric Ameres, Zackery Belanger, and Seth Edwards, and with the support of Smartgeometry, Grimshaw Architects…, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute‘s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Manta represents the potential of

City Museum / Canvas Arquitectos

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Architects: Canvas Arquitectos - Juan Vicente – Pablo Núñez – Pablo Redero Gómez
Location: , Spain
Project area: 16,900 sqm
Completion: 2006
Colaborators Architects:José Riesco Urrejola, Francisca Rivera Palma, Marta González Antón, Íñigo Pericacho Sánchez, Jesús Domínguez Miñambres, Carmen Figueiras Lorenzo and Claudia Henao Ocampo.
Colaborators Surveyors: Domingo Infante Chozas and Andrés García Pinto.
Client: Ministry of Culture and Salamanca City Council
Prize: First Prize on Open Competition for project design and site supervision.
Photographs: Santiago Santos


Duvetica Milano Shop / Tadao Ando Architect & Associates

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Architects: Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
Location: Via Santo Spirito 22, Centro Storico, Milano, Italy
Client: Duvetica Industrie S.p.A.
Coordinator: Equilibri s.r.l. (Eugenio Tranquilli, Verdiana Durand de la Penne)
Project Execution Team: Luigi Cocco (Structure), Guido Stella (Architectural drawings), Sergio Rigato (Electrical).
Consultant: Erco Illuminazione s.r.l. (Lighting System)
Completion: 2011
Floor Area: 350 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Institute of Marine Genomics / Barré Lambot Architectes

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Architects: Barré Lambot Architectes - Philippe Barre, Agnès Lambot
Location: ,
Project Manager: SARL Barré-Lambot, ISATEG (BET Structures, BET Fluides)
Contractor: Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Program: Biologic Station
Cost: 2,229,500 € HT
Surface: 1,486 sqm
Mission’s Architects: Architect agent
Photographs: Philippe Ruault


House In Sobral / Nelson Resende


Architecture: Nelson Resende
Location: Rua Alminhas do Cabo, Sobral, São João de , ,
Completion: 2011
Client: Private
Exterior Design: Nelson Resende
Construction Area: 238 sqm
Structures: Miguel Pinho, Civil Engineer
Infrastructures: Miguel Pinho, Engineer
Electrical Infrastructures: António Amorim, Electrical Engineer
Construction: Several builders
Photographs: FG+SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura

Steam Blower House / Heinrich Böll Architect

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Architects: Heinrich Böll BDA DWB
Location: Bochum,
Client: NRW.Urban – Dortmund
Project year: 2010
Structural Engineer: Lederhose, Wittler & Partner, Dortmund
Mechanical Engineer: PSF, Witten
Photographs: Thomas Mayer


Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi / SOM

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Saif Bader Al Qubaisi, Chairman of Health Services (SEHA), has unveiled plans for the new three-million-square-foot, 838-bed Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC). The new complex, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in a joint venture with ICME and Tilke, will replace the existing Sheikh Khalifa Medical City and provide expanded medical, pediatric, and trauma care for the residents of Abu Dhabi.

Mustafa K. Abadan, Design Partner for the project, says “The new Sheikh Khalifa Medical City balances the technical demands of a world-class medical center with the psychological well being of its visitors. The design allows for the flexible integration of next generation medical technologies, while the incorporation of amenities, such as trees and hanging gardens coupled with restaurants and retail, provides tranquility, relief and a sense of normalcy for patients and their families.”

Continue reading for more images and the architect’s description.

Oiticica Restaurant / Rizoma

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Architects: Rizoma - Thomaz Regatos, Maria Paz
Location: ,
Completion: 2010
Area: 768 sqm
Client: Inhotim
Design Team: Sara Fagundes e Inácio Luiz
Aproximate cost: $435,000
Construction time: 3 months
Photographs: Henrique Queiroga

Stickwork / Patrick Dougherty

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Patrick Dougherty is best known for his sculptures that break down over time.  You may have seen one of his temporary works without realizing it.  Built primarily from tree saplings woven together, each sculptures is approximately a three-week construction project where Dougherty and his group of volunteers carefully create the habitat or environment of this a tangled web of all natural materials.  Because the sculptures are made of organic matter they disintegrate, break down and fall apart, becoming part of the landscape once again.  Most people see habitats and shelters in his work – which is what many of them are meant to be – but “castles, lairs, nests and coccoons” isn’t what usually comes to mind.  In an interview with Dougherty for the Times, Penelope Green discusses his only permanent work and the origin of his interest in what is referred to as Stickwork, now available through Princeton Architecture Press.

Patrick Dougherty has made over 200 sculptures in the 25 years that he has been creating Stickwork.  But his construction work began when he was 28, working for the Air Force in the health and hospital administration.  He decided to buy property in North Carolina and build his own house from the materials on the site.  Collecting fallen branches, rocks and old timber, Dougherty was able to construct his home, in which he still lives with his wife and son, with a few additions.  By 36, Dougherty decided to return to school for sculpture and attended the art program at the University of North Carolina.  His interest in what nature had to offer led him to develop his tangled sculptures.  Each sculpture is different and depends greatly on the site.  Each project is different and depends on the volunteers that participate and the public that never fails to stop and watch the sculptures being woven together.

View some of his projects after the break.

Occhio / Emilio Ambasz


Architects: Emilio Ambasz
Location: , Italy
Photographs: Emilio Ambasz

Facebook 500,000 Fans Giveaway: Moleskine – Inspiration and Process in Architecture Winners

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Last week, we partnered with Moleskine to celebrate our 500,000 in Facebook! We asked you which architect would you like to see featured in Moleskine’s ‘Inspiration and Process in Architecture’ collection. We received more than 1,500 comments with great proposals for Moleskine to pick up. Here are the winners:

Moleskine: Suk Ho Lee
BOLLES+WILSON Moleskine: Dan Selden
Alberto Kalach Moleskine: Kartik Shah
Zaha Hadid Moleskine: Alejandra Cortes

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modeLab Material Matters Workshop

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Studio Mode / modeLab is putting on Material Matters II, a two-day intensive design, prototyping, and fabrication workshop to be held in during the weekend of May 12-13. As the next installment in the modeFab series and building upon the research developed in Material Matters I, this workshop will examine the procedural distinctions between two modes of design production: the first relying primarily on cerebral processing (a conceptual domain isolated from the wildness of matter and energy) and the second motivated by material’s capacity to act as an agent in the discovery of form.

The workshop will operate through a framework of computational and fabrication strategies that hinge on the peculiarities of material and the emergent set of knowledge associated with the work of the hand. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, they will iteratively develop digital and fabricated prototypes utilizing Grid-Based Modeling techniques via Paneling Tools and Machining Strategies with RhinoCAM. Furthermore, the workshop will provide participants with instruction in digital fabrication techniques and direct access to CNC equipment. For more information, please visit here.