Villa 4.0 / Dick van Gameren architecten

© Marcel van der Burg – Primabeeld

Architect: Dick van Gameren architecten
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg – Primabeeld

Update: WaterShed Wins Architecture / Solar Decathlon


Yesterday, we shared the news of  Empowerhouse’s win in the affordability contest - the first of ten contests comprising the Solar Decathlon.   The second contest, and one of the most prestigious of the competition, judges the projects’ architecture…and this year’s winner is the University of Maryland’s WaterShed.  Totaling 96 points, Maryland’s WaterShed surpassed New Zealand with 95 points and Appalachian State with 94 points.  Thus far, Maryland has had a strong showing at the competition as the residence has placed first overall for 4 out of the 5 competition days. “WaterShed achieves an elegant mix of inspiration, function, and simplicity. It takes our current greatest challenges in the built environment—energy and water—and transforms them into opportunities for spatial beauty and poetry while maintaining livability in every square inch,” said Architecture Contest Juror Michelle Kaufmann.

More about Maryland’s design after the break.  

Berkeley Courtyard House / WA Design

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Architects: WA Design Inc
Location: Berkeley, California,
Design Team: David Stark Wilson, Chris Parlette, Frank Eyerly, Tom Peebles, Angela Wong
Consultants: SDC (engineering); Artistic (lighting); Meline Engineering (mechanical)
Landscape Design: WA design
Project Area: 4,880 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of WA Design Inc

Kunshan Huaqiao Forum and Hotel Proposal / Ojanen_Chiou Architects

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Ojanen_Chiou Architects shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Kunshan Huaqiao Forum and Hotel where the city is known as the birthplace of traditional Kunqu opera, and is renowned for its unique canal townships in the Yangtze River Delta. The effort to create synergy between urban development and environmental habitat, while creating numerous layers of experience that maximize the use and enjoyment of the water’s edge, became the inspiration for the organization and form of the architecture. As the centerpiece of the entire development, the buildings seek to exemplify an adaptive, ecological and progressive spirit while retaining a strong connection to local cultural traditions. More images and architects’ description after the break.

O House / Belém Lima Architects

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architects: Belém Lima Architects
Location: ,
Constructor: RPM
Engineering: Norvia | coord MJ Borges
Project Area: 550 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

TAG Farnborough Airport / 3DReid Architects

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Architect: 3DReid Architects
Project Year: 2006 (Phase 1) – 2010 (Phase 2)
Engineer: Buro Happold
Contractor: TAG Construction Management
Quantity Surveyor: Cyril Sweett
Landscape Architect: Lovejoy
Structural Steelwork: Rowecord Engineering
External Cladding: Mero
Glazing: Compass Glass
Photography: 3DReid Architects


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Peripheries 2011 – 9th International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)

The School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering (SPACE) at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), Northern Ireland recently announced the event, Peripheries 2011 – the ninth International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) which occurs on the 27th to…

AD Classics: Menil Collection / Renzo Piano

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Most important Architectural additions to a city are those of spectacle, meant to stand out and grab attention, such as Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, or Daniel Libeskind’s extension to the Denver Art Museum. But when made his American debut with the Menil Collection 25 years ago, the result was far from spectacle, but rather more supplementary to an already established neighborhood scale.


Golden Mile / LEVS Architecten

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Architects: LEVS Architecten
Location: Almere, The
Client: Syntrus Achmea Vastgoed
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Allard van der Hoek

Architecture City Guide: Lisbon

This week, with the help of our readers, our  is headed to . We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. Please add your favorites in the comment section below so we can add them on the second go around. Again thank you to all our readers who sent in their suggestions and photographs. The city guides would not be possible without your help.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide page.
The Architecture City Guide: Lisbon  list and corresponding map after the break.

2 Courts House / Keiji Ashizawa Design

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Architects: Keiji Ashizawa Design
Location: Tokyo,
Project Architect: Keiji Ashizawa / Naoki Sekikawa
Structure Engineer: ASA asociates / Akira Suzuki
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Daici Ano

Bob Cassilly, an influential St. Louis sculptor dies at 61

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An important , scupltor lost his life this week. 61 year old artist and entrepreneur Bob Cassilly died in a construction accident on Sunday September 26th at the site of his most recent project, Cementland.

In Progress: Amsterdam University College / Mecanoo architecten

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Architect: Mecanoo architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Client: University of Amsterdam
Structural engineer: ABT bv, Delft
MEP Engineer:Ingenieursburo Linssen b.v., Amsterdam
Acoustics consultant: DGMR, Arnhem
Cost consultant: Basalt Bouwadvies bv, Nieuwegein
Project management: Arohnsohn advising engineers, Rotterdam
Photographs: Courtesy of Mecanoo architecten

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton / Fabiola Minas Roberto Murgia Simona Oberti

© Giovanna Silva

Location: , Via San Paolo, Italy
Project Team: Filippo Weber, Valentina Ravara
Lighting Design: Rossi Bianchi Lighting Design
Client: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Project Year: 300 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Giovanna Silva

MUR House / Apollo Architects & Associates

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Architects: Apollo Architects & Associates
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 80.39 sqm
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Mechanical Engineer: Zennei Shimada
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

When you’re an Architect

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Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love being an Architect. I’ve been an Architect almost as long as I haven’t been an Architect (don’t try to do the math, please) and at this point I really can’t imagine doing anything else. Actually, I can’t imagine “being” anything else. It’s become more than a profession. It’s become part of the definition of who I am. But, no one really told me it would change every aspect of my perception of the world. No one told me it was going to get under my skin.

No one ever told me, that when you’re an Architect:

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‘From Crèche to Campus – Mecanoo’s Educational Buildings, Present and Future’ Exhibition

On Thursday 29 September 2011 at 6:15 pm Jan Nieuwenburg, councillor of education in the city of Haarlem, will open the exhibition, ‘From Crèche to Campus – Mecanoo’s educational buildings, present and future’ in the ABC Architecture Centre in Haarlem,…

Update: Living Foz / dEMM Arquitectura

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

We recently received new photographs by FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra of Living Foz. We featured this project back in February, and has been recently award a 2011 Emirates Glass LEAF Award. “The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards honour the architects designing the buildings and solutions that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural community.”

New photographs after the break.
Original ArchDaily feature.