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Re-thinking SuZhou Creek Winning Proposal / ohm architekti

Courtesy of ohm architekti
Courtesy of ohm architekti

The winning design in the Re-thinking Shanghai competition for SuZhou Creek by ohm architekti proposes a city that changes in time and place, and is always perceived differently. They have created a new and unique neighborhood that is always changing, where you can set up a shop or a house and still have access to the full spectrum of surroundings. Traditional long-lasting connections are broken and new temporal connections are created – such that form only when they are convenient. A new flexible neighborhood is born with a city structure that is in motion. More images and architects’ description after the break.

How 3D Printing Will Change Our World

The MakerBot Repliactor, a personal 3D Printer. Photo via MakerBot.
The MakerBot Repliactor, a personal 3D Printer. Photo via MakerBot.

When the kids at NOTLabs first got their hands on a MakerBot Replicator, the ingenious 3D printer that can make just about anything you want, they quickly got down to business – making LEGO and Kinex connectors, that is. As inconsequential as their decision may seem, it got us thinking: today, building blocks, but tomorrow? Buildings themselves. The future isn’t as far as you may think. In the next two articles, I’ll introduce you to three visionaries who are already applying 3D printing technology to revolutionary effect: an engineer hoping to improve the human condition, a robotics expert with the goal of completing the Sagrada Familia (or at least putting a structure on the moon), and an architect at MIT using nature-inspired materials to turn the design world on its head. If these three examples are anything to go by, 3D Printing will revolutionize the world as we know it. But it begs the question: at what price? Will it offer architects the freedom to design without the pesky limitations of built reality? Or, like the scribes made redundant by Gutenberg’s printing press, will 3D printing make the architect go extinct?

Vigneux School / AR+TE Architectes

Situated in south of the city of Vigneux-sur-Seine near Paris, the school project by AR+TE Architectes consists of the restructuring and a future extension in grouping the classrooms of maternal and elementary class in a single entity. The operation includes the restructuring of all the premises of education (classrooms and extracurricular premises) and the extension by the creation of the educational and psychomotor premises (library, computing and motricity classroom). More images and architects’ description after the break.

Piazza d'Armi Urban Park / modostudio

Designed by modostudio, the proposal for the Piazza d’Armi Urban Park aims to create a thematic interaction between the competition area and the adjacent existing urban tissue. The architects accomplish this by means of creating a park for this city that is decontextualized from the neighboring urban space and, at the same time, directly related to the skyline of the nearby mountains. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House in Azóia / Steven Evans - Ricardo Jacinto

  • Architects: Steven Evans - Ricardo Jacinto
  • Location: Sintra, Portugal
  • Structures: Miguel Villar, Sérgio Mártires – Betar
  • Hydraulics: Miguel de Sousa
  • Electricity: Ruben Sobral
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Daniel Malhão

© Daniel Malhão © Daniel Malhão © Daniel Malhão © Daniel Malhão

Rear House Extension, Garden Design / LBMV Architects - Luigi Montefusco

  • Architects: LBMV Architects
  • Location: Wolseley Rd, London Borough of Haringey, N8, UK
  • Architect In Charge: Luigi Montefusco
  • Structural Enginner: Elliott Wood Partnership
  • Contractor: JP Fraser Ltd
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of LBMV Architects

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Residence with Sanitary Assistance / IPOSTUDIO Architects

  • Architects: IPOSTUDIO Architects
  • Location: 53049 Torrita di Siena Province of Siena, Italy
  • Architects: IPOSTUDIO Architects

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Headquarters of Zhejiang Wuchan Group / gmp architekten

  • Architects: gmp architekten
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architects: gmp architekten
  • Architect In Charge: Meinhard von Gerkan
  • Project Manager: Volkmar Sievers
  • Area: 12700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Hans-Georg Esch

© Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch

Zigzag / mA-style architects

  • Architects: mA-style architects
  • Location: Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects: mA-style architects
  • Design Team: Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto
  • Area: 103.5125 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011

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Seoul Floating Islands / Haeahn Architecture & H Architecture

  • Architects: Haeahn Architecture & H Architecture
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Structural Engineer: Opus Pearl
  • Area: 9995.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Haeahn Architecture

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House Playa El Golf H4 / RRMR Arquitectos

© Elsa Ramirez © Elsa Ramirez © Elsa Ramirez © Elsa Ramirez

Enbutsu-do / Zai Shirakawa Architects

  • Architects: Zai Shirakawa Architects
  • Location: Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
  • Site Area: 1,922.14 sqm
  • Client: Religious corporation Eifukuji
  • Area: 75.37 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Toru Kitamura, Daichi Ano

© Toru Kitamura © Toru Kitamura © Toru Kitamura © Toru Kitamura

Birkenhead Point House / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

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Urban Shelter / Gabriela Gomes

© João Morgado
© João Morgado

Designed by Gabriela Gomes, Shelter ByGG” brings out to public space a sculptural object that can be used as a living space. She proposes the creation of an habitable module, inviting you to rest inside a sculpture installed on a public space. Photographed by Joao Morgado, this project is an artistic manifestation that provides an innovative and unexpected experience as an accommodation space, associated with eco-­‐sustainable solutions and mobility. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Four Pritzker-Prize winners to submit conceptual designs for new office tower in Manhattan

L&L Holding Company, LLC, today announced that four of the world’s most acclaimed architecture firms – Foster + Partners (Lord Norman Foster), Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Lord Richard Rogers), OMA (Rem Koolhaas) and Zaha Hadid Architects – are participating this week in the conceptual design phase of its architectural competition for a new office tower to be constructed at 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan. In April of this year, L&L Holding invited 11 of the world’s most accomplished architects to express their interest in competing for the commission to design a new tower at 425 Park Avenue. Of those invited, nine firms chose to enter the competition. After careful deliberations, L&L Holding narrowed its list to the four selected firms, each of which is led by a Pritzker Prize-winning architect with extensive international experience and proven expertise in office tower design. The architects and their teams have prepared and are presenting their conceptual designs this week for a 650,000 square foot tower that will be designed to high L.E.E.D. sustainability standards.