AD Review: From the Archives

Among the ArchDaily archives for this week are BIG’s impressive 8 House, a haystack house in , the tortoise shell inspired pavilion in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, a rammed earth winery in Australia, and a nature center in Bangladesh.  Follow the break to read highlights of the archives and links to their original project features.

d3 Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition Winners

1st prize - Entropic Industries/Jared Winchester, USA

d3 is pleased to announce the winners of the Natural Systems competition for 2011. The program, developed by co-directors Gregory Marinic and Ji Young Kim, promotes investigation of natural systems from microscopic to universal toward determining new architectonic strategies. The competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential for analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based, sustainable influences in urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects.

The competition awarded three top prizes and seven special mentions, with the first prize captured by Entropic Industries/Jared Winchester from the United States. More information on the remaining winners after the break.

On the Brewery / LEVS Architecten

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Architects: LEVS Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Client: ING Real Estate Development
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 16,000 sqm
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg – primabeeld

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama / BFLS

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Architects: BFLS
Location: , Wales
Client: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
BFLS Team: Jason Flanagan, Paul Bavister, Jason Sandy, Anne Heucke, Kibwe Tavares, Armando Elias
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4,400 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of BFLS

Designing for Autism: Spatial Considerations

section of Sunfield’s Rowan and Oak House / Courtesy of

Last week we looked at the different sensory sensitive approaches to lighting design for autism.  We saw how contradictory recommendations have arisen from a lack of reliable research specific to autism and lighting. Conflicting recommendations are not limited to lighting. They can be found among nearly every aspect of autism design, including but not limited to acoustics, tactile and olfactory design. Today we will look at spatial considerations before we turn to the “neuro-typical” approach that contradicts the altogether.

Cornell’s NYC Tech Campus drives towards “Net-Zero Energy” / SOM


Cornell University’s proposed New York City Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island plans to become a sustainable landmark. Oriented by the sun, the 10-acre campus encompasses the largest solar array in New York City, four acres of geothermal wells, and 500,000 square-feet of open green space dedicated to the public. If built today, the campus’s 150,000 square-foot main academic building would be the largest net-zero energy building in the eastern United States.

The proposed campus is designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM). Landscape will be designed by . Cornell teamed up with alumnus and managing director of Distributed Sun, Jeff Weiss, to help build a comprehensive energy solution. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) also participated in the conceptualization of the proposed renewable energy and energy efficient aspects.

Continue reading for more images and detailed information.


The CG House / Rethink Studio

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Architect: Rethink Studio
Location: Petit Raffray,
Project Team: Nitish Chummun, Michael Leclezio, Yannick Goldsmith
Engineers: Dawn Engineering Ltd.
Project Year: 2010
Project area: 190 sqm
Photographs: Gordon Mackenzie-Kennedy

Zaha Hadid Designs Chanel Runway

YouTube Preview ImageParis week launched the 2012 Chanel runway, designed by Zaha Hadid. Karl Lagerfeld enlisted the architect to enhance the nautical concept and transform the Grand Palais for the Spring/Summer women’s collection. An ocean of models strutted through a purified landscape of white occupied by oversized sea creatures and coral. The dramatic scene was enhanced by iridescent drapes enclosing the performance. and Karl Lagerfeld have teamed up before. In 2008, Hadid designed a dynamic mobile art pavilion for Chanel, inspired by Chanel’s signature quilted bag.

More images after the break.

Water Point Aquatic Center / AD11

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Architects: AD11
Location: , Jalisco,
Project Team: Francisco Gutierrez Peregrina, Salvador Macias, Lorena Rojas, Magui Peredo Arenas
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,200 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of AD11

Video: OMA Show & Tell at the Barbican

Yesterday, the Barbican Gallery in London hosted an interesting event with OMA.

“OMA Show & Tell” features all the of the firm’s partners: Rem Koolhaas, Victor van der Chijs, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon, Shohei Shigematsu (watch our interview with Shohei), Iyad Alsaka and David Gianotten.

The discussion was chaired by Chris Dercon, director of the Tate Modern, who makes a very good intro to this “historic evening“, in which the partners for the first time will discuss together how the creative practice has worked in the past and how it will work in the future. It includes questions from the 300 members of OMA.

It is interesting to see how the partnership works, and Dercon encourages the young architects in the audience to learn from it and speak to their CEOs to run their firms according to their views after this lecture.

2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS

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Architecture for Humanity has launched the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS, asking architects and designers to partner with community groups across the world and develop innovative solutions to re-envision closed, abandoned and decommissioning military sites. The six-month competition requires designers to work with the communities surrounding these former places of conflict to transform hostile and oftentimes painful locations, into civic spaces built for the public good. More information on the competition after the break.

Finestre Villas / CC Arquitectos

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Architect: CC Arquitectos / Manuel Cervantes Céspedes 
Location: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo,
Collaborators: Edson Castillo, Deyanira Yarza, Jose Luis Heredia, Hector Barroso, Adan San Juan
Construction: Hermon Sa de Cv
Work Supervision: Manuel Cervantes Cespedes / , Omar Rojas Zuniga
Landscape: Manuel Cervantes Cespedes / CC Arquitectos, Entorno / Hugo Sanchez y Tonatiuh Martinez
Interiors: Habitacion 116 / Rafael Rivera y Javier Claverie, Manuel Cervantes Cespedes / CC Arquitectos
Lighting: Manuel Cervantes Cespedes / CC Arquitectos
Structure: Mauricio Pantoja
Project Area: 9,700 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani

AD on The Streets: M2 Building by Kengo Kuma

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This week AD On The Streets takes you to the architecturally dense city of Tokyo, Japan to visit M2, the first major commission of japanese renowned architect Kengo Kuma.

The 4,482.15sqm building was completed in 1991, and it was designed as Matsuda’s (Mazda) car salesroom. It now operates as a funeral hall. More images available on Flickr. Post modernism to the max.

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New Taipei City Museum of Art Proposal / Jean-loup BALDACCI & Atelier BORONSKI

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Jean-loup BALDACCI & Atelier BORONSKI shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the New Taipei Museum of Art competition. Their aim was to create a field of dreams; a building for the people. Its existence actually extends the park and because it merges street and park it invites a high degree of participation. It is completely accessible for people to walk and even ride bicycles all over. The public can easily ‘take possession’ of this building, even just to come and sit on the grass and enjoy the view as they picnic on these huge pieces of ‘ground’ floating in the sky. But through various openings and glazed apertures the interiors beckon. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Modern Villa / BBVH Architecten

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Architects: BBVH Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Constractor: BB-X
Developer: Willson Real Estate
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Luuk Kramer

‘The Last Lath’ Architectural Cartoons


Cartoonist Alan Dunn (1900 – 1974) may still hold the record as the New Yorker’s most prolific illustrator, responsible for 1906 cartoons and 9 covers during his tenure from 1926 – 1973. Capitalizing on his background in design, Dunn also contributed many cartoons to Architectural Record, beginning in 1936.

A collection of those cartoons, ‘The Last Lath’ was first published in 1947 and was nicely written about in a blog where we found a lot of his work. In addition to lampooning the modern design trends and technologies of the 1930s and ’40s, much of the humor centers around the terminology used by contractors and architects of the day, as well as realities like WWII-era material shortages and the post-war housing boom. A gallery of Dunn’s cartoons can be found after the break.

Eduardo Souto de Moura – Competitions 1979 – 2010 Exhibition

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Portuguese architect, , was recently honored with an exhibition that took place this summer at the Álvaro Siza-designed Porto Faculty of Architecture (FAUP) which was arranged by curators André Campos and Pedro Guedes Oliveira. The exhibition, Eduardo Souto de Moura-Competitions 1979-2010, is a tribute to a specific design approach and working method. More images and exhibition information after the break.

Covered Pedestrian Crossing / Atelier 9.81

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Architects: Atelier 9.81
Location: Tourcoing,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 150 sqm
Photographs: Julien Lanoo