Monterroso Health Center / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos

01:00 - 6 May, 2013
Monterroso Health Center / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos, © Santos Díez
© Santos Díez
  • Architects

  • Location

    Monterroso, Lugo, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Elizabeth Abalo, Gonzalo Alonso
  • Technical Architect

    Francisco González Varela
  • Collaborators

    David Lareo, Manuel Sanmartín, Francisco Vázquez
  • Structures

    Carlos Bóveda
  • Building Services

    Inaec ingeniería
  • Construction

    Samuel Requejo
  • Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Santos Díez © Santos Díez © Santos Díez © Santos Díez +14

Video: Bianca Bosker Discusses Architectural Imitation in China

00:00 - 6 May, 2013

In China's effort to modernize its cities, it has used architectural mimicry - essentially "copy-cat architecture" as journalist and author Bianca Bosker puts it - to rapidly and substantially "adapt to the market" for urban development.  Watch this video as Bosker describes the atmosphere of imitation that China has  adapted to bring western architectural styles to its housing market. Bianca Bosker is the author of "Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China"  in which she gives a tour of the various towns within major cities that have seen this rapid development.  Cities like Hangzhou has its own imitation of Venice, which includes man-made canals, townhouses, and villas.  Shanghai has its own version of Paris, Eiffel Tower included.  And Beijing has an imitation of the London Bridge.  

M2 House / monovolume architecture + design

01:00 - 6 May, 2013
© M&H Photostudio
© M&H Photostudio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bozen, BZ, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Patrik Pedó, Juri Pobitzer, Konrad Rieper
  • Project Team

    Simon Constantini, Benjamin Gaensbacher, Luca Di Censo
  • Area

    190.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© M&H Photostudio © M&H Photostudio © M&H Photostudio © M&H Photostudio +29

Peter Zumthor Proposes $650 Million Overhaul for LACMA

00:00 - 6 May, 2013
Peter Zumthor Proposes $650 Million Overhaul for LACMA, LACMA © Flickr user Diana Lee Photography
LACMA © Flickr user Diana Lee Photography

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will soon be rolling out the red carpet to welcome Swiss legend Peter Zumthor to the Golden State. The prized architect’s debut will mark the opening of "The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA," which will unveil the ambitious, $650 million plan to transform the LACMA’s “Byzantine maze of buildings and hallways” into an experience-based “village” of curvaceous modern glass structures that will produce more energy than it uses. 

"The idea is to make it permeable by people," LACMA CEO and director Michael Govan says, who has been working with Zumthor for over four years on the proposal.

“INTRAS” Center for the Mentally Disabled / Amas4arquitectura

01:00 - 6 May, 2013
“INTRAS” Center for the Mentally Disabled / Amas4arquitectura, Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura
Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura
  • Architects

    Javier López de Uribe, Fernando Zaparaín, Fermín Antuña, Eduardo García
  • Location

    Toro, Zamora, Spain
  • Collaborator

    Pablo Guillén Llanos
  • Area

    770.5 m2
  • Year

    2009
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura

Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura Courtesy of Amas4arquitectura +30

Flemish Barn Bolberg / arend groenewegen architect

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
Courtesy of arend groenewegen architect
Courtesy of arend groenewegen architect
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bavel, The Netherlands
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of arend groenewegen architect

Courtesy of arend groenewegen architect Courtesy of arend groenewegen architect Courtesy of arend groenewegen architect Courtesy of arend groenewegen architect +20

Apartment No. 1 / Architecture by Collective Terrain

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
Apartment No. 1 / Architecture by Collective Terrain, © Omid Khodapanahi
© Omid Khodapanahi

© Omid Khodapanahi © Omid Khodapanahi © Omid Khodapanahi © Omid Khodapanahi +8

UC Davis Art Museum Proposal / Henning Larsen Architects

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
UC Davis Art Museum Proposal / Henning Larsen Architects, Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Last year the University of California, Davis invited three architects to compete for the chance to design their new $30 million art museum, slated to open in 2016. The competition was a design-build affair, with each entrant being asked to pair up with a contractor and submit a holistic design. For those who missed it, SO - IL were announced as the winners of the competition.

Here we present one of the two runner-up submissions from Henning Larsen Architects. Given the name 'The Leaf', the design it spatially and materially expresses its overlapping functions. Its name comes from the lightweight leaf-like steel and aluminum roof, which filters sunlight and offers shade. The leaf sits on a heavy concrete base, providing accommodation for the museum's exhibits.

Read the architects description after the break...

Premier Campus Office in Kagithane Winning Proposal / JDS Architects

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
Premier Campus Office in Kagithane Winning Proposal / JDS Architects, Courtesy of JDS Architects
Courtesy of JDS Architects

Focusing on the users' working and living qualities, the winning proposal for the Premier Campus Office in Kagithane addresses its presence in Istanbul as a new form of contextual and urban approach. Designed by JDS Architects, the building is formed by their desire to make it interact with its environment and acts as a catalyst of business life for a new Istanbul that promotes contemporary culture, architecture and lifestyle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Thula Fort Restoration / Abdullah Al-Hadrami

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
Thula Fort Restoration / Abdullah Al-Hadrami, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden
  • Architects

  • Location

    Thula Road, Yemen
  • Client

    The Social Fund for Development, Thula Local Council
  • Area

    8754.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden +8

72 Hour Urban Action 2013 Competition

00:00 - 5 May, 2013
72 Hour Urban Action 2013 Competition, 72HUA Stuttgart 2012 / © Mor Arkadir
72HUA Stuttgart 2012 / © Mor Arkadir

72 Hour Urban Action, the world's first real-time architecture competition, will give selected teams only three days and three nights to design and build interventions in public space in response to local needs, social challenges, and the sites and missions offered. With an extreme deadline, a tight budget and limited space to rapidly leave a lasting impact on the city's urban fabric, participating teams will be battling the clock, the restrictive conditions, and each other to dream and realize projects. The competition will take place July 25-28 in Derry-Londonderry, in northern Ireland. For more information, and to apply, please visit here. More images after the break.

The Danger of the Zoning-Free Approach

00:00 - 5 May, 2013
The Danger of the Zoning-Free Approach, Houston, Texas; Flickr User JoeInSouthernCA; Licensed via Creative Commons
Houston, Texas; Flickr User JoeInSouthernCA; Licensed via Creative Commons

Despite the romantic notion about cities that develop organically have a rich diversity of form and function, we cannot overlook the deadly side effects of negligent city planning. As Christopher Hume of the Toronto Star points out, last month's tragic fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas is a grim reminder that planning has a time and place and its ultimate utility resides in the initiative to protect residents and make for healthier communities. The tangle of bureaucracy associated with planning, zoning and land use regulations can give any architect or developer a massive headache. In some cases, the laws are so restricting that diverging from bulk regulations becomes very limiting. 

Challenged Athletes Foundation / Colkitt & Co

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
Challenged Athletes Foundation / Colkitt & Co, © Cheryl Ramsay
© Cheryl Ramsay
  • Architects

  • Location

    9591 Waples Street, San Diego, CA 92121, USA
  • Graphics, Branding, Interactive Exhibits and Signage

    Hollis Brand Culture
  • Client

    Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Cheryl Ramsay © Cheryl Ramsay © Cheryl Ramsay © Cheryl Ramsay +32

CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects, © Yao Li
© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Lei
  • Design Team

    Zhang Lei, Jeffrey Cheng, Wang Wang, Wang Yi
  • Collaborator

    Architectural Design & Planning Institute, NJU
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +22

Nordahl Grieg High School / LINK arkitektur

01:00 - 4 May, 2013
© Hundven-Clements Photography
© Hundven-Clements Photography

© Hundven-Clements Photography © Hundven-Clements Photography Courtesy of LINK arkitektur Courtesy of LINK arkitektur +15

Black and White Office / TOYA Design

01:00 - 4 May, 2013
Black and White Office / TOYA Design, Courtesy of TOYA Design
Courtesy of TOYA Design
  • Architects

  • Location

    Konin, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomasz Wojtkowiak
  • Design Team

    Tomasz Wojtkowiak, Anna Sędecka, Dominika Gieburowska
  • Area

    62.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Courtesy of TOYA Design Courtesy of TOYA Design Courtesy of TOYA Design Courtesy of TOYA Design +9

The Presidio Trust of San Francisco Announces 3 Finalists for Cultural Hub Competition

00:00 - 4 May, 2013
The Presidio Trust of San Francisco Announces 3 Finalists for Cultural Hub Competition, Fort Baker Golden Gate National Recreation Area; © The City Project via Flickr; Licensed via Creative Commons
Fort Baker Golden Gate National Recreation Area; © The City Project via Flickr; Licensed via Creative Commons

San Francisco is planning a new cultural facility on the former commissary of the military base that has been turned into a national park and has announced three finalists in its competition held by the Presidio Trust, according to news outlet SFGate.  The 92,000 square-foot building is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has an ambitious future that will be developed on this unique location.  The three finalists have diverse agendas that range from turning the future cultural center into a performance and exhibition space to an institute that focuses on sustainability issues.  The Presidio Trust is currently laying out guidelines in the next step of the competition that will likely be due in the fall.  The trust also plans to engage the public with a to-be-scheduled forum in June that will host presentations by the finalists.

Join us after the break for a look at the three finalists.

Nanak Emporium / MACh Arquitetos

01:00 - 4 May, 2013
Nanak Emporium / MACh Arquitetos, © Gabriel Castro
© Gabriel Castro
  • Architects

  • Location

    Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Architects in Charge

    Fernando Maculan, Mariza Machado Coelho
  • Associated Architect

    Gabriel Castro (MOBIO ARQUITETURA)
  • Area

    40.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro +12