Busan Opera House Proposal / ORPROJECT

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ORPROJECT shared with us, Anisotropia, a proposal for Busan Opera House based on Klavierstück I, a composition for piano by director Christoph Klemmt. It is based on a twelve tone row which is repeated and altered by the different voices in order to create complex, rhythmic patterns. More images and project description after the break.

House in Sanno / Studio NOA

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Architects: STUDIO・NOA Architect & Associates
Location: , Japan
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 38 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio NOA

Barcelona Elementary School / Baker Architecture + Design

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Architect: Baker Architecture + Design
Location: Albuquerque,
Project Year: 2009
Client: Albuquerque Public School
Building Area: 12,500 SqFt
Contractor: MV Industries Inc.
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: CME Inc.
Structural Engineer: MacCornack Engineering
Civil Engineer: High Mesa Consulting
Consultant: Halcom Consulting
Acoustical Consultant: Southwest Noise Control
Photography: Richard Nunez


SOM Announces the 2011 SOM Prize Winner


The SOM Foundation has announced the 2011 SOM Prize Winner and Runner-up.   Brandon Clifford, a recent graduate of the Master of Architecture’s program at Princeton University, was selected as the winner of the prestigious SOM Prize, a $50,000 Research and Travel Fellowship.  Clifford will visit multiple countries on four continents in carrying out his research topic, “Volume: Researching Past Methods of Stereotomy.”

SOM, one of the first major modern American architectural firms to promote a corporate face, has continued to be a ‘massive and dynamically creative commercial force’ designing the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai, their commission for a new green district, Green Tech City, in Hanoi, Vietnam, and SOM was selected to design New York City’s (and the State’s) first Net Zero Energy school building, PS 62 located in Staten Island.

In 2009 SOM was recognized for just that when they were included in Fast Company’s annual list of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” ranked #32 (the only AEC company on the ranking), amongst companies such as Google and Apple.  And they were also rated (by Fast Company) as number one on its list of the 10 most innovative architecture firms.

In this 30th year of Foundation Awards, the Fellowships continue to offer recent graduates the rare opportunity to travel in connection with carrying out in-depth research, collaborate with other professionals and pursue independent study outside the realm of established patterns. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 to architecture, design and engineering students who have gone on to distinguish themselves in professional and academic careers.  It has been said that,”the SOM Prize is one of the primary tools that our profession has to bridge the gap between the academy and the real world.”

The official press release from SOM following the break.

Peterson Residence / Robert Gurney Architect

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Architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA
Location: , , USA
Project Architect: Claire L. Andreas
Contractor:  Peterson and Collins Inc.
Interior Designer: Therese Baron Gurney, ASID
Landscape Architect: Lila Fendrick Landscape
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

AD Classics: Lotus Temple / Fariborz Sahba

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Popularly known as the Lotus Temple, the Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi,  is a house of worship that was designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba and completed in 1986.  The temple is one of eight Bahá’í House of Worship facilities in the world and has welcomed over 70 million visitors since its completion, making it one of the most frequented architectural landmarks in the world.  From a denominational standpoint, the Lotus temple is open to all practitioners regardless of religious affiliation and functions more as a gathering place of worship to interested visitors.

Het College Weert / RAU

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Architects: RAU
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 8,860 sqm
Photographs: Norbert van Onna

OSKA’s House: Secret Garden

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The house made famous by “Secret Garden”, a Korean soap opera, hosted a press conference for the actors and gave the shows fans an intimate look at Oska’s house, one of the main characters of the show.  The house is actually owned by cosmetic and health food brand Maiim.  The whole area is called the Maiim Vision Village and is an environmentally-friendly park where the indoors and outdoors are balanced harmoniously.  In some views of the house, one can see how the exterior appears to be a smooth continuation of the interior space.  Floor to ceiling glazing provides views to nature extending beyond the house.  More images after the break.

Kindergarten in El Serrallo / Elisa Valero Ramos

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Architects: Elisa Valero Ramos
Location: , Spain
Building Surveyor: María de los Llanos Martín Romero
Collaborators: Leonardo Tapiz Buzarra, Esteban Salcedo, Óscar Raya
Client: HE Planning Department. Granada Council
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 887.30 sqm
Photographs: Fernando Alda

Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration (ISTB4) / Ehrlich Architects



Arizona State University’s new Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) was designed to be a progressive home for ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and some departments from the Fulton Schools of Engineering (FSE). At 294,000 sq.-ft., this seven-story “smart” structure will be the largest research facility in the history of the university. In addition to cutting-edge laboratories and research offices, ISTB 4 will house extensive public outreach and K-12 education spaces designed to engage the Greater community in earth and space exploration. Ehrlich Architects’ new Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration is a clearly organized laboratory building that will enhance the research, science and educational programs housed within.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival: Lights + Music

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Since 1999 the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been bringing to the California Desert a collection of different genres of music including rock, indie, Hip Hop and electronic music. Located in Indio, California, with a population of 75,000, the annual music festival brings together over 225,000 people over a three-day weekend in April to the vast fields of the Empire Polo Club.

House in Camps Bay / Luis Mira Architects

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Architects: Luis Mira Architects
Location: , South Africa
Project Team: Luis Mira, Julia Hundermark
Structural Engineer: Jeffares & Green Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Sutherland Engineers
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 335 sqm
Photographs: Wieland Gleich,

North Mountain Visitor Center / John Douglas Architects


Architect: John Douglas Architects
Location: , Arizona
Project Year: 2008
Structural Engineer: KPFF
Civil Engineer: KPFF
Mechanical Engineer: Energy Systems Design
Lighting Design: R.C. Lurie Company
Landscape Architect: Design Worksop
Exhibit Design: Thinking Caps
Photography: John Douglas Architects


FPM GAP Academy / I|K Studio


I|K Studio shared with us their masterplan design with an energy network for an academy outside of Port-au-Prince. This design will serve as a model of offset power production independent from a central utility. More images and project description after the break.

Chandler Gilbert Community College Ironwood Hall / Architekton

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Architect: Architekton
Location: , Arizona
Project Year: 2009
Project Cost: $12.9M
Client: Maricopa County Community College District
Contractor: Caliente Construction
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: Energy Systems Design
Structural Design: Paragon Structural Design
Civil Engineer: Hess-Rountree Inc.
Laboratory Planning & Programming: Lord Aeck & Sargent
Acoustical Engineer: Convergent Technologies
Sustainable Consultant: Ecological Environments Inc.
Geotechnical Consultant: RAMM
Landscape Architect: Terrano
Metal Works: Total Metals + WBE Steel Services Inc.
Photography: Timmerman Photography, Mike Small Photography


Terrace Museum Competition Proposal / Hataarvo Architects & A.S studio & EJLIN Landscape

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What is Nature? Is it real or man-made? As a possible answer to these questions, Hataarvo Architects believe nature is the most interesting thing for this project, and that all of nature is interfered with each other. Therefore, they have proposed a concept as ‘constructed nature’ which means neither real or man-made, but only construction. More images and architects’ description after the break.

52 / Suppose Design Office

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Architects: Suppose Design Office
Location: ,
Project Team: Makoto Tanijiri, Masashi Shiino
Construction Company: Mitsuko Terada
Structural Engineer: Ohno JapanProject Year: 2010
Project Area: 127,333 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Busan Opera House Proposal / WEAVA Architects

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The Opera House proposal, by WEAVA Architects, takes full advantage of its placement within the Marine Culture District; a site advantageous for designating the building as a unique cultural landmark. Their concept embraces both the city and natural landscape by providing two distinct, yet connected faces. More images and architects’ description after the break.