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The Cube in London / Park Associati

© Andrea Martiradonna
© Andrea Martiradonna

The Cube, a nomadic, stateless and cosmopolitan piece of architecture designed by Park Associati, is a pavilion designed to host a small, temporary restaurant. Originating from Electrolux’s concept of an itinerant restaurant, The Cube has been conceived and organized by the Belgian event agency Absolute Blue with the logo and texture design by Studio FM Milano. Their architectural project has been conceived as a module that can be assembled and disassembled relatively easily. The structure, which will be on exhibit in London until September 30, is suitable for all climatic conditions, even the most extreme, while always providing the maximum in living comfort with its refined aesthetics and use of high-quality materials. More images and architects’ description after the break.

LEGOs Hack Bridge in Germany

Architects love LEGOs, this is a well-known fact. So what could be better than a real-life bridge made out of the colorful toys themselves? Unfortunately, of course, the LEGOs are actually an optical illusion designed by street artist Martin Heuwold of MEGX - but that doesn’t make the project look any less awesome. The bridge, painted last fall, is part of an Urban renewal project in the city of Wuppertal meant “to reinvigorate the city and increase residents’ quality of life.” The High Line-style bridge is actually part of a larger 10-mile cycle path being built on what was once the city’s Northern Railway. More pics of the LEGO Bridge, as well as a LEGO forest & a real-life Monopoly board on the streets of Chicago, after the break… Story via A/N Blog and Colossal

Walsall Housing Group HQ / Bisset Adams

  • Architects: Bisset Adams
  • Location: Walsall, West Midlands, UK
  • Area: 3600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bisset Adams

Courtesy of Bisset Adams Courtesy of Bisset Adams Courtesy of Bisset Adams Courtesy of Bisset Adams

The Savings Museum / Migliore+Servetto Architetti Associati

  • Architects: Migliore+Servetto Architetti Associati
  • Location: Turin, Italy
  • Architects : Migliore & Servetto Architetti Associati - Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto
  • Client: Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Project Year: 2012

The Savings Museum / Migliore+Servetto Architetti Associati The Savings Museum / Migliore+Servetto Architetti Associati The Savings Museum / Migliore+Servetto Architetti Associati The Savings Museum / Migliore+Servetto Architetti Associati

1111 / Bercy Chen Studio

  • Architects: Bercy Chen Studio
  • Location: Austin, TX, USA
  • Architect: Bercy Chen Studio
  • General Contractor: Bercy Chen Studio LP
  • Construction Manager: Bercy Chen Studio LP
  • Area: 10000.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Bercy Chen Studio

© Bercy Chen Studio © Bercy Chen Studio © Bercy Chen Studio © Bercy Chen Studio

New Milan Trade Fair / Studio Fuksas

  • Architects: Studio Fuksas
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Massimiliano Fuksas
  • Photographs: Unknown photographer

© Unknown photographer © Unknown photographer © Unknown photographer © Unknown photographer

Sunwell Muse Kitasando / Takato Tamagami and Tsutomu Hasegawa

© Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura

Deinze Town Hall & Administrative Center / Tony Fretton Architects

Courtesy of Tony Fretton Architects
Courtesy of Tony Fretton Architects

The design for a new 7,500 sqm Deinze Town Hall & Administrative Center, designed by Tony Fretton Architects, sets the administrative accommodation in a 5-storey reconfigurable loft building and the council chamber as a projecting double height room, with the public entrance foyer below. Commissioned by the City of Deinze following an international competition held in 2009, the building accommodates Deinze’s municipal departments, offices for the mayor and aldermen together with a new council chamber. The project is set to begin construction in early 2013. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Exhale Pavilion, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

World Monuments Fund (WMF) is inviting nominations for the 2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. The prize will be awarded to a design professional or firm in recognition of innovative design solutions that preserved or saved a modern landmark at risk. Established in 2008, the goal is to raise public awareness of the contribution modernism makes to contemporary life and the important and influential role that architects and designers play in preserving modern heritage. Nominated projects should have enhanced a site’s architectural, functional, economic, and environmental sustainability while benefiting the community, and must have been completed in 2007 or after. Nominations must be submitted by July 31, 2012. More information on the competition after the break.

The Indicator: Too Heavy to Fall

The various feelings of enjoyment or of displeasure rest not so much upon the nature of the external things that arouse them as upon each person’s own disposition to be moved by these to pleasure or pain. Immanuel Kant, Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime (1764) Levitated Mass, Michael Heizer’s new installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is a complicated piece for being what it is: a rock. It’s a very large rock. A megalith, to be precise. To me, “megalith” conjures something prehistoric, the specter of dinosaurs and the great extinction event that swept them off the Earth. Flowing lava. Desolate pre-human landscapes. Those opening scenes from Stanley Kubric’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. These are things Mr. Heizer, the darling artist of the architecture world, is master of with his land art. But, there is something wrong with this rock.

Southbank Centre Shortlist Announced!

Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery © Morley von Sternberg
Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery © Morley von Sternberg

The UK’s largest arts centre, occupying an 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames, has announced the shortlist of architects competing to head the refurbishment and renewal of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex. According to a statement released by the Southbank Centre, the project plans to bring the performance spaces and galleries in the complex up to the standard of the recently transformed Royal Festival Hall and will address current urgent problems including poor access to and the upgrading of the stages and galleries; sub-standard back stage areas; and worn out services. The eight shortlisted practices are:

MVRDV presents "Welcome to the Vertical Village" in Seoul

© mvrdvpr
© mvrdvpr

“Welcome to the Vertical Village” is a new exhibition now open until October 7th at Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul Korea.  The show is orchestrated by MVRDV and The Why Factory and is on its second run since opening in Taipei.  Each city has experience a different design of the exhibit, which allows visitors to walk through a giant model of a possible Vertical Village and experience the spatial richness and three dimensionality.  The exhibit explores “a city under rapid transformation” and the alternative to the “block attack” to find the ideal built environment.  The show features films, outdoor sculpture and a giant vertical village composed of more than 700 objects.

More on the exhibition after the break.

'residence NEXT' International Design Workshop

The architectural scene in Kerala, India is in its volatile best and hence the right time to breed path breaking design concepts in new age residential design. In this directionless period, the ‘residence NEXT’ workshop, put on by Indian Institute of Architects, Thrissur Center and The Architects Club, Thrissur, aims to spawn a few design thoughts that could be the guiding force for the future. Taking place September 27-29 at KT Muhammed Memorial Regional Theatre, students and young architects will be selected from all over the world based on their portfolios. For more information and how to apply, please visit their website here.

Video: Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island

After WWII, the East End of Long Island played host to a variety of architectural styles.  From modernism, through post-modernism, and deconstructionism,  architects experimented with social ideas and aesthetic expressions which culminated in “small” houses scattered about the Island’s natural backdrop.  Now, with the advent of the mega-mansion and the desire for “bigger”, it is becoming increasingly difficult to preserve such iconic and progressive architectural projects.

More about the film after the break. 

Videos: London Olympics 2012 Time Lapse

This post features time lapses of the construction of various venues that will be hosting the 2012 London Olympics. With the opening ceremony Friday, July 27, these construction time lapses give you an inside look to all of the effort put into the games. If you get a chance to watch the games, you will now have a new found appreciation for the amount of work it takes to hold a major event such as this. More videos after the break.

Smolenka “Oak Tube’’ Apartment / Peter Kostelov

  • Architects: Peter Kostelov
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Zinon Razutdinov

© Zinon Razutdinov © Zinon Razutdinov © Zinon Razutdinov © Zinon Razutdinov

Brandeis Mandel Center / Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects

© Anton Grassl of Esto Photographics © Anton Grassl of Esto Photographics © Anton Grassl of Esto Photographics © Anton Grassl of Esto Photographics