Ridge Apartment Complex in Gunma / SNARK + OUVI

© Ippei Shinzawa

Architects: SNARK + OUVI
Location: Takasaki city, Japan
Project team: Sunao Koase, Yu Yamada, Shin Yokoo
Structural Engineer: Shin Yokoo (OUVI)
Landscape: Atsuo Ota / Acid Nature 0220 
Completion: 2012
Project Area: Site area 708.75 sqm (W) + 679.68 sqm (E)
Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa


House 1 / Kyra Clarkson Architect

© Steven Evans Photography

Architects: Kyra Clarkson Architect – Kyra Clarkson, Christopher Glaisek
Location: 154 Rhodes Avenue, Toronto, ON,
Completion Date: May 2012
Area: 1,800 sqm (1,260 above grade)
Landscape Architect: Elise Shelley Landscape Architect
Contractor: Collaborative Ventures Inc.
Photographs: Steven Evans Photography

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CCTV/ Partners-in-charge: and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan

Here’s five great posts you may have missed from last week! It’s construction started in 2004, but it’s completion was officially announced last week. It’s OMA’s CCTV Headquarters in China. The Thematic Pavilion EXPO 2012 opened earlier this month and soma shared with us their pavilion: One Ocean. You can’t miss the Golden Workshop in Germany, or this beautiful gas station in Slovakia. Finally, we have the latest from J. Mayer H. in Georgia.

Video: CCTV Headquarters / OMA

Enjoy this interesting footage captured by Tomas Koolhaas – son of – in February 2012 of the recently completed Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters in Beijing. The monumental structure took eight years to complete and is OMA‘s first major building in China, as well as their largest project to date. The building is planned for occupancy later this year to broadcast the London 2012 Olympics. Check out our previous coverage for more building information.

Continue after the break to view a short clip inside the CCTV building during construction!

Alphaville Brasilia Club House / DOMO Arquitetos

© Haruo Mikami

Architects: DOMO Arquitetos
Location: Brasília, DF, Brasil
Design Team: Henrique Coutinho, Daniel Mangabeira, Matheus Seco (authors), Débora Valença, Rodrigo Scheel, Daniella Rauber (co-authors)
Collaborators: Guilherme Mahana, Tatiana Lopes
Completion: 2011
Built Area: 1,214 sqm (building) + 9,420 sqm (sports facilities, swimming pools and parking)
Photographs: Haruo Mikami

Exhibition Hall in Bertamirans / Salgado e Liñares arquitectos

© Santos-Diéz

Architects: Salgado e Liñares arquitectos
Location: ,
Photographs: Santos-Diéz


The Barnes Foundation / Tod Williams + Billie Tsien

Looking south east at night. The Barnes Foundation . © 2012 Tom Crane

Last year, The Barnes Foundation - Albert Barnes collection of French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern paintings and horticulture – began its move from its original location in Merion, Pennsylvania to a new building designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien in Philadelphia.  Close to five years in the making, the “Gallery in a Garden” Barnes Foundation Building officially opened on May 19, 2012. The design was predicated on the arrangement of the galleries within the original building and a desire to invite new programs into the scheme, such as a garden and classrooms.

Continue reading to learn more. 

Pormetxeta Square / MTM Architects + XPIRAL

© David Frutos

Architects: MTM Architects - Javier Fresneda Puerto & Javier Sanjuán Calle + XPIRAL - Javier Peña Galiano
Location: Barakaldo, Vizcaya,
Collaborators: : Jesús Barranco; Álvaro Maestro; Miguel García-Redondo; Zaloa Mayor; Marianne Richardot; María Rey; Fátima López; Álvaro Maestro; Xpiral Architects: Malte Eglinger; Sergio Corredor; Maren Kläschen; Maud Thiery; Daniel Cano; Fernando Such; Lola Jiménez; María José Marcos
Completion: 2010
Budget Contract: 8.543.353,44 €
Cost: / sqm: 309,94€/sqm
Construction: 25,223 sqm
Photographs: David Frutos, Juan de la Cruz Megías, Suravia, S.A


An optimistic “Work/Life/Work Balance” by Anthony Ling

The infamous decorative construction hat from Joshua Prince-Ramus's "Building a theater that remakes itself" TED Talk. - Joshua Prince-Ramus: "We can only blame ourselves."

São Paulo-based architect Anthony Ling has shared with us his perspective on Andrew Maynard’s recent article “Work/life/work balance”. Maynard’s article was extremely popular as it discussed some of the industries most controversial issues surrounding exploitative and exclusionary working practices. Although Ling agrees with many of Maynard’s points, he disagrees with the logic of Maynard’s two options for attaining a good work/life balance – (1) taking the risk of going broke and start your own practice or (2) leave the profession. Greatly inspired by Joshua Prince-Ramus, Ling proposes a solution that focuses on the creation of more business-minded, medium-sized practices.

By reading ’s critique on today’s architectural workplace I could share his feelings and his rage towards the top-down management system run by many corporate architecture firms and the poor environment most architects work in. I couldn’t agree more that architecture is not as romantic as one sees it, and people who decide to embrace the field should know that. He is also right on by saying that a small percentage of time is spent on creative work and that architecture isn’t the highest paying profession, but I think most people who decide to enter the business already know about this last one. Although his ideas are inspiring and even agreeing with part of his solution to the problem, I think his logic is wrong.

Stillpoint Clinic and Dojo / Piers Taylor + Mitchell Taylor Workshop

© Peter Cook

Architect: Mitchell Taylor Workshop + Piers Taylor 
Location: , UK
Project Team: , Tinyue Liu, Kris Eley
Structural Engineer: Structures 1
Contractor: Pollards
Client: Riverpoint Ltd
Photographs: Peter Cook


Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture


Located in , the Piazza Garibaldi, designed by Dominique Perrault Architecture, is one of the most important and complex transportation hubs in the Neapolitan transportation system. This infrastructure project, which includes a metro station, offers the opportunity to upgrade this lively urban space bustling with activity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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2012 Pritzker Prize Ceremony: Wang Shu

(Chinese readers can watch this video at Youku)

Last Friday we attended the 2012 Pritzker Prize ceremony in , where Chinese architect Wang Shu from Amateur Studio received the “Nobel of Architecture”.

Last year the ceremony was held in Washington DC with the presence of President Obama, and this year the event was also held in an important political context, at the People’s Hall of Beijing, with the presence of important Chinese government officials related to the urban process of China, including the Mayor of Beijing and the Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

In my opinion Wang Shu’s architecture presents a contemporary and progressive approach that acknowledges the rich tradition of Chinese architecture, considering not only projects in dense urban contexts but also in the rural areas of China. As the next generations of Chinese architects are influenced by his architecture, a generation that will be an active part of China’s growth, he will indirectly influence how millions will live in the next years.

I think that for the first time the became something beyond a mere recognition to the great work of a living architect, turning into a statement on how architecture should face the rapid growth of our cities in the Urban Age to improve the quality of life of the next 3 billion that will move into cities in the next 40 years.

Wang Shu

Wang Shu’s acceptance speech:

House in Saitama / Satoru Hirota Architects

© Satoru Hirota

Architects: Satoru Hirota Architects  – Satoru Hirota & Yasuko Hirota
Location: ,
Client: Private
Contractor: Yamazaki Construction Company
Site Area:153.95 sqm
Building Area:61.99 sqm
Total Floor Area:109.43 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Satoru Hirota

A-G House / dKO Architecture

© Derek Swalwell

Architects: dKO Architecture
Location: Melbourne,
Project Team: Michael Drescher, Jesse Linardi, Dana Goldberg, Oliver Ingram, Georgia Cannon
Contractor: Element Constructions Pty Ltd
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 450 sqm
Collaborators: ASA Building Consultants, Adams Consulting Engineers, Energylab, Brighton Pools
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Courtesy of ATOL Architects

Urban Creek / ATOL Architects

Located in the Tongzhou district of Beijing, Urban Creek is an attempt at having architecture merge within various spheres of public space. Designed by ATOL Architects…, the project is focuses around the idea that architecture should be conceived as

Monumenta 2012 / Daniel Buren


Stefan Tuchila, an architecture photographer based in Bucarest/ shared with us a set of images of the latest Monumenta exhibition in . After the amazing installation by Anish Kapoor last year, it was Daniel Buren‘s time to take this challenge and create a concept for the 2012 edition.

Some more images after the break, and for the complete photoset you can visit Stefan’s website.

Piano House / Pasel.Kuenzel Architects

© Marcel van der Burg

Architect: Pasel Kuenzel Architects
Location: , , The Netherlands
Team: R. Pasel, F. Künzel, S. Wolff
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg


Yongsan International Business District ‘Project 6′ / REX

© Luxigon

YIBD ‘Project R6’, designed by REX, is an urban boutique residence for short-term business people, young urban professionals, and foreign residents in Seoul, . To meet the trends of its users and compensate for its small unit size, R6 must engender a strong sense of community and its residences must be highly attractive, providing generous views, daylight, and cross-ventilation. Maximizing daylight and cross-ventilation are also paramount to providing a highly sustainable residence. More images and architects’ description after the break.