University of Pennsylvania School of Design 2011 Spring Lecture Series

April at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design will feature lectures from Mohsen Mostafavi, Sarah Whiting and Robert Somol as well as a book launch of Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts featuring Tony Atkin. These events are free and open to the public and is a registered provider of continuing education programming for the American Institute of Architects.

Mohsen Mostafavi, Harvard GSD
Institute for Contemporary Art
Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Wiley Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, is an international figure in the fields of architecture and urbanism.

Book Launch: Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts (featuring Tony Atkin)
Meyerson Hall, Upper Gallery
Tony Atkin, FAIA, is adjunct associate professor of architecture at PennDesign. He joins co-author Nancy Steinhardt, professor of East Asian art and curator of Chinese art at the University of Pennsylvania for a conversation about their latest publication.

Doppler Redux: Whiting/Somol
Meyerson Hall – B3
Sarah Whiting and Robert Somol co-authored “Notes around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism,” arguing against the idea of a “critical architecture” in favor of one that would be “projective.”

Tianjin Port East Area Competition Proposal / ZIP & BDX Studio

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ZIP & BDX Studio shared with us their proposal for Port East Area in China. Their design objective was to underline and continuously take advantage of the duality between nature and architecture, fixed and changing, curve and angle. This is reflected in their chosen geometry as a clearly geometric, mad-made slab floats over the ground, hardly connecting with it. More images and architects’ description after the break.

BMCE Headquarters / Foster + Partners

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Architects: Foster + Partners
Location: Rabat,
Photographs: Nigel Young

3XN Enters Innovative Cooperation with William McDonough + Partners

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The international team of 3XN and William McDonough + Partners is about to develop one of Europe’s first and most ambitious Cradle to Cradle® projects; the Green Solution House on the island of Bornholm, . Green Solution House will be an innovative ‘Demonstratorium’ facilitating the development and test of new green technologies on an international scale. At the same time the building will function as a showcase in itself; designed according to the Cradle to Cradle® principles, the project is anticipated to integrate the latest knowledge within materials and appropriate technologies.

More details after the break.

Visit the projects we have previously featured of both firms: 3XN and William McDonough + Partners

Architecture City Guide: Phoenix

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to ’s winter retreat. West first made the “Valley of the Sun” an architectural destination by itself, but now Phoenix overflows with world-class architecture. We have provided a list of twelve, but there are plenty more that could be added. We want to hear from you, so take a minute to add your favorite can’t miss buildings in Phoenix in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Phoenix list and corresponding map after the break!

Update: Elbe Philharmonic Hall / Herzog and de Meuron

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On a recent visit to , we were able to see the progress of Herzog & de Meuron’s grand concert hall [check out our previous coverage here].  Although construction costs continue to escalate [almost 70 million Euro have been donated by private businesses for the project, and the project is well over its 240 million Euro proposed budget], once complete, it will be the highest inhabited building of Hamburg and bring even more life to the area’s harbor.

More images and more about the visit after the break.

Hinman Research Building / office dA and Lord, Aeck & Sargent

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The Hinman Research Building, originally designed by P.M Heffernan in 1939 who later served as director of Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture from 1956-1976, recently has undergone a $9.5 million restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse. Office dA in collaboration with Lord, Aeck & Sargent adapted the freestanding research facility to include graduate level architecture studios, computer labs and interdisciplinary research labs among others.

Events will be held today to mark the grand opening of the Hinman Research Building starting at 4pm in the Reinsh-Pierce Auditorium with a lecture from the architects, of office dA and Atlanta based Lord, Aeck & Sargent‘s Jack Pyburn, FAIA. Following the lecture a ceremony and reception will be held from 5-7pm at the Hinman Research Building.

Architects: office dA and Lord, Aech & Sargent
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Construction Manager: The Beck Group
Project Area: 35,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Georgia Tech COA

26 Apartments / Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes


Architects: Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes
Location: Choisy le Roi,
Budget: 2,184,000 euros HT (1040 eur/sqm)
Contractor: OPAC / Val de Marne
Engineering : Iratome B.E.T
Project area: 2,100 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2006
Photographs: Courtesy of Pierre Alain Trévelo & Antoine Viger-Kohler architectes

Video: Farewell Chapel / OFIS Arhitekti

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Back in 2009 we published the Farewell Chapel by OFIS arhitekti that went on to win the ArchDaily’s Building Of The Year Award in 2009 for the Religious category.

We now present the second video (of three) that Marco Mazzotta produced showing some more details and spaces of this great building.

AD Classics: Taliesin West / Frank Lloyd Wright

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Situated in the Sonoran desert outside of Scottsdale, stands a living memorial and testament to the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Completed between 1937 – 1959, West was the winter home to Wright and his wife’s summer home, , in Spring Green, Wisconsin in addition to being Wright’s workshop and school for his apprentices.

More on Taliesin West after the break.


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Architects: GAAGA – Esther Stevelink en Arie Bergsma
Location: ,
Contractor casco structure: Bruijnes, Alphen aan de Rijn. The rest of the house was built by the owner himself.
Structural Engineering: IMD, Rotterdam
Installations: Bemeco Installatietechniek, Nieuw Vennep
Energy performance & building physics: GAAGA – Arie Bergsma
Project year: 2008 – 2010
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg


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New York based design firm, MANIFESTO, shared with Arch Daily the INFORSTRUCTURE which is the Stratford Information kiosk for the 2012 Olympics is designed with an aim to provide the public with free and instant access to important information.

Architects: MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.
Location: Meridian Square, Stratford London, UK
Client: LBN (London Borough of Newham), DfL (Design for London), London Development Agency
Structural Engineer: Yoshinori Nito Engineering & Design P.C., Malishev Wilson Engineers
Project Area: 240 sqm
Renderings: Courtesy of MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.

Exhibition: Architectural Designs for V&A at Dundee

Kengo Kuma and Associates winning design

V&A at Dundee, housed in a landmark building on the bank of the River Tay, will be Scotland’s leading centre for design. This display will showcase the six outstanding designs shortlisted for the V&A at Dundee building, including the winning submission from Kengo Kuma and Associates.

The exhibition will take place at the V&A Museum in between April 1 and May 15. Admission is free. For more information click here.

DETAIL Magazine: Lightweight Construction

This year DETAIL is celebrating its 50th birthday, and it kicks off the year with an issue about Lightweight Construction. Never failing to impress, this issue left me wanting to know more about the topic’s history and its future. For example, the issue leads with a biographical article of Vladimir Grigor’evic Suchov, perhaps the most prolific engineer that few people outside of Russia have ever heard of. Best compared to giants like Alexander Graham Bell or Gustave Eiffel, architects and engineers are still learning and using construction techniques and principles Suchov contributed over 100 years ago. Starting here, the editors nicely framed the incredibly diverse range of projects that follow. Today’s most creative and innovative lightweight construction projects, from the Trift Glacier Suspension Bridge to the Temporary Bar in Porto, almost seem inevitable after reading the first article.

More on this issue after the break.

Lideta Mercato / XV Studio

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XV Studio unveils the design of a project of a multistory market, Lideta Mercato, in ’s capital city . This project was the result of a winning entry of a pre-qualified competition that is planned to start construction in May 2011.

More on this project after the break.

The White House Prahran / Nervegna Reed Architecture, ph Architects

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Architects: Nervegna Reed Architecture ,  ph Architects
Design architect: Toby Reed
Location: Victoria, Australia
Project team: Toby Reed, Anna Nervegna and Peter Hogg of
Project area: 364 sqm
Photographs: John Gollings

Crocker Art Museum / Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects

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The Crocker Art Museum has completed construction of a 125,000 sqf expansion designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (GSAA). The Teel Family Pavilion more than triples the museum’s current size and enhances its role as a cultural resource for California and the state’s many visitors. One of GSSA co-founder Charles Gwathmey’s last major public projects, the Crocker Art Museum expansion complements the 125-year-old museum’s historic structures, which includes one of the first purpose-built art museum buildings in the United States.

Architect: Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects
Location: 216 O Street, , California,
Project Team: Charles Gwathmey (FAIA), Robert Siegel (FAIA), Gerald Gendreau (AIA), Zachary Moreland (AIA, LEED AP)
Structural Engineer: CYS Structural Engineers
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: Affiliated Engineers
Civil Engineer: Morton & Pitalo
Landscape Architect: MTW Group
Lighting: Hillman DiBernardo Leiter Castelli
Acoustical: Charles M Salter Associates
Theater & Audio Visual: The Shalleck Collaborative
Security: Architect’s Security Group
Graphics & Signs: Selbert Perkins Design Collaborative
General contractor: Rudolph & Sletten Inc.
Project Area: 129,791 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Uniopt Pachleitner Group Headquarters / GS Architects

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Architects: GS Architects – Brigitte Spurej, Danijela Gojic
Location: , Austria
Project manager: DI Michael Gattermeyer, DI Danijela Gojic
Client: Dr. Michael Pachleitner Privatstiftung
Video Credits: Architecturefilm
Producers: Martin Brischnik, Daniela Zeschko
Filmcrew: Martin Brischnik, Daniela Zeschko, Harald Günther, Karin Fitz
Cost: 1.583 €/m2 BGF
Site area: 10,940 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2008
Photographs: Gerald Liebminger