Green Bistro Interior Design / Siddik Erdogan + Jörn Fröhlich

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Architects: Siddik Erdogan + Jörn Fröhlich
Location: Osnabrück,
Project Area: 100 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Siddik Erdogan

Video: The Race to Zero

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Released just this week, this video highlights the first ever high-performance district in the USA. Motivated by the challenge, Seattle 2030 District has applied these ideas to a larger area creating a collaborative model between public and private sectors. This ground breaking district in downtown is aiming to ‘develop realistic, measurable, and innovative strategies to assist district property owners, managers, and tenants in meeting aggressive goals that reduce environmental impacts of facility construction and operations’.

Gallery House / Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

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Architects: Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
Location: San Francisco, CA,
Principals: Luke Ogrydziak, Zoë Prillinger
Project Team: Haemi Chang, Leo Henke, Yasmin Vobis, Gisela Schmoll
Daylighting Consultant: Loisos + Ubbelohde
Building Structural Engineering: Santos + Urritia
Façade Structural Engineering: DeSimone Consulting Engineers
General Contractor: Forsythe General Contractors
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Griffith

ACADIA 2011 Design + Fabrication Competition Winners

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The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (), in collaboration with Brooklyn-based fabrication house FLATCUT_ recently announced the winners of this year’s ACADIA 2011 Design + Fabrication Competition. The competition challenged designers to create new forms in the categories of furniture, partition and lighting using innovative materials and digital fabrications applications. The winners brought not only ingenuity to their designs, but a sense of beauty and functionality that excited the jury. More images and information on the competition winners after the break.

South Pointe Park / Hargreaves Associates

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The revitalization of this underutilized public park transforms it into a neighborhood and regional destination through the integration of diversified urban park programs, regional gardens and restored native habitats, and the connection with urban circulation systems. By unifying its three edges – urban, cruise ship passage and beach – it becomes a center that, through the resolution of overlapping cultural, programmatic and environmental requirements, will contribute to the open space life in Miami for decades to come.

Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates, Inc.
Location: , , USA
Local Landscape Architect: Savino Miller Design Studio
Architect: William Lane Architects
Photographs: Courtesy of Hargreaves Associates

Wellness and Spa Lone / Studio 92

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Architects: Studio 92 / Robert Dragogna, Ester Miletic
Location: , Croatia
Design Team: Igor Miletic, Natali Zulijani, Serdo Ruzic, Dean Sosic, Goran Stanisic
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio 92

Help us with our Architecture City Guide: Berlin

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Next week we will be taking our Architecture City Guide to and we need your help. To make the City Guides more engaging we are asking for your input on which designs should comprise our weekly list of 12-24. In order for this to work we will need you, our readers, to suggest a few of your favorite modern/contemporary buildings for the upcoming city guide in the comment section below. Along with your suggestions we ask that you provide a link to an image you took of the building that we can use, the address of the building, and the architect. (The image must be from a site that has a Creative Common License cache like Flickr or Wikimedia. We cannot use images that are copyrighted unless they are yours and you give us permission.) From that we will select the top 12 most recommended buildings. Hopefully this method will help bring to our attention smaller well done projects that only locals truly know. With that in mind we do not showcase private single-family residences for obvious reasons. Additionally, we try to only show completed projects.

This week we are headed to Berlin.

Example of the information we need for your suggestion:
Berlin Philharmonic / Hans Scharoun
Address: Herbert-von-Karajan-Str 1, Berlin,

Natura Home Showroom / Lantavos Projects

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Architects: Lantavos Projects
Location: , Greece
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 270.00 sqm
Photographs: Vice Versa

Update: Xi’an Expo 2011 Officially Opens

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The Xi’an Expo 2011 has officially opened and, as expected, the international horticultural event has attracted a staggering 200,000 in just the first weekend! We’ve been covering the Expo beginning with Plasma Studio + ’s conceptual design, and we have been featuring updates about the project over the course of the last few months.  The Expo embodies the idea of transformation as the site was formerly a sandpit where the water was severely degraded during the 1980s.   Efforts over the past two decades have restored the ecosystem and now the Expo is able to demonstrate what can be accomplished through the use of the most advanced technology, ideas, and materials.  As we reported earlier, the 37 ha complex includes three buildings that are interconnected with a dynamic landscape of unfolding paths and networks of water, circulation and foliage.

More images after the break.

Building Community / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

If you have enjoyed the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (EDR) projects we have featured then this is the book for you. With stunning photography and informative text, this book examines not only an architect’s physical impact on the built landscape, but also her/his role as a community builder and shaper of human experience. The projects showcased throughout this book illustrate EDR’s commitment to the community in both small and large scale projects.

More after the break.

International Design Award Street Furniture “Premio Lissone Design” 2011

The LISSONE DESIGN AWARD 2011 “Street Furniture” is at the start. Free of charge, this international competition is open to young draughtsmen, architects, designers under 36, students (Faculties and Schools of Design, Architecture, Engineering), of all nationalities, required taking part to design street furniture (seating, shelters, signs, containers, etc.).

Elements that can also be composed into an “urban furniture” module with innovative functional and volumetric variations which will meet the needs and integrate the different possible functions required by citizens in their use of public space. True design objects, conceived for the cities of today and the foreseeable future.

For more information, please go to the competition’s official website (it’s in Italian, but you can download and English version at the bottom).

CITYVISION – International Ideas Competition Winners

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The CITYVISION competition is an international ideas competition, which challenges architects, engineers, designers, students and creative individuals to develop visionary urban proposals with the intention of stimulating and supporting the contemporary city.  Through innovative ideas and methodologies, which can improve the connection between the historical, present and future city, CITYVISION aims to foster a critical evolution of architectural historiography. The host city for this round of entries was Venice, .  Browse through the winning entries after the break.

3-Element House / Tomás Swett

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Architects: Tomás Swett
Location: ,
Collaborator: Juan Ignacio Diaz
Engineer: Alex Popp
Project Area: : 485 sqm
Photographs: Felipe Fontecilla, Tomas Swett

Architecture City Guide: Barcelona

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . We recently featured an engaging video where Wiel Arets half jokingly said is fantastic but boring. He continued to say as soon as Sagrada Família is finished is done; there is nothing left to do there (10:50). Arets can say what he wants about Barcelona supposedly being boring, but our city guide doesn’t reflect this. Barcelona is filled with fantastically expressive architecture that springs from its proud Catalan culture. It was impossible to feature all our readers suggestions in the first go around, and we did not even come close to including some of the most iconic building such as Casa Milà. Thus we are looking to add to our list of 24 in the near future. Further more there are so many fabulous buildings on the drawing board or under construction, i.e. the projects in the @22 district, we’ll most likely be updating this city guide for quite awhile, regardless of Sagrada Família’s completion.

Take a look at our list with the knowledge it is far complete and add to it in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Barcelona list and corresponding map after the break.

PAS House / Francois Perrin and Gil Lebon Delapointe

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A unique concept the PAS House is imagined to be a place to both live and skateboard.  The skateable surface of the home, interior to exterior, fluidly moves from the ground to the wall and then to the ceiling in a continuous surface forming a tube of a 10ft diameter. The PAS House will be constructed in Malibu, California for Pierre Andre Senizerques (PAS), a former World Champion and Pro Skater as well as Founder and Owner of Sole Technology, the design by Francois Perrin and divides the home into three separate spaces; including a living room, dining area, and kitchen, the second one includes a bedroom and bathroom and the third a skateboard practice area.

Architects: Francois Perrin and Gil Lebon Delapointe
Location: Malibu, California (house); Exhibition Public Domaine/Skateboard Culture, La Gaite Lyrique, Paris, France (prototype)
Client: Pierre Andre Senizergues
Project Area: 2,200 sqf (house); 700 sqf (prototype)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Mike Manzoori and Sam Mc Guire

Parc Zodiaco Building / GPA&A

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Architects: GPA&A
Location: Minas Gerais,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 13,800 sqm
Photographs: Jomar Bragança

Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Center / McPhee Architects

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Architects: McPhee Architects
Location: , Australia
Client: Canterbury City Council
Project Area: 3,575 sqm
Photographs: Sharrin Rees

The High Court of Justice and the Law Courts / Koller Studio

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Architects: Koller Studio / József Koller, Zoltán Bánfalvi, László Csatai ifj., Zsófia Fehér
Location: Pécs,
Project Area: 2,100 sqm (gross story area), 950 sqm (building area)
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Andrea Häider