Update: Glasgow School of Art / Steven Holl

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Plans for the new building, designed by Steven Holl Architects in association with JM Architects, received approval from the Glasgow City Council’s planning committee this week.  Site preparations are scheduled for this summer, and work on the new building will immediately follow with construction scheduled to take around two years. The five story building will reside directly opposite of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterful Glasgow School of Art building.

“We are very pleased with the support from the Glasgow City Council Planning Committee. We believe that the new building will be an exciting addition to the Glasgow School of Art and will provide an inspirational environment for the students and the community,” Holl said.

Holl’s design focuses on creating a relationship between the two buildings through attention to architectural elements, such as light, materiality and proportion. The prominence of Holl’s new building has created a lot of dialogue surrounding the design, which was the winning entry in a competition for the Glasgow School Art. Our previous coverage can be found here.

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H House / Wiel Arets Architects


Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: , the Netherlands
Design team: Satoru Umehara, Harold Herman, Daniel Meier, Dennis Villanueva, Alex Kunnen, Francois Steul
Project area: 130 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2010
Photographs: Wiel Arets Architects

The Gourmet Tea / Alan Chu

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Architects: Alan Chu
Location: Sao Paulo,
Project area: 90 sqm
Project year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: Djan Chu

House in Charentilly / RVL architects

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Architects: RVL architects
Location: , France
Project area: 105 sqm
Photographs: Jean-Charles Liddell

INABA Awarded Permanent Artwork Installation

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INABA‘s proposal was selected for a permanent artwork installation at the new concert hall in Stavanger, Normway. From a field of six invited international teams the cylindrical structure, 8m in diameter and 13m tall will be the focal point of the five-story high lobby.

Follow the break for more about INABA’s proposal.

Architects: INABA
Location: Stavanger,
Client: KORO Public Art Norway
Graphic Design: MTWTF
Engineering: Buro Happold
Lighting: Ljusarkitektur
Project Team: (INABA) Jeffrey Inaba, Darien Williams, Karin Nelson, Yasmeen Khan, Micael Duran, Eugene Park, Sorayos Tang Chuenchomphu, Kristoffer Miller, (Buro Happold) Cristobal Correa, Jeff Thompson, (MTWTF) Glen Cummings, Aliza Dzik, (Ljusarkitektur) Kai Piippo, Clara Fraenkel
Photographs: Courtesy of INABA

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XXXIX

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Almost 40 selections of photos submitted in our Flickr Pool, which now has more than 43,000 photos. Be sure to check more of them right here. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by naoyafujii in Tokyo, . Check the other four after the break.

The Indicator: The Next Architecture, Part 4

Leadership is important in determining the course of a firm’s success. Leadership style determines a firm’s overall culture, how it positions itself in the world, how it will face down difficulties. In addition, the true, long-term ramifications of leadership style become evident during periods like the last two years, when the economy is racked by recession.

The challenges presented by the recession reveal the essence of a firm’s leadership by laying bare all the dormant weaknesses that were most likely put in place when times were good. What are these weaknesses? They are primarily related to the culture of a firm’s day-to-day operation, how its personnel are managed, classified, and compensated.

Keep reading after the break.

The Cornell Journal of Architecture 8: RE

After a reflective sabbatical following the 7th issue, has recently launched itself back on the scene of primer architectural journals. The long awaited 8th issue strives to be “about the now, the new, and the next in architecture, while simultaneously acknowledging that every possible future is intrinsically linked to the existent, to the present and its attendant past. At the heart of issue 8: RE is the understanding that the creative act itself is reiterative; that in rethinking, recombining, reshuffling, recycling, and reimagining aspects of the world around us, we produce work that both belongs to the current moment and establishes new future trajectories.”

Table of Contents following the break.

City of Campina Urban Remodeling / StudioDue


The Greek architectural firm StudioDue has shared with us their entry for the city of urban remodeling competition. Additional images and a brief description after the break.

Observation Tower on the River Mur / terrain:loenhart&mayr

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Architects: terrain:loenhart&mayr
Location: ,
Client: Gemeinde Gosdorf Orts- und Infrastrukturentwicklungs KG
Design + planning of observation tower and exteriors: Terrain:loenhart&mayr architects and landscape architects, Munich/Graz
Structural planning: Osd – office for structural design, Frankfurt
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: terrain:loenhart&mayr

Cannon Design Regional Offices / Cannon Design

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After standing vacant for nearly 30 years, the St. Louis Municipal Power House building at 1100 Clark Avenue in downtown St. Louis, opened as the new offices of Cannon Design in September 2008. In 2007, the firm purchased the 19,000 sqf building and provided all design, development, and construction management services for its restoration, renovation and adaptive reuse—an investment that represents the firm’s confidence in the future of the city of St. Louis.

Architect: Cannon Design
Location: St. Louis, Missouri,
Project Area: 32,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Architectural Imageworks, LLC, Patti Gabriel Photography

Al Mercato / AMA – Albera Monti & Associati

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Architects: AMA – Albera Monti & Associati: Giovanni Albera [Partner], Nicolas Monti [Partner],Rita Saragoça Saramago Silva Pereira
Location: ,
Project area: 80 sqm
Photographs: Giuseppe Albera

Update: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Could Face Boycott by Artists

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As we had previously reported over 130 artists recently issued a call to action to boycott the new Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum that has just begun construction on Saadiyat Island. Despite the recent intervention by the Guggenheim Foundation and Museum and changes from the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the artists backed by the Human Rights Watch are continuing to threaten to withhold their work as well as refusing participation in museum events.  Our previous coverage can be found here.

Yesterday the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation Director Richard Armstrong and Deputy Director and Chief Curator Nancy Spector responded to the proposed artist boycott of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum. The letter highlights the changes that have been, the Guggenheim’s own concern with the works rights, the importance of this museum to the region, and notably the inaccurate picture that is being painted by the Human Rights Watch most recent statements.

The full letter issued from Armstrong and Spector following the break.

Arch Battle®: Njiric vs Bucci

NOGO, with the support of MIARQ from Lusófona University, presents ARCH BATTLE®: NJIRIC vs. BUCCI. Hrvoje Njiric and Angelo Bucci come to to present their proposals for the Housing Design Project CasaGranturismo, Silves. The event will be moderated by Ivan Rupnik from Northeastern University in Boston.

This event will take place tomorrow, 25th March 2011, 9pm, at Agostinho da Silva Auditorium, Lusófona University, Campo Grande 376, , Portugal. Free entrance. More info at www.nogo-studio.blogspot.com.

Pedal Park / KGP Design Studio

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KGP Design Studio shared with us their entry for the Bankside Bikeshed Competition. The competition asked for a modular, portable and secure cycle parking solution in downtown on behalf of the Better Bankside Business Improvement District (BID). The issue of cycle parking has been high on the agenda of Better Bankside for the last few years. Discussion with member businesses has highlighted the problem of finding space for cycle parking, particularly when premises are leased or in older buildings. More images and architects’ description after the break.


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Architects: GENETO
Location: ,
Photographs: Yasutake Kondo

Information and photos of this project after the break.

80 Dekalb / Della Valle + Bernheimer

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Located on the third floor of a residential tower, this amenity space combines a fitness center with a diverse entertainment program including screening room, gaming area, and demonstration kitchen. The boundary between these two programs is defined by a folded metal structure. This luminous patterned surface intersects the residential corridor to form the entrance.

Architect: Della Valle + Bernheimer
Location: 80 Dekalb, Brooklyn, ,
Project Area: 2,600 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Della Valle + Bernheimer

Children’s Museum of the Arts / WORKac


With the small Chinatown site proving to be too confining for the growing Children’s Museum of the Arts, the institution secured a new space in Hudson Square, .  Now that the new space is three times the size of the Chinatown site, WORKac has designed a museum where the activities are connected in a natural manner and are organized around a central colorful gallery.  This dramatic increase in square footage will allow the museum to reinterpret the best parts of their current museum and add the new programs they had long desired.

More about the project after the break.