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Wallpaper's 2012 Architects Directory

© Nelson Kon / Mirante do Horto house by Flávio Castro Arquiteto
© Nelson Kon / Mirante do Horto house by Flávio Castro Arquiteto

Wallpaper magazine recently announced their 2012 Architects Directory which features some of the world’s most intriguing young practices that have made their way into the spotlight. More images and a complete list of the architects who made director can be viewed after the break.

Films & Architecture: “THX 1138”

The first film of George Lucas is without any doubt a master piece in terms of how to represent futuristic spaces. In THX 1138 the underground spaces are absolutely controlled. People’s behavior is driven by different drugs depending on the physical effect required. The movie contained a catalogue of spatial experiences and explore new forms of spaces that are many years forward the ’70 ideas.

We invite you to enjoy this magnificent film and let us know your comments below!

‘The Interchange’ in Downtown Minneapolis / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company + Knutson Construction

Courtesy of EE&K + Knutson Construction
Courtesy of EE&K + Knutson Construction

EE&K, a Perkins Eastman Company, and Knutson Construction were recently selected by Hennepin County for their design for ‘The Interchange’ in Downtown Minneapolis. The design-build contract for the $79.3 million transportation hub, which is expected to be completed by 2014, will connect transit with culture. Led by architect Peter Cavaluzzi FAIA, the multidisciplinary team envisions a state-of-the-art transit station with complementary mixed-used development and year-round activated public space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Urban Redevelopment Project at Tainan Main Station Area / Maxthreads

Courtesy of Maxthreads
Courtesy of Maxthreads

The second prize winning vision for the Urban Redevelopment Project at Tainan Main Station Area responds to the extending aim of positioning Taiwan in general, and Tainan city in particular, as a major historical based tourism destination. Designed by Maxthreads, their strategy attempts to contribute to Taiwan’s economic diversification from its current infrastructure lead planning system. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College / Cooper, Robertson & Partners

  • Architects: Cooper, Robertson & Partners
  • Location: 2180 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10035, USA
  • Project Team: Scott Newman, Bruce Davis, Tom Wittrock
  • Area: 145000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Chuck Choi

© Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi

Wupper-Bridge Opladen / Agirbas & Wienstroer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer

Residential Center Cugat Natura / JF Arquitectes

  • Architects: JF Arquitectes
  • Location: St Cugat del Vallès, Spain
  • Architects Associates: Jordi Frontons
  • Technical Architect: Xavi Durán, Pau Frontons
  • Design Team: Carlos Arilla
  • Area: 17.9 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Xavi Gálvez

© Xavi Gálvez © Xavi Gálvez © Xavi Gálvez © Xavi Gálvez

Two family house Giacomuzzi / Monovolume architecture

© René Riller © René Riller © René Riller © René Riller

Naver Line Square / Urbantainer

  • Architects: Urbantainer
  • Location: South Korea
  • Design Team: Jiwon Baik, Younjin Jeong, Gayoung Lee, Sujung Lee, Hyeseong Lee
  • Construction: Urbantainer Co.
  • Client: NHN Corp.
  • Area: 24.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Urbantainer

Courtesy of Urbantainer Courtesy of Urbantainer Courtesy of Urbantainer Courtesy of Urbantainer

'Honey Scape' Landscape Pavilion / Gonçalo Castro Henriques X-REF

© Alexandre Delmar / JF Fotografia
© Alexandre Delmar / JF Fotografia

Built after winning an international landscape competition at Ponte Lima, Portugal, Honey Scape is temporary landscape pavilion by Gonçalo Castro Henriques of X-REF. This installation intends to shelter the visitor, captivating him by a dream-like atmosphere with aromatic plants. This atmosphere is defined by a light and transparent structure, based on a honeycomb, creating a dynamic of light and color throughout the day. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dominique Perrault Wins Competition for Esplanade Tower in Fribourg

© DPA / ADAGP
© DPA / ADAGP

Dominique Perrault Architecture, the French practice recently awarded with the opportunity to build a tower called The Blade in Seoul as part of Daniel Libeskind’s master plan, has now been announced as winner of a concept/construction international competition for the Esplanade Tower in downtown Fribourg, Switzerland.  The high rise is part of regeneration project of the Swiss Federal Railways at the site of the former Pilettes Station. More after the break.

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXXII

We are near to the 85, ooo photos in our Flickr Pool, so keep them coming! 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 main photo was taken by pov_steve in Mexico  City, Mexico. Check the other four photos after the break.

AIA Home Design Trend Survey Q1/2012

© AIA Home Design Trend Survey
© AIA Home Design Trend Survey

The AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2012 reports an optimistic outlook for residential architectural firms. Key aspects of the survey attempt to illustrate the trending situations compared with previous quarterly surveys. Perhaps the most enlightening aspect prevalent throughout the majority of the survey topics is that growth is beginning to shake off the declines of the housing downturn. More details after the break.

Giveaway: Ten copies of 'How to Make a Japanese House'

Thanks to the courtesy of NAi Publishers, we are giving you the chance to win this great book: How to Make a Japanese House (see our review here). We have 10 copies of the book and all you have to do to participate is become a registered user (if you’re not one already) and answer the following question in our comments: