Stone River / Jon Piasecki

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recently received a 2011 Honor Award from ASLA for his Stone River project. The magic of this project lies in the details. You need to watch the video (after the break) to appreciate the painstaking effort and attention to detail that went into this project.

Video, project description, and more photographs after the break.

Landscape Artist: Jon Piasecki
Collaborators: Rob Davis
Text: Jon Piasecki
Photographs: Jon Piasecki, John Dolan, David Borden

Update: Meridian First Light House Places 3rd / Solar Decathlon

In keeping with our coverage of the Solar Decathlon, we are happy to share Victoria University’s Meridian First Light House third place finish.  Finishing a few point shy of the University of Maryland’s 951 points, the New Zealand university received 919 points with high standings in several categories, including winning the Engineering contest, gaining first equal in Hot Water and Energy Balance, second for Architecture and third for Market Appeal.     Plus, over the course of the competition, the house managed to produce more energy than it consumed –  achieving net zero energy consumption, despite 10 days of undesirable weather.   Team member Nick Officer exclaimed, “While we may not have won overall we are incredibly proud to have represented New Zealand on the world stage. We had such and amazing response from the US public here along with supporters back home.” Be sure to check out our previous coverage of the house to learn more about the traditional Kiwi bach – a New Zealand holiday home – inspired residence.

More photos of the residence after the break. 

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2011 SMIBE Film Competition

With its third annual competition, SMIBE (Society for Moving Images about the Built Environment), sponsored by The Graham Foundation, Archinect, and Image, continues to bring together a growing body of moving image stories about the built environment. They hope the competition…

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Zero Emission Pavilion / partnerundpartner-architekten

Architects: partnerundpartner-architekten
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Design Team: Jörg Finkbeiner, Klaus Günter
Structural Engineer: ZRS-Berlin
Construction Supervision: Jan Becker – Freiräume gestalten
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 75 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of partnerundpartner-architekten…

Taliesin – A Guided 360 Virtual Tour

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin turned 100 this year. As part of the commemoration Tour de Force 360VR produced an award winning “guided” 360 degree virtual tour of the estate. The center of Frank Lloyd Wright’s world was Taliesin near , . It was his home, workshop, architectural laboratory and inspiration for nearly all his life. Our international award winning Tour de Force, allows visitors from around the world to experience this place in ways only a personal visit could provide before. The response has been dramatic. More information on the tour after the break.

Mercedes-Benz at the Frankfurt Festival Hall / Kauffmann Theilig & Partner

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Architects: Kauffmann Theilig & Partner Freie Architekten BDA
Location: Frankfurt am Main,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 10,800 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Kauffmann Theilig & Partner

Frankfurt’s Festival Hall once again played host to Mercedes-Benz at the IAA International Motor Show (September 13 – 25, 2011) where the “pulse” of a new generation of automobiles was on display. The exhibition design by architectural firm Kauffmann Theilig & Partner and Frankfurt-based Atelier Markgraph was a continuation of this years running-theme: 125 years since the invention of the automobile. This is the 9th consecutive collaboration between the two.

UFO Architecture

EUA / Los Angeles - Courtesy of Mário N. Rangel

Out of this world…designing for the unknown. The possibilities in design are endless and limitless when it comes to UFOs! The vast impact of ufology in architecture around the world is an interesting discovery. Documentation of some of these designs is shown here in this gallery. The photos prove how design concepts by several architects has been driven by UFO inspired ideas. More images on the UFO inspired designs after the break.

AD Review: From the Archives

This was a great week to choose from ArchDaily’s archive.  Again, the projects are from all over the world and vary greatly in size, anywhere from a small private concrete chapel in Lima to a library in Belgium with an active rooftop leaving way for a green pedestrian space.   An iconic concrete oval ribbed stadium in Croatia, remote Montana camp, art museum in North Carolina and Slovenian weekend house are all revisited after the break.

Stay Residence / Studio Loop

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Architects: Studio Loop
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 91.05 sqm
Structural design: Iwashita Structural Engineers
Photographs: Kai Nakamura, Studio Loop

AL’s House / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

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Architect: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Comuna de Lo Barnechea, Santiago, Chile
Constructor: Yon Gallastegui
Engineer: Cristián Delporte
Lighting: Mónica Pérez
Landscape: Karen Oetjen
Site Area 2842 sqm
Project Area: 841 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nicolás Saieh

House in Kitakami / nadamoto yukiko architects

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Architects: nadamoto yukiko architects
Location: kitakami, iwate,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 141 sqm
Photographs: Seiya Miyamoto

2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Award Winners Revealed at Greenbuild

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The 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Award Winners were highlighted last week during the U.S. Green Building Council’s  Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held in Toronto.  The annual competition aims to ‘jump-start the discussion on how we might retrofit entire cities to fight climate change’.  Recognized as the Best Overall Project 2011, the Palms residence in Venice, California designed by Daly Genik Architects, “is an outstanding example of an architecture project that can transform our cities to fight climate change,” says Ron Dembo founder and CEO of Zerofootprint.  “The design is energy and water efficient, replicable, and beautiful. This project demonstrates that retrofitting existing buildings to reduce their environmental impact does not have to mean limiting the quality of materials, the use of smart technologies, or the aesthetics of the final product.”

A complete list of the 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards winners and finalists following the break, including the King and King Headquarters in Syracuse, New York by King and King Architects and the Orange Cube in Lyon, by Jakob + MacFarlane.

AD Round Up: Hotels Part VIII

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An hotel in Slovenia, a resort in India, The Trump International in Hawaii, a nice Japanese hotel and even an AD Classic from Michael Graves in Disney World! All for our 8th selection of previously featured hotels. Check them all after the break.

Leti 360 / Studio Mumbai
Located at 2350 m (7700 ft.) above sea level, Leti 360 resort is perched on a promontory in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. The site is a two hour walk [9 km] from the nearest motorable road and is accessed by a narrow footpath carved into the mountainside, part of a network of trails used by local villagers for daily travel and transport (read more…)

The Plato Effect in Architecture: Designing for Human Diversity

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The idea that a diverse population needs a diverse environment to succeed seems easy enough to grasp. Certainly, it is easier to comprehend than a one-size-fits-all design philosophy. Why then, in the name of universal design and equality, do architects continue to design uniform one-size-fits-all environments? Answering that is not so simple. Some may suggest that construction methods, costs, and site restrictions make diverse environments economically and physically infeasible. Others may fault the lack of courses architects take in human biology and psychology. This might make it impossible for them to understand the diverse range of people their buildings affect. Even more may fault the ever increasingly abstract design process. This may hinder architects’ ability to identify with real future occupants. All of these conceivably play a role, but the most likely culprit is Plato’s philosophy of essentialism for the same reason biologist Ernst Mayr felt it caused evolution’s insufferably late discovery; essentialism has and continues to fundamentally shape how we see and deal with diversity.[1]

iGuzzini Illuminazione Spain Headquarters / MiAS Arquitectes

© Adrià Goula

We featured this project while it was in progress back in JuneMiAS Arquitectes recently sent us the photographs of the completed building. Check out more photographs after the break.

Architects: MiAS Arquitectes / Josep Miàs
Project Area: 9,000 sqm
Photographs: Adrià Goula

An Architect in the Palm of Your Hand: ACME’s newest collection of roller ball and card case winners!

Last week we told you about ACME Studio’s newest collection of roller balls and card cases with designs by and Hariri & Hariri. We asked you which architect and project would you like to see in future collections, and among all the comments by registered users we now have two lucky winners!

Grace Whang will receive Charles and Ray Eames “Dots-Etched” collection, and Tim Grantham won Hariri & Hariri “Site Plan”. Congratulations to you both! We will contact you directly with the details.

Remember you can also become a registered user of ArchDaily to have access to all our special features and so you can participate in future giveaways! More information on Studio’s collection after the break.

Farshid Moussavi Architecture wins French Residential Complex

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Farshid Moussavi Architecture has just shared their winning residential proposal for the La Défense financial district to the west of Paris with us. The new 11,000 + square meter building is part of the larger urban renewal project, La Parvis Jardin de l’Arché, which links La Défense and les Terrasses de Nanterre. The design’s slender volume – which contains 7,500 sqm of residential units, 2,930 sqm of student accommodation and 1,000 sqm of retail space – is comprised of slightly rotated floor plates that produce oblique balconies and loggias. The shifting form builds upon the site’s visual connection to La Grande Axe, providing uninterrupted views down the historic boulevard. The winning project marks Moussavi’s first built work in , as well as FMA’s first major project since the dissolution of her previous firm Foreign Office Architects with co-founder Alejandro Zaera-Polo.

More images of the winning design after the break. 

St Joseph’s Primary School / dKO Architecture

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Architects: dKO Architecture
Location: Melbourne,
Project Team: Zvonko Orsanic, Hannah Jonasson
Contractor: Total Construction
Collaborators: Norman Disney & Young, Felicetti, JNAT, McCutcheon MacDonald, Invotec, Like Butter
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 450 sqm
Photographs: Michael Gazzola