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Shelter @ Rainforest / Marra + Yeh Architects

  • Architects: Marra + Yeh Architects
  • Location: Sabah, Malaysia
  • Structural Engineer: Professor Max Irvine
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman

Wahaca Southbank Experiment / Softroom

  • Architects: Softroom
  • Location: Lambeth, London Borough of Lambeth, London SE1 8XX, UK
  • Architects: Softroom
  • Client: Wahaca Group
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Joseph Burns

© Joseph Burns © Joseph Burns © Joseph Burns © Joseph Burns

Garage Centre for Contemporary Arts Pavilion / Artem Kitaev, Nikolay Martynov, Leonid Slonimskiy, Maxim Spivakov, Artem Staborovskiy

  • Architects: Artem Kitaev, Nikolay Martynov, Leonid Slonimskiy, Maxim Spivakov, Artem Staborovskiy
  • Location: Gorky Park, ул. Крымский Вал, 9, город Москва, Russia, 119049
  • Area: 600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yuriy Palmin

© Yuriy Palmin © Yuriy Palmin © Yuriy Palmin © Yuriy Palmin

KNSM Island Skydome / Wiel Arets Architects

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Location: KNSM-Laan 451, 1019 Zeeburg, The Netherlands
  • Project Team: Wiel Arets , Elmar Kleuters, Paul Kuitenbrouwer, René Thijssen
  • Collaborators: Anca Arenz, Ivo Daniëls, Jo Janssen, Maurice Paulussen, Henrik Vuust
  • Consultants: Cauberg & Huijgen Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV, Loveld, Wilma Bouw BV
  • Client: Wilma Bouw BV
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 1996
  • Photographs: Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter

Reina Victoria Theatre-Cinema / Enrique Abascal García

  • Architects: Enrique Abascal García
  • Location: Plaza de la Reina Victoria, 21670 Nerva, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Enrique Abascal García
  • Office: , Óscar Navarro, Fernando Infante, Manuel Falcón
  • Instalations: Antonio Lastres García-Testón, Samuel Domínguez Amarillo
  • Acoustic: Juan José Sendras-IUCC Seville
  • Estructures: FHECOR ingenieros-Javier León
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Clemente Delgado, Courtesy of Enrique Abascal

© Clemente Delgado © Clemente Delgado © Clemente Delgado © Clemente Delgado

Bunker 599 / Rietveld Landscape

© Rietveld Landscape © Rietveld Landscape © Rietveld Landscape © Rietveld Landscape

Groupama / Scheubel + Genty Architectes

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

The Martians Have Landed / LAVA

  • Architects: LAVA
  • Location: Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Project Manager: Berents Project Management
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman, Peter Murphy

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Peter Murphy

Chromatic Screen / Like Architects

© Dinis Sottomayor
© Dinis Sottomayor

Designed and constructed by Like Architects for the 2012 Oporto Show, the Chromatic Screen installation is an intervention representative of their ephemeral work that lies on the border between architecture, design, urban installation and art. The installation is designed using about 2,000 hangers for children’s clothes from IKEA – ‘Bagis’ -, in four different colors – blue, green, pink and orange – that merge into multiple tonalities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Films & Architecture: "Koyaanisqatsi"


Koyaanisqatsi is the first from a saga of three films directed by Godfrey Reggio. Followed by Powaqqatsi (Life in Transformation) and Naqoyqatsi (Life as War), Koyaanisqatsi got the subtitle of “Life Out of Balance”, showing us only through impressive images the confrontation between natural and human development processes. The film frames urban landscapes in their different types, commercial, residential, industrial, or infrastructural, as an infinite repetition against nature. Talking somehow, already in the ’80, about the environmental issues that the development model represents in the way it was deployed at that moment. What do you think about the current development model, have this changed from the last decades or still breaking the balance with nature?

Burton Barr Central Library / bruderDWLarchitects

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

The Phoenix Central Library stands as an iconic structure that straddles Interstate 10 as it passes through the Margaret T. Hance Deck Park Tunnel in Phoenix, Arizona. Designed by bruderDWLarchitects, the contract was awarded in 1989 and the project completed in 1995 to house an expansive volume collection of 1,000,000 within 280,000 square feet, it has also served as a catalyst to the local community and fostered a sense of pride. It features numerous details that enhance the overall user experience and incorporates strategic building tactics that respond to the harsh Sonoran Desert. More details after the break.

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman

Venice Biennale 2012: Aircraft Carrier / Israeli Pavilion

Aircraft Carrier: The Textile Compound, Tel Aviv by Fernando Guerra; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier
Aircraft Carrier: The Textile Compound, Tel Aviv by Fernando Guerra; Courtesy of Aircraft Carrier

This year’s Venice Biennale will kick off on August 29th and run through November 25th and will feature a pavilion from Israel called “Aircraft Carrier”.  The collected work confronts the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture since 1973, and the American influences that made them possible.  The curators of the exhibit, Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram and Dan Handel defined four major architectural phenomena that epitomize these changes:  Signals, Emporiums, Allies and Flotillas.  The curators invited five leading Israeli and international artists and architectural photographers to reflect on these ideas.  Participants include Assaf Evron, Fernando Guerra, Florian Holzherr, Nira Pereg, and Jan Tichy and product designer Tal Erez. Stop by after the break to see some of the work to be featured as part of “Aircraft Carrier”.

Shortlist Revealed for New Keelung Harbor Service Building

Courtesy of New Keelung Harbor Service Building Competition Website
Courtesy of New Keelung Harbor Service Building Competition Website

The international competition for a new service building in Taiwan’s major port city Keelung called for the design of a modern passenger and cargo terminal transfer station and maritime gateway art plaza. The objective is to improve the quality of the services for passengers and cargo, accelerate the development of surrounding areas, and ultimately promote local prosperity of the region. The new service building design is to be a new “Gateway to the Nation” – one that could become a form of Landmark Architecture of Keelung. The site of the new building should be integrated with the other commercial buildings in an effort to develop the entire area. The diverse programs cover an area of 82,615 m2 and include car and coach parking. The two-stage competition was announced in early May 2012 and recieved thirty one submissions from twelve countries in the first stage. On July 19th the jury unveiled five nominated groups to continue to the second stage whose deadline is in September. Follow us after the break for details on the five shortlisted firms.

Flashback: Signal Box / Herzog & de Meuron

© Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

Architects: Herzog & de Meuron Location: Basel, Switzerland Project Year: 1994 Photographs: Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido

AIDS Memorial Receives Approval / studio a+i

© Studio a+i
© Studio a+i

Designing a memorial is a challenge of crafting a moment of pause – a slight change in one’s daily activity to experience a sense of place to respectively reflect and acknowledge.   While memorializing a historical event, such as a war or a cultural achievement, has a definitive beginning and end – a set number of deaths, or a memorable proclamation declared on a set date – the act of memorializing the AIDS epidemic has no such tangible point in history.  ”AIDS is not a war, nor a disease conquered. In our design process, we emphasize the changing and varied ways through which AIDS affects us personally and as a society. It is important to create a space that conveys our sense of solemn respect, remembrance and loss, without resorting to symbolism around a date, image, or names, ” explained Mateo Paiva and Esteban Erlich of the Brooklyn-based firm studio a+i, the winners of an international design competition for an AIDS memorial at St. Vincent’s Hospital Park. Set within the western tip of a triangular-shaped plot of land created by Seventh Avenue, 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue, the memorial will honor not only the city’s 100,000+ men, women and children who have died from AIDS, but also the efforts of the caregivers and activists who respond to the crisis.   After drastically transforming the design to address community concerns about safety and to fit within the confines of a downsized site,  studio a+i ’s new design has just received approval from Community Board 2 and will proceed to the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the City Planning Commission. More after the AIDS memorial after the break.

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Interiors Journal

Mehruss Jon Ahi and Armen Karaoghlanian combined their educational backgrounds with Interiors, an online journal that marries architecture and film.

Interiors is an online journal, published on the 15th of each month, in which films are analyzed and diagrammed in terms of space. Interiors focuses on how space is used throughout a particular scene and how the architecture of the film impacts its narratives and characters.