Frank Lloyd Wright’s Turkel House Gets a Second Life

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When Dale Morgan and Norman Silk spotted a “For Sale” sign in front of a contemporary home in the Palmer Woods neighborhood of it was just what they were looking for, so they snatched it up. Little did they know that they had just stumbled into buying a true designed home, known as the Turkel House.

To answer the question you are all asking yourselves, how could they not have known, it turns out that 25 years of disrepair, long periods of vacancy and changing owners hands combined with years of deferred maintenance and overgrown vegetation can hide a FLW design quite well.

More following the break.

Great Hall of The People / Unknown Fields Architects

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Unknown Fields Architects have shared with us their entry for the eVolo Competition. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Glade House / Frederick Phillips and Associates

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Built in the historic district of , Illinois, and subject to strict municipal review, this house mediates between the common and the unexpected. In a community where large traditional houses prevail, this house seeks a return to simple agrarian forms, colors, and textures typical to the region, but lost long ago.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.

Architect: Frederick Phillips and Associates
Location: Lake Forest, Illinois, USA
General Contractor: Tiedmann Enterprises
Structural Engineer: Abatangelo Hanson, Ltd.
Project Area: 2,350 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Karant + Associates, Inc.

UNVEIL / ///byn

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///byn shared with us their design, UNVEIL, an office complex, part of 20*10, the new financial district of , which is in the third planning growth of the DongSheng District, in the Northwest area of the City of . is the fastest economic grow city in Inner Mongolia, China. has 86,752 square kilometers, which is about 80 times Hong Kong’s size. For this project, similar to the 100 project, the local government has decided to put together a large group of architects. Instead of being 100 foreign architects, they reduced the list to the 20 best Chinese architecture practices and 10 international ones with experience in mainland China. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Video: Ljubljana City Museum / OFIS arhitekti

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Back in 2008 we published the extension and renovation of the Ljubljana City Museum by OFIS arhitekti. Now they shared on their twitter account this video update made by Marco Mazzotta that shows some more details and diagrams of the project.

Old Post Office Plaza / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

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The winning design of an international competition, Old Post Office Plaza serves as an urban catalyst for revitalization while forming an iconic event space for downtown . Inspired by a large public sculpture, “the Torso of Icaro” by noted sculptor Igor Mitoraj and donated for installation in the project, the design creates a three dimensional armature of spaces and program that spiral upward and around the work to explore the deeper structure of ideas that the myth of Daedelus and Ikarus evokes. Not only was Daedalus the key protagonist of one of the great narratives of flight and fall, he was associated with early manifestations of public space and public art in ancient Greece, as an archetypal architect and sculptor.

Architect: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: St. Louis, , USA
Project Team: Barry Sampson (project director), Jon Neuert (project advisor), Mauro Carreno (project coordinator), Yves Bonardeaux, Winda Lau, Adrian Phiffer
Landscape Architect: ARCTURIS
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick
US Structural Reps: Optimal Engineering Solutions Inc.
Civil and Electrical Engineer: EDM Incorporated
Quantity Surveyor: Vermeulens Cost Consultants
Water Feature: Water Architecture
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Sam Fentress, BSN / Zero Fractal, Debbie Franke

Institute for the Culinary Arts / HDR Architecture

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Architects: HDR Architecture
Location: , Nebraska, USA
General contractor: Sampson Construction
Consultants: Building Cost Consultants; Cini-Little International Inc.; John Milner Architects, Inc
Project year: 39,000 sq. ft.
Photographs: Jeffrey Jacobs Photography, Kurt Johnson Photography

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Could Face Boycott by Artists

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Over 130 artists are continuing to call attention to the working conditions at the site of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, despite the recent intervention by the Guggenheim Foundation and Museum and changes from the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC).  The $800 million museum designed by is just beginning construction on .

The group of artists talking boycott, including key figures within the Middle Eastern art world, are threatening to withhold their work as well as refusing participation in museum events, which could be detrimental to the museum as they are essentially building a collection from the ground up.  In response to the artists proposed boycott, Foundation Director Richard Armstrong issued the following statement, ”While we share the artists’ concern for the workers, we believe that, in light of the steady progress that has been made with respect to recruitment fees, the prompt payment of wages, the ability to retain passports, the provision of health insurance, good living accommodations, and the imminent appointment of an independent monitor in May, their statement is misinformed. We believe that the Guggenheim Foundation’s work with TDIC has been instrumental in bringing about this progress. We will continue to remain focused on this critical priority.”

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London 2012 Olympic Games Information Pavilion Competition

is the largest urban zone in the European Union with a cosmopolitan population of over 7.7 million residence. The London Games is being eagerly anticipated by millions of sporting fans around the world. The Games, which officially kicks off on the 27th July 2012 will see the arrival of world’s top athletes and their team officials representing various participating nations, international dignitaries, the Games officials and not to mention millions of supporters and fans.

The aim of this International Competition is to design a temporary, freestanding information pavilion within the world famous Trafalgar Square in the Heart of London during the 2012 Games. The competition hopes to achieve the following:

- Encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, details and the spirit of the games.
- Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an information pavilion that will be used by visitors during the games.
- Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

For complete information please visit the competition’s official website.

The Wave / Henning Larsen Architects

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The Wave in , designed by Henning Larsen Architects is a new unique housing that embraces the sculptural and organic forms to become a new landmark for the city. It takes advantage of both its location and the views it offers, while equally challenging the existing architecture of the area and its program as a housing complex.

More on this project after the break.

Juvenile Pavilion / UArchitects

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Architects: UArchitects – Emile van Vugt and Misak Terzibasiyan
Location: , The Netherlands
Client: Government Building Agency
Management of Construction: RU Bouwadvies – Den Bosch
Structural engineer: Sigma engineering
Advisor installations: Government Building Agency
Company of construction: Bam Utiliteitsbouw – Eindhoven
Photographs: Norbert van Onna

Architecture City Guide: Philadelphia

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to Philadelphia. The list of influential architects that have either worked, studied, or taught in Philadelphia is perhaps the only list that challenges the numbers of Founding Fathers that descended on this city of “Brotherly Love.” A brief list includes Sullivan, Kahn, Wright, Pei, Rudolf, Corbusier, Latrobe, Gropius, Mumford, and Furness. That being said, our list of 12 barely scratches the surface of buildings worth seeing in this great city. We would like to hear about your must not miss buildings in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Philadelphia list and corresponding map after the break!

NYC Grid turns 200

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Immediately, the plan was criticized for its monotony and, in particular, the 90 degree angles of the street intersections – which were designed in an economical fashion as right-angled houses were the most affordable to build.   While cities such as Washington DC had grand diagonal cross streets, Manhattan’s plan divided the island into repetitious compressed parcels with no attention paid to changing topography or location.  However, opinions of the system seem to be changing, as, over the course of decades, the grid’s logistical framework has proven beneficial and has allowed a magnificent modern city to rise.

More after the break.


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Scaffoldage is a collection of scaffolding photographs highlighting construction throughout the world. Maintained by Shaun Usher, each image links to its corresponding project, location and photographer.

The Intense City / Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer

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Architects: Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer
Location: ,
Design team: Marlies Rohmer and Floris Hund; with Ronald Hageman, Gieneke Pieterse, Rikjan Scholten, Klaas Nienhuis and
Client: Proper-Stok Woningen B.V.
Project area: 9,312 sqm
Project year: 2004 – 2010
Photographs: Rob de Jong, Marcel van der Burg, René de Wit

AD Classics: Kafka Castle / Ricardo Bofill


Known for his innovative and colorful structures Catalan architect, Ricardo Bofill and his multidisciplinary firm, Taller de Arquitectura collaborated on the design of a unique apartment complex outside of in the Sant Pere de Ribes area.

Completed in 1968, the Kafka Castle –an homage to Franz Kafka – strays away from the traditional design techniques and aesthetics of typical Spanish apartment buildings.  Rather than a development through site, plan, and context, Bofill implemented a series of mathematical equations that generated the position of all ninety dwellings, as well as the Kafka Castle’s siting.

More on the Kafka Castle after the break.

Pirrama Park / Hill Thalis Architecture, Aspect Studios & CAB Consulting

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Architects: Hill Thalis Architecture
Location: , Australia
Landscape/Consultant: Aspect Studios
Heritage: CAB Consulting
Engineers: Connell Wagner, Connell Wagner, Warwick Donnelly Pty Ltd
Lightning: Lighting Art + Science
Builders: Ford Civil Contractors
Project area: 25,000 sqm
Project year: 2005 – 2010
Photographs: Brett Boardman, Adrian Boddy, Florian Groehn, Alex Rink

Villa Geldrop / Hofman Dujardin Architects

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Architects: Hofman Dujardin Architects
Location: Geldrop,
Technical engineering: Bouwtechnisch Adviesburo Ad Wouters Mierlo
Contractor: KSB Snoeijen Bouw
Power supply: Mebro Elektrotechniek Nuenen
Climate control: Installatiebedrijf Snijders Best
Project area: 415 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Matthijs van Roon Amsterdam