OMA. Conceptual drawing of the façade of the Very Big Library. 1989 © Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

‘Très Grande Bibliothèque (Very Big Library)’ Exhibition

On view now until September 9, the ‘Très Grande Bibliothèque (Very Big Library)’ Exhibition at the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) presents materials produced by OMA, in response to an international competition launched by France’s then president, Francois Mitterrand, in…

Centro de Artes do Carnaval / José Neves

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José Neves recenlty won the first prize in the competition for the project of the Centro de Artes do Carnaval in the city of , . The jury noted that the design organizes the spaces for public use in an optimal way, allowing for a visitor’s path which is logical, organized and consequential. The proposal suggests the building as a unifying idea for the site starting from a balance between the contest specifications and the site characteristics, an innovative approach to the Slaughter House building, a relevant interpretation of the existing urban language and the consequent formulation of an architectural language which reinvents the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AIA 2012: Architects of Healing

Architects of Healing © ArchDaily

After three days of inspirational keynote sessions, informative seminars, exclusive tours, invaluable networking opportunities and an impressive expo, the American Institute of Architects concluded the with a special tribute to the architects responsible for the post- memorials and rebuilding efforts. These “Architects of Healing” tirelessly worked together to transform the darkness of grief brought on by the attacks into the triumph of hope in the wounded areas of Shanksville, Pennsylvania; the Pentagon; and the World Trade Center site. 

The Shed / Hufft Projects

© Mike Sinclair

Architect: Hufft Projects
Location: ,
Principal in charge: Matthew Hufft
Design Team: Adam Crowley, Dan Brown
Lighting: Lightworks
Consultant: Herman & Associates
Area: 500 sq.ft.
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Mike Sinclair 


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Global Research & Development Center / Broadway Malyan

Broadway Malyan… recently secured a brief to provide a full range of design services for the delivery of a global headquarter, research and development, hospitality and visitor centrer in China. They will provide masterplanning, architectural and landscape design services for

Making / Thomas Heatherwick

One of the most impressive pavilions at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 was the UK Pavilion, designed by Thomas Heatherwick. In this book, we can see not only the impressive pavilion, but also a comprehensive overview covering the studio’s entire history. Over 150 projects are represented, each fully illustrated with images selected from Heatherwick’s personal and studio archives.

More information after the break.

The Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons / Solomon Cordwell Buenz

© Jim Steinkamp of Steinkamp Photography

Architects: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Location: , Illinois,
General Contractor: Pepper Construction
Consultants: Halvorson & Partners, Elara Engineering
Client: Loyola University
Size: 69,000 sf
Completion: 2007
Photographs: Jim Steinkamp of Steinkamp Photography

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Sky Condos / DCPP Arquitectos

Located in a privileged area in the city of Lima with views towards the golf course, DCPP Arquitectos… sought to create an icon for the future in their design for a new luxury housing concept in Latin America. They do

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Ditherington Flax Mill Maltings in Shrewsbury wins Heritage Lottery Fund Support / FCB Studios

An outstanding group of buildings in Shropshire recently won development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the regeneration of a former flax mill and maltings. FCB (Feilden Clegg Bradley) Studios… have been acting as strategic advisors and architects

Nørreport Train Station - Courtesy of COBE

COBE Awarded Nykredit’s Architecture Prize 2012

Skandinavia’s largest architecture prize, Nykredit’s Architecture Prize of DKK 500,000, is this year awarded to the architectural practice COBE… based in Copenhagen represented by architect, Dan Stubbergaard. In its choice the jury emphasised the fact that COBE spans the full

Fire Station in Girona / MIZIEN

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Architects: Mizien
Location: Amer, Girona,
Client: GISA, Generalitat de Catalunya (Regional Government)
Project Area: 935 sqm
Budget: 1,875,000 €
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Mizien

Terrace 9 Housing Complex / Atelier Zündel Cristea

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The competition winning proposal for the Terrace 9 Housing Complex in , by Atelier Zündel Cristea aims to restore the human scale and legibility necessary for creating large and enjoyable public spaces, capable of attracting people from beyond the city and the Hauts de Seine region. They do this by taking into account the urban project’s varying relief, both natural and artificial, with the coexistence of road and rail transportation networks and the structures of colossal scale such networks required. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AIA2012: An Optimistic Future

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan © ArchDaily

AIA President Jeff Potter welcomed everyone this morning by restating his promise that the 2012 convention would inspire all who attend. With a consistent theme focusing on the architects commitment to service, President Potter welcomed Shaun Donovan – the 15th Secretary for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – as today’s keynote speaker. However, before Secretary Donovan took the stage, the 2012 AIA Vice President and 2013 President-elect Mickey Jacob invited the crowd to come, stay and explore the mile-high city of Denver for the .

Hospital of Sant Joan Despi Doctor Moises Broggi / Brullet-De Luna Arquitectes + Pinearq


Architects: Brullet-De Luna Arquitectes + Pinearq – Albert de Pineda Àlvarez (Pinearq), Manuel Brullet Tenas and Alfonso de Luna ()
Location: Sant Joan Despí, , Spain
Completion: 2010
Collaborators: Marcial Novo Mazuelos, Juan Sainz de los Terrenos
Area: 45,725 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra, Brullet-De Luna Arquitectes, Pinearq


E8 Building / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

© Aleix Bagué

Architects: Coll-Barreu Arquitectos – Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
Location: Vitoria,
Project Area: 12,974 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Aleix Bagué

Becherer House / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: Albemarle County, ,
Project Architect: Claire L. Andreas
Completed: November 2011
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural


Yongsan International Business District / REX

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Architect: REX
Location: Seoul,
Built Area: 115,500 sqm (1,240,000 sqf)
Completion year: 2016
Program: 47,800 sqm of luxury housing for short-term residents, 27,000 sqm of retail, and 929 parking stalls
Renderings: Luxigon and

Rizza House / Studio Inches Architettura

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz

Architects: Studio Inches Architettura – Matteo Inches
Location: Vacallo, , Switzerland
Design Team: Arch. Matteo Inches, Nastasja Geleta
Completion: 2012
Ground Coverage: 42 sqm

Total Floor Area: 120sqm
Photographs: Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, Daniela Droz