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"Universidad del Pacifico" Branch Office / Metropolis

© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

Architects: Metropolis Location: Lima, Peru Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 17,000 sqm Photographs: Juan Solano

© Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano © Juan Solano

Büro Ole Scheeren unveils 'DUO' towers in Singapore

DUO by Ole Scheeren © Buro-OS
DUO by Ole Scheeren © Buro-OS

Beijing-based Büro Ole Scheeren has released plans for a mixed-use, high-rise development in the modern metropolis of Singapore. Titled ‘DUO’, the twin towers are not intended to be conceived as autonomous objects, but defined by the spaces they create around them. Their curved facades engages the city and frames a “new civic nucleus” at its base, while featuring premium offices, a five-star hotel, 660 high-end residential units and signature retail space.

DUO is lead by German-born architect Ole Scheeren, whose best known for his work with OMA on Beijing’s CCTV headquarters and has recently turned heads with the popular floating Archipelago Cinemas. The project is expected for completion by 2017, with construction planned to break ground next year.

More images and the architects’ description after the break.

Jiading Office Complex / Damian Donze (Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute)

Courtesy of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute
Courtesy of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute

As part of the new Tongji Science and Technology Park in Jiading, Shanghai, the aim for the design by Damian Donze of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute was to create a high level office complex with a commercial street on the ground floor. The irregular form of the building is not just to make an impression, but creates high end office spaces with access to exterior space. The building stretches along Huang Du Lü Yuan Road and extends the commercial street coming from the North. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Films & Architecture: "The Truman Show"

What if your house, neighbourhood, even your city were part of a TV set? This is the fake world - a kind of suburban utopia - where Truman Burbanks lives, tricked by loops of spaces and stuck in routines. The film questions the idea of a “perfect” reality, and troubles the predictable scenarios of suburban life. From the perspective of urban planning and architecture, the film makes you wonder: to what extent should we have control over our environments? To what extent should we design out choice, or randomness, or disorder, in the name of “perfection”? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Office Complex for Delhi Pollution Control Committee Proposal / M:OFA Studios

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Courtesy of M:OFA Studios

Commissioned through a design competition, the Office Complex for Delhi Pollution Control Committee proposal by M:OFA Studios houses about 200 officials , scientists and a devoted work force responsible for making and implementing policies, research and formulating norms for keeping India’s capital Pollution free. The significance of this office in the larger context is an affirmation of this purpose itself contributing towards a higher standard of living for the populace of Delhi State. It was the understanding of this purpose and sustainability in the Indian context that became the core design parameters for the DPCC head office building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kaufman & Broad Office Building Winning Proposal / Studioninedots


Studioninedots, in collaboration with Atelier 115 Architectes, recently won the limited competition for the design of a 9200m2 office building for Kaufman & Broad in Paris. Their highly legible, iconic office building, called Ya, holds its own among the high-rise structures on the park-side of Avenue Pierre Lefaucheux. The application of horizontal articulation also connects the project to the more small-scale residential developments in the vicinity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hangar 16 / Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture

  • Architects: Iñaqui Carnicero, Ignacio Vila, Alejandro Viseda
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Area: 5200.0 sqm
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Cortesia de Iñaqui Carnicero Arquitectura

Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Spain Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Spain Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Spain Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Spain

Oscar Niemeyer Takes A Turn For the Worse

After being hospitalized, recovering, being hospitalized again, and then making a near-full recovery (even working from his hospital bed), famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has now taken a sharp turn for the worst. 

N4+ Gluebam House / Advanced Architecture Lab[AaL]

© Li Xiao © Li Xiao © Li Xiao © Li Xiao

Summit Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

Courtesy of Lab Modus
Courtesy of Lab Modus
  • Architects: Lab Modus
  • Location: Hsinchu County, Taiwan
  • Project Team: Kevin Chang (Principal), Jay Lin, Will Hsieh, Ivy Lin
  • Area: 660.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Lab Modus

Palais des sports de Rouen / Dominique Perrault Architecture

  • Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
  • Location: rue Lillebonne, 76000, Rouen, France
  • Structure: Khephren Engeniering
  • Fluids: Alto Ingénierie
  • Economist: RPO
  • Acoustic and Lighting: Jean-Paul Lamoureux
  • Client: La Crea
  • Site Area: 31 500 sqm
  • Area: 17,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Georges Fessy, Final Cad, Dominique Perrault Architecture

The Indicator: Two Degrees of Separation

© NASA Goddard Photo and Video
© NASA Goddard Photo and Video

“…clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”

Carl Sagan, The Demon Haunted World

Hurricane Sandy painfully clarified the deadly implications of climate change. In fact, the superstorm was so forceful as a reminder of just what climate change means in real terms that it played a decisive role in the presidential election. 

Here in the US, the issue defines political divides. A recent Pew Research Center survey  shows 85% of Democrats believe climate change is a scientific fact, while only 48% of Republicans believe so. Another poll  shows 68% of Americans believing climate change is a serious problem and 38% believing it is a very serious problem. 

The impact of Sandy may have played a role in bumping these numbers up but there is still no slam dunk on the issue when roughly 30% of the population still believes climate change is not real. For those of you outside the US this is your cue to roll your eyes and say, Stupid Americans. 

Continue reading The Indicator after the break

Video: CANCHA - Chilean Soilscapes by Cristobal Palma

After opening in August, the 13th Venice Biennale will end this Sunday (November 25th). This video is a recording made ​​by Cristobal Palma of the Chilean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012 entitled CANCHA - Chilean Soilscapes (see our coverage of the exhibit here).

UK Dethrones US As Greatest Global Influencer

According to the global affairs magazine Monocle, Britain's cultural cache is at an all-time high.