The Cube / Orange Architects

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Orange Architects, a partnership between Dutch architecture firms JSA, CIMKA and HofmanDujardin, shared with us their design of a luxury apartment block on Plot 941 in Sin el Fil, an eastern district of . The design was commissioned by the Lebanese development corporation Masharii.  The 50-metre-tall block will contain 19 apartments ranging in size from 90 to 180 m2.

Follow us after the break for more on this project.

Pitagora Museum / OBR

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Architects: OBR
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Mariela Apollonio

Video: Robert Hammond on The High Line

Co-founder of Friends of the , Robert Hammond shares on TED the transformation from abandoned elevated railroad line to one of the hottest spots in .  The High Line recently opened Section 2 of the park, which continues to provide a break from the chaotic city streets.  The users have an opportunity to experience an elevated space with uninterrupted views of the Hudson River and the city skyline.

Practice 2.0: Work Smarter Not Harder


By: David Fano

Have you ever had the experience of sitting through a graphics standards committee meeting? It’s where happy and ambitious thoughts go to die. What starts as a good cause for your firm quickly devolves into very long and highly subjective arguments about things such as title blocks, line weights, line styles, fonts, font sizes, tags, symbols, and of course… naming conventions!

I’m not in any way trying to devalue documentation standards or the importance of title blocks. What I am saying is: We spend a lot of time reinventing the wheel.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, architects held about 141,200 jobs in 2008 (source). Hypothetically, if each architect in the U.S. spends 30 minutes a year on average working on standards, as a profession we spend 70,600 hours on standards every year. Just for reference there are 2,080 hours per year in a standard full-time work week (52 weeks x 40 hours). That’s like a firm of 34 full time architects working on nothing but standards every year.

Apartment In Poznań / mode:lina

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Architects: mode:lina
Location: Poznań, Poland
Interior design: Jerzy Woźniak, Paweł Garus of architektura & consulting
Project area: 100,1 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Marcin Ratajczak

Lumini Shop / Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos

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Architects: Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos
Location: ,
Engineering: Souza Lima Construtora
Structure: Ideal Projetos de Engenharia
Lighting design: Franco e Fortes Lighting design
Wiring project: Aloeletrica
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Red Town Office / Taranta Creations

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Architects: Taranta Creations / Enrico Taranta, Juriaan Calis, Giorgio Radojkovic
Location: Shanghai,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 120 sqm
Photographs: Shen Qiang / Shen Photo

Serlachius Museum Gösta Extension Competition Proposal / MACA Estudio

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Young architecture office, MACA Estudio, based in Madrid, Spain, shared with us their proposal for the Serlachius Museum Gösta Extension design competition. Their proposal plans to solve all the functional requirements of a museum, making the most of the circulations, the sustainability and integration of the building in its environment and at the same time creating a recognizable icon, a representative building worthy of the importance of this museum located in Mäntäa, . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Masia Can Guasch / TwoBo Architecture & Luis Twose Architect

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Architects: Twobo Architecture & Luis Twose Architect
Location: , Spain
Project area: 1,300 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of TwoBo Architecture, Luis Twose Architect

Delancey and Essex Municipal Parking Garage / Michielli + Wyetzner Architects

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The existing five-story concrete Delancey and Essex Municipal Parking Garage is getting a face lift. The downtown Manhattan parking garage, nearly 40 years old, is a NYC Department of Transportation project that will receive a $4 million renovation including an impressive cable facade. Michielli + Wyetzner Architects designed a two layer 1/14″ diameter cable weave like pattern to create a three-dimensional open facade for the second to fifth floors of the garage.

Winner of a 2011 NYC Design Commission Awards, the garage is part of Mayor Bloomberg’s Design + Construction Excellence Program which has been led by the Department of Design and Construction since 2004.

Secret House / AGi Architects

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Architects: AGi Architects
Location: , Kuwait
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 2600 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Entry for the CCP Architectural Design Competition for the Artist’s Center and Performing Arts Theatre / Buensalido Architects


The Cultural Center of the ’ masterplan states that ”The CCP Complex shall be a center for arts and culture in Asia. Primarily, it shall be the centerpiece of artistic expression of the Filipino soul and spirit, created for the Filipino artist and all sectors of Philippine society. The CCP Complex shall be the major cultural, ecological and tourism landmark of the . It shall be a home for the Filipino artist and an urban oasis for the Filipino people.” In relation to this vision, the Cultural Center of the , recently held a design competition for two new iconic buildings within it’s complex –a New Performing Arts Theatre, and an Artists’ Center, located within the Arts Sanctuary Cluster of the 62 hectare property. recently shared with us their entry for this competition.

Architecture City Guide: Paris

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Paris. For centuries Paris has been the laboratory where innovative architects and artists have come to test their ideas. This has created a city that has bit of everything. Where the architecture of some cities seems to undergo phases of punctuated equilibrium, Paris’s architectural fossil record gives an impression of gradualism; all the missing links are there. This makes it easy to trace the origins of the most contemporary ideas throughout history. Nothing seems to come out of nowhere. If you look around you kind find the design’s inspiration running through the city’s Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Rocco, Neo-Classical, Empire, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern, Post-Modern, and Contemporary Architecture. Seen in another context, many of Paris’s buildings might seem out of place, but the bones of this city support the newest iterations on the oldest and most profound questions. The 24 contemporary designs that comprise our list probably should not be viewed outside of this context, even though that is the stated goal of some of the designs.

As the most visited city in the world and arguably the capital of culture, it is impossible to capture the essence of Paris in 24 modern/contemporary designs. Our readers supplied us with great suggestions, and we really appreciate the help and use of their photographs. The list is far from complete and we realize that many iconic buildings are not yet on the list. We will be adding to it in the near feature, so please add more in the comments section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Paris list and corresponding map after the break.

Rem Koolhaas’ opening lecture at the Strelka Institute

A year ago we told you about the Strelka Institute, a postgrad school for media, architecture and design in Moscow. The school focuses on a series of themes aimed to reshape Russia’s current role in the world: from the preservation of the urban environment and migration to the future of energy and the role of virtual space.

The curriculum for the first academic year has been developed together with AMO (’s think tank) as a framework for these creative investigations. Research projects will be led by OMA head , AMO director Reinier de Graaf and cultural advisor Michael Schindhelm.

On the opening lecture (video above) Rem Koolhaas explains the program (first 40 minutes), addressing several global issues. Koolhaas’ interest in Russia will now play a vital role in shaping the next generation of architects.

Video: AMO’s Ideas on Energy

The Office for Non Fiction Storytelling recently shared with us the first of an exclusive film series for Wallpaper* Visionaries. Beginning with none other than AMO, OMA’s research counterpart, Reinier de Graaf director of AMO and architect Laura Baird share their ideas of creating a world driven by a 100% renewable energy by 2050. The ambitious WWF project experiments with scale ranging from the North Sea and an energy grid for Europe to a much larger scale presenting the world as one utilizing a united energy grid. Throughout the process the AMO team has learned to represent things that don’t yet exist, traveling the world sharing their ideas.

Green Building / Forward

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The project presented here – Green Building: Madan Technology Center – was planned by the Forward architectural firm following a commission by the Association of the / Setúbal Science and Technology Park – Madan Parque.  The site is located in Portugal, on a site near the Faculty of Sciences and Technology – Nova University and is designed to host the Company Innovation program and a Data Centre serving the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region. Given its characteristics, the infrastructure shall serve as a pole of attraction for high technology companies in the context of an architectural proposal that is moving towards innovative solutions to the environmental issues of today.

More details on this project after the break.

XXI Century National Film Archive / Rojkind Arquitectos

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Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos / Michel Rojkind, Gerardo Salinas
Location: , México
Project Area: 20,188 sqm
Renders: Rojkind Arquitectos, render by Axel Fridman

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre / REX | OMA

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Architects: REX | OMA
Location: Dallas, USA
Key Personnel: Joshua Prince-Ramus (Partner-in-Charge) and Rem Koolhaas, with Erez Ella, Vincent Bandy, Vanessa Kassabian, Tim Archambault
Executive Architect: Kendall/Heaton Associates
Client: The AT&T Performing Arts Center
Consultants: Cosentini, DHV, Donnell, Front, HKA, Magnusson Klemencic, McCarthy, McGuire, Pielow Fair, Plus Group, Quinze & Milan, Theatre Projects, Tillotson Design, Transsolar, 2×4
MEP/FP Design Engineer: Transsolar Energietechnik, Germany
MEP/FP Engineer of Record: Cosentini Associates,
Structural Engineer of Record: Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle
Theatre Design: Theatre Projects Consultants, Connecticut
Acoustics: Dorsserblesgraaf, Netherlands
ADA: McGuire Associates, Massachusetts
Construction Management: McCarthy Construction
Cost: Donnell Consultants, Florida
Facades: Front, New York
Furniture: Quinze & Milan, Kortrijk Belgium
Graphics/Wayfinding: 2 x 4, New York
Life Safety: Pielow Fair, Seattle
Lighting: Tillotson Design Associates, New York
Vertical Transport: HKA, California
Project Area: 7,700 sqm
Project year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Tim Hursley, Jeffrey Buehner

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