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Hurst House / John Pardey Architects + Ström Architects

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2013 Mock Firms International Skyscraper Competition

With the theme of “Rediscover the Future,” the 2013 Mock Firms International Skyscraper Competition is calling aspiring young design professionals to produce an iconic super-tall for Amman, Jordan (collegiate) and Chicago, IL (high school). The programmatic target is a design solution for a diverse and comprehensive vertical healthcare community. The 5th installment of the Mock Firms Competitions hopes to establish a platform for aspiring young professionals to “re-discover” the ideas, designs and technologies which helped to introduce past communities to their “future” work, leisure and domestic environments. The finalist will share in the unique experience of interacting with leading design professionals as their ideas are evaluated by the same. Registration deadline is March 1. For more information, please visit here.

DT House / Jorge Graca Costa

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Nursery "Les Parellades" / Pich‐Aguilera Architects

  • Architects: Pich‐Aguilera Architects
  • Location: Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona, Spain
  • Authors: Felip Pich-Aguilera Baurier
  • Project Director: Ute Muncheberg
  • Area: 499.9 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Simón García

© Simón García © Simón García © Simón García © Simón García

Louver Haus / Smart Architecture

  • Architects: Smart Architecture
  • Location: 389-10, Sang-dong, Susung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Gun-cheol, Sung-hoon
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jung-sik

© Jung-sik © Jung-sik © Jung-sik © Jung-sik

Sisli Halide Edip Adivar Mosque and Social Complex Winning Proposal / Kolektif Mimarlar

Courtesy of Kolektif Mimarlar
Courtesy of Kolektif Mimarlar

The first prize winning proposal for the Halide Edip Adivar Mosque and Social Complex is an objection to the continuing entegrist attitude-action which is mostly validated on mosque design and kept popular in media of Turkey. Designed by Kolektif Mimarlar, one of the main ideas of the design is to produce a well integrated structure with its surrounding and the nearby dwellers, where additional functions to the mosque can take place. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Green Incubator / Plus Three Architecture

© Available Light Photographic Studios
© Available Light Photographic Studios

Architects: Plus Three Architecture Location: South Shields, UK Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Steve Mayes, Available Light Photographic Studios

© Steve Mayes
© Steve Mayes
© Available Light Photographic Studios
© Available Light Photographic Studios
© Steve Mayes
© Steve Mayes
© Steve Mayes
© Steve Mayes

Venice Biennale 2012: Finnish Pavilion presents “New Forms in Wood”

Kilden Performing Arts Centre; Kristiansand, Norway / ALA Architects  © Ivan Baan
Kilden Performing Arts Centre; Kristiansand, Norway / ALA Architects © Ivan Baan

Wood has always been Finland’s preferred building material, as both nature and the forest has long provided a livelihood and enduring source of inspiration for Finnish artists and architects. Now, with the use of modern technology and new treatment methods, Finnish architects are pushing the boundaries of this conventional material to unleash new creative potential. To celebrate the reopening of the newly restored, Alvar Aalto-designed Finnish pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale, “New Forms in Wood” will highlight the work of young Finnish architects who have used wood inventively in their recent works. Continue after the break to review the exhibition’s featured projects and architects.

Jean Nouvel selected to design new National Art Museum of China

© Patrick Gage Kelley
© Patrick Gage Kelley

Rumors are flying that Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel has been selected to design the new National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing. Although the official announcement isn’t due until November, Architectural Record has claimed that multiple, unidentified sources confirmed the news. If the reports are true, the French architect will have beat out fellow Pritzker Prize-winning architects Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid for the highly coveted commission. In a post-2008 Olympics attempt to attract more visitors to the area, the massive, 1.3 million square foot structure will be built next to the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Bird’s Nest. It will be one of three buildings planned for the area – the others being a museum dedicated to arts and crafts and a Sinology museum. Continue after the break to learn what may have given Nouvel the edge.

Venice Biennale 2012: Danish Pavilion presents 'Possible Greenland'

Migrating. Sports Plaza, Winter / Possible Greenland; Courtesy of DAC
Migrating. Sports Plaza, Winter / Possible Greenland; Courtesy of DAC

The Danish Pavilion for the 2012 Venice Biennale will feature a collaboration between Greenlandic and Danish Architects called “Possible Greenland”. The exhibition will address the current development of the Arctic Region as Greenland undergoes a shift towards political independence and business development in the midst of dramatic climate changes. “Possible Greenland” attempts to look optimistically at the climate changes that are causing ice melts throughout Greenland. The shifting planes result in the exposure of vast mineral resources that can kickstart new industries and allow new urban cultures to emerge.  The team of architects that designed “Possible Greenland” were led by internationally renowned Professor in geology at the University of Copenhagen, Minik Rosing and the young Danish architect firm NORD Architects of Copenhagen. Explore the possibilities with us after the break.

UPDATE: Save A Frank Lloyd Wright! Sign the Petition Now!

The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona.
The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona.

As we reported last month, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s more unusual architectural specimens, the David Wright House (designed for his son), is in imminent risk of demolition by developers. While any Frank Lloyd Wright deserves to be preserved in our opinion, this quirky house, which Neil Levine, architectural historian and Harvard professor, went so far as to describe as “one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most innovative, unusual and personal works of architecture” offers us an important glimpse into Wright’s development. Because of its circular spiral plan (completed six years before the Guggenheim), concrete-block detailing, and interior design, the house was (and still is) considered to be one of Wright’s most “remarkable and praiseworthy” efforts since Fallingwater. Although the situation is dire, work done by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has awarded a temporary demo delay while the City of Phoenix decides whether to bestow historic preservation and landmark designation upon the house. This is where you come in. An online petition to the City of Phoenix has been set-up; as of right now, they’re 360 signatures short of their 1,000 person goal. For almost 40 years no intact Wright building has been intentionally demolished. Let’s make sure we don’t start with this one. Sign the online petition (and then share it on Facebook, twitter, etc.), now! For more information or to get involved, check out the SAVE WRIGHT page. For more images (including sketches) of the David Wright House, check out the gallery after the break…

Video: Rope House, Secret Garden Party Installation

Boston: The Least Sucky American City to be An Architect

Boston. Photo via Flickr CC User Raymond Larose.
Boston. Photo via Flickr CC User Raymond Larose.

According to a new survey published in Architect Magazine, Boston is starting to show “encouraging, though not significant, signs of improvement” in its architecture industry. Well, something’s better than nothing, right? A 2012 Architectural Survey, conducted by accounting firm CBIZ Tofiasv, found that profit per hour increased from 2010’s $5.54 to $6.89; and the direct labor utilization rate (aka the portion of payroll that pays for income-generating labor, not training, administration, time off, etc.) also increased from last year, which in turn was an improvement over the three previous years. But it’s not all rosy in Beantown. First of all, the 2011–2012 increase wasn’t huge, and, what’s more, the overhead rate didn’t drop. In 2007, it was $47.27; in 2011, $59.09, reported the Boston Business Journal. We got flurries of responses when we asked “What’s the best country to find work?” but we didn’t think to ask: “What’s the best American city to find work?” If these small economic flutterings are anything to go by, could Boston be the answer? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Story via Architect Magazine

Unou House / Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Location: Toyota Aichi, Japan Design Team: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
Courtesy of Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Update: Iceberg / CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard

We love seeing a project through fruition, and after being introduced to the collaborative vision of the Iceberg for Arhus, Denmark, we were anxiously awaiting its construction.  As we have previously shared, the Iceberg, or “Isbjerget” in Danish, was designed as an iconic waterfront marker to invigorate the harbor front’s transformation from a sole industrial entity to a residential and commercial hub.   Construction is swiftly progressing on the four building block, and earlier this week, the team enjoyed the project’s “topping out” ceremony. More about the Iceberg after the break.

Soelvgade School / C.F. Møller Architects

  • Architects: C.F. Møller Architects
  • Location: Sølvgade, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Paisaje: C. F. Møller Architects
  • Ingeniero: Esbensen Rådgivende Ingeniører and Sloth Møller
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Adam Mørk

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'Fallen Star' Installation at AA DLAB Visiting School

Courtesy of Architectural Association
Courtesy of Architectural Association

The ‘Fallen Star’ installation is the final working prototype of the Architectural Association (AA) DLAB Visiting School, which took place in AA London and AA Hooke Park during July 23-August 5. The installation is a set between biomimetics, interaction, and perception that represents the dimension of interaction which animates the architectural piece simply according to user feedback and the potential of creating dynamic spatial experiences challenging perception and temporality. More images, including a video, and their description after the break.