Kaohsiung Port Station Proposal / ISA & NEAR Design

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The goal of ISA and NEAR Design for the Kaohsiung Port Station, serving the largest harbor in , is to revitalize the Port station area into a Transitional Park (Trans-Park) where daily life and events, past and future, landscape and city, land and water coexists. With the city’s cultural production and tourism in mind, the site will become an icon of Kaohsiung. More images and architects’ description after the break.

University Canteen and Restaurant / LGLS Architects

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Architects: LGLS Architects
Location: Coimbra,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Luis Ferreira Alves

New Taipei City Museum of Art Proposal / Meter

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The proposal for the New Taipei Museum of Art, by Meter architects, is predicated on exploring and celebrating the interrelationship between commerce and the display of art. This approach involved distributing the museum and commercial programs so as to heighten the drama of the encounter between them. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Helena House / StudioMET

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Architects: StudioMET Architects
Location: , Texas, USA
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Yoon You

Pocket Gems / Min | Day

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This office space by Min | Day had a conservative budget, but creative client. The project, titled Pocket Gems, is an equally creative solution for the mobile gaming company’s interior wants, needs, and restraints. More after the break.

Architect: Min | Day
Location: , California,
Project Team: E. B. Min, AIA, Jeffrey L. Day, AIA, Karina Gilbert, Ashley Byars, Nicholas Pajerski, Win Mixter
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Busan Opera House Proposal / Pelletier de Fontenay

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The Opera House proposal, by Pelletier de Fontenay, echoes a unique island condition. Here, they imagined an island experience where everything, from water to building, is in contrast with the usual city landscape. It resembles more abstract matter carved from underneath than a building. It stands there, anchored to the shore, like a century old wreckage, darkened by time, creating complex and unexpected relationships with the water, the island, the city and it’s inhabitants. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Greenland Zhengzhou Towers / Brininstool, Kerwin, + Lynch

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The Greenland are unbuilt towers designed by Brininstool, Kerwin and Lynch in 2010.  According to the architect description, the unique forms are “rooted in cultural influence, in which the massing is identifiable with the mountain formations found outside of Zhengzhou. The expression is balanced between historical symbolism and contemporary innovation.”

With an area that exceeds 6.5million square feet, this massive mixed-development was proposed to house a variety of programs, including office space and a five-star boutique hotel that occupies the top floors of the shorter tower on the south site.  BKL was involved with the design of the complex on all scales, from the site considerations the lighting design of the hotel units.  In addition to the typical hotel amenities afforded by luxury hotels (ballrooms, lap pools, spa, fitness center, etc.), the complex is decidedly Eastern, with meditation gardens and outdoor terraces. More after the break.

AD Classics: Mazar-e-Quaid (National Mausoleum) / Yahya Merchant

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Otherwise known as the National Mausoleum, the Mazar-e-Quaid is the tomb of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.  Sited in the center of Karachi, Pakistan on a natural plateau, this structure was designed by the Indian architect and was completed in 1970.

Caparrós and Reina Pharmacy / Mobil M

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Architects: Mobil M
Location: , Spain
Project Area: 600 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Mobil M

Hidden Gems of Yemen

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is a country rich with history. Its cities are full of architectural monuments that are constructed with a craft that often goes overlooked. These cities merge seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, contextually complementing each other.

Al Hajjara is one such village that warrants a closer look. Built on the precipice of a mountain, the architecture clings to the sides of the cliffs. Multi-story buildings rise up out of the ground and step their way to the top. It is quite amazing given the fact that these buildings were constructed hundreds of years ago, and are still standing.

House on Jested Ridge / Vladimír Balda, Jiří Janďourek

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Architect: ,
Location: Prosec pod Jestedem, Czech Republic
General Contractor: Ing. Pavel Kuranda
MEP Engineer: Lucie Baldová, Martin Pelc
Structural Engineer: Vít Hušek, Ladislav Pohl
Project Area: 165 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Aleš Jungmann, Lubomír Fuxa 

In Progress: New Repsol Headquarters / Rafael de la Hoz

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After selling the previous Repsol tower, designed by Norman Foster to Caja , Spanish architect, Rafael de la Hoz was commissioned to design the company’s new headquarters. In an extensive area in southern Madrid, he designed a set of four buildings, which are intended to reflect the image of a campus.

Whitehorse / DesignBuildBLUFF Studio


Architect: DesignBuildBLUFF Studio
Location: Navajo Reservation,
Project Year: 2009
Client: Suzie Whitehorse
Photography: Design Build BLUFF Studio


Malmö Central Station / Metro Arkitekter

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Architect: Metro Arkitekter
Location: Malmö Centralstation, Sweden
Project Team: Claes R Janson, head architect; Carl Kylberg, project architect; Josefin Klein, Alexander Simittchiev, Rikard Jansson, Henrik Troedson
Electric: Ramböll Malmö
V: Ramböll Malmö/ IT Konsult
Construction: Danewids Engineers
Ground: Tyréns
Light: Ramböll Denmark
Contractor: Jernhusen AB
Building contractor: NCC
Project Area: 10,000 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Rafael Palomo (Metro Architects)

UK “Architecture Minister” Mocks Profession, Cites Mr. Bean

John Penrose MP (R) and Prime Minister David Cameron MP (L), johnpenrose.org

A minor transatlantic controversy erupted last month after ” aka Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport with responsibility for architecture and the built environment John Penrose apparently compared architects with other negatively-stereotyped groups, noting architects are “just one of those groups people love to mock.” The comments were part of a longer blog post about Rowan Atkinson, Dreamland, and VisitEngland’s new Smartphone-based marketing campaign.

Student Hostels / DCOOP

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Architect: DCOOP (Design Cooperative)
Location: Cuddapah, ,
Project Team: Quaid Doongerwala with Tapasya Katta, Tapasi Mittal
Structure Engineer: Sanjay Chikermane
Plumbing & Electrical Engineer: Synergy Consultants
Contractor: SVEC Hyderabad
Project Management: University Engineering Dept.
Site Engineer: Mohammed Nawaz
Project Area: 2050 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Rajesh Vora

Detroit: Urban Renewal and the Great Recession

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The recession that began in 2007 technically ended in 2009, but you wouldn’t know it from visiting . The capital of U.S. auto manufacturing has been hit particularly hard, and stories of its plight during the economic downturn abound. Less reported, though, are the ideas and proposals put forth to return this city to its former glory. The urban renewal projects proposed are some of the latest in a long line of design projects that attempt to bring renewed prosperity and well being to the downtrodden sections of cities throughout the world. More on urban renewal and after the break.

The Research Agency / Jose Gutierrez

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Architects: Jose Gutierrez Ltd.
Location: Auckland,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Emily Andrews