Video: Bar Strelka / Strelka Institute

Minutes from the Kremlin lies Bar Strelka, a revisited loft space housed in a former confectionery factory, which serves as a hub for the students of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. Formerly heading the institution’s educational programme was world renowned architect Rem Koolhaas, now one of the five research theme directors. The institute’s aim is to develop fresh perspectives on key issues in contemporary , bringing architects, intellectuals and designers together under one roof. Roman Mazurenko, the Special Projects Director shows around the bar and chats to them about the institute’s programme and why it will revolutionise Moscow’s landscape.

AD Interviews: Santiago Calatrava

2012 Commencement. Photo by René Perez.

Earlier this week, Pratt Institute extended an invitation to the ArchDaily team to attend their 123rd commencement, celebrating the achievements of  1300 bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates at Radio City Music Hall.   The event also marked a special day of recognition for four honorary degree recipients:  artist/curator/critic Ai Weiwei, architect, engineer and artist Santiago Calatrava, patron on the arts and education Kathryn Chenault, and the Metropoitan Museum of Art’s longest-serving director Philippe de Montebello.

We were privileged to have an opportunity to congratulate Mr. Calatrava on his doctor of architecture degree, and pose ArchDaily’s traditional interview questions.   Mr. Calatrava’s contributions to the professions of architecture and engineering can be found scattered across the world, and bring a sense of dynamism that result from the merge between art and technology, expression and functionality.

Calatrava’s charm and good humor made for a friendly conversation that we hope you enjoy.

Renovation of the Baeza Town Hall / Viar Estudio Arquitectura

© Fernando Alda

Architects: Viar Estudio Arquitectura – Iñigo de Viar Fraile
Location: Baeza, Jaen,
Developers: Junta de Andalucía. Empresa Pública de Suelo de Andalucía. Ayuntamiento de Baeza.
Built Area: 3.539 sqm + 645 sqm of courtyards
Total Budget: 6.481.437,32 euros
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Alda

Courtesy of Ajman University of Science and Technology

‘Nested Figures and Loose Outer Shells’ Workshop by Tom Wiscombe

Taking place June 21-25 at Ajman University of Science & Technology, is a 5-day architectural workshop by the internationally renowned architect Tom Wiscombe…. The title of the workshop is: “Nested Figures and Loose Outer Shells.” For more information and

Redesdale Residence / Space International

© Steve King Photography

Architects: Space International Inc
Location: Los Angeles, CA,
Principal in Charge: Michael Ferguson
Project Architect: Kelly Van Oteghem
Year: 2008
Area: 2,000 sqm
Photographers: Joshua White Photography, Steve King Photography


‘Noun.1 Unavailability’ / Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter

© Astrid Rohde Wang and Olav Lunde Arneberg

Designed by Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter, the small shelter for ice fishing, titled ‘Noun.1 Unavailability’, is built with and by nature. The timber frame is foldable for easy relocation and storage, and is effortlessly put up anywhere by one (or two small) persons in 30 seconds. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dandenong Government Services Offices / HASSELL

© Peter Bennetts

Architects: HASSELL
Location: Melbourne, Victoria,
Completion: 2012
Scale: 27,000 sqm
Client: Grocon / EPC Partners
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes and Bunka Foundation

2012 RCR Workshop

Organized by RCR Arquitectes… and the Bunka Foundation, this year’s course, which takes place August 4-31, offers the architectural point of view of RCR Arquitectes, with the architects’ monitoring of the projects produced in the workshop and guided tours throughout

The Mill / Rural Design

© Andrew Lee

Architects: Rural Design
Location: Dingwall,
Size: 375 sqm
Completion: June 2011
Photographs: Andrew Lee  


The Chapel of Rest in Graz / HOFRICHTER-RITTER Architects

© Karl Heinz Putz

Architects: HOFRICHTER-RITTER Architects
Location: , Austria
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Karl Heinz Putz


soma’s Thematic Pavilion opens tomorrow!

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Designed by the Austrian architecture office soma for EXPO 2012, the Thematic Pavilion dubbed One Ocean will celebrate it’s grand opening tomorrow (May 11) in Yeosu, South-Korea. Since winning first prize in an open international competition in 2009, One Ocean has captured the attention of the international community with its gill-like kinetic façade and sustainable climate design.

Continue reading after the break for more images and information.

Seidenberg House / Metcalfe Architecture & Design

© Barry Halkin Photography

Architects: Metcalfe Architecture & Design
Location: , PA, USA
Design Team: Alan Metcalfe, Aaron Goldblatt, Jason Manning, Matthew Pickering, Teresa Maida
Area: 3775.0 ft2
Year: 2009
Photographs: Barry Halkin Photography

Sao Cirilo Community Center / Nuno Valentim Arquitectura

© João Ferrand & Mariana Themudo

Architects: Nuno Valentim Arquitectura - Nuno Valentim, Frederico Eça
Location: Rua Barão de Forrester, Porto,
Collaborators: Paola Monzio, Joana Sarmento, Margarida Ramos
Completion: 2008
Area: 2215 sqm
Photographs: João Ferrand, Mariana Themudo 


Hafen / Murphy/Jahn

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Architects: Murphy/Jahn 
Location: Düsseldorf,
Completion: 2010
Height: 70M
Area: 14,625sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy/Jahn


AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition


One week from today, ArchDaily will be joining you at the AIA 2012 National Convention! Knowledge, inspiration and connection are the three primary reasons architects are attending this year’s convention. In just three days (May 17-19), you can fulfill your annual Learning Units with nearly 200 education sessions, gain insight on the latest products and technologies at the Design Expo, and expand your professional network with the opportunity of meeting thousands of architects from around the country. Also, with AIA DC as your host, you will have the opportunity to explore the highlights of our nation’s capitol with a number of exclusive tours.

Continue after the break to learn more!

Arganzuela Footbridge / Dominique Perrault Architecture

© Georges Fessy / DPA / Adagp

Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: Parque de la Arganzuela, ,
Engineering: MC2 – Julio Martínez Calzón (stucture) /  TYPSA (mechanical engineering)
Built area: Footbridge 150 m (section 1) 128 m (section 2) length, 5 to 12 m width
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Georges Fessy, Ayuntamiento de Madrid 

Ideas and Observations on Architectural Competitions

Courtesy of , Anna Rosinke

Although competitions are fraught with their own issues, our profession is indelibly linked to them. Competitions have been pushing the profession forward for centuries, encouraging innovation, creativity and inspiring many. They have given emerging professionals their “big break” (think Maya Lin) and have showered the world with many important, game-changing masterpieces (Rolex Learning Center, Pompidou Center, Brunelleschi’s dome, the Acropolis…). As expected, the end result of a competition typically dominates the conversation; however, it is interesting to discuss process of competition making.

SOLID architecture is a firm that relies heavily on competitions, as they have received most of their commissions by winning a competition. They have shared with us their top ten ideas and observations on the process of competition making in hopes that it will spark a dialogue on the topic. As you can see above, the first on their list is “change the medium”. Continue reading after the break to review the complete list and join the conversation.

Pitfalls of Observational Studies

Clever Hans and the observer effect

After showing two groups of schoolteachers a videotape of an eight-year-old boy, psychologists John Santrock and Russel Tracy found that the teachers’ judgment of the child ultimately depended on whether they had been told the child came from a divorced home or an intact home.  The child was rated as less well-adjusted if the teachers thought he came from a home where the parents were divorced.[1] This finding might seem inconsequential to the field of architecture, but for a profession that often relies on observational studies to evaluate a design’s effect on its users I argue that Santrock and Tracy’s study is one among many architects need to pay attention to.

An observational study*, like post-occupancy surveys, is a common method architects use to evaluate a design’s effect on its users. If done well observational studies can provide a wealth of valuable and reliable information. They do, however, have their pitfalls, most notably controlling for cognitive and selection biases. At the risk of limiting readership, I will illustrate these challenges by reviewing a specific observational study dealing with design. Although specific, the following example wrestles with the same difficulties that other observational studies in architecture wrestle with.