Rio Carnival 2012 kicks off in Oscar Niemeyer’s newly renovated Sambadrome

Aerial Image of Carnival

Brightly colored confetti and sequined samba queens covered the newly renovated Sambadrome in , marking the beginning of the 2012 world-famous annual Carnival. Designed by Brazil’s legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Sambadrome was originally constructed during the first government of Leonel Brizola (1983 – 1987) in an effort to provide Rio with an urban facility that would serve as the permanent location of the traditional spectacle of the samba school’s parade. Inaugurated in 1984, the Sambadrome is also known as the Catwalk Professor Darcy Ribeiro out of respect to the man who moved the parade to its current site. Continue for more.

Le Cabanon / Atelier Seraji Architectes & Associés

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Architects: Atelier Seraji Architectes & Associés + Atela Architectes
Location: Sophia Antipolis,
Completion: 2011
Consultants: SETOR (engineering), Peutz ET Associés (acoustics), Anne-Lise Leymarie (environmental engineering)
Client: Nice–Côte d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Size: 2,000 sqm
Budget: 3.8 million euros
Photographs: Stephan Lucas

Arriva Heaquarters / RVDM


Architect: RVDM
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: Ricardo Senos, Liliana Simões, Stela Pervanova, Damião Santos, Nuno Marques
Client: Arriva – Portugal
Building Company: Combitur, Lda
Total Area: 3010 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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If you haven’t visited us in a while, you may have missed Ministry of Design’s amazing show gallery in China. Maybe, you didn’t look closely enough at BLK2 Architekten latest mixed use project in Hamburg, Germany, or La Pallaresa, designed by Terradas Arquitectos and Eduardo Souto de Moura. Now you have a chance to look at the best from last week, including Arquitecnica’s housing project and Kengo Kuma’s incredible Bridge Museum.

Villa Rotterdam / Ooze

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Architect: Ooze - Eva Pfannes & Sylvain Hartenberg
Location: Rotterdam,
Site Area: 2,500. including water
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Jeroen Musch


LINA & GIO: THE LAST HUMANISTS: An Exhibit at the Architectural Association School of Architecture

Sesc Pompéia / Lina Bo Bardi © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

Opening on February 24th at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in Lina & Gio: The Last Humanists will explore for the first time the relationship between two seminal figures in twentieth-century design: Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) and Gio Ponti (1891-1979). More details after the break.

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Call for Proposals: Completed Building Projects & Research that Engage Innovative Approach to Seismic Design

Curators Dr. Effie Bouras and Professor Ghyslaine McClure of McGill University, Department of Civil Engineering, are seeking completed building projects and research that engage innovative approach to seismic design for an exhibit that will be held at the internationally renowned…

White Dormitory For Il Vento / Koichi Futatsumata

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Architect: Koichi Futatsumata from CASE-REAL
Location: ,
Project Director: Tsuyoshi Matsuzawa
Completion: July 2011
Structure: wood frame
Scale: 1 story
Site area: 127.9m2
Building area: 94.2m2
Photographs: Hiroshi Mizusaki


Multiple Natures / soma

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Placing second, behind Sou Fujimoto Architects’ winning proposal, the Austrian practice soma proposed a new tower typology, titled Fibrous Tower of Multiple Natures, for the Taiwan Tower International Competition in Taichung, . The conceptual drive for this tower comes from the desire to create a cultural landmark whose associations are multiple and dynamic, adapting with changing ideas about the nature of a skyscraper in an urban environment. Soma writes, “the tower should not state a fixed message, but trigger people to invent their own interpretations of the tower’s meaning”. How does soma accomplish this? Read on to find out.

Horizon Roof House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: Osaka,
Structural System: Reinforced concrete
Site Area: 288.06 sqm
Building Area: 144.87 sqm
Total Floor Space: 144.87 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

House BM / architecten de vylder vinck taillieu

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Architects: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu – Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu in collaboration with Joris Van Huychem
Location: ,
Design Team: Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu, Joris Van Huychem, Sander Rutgers, Lauren Dierickx
Area: 304 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Vennesla Library and Culture House / Helen & Hard

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For their new library and community center in , Norwegian architects Helen & Hard bring a sophisticated elegance to the public facility in .  The project links an existing community house and learning center, and seeks to become an extension of the main city square with its transparent facade and urban loggia.   The expressive ribs combine structure, technical infrastructure, and functionality into one architectonic element that creates a dynamic aesthetic identity for the project to meet the client’s original intent to mark the city’s cultural center.

More about the project after the break.

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‘What Makes it GREEN?’ Call for Entries

Designers in the Northwest and Pacific Region create some of the world’s most sustainable buildings. What Makes it GREEN? (WMIG?) celebrates your achievements and the interdisciplinary teamwork required to meet the 2030 Challenge. Through live interviews with shortlisted project teams…

Ming-Tang Hot Spring Resort / CT Design

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Architect: CT Design + Cooperation Team
Location: Bazhou City, Hebei Province, China
Site Area: About 12 hectares at the first phase
Investment: About 600,000,000 TWD
Hot Spring Hotel Area: 13,000 sqm approx.
Design Team: C T Design, Taipei , Yuan-Sheng Chen, Chin-Ling Tseng, Ya-Hsin Chen, Annelie Hakansson
Cooperation Team: LPD Landscape Planning & Design Inc, Tokyo Japan; Yutaka Akama; Hideyuki Ishii; Michiko Yokota and Light
Completion: Nov 2010
Photographs: Tony

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Rensselaer Spring 2012 Lecture Series

The spring 2012 lecture series at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture started on February 13th with Patrik Schumacher and concludes with the ‘Transactions’ lecture on April 9th. All lectures are free and open to the public and take place…

Dental Workshop / Fernando Cué González + Mauricio García Cué

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Architects: Fernando Cué González, Mauricio García Cué
Location: , Morelos,
Area: 960 sqm
Project Year: 2007 – 2010
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

Villa A / Architektonicke Studio Atrium

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Architect:Architektonicke Studio Atrium
Location: , Slovakia
Completion: 2009
Area: 188 sqm
Price: 170,000 eur
Photographs: Ľubo Stacho, Jaroslav Vaľko

Building Of Universitat Pompeu Fabra / Nomen Architectes

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Architects: Nomen Architectes
Location: Tanger122-140, 08018, Barcelona,
Project Team: Frederic Crespo Nomen, Silvia Crespo Nomen, Miguel Del Rio Francos, Juan Carlos Colicchio Angeles, Anne Cecile Landru, Leticia Nieto Rodriguez, Meritxell Tortosa Alemany, Xavier Butinya Sitja
Built Area: 8,500 sqm
Client: Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Project Date:2009
Photographs: Manuel Giron Perez