AD Round Up: Educational Part IX

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Back in 2009, we published many great educational projects. Like the FDE Public School in Sao Paulo, or Erick van Egeraat’s InHolland University. Maybe you’ll like this rural school in Eidsvoll, Norway. Or the University of La Verne designed by Gonzalez Goodale Architects. Last but not least, this great project to to transform Tulane’s 100,000 square foot, rigidly compartmentalized, inefficient, mechanically-conditioned student union into a dynamic new Center for University Life.

Masterplan for Marseille’s Vieux Port / Foster + Partners

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One of the greatest Mediterranean Ports is about to be transformed. Work has begun on the Old Port of as part of a series of regeneration projects to be completed in time for the city’s inauguration as European Capital of Culture in 2013. Based on French landscape architect Michel Desvigne’s and London-based architects Foster + Partners’ competition-winning master plan, the project will reclaim the quaysides as a civic space, creating new informal venues for performances and events, while traffic is relocating traffic to a safe, semi-pedestrianised public realm.

Lord Foster stated, “I know the harbor at Marseille well and it is a truly grand space. This project is a great opportunity to enhance it using very simple means, to improve it with small, discreet pavilions for events, for markets, for special occasions. Our approach has been to work with the climate, to create shade, but at the same time to respect the space of the harbor – just making it better.”

Gaia Ropeway Cablecar / Guedes + DeCampos

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Architecture: Guedes + DeCampos / Francisco Vieira de Campos & Cristina Guedes
Location: ,
Coordinator: Francisco Vieira de Campos
Project Team: Francisco Lencastre, Cristina Maximino, Adalgisa Lopes, Joana Miguel, Inês Ferreira, Pedro Costa, Ana Matias, Ana Leite Fernandes, António Ferreira, João Pontes, Luís Campos, Mariana Sendas, Tiago Souto Castro, Miguel Brochado, Pedro Azevedo
Date of Construction: 2009-2011
Area: 2,931 sqm (2,520 sqm Upper Station | 411 sqm Lower Station)
Photographer: Alberto Plácido

Rainbow Living / Minarc

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Architects: Minarc
Location: Santa Monica, , USA
Size: 4,200 sqft
Cost: $250 per sqft
Photographs: Courtesy of Minarc


Waccabuc House / Chan-li Lin

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Architect: AIA, Rafael Viñoly Architects PC
Location: , New York, USA
Owners: Chan-li Lin & Denise Ferris
Structural Engineering: Yoshinori Nito Engineering & Design PC
Lighting Designer: LAM Partners
Construction Manager / Builder: Atlantic State Development Corporation
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

Studio Banana TV Interview with Ma Yansong / MAD architects

Beijing-born architect has become an important, emerging voice to a new generation of architects. Shortly after establishing MAD architects in 2004, his practice earned worldwide attention (2006) by winning an international competition to design a residential tower near Toronto, expected to be completed in the summer of 2012. In this interview with Studio Banana TV, Yansong discusses a few of his latest works, including MAD’s first museum completed last year in Ordos, Inner Mongolia. Continue reading for more information.

Caring for Your Office Introvert

The Crystal by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is a typically office environment.

“this open, ‘collaborative’ environment, where worker drones so nicely sit in poise out in the open while click-clacking on their computers, creates an atmosphere where people become desensitized to being on display. [...] Sitting and thinking is actually frowned upon as being a waste of productivity. Why are you just sitting there? Why are you not talking, or typing, or writing, or drawing, or multitasking?”

– Mark Genest, comment on “In Defense of Introverts” [1]

Consider the contemporary office. White floors, minimalist style, no pesky walls getting in the way – just pure, unadulterated openness.

From our assembly-line past has emerged an increasingly consumer-oriented world, in which collaboration and gregariousness are valuable commodities. As a result, offices that resemble art galleries – with the employees on display – have become the norm, and while this sociable environment is energizing for the extrovert, for the introvert, it’s crippling.

In my last article, “In Defense of Introverts,” I posited that learning modalities, which better incorporate our brethren, could revolutionize classroom design. In this one, I expand the concept to that of working modalities: an answer for office design that would engender an office culture sensitive to introverted rhythms and – at last – expand the way we conceive of creativity and innovation as a purely extroverted enterprise.

Folger Offices / WA design

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Architects: WA design
Location: ,
Photographs: WA design

Paul Rudolph’s Masterpiece at Risk

Orange County Government Center by © Times - Tony Cenicola

Considered one of Paul Rudolph’s greatest achievements, the 1970’s Orange County Government Center is an icon of the late modernist era. Poor maintenance has lead to deterioration and in September a large flood caused extensive damage to the structure, forcing county officials to close the center. Since then, the county government has been calling for the building to be demolished. Last week, Orange County Executive Ed Diana proposed to replace the cultural icon with a $75 million, 175,000 square-foot mediocre building, offering only 22,000 square-feet of space more than the existing building. With renovation estimates around $67.2 million, or $40.9 million for a “less extensive upgrade”, the architectural and preservationist communities are outraged. Continue reading for more. 

Commercial Centre Eschmarke / S333

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Architects: S333
Location: , Enschede,
Completion: 2007
Site: 0.5 ha
Client: ING Real Estate bv, The Hague
Associates: DAAD Architecten, Beilen
Project Manager: BM Adviesbureau, Zwolle
Contractor: Te Pas Bouw, Arnhem
Engineer: Royal Haskoning, Nijmegen
Building Costs: £ 4,600,000
Photographs: Jan Bitter

What are buildings trying to say to us?


They say great architecture has meaning. That buildings, when well designed, can speak to us. But, what are they trying to say? What if we could really hear them?

Jody from Coffee with an Architect translates some of the buildings thoughts after the break.

Update: Community Meeting / Friends of the High Line

Interim Walkway at the Western Rail Yards. James Corner Field Operations and . Courtesy City of and Friends of the High Line

Last night, ArchDaily joined the community of Chelsea and Friends of the High Line in the crowded auditorium of PS 11: The William T Harris School eager to see James Corner and Rick Scofidio’s latest ideas for the third installment of the High Line.  This last segment of the amazing elevated park project is the designers’ most crucial intervention as it culminates the strategies introduced in Phases 1 and 2 and must adaptively respond to new contextual relationships between 34th and 30th Streets.   Corner and Scofidio’s eloquent and coherent presentation very much responded to the community’s input from the last public meeting held in December, as the design addressed the need for a child’s play area with an idea for a section with rubberized beams, a place for spontaneous and planned performances, and more seating.  Scofidio kidded, “There are some things we could do better, and that’s exactly why we get to do the third phase.”

More about Phase 3 after the break.

La Boyita / Estudio Martin Gomez Arquitectos

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Architects: Estudio Martin Gomez Arquitectos
Location: La Boyita, , Uruguay
Associate Arquitect: Federico Rodriguez, Domingo Miranda, Florencia Rodriguez, Florencia Rippa
Area: 600 sqm
Year: 2007
Time for completion: 60 days for the project and 10 months
Photographs: Ezequiel Escalante

‘Gathering’ Pavilion / Gathering

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Gathering was a pavilion designed by Gathering (Ginna Nguyen, So Sugita, Dale Suttle) selected out of more than 600 international entries to be built in a “visionary village” in Union Square Park in September 2010. The distinguished jury included Thom Mayne, Paul Goldberger and Geoff Manaugh, among others. Gathering was then purchased by the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and exhibited in Washington, D.C. through October 2010. Sukkah City was a competition that sought to re-imagine the sukkah, a temporary shelter erected each year to remember the biblical exodus from Egypt. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bank Office / Dierendonck Blancke Architecten

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Architects: Dierendonck Blancke Architecten
Location: , Belgium
Design team: Alexander Dierendonck, Isabelle Blancke, Pieter Mouton
Engineering: Erbeko – technical, Cobe – Structure
Construction: Vanmarcke NV
Client: Dexia bank NV
Surface: 650 sqm
Budget: 1,300,000 euro
Realisation: 2010-2011
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

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Oasis Cancer Care Center / WE Architecture

Located in close proximity to the regional Hospital in Næstved, Denmark, the new Oasis Cancer Care Center, designed by WE Architecture…, will help anyone affected by cancer through professional help in exceptional buildings specifically designed for this. In order

Apple / CLOG

If you are an Apple fanatic and architecture lover you should pick up this book. publication is filling a niche that has been created by the hyperspeed of digital media. “In the deluge, excellent projects receive the same fleeting attention as mediocre ones.” slows things down by exploring a single subject from multiple viewpoints, and “on paper, away from the distractions and imperatives of the screen.” This book offers an in-depth look at the development of Apple’s brand of architecture. Mixed into the in-depth look is an amusing four page collection of one sentence quotes from architects and critics about the new Apple Headquarters. Here are a couple: Eric Owen Moss says, “Internal courtyard could be magic, a new world for adventurous kids only, like going out the back of the CS Lewis/Narnia closet.” Mark Goulthorpe asks, “Sphincter?” Jacob van Rijs says, “I love the garden miss the bite…” and J. Mayer H. laments, “So disappointing…”

SkyVille @ Dawson / WOHA

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Commissioned by the Housing and Development Board as an exploration of the future of affordable public housing, WOHA‘s public housing design for Skyville @ Dawson consists of 960 homes in . As a response to the enthusiasm received by the public, their project is currently under construction and is estimated to be completed February 2015. The design focuses on 3 themes – community, variety and sustainability. More images and architects’ description after the break.