Education Center for the University of Cordoba / Rafael de La-Hoz

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Architects: Rafael de La-Hoz
Location: Córdoba,
Project Team: Hugo Berenguer, Belén Rivera, Fernando de la Fuente, Zaloa Mayor, Álvaro Rivero, Susanne Forner, Monika Kussewska, Laura Díaz, Silvia Villamor, Ángel Rolán
Area: 5,448 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Javier Callejas

5.5m x 5.5m / LVPH

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Architects: LVPH
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jérôme Humbert, Courtesy of LVPH

Archive Depot / Bekkering Adams Architects

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Architects: Bekkering Adams Architects
Location: , The
Project Architects: Juliette Bekkering, Monica Adams
Design Team: Frank Venhorst, Gerard Heerink
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: René de Wit

The Brutalist-style Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y., closed since 2011, and designed by Paul Rudolph, may get a shot at preservation. Image © Randy Harris
The Brutalist-style Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y., closed since 2011, and designed by Paul Rudolph, may get a shot at preservation. Image © Randy Harris

Architect to Buy/Re-Purpose Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center

After months of demolition scares, Paul Rudolph‘s Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York may just be in the clear. Gene Kaufman, a partner at Gwathmey Siegal Kaufman Architectshas offered to buy and repurpose the building. To learn more about his fascinating proposal, head to The New York Times

Hörsaalgebäude Osnabrück / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
Location: Barbarastraße, ,
Design Team: Markus Sporer, Cornelius Wens, Sander Vijgen, Anna Gerlach, Joris Görling, Daniel Vlasveld, Carel Weber
Area: 7,280 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jens Kirchner

Does Architectural “Excellence” Put Embassies at Risk?

The new US in London – designed by Philadelphia’s KieranTimberlake. Image via US Department of State.

“Embassies and consulates serve as the front door for US diplomacy. The safety and security they provide to our personnel are the first priority, but they must also reflect our national values of openness and ingenuity. Embassies and consulates must exemplify the best of American architecture, environmental stewardship, and innovation.” – Secretary of State John Kerry on the US Department of State’s Design Excellence program, November 2013

As the meeting point for diplomacy, embassies serve as the face of America abroad. Embassy location and architectural design have the potential to promote inclusion and openness, but when tucked behind tall fences and bunker-style architecture they can convey exclusion and hostility.

While protecting diplomatic personnel is critical, conveying core American values such as transparency, openness and equality is also key. But how do you balance security and openness? Does a focus on design put safety at risk?

These questions are currently at the center of debate, as the State Department’s embassy Design Excellence program is facing criticism for being too costly and jeopardizing security.

Fermilab Office and Technical Education Building / Ross Barney Architects

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Architects: Ross Barney Architects
Location: Batavia Road, , IL, USA
Lead Design Architect: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
Design Engineer: Arup
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kate Joyce

Designs Revealed of the Nordstrom Tower, the World’s Tallest Residential Building

Unofficial Rendering of Nordstrom Tower via YIMBY. Image © Otie O’Daniel

The designs of the Nordstrom Tower in New York, the world’s tallest residential building at 1,775 feet tall, have been revealed to New York YIMBY by an anonymous tipster close to the project. The project at 225 West 57th Street by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture will be one foot short of 1 World Trade Center, and with its 1,451 high roof will finally reclaim the title of United States’ tallest roof from Chicago‘s Willis Tower.

More on the Nordstrom Tower after the break

Zhangmiao Exercise Park / Archi-Union Architects

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Architects: Archi-Union Architects
Location: Baoshan Road, ,
Architect In Charge: Philip F. Yuan
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects

Project Helix: Reviving Venezuela’s Unfinished Modernist Utopia

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Although construction was never completed, “The Helix” in Caracas is one of the most important relics of the Modern movement in . The 73,000 square meter project – designed in 1955 by Jorge Romero Gutiérrez, Peter Neuberger and Dirk Bornhorst – takes the form of a double spiral topped by a large geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller. It was characterized by a series of ascending and descending ramps meant to carry visitors to its variety of programmatic spaces - including 320 shops, a 5 star hotel, offices, a playground, a television studio and a space for events and conventions.

Today, Project Helix seeks to rescue the urban history and memory of the building through a series of exhibitions, publications and educational activities. More details on the initiative, after the break.

Løgstør Sports Hall / CEBRA

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Architects: CEBRA
Location: 9670 Logstor,
Area: 1400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikkel Frost

Cullinan’s RMC Headquarters Saved by Grade II* Listing

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English Heritage has announced that the RMC headquarters building designed by Edward Cullinan Architects in 1990 has been listed at grade II*, preventing a plan to demolish the building and replace it with a terraced housing scheme. The listing comes after a campaign to protect the building which was orchestrated by Cullinan Studio and the 20th Century Society, and supported by a a number of high profile architects including Nicholas Grimshaw, Richard Rogers, Peter Clegg (Feilden Clegg Bradley) and Sunand Prasad (Penoyre & Prasad).

Read more about the building and the listing decision after the break

Vive la France: A Round-Up of French AD Classics

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In honor of Bastille Day, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite AD Classics built in . From Bernard Tschumi‘s Parc de la Villette to our most popular classic project, Le Corbusier‘s Villa Savoye, take a moment to revisit these renowned works.

MAPFRE Complex / TSM Asociados

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Architects: TSM Asociados
Location: , Peru
Architect In Charge: Alvaro Grimaldo Tremolada, Roberto Borda Sboto
Area: 2,880 sqm
Photographs: Gonzalo Cáceres

Dutch Architects Transform Rotterdam House Into Terraced “Urban Paradise”

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Two Dutch designers, collectively known as HUNK-design, have transformed their 19th century top floor apartment into a “unique city paradise.” Architect Bart Cardinaal and artist Nadine Roos, who have lived in parts of the house in central Rotterdam since their student years, have created a large outdoor terraced space amid the rooflines of a built up area. By demolishing the existing pitched roof, they have constructed what they describe as their “Cabrio apartment.”

La Fromagerie / Vincent Coste

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Architects: Vincent Coste
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Year: 2014
Photographs: Toulon Azur

AD Round Up: Happy Bastille Day!

Nova Green / Agence Bernard Bühler. Image © Vincent Monthiers

The fourteenth of July is Bastille Day, a day that commemorates the start of the French Revolution.  Named for the fortress prison that was stormed by revolutionaries on July 14th, 1789, Bastille Day is celebrated globally both by France and her former colonies, as well as many cities in the US.  In honor of this historic date, we’ve compiled some of our favorite French projects from the past few years.  In this round up you’ll find classics such as the Villa dall’Ava by OMA, as well as fantastic works like Nova Green by Agence Bernard Bühler, Pontivy Media Library and Louviers Music school by Opus 5 architectes, Platform Architecture’s Aquitanis Headquarters, L’Atoll Angers by Antonio Virga Architecte and AAVP Architecture, a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion by Jean-Luc Fugier, Kengo Kuma’s Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music, and Origami by Manuelle Gautrand ArchitectureJoyeux quatorze juillet!

Jiangyin Primary & Secondary School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

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Architects: BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists
Location: Yushanwan Garden, Furong Avenue Side Road, Jiangyin, Wuxi, Jiangsu,
Area: 56000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shu He