Epée de Bois – Nursery / h2o architectes

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Architects: h2o architectes
Location: 5 Rue de l’Épée de Bois, , France
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Attard

This Floating Platform Could Filter the Plastic from our Polluted Oceans

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“Plastic is an extremely durable material, taking 500 years to biodegrade, yet it’s designed to be used for an average of 5 minutes, and so it’s thrown away. Few know where this mass of junk will end up … in the oceans, killing and silently destroying everything, even us.”

Cristian Ehrmantraut has developed a prototype for a floating platform that filters the ocean and absorbs plastic. Located 4 km from the coast of , close to the center of the mega-vortex of plastic located in the South Pacific, the tetrahedral platform performs a kind of dialysis, allowing the natural environment to be recovered as well as energy and food to be produced.

House in Los Conejos II / La Mirateca

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Architects: La Mirateca
Location: Molina, Murcia,
Architect In Charge: Emilia Ruipérez Bastida, Raúl Latorre Luna
Area: 214 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Patricia Forcen Scheu

Steven Holl Named 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

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The Art Association (JAA) has named American architect Steven Holl as the 2014 Praemium Imperiale Laureate for . Holl will be honored at a ceremony in Tokyo on October 15th. The jury’s citation states that Holl’s ”works are internationally highly regarded, primarily as a result of his philosophy regarding the unification of the “experience” of space, as depicted by color and light, with the history and culture of each site of construction.”

Since its inauguration in 1989, the annual global arts award has recognised “outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts” in the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theater/film. Only a small handful of architects have received this award, including James Stirling, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Richard Rogers, Jean Nouvel, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor, David Chipperfield, and Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.

Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station Brought to Life

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Many architects have portfolios full of projects that were never built, and Frank Lloyd Wright is no exception.  Now, however, the Pierce-Arrow museum in New York has brought one of Wright’s more imaginative conceptual projects to life. In this article from Metropolis, we are introduced to a gas station designed by Wright for his (also unbuilt) Broadacre City project. 

Casa en El Arrayán / Planmaestro + Cristián Schmitt Rivera

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Architects: Planmaestro, Cristián Schmitt Rivera
Location: Arrayán, Lo Barnechea, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Structure: Eduardo Zégers
Area: 107.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Mathias Jacob

Why 3D Printing Is Not As Sustainable As Its Defenders Say

Yacht designed by Zaha Hadid. Could “someday make Hadid-like forms so cheap to execute that they become mundane”?. Image © Unique Circle Yachts / Zaha Hadid Architects for Bloom+Voss Shipyards

 is a column, penned by Christopher Brenny and presented by ArchDaily Materials, which investigates the innovative applications of  in architecture.

On a purely aesthetic level, 3D printing holds great potential for buildings – all the possibilities of sculpted concrete without the bulky and expensive formwork. Taken to an extreme, it could someday make Hadid-like forms so cheap to execute that they become mundane (even for a non-architect) – maybe even causing the profession to re-evaluate what qualifies as high design. 

However, the more important advantage of 3D printing, what could spur its acceptance as a viable means of construction, is its supposed sustainability. Among its oft-cited advantages are a use of “green” materials and a reduction in construction waste. However, is 3D Printing really as as its defenders contend?  

Through / Aleph Zero

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Architects: Aleph Zero
Location: Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba,
Architect In Charge: Gustavo Utrabo, Pedro Duschenes
Design Team: Ana Júlia Filipe, Bárbara Zandavali, Maguelonne Gorioux, Felipe Gomes, Severine Bogers.
Area: 105 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Aleph Zero

This Temporary Treetop Hotel Lets You Sleep “With the Birds”

Chinese architecture firm Penda, known for their ecologically sensitive designs, has redesigned the tent in a bold new way for the AIM “Legend Of The Tent” Competition. Their proposal, ”One With The Birds,” is a flexible and structure that integrates sleeping pods into the forest canopy. Inspired by Native American Tipis, which are moveable and reusable, the structure, made from bamboo sticks latched together with rope, leaves no impact on the site nor causes any harm to the bamboo itself. 

A mock-up of the project will soon be installed as a temporary hotel. According to the architects, “after the temporary hotel is deconstructed, the can be reused as scaffolding on a construction site or reused as another temporary hotel on a different location.”

Learn more about this remarkable structure, after the break.

Kale Café / YAMO Design

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Architects: YAMO Design
Location: Binjiang, , Zhejiang,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of YAMO Design

Recently Listed: The Spectrum Building / Foster + Partners.. Image © Richard Davies, Courtesy Foster + Partners
Recently Listed: The Spectrum Building / Foster + Partners.. Image © Richard Davies, Courtesy Foster + Partners

Does Heritage Have The Power To Change Lives?

In a recent article for The Telegraph Jonathan Ruffer, a hedge fund manager turned campaigner for architectural heritage, discusses the significance of historic buildings in a time when they are “increasingly having to justify itself in the cold light of cost cuts.” The notion of architectural “heritage” covers not only castles and stately homes but increasingly post-war and early contemporary structures. Speaking from a financier’s point of view, Ruffler examines the “gulf” between public and private funding for restorative architectural schemes alongside the difficulty of mobilising large bodies to activate change. Arguing that “heritage has the power to change lives,” the need for people to engage with their built heritage is more important than ever. Read the article in full here.

House in Otori / Arbol Design

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Architects: Arbol Design
Location: , Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Area: 86 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yohei Sasakura

Zacatitos 04 / Campos Leckie Studio

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Architects: Campos Leckie Studio
Location: ,
Area: 2,400 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Sinal

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Courtesy of LEGO

Workshop and LEGO Architecture Studio Launch: Villa Pennisi in Musica

LEGO® Architecture Studio, a new concept of the LEGO Architecture line, makes his appearance in Italy in an innovative context of architecture and music. The LEGO Group chose Italy and the prestigious setting of the Sicilian “Villa Pennisi in Musica” event for the launch of the new set of building blocks. 

House in Ibiza 2 / Roberto Ercilla

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Architects: Roberto Ercilla
Location: Jesús, Balearic Islands,
Area: 270 sqm
Photographs: Xabier Durán Herrera

Mensa Waldcampus / andreas gehrke . architekt

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Architects: andreas gehrke . architekt
Location: Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung (Waldcampus), Alfred-Möller-Straße 1, 16225 ,
Area: 1710.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ulrich ​Schwarz

Technical Engineering School of the University of Valencia (ETSE) / Francisco Candel + Luis Carratalá

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Architects: + Luis Carratalá
Location: , Valencia, Spain
Architect In Charge: Francisco Candel, Luis Carratalá
Area: 33,248 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Arturo Ferrer, Paula Aparicio

Elisabeth And Helmut Uhl Foundation / modostudio

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Architects: modostudio
Location: Bolzano,
Design Team: Fabio Cibinel, Roberto Laurenti, Giorgio Martocchia
Area: 1,450 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Laura Egger