House NX / ARX

© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

Architects: ARX
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Nuno Mateus, José Mateus,Alexandra Margaça
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

GMT London / Z&M Architects

© Su Shengliang

Architects: Z&M Architects
Location: Xintiandi, Huangpu, , 200000
Design Team: Liu Zhiyong, Meng Hao
Client: Shanghai xintiandi & GMT
Area: 185.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Su Shengliang

Hirose Dental Clinic / eleven nine inteiror design office

© Seiryo Yamada

Architects: eleven nine inteiror design office
Location: Nosakucho, Kawachinagano, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Area: 91.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Seiryo Yamada

JH Factory Complex Design / XU Kai

© Amelie Yang

Architects:
Location: Huli, , Fujian, China, 361009
Area: 9500.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Amelie Yang, Courtesy of XU Kai

SFMOMA Tops Out

© Henrik Kam

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has topped out its Snøhetta-designed extension, marking the halfway point in the museum’s transformation. Rising behind ’s existing Mario Botta-designed building, the 10-story addition will add more than triple the amount of gallery space, 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor galleries, flexible performance art spaces and a dramatically expanded education program for students and teachers upon completion in 2016.

More images after the break…

Hambleton / Steve Domoney Architecture

© Derek Swalwell

Architects: Steve Domoney
Location: Middle Park VIC 3206,
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Jean Nouvel Releases Official Design for National Art Museum of China

To the East, a fusion of sky and gardens. Image © Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel has unveiled the official design for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Originally inspired by the simplicity of “a single brush stroke,” the 21st century art and calligraphy museum will become the centerpiece of a new cultural district at Olympic Park, rising next to the historic axis of and symbolically connecting to the Forbidden City.

New images of the and more from Nouvel, after the break… 

Plywood House / Simon Astridge

© Nicholas Worley

Architects: Simon Astridge
Location: Balham, , UK
Area: 134.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nicholas Worley

New Images Take You Inside ALA’s Helsinki Central Library

Central Library. Image © ALA Architects

Take a tour inside ALA Architect’s Helsinki Central Library with a new animation and set of images revealing the project’s spacious interiors. The project, which was awarded to ALA through an international competition, boasts a unique set of programs, such as a ground floor cinema, second story sauna, “Nerd Attic” and dreamy “Book Heaven” that is topped with a cloud-like undulating roof and includes a distinctive outdoor “Citizens’ Balcony.”

Patience S. Latting Northwest Library / LWPB Architecture

© Joseph Mills Photography

Architects: LWPB Architecture
Location: 5600 Northwest 122nd Terrace, , OK 73162, USA
Design Principal: Craig Foster AIA
Project Architect/Manager: Jason Hukill AIA, LEED AP
Area: 35000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joseph Mills Photography

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© flickr user 51746218@N03

Spotlight: Peter Smithson

Peter Smithson (18 September 1923 – 3 March 2003), the acclaimed British architect often associated with New Brutalism, would have turned 91 today. He attended the school of architecture in Newcastle, but left to serve in the war in India and Burma. After…

ASTOC and HPP Selected to Masterplan Moscow’s New Finance Center

© Team Moscow: ASTOC / HPP

ASTOC and HPP have been announced as winners of a two-stage competition to ’s” International Financial Center (IFC) in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The phased, 460 hectare development will capitalize on the Moscow River’s greenbelt by extending the river landscape throughout the IFC to achieve a balance between nature and city.

More information, images and a video about the winning proposal, after the break…

Morumbi Residence / Monica Drucker

© João Ribeiro

Architects: Monica Drucker
Location: São Paulo,
Design Team: Fausto Chino
Project And Coordination: Drucker arquitetos associados
Area: 1033.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: João Ribeiro

21 Rules for a Successful Life in Architecture

The Offices of BIG. Image Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Originally published by Entrepreneur Architect, Associate Professor at Louisiana Tech Kevin J Singh gives his 21-point rundown of how to have a successful and happy life as an architect. The list gives some pointers that will certainly help young students and graduates, but may well be useful to some of the not-so-young practitioners who need to refocus on what’s important.

The following is a compilation of my professional practice lecture on the last day of class. Instead of recapping the course or giving a final exam, I share with my students a presentation titled Advice as You Finish School and Start to Practice. I present a series of statements followed up with a brief explanation.

Doehler / SABO project

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Architects: SABO project
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Alex Delaunay
Area: 124.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of SABO project

UNStudio Appointed to Create Identity for Qatar’s New Metro Network

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Aiming to encourage the use of public transportation as a valid alternative to private transportation, Qatar Rail has appointed UNStudio to design the stations for the first phase of the Greater Doha Metro Network, part of the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP). With the first phase consisting of 30 stations on 4 metro lines, has created an “Architectural Branding Manual,” a set of design guidelines, architectural details and material outlines which will be used by the design & build firms on each station to ensure the design quality and coherence of the network as a whole.

Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool

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Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects have revealed their winning design for the Pavilion of the Czech Republic at the 2015 Milan Expo. Responding to the Expo’s food theme, the pavilion is centered around the ’s unique relationship to water, featuring a public swimming pool at the center of the design and presenting the latest progress in nanotechnology for water purification.

Rodeneck School / pedevilla architekten

© Gustav Willeit

Architects: pedevilla architekten
Location: , Bolzano, Italy
Partners In Charge: Alexander Pedevilla, Armin Pedevilla
Year: 2012
Photographs: Gustav Willeit