Slovenia Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / SoNo Arhitekti

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Architects: SoNo Arhitekti
Location: Rho Fiera Expo 2015, 20016 Rho Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Design Team: Edvard Blažko (architect), Marko Volk (architect), Nina Tešanović (architect), Nejc Batistič (architect), Samo Radinja (architect), Matija Kocbek (art director), Tomaž Bavdež (landscape designer)
Area: 800.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of SoNo Arhitekti

Grayson Perry On ‘A House For Essex’ And His Collaboration With FAT

In an article for The Guardian, Turner Prize winning ceramic artist Grayson Perry has written for the first time about his “plans for a Taj Mahal in .” The designs for the House for Essex, which have been realised over the last three years by FAT and led by Charles Holland, are of a “secular chapel” in the heart of the southern English countryside. The building was commissioned by the Project, which is headed by Alain de Botton and are the proprietors of property designed by the likes of Peter Zumthor, MVRDV, and David Kohn. This, their fifth foray into experimental collaborative architecture between architects and artists, is set to open its doors for holiday letting this year.

Villa Mörtnäs / Fourfoursixsix Architects

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Architects: Fourfoursixsix Architects
Location: Stockholm, Åland Islands
Year: 2014
Photographs: Johan Dehlin

Almohade Wall Refurbishment / Antonio Raso, César Egea, Luis Gala y Pedro Dugo

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Architects: Antonio Raso, César Egea, Luis Gala y Pedro Dugo
Location: 14700 Palma del Río, Córdoba, Spain
Year: 2015
Photographs: Javier Orive

Academy of Advanced Studies / Chyutin Architects

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Architects: Chyutin Architects
Location: Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, ז’בוטינסקי 43, Jerusalem, 9214116,
Design Team: Bracha Chyutin, Michael Chyutin, Jacques Dahan, Ethel Rosenhek, Joseph Perez
Area: 7500.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Ardon Bar-Hama

WING Loft / Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design

Architects: Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design
Location: Chai Wan Industrial City Phase 2, 70 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan,
Design Team: Kristof Crolla, Julien Klisz
Area: 236.0 sqm
Photographs: Dennis Lo Designs, Ramon Van Der Heijden

TER house / Kikumi Kusumoto | Ks ARCHITECTS

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Architects: Kikumi Kusumoto | Ks ARCHITECTS
Location: , Aichi Prefecture,
Architect In Charge: Kikumi Kusumoto
Project Team: Kikumi Kusumoto, Yusuke Shimizu
Area: 142.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Katsuzi Matsuo

Courtesy of Think Space
Courtesy of Think Space

Open Call: THINK public SPACE

The Think Space program serves as a platform for spatial experimentation and conceptual thinking. In 2015, THINK SPACE is conducting an international, public, anonymous, single stage, conceptual architectural – urbanistic idea design Competition under the topic THINK public SPACE. The focus of this Special Edition of Think Space will be directed on urban public space. Within the project Zagreb for Me, the Think Space Competition will strive to seek out solutions for present-day public spaces on conceptual and theoretical levels with the potential of realization of the selected competition projects in the public spaces of Zagreb, Croatia. Read on to learn more. 

Sanwell Office Building / Braham Architects

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Architects: Braham Architects
Location: 35 Division Street, WA 6106,
Design Team: Benjamin Braham, Katja Gavran, Anuar Azahari, George Shi, Siying Wong, Douglas Armstrong
Year: 2014
Photographs: Robert Frith Acorn, Stephen Schneider, Ben Price, Courtesy of Braham Architects

The Learn’d: A Film About the Poetry of Light and Space at KAAN Architecten’s Education Center

The Learn’d, a short film directed by Victor Vroegindeweij (The Office for Nonfiction Storytelling, Hazazah Pictures), captures the poetry of light and space within KAAN Architecten’s Education Center. Part of the Rotterdam academic hospital Erasmus MC, the center was once an abandoned atrium that was transformed into an “enlightened inner square” that united all the building’s medical student programs under a single roof.

New Arquia Banca Office in Girona / Javier de las Heras Solé

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Architects: Javier de las Heras Solé
Location: Plaça del Vi, 4, 17004 Girona, Girona,
Area: 186.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Poll: Who Will Design Obama’s Presidential Library and Museum?

On Tuesday, the Foundation is expected to officially announce its decision to build Obama’s presidential library and museum in Chicago. With two sites under consideration - Washington Park or Jackson Park – speculation has now shifted towards the architect. Who will design the  Presidential Library and Museum?

Will it be David Adjaye, the -based, Tanzanian-born architect who designed the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (which will complete next year)? Or how about one of the city’s leading architects: Jeanne Gang, Helmut Jahn, Ralph Johnson or John Ronan? Perhaps it will be Philip Freelon; as the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin points out, Obama made a recent visit to a library he designed in Washington DC. Some are even considering Renzo Piano; Michelle Obama seemed to have a deep appreciation for his newly constructed Whitney Museum when she spoke at its dedication ceremony a few weeks back.

With all this to bear in mind, who do you think will design the  Presidential Library and Museum? Answer a poll after the break.

Container House / José Schreiber Arquitecto

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Architects: José Schreiber Arquitecto
Location: San Francisco, Cordoba,
Area: 195.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ramiro Sosa

Heatherwick and PlanGrid Featured on Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business List

Thomas Heatherwick and PlanGrid co-founder Tracy Young have been ranked in Fast Company’s top 100 Most Creative People in Business list for 2015. Topped by an ASU professor who is fighting ebola with tobacco, the list features some of the world’s most powerful creatives, including Google VP Rajan Anandan, who’s working to get everyone online, and 3D printing pioneer Jennifer Lewis of Materials Lead.

Coming in at number 24, Heatherwick is being lauded for “collapsing the walls within design,” says FastCo. Working on projects of all scales, from the London Olympic cauldron to a proposed $130 million floating park in New York, Heatherwick’s practice is often labeled as “multidisciplinary” – a misconception challenged by Heatherwick, who told the magazine his work falls under “one discipline: solving functional problems and trying to make a difference.”

RSC Residence / Jacobsen Arquitetura

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Architects: Jacobsen Arquitetura
Location: – SP, Brasil
Project Architects: Paulo Jacobsen e Bernardo Jacobsen
Coordinator: Jaime Cunha Jr.
Team: Edgar Murata, Christian Rojas, Rafael Zampini.
Project Area: 1160.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Study Architecture with an International Focus at UIC Barcelona School of Architecture

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With a clear international outlook and universal approach, the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture’s Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture offers students a holistic approach to architectural education, improving competitiveness by encouraging multiple skill sets, teamwork, responsibility, and entrepreneurship. The university employs a unique teaching method, where each student is tasked with undertaking a project at every step of the process.

Of Process And Practice: A Conversation With Studio Fuksas

New Milan Trade Fair. Image © Archivio Fuksas

Founded nearly 50 years ago in Rome, it is difficult to pin down an overarching theme in the work of Studio Fuksas: their designs have been built in North America, Asia and across Europe (with another design planned for Australia); they regularly operate at varying scales, from a colossal trade fair center and an international airport down to a small parish church; and their buildings all demonstrate huge stylistic variety. In this interview from Indian Architect and Builder‘s April 2015 issue, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas discuss the process behind their work, and the role of variation, context and concept in their designs.

Indian Architect & Builder: Did you always want to be an architect? Can you share with us your journey while discovering your commitment towards this field?

Massimiliano Fuksas: No, I never thought I’d want to be an architect. My early aspirations were to become a poet. The beauty of language, various forms of expression and prose always intrigued me. This ambition then evolved in to the desire of being an artist. Architecture was really my last choice. The thought of being an architect occurred to me only when I was around twenty. I was in university when I realized that architecture is probably the easiest and simplest interpretation of art and culture. As I continued my journey in the University of Rome, I began to develop a passion for this multifaceted field of knowledge. It was in my third year of university when I found my fervor for architecture and saw myself as an individual in the practice of architecture; a field that in one or more ways satisfied my earlier ambitions of being a poet and an artist.

Austria Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / team.breathe.austria

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Architects: team.breathe.austria
Location: Via Giorgio Stephenson, 107, 20157 ,
Head Of Conception And Planning: Klaus K.
Year: 2015
Photographs: Daniele Madia, Courtesy of team.breathe.austria, terrain