SV House / Luciano Kruk Arquitectos

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Architects: Luciano Kruk Arquitectos
Location: , Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Project Area: 122.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Daniela Mac Adden

Get to Grips with Guggenheim Helsinki’s Record-Breaking Competition with this Infographic Video

By now, when the design competition for the Guggenheim Helsinki is mentioned, one number probably comes to mind: 1,715, the record-breaking number of submissions which the competition received. But how can this number be put into perspective? Why, with more numbers of course. Take 5,769 for example, which is the total height in meters of all the A1 presentation boards arranged vertically. Or take 18,336,780, the estimated value in Euros of all the work submitted.

Check out this great video from Taller de Casquería, which gives a rundown of all of the mind-blowing statistics generated by the competition, and concludes with this strong message to the Guggenheim itself: “These are incredible figures that show the impact that the Guggenheim Foundation has throughout the world… Guggenheim should document this to recognize their success in helping to shape a global community, dedicated to visual culture.”

Louis Kahn's Salk Institute was among the "contemplative architecture" that the researchers used during the study. Image © Flickr CC User dreamsjung
Louis Kahn's Salk Institute was among the "contemplative architecture" that the researchers used during the study. Image © Flickr CC User dreamsjung

Can Good Architecture Be as Calming as Meditation?

If ever architects needed a little vindication in their work, this might just be it: a team of neuroscientists have found evidence that good architecture can positively affect the human brain. Testing a highly susceptible group of subjects (i.e. architects), the team demonstrated that so-called “contemplative architecture” can have similar effects to meditation – except with much less effort on the part of the person experiencing it. This article in the Atlantic discusses the team’s work at length, delving into the science behind the discovery, but also uncovering an interesting oddity in the world of architectural neuroscience: it seems not much is being done because ”it’s difficult to suggest that people are dying from it.” In the case of the current study, the team “totally loaded the deck” by only selecting architects as their subjects, apparently not aiming to prove anything but simply to secure further funding. Read the full article here for more on the latest in architectural neuroscience.

House VRT – Tielt / DE JAEGHERE Architectuuratelier

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Architects: DE JAEGHERE Architectuuratelier
Location: Tielt, 8700,
Exterior And Interior Design: Steven De Jaeghere
Area: 356.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Steven De Jaeghere, Yannick Milpas

Five Teams Shortlisted To Design Bristol Arena

Vision of the masterplan (commissioned in 2007). Image Courtesy of Bristol Temple Quarter

Five practices have been shortlisted to put forward designs for the Bristol Arena, a cultural and sporting hub which is set to have a 12,000 seating capacity and is due to open towards the end of 2017. The city’s Mayor, (who is himself an architect-turned-politician), has said that “we now have five very capable and talented design teams with a wealth of experience between them drawing up proposals” that will contribute to the regeneration of the city’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone (a site close to Temple Meads Station). The five shortlisted multi-disciplinary design teams are consortiums experienced in delivering major cultural venues in the UK or overseas. A team led by Populous, who completed the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, are running in collaboration with Feilden Clegg Bradley, who were shortlisted for the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize. They are competing against teams led by Grimshaw and Wilkinson Eyre, who recently installed a cable-car across London’s Millennium Dome.

See details of the five teams after the break.

Gregers Grams Houses / R21 Arkitekter

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Architects: R21 Arkitekter
Location: , Norway
Architect In Charge: Martin Smedsrud
Area: 1700.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Henrik Beck Kæmpe

Reims Archives / Hamonic + Masson & Associés

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Architects: Hamonic + Masson & Associés
Location: 129 Yser Avenue, 51100 ,
Structural Engineer: SIBAT
Area: 5154.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Biên Hòa, Dong Nai, Vietnam
Principal Architects : Vo Trong Nghia, Takashi Niwa, Masaaki Iwamoto
Project Team: Tran Thi Hang, Kuniko Onishi
Area: 3800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gremsy, Hiroyuki Oki

Win a Scholarship for the AA Visiting School in Santiago

What does architecture have to do with Chilean astronomy? A lot more than many realize. In the 1960s, the manufactured three Grand Passage Instrument telescopes (GIPpy), and their accompanying domes in Saint Petersburg. Unfortunately, they fell into ruin after the Soviet astronomical mission’s departure from Chile following the 1973 military coup d-etat. Now, however, the Architectural Association Visiting School in Santiago, Chile, in partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University, will host a 10-day workshop in January on the GIPpy telescopes. The workshop is organized by the team that was recently awarded the Silver Lion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale for their work on Soviet prefabricated housing in Chile, and we’ve teamed up with the Visiting School to give away two £600 scholarships to attend the workshop!

For more information on the workshop and to find out how to enter to win a scholarship read on after the break…

Shenzhen Performing Arts Facility / ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates

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Architects: ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates
Location: , Guangdong,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates , Zang Chao

Step Into the Multicolored Universe of the Pantone Hotel with these Eye-Watering Images

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The , a seven-story hotel in Brussels with decor inspired by the famous Pantone color system, opened for business in 2010, but these candy-colored images of its multi-hued rooms were new to us. Designed by interior designer Michel Penneman and architect Olivier Hannaert, and photographed by Sven Laurent, the Hotel serves up 59 rooms in a wide variety of color schemes, perfected by ’s authoritative color matching system. It is the apotheosis of the company’s transition into manufacturing lifestyle products, with the “Pantone Universe” range containing everything from mugs to cufflinks, all colored to an exact specification with their identifying code.

Bosco / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

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Architects: Makoto Yamaguchi Design
Location: Tokyo,
Design Team: Makoto Yamaguchi, So Sawada
Area: 551.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

PKMN Architectures Creates Sliding Transformer House in Madrid

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“All I Own House is a project that materializes the interior of a house through its inhabitant’s personal belongings,” say PKMN Architectures about their All I Own House, a small customizable home and studio for client Yolanda Pila of ERREPILA Design Studio. Built in a small neighborhood in northern Madrid, the single-storey house belonged to the client’s grandmother. Now, it serves all the functions required of Yolanda’s dynamic living and working style.

EURALIS Headquarters / LCR Architectes

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Architects: LCR Architectes
Location: Lescar,
Associated Architect: Laporte Konikoff
Technical Office: OTCE Aquitaine
Area: 86455.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sylvain Mille, Courtesy of

Nadau Lavergne Architects Present Proposal to Revitalize Detroit’s Decaying Packard Plant

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Nadau Lavergne Architects, the winning team of the Reanimate the Ruins international ideas contest, have shared with us their proposal to revive Detroit‘s historic Packard Automotive Plant, the former factory which has become an icon of the city’s post-industrial decline. By developing a proposal which frees the land from unwanted structures and knits the colossal 1 kilometer-long building back into the urban landscape, Nadau Lavergne Architects have created a design which returns both a sense of community and some economic hope back to the building.

Read more about the proposal after the break

Slate House / Affleck de la Riva architects

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Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
Location: , QC,
Area: 256.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Alexandre Parent

AD Classics: Geisel Library / William L. Pereira & Associates

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The alien form of the Geisel Library at the University of California, seems befitting of a backdrop from a science fiction movie. The building occupies a fascinating nexus between brutalism and futurism that its architect, William Pereira, intrepidly pursued throughout his career. With its strong concrete piers and hovering glassy enclosures, the library beautifully occupies an ambiguous state between massiveness and levitation, as if the upper stories have only just been set into their base and can be lifted back out at any moment. The tension between these two conditions gives the library an otherworldly appearance and provides a startling statement about the generative and imaginative power of the architect.

Chinkara House / Solis Colomer Arquitectos

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Architects: Solis Colomer Arquitectos
Location: , Guatemala
Architectural Design: Mauricio Solís
Project Area: 1114.0 m2
Photographs: Marko Bradich