Dwell Partners with Turkel Design for Modern Prefab House Series

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The common prefabricated home has a distinct appearance. A long rectangular body, a pitched roof, easy to transport by truck bed when split in half—these characteristics are almost universal when it comes to prefab design. Dwell, in partnership with Turkel Design, is changing that. The two firms have recently released their “Axiom Series,” a line of modern houses that combine sleek modern design with all the benefits of prefabricated construction.

Video: The Glass House / Workshop “filming architecture”

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In a three day pilot workshop, students from the Architecture and Urbanism School of Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo took part in an introduction to architecture filmmaking. Coordinated by architects Gabriel Kogan and Pedro Kok, the group spent a day at Lina Bo Bardi‘s Glass House in São Paulo following theoretical and technical lectures.

The idea was to recreate – now in moving images – an iconic photograph of the site  by exploring issues of representation, transparency, interior/exterior, promenades, ways of living and the tectonics of this architectural masterpiece.

Kids Science Labs 02 / Woodhouse Tinucci Architects

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Architects: Woodhouse Tinucci Architects
Location: , IL, USA
Area: 7900.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mike Schwartz

Safdie Architects Design Glass “Air Hub” for Singapore Changi Airport

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Today, Safdie Architects revealed plans for a glass, spherical “air ” that will be built at the center of the ’s Changi Airport, the world’s sixth busiest airport. The “jeweled” biodome was presented as a “new paradigm” for international airports that will boost ’s stopover appeal and become a “lifestyle destination” for both travelers and local residents.

Learn more about the design and a word from Moshe Safdie, after the break. 

Professionals Roar in Norway: Unique Architecture Under Threat from Government

The Y-block with “The Fishermen”. Image © Trond Isaksen / Statsbygg

Architecture institutions and architects are outraged by the Norwegian Government plans to demolish a unique part of Norwegian and international architectural history. Called the Y-block for its Y-shaped plan, the building in the Government Quarter in the centre of the Norwegian capital of Oslo was designed by the Norwegian architect and pioneer inventor Erling Viksjø in the 1950s together with the “H-block” or Highrise (1959) and was completed in 1969. The building is internationally well known for the extraordinary craftsmanship of its sandblasted concrete and the famous Pablo Picasso murals, “The Fishermen” and “The Seagull”.

Sebastopol Barn House / Anderson Anderson Architecture

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Architects: Anderson Anderson Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Architects In Charge: Mark Anderson, Peter Anderson
Area: 3732.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Anderson Anderson Architecture

M Castedo Architects Unveils 30-Story Silver Pearl Hotel For Qatar 2022 World Cup


New York-based firm M Castedo Architects have unveiled their designs for the “Silver Pearl Hotel”, a 1000-room luxury resort and conference facility for the Qatar 2022 World Cup located 1.5 kilometers off the Doha coastline. The $1.6 billion design consists of two 30-story semicircular towers connected by a full height, transparent climate controlled atrium, with unimpeded views of the sea beyond. Access to the hotel will be provided by a four lane elevated causeway over the sea – or alternatively by private yacht or helicopter, say the architects.

Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi

Cortesia de Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi. Image © Autor desconhecido

Lina Bo Bardi‘s was one of the most important and expressive architects in 20th century Brazilian architecture. After studying architecture at the University of Rome she moved to Milan after graduation, soon collaborating with Gio Ponti, and later become editor of the magazine Quiaderni di Domus.

With her office destroyed in World War II, Bo Bardi, along with Bruno Zevi, founded the publication A Cultura della Vita. As a member of the Italian Communist Party, she met the critic and art historian Pietro Maria Bardi, with whom she would move permanently to .

City Fire Station Antwerp / Hub

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Architects: Hub
Location: Sint-Jacobsmarkt, 2000 ,
Partners: bureau bouwtechniek, bas, atlas building engineering, venac
Contractor: Renotec
Area: 2015.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ilse Liekens, Marcel Van Coile

Probat / monovolume architecture + design

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Architects: monovolume architecture + design
Location: Ingolstadt,
Design Team: Luca di Censo, Sergio Aguado Hernàndez
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

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The Factory. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

Spotlight: Ricardo Bofill

Ricardo Bofill (b. 1939), a graduate of the Barcelona University School of Architecture and the School of Geneva, and the founder of interdisciplinary firm Taller de Arquitectura, is renowned for his extensive body of work and ever-changing design aesthetic. His career has spanned over 50 years, encompassing more than 1000 buildings in cities ranging from Lisbon and Boston to Tokyo and St. Petersburg. His architectural approach has evolved across decades and has permeated dozens of countries worldwide.

Ca s’Ametller / XLMS

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Architects: XLMS
Location: Majorca, Balearic Islands,
Architect In Charge: Laia martínez Sitjà, Xavi Lozano Segarra
Area: 140.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: José Hevia

Espriss Café / Hooba Design Group

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Architects: Hooba Design Group
Location: , , Iran
Architect In Charge: Hooman Balazadeh
Project Manager: Elham Seyfi azad
Design Team: Niloofar Al-taha, Noushin Atrvash
Area: 28.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Parham Taghioff

100 Office / Shimizu Corporation

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Architects: Shimizu Corporation
Location: 2 Chome-5-1 Mishima, , Ōsaka-fu,
Area: 3753.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of 100 Office

Miaoli Station / Bio-architecture Formosana

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Architects: Bio-architecture Formosana
Location: , Taiwan
Area: 2756.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

SCAPE and Rogers Partners Design New Public Gateway for Mississippi River Waterfall

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SCAPE / Landscape Architecture and Rogers Partners have envisioned a new public gateway for the Mississippi River’s “one true waterfall” – St. Anthony Falls in downtown . Named after being the city’s original site for its 19th-century water supply and fire-fighting pumping stations, “Water Works” is designed to “weave” together heritage ruins, local ecology, and recreational systems into a “coherent civic space” on four-acres of Central Riverfront. 

Five Cities Elevated by UNESCO “City of Design” Status

V&A Museum of Design planned for Dundee (click image for more). Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates

Dundee, Bilbao, Curitiba, Helsinki and Turin are often considered the cultural epicenters of their respected countries. Therefore it is no surprise that these five metropolises are the latest to achieve UNESCO’s City of Design status. Joining a list of 12 other cities, the newest City of Design selections are being recognized for the international influence on design. By awarding them “City of Design” status, UNESCO hopes to help further the development of creative industries and encourage cross-city cultural exchange in each selected metropolis.

Kollaskolan School / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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Architects: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture
Location: Kungsbacka,
Design Team: Fredrik Kjellgren, Joakim Kaminsky, Michael Tuuling, Joti Weijers-Coghlan, Mélia Parizel, Maria Syrén, Michele Pascucci, Gaby Andersson, Paulina Kaluzna, Paco Pomares, Sanna Johnels, Sofia Wendel, Marta Menéndez, Sandra Nygren
Partners: Ramböll, 02 Landskap, Anna Törnqvist
Area: 4500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mikael Olsson