AD Round Up: Retail Part VI

Projects from Thailand, Egypt, Portugal, and Brazil. Amazing retail buildings for our sixth selection. Check them all after the break.

Central Plaza Shopping Mall / Manuelle Gautrand
With more than 300,000 sqm dedicated to almost every possible brand name, the CentralPlaza is the biggest shopping mall located in Bangkok, Thailand on Chaengwattana Road. Manuelle Gautrand‘s office took over the project with studies already well advanced by another firm because the client was looking to improve the overall design (read more…)

The Indicator: The Book by It’s Cover

The chin on the typewriter. It’s a typewriter. The college haircut. Before the personal computer, the Internet. No cell phones. Coffee had not yet been fetishized to the degree it is today. I suspect the coffee thing goes along with the technology. Black. Sugar. Cream. I think she likes black. I know I have another one of her books on my shelves. I know almost nothing about her beyond the book, Formless. For a long time I kept this on my desk when I worked at a corporate firm. I was surprised to find this book of collected essays spanning her career as an art critic and historian. I didn’t look inside, just the cover. That was enough.

To be perfectly honest with you, I’m simply too exhausted to write an in-depth piece on the economic outlook for 2011. I did have good intentions. I woke up in the middle of the night with something nearly complete in my head. It was going to be really informative. Let me summarize: if you are working in 2011 you are getting paid less, working longer hours and have less security. If you are running a firm, now is the time to re-envision your vision, identify your identity, and consolidate your consolidatables. I’m in a good mood…and you might be too…so why ruin it with more of this. I’ll write that piece when I’m in a bad mood. And, to be perfectly honest again, it’s just too early in the year to get a grasp on where it is going. So, let us turn to something else that has been on my mind.

More after the break.

Center for Digital Media / MCM Partnership


MCM Partnership has shared with us their design for the Great Northern Way’s new campus building, the Center for Digital Media. Follow after the jump for additional rendering, graphics and a description from the architect.

Park Avenue South / studio octopi

© Lyndon Douglas

Architects: studio octopi
Location: London,
Cost: £246,000
Client: Private
Photographs: Lyndon Douglas Photography

Ahava Beauty Capsule / Minusplus

© Barnabás Imre

Architects: Minusplus
Location: , Hungary
Construction: SYMA+SD Kft
Client: AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories
Project area: 39 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Barnabás Imre

LightHearted / Freecell and Peter Dorsey

Courtesy of Freecell

LightHearted is the winning design for this years Times Square Valentine, an annual competition to deign and build a heart for Times Square.  Designed by Freecell, a 2010 P.S.1 contestant, in collaboration with Peter Dorsey, the ten-foot diameter heart is a light weight construction, with five pairs of aluminum elliptical loops radially arranged with rotating connections.  The structure is covered with an open weave red fabric that both captures and reflects light while letting wind pass through.

LightHearted is an interactive installation, six people will hold the heart up for fifteen minute intervals.  The ten-day event, February 10 to February 20, will need over 2,600 volunteers to share in this collective experience.

Head to the LightHearted website and sign up for your fifteen minutes on their volunteer calendar!

Architects: Freecell, and Peter Dorsey
Location: 46th Street and Broadway, , New York,
Web Design: Deelux
Sponsor: Times Square Alliance Public Art Program
Photographs: Courtesy of Freecell

Sightlines: New Perspectives on African Architecture and Urbanism

Organization of African Unity - Photo courtesy Mary Jo Arnoldi - © Donald Hurlbert

The Museum for African Art, , and Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies, Committee on Global Thought, and Center for African Education have announced the creation of Sightlines: New Perspectives on African Architecture and Urbanism, a lecture series devoted to Africa’s rapidly changing urban environments.

Sightlines will comprise talks by distinguished practitioners of architecture, urban planning, and architectural theory, each of whom will apply his or her particular area of expertise to the exploration of contemporary African cities as unique built environments. The lectures, which will be open to the public free of charge (see schedule below), will examine the architectural, social, physical, and emotional contours of the cities, while also addressing the global relevance and applicability of this emerging field of discourse. Sightlines additionally includes a lecture by Senegalese artist Viyé Diba, whose work is tied to urbanization.

Complete lectures schedule after the break.

Block 39: Centre for the Promotion of Science / RTA-Office

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The project below is the Honorable Mention Winner, BLOCK 39: Centre for Science Promotion in , Serbia designed by RTA-Office. The public, cultural and college building was designed by RTA-Office’s teams in both Barcelona and Shanghai. The conceptual framework of the building is to generate an event: an institutional, urban expression pole that becomes an international lure. The studio seeks to achieve the occupation of the site and its transformation, to provide guidelines for a new fluid system of urbanism that liberates the space and repurposes it for an open, continuous program for its users.

More on this project after the break.

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Metal Recycling Plant / Dekleva Gregoric arhitekti

© Miran Kambic

Architects: Dekleva Gregoric arhitekti
Location: Pivka,
Design team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a. M.Arch. (AA Dist), Tina Gregoric u.d.i.a. M.Arch. (AA Dist), Lea Kovič u.d.i.a.
Project year: 2005 – 2007
Photographs: Miran Kambic, Matevz Paternoster

Eastern Market Row House Renovation / David Jameson Architect

© Hoachlander-Davis Photography

Evoking the image of an illuminated Japanese lantern, a glass and volume is incised into the body of an existing row house. Conceptually a contrast of the light and heavy, acid etched panels are inserted into a self supporting frame that cantilevers out of the masonry mass.

Architects:David Jameson Architect, Inc.
Location: Washington DC, USA
Principal in Charge: David Jameson
Project Architect: Christopher Cabacar
Construction: LR Mailloux Construction, Inc.
Project Area: 1,150 sqf
Photographs: Hoachlander-Davis Photography

Calder Woodburn Rest Area / BKK Architects

© John Gollings

Architects: BKK Architects
Location: Goulburn Valley Highway Shepparton Vic Australia
Project team: Julian Kosloff, Simon Knott, Tim Black, Stephanie Bullock, Rory Hyde
Structural engineer: Meinhardt
Landscape architect: VicRoads Landscape and Urban Design
Project area: 549 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: John Gollings

Steel Study House II / Archipelontwepers

© Marcel van der Burg

Architects: Eric VreedenburghArchipelontwepers
Location: Leeuwarden,
Team: Coen Bouwmeester, Guido Zeck
Contractor: BSB Staalbouw
Project year: 2007-2010
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

Fibre Composite Adaptive Systems / Architectural Association

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Fibre Composite Adaptive Systems is a thesis project as part of the master program, Emergent Technologies and Design, at the Architectural Association in London by Maria Mingallon, and . The thesis developed a material system capable of emulating self-organization which is then extended into an architectural application. More images and project description after the break.

Buisson Residence / Robert Gurney Architect

© Paul Warchol

The journey down a winding road and thru a pine tree forest ends at the Buisson Residence. Situated on a grass knoll and commanding views of in central , the house emerges as a long, white painted brick wall with a copper clad volume cantilevered above the wall.

Follow the break for more photographs and drawings or Buisson Residence designed by Robert Gurney Architect.

Architects: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
Location: Lake Anna, Virginia, USA
Project Architect: Claire L. Andreas
Contractor: Loudin Building Systems
Interior Designer: Therese Baron Gurney, ASID
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography, Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XXX

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Best from Flickr part 30! Five amazing photos from Europe that we carefully selected from our Flickr Pool. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Jose Sebastian Ordenes in Paris, France. Check the other four after the break.

Museum of Polish History proposal / ZERAFA ARCHITECTURE STUDIO


New York-based ZERAFA ARCHITECTURE STUDIO shared with us their proposal for the International Competition to design the Museum of Polish History in , . More images and architect’s description after the break.

Lake Austin Residence / Lake|Flato Architects

© Hester + Hardaway

The Colorado River, which dissects the city of , is a precious resource that this house very much embraces. Located on a long narrow river side lot, the house is conceived as a “floating fishing village” on the edge of a man made canal, where a collection of small gabled buildings and boardwalks mask the line between land and water.

Architects: Lake|Flato Architects
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Design Team: Ted Flato, FAIA, Bill Aylor, AIA
Structural: Lundy & Associates
MEP: Comfort Air
Interior Design: Stonefox
Contractor: Renaissance Builders, Inc.
Photographers: Patrick Y. Wong, Hester + Hardaway

ColmeiA / AWAKE


A proposal for the A101 Urban Block competition, ColmeiA, by Portuguese architects AWAKE aims to promote the traditional model of a dense urban housing block through a cellular, outside-in method. Additional images and a brief description after the break.