We’ve built you a better ArchDaily. Learn more and let us know what you think. Send us your feedback »

20 Houses: A New Residential Landscape – The 2011 Wallpaper* Architects Directory at the AF

The annual Wallpaper* Architects Directory, now in its twelfth year, provides the ultimate little black book to the world’s most promising young practices. For this year’s Directory, Wallpaper* selected twenty studios from around the world. Each was given an open brief to design the ultimate rural retreat. These twenty houses were designed to be flexible and functional, but also formally and technically innovative, sitting on an isolated countryside site. The only sanction was the need for the homes to touch the ground lightly, with minimum disruption to the landscape. This exhibition, in The Architecture Foundation’s Project Space, unites the featured architects, showcasing all twenty bespoke homes in a single show; a swirling, imaginary topography, designed by emerging UK-based practice Naja de Ostos, who conceived the installation as a blossoming abstracted landscape. Selected highlights of the Wallpaper* Architects Directory and the full list of twenty practices will be revealed in the magazine’s July 2011 issue, and featured in full on wallpaper.com from the exhibition’s opening day. As part of the exhibition programme, Wallpaper* and The Architecture Foundation have invited a selection of the practices from the 2011 Directory to take part in a series of talks, using the theme of built/unbuilt to explore the relationship between real world commissions and the ideas and approaches that arose out of the open brief for the Directory commission. The exhibition will run from June 9 to July 14. The talk dates are June 14 and July 5. For more information, including ticket, please click here.

Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) Facility / The Freelon Group Architects

© James West
© James West

BRITE is a part of a statewide initiative to make North Carolina a premiere provider of skilled workers for the biotechnology industry. The facility houses laboratories and classrooms for faculty providing undergraduate and graduate level education in the areas of Process Development, Quality Control and Quality Assurance. The facility, representative of the development labs found in industry, allow students to get hands-on training as part of their collegiate experience. Architect: The Freelon Group Architects Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA Project Area: 59,900 sqf Photographs: James West

Beton Hala Waterfront / Erik Giudice Architects

Courtesy Erik Giudice Architects
Courtesy Erik Giudice Architects

The firm of Erik Giudice Architects has shared with us their work for the Beton Hala Waterfront mixed use project in central Belgrade, Serbia. For additional images and a extensive description from the architects please follow us after the break.

Reveal: Studio Gang Architects / Jeanne Gang

We recently received the book Reveal: Studio Gang Architects. This monograph takes an in-depth look at several of firm’s extraordinary projects. Archdaily has featured many of the same projects, but our pieces are mere shadows of what is presented in this book. If you enjoyed the glimpses on our website you will love this book. It is rare that I find a monograph that goes into such great depth. Beside the standard plan, section and photographs, each project is accompanied by notes, research, sketches, histories, philosophies, and more. This allows for a much more rewarding conversation than the standard glossy monograph. By the end of each chapter you can easily understand why each design decision was made and how meticulous this studio is. The Aqua Tower, for example, without any additional knowledge holds its own amongst the architecturally cherished Chicago skyline; however, after you read about the design process behind it the tower becomes that much more wonderful. I highly recommend this book.

P.S.: You can watch our interview with Jeanne Gang.

Atlanta History Center Design Competition

Now, the time has come for the Atlanta History Museum to make its own leap forward. The Atlanta History Center is seeking architects and architectural team to help transform its museum.

European Chess House Competition Proposal / ACID Group

Courtesy of ACID Group
Courtesy of ACID Group

The Agency for development of Municipality of Herceg Novi in association with the European Chess Union have launched a single stage international competition for the European Chess House in Herceg Novi. ACID Group shared with us their proposal in order to find the best solution for the mixed use development. The program consisted of facilities devoted to promotion and development of chess including a library, museum and tournament halls, and of hotel facilities which include 50 guest rooms, a restaurant and lobby. The site is located on the corner between two streets, on steeply sloping terrain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Slow Architecture Exhibition 2011

The Slow Architecture Exhibition 2011 has just gotten underway. Canal Boat 107B will meander its way within Ireland’s canals and inland waterways over the next month promoting slow architecture through its floating exhibition centre and museum. Contributors for the summer of 2011 are Sonairte, Carson and Crushell Architects, Solearth, Architectural Farm with Michael Carroll, and Caelan Bristow. You can see a brief description of their contributions here as well as the full timetable for this year’s exhibition.

Hotel Hospes Palma / EQUIP Xavier Claramunt

  • Architects: EQUIP Xavier Claramunt
  • Location: 07184 Calvià, Illes Balears, Spain
  • Architects: EQUIP Xavier Claramunt
  • Area: 5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

Reggie Rodriguez Community Center / Sparano + Mooney Architecture

  • Architects: Sparano + Mooney Architecture
  • Location: Montebello, CA, USA
  • Architects: Sparano + Mooney Architecture
  • Project Team: John Sparano, Anne Mooney, Ludwing Juarez and Jorge Beltran
  • Area: 6300.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Toshi Yashimi

© Toshi Yashimi © Toshi Yashimi © Toshi Yashimi © Toshi Yashimi

Family House in Lety / studio pha

  • Architects: studio pha
  • Location: Lety, Czech Republic
  • Architects: studio pha
  • Authors:  Marek Deyl, Jan Šesták, Filip Tomášek
  • Investor: Marek Deyl
  • Area: 136.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Filip Šlapal

© Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal © Filip Šlapal

iCon Innovation Center / Consarc Architects

  • Architects: Consarc Architects
  • Location: Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11, UK
  • Architect: Consarc Architects
  • Client: University of Northampton / Daventry Council
  • Area: 4000.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Andrew Hatfield

© Andrew Hatfield © Andrew Hatfield © Andrew Hatfield © Andrew Hatfield

Placebo Pharmacy / KLab

© KLab. Photographed by P. Kokkinias.
© KLab. Photographed by P. Kokkinias.

KLab Architecture shared their latest project, a Placebo pharmacy in Athens, with us.   By wrapping the existing orthagonal footprint in a dynamic circular skin, KLab has created a sophisticated spiraling form which seeks to create a relationship with the rapid motion of Vouliagmenis Avenue, the urban artery on which the building stands.  The 600 sqm structure houses a pharmacy on the ground floor and ancillary office space on the upper mezzanine.  Clad in metal panels that are perforated using Braille – a move that both alludes to the system’s use on pharmaceutical packaging and boosts visibility by allowing the light to find its way into the interior – the compositional quality of the material selection creates a polished exterior that attracts passers-by. More images and more about the project after the break.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

Don’t miss our latest selection of best projects featured from last week! Check them all after the break. Pavilion for an Artist / DHL Architecture The brief for the Atelier Malkovich ideas competition asked for the design of an innovative and functional studio for the contemporary artist. It should address the changing of both their role in society and their working methods. Eight winning designs were built as small pavilions to the peculiar scale of 1:2 – neither building nor model, half symbol and half piece of art. The installations were constructed at the artist’s centre Nieuw en Meer (read more…)

72h OpenJapan WorkJam

The event will start at 10am (1am GMT) on June 10th with a six hour work session in Kyoto, Japan, out of which will come the basis of our ideas and possible real projects collected beforehand and discussed within the advisory board of OpenJapan. The results from this first brain storming session will be passed over to the next city by order of timezone. After 24h the status of the work will be handed back to one node in Japan. This principle of a relay race will be repeated over 72h.

Residential Township in South India / V I D A

Courtesy of VIDA / Drone Iyangar
Courtesy of VIDA / Drone Iyangar

V I D A, an international group of architects and urban designers has won the competition for a 100-acre residential township for 40,000 residents in South India. The client has retained V I D A to design this whole township, till construction and subsequent opening scheduled for 2013. More on this project after the break.

AIA 2011 Small Project Awards

Tea House / David Jameson Architect, © Paul Warchol Photography
Tea House / David Jameson Architect, © Paul Warchol Photography

The eight winners of the 2011 Small Project Awards were recently announced by the AIA. In its eighth year the program focuses on highlighting good design at any scale. The jurors for this year included: Deborah Pierce, Obie G. Bowman, Randy Brown, Lance Hosey, and Wendy Evans Joseph. A complete list of winners following the break.