Forest Town Long House / StudioMAS

© Tristan McLaren

Architects: studioMAS architects + urban designers
Location: Forest Town, Johannesburg,
Landscape Architect: African Environmental Design
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Tristan McLaren &

Architectural Response, 3 day workshop in Boston

Its clear in 2010 perhaps more than ever that significant shifts in economies and culture can occur extremely rapidly; climatic crisis can devastate enormous populations in seconds. Our architectural response is critical. The architectural recourse of one crisis needs to be more than a temporary fix as it is often the only opportunity to implement further preventative measures for a future occurrence.

This workshop exposes digitally-driven technologies aiding the architectural realm in developing design intentions in accordance with environmental, material & production parameters. Workshop explores how to implement TODAY the utilization of advancing technologies whether a student or design professional. Parametric approaches are not limited to the software one uses but more importantly a shift in thinking of multi-phase aspects of an architectural project. Join LaN in forwarding the relevance of these practices to very real-world scenarios.

The three day workshop will take place at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center between April 12-14. For more information, click here.

TN House / Miyahara Architect Office

© Teruo Miyahara

Architect: Teruo Miyahara / Miyahara Architect Office
Location: Kanagawa,
Structural Engineer: Akira Ouchi / S.FORM
Constructor: Junji Koike / Three Ef
Project area: 159.78 sqm
Project Year: 2004-2005
Construction Year: 2005–2006
Photographs: Teruo Miyahara

Railway Footbridge at Roche-sur-Yon / HDA & Bernard Tschumi

© Christian Richters

Architects: Bernard Tschumi & Hugh Dutton Architects
Location: Roche-sur-Yon,
Architects Team: Schematic Design, Design Development: Francoise Akinosho, Ben Edelberg, Kim Starr. Construction Documents / Site Supervision : Véronique Descharrières, Vincent Prunier, Rémy Cointet, Alice Dufourmontelle
HDA Team: Pierluigi Bucci, Pierre Chassagne, Francesco Cingolani, Maria Angela Corsi, Pietro Demontis, Gaëtan Kolher, Cathy Shortle, Romain Stieltjes, Carla Zaccheddu
Client: City of Roche sur Yon
Project Team: SNCF – Engineering Departement, Jean-Marie Garnier
Budget: $6,000,000
Contractor: Renaudat Centre Constructions
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters

AD Round Up: Religious Architecture Part IV

© Brigida Gonzalez

Let’s finish this religious week as we start it, with a fantastic selection of religious architecture projects we’ve been featuring in AD. Check them all after the break.

Field Chapel in Boedigheim / of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology
The Field Chapel is a project designed and executed by the students of an Advanced De-sign/Build Studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture in Chicago for a ecumenical church co-operative in Boedigheim, . Led by Professor Frank Flury, the project was assisted on a pro bono basis by the firm of Ecker Architekten (Buchen, ) with the craftsmen, volunteer workers and townspeople of the Odenwald/Bauland, a rural region in northern Baden-Württemberg (read more…)

Sublime Flesh: Architectural Experiments for Sacred and Sublime Spaces

Sublime Flesh brings together, for the first time, new designs for contemporary spiritual spaces developed by students at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. A collection of research projects located in international cities including Istanbul, Rome, Turin, Lisbon, Havana and Miami, each explores a unique sense of sacredness and the Sublime.

The complex nature of these themes is articulated in a series of exquisite models that express a new ornamental, spatial and technological approach and also a reconsidered religious and cultural dimension for contemporary architecture design.

The exhibition will continue in Christ Church till April 11. Also, there will be various events through the exhibition. Among those there will be a symposium on Tuesday April 6 14:30-18:30. Speakers are Sir Peter Cook, Marjan Colletti, Rev Rod Green, Robert Harbison, Ali Mangera, Natasha Sandmeier, Yael Reisner, and Marcos Cruz (chair).

For more information, click here.

Macquarie Bank / Clive Wilkinson Architects

© Shannon McGrath

Architects: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: Sydney,
Project Area: 330,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Inntel Hotel Zaandam / WAM

Inntel Hotel Zaandam, Netherlands designed by © Roel Backaert

In Zaandam, the city of the first European McDonalds, we find the Inntel Hotel designed by dutch architects WAM.

The 12-storey tall structure is the result of stacking a series of tradicional Dutch houses.

Neo post modernism?

Read the complete article at The Guardian.

Eastern at ArchDaily

Many of you will be enjoying some delicious chocolate eggs this weekend. We didn’t want to be left behind so we want to see some egg architecture! What about this egg casino in Las Vegas, designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects?

Can you tell us of other egg projects around?

Caja House / Estudio Aire

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Estudio Aire / Juan German Guardati, Roman Renzi, Virginia Kahanoff
Location: Funes, Santa Fé,
Collaborators: Gustavo Sattler, Matias Agostino, Maximiliano Rossini, Damian Plouganou
Project Area: 235 sqm
Project Year: 2004-2007
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Clinica Jardim / espaço a3

© FG+SG – , Sergio Guerra

Architects: espaço a3
Location: Lisbon,
Principal in Charge: Carlos Pinto Velosa
Collaborators: Isabel Guerreiro, Fernando Pires, Pedro Gomes (Design)
Engineering: Luis Teixeira, Eng.
Client: Prof. Dr. Luís Jardim e Prof. Dr. Paula Marques
Project Area: 470 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

April events at Harvard GSD

Harvard University Graduate School of Design hosts some great lectures featuring some of the world’s most important architects. We will be telling you about their events on a monthly basis, so here are the dates of their April events.

April 1 / Science and Democracy Lecture Series: Can We Leave the Bauxite in the Mountain? / Arundhati Roy
April 2-3 / Critical Ecologies / Colloquium, Keynote Speakers Sanford Kwinter, Piet Oudolf, Richard Wrangham
April 6 / Now? Territories and Territoriality / Martha Rosler in conversation with Mohsen Mostafavi
April 6 / Form / John Portman + Jack Portman with Mack Scogin
April 7 / Daniel Urban Kiley Lecture: Color is not a Decoration / Claude Cormier
April 8 / On the Future of Landscape History / John Dixon Hunt in conversation with Mark Laird
April 12 / Architectural Agency: The Case of Elemental / Alejandro Aravena with Andres Lepik, Toshiko Mori, Hashim Sarkis
April 13 / The Return of Nature: The Nature of Architecture / Peter Eisenman, Jorge Silvetti, Sarah Whiting
April 14 / Discussions in Architecture / Peter Eisenman with Preston Scott Cohen
April 14 / REAI Lecture / Adolfo Carrion, Director of the White House Office on Urban Affairs
April 15-16 / Inside/Out: Exploring Gender and Space in Life, Culture, and Art / Conference
April 16-17 / Cambridge Talks IV: Design Politics / Symposium
April 20 / Digital Culture in Architecture / Antoine Picon
April 21-23 / Design, Infrastructure Sustainability, and Social Responsability / Conference

You can find more on each event on the GSD official website. Every event is free and open to the public.

Abandoned Toyo Ito

© El Pais

Back in 2006, the Torrevieja Relaxation Park in was built to be a landmark in the City and a referent in contemporary architecture, but its actual state is just the opposite.

Thanks to Abitare I got into this article that shows how the building is already in ruins just 4 years after its realization. The original project contained three buildings in the coasts of Torrevieja, but the Coast management department stopped the project, leaving it to the disuse consequences. Now Torrevieja has a landmark, but was this what they expected?

House in Matsubara / Ken’ichi Otani Architects

© Koichi Torimura

Architect: Ken’ichi Otani / Ken’ichi Otani Architects
Location: Setagaya, Tokyo,
Structure Engineer: Yukihiro Kato / MID
Structure: Timber construction
Site area: 70.00 sqm
Built area: 39.84 sqm
Total floor area: 95.64 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Abbot Kinney Residence / Dennis Gibbens Architects

© Nazy Alvarez

Architects: Dennis Gibbens Architects
Location: Venice, CA, USA
Senior Project Architect: Oren Dothan
Project Architect: Ryan Turner
Lighting Consultant: Lux Populi
Audiovisual Consultant: Audio Video Experience
Structural Engineer: Taylor & Syfan Consulting Engineers
Contractor: Creative Masonry
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Benny Chan, Nazy Alvarez, Ryan Turner

East River Park Museum Competition Winner

East River Museum site

The Competition in Brooklyn, have just announced it’s winner. We really love it’s simplicity and good use of materials. We couldn’t find out who designed it, so if you know, please do tell us!

Proposal after the break.

Mobile Hospital / Hord Coplan Macht + Spevco

A new hospital typology has been designed by the team of Hord Coplan Macht + Spevco that eliminates the need for a standard hospital.  In their design, 58 trailers provide a fully operational, fully mobile 48-bed hospital.   The trailers include every aspect of a hospital – from waiting gift shops, to surgical suites with 4 O.R.s, pharmacies and labs.   The design is the future of how westernized health care will travel abroad.  It is a system that effectively transforms health care for entire regions and countries over time, letting the hospital and care come to the patient.

More about the mobile idea after the break.

Manhufe Parking Lot / Guilherme Machado Vaz


Architect: Guilherme Machado Vaz
Location: Matosinhos,
Client: Câmara Municipal Matosinhos
Engineering: Carla Martins
Project Year: 2007
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti