Vanity Fair’s World Architecture Survey

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Vanity Fair asked 52 of the world’s leading architects, critics, and deans of architecture schools for their five most important buildings constructed since 1980, and for the greatest work of architecture thus far in the 21st century. With 28 votes, the most voted building since 1980 was ’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, .

You can see the complete answers of the 52 respondents here. Seen at

3rd Coast Atlas – Call for Submissions

Great Lakes Map

3rd Coast Atlas is a platform for research and design initiatives that explore the urbanization, landscape, infrastructure and ecology of the Great Lakes Basin and Great Lakes Megaregion. 3CA was initiated in 2009 by Clare Lyster, University of , Chicago; Charles Waldheim, Harvard University, and Mason White, University of Toronto.

The research and collection of submissions will lead to a publication manuscript. Please upload your submission to the 3rd Coast website, where details will be published on the website soon. Submissions are due August 30. Seen at Bustler.

Shanghai Apple Store / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Similar to their identifiable products, the Apple stores require a sleek, almost instantly recognizable, aesthetic.  As keepers of the latest technology, the buildings’ minimalist interiors boast a calm and sophisticated demeanor, complimenting, yet not overshadowing, their prized possessions.  It may come as a surprise that the leading architects behind the stores are Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), a firm that had never designed a retail store before Apple and whose principal, Peter Bohlin, winner of the AIA Gold Medal, ironically doesn’t use email.

Bohlin has awed us in the past, especially with Apple’s second Manhattan retail store located on Fifth Avenue.  Turning a tough retail space into a successful masterpiece, the store’s iconic cube, a 32-foot glass structure, marks the store’s entrance and beckons customers down to the retail level which is illuminated with natural light.   And now, BCJ has just unveiled their latest , and the first of its kind in China which seeks to emulate similar design decisions as the Fifth Avenue project.

AD Round Up Special: Germany vs. Spain

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The second semifinal of South Africa’s World Cup has kicked off. Germany and Spain are fighting to play The Netherlands in Sunday’s final game. So we decided to choose a few amazing projects from both sides for you to realize that as in soccer, both countries have excellent teams. Check them all after the break.

Haus M / Titus Bernhard Architects
The distinctive feature of the property lies in its north-facing slope, which has to be negotiated over two storeys to reach the almost flat garden level. This gives rise to the leitmotiv of a “house winding up the slope”, with a quarry- façade which is corresponding to the ultrathin Frames of the façade (read more…)

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Pitch House / Iñaqui Carnicero
The house is located in a small neighbourhood on the west boundaries of Madrid in a place called “los Peñascales”, that mean something as well as great stones. The plot is characterized to have a great slope oriented to the south and have two great granite rocks partially covered by moss. The structure of the house at a functional level as formal is explained perfectly in section. The underground level is used to solve the encounter with the slope of the land (read more…)

AD Classics: John Hancock Center / SOM

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Once the tallest building in the world outside of when it was completed in 1970, the John Hancock Center stands along with the Willis (Sears) Tower and Mies’ 860-880 Lake Shore Drive residences as another glimmering landmark of the Chicago skyline. The 100-story skyscraper was designed by architect Bruce Graham and structural engineer Fazlur Khan of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill and soars 1, 127-feet into the sky. It was the world’s first mixed-use high-rise, containing offices, restaurants, and the third highest residence in the world with approximately 700 condominiums.

More on the John Hancock Center after the break.

We want your opinion, we want your feedback

We recently interviewed George H. Miller, the president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), to ask him about the importance of the Internet in our profession:

“The Internet allows a daily exchange of particular topics of interest. So, you can kind of put out a question regarding a topic of interest and you will have many people respond to assist in that discussion.”

It is always interesting to hear what others have to say, especially as our opinions can vary regarding different topics.

For us at ArchDaily, we highly value your opinion, as your contributions to our articles spur debates about architecture, design and society. Your continual feedback helps others look at things from a new angle and critic the success of a project.

So, we’d like to know your take on how we can make ArchDaily better suit your interests. We are constantly publishing the latest architectural news focusing on an array of topics from building technology and materials, to events and competitions, to interviews and even magazine reviews.

We want your opinion on which of the following topics you would like to see featured more often on ArchDaily.

Senra´s House / Manuel Ribeiro

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Architect: Manuel Ribeiro
Location: Travassós, Fafe,
Project Area: 592,21 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ivo Tavares

Material Intelligence: Intensive Design and Prototyping Workshop

Studio Mode/modeLab and Tietz-Baccon are pleased to announce the upcoming Material Intelligence: Intensive Design and Prototyping Workshop in City, August 16-20, 2010. Over the course of five days participants will examine the cultural as well as technological domains of associative practices within architecture and its related fields.

Participants will develop projects through iterative workflows with an emphasis placed on material prototyping as a vehicle for design innovation. The workshop will be conducted in a fast-paced and hands-on studio environment where participants will have access to digital fabrication equipment including an industrial CNC 3-axis Mill and CNC High-Force Cutter.

The format of the workshop includes daily instructional, design, and fabrication sessions in addition to lunch time and evening lectures by leading practitioners in the field. The primary CAD platform will be Grasshopper for Rhino3D, supported by a suite of associated programs including RhinoCam, RhinoNest, and Brazil Render. The workshop will culminate in a public exhibition and opening reception on the evening of Saturday, August 21. More information can be found here.

C. F. Møller Architects win Kristiansund Opera and Culture Center


C.F. Møller Architects just won a shared first prize in the competition for the new Opera and Culture Center in Norway, entitled Kulturkvartalet.  This new Opera Center will house the country’s oldest opera in , the capital of the region of Nordmøre.  The site proposes an interesting challenge as the new design must integrate two existing buildings with the proposed new urban center, and the most critical component becomes the shared urban space between the old and the new which will ultimately connect the Opera and Culture Center with  pedestrian streets and a nearby park.

More images and more about the winning proposal after the break.

Mummy Mountain Residence / Chen + Suchart Studio LLC

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Architects: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC – Szu-Ping Patricia Chen Suchart and Thamarit Suchart
Location: Paradise Valley, Arizona,
Structural Engineering: AED Structural Engineers, Inc. – Christopher J. Sosnowski, P.E.
Construction Company: Cuff Custom Homes – Hugh Cuff
Construction Area: 3,968 sf or 368.64 sqm
Graphics + Drawings: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC
Project Year: 2004 – 2008
Photography: Bill Timmerman of Timmerman Photography

New Yorkers Claim Their Waterfront

Pier 1 at Photograph by Julienne Schaer

With this stifling heat wave New Yorkers are trying to brave,  it is hard to take refuge in the city filled with skyscrapers and traffic.   This summer, we are flocking to parks along the edge of the Island to relax amidst a sea of greenery, catching some breezes off the water while enjoying the amazing views of the skyline and different bridges.   This step marks an important part in our history, as prior to this, as Nathan Ward in an Op-Ed for the New York Times put it, we have shied away from “claiming our waterfront.”   In Ward’s article, he outlines the history of the waterfront, explaining that as the ports’ economy slowed down toward the end of the 1900s, the abandoned piers became “a ghost town between landlubbers and the water” where no one wanted to be, let alone live.   Within the past few years, we are beginning to discover the potential the waterfront has to offer.  And, areas that have been rundown and vacant for years are now getting green makeovers and contributing more and more feet of parkscape for New Yorkers to enjoy.

Whether you are closest to Governors Island, the West Side or perhaps Brooklyn, here’s the scoop on three fairly recent park developments we hope all can enjoy.

Life & Power Press Cultural Topography / Unsangdong Architects

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Location: Paju book city, Gyoha-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do,
Design Team: Jang Yoon-Gyu, Shin Chang-Hoon
Site area: 727.2㎡
Building area: 352.5㎡
Gross floor area: 995.77㎡
Construction period: June 2005 – February 2006
Photography: Namgoong Sun

Agence Commerciale Opac de l’Aube / Colomès + Nomdedeu Architectes

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Architects: c. Colomès + f. Nomdedeu architectes
Location: ,
Cost: € 1,000,000
Project Date: 2007
Project Area: 500 m2
Photography: Courtesy of Colomès + Nomdedeu Architectes

Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant

Helen Fotopulos, Executive Committee Member responsible for Culture, Heritage, Design and the Status of Women, is pleased to announce that the Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant will be awarded for a third consecutive year. Created for young design professionals, this grant aims to acknowledge and promote the talent of emerging Montréal designers and foster their professional recognition.

The winner will receive a $10,000 award to fund a professional development project in one of the cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, of which Montréal is a member. A promotional campaign will also be organized to raise awareness of the winner among his or her industry peers as well as the general public.

Interested candidates are invited to complete the registration form available on the website, and submit their application packages no later than 4:30 p.m., August 16, 2010. For complete information click here. Seen at Bustler.

AD Round Up: Offices Part IV

Offices from , England, Mexico, and Italy. Out of all of these, in which one would you like to work? Check them all after the break.

Winters Studio / MOS Architects
This project explores the idea of creating a space for both painting and drawing set against an intense landscape of shale cliffs, forest and ponds. Overlooking the hills of the Taconic State Park, this isolated site is one of several free standing structures making up a compound for an artist and a curator/writer (read more…)

“The Building: Problem or Solution” Competition

The Building: Problem or Solution? is hosted by Faith in Place, with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. It is an architecture competition to inspire new ideas in the design of religious buildings, and greater creativity in the re-use and modification of existing structures. Winning solutions will generate ideas that a congregation will find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring, that preserve a sense of the sacred, and a space for contemplation and worship, but that integrate completely into their communities and that lend themselves to diverse and efficient use in ways that serve those communities. Submissions will be judged for excellence in design, sustainability and quality of presentation.

For more information go to the competition’s official website. Seen at Bustler.

Temporary Pavilion at the Aarhus School of Architecture

Nine students studying at the Aarhus School of Architecture, one of ’s premiere architecture universities have transformed the typical college quad into an activated social hub with their temporary .  In a quick ten-day workshop, the students designed and built the with 420 recycled euro-pallets.  “By being built with nothing else but pallets, easily reachable on the site by the closeness of the harbor, the was basically a short-living vernacular architecture,” shared the students.

Special thanks to Thibault Marcilly, a French student who organized the initiative and shared the project with us.  More about the pavilion, including images and a video, after the break.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010 / Jean Nouvel

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This just in from the Serpentine GalleryJean Nouvel’s is complete!  In honor of the Serpentine’s 40th Anniversary, Nouvel’s pavilion is a bold and strong expression comprised of lightweight materials with dramatic cantilevers.  Designing the pavilion allows international architects to experiment with different architectural ideas, and over the years, the commissions’ varied aesthetics have added to the thrill of the exposition.  Nouvel’s bright red pavilion  is drastically different from SANAA’S subdued silvery curvillinear form of 2009, and its vivid color contrasts the park’s greenery, immediately drawing the eye.

More images and more about the new pavilion after the break.