New images for the Prada transformer

OMA sent us this new images for their latest AMO project, the Prada Transformer. More images after the break.

Arial M6 / Carbajo Barrios Arquitectos

Architects: / Manuel Carbajo Capeans & Celso Barrios Ceide
Location: Santiago de Compostela,
Construction Manager: Enrique Martinez
Render: Carlos Pascual Ayestarán – Artquimedia
Interior Design: Fatima Amo
Lighting: Tokonoma
Aditional Support: Santiago Interiores
Building Type: Mixed Use_Residential / Commercial / Office
Design year: 2007/2008
Construction year: 2008/2011
Size: 20,000 sqm
Project website: Grupo Arial

House to catch the forest / Tezuka Architects

Katsuhisa Kida / FOTOTECA

Principal use: Weekend House
Building site: Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan
Site area: 1054.10m2
Building area: 80.74m2
Total floor area: 80.74m2
Architects: Tezuka Architects -Takaharu+Yui Tezuka, Masahiro Ikeda, Makoto Takei, Ryuya Maio
Architectural and Structural desing: + MASAHIRO IKEDA co., ltd
Lighting design: Masahide Kakudate (Masahide Kakudate Lighting Architect & Associates, Inc.)
Construction: Kitano Kensetsu
Design period: 2003.4-2003.9
Construction period: 2003.10-2004.4
Photography: Katsuhisa Kida / FOTOTECA

Kaplicky’s controversial Prague Library may get built

Before Jan Kaplicky’s recent death, the controversial National Library project by Future Systems was supposed to be shelved forever. However, there are rumors now saying it may get built, thanks to a popular Facebook group supporting the project.

Maybe the Prague National Library will be finished by Amanda Lavete, who recently announced the formation of her new office, Amanda Lavete Architects. This new practice follows the end of Levete’s 20 year partnership with Jan Kaplicky at the influential .

You can see the Facebook group here (it’s in czech though).

AD Round Up: Hotels Part I

Probably the most important thing when you travel is where are you going to stay. Choosing an hotel can be difficult but fun at the same time. So today, we’ll help you in your quest to find the world’s coolest hotel with our Round Up of projects previously featured on ArchDaily.

Hotel Kirkenes / Sami Rintala
The hotel has a single room, a double room and a lobby. The project was constructed in ten days with an economic budget. It is a totally wooden structure standing on a lightweight brick fundament. Whole interior is painted natural white for maximum light condition during winter, exterior brown black to receive sun warmth and to imitate the color of the rocky seashore. The house is anchored to the pier rocks to match with the rough weather conditions prevailing at the site (read more…)

Indigo Patagonia Hotel / Sebastian Irarrazaval
Indigo Patagonia Hotel is situated along the maritime passage of Puerto Natales, entrance to the Torres del Paine National Park. It is has six levels with 29 bedrooms and a Spa on top of the building. The Project is organized around three main ideas. First: to discover the building as a voyager who experience places not at once but through continuous steps. Second: to be sensitive with the site and its provincial character and lack of “noise” .Thirdly: to radically differentiate the intimate space of the sleeping rooms from the monumental space of public areas (read more…)

Arrebol Patagonia Hotel / Harald Opitz
The arrebol hotel is placed on the south-east border of Llanquihue lake, in the city of Puerto Varas. It is located in a 14.000 mt2 of forest area, with native trees, lagoons and four centenary trees. Also, this area, is completely irregular, because of the shrubbery, ravines and little rivers. By the other hand, the entire hotel looks to the city and the lake. The hotel is built on the border of the superior area of the forest. In front of, this you can find a big slope and also the best view of the city, lake and horizon (read more…)

Seeko’o Hotel / Atelier King Kong
The Seeko’o hotel is positioned on Bordeaux’s waterfront at the intersection of the Quai de Bacalan and of the Cours Edouard Vaillant. Upstream, the waterfront façade built in the 18 century is characterised by the homogeneity of the buildings and its unique architectural continuity. Looking out over the river, this façade is one of the main gems of the heritage of the city. In this particular, somewhat abandoned part of the waterfront, the heterogeneous architectural identity offers a much more anomalous façade (read more…)

Loisium Hotel / Steven Holl
The project is composed of three parts: the existing vaults, which were made accessible to visitors, the Wine Center, and the Loisium Hotel Wine and Spa Resort. The vault system’s geometry is transformed into an abstract three dimensional spatial language. This language forms the basis of the architecture of the Wine Center and Hotel, wherein each project element is derived from and related to the unique spaces of the vaults, while simultaneously having individual qualities of space, materials, light and experience (read more…)

Mestizo Restaurant / Smiljan Radic

Architect: Clarke
Location: Santiago,
Collaborators: Danilo Lazcano, Cristobal Tirado, Gonzalo Torres
Contractor: Constructora Alcoy Ltda.
Structural Engineer: Luis Soler y Asoc.
Lighting: Eduardo Godoy
Project Year: 2005
Construction Year: 2007
Constructed Area: 652 sqm
Photographs: Gonzalo Puga

Parsons presents Aftertaste 3: New agendas for interior design

Parsons The New School for Design presents AFTERTASTE 3: New Agendas for the Interior on Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. This annual international symposium is dedicated to the critical review of the interior, and was developed in conjunction with a new MFA program in Interior Design that Parsons will launch this fall. The groundbreaking program will play a leadership role in addressing the challenges and opportunities of contemporary interior design in the 21st century, and integrate history, theory, design, material experimentation and sustainable practice.

House in Pousos / Ricardo Bak Gordon

Portuguese photographer Joao Morgado, shared with us this interesting house in Pousos.

Architects: Ricardo Bak Gordon
Location: Pousos, Leiria, Portugal
Project Team: Francesca Petrin, João Bagão, Nuno Costa
Structure: AFA consultores de engenharia lda.
Landscape Design: GLOBAL
Design year: 1998-2003
Surface Area: 415 sqm
Construction Area: 815 sqm
Photographs: Joao Morgado


This villa is located in plot #35 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: FRENTE / Juan Pablo Maza
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China
Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

2009 AIA San Francisco Design Awards Winners

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter ( San Francisco) announces the winners of the 2009 AIA San Francisco Design Awards program.

At the gala, winners were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the built environment in the categories of Architecture and Interior Architecture, Energy + Sustainability, Integrated Practice, Young Architects and Associates, Unbuilt Design, and Urban Design in the Bay Area. Each of these award categories was divided into three subcategories-Honor, Merit, and Citation. In addition, awards for Special Achievement were also presented.

Each of the winning projects is featured in the March/April issue of California Home + Design magazine. All the winners, after the break.

3LHD to design private medical center in Croatia

Our friends from 3LHD architects shared with us their latest project for a private medical center with additional facilities in Split, , which won the first prize on a private competition.

Architect’s description and more images after the break.

Mercado Design / Tao Arquitetura

Architect: Paulo Henrique Paranhos
Location: Brasilia,
Collaborators: Eder Alencar, Ana Carolina Vaz
Project year: 2005-2007
Constructed Area: 2,600 sqm
Structure: Yasser Vasconcelos
Installations: Promap
Photographs: Joana França, Tao Arquitetura and Telmo Ximenes

Aedas design Civic & Cultural Centre in Singapore

The new Civic & Cultural Centre will be located in the Vista Xchange Precinct and will feature retail, cultural and civic spaces. The upper level will have a 5,000 seat auditorium, the largest of his kind in . Aedas aim was to combine the line between the different elements, bringing retail and culture together. The building will be complete in 2011.

Seen at designboom.
More images after the break.

Letterbox house / McBride Charles Ryan

Architect: McBride Charles Ryan - Rob McBride & Debbie-Lyn Ryan
Location: Blairgowrie,
Project Team: Adam Pustola, Meredith Dufour, Michael McManus, Angela Woda
Constructed Area: 290 sqm
Photographs: John Gollings

Koolhaas’ anti-blob: the Prada Transformer

I just saw the video for the new project for , the Transformer. This pavilion currently being assembled in Seoul, Korea allows different configuration for different uses (cinema, exhibition, art , fashion show)  - related to a new mix of disciplines, between art, fashion and architecture.

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Then, the question on how to mix these different uses under one pavilion become the architectural trigger for this new “object” (I rather use that word, as i think “building” is obsolet for it).

These different configurations result by rotating this object -the transformer- with a crane, and each face of this object is a plane with a given shape, specific for each use but also being used as a helper for other uses (ie: the cinema projector).

If you take a look at each of these shapes, they are all common to us: a circle, a cross, a rectangle and an hexagon… which results on a very recognizable object that Koolhaas calls the anti-blob, and I think that´s where Rem scores another one.

Anyway, i highly recommend you to watch the videos at the Prada Transformer website: Koolhaas explaining the transformer, time lapse of the construction and the transformer being rotated with cranes.

Channel pavilion (blob, by Zaha) versus Prada pavilion (anti-blob, by OMA)?

Renderings and diagrams after the break.

Mountain Dwellings / BIG with JDS

Architects: BIG Architects
Location: Copenhagen,
Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingles for , Julien De Smedt for JDS
Project Architect: Jakob Lange
Project Leader: Finn Nørkjær
Project Manager: Jan Borgstrøm
Construction Manager: Henrick Poulsen
Contributors: Annette Jensen, Dariusz Bojarski, Dennis Rasmussen, Eva Hviid-Nielsen, Joao Vieira Costa, Jørn Jensen, Karsten V. Vestergaard, Karsten Hammer Hansen, Leon Rost, Louise Steffensen, Malte Rosenquist, Mia Frederiksen, Ole Elkjær-Larsen, Ole Nannberg, Roberto Rosales Salazar, Rong Bin, Sophus Søbye, Søren Lambertsen, Wataru Tanaka
Collaborators: JDS/JULIEN DE SMEDT ARCHITECTS, Moe & Brødsgaard, Freddy Madsen Rådgivende Ingeniører ApS
Client: Høpfner A/S
Engineering: Moe & Brodsgaard
Construction: DS Elcobyg A/S /PH Montage
Project year: 2008
Constructed Area: 33,000 sqm
Photographs: Dragor Luft, Jacob Boserup, Jens Lindhe, Ulrik Jantzen

Open call for MONU new issue contributions

MONU – Magazine on Urbanism, is looking for interesting contributions for their coming issue #11 on the topic of “Clear Urbanism”.

When it comes to Clean Urbanism – i.e. an urbanism that is dedicated to minimizing both the required inputs for a city of energy, water, and food as well as its waste output of heat, air pollution as CO2, methan, and water pollution – a lot of proposals have been made recently for the building of so-called “eco-cities” that produce their own energy from the wind, the sun, bio-fuel, or recycled waste. But it has often been denied that such sources of energy, being integrated directly into cities, are highly inefficient, very expensive, and in the case of wind energy, very noisy. Nevertheless, wind turbines in an urban realm, for example, nowadays feature in almost every urban competition entry that requires sustainable energy concepts. Solar panels on rooftops have become state of the art on innumerable new building designs, however inefficient and expensive they are.

The question is: how might we achieve a Clean Urbanism that is socially, economically, and politically, but also environmentally correct? In the final analysis, what kind of soap or detergent do we need to achieve true Clean Urbanism? This question, and many others will be featured in the next issue.

Ideas and abstracts should be sent to by the end of May 2009. MONU#11 will be published in the summer of 2009.

For more information, go to MONU official site, here.

Lefevre House / Longhi Architects

Architects: Longhi Architects
Location: Punta Misterio,
Principal in Charge: Luis Longhi
Project Architect: Christian Bottger
Project Manager: Carla Tamariz
Collaborators: Hector Suasnabar, Ysa Jamis
Construction: / Hector Suasnabar
Project year: 2006-2008
Constructed Area: 530 sqm
Photographs: CHOlon Photography