Water-Cooled House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

© Albert Lim

Architect: Wallflower Architecture + Design
Location: Bukit Timah,
Design Team: Cecil Chee, Robin Tan & Sean Zheng
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Albert Lim

Sky Box / MAPT

© Frank Jonassen

Danish architects MAPT shared with us this VIP box they recently designed inside the Horsens Stadium, including a climbing wall, a bar, tables and kitchen. All the furniture was designed and fabricated specially for this room, looking to be functional and sculptural at the same time.

Kaohsiung Marine Culture and Pop Music Center Competition

The Marine Culture and Pop Music Center is an integral part of the major public investment and construction plan by the Kaohsiung City Government. Through the building of an international art and cultural performance venue and a marine culture center, the aim is to establish Kaohsiung as a fulcrum for Asia-Pacific pop music production and performance and an international exchange platform for marine culture.

The central and direct goal of the Project is to create a Marine Culture and Pop Music Center that highlights the unique character of Kaohsiung City while satisfying the needs of the local people, the industries and future trends. This is to be achieved by basing its design and planning on the cultural assets of Kaohsiung, the strengths and conditions of the Project site and the characteristics of the pop music and marine culture industries.

More information on the competition’s official website. Seen at Death by Architecture.

Blok1 / GROUP A

© Scagliola/Brakkee

Architect: GROUP A
Location: Arnhem,
Project Team: Adam Visser, Folkert van Hagen, Maarten van Bremen, Birgitta Rottmann, Edwin Larkens, Jos Overmars, Mike von Tiesenhausen, Fatima El-bouyahyaoui, David Moreno Romero, Paulo Moreno, Nolly Vos, Daniël Gijsbers, Niclas Frenning
Client: Vivare
Contractor: Klaasens Bouwtechniek
Structural Engineer: DHV
Installations: Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs
Plot area: 3,000 sqm
Year of commision: 2005
Year of completion: 2009
Photographs: Scagliola/Brakkee

May events at Harvard GSD

Harvard University Graduate School of Design hosts some great lectures featuring some of the world’s most important architects. Here are some of their May events:

May 3 / Ecological Urbanism Book Launch Reception
May 6 / Jaime Moreno lecture
May 6 / Michael Rock of 2×4, “A Brief History of Screens”
May 7 / Bob Peck, Commissioner, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration, Loeb Fellow ’78, “From the Federal Government and here to help”
May 8 / Palladio Oggi: Palladio and the Present Symposium (*in New York City)

You can find more on each event on the GSD official website, which is constantly adding new events. Every event is free and open to the public.

Mechatronik / Caramel Architekten


Architects: Caramel Architekten
Location: Linz,
Contracting Party, Client: BIG
User: Johannes Kepler University, Linz
Structural Engineering: Werkraum ZT gmbh, Vienna
Project Area: 18,521 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Caramel Architekten

Fonte Wine Bar / Floisand Studio

© Matt Vaagsland

Architect: Floisand Studio
Location: , WA, USA
Owner: Name Withheld
Contractor: Wilcox Construction
Project Area: 1,800 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Matt Vaagsland

First Santa & Cole Landscape Architecture Competition

Santa & Cole, the Spanish Association of Landscape Architects and the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture announce the first Santa & Cole Landscape Architecture Competition, a Europe-wide competition of ideas intended to promote and reward good professional landscape architecture work in Spain, as a new culture which modifies and enriches the surroundings. Held biennially within the framework of the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture, each competition will consider a different sphere of action.

This first competition will reward the landscape architecture intervention in the Valle de Sant Pere, within the Belloch property, situated in the municipality of La Roca del Vallés, Barcelona. For more information, go to the competition’s official website.

Chameleon House / Anderson Anderson Architecture

© Anthony Vizzari

Architects: Anderson Anderson Architecture
Location: Lake Michigan, MI,
Collaborators: Dan Brondyk, Terry Nettles Engineer, Comstock Construction
Project Area: 1,600 sq ft
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Anthony Vizzari

Design Against the Elements competition

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Design Against the Elements is a global architectural design competition meant to find a solution to the problems presented by climate change. Spurred by the devastation wreaked in the Philippines by tropical storm Ondoy (Ketsana) and driven by a powerhouse multidisciplinary group of organizations from the private, institutional, and government sectors, the project aims to draw together the most innovative minds in the fields of architecture, design, and urban planning to develop sustainable and disaster-resistant housing for communities in tropical urban settings.

More information on submission, schedule, prizes and requirements on the competition’s official website. Seen at Arquideas.

[KO]mic / synn architekten

© Manfred Seidl

Architects: synn architekten
Location: Gainfarn, Bad Vöslau,
Director in Charge: Bettina Krauk
Collaborator: Petra Riegler
Structural Engineering: Dipl.-Ing. Peter Spitzer
Site Area: 1,405 sqm
Project Area: 125 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Manfred Seidl

Knarvik Kindergarden / M3 Architecture

© Thomas Tysseland

Architects: M3 Architecture
Location: Knarvik, Nordhordland, Norway
Cladding: Kebony
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Thomas Tysseland

The Box Mix / Manuel Márquez

Manuel Márquez, an architect from San Luis de Potosí, shared with us “The Box Mix”, a two unit apartment building. You can see more images and architect’s description after the break.

AD Round Up: Projects photographed by Iwan Baan


Iwan Baan is a dutch photographer that has been documenting works from the best contemporary architects, such as OMA, SANAA, Steven Holl, Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Michael Maltzan and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, moving away from the traditional static architecture photography. As you may have noticed, we’ve been featuring many projects photographed by Iwan Baan, so here’s a little selection for you to see his works. Check them all after the break.

Selgas Cano Architecture Office by Iwan Baan
Once again, Iwan Baan amaze us with this great project between the woods by Spanish practice Selgas Cano: Their own architecture office. You can see the complete photoset after the break (photos here)

Urbanisms: Steven Holl + Li Hu 4 Projects in China exhibition

Beijing Linked Hybrid

On Saturday, May 15, 2010, Steven Holl Architects opens the exhibition Urbanisms: Steven Holl + Li Hu, 4 Projects in by in the Linked Hybrid, in Beijing, China.

The exhibition tracks the process of designing four projects in China from 2003-2009: Nanjing Museum of Art and Architecture, Beijing Linked Hybrid, Shenzhen Horizontal Skyscraper, and Chengdu Sliced Porosity Block.

More information after the break.

DEV House / GutGut


Architects: GutGut
Location: Devín,
Project Team: M. Dzurilla, P. Jurkovič, L. Kordík, R. Žitňanský
Site Area: 817 sqm
Built Area: 187 sqm
Total Floor Area: 230 sqm
Budget: $1,300 €/sqm
Project Year: 2006-2010
Photographs: GutGut

Sky Residence II + Sky Business towers / Risco Architects

One of the most ambitious projects of Risco architects is the concept design for the new towers – Sky Residence II + Sky Businees – located in Luana Sky Center. Two towers with great programmatic diversity, aiming for high urban density and encouragemente of further developments around this so-called Sky Center, the future new town.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Allandale House / William O’Brien Jr

© William O'Brien Jr rendering by Peter Guthrie

Young architect William O’Brien Jr was one of the practices invited to this years P.S.1 competition (awarded to SO-IL). He shared with us this cabin project based on an extruded A-frame. Interesting wall configuration, take a look at the section.

Check all the images, some drawings and description after the break.