Giant Knitting Nancy / Superblue Design

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This year’s theme for the , “The Welcoming City”, inspired Superblue Design to create an installation where all could sit together to enjoy the space, but also take an active role in making that place.  Entitled Giant Knitting Nancy, the project is a metaphor for the “interwoven cultures, spaces and places that help make the London a distinctive place.”  By collaborating with sculptor Dan Preston and jewelry designer Holly Packer, the team created a large-scale knitted structure which doubles as an “interactive architectural seating unit.”

More about the installation after the break.

Zoo Veterinary Hospital / Carreño Sartori Arquitectos

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Architects: Carreño Sartori Arquitectos – Mario Carreño Zunino, Piera Sartori del Campo
Location: Santiago Metropolitan Park,
Collaborators: Pamela Jarpa, Martin Holmes, Carolina Glade
Client: Parque Metropolitano de Santiago
Contractor: Constructora Arquios Ltda.
Structural Engineering: Ingevsa ltda.
Electrical Engineering: ICG S.A.
Services: Patricio Vega Vásquez
Site Area: 660 sqm
Constructed Area: 468 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Marcos Mendizábal

1st Roots Architecture Workshop

Roots Architecture is an international workshop aimed at making the connection between humanitarian, emergency and other basic architecture provision in the developing world, and that of the world music community, as showcased at Womad. The idea is to inspire both the general public and the architectural and built environment communities both in terms of materials and projects .

The workshop is organized by Fourth Door Research in association with Tangentfield. There will be running workshops through the course of the festival, along with talks, an information bazaar and internet links with various projects around the world. The workshops are being led by experienced professionals in the field, including Architecture Sans Frontier UK, and the humanitarian architecture practice TYIN Tegnestue from .

For more information, click here.

Silencio / Space Group + Brisac Gonzalez

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A few days ago, we shared C. F. Møller Architects‘ winning entry for the Kristiansund Opera and Culture Center entitled Kulturkvartalet.  This project shares its joint first place prize with Oslo based architecture and design office Space Group + based Brisac Gonzalez.  The team of and Brisac Gonzales have designed a 15, 000 m2 opera and cultural house with a 600-seat auditorium, library, cultural facilities, restaurants and a youth center.  ”Our strategy is threefold: a full refurbishment of the building skin, an upgrading of the structure, and an extension of the top floor with roof terrace. The ground floor is conceived as a living room, with spaces for music, newspapers, studying, playing. The café opens graciously to Kongensplass – an urban garden,” explained the team.

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

Pinstripe / buildingstudio

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Architects: buildingstudio
Location: Wayne County, TN,
Project Team: Coleman Coker, Jonathan Tate, Anastasia Laurenzi, David Dieckhoff, Ana Zannoni
Engineering: Kevin Poe Structural Engineer
General Contractor: JRB Construction
Project Area: 1,630 sq ft
Budget: $250,000.00
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Anastasia Laurenzi

Introducing Living Architecture

The Secular Retreat by Peter Zumthor in Devon

With all the projects we feature, it becomes second nature to envision yourself occupying that space if not only to critique its success, but also to merely imagine what it would be like to live there.  But, what if, instead of just daydreaming about living in a certain residence designed by your favorite architect,  you could actually spend a week or two in a house designed by Peter Zumthor, or JVA, or even MVRDV?  Living Architecture, a new not-for-profit organization, offers the chance to rent houses  in different areas of Britain for a vacation starting at £20 per person per night.  ”We are dedicated to introducing you to the best of contemporary architecture, as well as to curating unique and enjoyable holidays,” explained the organization.

More about after the break.

Hankai House / Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates

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Architects: Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates
Location: Akashi-City, Hyogo, Japan
Principal in Charge: Katsuhiro Miyamoto
Project Team: Yuko Nakano
Collaborator: Masahiro Miyake / y+M design office
Structural Engineering: Hirokazu Toki / University of Shiga Prefecture
General Contractor: Fujiwara Kensetsu
Site Area: 850.18 sqm
Built Area: 111.72 sqm
Total Floor Area: 438 sqm (additional area:193.47 sqm)
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates

T Bailey Offices / Olson Kundig Architects

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Olson Kundig Architects share with us the T Bailey Offices in Anacortes, Washington, which explore the idea of using the client’s product— pipes used in wind turbine towers — in the construction of their headquarters. This 11,700 square foot office addition adjoins the existing heavy industrial manufacturing plant of T Bailey. All fabrication and erection takes place in the plant adjoining the project.

The Student Final-Project Architectural Design Competition

Architectonisch.nl (Architectonic Architecture) is an international competition, based on the final projects for a degree in Architecture. Open to all students who are currently graduating or already have graduated recently with a professional degree in architecture.

The general guidelines can be read on the website and is free of charge for students who wish to have their work published, both to help them find a job as well as help future architecture students get an idea of what a final project is as well as help them consider weather or not Architecture is their passion and which school fits best with their design concepts.

For more information, go to the competition’s official website.

Notariaat / Atelier Vens Vanbelle

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Architects: Atelier Vens Vanbelle
Location: Horebeke,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Atelier Vens Vanbelle

In Progress: Brick House / iStudio Architecture

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Mumbai-based iStudio Architecture shared with us their House, a great project using bricks, stone, wood, bamboo and ferro-cement. The house, located in Wada, is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Field Rupture / VeeV Design

Photograph © Reid Yalom

A sculptural by VeeV Design, entitled Field Rupture, rests upon the courtyard of a 1950s modern house in Berkeley Hills, .  Since the installation is applied over the topological surface, the shifting ground conceptually pushes the surface vertically, and, as the name implies, this action causes the surface to “rupture.” Using a laser cutter to produce the digital fabrication, the sheet metal formation seems to burst from the ground as a “figure of two planes pushing against one another.”

More images of the installation after the break.

Fish House / Guz Architects

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Architects: Guz Architects
Location:
MSE Engineers: C&S Engineers
M&E Engineers: Herizal Fitri Consultants
Area: 726 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 540 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Patrick Bingham Hall

Serrano Apartments / A-cero

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Architects: A-cero Joaquín Torres Architects
Location: Madrid,
Director in Charge: Joaquín Torres
Partner Architect: Rafael Llamazares
Promotor: Grupo VP Hotels
Construction: Tilmon
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Luis H. Segovia

P.W.C.C. Spa & Fitness Center / PLAN Arquitectos + Loroworks Architects

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Architects: PLAN ArquitectosLoroworks architects
Location: Santiago,
PLAN Arquitectos Team: Rodrigo Cáceres Moena, Alejandro Vargas Peyreblanque, Alvaro González Bastías
: Claudia Covacevich, Lawrence Sargent
Site Area: 549,709.60 sqm
Constructed Area: 1,200 sqm of new spaces, 900 sqm refurbished
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Pablo Blanco

“There Will Be Singing”, a music video in Chicago

A reader recommended to us this fantastic video by Berlin-based DJ Efdemin (Phillip Sollmann). You can see amazing pictures and footage for Mies van der Rohe’s Lake Shore Drive Apartments. Video was made by Jutojo and Sollmann himself. Enjoy it!

Blok / Breadtruck Films

Modular System

Check out this quick video Jeff Durkin of produced while working for the San Diego design+build firm blokhaus about an experimental concept for shipping container architecture.

The film highlights the theoretical building’s construction technique, specifically how the shipping container module can be subtracted to create space.    What begins as a solid mass is soon defined by the carved out voids that become the main interior spaces.

Watch the video after the break.

Casa Familia / Kevin deFreitas Architects

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Architects: Kevin deFreitas Architects
Location: San Diego, CA,
Builder: Kevin & Kara deFreitas
Interiors: Kevin & Kara deFreitas
Landscape Architect: Aerea, Leslie Ryan
Structural Engineer: Envision Engineering, Alex Barajas
Site Area: 9,178 sq ft
Project Area: 3,460 sq ft
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: David Harrison Photographic & Glenn Cormier