Primary School J.Jaurès II / YOONSEUX Architectes

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Architects: YOONSEUX Architectes
Location: ,
Design Team: Kyunglan Yoon, Philippe Seux
Area: 530.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fabrice Dunou

Nagatino 2.0 Coworking Center / Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio

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Architects: Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio
Location: Varshavskoye Shosse, 28А, Moscow, , 117186
Design Team: Ruslan Aydarov, Anna Timofeeva, Irina Sigova
Area: 748.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio

Learning Center FLA / Studio Marinoni

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Architects: Studio Marinoni
Location: Corso Sempione, 36, 20154 Milan,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Giovanni Chiaramonte

Emerging Architects Austin+Mergold Win Folly 2014

SuralArk Sketch. Image Courtesy of Austin + Mergold

Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York have announced that Austin+Mergold have won “Folly 2014” – an annual competition among emerging architects to design and build a large-scale project for public exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City – with their project SuralArk, an installation that is “part ship, part house.”

The annual “” program strives to give emerging architects and designers the opportunity to build public projects that explore the boundaries between architecture and sculpture. This year’s proposal beat out 171 submissions from 17 countries; it was selected by a jury made up of Chris Doyle, Artist; John Hatfield, Socrates Sculpture Park; Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos; Lisa Switkin, James Corner Field Operations; and Ada Tolla, LOT-EK.

SuralArk will open on May 11th through August 3rd. Learn more about the project after the break.

Analog Folk / DH Liberty

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Architects: DH Liberty
Location: Warner Street, , UK
Design Team: Dara Huang, Ryan Day, Remo de Angelis and Lisa Hinderdael
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Quintin Lake

Split House / JVA

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Architects: JVA
Location: Asker,
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Stian Schjelderup, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås
Area: 360.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale

AD Interviews: Winka Dubbeldam

At last week’s Mextrópoli conference we spoke with about the challenges of architecture education. We also asked her to elaborate on why she thinks architecture should embrace industrial design tools. Watch the short clip to hear Winka’s thoughts on making technology a more integral part of our built environment.

Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA, is the founder and principal of Archi-Tectonics, and is Professor and Chair of the Graduate Department of Architecture at PennDesign, Philadelphia. 

Fabric Warehouse / Fearon Hay Architects

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Architects: Fearon Hay Architects
Location: Auckland,
Area: 1,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jackie Meiring

Richter Dahl Rocha Develops Innovative Façade for SwissTech Convention Center

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Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés’ ”ultramodern” SwissTech Convention Center opened its doors today. Housing a 3,000-seat modular amphitheater which can be converted from conference auditorium, to exhibition hall, to banquet room in only fifteen minutes, the convention center is the first large-scale convention hall to use EPFL‘s dye-sensitized solar cells (also known as Grätzel Cells). 

This latest addition to the campus’s northern quarter already contains a collection of commercial stores and over 500 housing units. Its construction puts the finishing touch too what has been described as a “living campus where students can now stay on campus both night and day.”

Tunquén House / Mas Fernandez Arquitectos

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Architect: Mas Fernandez Arquitectos
Location: Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region,
Architect In Charge: Cristóbal Fernández, Francisca Ruiz, Rodrigo O´ryan
Area: 120 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nico Saieh

An Interview with MAD Architects’ Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China’s Future Cities

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I look into myself, trying to express myself. I think sometimes maybe you have an idea from a dream. It sounds ridiculous but you draw something out of your dream. Where does this dream come from? It must somehow relate to some situation. So what I’m interested in is to keep discovering what is really inside of me. I’m not a genius that from the first moment I already know what I want. - Ma Yansong -

Beixinqiao district, in Beijing, is changing fast: the ancient urban tissue is being demolished as new high-rises are growing.Located in this environment, Ma Yansong’s office sits within an old and anonymous construction. In contrast to its exterior, the inside is characterized by wood, white walls and plants that transform the place into a sophisticated environment.International young architects are busy modeling new organic-shaped buildings on the other side of the world; meanwhile a golden fish swims in the eternal loop of the “fish tank” in the centre of the room.

In the following interview, Ma Yansong explains contemporary cities as environments that are out-of-scale with nature. He believes a new approach must be used, one that breaks the monotonous “chessboard” of contemporary Urban and re-establishes the balance between human beings and the natural world.

CEIP Mediterráneo de Alicante / Fernandez Soler Monrabal Arquitectos

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Architects: Fernandez Soler Monrabal Arquitectos
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Luisa Fernández, Carlos Soler Monrabal
Year: 2012
Photographs: Diego Opazo

BIG Designs Labyrinth for Atrium of National Building Museum

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The National Building Museum (NBM) has announced that BIG has designed a 61×61 foot maze to be housed in the building’s grand atrium from July 4th to September 1st of this year. According to the NBM’s website, the labyrinth’s Baltic birch plywood walls, which stand 18 feet high at the maze’s periphery, descend as you make your way towards the center. From the core, then, visitors receive a view of the entire layout – and a better understanding of how to get back out.

According to Bjarke Ingels, “The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?” Of course, those uninterested in the challenge of figuring out the maze can peek down on it from the Museum’s second and third floors – but where would be the fun in that?

More images, diagrams and drawings after the break!

Hazukashi House / ALTS Design Office

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Architects: ALTS Design Office
Location: Kyoto,
Architects In Charge: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
Area: 93 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

AD Classics: Kresge Auditorium / Eero Saarinen and Associates

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Kresge Auditorium, designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen, was an experiment in architectural form and construction befitting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s focus on technology and innovation. This feat of sculptural engineering serves as a meeting house and is part of the cultural, social, and spiritual core of MIT’s campus. Kresge Auditorium is one of Saarinen’s numerous daring, egalitarian designs that captured the optimistic zeitgeist of Post-war America.

Nine Bridges Country Club / Shigeru Ban Architects

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Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects
Location: , Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Architect In Charge: Shigeru Ban Collaborator: KACI International, Inc.
Area: 20977.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

AD Interviews: Brendan MacFarlane / Jakob + MacFarlane

Paris-based architect Brendan MacFarlane, of the firm Jakob + MacFarlane, spoke to us during our visit to the FRAC Centre in Orléans for the ArchiLab 2013 exhibition and conference. MacFarlane, who studied at Sci-Arc in the 80s and later received a degree from Harvard’s GSD, successfully combines theory and form, placing him among the few architects that have been able to harmonize this balance.

Jakob + MacFarlane’s special and precise handling of the grids generates projects that, while outwardly complex, are actually deceivingly so. Based not on strong computational muscle but actually a more simple deformation of grids, their projects can appear nearly impossible or too complex to realize. Yet they are able to make these buildings a reality.

Along with his partner Dominique Jakob, the duo’s consistent methodology doesn’t rely on constant innovation. MacFarlane posits that “sometimes it’s about doing something simple that’s kind of obvious.“ This has yielded a stylistic variety that evades singular typecasting.

They are not afraid to combine existing structures with their proposals–in fact, they welcome it. What they do is strategic: a kind of rational deformation of otherwise uniform and uncomplicated geometry, with the computer acting as a tool (but not a generative one).

Be sure to check out the interview, as well as Jakob + MacFarlane‘s projects on ArchDaily.

Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects

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Architects: O-OFFICE Architects
Location: , Guangdong,
Area: 2,963 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Likyfoto