Schäfer Roofscape / Plasma Studio

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Architects: Plasma Studio
Location: 39038 Bolzano, Italy
Architect In Charge: Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell
Design Team: Peter Pichler
Area: 844.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michael Pezzei

V Confession Agency Office / M17

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Architects: M17
Location: Obydenskiy Pereulok, ,
Area: 156 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: U.Palmin, A.Volkov

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proudly displays his pro-Lucas Twitter hastag. Image Courtesy of City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proudly displays his pro-Lucas Twitter hastag. Image Courtesy of City of Los Angeles

New Study Discredits Bilbao Effect

Before George Lucas found a home for his museum in Chicago, the mayors of other cities were desperately vying for the honor (see Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti above). If they are still disappointed about losing out, a new study about the aftermath of building cultural centers might offer some consolation. To learn about the planning fallacies and negative outcomes often associated with these building types, check out CityLab’s recap.

GL Events Headquarters / Studio Odile Decq

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Architects: Studio Odile Decq
Location: 59 Quai Rambaud, 69002 , France
Artist: Felice Varini
Area: 8300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Roland Halbe,

Studio Gang Architects Reveals Design of Twisting San Francisco Skyscraper

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Last night Studio Gang Architects unveiled designs of their first ever building in San Francisco, a 400 foot tall residential tower with an undulating, twisting facade. Inspired by the bay windows of older local buildings such as 450 Sutter Street, Studio Gang have added a twist (literally) to the typology with incremental rotations of the 90-degree bays running vertically up the facade.

Read on for more details of the design

Erasmus University College in Rotterdam / Erick van Egeraat

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Architects: Erick van Egeraat
Location: Nieuwemarkt 1A, 3011 HP Rotterdam, The
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ossip van Duivenbode

ECOWEEK London 2014

ECOWEEK London 2014

ECOWEEK is a non-governmental NGO with the mission to raise awareness on environmental issues and Climate Change and to promote the principles of sustainability. ECOWEEK has been organizing conferences and workshops across Europe that inspire and empower young architects to be…

750 Cubic Meters of Extracted Concrete Turned This Nazi Bunker Into a Gallery & Home

In a cultural capital like Berlin, where ‘pop-up’ stores appear in abandoned warehouses, local brands emerge from stores over-run with squatters, and nightclubs rave in power plants,  it is only appropriate that an art gallery would find its home in a nearly indestructible vessel. Such is the case with the “Berlin ” in the heart of the fashionable “Mitte” district.

Monolithic and symmetrical, decorated only by thin strips of vertical windows on its four identical facades, this former Nazi air-raid shelter stands as a relic of Germany’s past.  Yet a closer look beyond its sharp-edged cornice reveals something unexpected: luscious green gardens and a luxurious penthouse, completed in 2007. This is the home of Christian Boros, the art collector whose private collection is stored and exhibited in the depths of the fortified bunker below.

Aix en Provence Conservatory of Music / Kengo Kuma and Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma and Associates
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Design Team: Kengo Kuma, Diego Lopez Arahuetes, Miruna Constantinescu, Natalia Sanz, Elise Fauquenbergue, Miguel Orellana, Junki Wakuda, Tristan Zelic, Magnus Casselbrant, Ioanna Angelidou, Yuki Ito, Emilie Bret, Majid Katir, Roman Martin, Dennis Cheung, Chao Chen
Area: 1,796 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Gehry Unveils Designs to Extend the Philadelphia Art Museum Downwards

The heart of the Museum will be opened up, creating a clear sight line through the ground-floor and first-floor galleries that will greatly simplify wayfinding. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has revealed Frank Gehry‘s designs for a 169,000 square foot expansion that will see the museum dig down to create a new set of galleries underneath its existing footprint. Already an unusual choice for a project whose brief called to preserve the architectural integrity of the existing building, Gehry’s design is an unexpectedly muted intervention, focusing on interior rearrangement and additions that are in keeping with the 86 year-old building’s aesthetic.

Perhaps the most dramatic alteration proposed by Gehry is a plan to punch a hole through the museum’s famous ‘Rocky steps’, the iconic training location from the Rocky film series, creating a window into the new subterranean galleries; however as the $350 million project will by necessity by undertaken in stages, this intervention is likely to be a subject of discussion for some time.

More on the design after the break

“Casa Futebol” Proposes a Different Olympic Legacy For Brazil’s Stadiums

Render of the National Stadium of Brazil, based on a photograph by Tomás Faquini

In these hypothetical designs entitled ”Casa Futebol“, Architects Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux of 1Week1Project have proposed a reappropriation of Brazil’s World Cup venues by inserting housing units of approximately 105 square meters into the existing structures. The designs are tailored to each stadium, allowing them to continue to operate smoothly, with part of the money raised by ticket revenue used to finance the construction and maintenance of dwellings. By either replacing part of the stands with the prefabricated units or by occupying the external facade, Casa Futebol adds a human scale to these monumental buildings.

Read on after the break for all the proposals

Singapore SportsHub / DPArchitects

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Architects: DP Architects and Arup Associates
Location: Sports Hub, 397718
Master Plan: DP Architects, Arup, AECOM
Architecture Sport Venues: Arup Associates, DP Architects
Architecture Office, Retail, Leisure : DP Architects
Engineering: Arup
Landscape: AECOM
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of DP Architects

The Legacy of Hydraulic Fracturing in Blackpool

The Legacy of Frackpool. Image © Jason Lamb

Jason Lamb, a recent graduate from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, has developed a project which centres around the legacy of hydraulic fracturing in the British coastal city of Blackpool. The theoretical thesis, which employs the possibility of Chinese investment prompting the transitory integration of hydraulic fracturing within the city for the exploitation of shale gas, features a number of interesting explanatory illustrations.

2db Transformation Residential House / Dubail Begert Architectes

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Architects: Dubail Begert Architectes
Location: Rue des Prés 12, 2350 ,
Client: Db
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Db

Suzhou School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

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Architects: BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists
Location: , Jiangsu, China
Architect In Charge: James Brearley, Fang Qun, Jiang Han, ,Lin Donghui, Richard Tam, Olga Mladenovic, Nicky Chang, Mao Jie, Zhou Yinying, Chen Lei
Year: 2009
Photographs: Shu He

MCHAP Recognizes OMA, Holl, HdM as Finalists for Most Outstanding Projects in the Americas

The  (MCHAP) has just announced the seven finalists – drawn from a shortlist of 36 projects - at an event in Santiago, Chile.

To determine the finalists, the five jury members – Francisco Liernur, Sarah Whiting, Wiel Arets, Dominique Perrault, and Kenneth Frampton - spent the last twelve days visiting projects, speaking with the architects, users and owners of the spaces, and entering into intense debate among each other. 

As jury member Dominique Perrault noted, “There’s a lot of means by which to evaluate projects – models, drawings, images – but we took all opportunities to test the quality of the architecture. In the end, only by visiting can you sense the ‘touch of god’ – the presence of the building itself in the context.”

The resulting finalists show tremendous variety – in terms of scale, place, typology, program, materials, etc. – making the task of choosing a winner all the more challenging. See all seven finalists, as well as a video of Kenneth Frampton discussing the selection process, after the break.

Kashiwa-no-ha Open Innovation Lab / Naruse Inokuma Architects

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Architects: Naruse Inokuma Architects
Location: 178 Wakashiba, Kashiwa, Chiba,
Art Direction: LEMONLIFE & CO
Area: 2576.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Hover House / Bower Architecture

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Architects: Bower Architecture
Location: , VIC, Australia
Area: 260 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shannon McGrath