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'De Heuvelrand' Voorthuizen Swimming Pool / Slangen+Koenis Architecten

  • Architects: Slangen+Koenis Architecten
  • Location: Roelenengweg 41, 3781 BA Voorthuizen, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Erik Slangen, Jakko Koenis, Dean Moran, Robert de Boer, Sjef Vosters, Aad van den Berg
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Marcel van den Burg

© Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg © Marcel van den Burg

Toronto’s Design Exchange Unveils Its Latest Exhibition: “3DXL”

Despite being at the forefront of digital fabrication technology, 3D printing is still shrouded in mystery, something which the Design Exchange (DX) hopes to change with its most recent exhibition, “3DXL” in Toronto. Curated by the director of DX, Sara Nickleson, 3DXL brings together 3D printing projects from across fields, including work from medicine, design and architecture. As the name suggests, the exhibit presents 3D printing on a scale not normally observed by the public. In particular, the exhibit addresses the role 3D printing will play in the future of architecture, and how it may begin to replace more traditional architectural construction.

Salt & Water Design Floating Hotel with Catamaran-Apartments

A winner of the Millennium Yacht Design Awards, Salt & Water's concept for a Floating Hotel aims to introduce tourism onto inland waters without disrupting the natural harmony of its surroundings. Their design consists of two parts: a central floating body and separate catamaran apartment units.

Learn more about the Floating Hotel after the break. 

IGN and Meteo France Geosciences Center / Architecture Patrick Mauger

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé

Barberio Colella ARC's Lanterns Sea Village Proposes Non-Invasive Ocean Dwellings for Surfers

Too often, architects and designers treat nature as separate from humans or human creations. Nature is fought, or protected, or considered as something to accommodate for through a retroactive checklist. In contrast, Barberio Colella ARC's Lanterns Sea Village is a conceptual plan to create short-stay housing that integrates natural systems with people and buildings. The team behind the project, Micaela Colella and Maurizio Barberio, designed the small residences to approach housing from a more adaptive perspective.

Axonometric Diagram and Materials. Image Courtesy of Barberio Colella ARC Structural Framework. Image Courtesy of Barberio Colella ARC Sea Lanterns Village. Image Courtesy of Barberio Colella ARC Section. Image Courtesy of Barberio Colella ARC

Purpose / A+I

  • Architects: A+I
  • Location: Flatiron District, New York, NY, USA
  • Area: 15000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Magda Biernat

© Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat

MenoMenoPiu Proposes a Circular Form for the House of Hungarian Music

Envisioning the House of Hungarian Music as the new center of distribution within Liget Park, MenoMenoPiu Architects proposed a circular form for the concert hall, facilitating circulation to and from the museum and within the park. Although not the final winner of the Liget-Budapest Competition, “The Circle” demonstrates an interesting organizational strategy and perspective on sound. 

Music Hall. Image Courtesy of +imgs Aerial View. Image Courtesy of +imgs Entrance. Image Courtesy of +imgs Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of +imgs

Thao Dien House #2 / MM++ architects

  • Architects: MM++ architects
  • Location: Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki OKI

© Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI

(un)curtain office / dekleva gregoric architects

  • Architects: dekleva gregoric architects
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Project Team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist); Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist); Lea Kovič u.d.i.a., Vid Zabel stud.arch., Naia Sinde arq.
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Janez Marolt

© Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt

The Shelter / Nha4 Architects

  • Architects: Nha4 Architects
  • Location: Thái Hòa, Phú Sơn, Tân Kỳ, Nghệ An, Vietnam
  • Architect In Charge: Nguyen Khac Phuoc
  • Area: 70.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Hoang Le

© Hoang Le © Hoang Le © Hoang Le © Hoang Le

Spotlight: Emilio Ambasz

As early as the 1970s, Emilio Ambasz (born 13 June 1943) initiated a discussion on sustainability through his work with green spaces and buildings which is arguably more important today than ever, and contributed to theoretical and design discourse outside of architecture through his wide variety of interest and career pursuits. Ambasz’s work has crossed several disciplines; he has been a curator, a professor, an industrial designer, and an architect, and is highly regarded in all of these varied pursuits.

AECOM's Basketball Training Facility Encases a Diverse Range of Program in LA

AECOM has designed a $42,000,000 campus and training facility for a professional basketball organization in West Los Angeles. The building contains a basketball arena, corporate headquarters, a hall of fame, and gardens, among other programs. Despite the building’s varied uses, AECOM was determined to make it “basketball centric.”

Courtesy of AECOM Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio Interior Court Render / AECOM LA Design Studio Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio

PULKABACKEN / Street Monkey

© Robin Hayes Photography © Robin Hayes Photography © Robin Hayes Photography © Robin Hayes Photography

Archibeans Comic Grants a Light-Hearted Glimpse into Life as an Architecture Student

Courtesy of The Angry Architect
Courtesy of The Angry Architect

Born from the collaboration of illustrator EvilHairDay and blogger The Angry Architect, Archibeans is a look into the daily trials of architecture students with a touch of humor. Whether it's all-nighters, overdoses of caffeine, random bursts of inspiration or crushing final reviews, Archibeans shows that we’ve all been there and offers a laugh at our own expense.

Unified Architectural Theory, Chapter 14

We have been publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. In Chapter 14, the final chapter of the online version of the book, Salingaros concludes by recounting the effect that the teachings included in his book had on students in a class he taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio, during the Fall Semester of 2012. If you missed them, make sure to read the previous installments here.


At the conclusion of this course, the students told me that they had learned a great many things that are crucial to an understanding of architecture, but which are hardly ever taught in other architecture courses. To be precise, students had previously been told about the importance of various factors to the success of a design—site, surrounding architecture, regional adaptation, ornament (or rather excluding it), the relationship among distinct structural scales, proportions, trees and green areas—but were never taught exactly how to manage them. Now, those factors were taken into account by learning why they arise out of our own biology and natural processes.

Lunder Arts Center / Bruner/Cott & Associates

  • Architects: Bruner/Cott & Associates
  • Location: Lesley University, 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Simeon Bruner, RA; Jason Forney, AIA, LEED AP
  • Design Team: Meredith Affleck; Adrienne Cali, LEED AP; Nat Crosby; Shaun Dempsey; Alexandra Desaulniers; Karen Greene, RA, LEED AP; Aoife Morris, AIA, LEED AP; Henry Moss, AIA, LEED AP; Gretchen Neeley; Stephanie Power, AIA
  • Area: 74000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Robert Benson

© Robert Benson © Robert Benson © Robert Benson © Robert Benson

American Perspectives: From Classic to Contemporary

The opening of the exhibition American Perspectives: From Classic to Contemporary presents the hand-drawn worlds of prominent American architects and architectural draftsmen. The art of architectural representation in the USA, particularly at the beginning of the 20th century, reached heights of originality and perfection, which still stands out today. On show will be works by Frank Lloyed Wright, Richard Neutra, Lebbeus Woods and Achilles Rizzoli.