El Blok / FUSTER + Architects

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Location: Vieques,
Design Team: Nataniel Fúster, George Stewart, Heather Crichfield, Sadie Winslow, Eric Barrios, Luis R. Albaladejo, Jose Pagán
Area: 2211.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dianne Puliza, Jaime Navarro, Simon Chaput, Nataniel Fuster

© Lawrence Blough via the Architect's Newsaper
© Lawrence Blough via the Architect's Newsaper

Pratt Institute Students Create Sinuous Screen Wall From Concrete Blocks

Students from the Pratt Institute have created a wall of concrete blockwork… but not like any you’ve seen before. Challenged by their tutors Lawrence Blough and Ezra Ardolino to produce something highly customized from something highly standardized – the 8-by-8-by-24-inch AAC brick – the students used Rhino software and a CNC miller to create a 96-block screen wall composed of 20 different block profiles. “The earlier stuff I’d done was trying to use as much off-the-shelf material as I could,” said Blough. “Here we decided to really push it, and to take on more of the ideas of mass customization.” Find out more about the project at the Architect’s Newspaper Fabrikator Blog.

Video: Emre Arolat’s Sancaklar Mosque From Start to Finish

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Earlier this year, Emre Arolat Architects completed their Sancaklar Mosque, “a simple cave like space” in Istanbul which through its humble exterior forms and emphasis on connection to nature, offers a “dramatic and awe inspiring place to pray and be alone with God.” Over a period of 24 months, SGMStudio (Sarraf | Galeyan | Mekanik) documented this work, as the elements of the mosque gradually emerged from its steel rebar framework. “While recording the progress of the construction throughout passing seasons, the film aims to portray the building’s existence within nature and its percept of space with the sensibility of the structure it purposes to narrate,” say SGMStudio. Set to dramatic backing music, “the film dwells on the tension between the technical and engineering-centric implementation and humble and tranquil art of building with its pacing.”

Maggie’s Oxford / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Location: , ,
Design Team: Chris Wilkinson, Andrew Walsh
Area: 225.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Julian Abrams

Wright & Wright Unveils Scheme to Replace Chipperfield’s Plans for Geffrye Museum

View from Hoxton Station, Geffrye Street. Image © Wright & Wright Architects

Wright & Wright Architects has revealed their designs for the Geffrye Museum in East London, a £15 million redesign that will increase the museum’s total space by almost 40% through “unlocking” previously unused areas of the museum’s 18th century almshouses. The design replaces a scheme by David Chipperfield Architects, which last year failed to secure planning permission in part because of the hugely controversial proposal to demolish the former Marquis of Lansdown Pub that occupies the corner of the site.

Sir Peter Cook. Image © vimeo.com
Sir Peter Cook. Image © vimeo.com

Spotlight: Peter Cook

As one of the founding members of Archigram, the avant-garde futurist architecture group of the 1960s, Sir Peter Cook, the British architect, professor, and writer has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century; one of his most significant works from his time with Archigram, The Plug-In City, still invokes debates on technology and society, challenging standards of architectural discourse today. With a love for the slithering, the swarming and the spooky, Cook continues to teach at the University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture and lecture around the world.

Renovation of Apartments in 1720s House / Studiomama

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Architects: Studiomama
Location: , Sweden
Architect In Charge: Robert Sandell
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gustav Kaiser

Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris: The Critics Respond

Fondation , Paris. Image © Iwan Baan

The people behind Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton (FLV) in Paris, which is set to officially open on the 27th October 2014, recently invited a band of architecture critics to take a look around and pen their thoughts. Gehry’s bold approach to architectural form, most evident in buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, matches the foundation’s aim to “promote and support contemporary and artistic creation” in France. According to their website, they in particular embody “a passion for artistic freedom.” How, then, has the enormous sailed structure, challenged by local opposition from the outset, settled into its Parisian parkland surroundings?

See what The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright, The Observer’s Rowan Moore, Vanity Fair’s Paul Goldberger, The LA Times’ Christopher Hawthorne, as well as the Architectural Digests’ Mayer Rus, had to say about Gehry’s latest completed building after the break.

House Liechtenstein / k_m architektur

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Architects: k_m architektur
Location: 9494 , Liechtenstein
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of k_m architektur

Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis

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Architects: Agis Mourelatos, Spiros Yiotakis
Location: ,
Architectural Design: Agis Mourelatos, Spiros Yiotakis
Architectural Consultants: Betaplan
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

Son La Restaurant / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Location: Son La, Son La, Vietnam
Architect In Charge: Vo Trong Nghia
Associate Architect: Vu Van Hai
Architects: Ngo Thuy Duong, Tran Mai Phuong
Contractor: Suoi Hen JSC, Wind and Water House JSC
Area: 1984.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

S-House / Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

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Architects: Yuusuke Karasawa Architects
Location: Omiya, Chichibu, Saitama,
Architect In Charge: Yuusuke Karasawa
Area: 104.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Kwel Ka Baung School / Agora Architects

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Architects: Agora Architects
Location: Mae Sot, Mae Sot District, Tak 63110,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Agora Architects

Cabinet of Curiosities / Donna van Milligen Bielke. Image Courtesy of Prix de Rome
Cabinet of Curiosities / Donna van Milligen Bielke. Image Courtesy of Prix de Rome

Donna van Milligen Bielke Wins Prix de Rome Architecture 2014

The Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker has awarded architect Donna van Milligen Bielke the €40,000 Prix de Rome Architecture 2014. A 2012 graduate from the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, Van Milligen Bielke won the prize for her “radical and poetic intervention” - Cabinet of Curiosities - for the Hoogstraat in Rotterdam.

The Prix de Rome is the oldest and largest prize in the Netherlands for architects and visual artists under 40, previously awarded to alumnus Ronald Rietveld in 2006. More information after the break.

In Progress: Palace Museum-Southern Branch / KRIS YAO | ARTECH

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Architects: KRIS YAO | ARTECH
Location: Chiayi, Taiwan
Design Team: Kuo-Chien Shen, Frank Lu, Max Chen, Winnie Wang, Ting-Tseng Shen, Jake Sun, Wen-Li Liu, Ting-Fung Ho, Wen-Ling Liao, Miya Yu, Jun-Ren Chou, Tien-Yu Lo, Calvin Chen, Yi-Seng Tsai
Area: 38413.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: National Palace Museum, , Jeffrey Cheng

Daniel Libeskind-Designed Condominium Towers Proposed for Boca Raton

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Daniel Libeskind has teamed up with locally-based GS4 Studios to propose a four-tower luxury condominium project for downtown Boca Raton, . North of Miami, the “Mizner on the Green” development will add 500 residential units and a two-acre public park directly adjacent to the Boca Raton Resort and Club golf course.

Showroom for &tradition / NORM Architects

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Architects: NORM Architects
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Kasper Rønn, Linda Korndal
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Photographs: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Patricia Parinejad

Plaza de La Libertad Civic Center / OPUS + Toroposada Arquitectos

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Architects: OPUS, Toroposada Arquitectos
Location: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Project Area: 61000.0 m2
Photographs: Sergio Gómez