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ORDOS 100 #17: at103

00:00 - 10 February, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: at103 / Julio Amezcua + Francisco Pardo Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project team: Tiberio Wallentin, Nicolas Tetu, Aida Hurtado, Hanni Paz Models: Roberto Rodriguez, Aaron Rivera Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,003.5 sqm

Regium Waterfront Project by Zaha Hadid

21:00 - 9 February, 2009

Zaha Hadid is working on her latest project in Italy, in the Mediterranean city of Reggio Calabria. The project includes a museum and a performing arts centre on a sea strait that separates continental Italy from the island of Sicily. The centre will be visible from the Sicilian coast.

Mandarin Hotel in Beijing by OMA on fire [UPDATED]

17:00 - 9 February, 2009

The Mandarin Hotel, adjacent to the CCTV building and part of the project, just got on fire today. The project, designed by OMA with facade studies by FRONT, looks to be completly affected as you can see on the above video. This supossedly started after fireworks during the last day of Chinese new year.

The hotel was used during the Olympics, but wasn´t officially opened yet, but was supossed to during 2009. This will definetely push dates back, as it seems like a complete loss to me.

Photos of the fire by Reuters here (very impressive, but can´t put them here because of copyright). More videos after the break.

UPDATE 5: Added 4 more videos

UPDATE 4: Statement from the Mandarin Hotel Group after the break

UPDATE 3: I replaced the first video with actual footage of the hotel starting to burn after the fireworks

UPDATE 2: Wonitata and other chinese blogs  have impressive photos of the fire. See some more after the break.

UPDATE 1: Beijing police says the building could collapse

UPDATE: We just got the following statement from OMA:

AD Futures #2: L.E.FT

14:30 - 9 February, 2009

AD Futures is a weekly section showcasing emerging practices from around the world. We are open for submissions.

I got to meet L.E.FT when we interviewed them at their office in New York back in September, 2008. This practice is lead by three partners, Makram el Kadi, Ziad Jamaleddine and Naji Moujaes.  They all graduated in Beirut between 1995 and 1997, and then got their masters at Parsons, Harvard and SCI-Arc, respectively. After that, they worked on big practices such as Massimiliano Fuksas and Steven Holl Architects, and then founded L.E.FT in 2001.

They are still related to the academy (UPenn, Yale, Cornell, RPI), a constant on innovative practices. Also, they got invited to the Young Architects Program at P.S.1 2009, an annual competition that invites emerging architects to design a temporary structure.

You can hear their thoughts on several aspects of the architectural practice on the interview we conducted. Now, onto some of their featured works:

AD Interviews: L.E.FT

14:28 - 9 February, 2009

We got the chance to sit down with the tree partners at L.E.FT a few months ago, and chatted about their practice, ongoing projects and their thoughts on the state of architectural education, the role of architects in current society and more.

I found their work very interesting, and it was no surprise to see them invited to the P.S.1 competition for 2009 we featured earlier. I also selected them for our section AD Futures, as i think they have a promising future.

You can read more about them on the article AD Futures #2.  Some pictures of their office after the break.

UPDATE: I´m currently uploading the video to Blip.tv in better quality

The house of Clay and Oak / Dow Jones Architects

01:00 - 9 February, 2009
The house of Clay and Oak / Dow Jones Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Walberswick, Suffolk IP18, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Dow Jones Architects

"Patterns of Speculation": An exhibition on the works of Juergen Mayer.

12:30 - 8 February, 2009

An exhibition on the works of German architect Juergen Mayer H., entitled “Patterns of Speculation”, just opened at the SF MoMA. Mayer joins two modes of exhibiting architecture in a gallery – installation and documentation – to present a unique, hybrid environment.

Parliament for the Sami people / Stein Halvorsen Arkitekter

01:00 - 8 February, 2009
Parliament for the Sami people / Stein Halvorsen Arkitekter

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Metamorphosis 1 / Jose Ulloa Davet + Delphine Ding

01:00 - 8 February, 2009
Metamorphosis 1 / Jose Ulloa Davet + Delphine Ding

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architects

    José Ulloa Davet, Delphine Ding
  • Engineering

    Teknoingeniería Ltda
  • Construction Supervision

    Danio Ulloa Azocar
  • Carpenter

    Pablo Montoya
  • Project Year

    2008

Häuser Award 2010: "The future is being built today"

12:30 - 7 February, 2009

Schoener-Wohnen is holding the HÄUSER-AWARD 2010 in collaboration with Schüco and the Verband Privater Bauherren e.V. (VPB). Prize money of 15,000 euros is at stake. The results of the competition are scheduled for publication in HÄUSER in March 2010. The best projects will also be presented in a book to be published by Callwey Verlag at the same time.

Houseboat / X-Architects

01:00 - 7 February, 2009
Houseboat / X-Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Architects

    X-Architects
  • Program

    Leisure home
  • Area

    220.0 sqm

Collage Paris / ECDM

01:00 - 7 February, 2009
Collage Paris / ECDM

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Architects

    Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec
  • Project Manager

    Louis-Antoine  Grego – Matthieu Roggwiller
  • Engineering

    BETOM – TECSOL
  • Structural Engineering

    Eng.Lopes de Oliveira
  • Client

    PARIS HABITAT
  • Area

    2026.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008

CASE featured on Archinect

21:00 - 6 February, 2009

Our dear friends over at CASE have been featured on Archinect´s Working out of the Box, a a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths. Personally, I don´t agree with this as I don´t feel that what they do is an “alternative” path, but something that should be into the core of any practice.

AD Round Up: Sports Architecture Part I

18:30 - 6 February, 2009

Following first review on Libraries, we now we bring our selection on Sports Buildings previously featured on AD:

Symposium: "Sustainable Energy Technology in Germany and USA"

12:30 - 6 February, 2009

Baden Wuerttemberg International (BW-I), Zafh.net and the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. (GACCoM) will be hosting the symposium “Sustainable Energy Technology in Germany and the U.S.” on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 in Chicago. A delegation of experts from the state of Baden Wuerttemberg will come to the U.S. and participate in a half-day conference where current topics about sustainable energy technology will be discussed.

Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Herzog & de Meuron by Iwan Baan

07:00 - 6 February, 2009

Architecture photographer Iwan Baan just shared with us a photo set of the latest Herzog & de Meuron building in Spain, the Espacio de las Artes at Santa Cruz, Tenerife. Another H&dM building for Spain, after the Caixa Forum (Madrid) and the Forum building (Barcelona).

With over 20,622 sqm, the building includes a public library, a contemporary art museum, the Photography Centre of the Tenerife Island, a store, a cafe/restaurant and several public use spaces for the community.

The building is a long volume intersected by a ramp that generates a triangular plaza. Along the facade, over 1,200 openings in 720 different shapes filter the natural light to the inside, while generating an amazing view during night.

During the opening, Jaques Herzog said that this building will change the image of Tenerife, and along with the Calatrava auditorium will turn the city into a cultural focus.

And now, the photographs by Iwan Baan:

Danfoss Universe / J. Mayer H. Architects

01:00 - 6 February, 2009
Danfoss Universe / J. Mayer H. Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    6430 Nordborg, Denmark
  • Architects

    J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Project Team

    Juergen Mayer H., Marcus Blum, Thorsten Blatter, Andre Santer, Alessandra Raponi
  • Architect On Site

    Hallen & Nordby
  • Technical Consultant

    Carl Bro
  • Client

    Danfoss Universe, Nordborg, Denmark
  • Budget

    US $3.86 million
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006

Outeiro House / Ezzo

01:00 - 6 February, 2009
Outeiro House / Ezzo

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Oporto, Portugal
  • Architects

    Ezzo - Cesar Machado Moreira
  • Design Team

    Fátima Barroso
  • Structural Engineering

    Eng.Lopes de Oliveira
  • Services

    Oval Engenharia
  • Client

    Marta Mello Sampayo
  • Project Year

    2006