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AD Interviews: Amale Andraos & Dan Wood / Work AC

20:05 - 19 May, 2008

As I had previously mentioned we visited Work AC in New York a few months ago, where we interviewed Amale Andraos and Dan Wood. This turned out to be a great interview, where they shared their thoughts on the current state of architectural practice, the role of architects in current society, humor, networking, media and something that really interested me: the importance of knowing how to manage the growth of your office.

On their office we saw the amazing model for their Cadavre Exquis Lebanese, a proposal based on a series of interventions to re-create Downtown Beirut presented at the 2007 Rotterdam Biennale. We also got to see their on on going projects and a 1:1 prototype of their Public Farm 1 structure soon to be opened at the PS1. You can check the construction progress at the PF1 website.

Pictures of Work AC after the jump.

VM Houses / BIG + JDS

01:00 - 19 May, 2008
VM Houses / BIG + JDS

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Architects

    BIG + JDS = PLOT
  • Collaborators

    Plot, JDS, MOE & Brodsgaard
  • Client

    Hopfner A/S, Dansk Olie Kompagni A/S
  • Contractor

    Hopfner A/S
  • Program

    230 Apartments
  • Area

    25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

Willis Headquarters at Lime Street / Foster + Partners

18:37 - 17 May, 2008

Foster + Partners just informed us that the new Willis headquarters at Lime Street in London is complete. As usual, the firm lead by Sir Norman Foster developed a urban piece that integrates with the city at street level and features environmental strategies to reduce its energy consumption and carbon footprint.

This two buildings are developed as a series of overlapping curved shells while its section is arranged in three steps. The roof terraces overlooking the plaza on the lower two steps are directly accessible from the office spaces. Both buildings have a central core to provide open floor plates and maximum flexibility in use.

The entire development is visually unified by its highly reflective façade. The pressed form of the panels and their mica finish give them depth and texture. A dynamic effect is established through the interplay of solid and glazed panels arranged in a saw-tooth pattern, the fins also increase insulation while reducing glare and solar gain.

Together with the highly efficient services equipment and systems in the building, the façade design is integral to the energy strategy, which is rated BREEAM Excellent. What surprised me is the parking capacity: 42 Cars, 88 motorcycles, 264 bicycles

According to Sir Norman Foster this building has come out of a very different design process, yet continues the practice’s commitment to developing humane, flexible and dynamic workplaces that are both informed by, and woven into, the urban fabric. Foster has some very interesting approaches when it comes to sustainable design and urban spaces. I recommend checking his presentation at DLD we posted last week.

Orquideorama / Plan B Architects + JPRCR Architects

01:00 - 17 May, 2008
Orquideorama / Plan B Architects + JPRCR Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Architects

    Plan B - Felipe Mesa, Alejandro Bernal + JPRCR - Camilo Restrepo, J. Paul Restrepo
  • Collaborators

    Viviana Peña, Catalina Patiño, Carolina Gutiérrez, Lina Gil, Jorge Buitrago
  • Client

    Medellin Botanical Garden
  • Builder

    Ménsula S.A.
  • Budget

    523 US$ / m2
  • Materials

    Wood, Steel
  • Area

    4.2 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006

Aalen University Extension / MGF Architekten

01:00 - 16 May, 2008
Aalen University Extension / MGF Architekten

Aalen University Extension / MGF Architekten Aalen University Extension / MGF Architekten Aalen University Extension / MGF Architekten Aalen University Extension / MGF Architekten +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aalen, Germany
  • Architects

    MGF Architekten GmbH
  • Collaborators

    Martin Frenzel, Irina Auernhammer, Frank Lipphardt, Michael Franke
  • Client

    Land Baden-Württemberg
  • Program

    University of Applied Sciences
  • Budget

    €27 millions
  • Area

    8500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006

Lateran University Library / King Roselli Architetti

01:00 - 15 May, 2008
Lateran University Library / King Roselli Architetti

Lateran University Library / King Roselli Architetti Lateran University Library / King Roselli Architetti Lateran University Library / King Roselli Architetti Lateran University Library / King Roselli Architetti +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rome, Italy
  • Architects

    King Roselli Architetti
  • Project Chief

    Andrea Ricci
  • Collaborators

    Giandomenico Florio, Ulich Grosse, Christina Hoffmann, Arianna Nobile, Enrica Testi, Katia Scarioni, Toyohiko Yamaguchi
  • Client

    Pontificial Lateran University
  • Building Cost

    7m Euros
  • Interior Cost

    1m Euros
  • Materials

    Concrete
  • Project Start

    2004
  • Project Year

    2006

b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos unveils design for new market in Barcelona

14:35 - 14 May, 2008

b720 just informed us that they won the ideas competition for the new Market dels Encants in Barcelona, Spain, commissioned by the city.

Pentimento House / Jose María Sáez & David Barragán

01:00 - 14 May, 2008
Pentimento House / Jose María Sáez & David Barragán

Pentimento House / Jose María Sáez & David Barragán Pentimento House / Jose María Sáez & David Barragán Pentimento House / Jose María Sáez & David Barragán Pentimento House / Jose María Sáez & David Barragán +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Quito Canton, Ecuador
  • Architects

    Jose María Sáez and David Barragán
  • Collaborators

    Alejandra Andrade
  • Engineering

    César Izurieta
  • Client

    Desireé Marín
  • Builder

    Jaime Quinga
  • Prefabricated Elements

    Héctor Sánchez
  • Project Year

    2006

TU Delft Architecture School devastated by fire

23:29 - 13 May, 2008

TU Delft Architecture School was devastated by fire today. The fire, belived to have been started by a short circuit in a coffee machine caused by a faulty water pipe, was so poweful that the fire brigade couldn’t get close to it and decided to stand back and let the fire burn itself out.

PS1 Young Architects Program 2008 / Work Architecture Company

03:19 - 13 May, 2008

UPDATE: See a video on the construction and photos of the project finished on this article.

Every year the PS1 Gallery at the Museum of Modern Art in New York invites young emerging architects to propose a temporary structure for their Warm-up Music festival, and unless you´ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you already know that Work AC won this years edition with their PF1 (Public Farm One) proposal.

PF1 (Public Farm One) is an urban farm concept built with inexpensive and sustainable materials recyclable after its use at P.S.1, such as cardboard tubes that form a continuous surface creating multiple zones of activity including swings, fans, sound effects, innovative seating areas, and a refreshing pool at its center, as an Urban Beach.

We visited Work AC (interview coming this Sunday) and they told us how this project allowed them to get in touch with non architects for the technique for growing plants on the cardboard tube structure, which enriched the development of the project. They also worked with LERA structural engineers.

Installation opens June 20th, hosting the 2008 Warm Up summer music series at the PS1. You can follow the construction progress at the Public Farm 1 website.

Guthrie House / Felipe Assadi & Francisca Pulido

01:00 - 13 May, 2008
Guthrie House / Felipe Assadi & Francisca Pulido

Guthrie House / Felipe Assadi & Francisca Pulido Guthrie House / Felipe Assadi & Francisca Pulido Guthrie House / Felipe Assadi & Francisca Pulido Guthrie House / Felipe Assadi & Francisca Pulido +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chicureo, Colina, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects

    Felipe Assadi & Francisca Pulido
  • Area

    140.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007

Metzo School / Erick Van Egeraat

01:00 - 13 May, 2008
Metzo School / Erick Van Egeraat

Metzo School / Erick Van Egeraat Metzo School / Erick Van Egeraat Metzo School / Erick Van Egeraat Metzo School / Erick Van Egeraat +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Doetinchem, The Netherlands
  • Architect

    Erick Van Egeraat
  • Structures

    ABT-C, Delft
  • Landscape

    Poldergast, Polsbroek
  • Program

    Educational building for vocational education, including sports facilities
  • Client

    Stichting CoVoa, Doetinchem
  • Area

    16400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006

AD Interviews: Mark Foster Gage / Gage Clemenaceau

03:03 - 12 May, 2008

Gage / Clemenceau Architects is a NY based architectural firm that deals with a wide scale of projects, from product design, commercial & residential projects to exhibition design. Also runners for the Young Architects Program @ PS1 in 2007, Gage Clemenceau´s work is motivated by the premise that architecture transcends the practice of mere building- in favor of a new and vibrant alliance between progressive technologies, new materials, context and program.

We interviewed Mark Foster Gage (G/C partner, assistant professor at Yale), and discussed about education, media, networking role of architects in contemporary society, among other topics regarding the current state of architectural practice in our second issue of AD Interviews, in a very interesting and fluid talk.

More interviews each Sunday. Please leave your feedback at the comments for future issues.

Pictures of the Gage Clemenceau Studio after the break.

Two residences in New York / Gage Clemenceau

01:00 - 12 May, 2008
Two residences in New York / Gage Clemenceau

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CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia

01:00 - 12 May, 2008
CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia

CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jezioro Łąka, Poland
  • Architect

    Peter Kuczia
  • Usage

    Single family house
  • Materials

    Wood, Fibre cement
  • Area

    175.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007

Guest House / AATA Associate Architects

01:00 - 11 May, 2008
Guest House / AATA Associate Architects

Guest House / AATA Associate Architects Guest House / AATA Associate Architects Guest House / AATA Associate Architects Guest House / AATA Associate Architects +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Licanchen, Navidad, O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Architects

    Aata Associate Architects
  • Client

    Mario Cerda Sepulveda
  • Contractors

    Carlos Vidal
  • Materials

    Straw bales, polycarbonate, wood
  • Budget

    700 US$ / m2
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006

Sir Norman Foster on TED Talks

23:13 - 10 May, 2008

Well, not exactly on TED Talks but on the DLD (Digital Design Life) Conference in Munich which is being presented at the TED site. Norman Foster discusses his work to show how computers can help architects design buildings that are green, beautiful and “basically pollution-free.”

Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti

01:00 - 10 May, 2008
Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti

Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Ladera, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Architects

    Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Services

    Constructor AIA CONSTRUCTORES
  • Structural Engineer

    Sergio Tobón
  • Materials

    Concrete, Wood, Glass
  • Area

    6.8 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007