US Embassy in London / KieranTimberlake Architects
US Embassy in London / KieranTimberlake Architects

Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake Chosen to Design NYU Facility

As the culmination of a five-month selection process, New York University (NYU) has announced that Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake will be designing its major new facility along Mercer Street between Houston and Bleecker in New York. The facility’s many uses will include classrooms, teaching spaces for performing arts, a state-of-the-art sports facility, and student and faculty housing. 

Collectively, the team was chosen for its high profile portfolio, which includes projects like the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the U.S. Embassy in London, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the 1983-2006 restoration and expansion of the New York Public Library

Innovation and Technical and Technological Transfer Park / Grupo ARKHOS

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Architects: Grupo ARKHOS
Location: Heroico Colegio Militar 4700, Nombre de Dios, 31150 , , Mexico
Project Architects: Rubén Escobar Urrutia + Ricardo Pacheco López.
Project Area: 11990.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Jorge Taboada Morón

Zaha Hadid Designs Dune-Inspired Net Zero Headquarters for Bee’ah

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Designs have been released for Bee’ah’s new headquarters in . The Middle Eastern environmental and waste management company commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), following an invited competition, to design a facility that reflects their goal to operate entirely from renewable energy sources and move towards zero waste, as well as increase their educational outreach.

ZHA’s design builds from its desert context, acting as two energy efficient “dunes” that intersect to form a central “oasis.” Read on to learn more.

Mariner Harbor Branch Library / A*PT ARCHITECTURE

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Architects: A*PT ARCHITECTURE
Location: Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY, USA
Design Team: Anna Torriani, AIA; Lorenzo Pagnamenta, AIA; Wasmiya Tan; Raffaele Stefani; Damien Romanens; Nam Suk Oh; Juan Carlos Salas Ballestin; Caterina Inderbitzin; Petya Ivanova; Felix Lederberger; Roxane Bervini; Anais Iglesias; Nuria Forques.
Area: 10000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Albert Vecerka / Esto

London Calling: On Fondness

After the local council announced their plans to demolish the iconic Preston Bus Station in favour of a new building elsewhere, it took a national backlash before the building was eventually saved, being listed in September 2013. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

In the UK, the commissioning of buildings is in crisis. The government and the industry as a whole is short-sighted, putting too much emphasis on function and too little thought into what makes for a long-lasting, and in that respect sustainable, building.

What is it that prompts a person to own a classic car or a family to continue to use old silver when both involve so much hard work? Why not buy a new car or use stainless steel cutlery? By convention these possessions have reached the end of their natural life, they require careful maintenance and in many cases they don’t function as well they might – they are obsolete. Their continued use requires a conscious commitment – time and money – on the part of their owner. But then, in time, this responsibility stops being a burden and instead becomes a cause for satisfaction and enjoyment.

It is a question that could be asked of those who commission and use buildings.

The Mirror Houses / Peter Pichler Architecture

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Architects: Peter Pichler Architecture
Location: SOUTH-TYROL, Italy
Year: 2014
Photographs: Oskar Da Riz

Images Revealed of Zaha Hadid’s First Project in Brazil

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Images of Zaha Hadid’s first project in Brazil – and in South America — have been revealed. The “Casa Atlântica” tower will have eleven floors and a rooftop pool and be built in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, according to local paper O Globo.

Located on Atlântica Avenue, “Casa Atlântica” will be the only building on its lot, yet seeks to complement the surrounding environment and neighborhood.

The project was commissioned by businessman, Omar Peres, who acquired the land for R$ 23 million ($8.5 million).

Neues Museum. Image © Flickr CC user stijn
Neues Museum. Image © Flickr CC user stijn

Spotlight: David Chipperfield

Born and raised in London in 1953, British architect David Chipperfield‘s career has spanned decades and continents as an architect, designer and professor. Since 1984, he has been at the helm of David Chipperfield Architects, an award winning firm with over 180 staff at offices in LondonBerlinMilan, and Shanghai. Chipperfield is an honourary fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Germany’s Bund Deutscher Architekten, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2004. In 2012, Chipperfield curated the Venice Biennale of Architecture under the theme Common Ground. Most recently, Chipperfield was named Artistic Director of Italian design brand Driade.

Expansion of the American School of the Hague / Kraaijvanger

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Architects: Kraaijvanger
Location: , Netherlands
Design Team: Kraaijvanger, Rotterdam
Team: Hans Goverde, Annemiek Bleumink, Laurence Meulman, Patrick Keijzer, Nol van den Boer
Area: 3900.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ronald Tilleman

Video: Alison And Peter Smithson On Housing

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In 1970 the followed architects Alison and Peter Smithson through the construction of their seminal housing project, Robin Hood Gardens (London). The impact of their architecture continues to resonate well into the 21st century, most recently in the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Robin Hood Gardens was demolished in 2013, bringing an end to the Smithson’s utopian vision. Listen to Alison Smithson explain the European Housing Condition (as the vision stood in 1970), the state of British infrastructure as it was, and hear Peter Smithson discuss the impetus for their most famous collective housing project.

Boissonnet Building / TRIBU architecture

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Architects: TRIBU architecture
Location: Chemin de Boissonnet, ,
Area: 1446.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michel Bonvin

House Villa near Vilnius / GYZA

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Architects:
Location: Vilnius County,
Architect In Charge: Gžegožas Volkovskis
Area: 226.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Antanas Minkevičius, Žilvinas Vasiliauskas, Bonnevier

Tsubomi House / FLAT HOUSE

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Architects: FLAT HOUSE
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Yoshinori Sakano
Area: 77.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Light of Life Church / shinslab architecture + IISAC

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Architects: shinslab architecture,
Location: 105-4 Seolgok-ri, Seorak-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Architect In Charge: Tchely SHIN Hyung-Chul et Claire SHIN
Area: 4109.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jin Hyo-Sook, Lee Dong-Hwan

M-House / TOFU

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Architects: TOFU
Location: , Hyogo Prefecture,
Site Area: 95.98sqm
Area: 158.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stirling Elmendorf

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Humorous Short Stories About Austin’s Madcap Growth

Award-winning architect, writer, and professor David Heymann has just released his first work of fiction: My Beautiful City Austin. Composed of seven humorous tales, the stories document the misadventures of a young architect in Austin and his accidental involvement in the slow decimation of his city’s charms. Unable to deter his clients from their poor choices, the well-intentioned designer finds himself complicit. Using fiction, Heymann paints a sharply dynamic picture of the architectural consequences of Austin’s rapid growth and “rediscovered allure.” Check out the book, here.

Centre of Advanced Imaging at University of Queensland / John Wardle Architects + Wilson Architects

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Architects: John Wardle Architects, Wilson Architects
Location: University of Queensland Press, 250 Commercial Street, , NH 03101, USA
Area: 5590.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christopher Frederick-Jones

AR Vinhos / Paulo Martins Arq&Design

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Architects: Paulo Martins Arq&Design
Location: ,
Area: 70.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ana Tavares