Four Houses in Baleia / Studio Arthur Casas

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Baleia – Praia da Baleia, São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: Arthur Casas
Area: 2340.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall / Affleck de la Riva architects

© Marc Cramer

Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
Location: 7 Rue Doctor Wilfrid Locat North, Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan, , QC J0K 3H0,
Area: 1560.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Cramer

Bold Urban Renewal Projects in City of Port Phillip, Melbourne

Screenshot of video courtesy of Traces Films

The near Melbourne is taking bold measures to enhance the vibrant atmosphere and livability of their city through a variety of urban renewal projects. Promoting a four part community plan of working together to take action, neighborhood development, community leadership, and monitoring progress, and fifteen priorities for action, the city’s commitment to environmentally and socially conscious design and policy alongside a strong support for the arts has resulted in a number of noteworthy projects, attracting designers such as Simon Oxenham of Convic, Gregory Burgess Architects, and Paul Morgan Architects to take part.

Read on after the break to see three videos featuring the award winning projects, created by our friends at Traces Films.

Savyon House / Michal Sheffer

© Shai Epstein

Architects: Michal Sheffer
Location: ,
Area: 473.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shai Epstein

Preserving Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hemicycle Spring House

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The Spring House, also known as the Clifton and George Lewis II House, is the only private house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that was ever built in Florida. The design embodies the final and shortest stylistic phase in Wright’s career – the hemicycle style. The plan is characterized by concentric and intersecting circles, while the elevations are consistent with Wright’s designs in how they accentuate the horizontal.

After the death of her husband in 1996, Clifton Lewis formed the Spring House Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historic property and turning it into a public legacy. In order to restore and complete the house (some elements were never built, including a semi-circular pool on one of the terraces), the organization needs to raise $256,250, which will then be matched by the Division of Historical Resources to pay the $512,500 purchase price. To meet the Division of Historical Resources’ October 15th deadline, they have launched an IndieGoGo campaign with a target of $100,000. For more on the historical landmark and the organization’s fundraising efforts, keep reading after the break.

Grha Adhi Media Complex / Atelier TT

© Martin Westlake

Architects: Atelier TT
Location: Jalan Bintaro, Pondok Aren, South Tangerang City, Banten, Indonesia
Architect In Charge: Jan Steven Tjandra, Lisa Teo, Arddy Berylian, Dennis Liandy, Duhita Anindya Hanifati, Grace Vania
Site Area: 3500m2
Area: 2900.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Martin Westlake, Dennis Liandy

BIG Designs Rejected Again for Kimball Art Center

Revised design for the . Image Courtesy of BIG

After producing major revisions on a previously rejected design, BIG have had their second design rejected for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. City Hall rejected the design on the basis of appearance, arguing that it did not relate to the historic city centre “aesthetically, visually or historically.” The second design by BIG marked a complete departure from the original that was selected as the winner of an architectural contest hosted by the Kimball Art Center.

Hillside / GASS Architecture Studios

© Kate Del Fante Scott

Architects: GASS Architecture Studios
Location: ,
Onsite Project Architect: Chris Bakker
Principal Architect: Georg van Gass
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kate Del Fante Scott

AD Interviews: Yuri Grigoryan / Project Meganom

At the III Moscow Urban Forum, we had the chance to sit down with Russian architect Yuri Grigoryan, the co-founder of Project Meganom and the director of education at the Strelka Institute. Grigoryan also led the team that prepared the research project, “Archeology of the Periphery,” a key part of the forum that focused on the challenges and strategy for developing Moscow’s metropolitan area.

Sitting above the “Archeology of the Periphery” exhibition, Grigoryan told us what he thinks the role of an architect should be in society, what it’s like to lead a firm and the importance of innovation. “Architects have two very important roles. One is to do the architecture and to be good in architectural design. And the second role is to build the bridge between architecture, research and society,” he told us.

If you enjoy this interview make sure you check out our interview with both Grigoryan and Alexei Komissarov, the Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship of Moscow, on the Forum and “Archeology of the Periphery.”

IE School of Architecture and Design’s SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize

IE School of Architecture and Design’s SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize

New models are emerging, redefining how we work, shop and learn in different environments that impact our everyday lives. IE SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize is a challenge for young architects and designers worldwide that are able to foresee how work, retail and learning environments will evolve in the next decade.

If you’re interested in being a part of the challenge, there’s still time. The registration period is open until October 27, and proposals are to be presented in a digital story board (A1 horizontal format- PDF or JPG; < 10megas). Registrations should be made individually. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Admittance to Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning Environments  from IE School of Architecture & Design, for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • 30% scholarship over the tuition fees
  • Full-time paid professional internships in top tier companies and design firms such as UNStudio, Arup or O+A Studio

For more detailed information, visit the Competition website

IE School of Architecture & Design focuses on training skills in design, innovation and management, expanding the boundaries of traditional architectural education. IE welcomes students who seek challenges and aspire to become leaders in the dynamic world of architecture and design. The IE community is comprised of 47,000+ graduates that represent more than 90 countries worldwide.

Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage / F8 architecture + Gérard Violante

© Vanja Bjelobaba

Architects: F8 architecture,
Location: Bamako,
Area: 891.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Vanja Bjelobaba

Translating Smiljan Radić’s Serpentine Pavilion from Fantasy to Fabrication

The use of fiberglass allowed for the pavilion to be thin and brittle, but also had the strength to span a large face. The pigment made it fire retardant. Image Courtesy of Louis Webb Bird/AECOM

Settled neatly in the quiet hum of London‘s Kensington Gardens rests Smiljan Radić‘s 2014 Serpentine Pavilion, an ethereal mass of carefully moulded fiberglass punctuated by precisely cut openings. Radić desired a structure that appears thin and brittle, yet was strong enough to support itself, and his affection for the rudimental layered qualities of papier-mâché – his maquette medium of choice – inspired the use of fiberglass by AECOM, who engineered Radić’s wild ideas. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “Paper-Thin Walls, an AECOM engineer explains their solution. Read on after the break to find out more. 

Artist Mark Lascelles Thornton On His Completed Masterwork: “The Happiness Machine”

All 8 panels of The Happiness Machine. Image © Mark Lascelles Thornton

Over a year ago, we shared a work-in-progress drawing project that captured our imagination with its combination of huge size and meticulously small details. Now, “The Happiness Machine,Mark Lascelles Thornton‘s 8-foot by 5-foot, three year long project is complete, after over 10,000 hours of painstaking work.

Lascelles Thornton, a self-taught London-based artist who describes himself as “one of those kids that was drawing before I was talking,” created the artwork as a response to the global financial crisis, focusing on themes of socio-economics, consumerism, globalism, resource shortages, urbanism and architecture. We spoke to Lascelles Thornton about his artwork, discussing the themes of the piece and the commitment – or, as he describes it, “emotional ” – required for such a colossal undertaking.

For the full interview – and detailed images of the drawing – read on after the break

Hunter’s Hall / Bergersen Arkitekter

© Kjetil Nordø

Architects: Bergersen Arkitekter
Location: 830 15 Duved,
Design Team: Kjetil Nordø
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kjetil Nordø

OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) Tops Out

Courtesy of OMA; Photography by Philippe Ruault

OMA‘s Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC) has topped out in a ceremony including Taipei’s mayor Hau Lung-pin, and OMA’s Partners in charge of the project, Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten. Even in its current skeletal state, the rigidly geometric form is clearly expressed with it’s central cube supporting three protruding auditoriums, two cubic and one spherical. The design of the TPAC is in many ways experimental, incorporating a looped public path which shows off the building’s backstage areas, and flexible auditoriums which can even be combined, offering extraordinary stage spaces that allow performances which would be impossible in any other .

Ahead of the topping out ceremony we spoke to partner in charge David Gianotten, who explained the building’s design concepts and the challenges (or rather, surprising lack of challenges) in the construction, and told us “you will only understand it when you have seen it. It’s super exciting, we encourage everybody that loves architecture to come and see it because it’s spectacular.”

Read on after the break for the full interview

Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story

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Blank Space’s first edition of Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story is a light-hearted reminder that communication is at the core of what all architects and designers do. The book is a collection of entries from the company’s first architectural storytelling competition, which was launched to reinstate a dialogue between architects and the public.

Fairy tales might seem like an odd genre of choice for this movement, but communication also lies at their core. According to the founders of Blank Space, Matthew Hoffman and Frencesca Giuliani-Hoffman, fairy tales are “relatable, yet sophisticated and nuanced, just like great architecture.”

For more on the whimsical collection, keep reading after the break.

Heatherwick Studio's 2010 Shanghai Expo pavilion. Image © Daniele Mattioli
Heatherwick Studio's 2010 Shanghai Expo pavilion. Image © Daniele Mattioli

Heatherwick Exhibitions Set to Tour US and Asia

Thomas Heatherwick is set to expand his international reputation in the coming year, thanks to two exhibitions that will tour the United States and East Asia, reports the Architects’ Journal. The US exhibition, titled “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio” will tour DallasLA and New York from September 2014 to October 2015. The Asia exhibit is yet to be formally announced, although it is believed it will begin in Singapore in Spring 2015. Read on after the break for more details of the exhibitions.

Hyundai Card Travel Library / Wonderwall

© Nacása & Partners Inc.

Architects: Wonderwall
Location: , South Korea
Area: 372.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nacása & Partners Inc.