Wine Terrace and Spa / Gereben Marián Architects

© Zsolt Frikker

Architects: Gereben Marián Architects
Location: , Almagyar, 3300
Architect In Charge: Péter Gereben, Balázs Marián
Design Team: Gergely Álmos, Péter Mészáros, Tamás Mezey, Kálmán Nyilas
Area: 230.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zsolt Frikker, Dávid Lukács, Balázs Marián

Rem Koolhaas Sheds Light on Lagos

In this interview conducted by the Brigtje van der Haak maker of the documentary Lagos Wide & Close, Rem Koolhaas discusses his research on the urbanization of Nigeria‘s largest city, . While this research is as yet unpublished, Koolhaas discusses external influences on the city’s architecture, how his visits have affected his view of the profession, and Lagos’ future potential. The documentary by van der Haak, released on DVD in 2004, is an interactive exploration of Lagos from a multitude of scales. Now, it has been adapted for the web, and can be viewed in its entirety here!

Hopetoun Residence / B.E Architecture

© Peter Clarke

Architects: B.E Architecture
Location: NSW 2030,
Area: 650.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Clarke

Wicker Man: An Interview with Salvador Gilabert of EMBT

The Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo

As one of EMBT‘s Directors, Salvador Gilabert has helped guide the realization of some of the practice’s biggest projects in recent years – including as project director of Spain’s 2010 Shanghai Expo Pavilion and the recently completed Barajas Social Housing Block.

Last month, he took a week out of his schedule to lead a project at Hello Wood, where – with an energy and intensity that was almost out of place in the relaxing surroundings of the Hungarian countryside – he led a group of to construct an ambitious, screw-free elevated platform that emerged from a cluster of trees and offered views of the setting sun. ArchDaily caught up with Salvador Gilabert during the week to find out more about his work.

Read on after the break for the full interview

BOMEL Slaughterhouse / BAEB

© Julien Forthomme

Architects: BAEB
Location: 5000 , Belgium, Belgium
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Forthomme

Why Not Hand A Hermit Crab a Shelter?

© Aki Inomata

How could hermit crabs teach us a lesson about world peace? In her project, titled, “Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?” Japanese media design Aki Inomata is inspired by hermit crabs’ peaceable exchange of their shells, a metaphor for the peaceful exchange of land between countries. Exploring the theme further, she designs new shelters in the shape of world cities, and provides new homes for the crabs which represent the abstract perception of changing nationalities and identities.

Rome Invites Ideas For Reuse of Europe’s Biggest Landfill Site

Rome Invites Ideas For Reuse of Europe’s Biggest Landfill Site

A major competition for reuse has just been announced for the Malagrotta Landfill, one of the European Union’s biggest landfill sites. After Malagrotta was closed in August 2013 due to its controversial size and negative impact on the surrounding community, the Municipality of Rome began a process of redevelopment through community engagement. Multi-displinary teams are tasked with a creating a proposal to reinvent the sprawling 240-hectare property while considering its original purpose. The competition is designed to begin a conversation on the long-term vision for the property.

Livsrum – Cancer Care Centre / ARCGENCY

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Architects: ARCGENCY
Location: , Denmark
Area: 1450.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of ARCGENCY

Alvaro Siza’s Taifong Golf Club Opens in Taichung, Taiwan

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Today, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza and architect Carlos Castanheira will inaugurate the Taifong Golf Club, in Taichung,

The two Portuguese architects began the recently-completed project in 2009. The clubhouse includes spaces for recreational and cultural events and activities. The building demonstrates a rich relationship between the landscape and local culture.

Images of the project—kindly shared with us by architecture photographer Fernando Guerra | FG+SG—can be seen after the break.

Villa Rotonda / Bedaux de Brouwer Architects

© Michel Kievits

Architects: Bedaux de Brouwer Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Architect In Charge: Pieter Bedaux, Thomas Bedaux
Design Team: Koen de Witte, Kees Paulussen, Rien Lagerwerf, Cees de Rooy
Area: 415.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Michel Kievits

Daqing Left Bank City / A-ASTERISK

© Misae Hiromatsu

Architects: A-ASTERISK
Location: , Heilongjiang, China
Architects In Charge: Nakamura Nobuhiro, Qin Yi, Shigeno Yuji, Wang Wenping, He Zengcai
Architecture Design:
Area: 200413.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

Island with a View: Dutch Kitchen Incorporates Elegant Aquarium

Courtesy of Rene van Dongen

Amsterdam-based design firm Kolenik Eco Chic Design have released designs of their unique Ocean Kitchen, a transformative new take on residential space. The contemporary minimalist kitchen offers a moment of serenity to the viewer through the inclusion of a vast aquarium beneath the island’s countertop. Positioned as the architectural centerpiece of the space, the island in Ocean Kitchen gracefully animates the surrounding kitchen.

Immerse yourself in photos of Ocean Kitchen after the break.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne is set to open this fall. Image © victortsu via Flickr
The Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne is set to open this fall. Image © victortsu via Flickr

Frank Gehry’s “Haute Couture” Art Gallery for the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Because of – rather than in spite of - Frank Gehry‘s seeming inability to design something rectilinear, CEO of Louis Vuitton Bernard Arnault specifically sought him out to design the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a private art gallery in Paris. Arnault asked Gehry to create something worthy of the foundation’s first artistic act; “a haute couture building.” The resulting glass palace is immediately recognizable as a Frank Gehry design, with a form that conjures images of sailboats and fish. In this article for Vanity Fair, Critic Paul Goldberger considers the building within the prestigious history of Paris museums, and within Gehry’s larger body of work. Click here to read the story.

Orandajima House Community Centre / Martin van der Linden + Ayumu Ota + Yuko Kawakita

© Josh Lieberman

Architects: , Ayumu Ota,
Location: Yamada, Shimohei District, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Area: 196.0 sqm
Photographs: Josh Lieberman, Courtesy of Martin van der Linden + Ayumu Ota + Yuko Kawakita

Japanese Artist Hand-Crafts Intricate Three Dimensional Paperscapes

© Katsumi Hayakawa

Japanese  Katsumi Hayakawa’s “Paperworks” exhibition explores the impression of architectural density through delicate three-dimensional installations. The intricate sculptures were all hand-crafted piece by piece out of paper and glue, creating an awe-inspiring assemblage of multi-layered urban conditions at different scales. For more information and images, keep reading after the break.

NBBJ Creates High Tech Shading System for Buildings

Courtesy of NBBJ

International architecture firm NBBJ has created Sunbreak, a new prototype for user-controlled sunshades that will not only lower costs, but also give buildings a dynamic appearance throughout the day.

Technology currently exists for automatically regulating solar gains in buildings, but the downside to these systems is that they often lack manual controls, and one of the most common complaints heard from workers in modern office buildings is that they do not have enough control over their environment. Automatic sunshades go up or down based on the time of day but if it happens to be cloudy outside or if users want natural light in a room when the shades are down there may be nothing they can do.

Bruggerberg / Ken Architekten

© Hannes Henz

Architects: Ken Architekten
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hannes Henz

Thomas Phifer and Partners Wins Competition to Design Museum of Modern Art Warsaw

View inside the Forum. Image © Thomas Phifer and Partners

The in Warsaw has announced that Thomas Phifer and Partners will be designing their new gallery space, after winning a competition against eleven other selected practices. The new museum, the largest cultural project in recent Polish history, will also house the TR Warsawa Theatre. The proposal consists of two separate buildings housing the theater and museum, joined by a common forum that will serve both as entrance and public multi-use space.