Courtesy of icsid/IDA
Courtesy of icsid/IDA

Becoming a WDC (World Design Capital)

Entering their fifth cycle of the WDC (World Design Capital) initiative, Icsid (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) is currently calling for submissions of applications for the biennial designation, where a combination of many factors contributes to the final…

AM House / Drucker Arquitetura

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Architects: Drucker Arquitetura
Location: Sao Paulo,
Author Architect: Monica Drucker
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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Courtesy of AllesWirdGut

WAZ Media Office Headquarters Winning Proposal / AllesWirdGut

Austrian architectural office AllesWirdGut… were recently commissioned to build the corporate headquarters of the international WAZ Media Group at their corporate home base in Essen, Germany. With a gross floor area of 36,000 sqm, the architects create a landmark and

Glass Farm / MVRDV

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Architects: MVRDV
Location: Schijndel,
Area: 1,600 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Persbureau van Eijndhoven, Jeroen Musch, Courtesy of MVRDV

Clarion Hotel Post / Semrén & Månsson

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Architects: Semrén & Månsson
Location: , Västra Götaland County, Sweden
Area: 34,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Krister Engström

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Courtesy of modeLab

modeLab Dynamic Behaviors in Processing Webinar

modeLab‘s upcoming webinar, Dynamic Behaviors in Processing, focuses on developing rich and responsive behaviors from scratch – think of bouncing balls, particle systems, or flocking boids – can be tricky without an object-oriented approach to our program design. Through a series…

Dante Alighieri School Expansion / LTFB Studio

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Architects: LTFB Studio
Location: Bucharest,
Architect In Charge: Liviu Fabian, Lucian Luta
Project Manager: VCE Vienna Consulting Engineers
Structure: DUCTIL TECH
Installations: SOLID INSTALL
Developer: ACM 4
Photographs: Cosmin Dragomir

Tuunich Kanab / Seijo Peon Arquitectos

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Architects: Seijo Peon Arquitectos
Location: , Yucatán, México
Architect: Juan Carlos Seijo Encalada
Collaborators: Marco Sogbi
Area: 420 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Seijo Peon Arquitectos

Thermopyles / SOA Architectes

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Architects: SOA Architectes
Location: Paris,
Team: SOA (architect), Laumond-Faure (BET TCE), Orféa (acoustics)
Contractor: LTHS
Client: Paris Habitat
Area: 1,820 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Cyrille Weiner

LEGO® Architecture Landmark Series: The Imperial Hotel


LEGO® aficionados, the wait is over. LEGO® has announced the details of their first edition to the 2013 Architecture series! Who better to kick off the new year than LEGO® Architecture staple Frank Lloyd Wright with his Imperial Hotel in .

The most celebrated of Wright’s six Japanese buildings, the Imperial Hotel was designed in the, then very chic, Mayan Revival style and constructed largely of stone and reinforced concrete. It was lauded for having survived a sizable earthquake shortly after its opening, however in reality portions of the building sunk leaving residents navigating its wobbly corridors. Eventually it was decided to completely demolish the building in 1968 to make way for the high-rise building that stands on the site today.

But fret not, now instead bemoaning the loss of one of Wright’s great works, for between $90-$100, big kids and little architects can reinstate this landmark building on their very own living room floor with 1,188 glossy miniature blocks.

More photos after the break…

Buyaka / Uras X Dilekci

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Architects: Uras X Dilekci
Location: , Istanbul Province, Turkey
Architect In Charge: Durmuş Dilekci, Emir Uras
Design Team: Durmuş Dilekci, Emir Uras, Fikret Sungay, Salih Küçüktuna, Handan Akbudak, Aylin Ayvaz, Evren Alpay, Elvan Çakıt
Floor Area: 440,000 sqm
Build Up Area: 248,000 sqm
Photographs: Faruk Kurtuluş, Ugur Ceylan

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Five great projects from last week that you must check out! The main image belongs to an eco-turism project in India, is the Hut-to-Hut by Rintala Eggertsson Architects. Don’t miss the most visited project of the week,  Family House in Orava designed by A.LT architekti.  Revisit, La Tallera by the talented mexican architect Frida Escobedo or the beautiful Bacopari House by UNA Arquitetos. Finally, don’t forget to nominate your favorite projects in the ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards.

X House / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

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Architects: Cadaval & Solà-Morales
Location: Cabrils, Barcelona,
Architect In Charge: Eduardo Cadaval & Clara Solà-Morales
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sandra Pereznieto, Iwan Baan

Massive Waterfront Redevelopment Receives Green Light in Washington D.C.

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Hoffman‐Madison Waterfront, the master developer of the 3.2 million square foot Southwest Waterfront project - “The Wharf” - that stretches across 27 acres of land along the historic Washington Channel, has announced the approval of its Phase1 Planned Unit Development (PUD) by the District of Columbia Zoning Commission. The Zoning Commission’s action approves all of the architectural designs and specific plans for each parcel of the project’s first phase encompassing 1.5 million square feet of residential, hotel, office and retail uses along with three piers, numerous open spaces, gathering places and a 3‐acre waterfront park. 

“The unanimous approval last night by the commissioners participating in the hearings is exhilarating. It creates momentum for ground breaking later this year,” said Monty Hoffman, Managing Member of Hoffman‐Madison Waterfront. “After more than six years of planning and substantial investment, we are preparing to launch one of the highest profile redevelopments in the country. We are ready to put shovels in the ground for this $2 billion of the Southwest Waterfront.”

More on Washington D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront project after the break.

Tecnova Headquarters / Ferrer Arquitectos

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Architects: Ferrer Arquitectos
Architect in Charge: José Angel Ferrer
Location: Avda. de la Innovación, Parque Científico Tecnológico de Almería,
Area: 15,028.58 sqm
Photographs: David Frutos

Brookfield’s Manhattan West Breaks Ground

Manhattan West; Courtesy of Brookfield Development

’s Midtown West will be experiencing a large makeover over the coming years.  Shortly after Hudson Yards broke ground in late 2012, Brookfield Properties initiated the first phase of its 5.4 million-square-foot master plan for Manhattan West on the corner of 33rd Street and 9th Ave.  Hovering over Penn Station’s Railroad tracks, an engineering feat will support two 60-story towers that will encompass residential and commercial functions, as well as public and community space.

G.C. House / Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa

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Architects: Atelier d’Architecture | Lopes da Costa
Location: Ovar,
Architect In Charge: José António Lopes da Costa, Tiago Meireles
Collaborators: Rita Gonçalves, Filipe Ribeiro
Photographs: Manuel Aguiar

Courtesy of Irish Architecture Foundation
Courtesy of Irish Architecture Foundation

Atlas of an Irish City Exhibition

Open now until February 21, the Atlas of an Irish City exhibition, hosted by the Irish Architecture Foundation at the Oonagh Young Gallery in Dublin, features an architectural survey of Galway and design projects that explore new ways to think about…