Framestore LA / DHD Architecture and Design + RAC Design Build

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Framestore LA / DHD Architecture and Design + RAC Design Build, © Art Gray
© Art Gray

© Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray +33

Humanitarium / group8

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Humanitarium / group8, © Walter Mair
© Walter Mair
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenue de la Paix 17 – 19, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    Adrien Besson, Christophe Pidoux, Julien Potignat and Blaise Fontaine.
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair © Walter Mair +19

Green Box Design Studio / MacGabhann Architects

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
© Ros Kavanagh
© Ros Kavanagh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rathmullan, Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Design Team

    Antoin MacGabhann, Tarla MacGabhann, Patrick McGinley, Claire Faulkner
  • Main Contractror

    Tony Ringland, Glenwood Systems
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

© Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh +17

Terence Gower: SuperPuesto

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Terence Gower: SuperPuesto, Rendering by architect Yoandy Rizo Fiallo, 2014
Rendering by architect Yoandy Rizo Fiallo, 2014

SuperPuesto is a temporary pavilion by Terence Gower commissioned by The Bronx Museum of the Arts in collaboration with the Andrew Freedman Home for Beyond the Supersquare, the first U.S. museum exhibition to examine the complicated legacies of modernist architecture in Latin America and the Caribbean through the perspectives of 30 contemporary artists. With the goal of providing an immersive space for visitors to experience the exhibition’s artistic and architectural themes, SuperPuesto also serves as an annex for educational and public programs related to Beyond the Supersquare.

Hawkins\Brown Designs Housing Scheme in Rotherhithe

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Hawkins\Brown Designs Housing Scheme in Rotherhithe, © Forbes Massie
© Forbes Massie

Hawkins\Brown have gained planning permission for a development of 103 new homes in Rotherhithe, South-East London. Consisting of two terraces of 3-storey family homes and a series of four-storey 'mansion blocks' containing maisonettes with apartments above, the scheme will be built on the site of the former Fisher FC football ground on Salter Road, with the playing surface redeveloped to form a new public park.

More on the design after the break

Ricardo Bofill's Winning Proposal for the The Noble Qur'an Oasis Competition

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Ricardo Bofill's Winning Proposal for the The Noble Qur'an Oasis Competition, Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura
Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura and Gerber Architekten have tied for first place in a competition to design a cultural and civic Islamic center in Saudi Arabia, beating several well known international competitors, including Zaha Hadid Architects and gmp Architekten. The ultimate winner will be announced at a later date.

Ricardo Bofill's proposal for the center, which is meant to foster the research, study and transmission of the Qur'an, takes geometric inspiration from traditional Islamic cities:

"The first Islamic city had a circular plan, with all spaces being enclosed in the circle representing the elemental symbol of unity and the ultimate source of diversity in creation. This traditional city, or rather the idea of this city, serves as the base and the essence for the creation of the Islamic modern city. Such a background has led us to choose a circular concept as the main representational shape of the project for The Noble Qur'an Oasis. This unique civic and cultural landmark, with its sleek, minimalist design, is a symbolic container where the Islamic science and culture will be displayed."

Read the architect's description of their design, after the break.  

Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Noble Qur'an Oasis in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura +17

Amsterdam's Glass Music Hall Faces Demolition, Seeks Home

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Courtesy of Octatube
Courtesy of Octatube

A mere twenty-five years after its inauguration, the Glass Music Hall at the former Exchange of Berlage in Amsterdam is looking for a new home, where it will be relocated and reassembled for free. The innovative space, originally designed for the Dutch Chamber Music Orchestra, has garnered international attention and multiple awards, but sadly no longer meets the needs of the facility. 

Designed by architect Pieter Zaanen and structural designer Mick Eekhout, the Glass Music Hall sits in the center of an existing space, defying stereotypes about what glass can do. Being a hard material, the reverberation time in a blunt glass hall would be approximately 5 seconds. However, this number was brought down to 1 or 2 seconds in this instance, proving glass can be used to create a fantastical acoustical environment. 

Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall / ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall / ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart, Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart
Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart
  • Architects

  • Location

    University of Stuttgart, Keplerstraße 7, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Design Team

    A. Menges, Tobias Schwinn, Oliver David Krieg, J. Knippers, Jian‐Min Li, Volker Schwieger, Annette Schmitt, Reinhold Müller, Benjamin Eisele, Alois Buchstab, Frank Zimmermann, Sebastian Schreiber, Frauke Brieger, Karl‐Eugen Ebertshäuser, Sabine Rieger
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart, James Nebelsick, Roland Halbe

Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart +49

Samdaeheon / iSM architects

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Samdaeheon / iSM architects, © Hyosook Chin
© Hyosook Chin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Oesan-myeon, Buyeo-gun
  • Architects in Charge

    Joongwon Lee, Kyung-A Lee
  • Area

    208.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin +35

Modern Masters Of Materiality: An Interview With Australia's Tonkin Zulaikha Greer

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Modern Masters Of Materiality: An Interview With Australia's Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, The Cloudy Bay Winery in New Zealand conveys TZG's love for timeless materials. Image © Mike Rolfe
The Cloudy Bay Winery in New Zealand conveys TZG's love for timeless materials. Image © Mike Rolfe

With conscious material choices, Australian architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer are known for their ability to integrate buildings into a city’s existing fabric. Michael Holt, editor of the Australian Design Review, caught up with partner Tim Greer, for the following interview, picking his brain on materiality, site, history and more. 

Since the practice’s inception in 1988, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG) has become expert in the reuse of existing built fabric and how best to reintroduce the past into the contemporary. Through projects such as the restoration of Hyde Park Barracks, the National Arboretum Canberra (featured in AR131–Present), Carriageworks, and Paddington Reservoir Gardens, certain design characteristics are notable: volumetric boxes, a shifting in typology, an overarching and encompassing ceiling or roof plane, a restricted material palette, and working-off the existing while simultaneously revealing the existing.

Barrakka Lift Project / Architecture Project

01:00 - 9 July, 2014

“Zilverzijde” Social Housing / Atelier Kempe Thill

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
“Zilverzijde” Social Housing / Atelier Kempe Thill, © Ulrich Schwarz
© Ulrich Schwarz
  • Architects

  • Location

    The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    André Kempe, Oliver Thill, Teun van der Meulen, Rafael Alencar Saraiva, Marcel Geerdink, Anja Mueller, Peter Graf, Stefanie Diwischek, Andris Rubenis, David van Eck
  • Area

    9132.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz © Ulrich Schwarz +32

Bagnoli Futura / Silvio d'Ascia Architecture

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Bagnoli Futura / Silvio d'Ascia Architecture, © Barbara Jodice
© Barbara Jodice

© Barbara Jodice © Barbara Jodice © Barbara Jodice © Barbara Jodice +20

VIDEO: Chicago's Three Tallest Buildings Simultaneously Struck by Lightning

00:00 - 9 July, 2014

Lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place - or so goes the saying. But if you've ever watched a skyscraper in a storm, you probably know that this saying isn't exactly true. What might be a little more rare is lightning striking three places at once, but thanks to this amazing timelapse video by Craig Shimala we now know that this too is possible, as the lightning rods on Chicago's Willis Tower, Trump Tower and John Hancock Center are all hit simultaneously (keep an eye out at the 36-second mark, and see the still image after the break). Perhaps the most amazing thing of all is that this is the second time Shimala has recorded this exact occurrence - you can also see his video from 2010 after the break.

In The Real World: The Consequences of Modernity in Japan at the Venice Biennale

01:00 - 9 July, 2014

 “We were sensitive to the way in which society was becoming more consumption-oriented and gave serious thought to how we ought to respond to that change without simply accommodating ourselves to it.” -Toyo Ito
“I was entering a dead world, which would never see the light of the day. I wanted to treat that dead world as if it were alive, or to put it another way, to try to create a different reality.” - Terunobu Fujimori

Under the title of Fundamentals, Koolhaas’ Biennale asked national pavilions to focus on their respective countries’ relationships with modernity, the movement that has, for better or worse, shaped the contemporary city. In the case of Japan, modernity was expressed in a unique way, as architecture was instrumental to the rapid industrialization and growth that the country experienced after World War II. This growth resulted in the first architectural avant-garde outside of the Western world. By the 70s, as this movement reached its peak, local architects, historians, artists and urbanists began to look at modernism in a critical way, questioning its impact.

In “The Real World,” the Japan exhibit at the Biennale, curator Norihito Nakatani unearths how this critical movement expressed itself through Osamu Ishiyama, Toyo Ito, Terunobu Fujimori, and other Japanese masters whose works strove to connect to the human of “the real world” rather than contribute to the failed utopias of modernism. Interviews with this group of architects bring to light the desire that they had to positively impact society, and how they attempted to materialize that desire in their early works. The objects found inside the pavilion articulate the storytelling behind the process, leaving their interpretation open to visitors.

“You’ve got to try to make an impact on the times you live in, and you’ve got to do it through your work, not through words.” - Osamu Ushiyama
“Actual objects continue to possess tremendous energy - much more so than photographs or models.” - Tsutomu Ichiki

More about the "In the Real World" after the break:

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Top 10 Technical Apps for Architects

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Top 10 Technical Apps for Architects, Arrette Scale: perspective. Image Courtesy of Arrette Scale
Arrette Scale: perspective. Image Courtesy of Arrette Scale

Building upon our Top 10 Apps for Architects, this collection brings together some of the best quality and most valued technical apps for designing, sketching, calculating and collaborating. Although the majority of those featured here are designed solely for the iOS platform, every time we collate lists such as these it's clear that more and more high quality apps for the Android and Windows platforms are being developed. From condensed versions of large scale software packages that architects and designers use every day, to blank canvases to scratch ideas down onto, you might just find an app that could improve the way you work.

Arrette Scale: calculating area. Image Courtesy of Arrette Scale Morpholio Trace. Image Courtesy of The Morpholio Project iRhino 3D (iOS). Image Courtesy of iRhino 3D PadCAD (Android). Image Courtesy of PadCAD +29

Assemble Architects and the Coming-of-Age of the Pop-Up Project

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Assemble Architects and the Coming-of-Age of the Pop-Up Project, The Cineroleum, a temporary cinema in a disused petrol station. Image © Flickr CC User John Gordy
The Cineroleum, a temporary cinema in a disused petrol station. Image © Flickr CC User John Gordy

In his interesting profile of the young London-based practice Assemble, Rowan Moore of the Observer investigates the work of arguably the best collective of designers to emerge from 2010's "Autumn of Pop-Ups" - examining how they have stayed true to the more noble aspects of pop-up architecture despite the concept's increasing commercialization. From their first project, a temporary cinema in a petrol station, to their recent Yardhouse project in Stratford, Moore finds an architecture that values exuberance and fun, yet is mature and refined. You can read his article in full here.

Happy Birthday Michael Graves

00:00 - 9 July, 2014
Happy Birthday Michael Graves, AD Classics: St. Coletta School / Michael Graves. Image © Michael Graves
AD Classics: St. Coletta School / Michael Graves. Image © Michael Graves

Today is the 80th birthday of renowned architect Michael Graves.  Famous for his bold, symbolic references to classical architecture and his use of geometry, Graves is also known as one of the New York Five. His work bridged the abstraction of Modernism and the Postmodernism of the current era.

Graves started his own practice in 1964 in Princeton, New Jersey, and has taught at Princeton’s school of architecture for more than 40 years.  A prolific architect, Graves has also met with considerable success as an industrial designer, producing products for companies such as Target and Black & Decker. He is highly decorated, having won such prestigious honors as the Nation Medal of the Arts (1999), the AIA Gold Medal (2001), and the Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture (2012).  On the anniversary of his birth, we invite you to look over our collection of some of his best work and check out our video interview with him, after the break.

AD Classics: Denver Central Library / Michael Graves & Associates. Image © Michael Graves © Flickr - User: Paul Gowder. ImageAD Classics: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort / Michael Graves AD Classics: St. Coletta School / Michael Graves. Image © Michael Graves Photo by flickr.com/photos/camknows. ImageAD Classics: The Portland Building / Michael Graves +6