UPDATE: Boltshauser Architekten Wins Competition To Design Basel Aquarium

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

As a follow up to our recent post on the recent win by Boltshauser Architekten for their Basel Aquarium design in Switzerland, we wanted to share with you the other entries by Zaha Hadid Architects, David Chipperfield Architects and Caruso St John Architects. Zaha Hadid’s ‘Blue Cave,’ while praised for its excellent quality, was criticised for its thin visitor aisles; the jury felt the “dynamic” styling of the building’s interior would have been in competition with the aquariums, and so the project came in third out of the 15 shortlisted entries. More information and images on the other entries, after the break.

Ulm Synagogue / Kister Scheithauer Gross Architects and Urban Planners

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Architects: Kister Scheithauer Gross Architects And Urban Planners
Location: Weinhof, , Germany
Design/responsible partner: Prof. Susanne Gross
Project manager, artistic director: Grzegorz Rybacki
Design Team: Fritz Keuten, Matthes Langhinrichs, Stefan Schwarz, Paul Youk
Client: Israelite Religious Community of Württemberg statutory corporation
Area: 1,980 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Christian Richters

Photography: Mid-Century Modern Churches by Fabrice Fouillet

© Fabrice Fouillet

As Europe recovered from the death and destruction of World War II, countries got back to the business of rebuilding their communities and, of course, their churches. The need to make sense of the madness of the War was palpable – as was the need to express this modern-day spirituality in a form that radically broke from tradition.

The result was a bevy of European churches that – although often misunderstood by practitioners - represent some of our best-preserved examples of Modernist architecture. Photographer Fabrice Fouillet  made it his mission to photograph these beauties in a series he calls “Corpus Christi.” You can see the images – as well as Fouillet’s description of the work – after the break…

House at Pipers End / Níall McLaughlin Architects

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Architects: Níall McLaughlin Architects
Location: , UK
Mechanical Engineer: XCO2
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Main Contractor: Claremont Construction
Area: 220 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Nick Kane

Courtesy of Gold Coast City Council
Courtesy of Gold Coast City Council

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition

The Gold Coast, Australia’s sixth largest city, recently announced their global design competition to develop it’s ‘cultural heart and soul’in the 17-hectare Evandale site. Designers are being invited to form multi-disciplinary teams ready for the two-stage competition, to be launched…

Ada Louise Huxtable Takes On The New York Public Library

The Public ’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.

The New York Public Library has a plan to save millions of dollars, improve efficiency, and reverse the cutbacks that have been plaguing it. How? By sending little-used resources off-site (after all, most people use the library for its online resources these days), the Library will consolidate three libraries into one Mid-Manhattan branch, renovating the building with a streamlined, efficient design – courtesy of Foster + Partners - to create “the largest combined research and circulating library in the country.”

It sounds like a wonderful, modern solution. Ms. Ada Louise Huxtable would beg to differ.

The former New York Times architecture critic and current critic for the Wall Street Journal has come out swinging against the plan. First, she builds on the critique that others have made, that by moving volumes off-site (to New Jersey, or “Siberia, as she puts it) to make room for more modern amenities, the library will devalue its primary purpose (making resources readily accessible). To put it another way, as Scott Sherman did in his article for The Nation, it would turn the library into “a glorified internet café.” Then, Huxtable makes her own argument: that removing the current, intricate system of stacks would be an enormously complex, expensive, and hopelessly misguided structural challenge.

But, ultimately Ms. Huxtable’s argument comes down to the intrinsic architectural and cultural value of this Beaux Arts Masterpiece: “You don’t “update” a masterpiece.”

More on the Ms. Huxtable incendiary critique of The New York Public Library’s Central Plan, after the break…

Refugia Hotel / Mobil Arquitectos

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Architects: Mobil Arquitectos
Location: , Los Lagos Region, Chile
Architects In Charge: Sebastian Morandé, Patricio Browne, Antonio Lipthay
Collaborator Architect: Cristian Palma
Area: 1,250 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs & Video: Nico Saieh

62 Housing Units in the Mozart ZAC / Tectoniques Architects

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Architects: Tectoniques Architects
Location: , France
Engineers: Quadriplus
Environment: Etamine
Area: 6,479 sqm
Photographs: Renaud Araud

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

BOLLES+WILSON Receive ‘Brick Award 2012′

Awarded by the Brick Development Association (BDA), BOLLES+WILSON… recently received the ‘Brick Award 2012′ for their Raakspoort – City Hall and Bioscoop project in Haarlem, Netherlands. The jury headed by BDA-Chairman Bob Allies commended a wealth of innovation in brickwork

Office AST 77 + Apartment / AST 77

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Architects: AST 77
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Peter Van Impe
Surface Area: 60 sqm
Built Area: 60 sqm
Living Surface: 125 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Yvan De Saedeleer, Courtesy of Separate Reality, Steven Massart, Jan Liegeois, Liesbet Goetschalckx, Marcel Van Coile

Courtesy of Aedes Berlin / Coop Himmelb(l)au
Courtesy of Aedes Berlin / Coop Himmelb(l)au

‘Wolf D. Prix & Partner: 7+ Projects, Models, Plans, Sketches, Statements’ Coop Himmelb(l)au Exhibition

On the occasion of Wolf D. Prix’ 70th birthday, the Architekturforum Aedes in Berlin is devoting an exhibition to Coop Himmelb(l)au… entitled “Wolf D. Prix & Partner: 7+ Projects, Models, Plans, Sketches, Statements”. The event began on December 12 and

Yokohama Apartment / ON design partners

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Architects: ON design partners
Location: Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa,
Design Team: Osamu Nishida, Erika Nakagawa
Site Area: 140.61 sqm
Total Floor Area: 152.05 sqm
Area: 83.44 sqm
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Courtesy of ACID + AaL + Studio méta-
Courtesy of ACID + AaL + Studio méta-

Wuhan Marine Science and Research Tower Proposal / ACID + AaL + Studio méta-

Designed for a marine based company, the design by ACID (Advanced Construction Information Development Co., Ltd) + AaL (Advance Architecture Lab) + Studio méta-… creates an iconic architectural representation of their day to day business. The architects were interested in

Vodafone / Baumschlager Eberle

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Architects: Baumschlager Eberle
Location: Amsterdam,
Area: 14362.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Werner Huthmacher

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 the most visited post of the week, the neat Zamora Offices by Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza. Looking for house designs? You can’t miss these three great houses. House kn designed by Kochi Architect’s Studio, Ian MacDonald’s Meadow House in Caledon, Canada or the amazing Summer house in Naxos, Greece. Last but not least, revisit Law-Court Offices in Venice designed by C+S Architects.

Apartments for Young People, Nursery and Park in San Sebastián / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos

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Architects: Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos
Location: , Gipuzkoa,
Architect In Charge: Ignacio Quemada
Design Team: Leticia Uribe, Maitane Urdangarín, Nagore Armendáriz, Ibón Pérez Murguiondo
Structure: José Antonio Gurruchaga
Installations: JG Ingenieros
Technical Architect: Daniel Barroso
Landscape: LUR Paisajistak
Year: 2011
Photography: Alejo Bagué

Courtesy of NADAAA
Courtesy of NADAAA

‘Gwangju Swarms’ Installation / NADAAA

The Gwangju Swarms installation by NADAAA… was designed as part of the Urban Folly Exhibit, 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale. The installation site is characterized by a road crossing with a diverse set of scales and building types that anchor each

House In Villa Belgrano / FKB Arquitectos

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Architects: Faraci Kustich Barrionuevo Arquitectos
Location: Jacobo Joule 5434, Córdoba, Córdoba Province,
Design Team: Mariano Faraci, Ivan Kustich, Juan Barrionuevo
Plot: 1,014 sqm
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photography: Gonzalo Viramonte, Cortesia de