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House in Akiya / Nobuo Araki

  • Architects: Nobuo Araki
  • Location: Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Structure: G.DeSIGN, Takeyuki Gaino
  • General Constructor: SATOHIDE CORPORATION
  • Landscape: GRASSY, Yuko Takaura
  • Area: 155.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Nobuo Araki, Bauhaus Neo

© Bauhaus Neo © Bauhaus Neo Courtesy of Nobuo Araki Courtesy of Nobuo Araki

9th ArchiLab: Naturalizing Architecture (Sept 14th 2013 - March 30th 2014)

On September 14th two interesting architecture events will take place in Orléans, Paris: The public opening of the new FRAC Centre in Orléans, Paris, designed by JAKOB + MACFARLANE and the ninth edition of ArchiLab. 

Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World

With the recent news that Rafael Viñoly Architects' 20 Fenchurch Street (or the "Walkie Talkie") in London has been producing an unusually hot solar reflection, dubbed the "Death Ray," we've put together a list of seven architectural blunders around the world - from the worrying to the downright absurd.

Passive House with Textile Skin / BLAF Architecten

  • Architects: BLAF Architecten
  • Location: Asse, Belgium
  • Design Team: Bart Vanden Driessche, Lieven Nijs, Barbara Oelbrandt
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Stijn Bollaert

© Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert © Stijn Bollaert

G House / Axelrod Architects + Pitsou Kedem Architect

© Amit Geron
© Amit Geron

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron

Three apartaments and local in Gójar / Elisa Valero Arquitectura

© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

School extension Rumst / Bovenbouw

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin

Casa Fenomenológica / Estudio Botteri-Connell

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
  • Architects: Estudio Botteri-Connell
  • Location: City Bell, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architect In Charge: Arqs. Sofía Botteri Cappa, Patricio Gabriel Connell
  • Collaborators : Rosalía Vicente, José Chaves
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

Jimenez Lai Wins Inaugural Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Début Award

Jimenez Lai, founder of Chicago-based Bureau Spectacular has been selected as winner of the first Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Début Award. The award, presented by Millennium BCP president Fernando Nogueira, distinguishes a young architect or studio under 35 on outstanding work, development of original design thinking and the pursuit of critical ideas with a monetary prize of €5,000.

Making Space Resonate: Incorporating Sound Into Public-Interest Design

“The modern architect is designing for the deaf.” Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer makes a valid point. [1] The topic of sound is practically non-existent in modern architectural discourse. Why? We, as architects, think in terms of form and space; we balance scientific understanding and artistic vision. The problem is, we have a tendency to give ample thought to objects rather than processes and systems. Essentially, our field is ocular-centric by nature. So how do we start to “see” sound? And more importantly, how do we use it to promote health, safety and well-being?

The syn chron space by Carsten Nicolai. Image Courtesy of artcentron.com The syn chron space by Carsten Nicolai. Image Courtesy of artcentron.com The Butaro Hospital by MASS Design Group. Image © Iwan Baan Sound Tube 1971. Image © Atelier Leitner

Beach House / Aamodt Plumb Architects

Courtesy of Aamodt Plumb Architects © Eduard Hueber / archphoto © Jane Messinger Photography © Eduard Hueber / archphoto

Guingamp / Agence d'Architecture Robert et Sur

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

AD Classics: The National Art Schools of Cuba / Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, Roberto Gottardi

“Cuba will count as having the most beautiful academy of arts in the world.” - Fidel Castro (1961)

The Cuban National Schools of Arts, originally imagined by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in 1961, are perhaps the largest architectural achievements of the Cuban Revolution. The innovative design of the schools, which aimed to bring cultural literacy to the nation, encapsulated the radical, utopian vision of the Revolution. Unfortunately, the nation’s idealistic enthusiasm lasted for a fleeting moment in time and the Schools quickly fell out of favor; they were left to decay before even being completed. Today, following nearly four decades of neglect, the architects have returned to try and bring these derelict schools to back to their intended glory.

School of Ballet by Vittorio Garatti . Image © John Loomis: Revolution of Forms Site plan. Image © John Loomis: Revolution of Forms School of Modern Dance by Ricardo PorroSchool of Modern Dance by Ricardo Porro. Image © Adrián MALLOL i MORETTI School of Plastic Arts by Ricardo Porro. Image © Norma Barbacci/World Monuments Fund

TERESA-HOUSE / Rocamora Arquitectura

  • Architects: Rocamora Arquitectura
  • Location: Alicante, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Ángel Luis Rocamora Ruiz y Javier Gironella Pallarés
  • Collaborators: Jose Antonio Martín
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos

Lower Prep Quad / Gerardo Valle P

  • Architects: Gerardo Valle P
  • Location: Príncipe de Gales 6154, La Reina, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Area: 4496.16 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld

Sou Fujimoto Designs New Wing for Germany's Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Sou Fujimoto has unveiled three design proposals for an extension to Philip Johnson’s Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany. Since its completion in 1968, the museum has built a reputation for hosting temporary exhibitions. However, with the construction of the new wing, Kunsthalle Bielefeld will expand their services to accommodate a contemporary art gallery. 

Read on to review Sou Fujimoto’s three proposals...