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Google Launches New Virtual Experience that Takes You Inside Alvar Aalto’s Works

00:00 - 28 August, 2014
Google Launches New Virtual Experience that Takes You Inside Alvar Aalto’s Works, Courtesy of Alvar Aalto Foundation
Courtesy of Alvar Aalto Foundation

The Alvar Aalto Foundation has begun a collaborative project with Google to make Aalto buildings even more accessible to the public. Using Google’s revolutionary Street View navigation tool, along with its virtual Cultural Institute, the project offers a look inside some of Aalto’s most iconic works of architecture. Learn more about this initiative and see the virtual journey for yourself after the break.

Lanserhof Tegernsee / Ingenhoven Architects

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
Lanserhof Tegernsee / Ingenhoven Architects, Ingenhoven Architects / Photos: H.G. Esch, Hennef
Ingenhoven Architects / Photos: H.G. Esch, Hennef

Ingenhoven Architects / Photos: H.G. Esch, Hennef Ingenhoven Architects / Photos: H.G. Esch, Hennef Ingenhoven Architects / Photos: H.G. Esch, Hennef Ingenhoven Architects / Photos: H.G. Esch, Hennef +17

Penthouse Plata / Greenfield

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
Penthouse Plata / Greenfield , © Documentación Arquitectónica - Adrián Llaguno
© Documentación Arquitectónica - Adrián Llaguno
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Pedro, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Design Team

    Kenji Rivera, Samuel Contreras, Alain Navar, Julia Briones, Dolores Maximino, Antonio Flores, Marisol Barrios.
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Courtesy of Greenfield Courtesy of Greenfield Courtesy of Greenfield © Documentación Arquitectónica - Adrián Llaguno +34

Chinese Boxes / thescape

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
Chinese Boxes  / thescape, © SungKyung Choi
© SungKyung Choi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    KyungHwan Chun (jaeminahyo.com)
  • Area

    237.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© SungKyung Choi © SungKyung Choi © SungKyung Choi © SungKyung Choi +39

Mecanoo Begins Work on Vast Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

00:00 - 28 August, 2014
Mecanoo Begins Work on Vast Cultural Centre in Shenzhen, Courtesy of Mecanoo / Christopher Malheiros Architectural Visualization
Courtesy of Mecanoo / Christopher Malheiros Architectural Visualization

Dutch based practice Mecanoo, nominated for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize for the Library of Birmingham, have begun work on vast cultural centre in Shenzhen marking their first project to break ground on Chinese soil. Comprising of a large public art gallery, a science museum, a youth centre, and a book mall, the 95,000 square metre development will strengthen Longgang District's identity by "providing citizens and visitors with a renewed sense of place." Forming a dynamic link between the high-rise of the city's commercial district and the open spaces of Longcheng Park, the four sculpted forms emerge from the ground to create a series of arches and sheltered spaces to facilitate public events.

See the full set of images and an illustrative film after the break.

Courtesy of Mecanoo / Christopher Malheiros Architectural Visualization Breaks in the volumes create sheltered spaces. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Doug and Wolf Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Doug and Wolf Restaurant. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Doug and Wolf +7

BIG Designs Rejected Again for Kimball Art Center

00:00 - 27 August, 2014
Revised design for the Kimball Art Center. Image © BIG
Revised design for the Kimball Art Center. Image © BIG

After producing major revisions on a previously rejected design, BIG have had their second design rejected for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. City Hall rejected the design on the basis of appearance, arguing that it did not relate to the historic city centre "aesthetically, visually or historically." The second design by BIG marked a complete departure from the original that was selected as the winner of an architectural contest hosted by the Kimball Art Center.

Preserving Frank Lloyd Wright's Hemicycle Spring House

00:00 - 27 August, 2014

The Spring House, also known as the Clifton and George Lewis II House, is the only private house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that was ever built in Florida. The design embodies the final and shortest stylistic phase in Wright's career – the hemicycle style. The plan is characterized by concentric and intersecting circles, while the elevations are consistent with Wright's other designs in how they accentuate the horizontal.

After the death of her husband in 1996, Clifton Lewis formed the Spring House Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historic property and turning it into a public legacy. In order to restore and complete the house (some elements were never built, including a semi-circular pool on one of the terraces), the organization needs to raise $256,250, which will then be matched by the Division of Historical Resources to pay the $512,500 purchase price. To meet the Division of Historical Resources' October 15th deadline, they have launched an IndieGoGo campaign with a target of $100,000. For more on the historical landmark and the organization's fundraising efforts, keep reading after the break. 

Bold Urban Renewal Projects in City of Port Phillip, Melbourne

00:00 - 27 August, 2014
Bold Urban Renewal Projects in City of Port Phillip, Melbourne , Screenshot of video courtesy of Traces Films
Screenshot of video courtesy of Traces Films

The City of Port Phillip near Melbourne is taking bold measures to enhance the vibrant atmosphere and livability of their city through a variety of urban renewal projects. Promoting a four part community plan of working together to take action, neighborhood development, community leadership, and monitoring progress, and fifteen priorities for action, the city's commitment to environmentally and socially conscious design and policy alongside a strong support for the arts has resulted in a number of noteworthy projects, attracting designers such as Simon Oxenham of Convic, Gregory Burgess Architects, and Paul Morgan Architects to take part.

Read on after the break to see three videos featuring the award winning projects, created by our friends at Traces Films.

Hunter's Hall / Bergersen Arkitekter

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Hunter's Hall / Bergersen Arkitekter, © Kjetil Nordø
© Kjetil Nordø

© Kjetil Nordø © Kjetil Nordø © Kjetil Nordø © Kjetil Nordø +13

Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage / F8 architecture + Gérard Violante

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage / F8 architecture + Gérard Violante, © Vanja Bjelobaba
© Vanja Bjelobaba

© Vanja Bjelobaba © Vanja Bjelobaba © Vanja Bjelobaba © Vanja Bjelobaba +27

Hong Kong Velodrome / P&T Group

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Hong Kong Velodrome / P&T Group, Courtesy of P&T Group
Courtesy of P&T Group

Courtesy of P&T Group Courtesy of P&T Group Courtesy of P&T Group Courtesy of P&T Group +16

FCN 2009 / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
FCN 2009 / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, © Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

© Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet +20

Hillside / GASS Architecture Studios

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Hillside / GASS Architecture Studios, © Kate Del Fante Scott
© Kate Del Fante Scott

© Kate Del Fante Scott © Kate Del Fante Scott © Kate Del Fante Scott © Kate Del Fante Scott +23

Grha Adhi Media Complex / Atelier TT

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Grha Adhi Media Complex / Atelier TT, © Martin Westlake
© Martin Westlake
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jalan Bintaro, Pondok Aren, South Tangerang City, Banten, Indonesia
  • Architect in Charge

    Jan Steven Tjandra, Lisa Teo, Arddy Berylian, Dennis Liandy, Duhita Anindya Hanifati, Grace Vania
  • Site Area

    3500m2
  • Area

    2900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Martin Westlake © Martin Westlake © Martin Westlake © Dennis Liandy +16

Savyon House / Michal Sheffer

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Savyon House / Michal Sheffer, © Shai Epstein
© Shai Epstein

© Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein © Shai Epstein +21

Heatherwick Exhibitions Set to Tour US and Asia

00:00 - 27 August, 2014
Heatherwick Exhibitions Set to Tour US and Asia, Heatherwick Studio's 2010 Shanghai Expo pavilion. Image © Daniele Mattioli
Heatherwick Studio's 2010 Shanghai Expo pavilion. Image © Daniele Mattioli

Thomas Heatherwick is set to expand his international reputation in the coming year, thanks to two exhibitions that will tour the United States and East Asia, reports the Architects' Journal. The US exhibition, titled "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio" will tour Dallas, LA and New York from September 2014 to October 2015. The Asia exhibit is yet to be formally announced, although it is believed it will begin in Singapore in Spring 2015. Read on after the break for more details of the exhibitions.

Artist Mark Lascelles Thornton On His Completed Masterwork: "The Happiness Machine"

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Artist Mark Lascelles Thornton On His Completed Masterwork: "The Happiness Machine", All 8 panels of The Happiness Machine. Image © Mark Lascelles Thornton
All 8 panels of The Happiness Machine. Image © Mark Lascelles Thornton

Over a year ago, we shared a work-in-progress drawing project that captured our imagination with its combination of huge size and meticulously small details. Now, "The Happiness Machine," Mark Lascelles Thornton's 8-foot by 5-foot, three year long drawing project is complete, after over 10,000 hours of painstaking work.

Lascelles Thornton, a self-taught London-based artist who describes himself as "one of those kids that was drawing before I was talking," created the artwork as a response to the global financial crisis, focusing on themes of socio-economics, consumerism, globalism, resource shortages, urbanism and architecture. We spoke to Lascelles Thornton about his artwork, discussing the themes of the piece and the commitment - or, as he describes it, "emotional engineering" - required for such a colossal undertaking.

For the full interview - and detailed images of the drawing - read on after the break

© Mark Lascelles Thornton © Mark Lascelles Thornton © Mark Lascelles Thornton © Mark Lascelles Thornton +21

Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall / Affleck de la Riva architects

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall  / Affleck de la Riva architects, © Marc Cramer
© Marc Cramer

© Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer +21