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Wiklands Backe / Sandell Sandberg

© Skeppsholmen Sotheby's International Realty © Skeppsholmen Sotheby's International Realty © Skeppsholmen Sotheby's International Realty © Skeppsholmen Sotheby's International Realty

Surya: REX / Front’s 400-foot Solution for Dallas’ Disputed “Hot Spot”

It’s been two year’s since the construction of the 42-story Museum Tower in Dallas. As many of you may recall, the luxury condo has been in dispute with the neighboring Nasher Sculpture Center over an intense “hot spot” caused by the tower’s highly reflective skin. Although Nasher has demanded that the Museum Tower cover its southwestern facade with an external louver system, thus blocking the glare from penetrating Nasher’s Renzo Piano-designed cast aluminum sunscreen, the developers have refused to oblige due to a fear of jeopardizing the project's profitability.

Negotiations have turned to squabbles and proposals have fallen on deaf ears. However, a team lead by REX and Front has been commissioned by the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund (DPFPF) - the Museum Tower’s developer - to explore a "third option," one that would not require changing the construction of either Museum Tower or the Nasher. 

AD Interviews: Stephen Hodder, RIBA President

ArchDaily recently got the chance to speak to Stephen Hodder, current President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at his practice in Manchester. Best known as the recipient of the inaugural RIBA Stirling Prize in 1996 (for the Centenary Building), Hodder was educated at the University of Manchester's School of Architecture, he's perhaps best known as the recipient of the inaugural RIBA Stirling Prize in 1996 for the Centenary Building and was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in 1998.

Having been officially in the role for only two months, Hodder spent some time with us discussing his hopes for the next two years. Find out why he described himself as a fan of Scandinavians and prog-rock after the break...

CTBUH Crowns One World Trade as Tallest Building in US

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has official ruled Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s One World Trade Center (1WTC) as the tallest building in the United States. The decision comes after a long debate questioned whether or not the tower’s 408 foot spire should count towards its overall height. 

As CTBUH explained: “Due to design changes that resulted in the removal of the architectural cladding around the mast at the top of the structure, it became unclear whether the structure was in fact a ‘spire’ – a vertical element that completes the architectural expression of the building and is intended as permanent, or whether it was an antenna – a piece of functional-technical equipment that was subject to change.”

Sweetwater Spectrum Community / LMS Architects

  • Architects: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
  • Location: Sonoma, CA 95476, USA
  • Design Team: Marsha Maytum, Bill Leddy, Christopher May, Gregg Novicoff, Vanna Whitney, Claudia Merzario, Andrew Hamblin
  • Contractor: Midstate Construction
  • Landscape: Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture
  • Structural: Structural Design Group
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tim Griffith

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Vucedol Archaeological Museum / Radionica Arhitekture

© Boris Cvjetanović
© Boris Cvjetanović
  • Architects: Radionica Arhitekture
  • Location: Vukovar, Croatia
  • Architect in Charge: Iva Pejić, Goran Rako, Josip Sabolić, Mario Škarijot
  • Exhibition: Vanja Ilić
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Boris Cvjetanović

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2722 Building / Daniel Martín Cornejo

  • Architects: Daniel Martín Cornejo
  • Location: Naval Station Rota, 11520 Rota, Cádiz, Spain
  • Project Area: 400.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Antonio Arévalo

© Antonio Arévalo © Antonio Arévalo © Antonio Arévalo © Antonio Arévalo

Oil Factory / Marcelo Daglio Arquitectos

  • Architects: Marcelo Daglio Arquitectos
  • Location: Maldonado, Uruguay
  • Collaborators: Pablo Jaime, Ariel Sosa
  • Constructor: Pedro Baubeta
  • Landscaper: Roberto Mulieri
  • Area: 514.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Marcelo Daglio Arquitectos, Carli Angenscheidt

Sede Banco Arquia / NO.MAD

  • Architects: NO.MAD
  • Location: Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Eduardo Arroyo
  • Collaborators: David Rodríguez, Luis Arroyo, Margarita Martínez, Alfonso Navarrete, José López
  • Quantity Surveyor : José Miguel Ortega, Igor Ortega
  • Structure: Alfonso Robles
  • Area: 280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

Villa B / Tectoniques Architects

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Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 3

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. The following chapter posits that architecture's geometric structure determines its "vitality," a quality that should be the basis of architectural critique; it also explains  If you missed them, make sure to read the introductionChapter OneChapter 2A, and Chapter 2B first.

The perceived quality of life in buildings and urban spaces comes from the geometry (the form of structures on all scales, and their coherence), and how that geometry connects to the individual. It also catalyzes interactions among people — if it is done successfully.

The easiest way to perceive this quality of “life” is to compare pairs of objects or settings and judge intuitively which one has more “life”. After a series of such experiments, it becomes obvious that degree of “life” in architecture arises from geometrical structure.

CTHB Law Office / Salon Architects

  • Architects: Salon Architects
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Design: Alper Derinboğaz, Melike Altınışık
  • Team: Samim Magriso, Gül Ertekin, Ayda Agaoglu
  • Application: Yeditepe Aral Yapı
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Büşra Yeltekin

© Büşra Yeltekin © Büşra Yeltekin © Büşra Yeltekin © Büşra Yeltekin

Hotel Agglo / Gardera-D Architecture

  • Architects: Gardera-D Architecture
  • Location: 19 Avenue Jean Molinié, 64100 Bayonne, France
  • Collaborators : Stéphane Bauche, Delphine Prunet, Franck Toulliou
  • Associated Architect: François Garrouteigt
  • Acoustic Development: Point d’orgue, Damien Dupouy
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Mathieu Choiselat

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Hospital Infanta Sofía / PardoTapia Arquitectos

  • Architects: PardoTapia Arquitectos
  • Location: San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • Athors: Pardo Calvo,Bernardo García Tapia,Luis Fernández Inglada, Juan José Arévalo Camacho,Eduardo Herráez Fernández
  • Technical Architect: Iván González Arias, María José Puerta Morante, Pedro Montes Barbero
  • Instalations: Ove Arup & Partners, S.A.U.
  • Collaborators: Stefano Presi (coordinador); StefaniaAlbiero
  • Area: 126790.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Luis Fernández Inglada

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Bluetrain / Studio Equator

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Northwestern Unveils Potential Replacements for Prentice

Northwestern University has unveiled three final proposals that are in the running to replace Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Woman’s Hospital, which is currently being demolished in Chicago after a long, high-profile preservation battleThe shortlisted architects - Goettsch Partners and Ballinger, Perkins + Will, and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and Payette - have each proposed a two-phased plan for the 600,000 square-foot Biomedical Research Building, which is intended to become a “world-class research and development enterprise” that serves as an “anchor” for the Feinberg School of Medicine’s research facilities.

View the shortlisted proposals after the break...