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Fernando Guerra Captures Álvaro Siza’s First Project in China

00:00 - 25 August, 2014
Fernando Guerra Captures Álvaro Siza’s First Project in China, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

We are excited to share these exclusive photos taken by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s first project in China: The Building on the Water.

Evoking the image of a dragon perched elegantly on water, the contours of the building seem to move gently in a perfect synergy between local symbolism and the subtle elements of Siza. Snaking around, the form escapes formal convention, emerging as an autonomous entity that contrasts with the orthogonal form of the factory complex. The delicate transition geometry of curves and bridges that connect the different spaces and pavements makes this project one of the most striking examples of Siza’s distinctive architecture. 

Through different shades, reflections and his unmatched composition of light and shadows, Fernando Guerra’s striking images show a poetic scene and the perfect relationship between the building and its environment. We can envision the changes and transitions that the white concrete building goes through as a result of its contact with the water throughout the day.

Read on after the break to see the exclusive images...

RMJM Designs Fish-Inspired Tower Clad with Aluminum Scales

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
RMJM Designs Fish-Inspired Tower Clad with Aluminum Scales , View from Below. Image Courtesy of RMJM
View from Below. Image Courtesy of RMJM

RMJM's Shenzhen studio has just been awarded the contract to build a 93 metre public observation tower inspired by the importance of water in the historic Doumen District, Guangdong Province, China. Perched at the confluence of two rivers, the Doumen Observation Tower will rise from the waterfront of the Zhuhai, and is inspired by the form of a fish soaring above the water, clad in aluminum scales to protect from the hot Chinese sun. The tower will occupy a minimal footprint and will be surrounded by a large public plaza.

Check out the complete specs of Doumen Observation Tower after the break. 

Hopetoun Residence / B.E Architecture

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Hopetoun Residence / B.E Architecture, © Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke +16

Wine Terrace and Spa / Gereben Marián Architects

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Wine Terrace and Spa / Gereben Marián Architects, © Zsolt Frikker
© Zsolt Frikker

© Dávid Lukács © Balázs Marián © Dávid Lukács © Zsolt Frikker +17

Les Bébés Cafe & Bar / JC Architecture

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Les Bébés Cafe & Bar / JC Architecture, © Kyle You
© Kyle You

© Kyle You © Kyle You © Kyle You © Kyle You +31

Villa Rotonda / Bedaux de Brouwer Architects

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Villa Rotonda / Bedaux de Brouwer Architects, © Michel Kievits
© Michel Kievits
  • Architects

  • Location

    Goirle, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Pieter Bedaux, Thomas Bedaux
  • Design Team

    Koen de Witte, Kees Paulussen, Rien Lagerwerf, Cees de Rooy
  • Area

    415.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Michel Kievits © Michel Kievits © Michel Kievits © Michel Kievits +13

BOMEL Slaughterhouse / BAEB

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
BOMEL Slaughterhouse  / BAEB, © Julien Forthomme
© Julien Forthomme
  • Architects

  • Location

    5000 Namur, Belgium, Belgium
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Julien Forthomme © Julien Forthomme © Julien Forthomme © Julien Forthomme +20

Alvaro Siza's Taifong Golf Club Opens in Changhua, Taiwan

00:00 - 24 August, 2014
Alvaro Siza's Taifong Golf Club Opens in Changhua, Taiwan, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Today, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza and architect Carlos Castanheira will inaugurate the Taifong Golf Club, in Changhua, Taiwan. 

The two Portuguese architects began the recently-completed project in 2009. The clubhouse includes spaces for recreational and cultural events and activities. The building demonstrates a rich relationship between the landscape and local culture.

Architects: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira
Local Partner | Project Management and Construction Supervision: Ho+Hou Studio Architects and Studio Base Architects
Images of the project—kindly shared with us by architecture photographer Fernando Guerra | FG+SG—can be seen after the break.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +72

Livsrum - Cancer Care Centre / ARCGENCY

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Livsrum - Cancer Care Centre / ARCGENCY, Courtesy of ARCGENCY
Courtesy of ARCGENCY
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vejle, Denmark
  • Area

    1450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ARCGENCY

Courtesy of ARCGENCY Courtesy of ARCGENCY Courtesy of ARCGENCY Courtesy of ARCGENCY +21

The Chinese Dream: Original Architecture Not Included

00:00 - 24 August, 2014
The Chinese Dream: Original Architecture Not Included , Western-styled developments are increasingly popular in China, such as this suburb of Shanghai. Image © Flickr CC User Brian Yap
Western-styled developments are increasingly popular in China, such as this suburb of Shanghai. Image © Flickr CC User Brian Yap

Looking for your dream home? Picket fence, driveway (sedan included), basketball net, and terracotta pots complete with flowers in bloom, available now in the quiet neighbourhood of Rancho Santa Fe in Shanghai, China. According to this article in The Guardian, "The Chinese Dream" is currently sweeping the People's Republic, with Western planning models replicated with identical ineffective results. The article offers an intimate insight into the role of American architectural fetishism in modern China, and how the government is now fighting to curb the trend. Read the complete article here

Wicker Man: An Interview with Salvador Gilabert of EMBT

00:00 - 24 August, 2014
Wicker Man: An Interview with Salvador Gilabert of EMBT, The Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo
The Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo

As one of EMBT's Directors, Salvador Gilabert has helped guide the realization of some of the practice's biggest projects in recent years – including as project director of Spain's 2010 Shanghai Expo Pavilion and the recently completed Barajas Social Housing Block.

Last month, he took a week out of his schedule to lead a project at Hello Wood, where – with an energy and intensity that was almost out of place in the relaxing surroundings of the Hungarian countryside – he led a group of students to construct an ambitious, screw-free elevated platform that emerged from a cluster of trees and offered views of the setting sun. ArchDaily caught up with Salvador Gilabert during the week to find out more about his work.

Read on after the break for the full interview

Barajas Social Housing Blocks / EMBT. Image © Roland Halbe "Labyrinth," the project led by Gilabert at Hello Wood. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky "Labyrinth," the project led by Gilabert at Hello Wood. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky The Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo +12

Rem Koolhaas Sheds Light on Lagos

00:00 - 24 August, 2014

In this interview conducted by the Brigtje van der Haak maker of the documentary Lagos Wide & Close, Rem Koolhaas discusses his research on the urbanization of Nigeria's largest city, Lagos. While this research is as yet unpublished, Koolhaas discusses external influences on the city’s architecture, how his visits have affected his view of the profession, and Lagos’ future potential. The documentary by van der Haak, released on DVD in 2004, is an interactive exploration of Lagos from a multitude of scales. Now, it has been adapted for the web, and can be viewed in its entirety here!

Why Not Hand A Hermit Crab a Shelter?

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Why Not Hand A Hermit Crab a Shelter?, © Aki Inomata
© Aki Inomata

How could hermit crabs teach us a lesson about world peace? In her project, titled, "Why Not Hand Over a "Shelter" to Hermit Crabs?" Japanese media design artist Aki Inomata is inspired by hermit crabs' peaceable exchange of their shells, a metaphor for the peaceful exchange of land between countries. Exploring the theme further, she designs new shelters in the shape of world cities, and provides new homes for the crabs which represent the abstract perception of changing nationalities and identities.

© Aki Inomata © Aki Inomata © Aki Inomata © Aki Inomata +20

Rome Invites Ideas For Reuse of Europe's Biggest Landfill Site

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
Rome Invites Ideas For Reuse of Europe's Biggest Landfill Site

A major competition for reuse has just been announced for the Malagrotta Landfill, one of the European Union's biggest landfill sites. After Malagrotta was closed in August 2013 due to its controversial size and negative impact on the surrounding community, the Municipality of Rome began a process of redevelopment through community engagement. Multi-displinary teams are tasked with a creating a proposal to reinvent the sprawling 240-hectare property while considering its original purpose. The competition is designed to begin a conversation on the long-term vision for the property.

Daqing Left Bank City / A-ASTERISK

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Daqing Left Bank City / A-ASTERISK, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu
  • Architects

  • Location

    Daqing, Heilongjiang, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Nakamura Nobuhiro, Qin Yi, Shigeno Yuji, Wang Wenping, He Zengcai
  • Architecture Design

    A-ASTERISK
  • Area

    200413.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu +19

Alzheimer residence for the “Foyer la Grange” / Mabire Reich

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Alzheimer residence for the “Foyer la Grange”  / Mabire Reich, © Sylvain Bonniol
© Sylvain Bonniol

© Sylvain Bonniol © Sylvain Bonniol © Sylvain Bonniol © Sylvain Bonniol +32

Island with a View: Dutch Kitchen Incorporates Elegant Aquarium

00:00 - 23 August, 2014
Island with a View: Dutch Kitchen Incorporates Elegant Aquarium , Courtesy of Rene van Dongen
Courtesy of Rene van Dongen

Amsterdam-based design firm Kolenik Eco Chic Design have released designs of their unique Ocean Kitchen, a transformative new take on residential space. The contemporary minimalist kitchen offers a moment of serenity to the viewer through the inclusion of a vast aquarium beneath the island's countertop. Positioned as the architectural centerpiece of the space, the island in Ocean Kitchen gracefully animates the surrounding kitchen.

Immerse yourself in photos of Ocean Kitchen after the break.

Bruggerberg / Ken Architekten

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Bruggerberg / Ken Architekten, © Hannes Henz
© Hannes Henz

© Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz © Hannes Henz +22