AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Haven’t checked ArchDaily in a while? Here’s the best from last week: Main image is from Fran Silvestre’s House on the Cliff. An amazing housing project comes from , is the Urban Collage by Edouard François. You can’t miss House in Yamasaki designed by Tato Architects or the great refurbishment by LKSVDD, God’s Loftstory in  the , a former church transformed into a unique  loft. Finally, visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science by Morphosis.

Video: Overlapped House / Chika Kijima Architect’s Office + O.F.D.A.

Chika Kijima Architect’s Office + O.F.D.A. transformed a cluster of three existing homes into this work/live haven for a pair of musicians. The naturally lit interiors of the single-story Overlapped House features a studio, kitchen, hall, ample amounts of storage and a well-buffered sleeping quarters.

Video via JA+U.

The Dynamism of Zaha’s Eli and Edythe Broad Museum

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Rio de Janeiro-based writer Robert Landon has shared with us his experience exploring Zaha Hadid’s newly completed Eli and Edythe Broad Museum in .

As you approach Zaha Hadid’s new Eli and Edythe Broad Museum in , Michigan, it is the complex, light-catching carapace that first reels in the eye — a fine shock after the brick, neo-Gothic buildings that define the rest of the Michigan State University campus. Draw closer and its undulating fins, opening and closing in rhythmic asymmetries, begin to seduce the mind. In some places scrunched up into sharp angles and in others allowed to breathe for longer stretches across the low-slung facade, the fins seem to be the expression of some higher, grid-bending equation.

In a half-conscious attempt to solve the math, you begin to circle the building. At certain points, the fins spread wide enough for generous glimpses inside, but as you move keep moving, the inner secrets vanish again behind the metal lattice. In the same way, the relentlessly kinetic carapace tantalizes with, but ultimately eludes, any logical or definitive summing up. What is certain, though, is that, by the time you’ve come full circle, you’ll have grown quite curious to see what is going on inside.

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JRB House / Reims Architecture

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Architects: Eduardo Reims, Jorge Reims
Location: El Campanario, , México
Structure: IEESA Morelia
Interiors: Reims Architecture, Axel Duhart
Area: 3,200 sqm
Year: 2012
Photography: Ricardo Janet

Courtesy of Comac Architects
Courtesy of Comac Architects

Proposal for an Urban Itinerary / Comac Architects

The proposal for an urban itinerary, designed by Comac Architects…, presents an urban path to extend “Marseilles 2013″ European Capital of Culture throughout the entire city. A total of 13 key-districts will be connected by the path and interspersed

Rebuilding of Macson Former Textil / Franconi González Architects

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Architects: Cristiano Franconi, Rodrigo González, Alessandro Scarnato
Location: ,
Collaborators: Arnau Boix, Caterina Dominioni, Gonzalo Fernández, Mirko Usai
Area: 5,085 sqm
Year: 2008
Photography: Courtesy of La Fotográfica

© 2012 Hudson Square Connection Rendering by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
© 2012 Hudson Square Connection Rendering by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Masterplan for Hudson Square Streetscape Improvements / Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects… shared with us their design for the streetscape masterplan for Hudson Square in Manhattan, New York. Designed to transform the district’s public realm into a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable neighborhood, the project will serve area

Upcycling Pavilion / BNKR Arquitectura

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Architects: BNKR Arquitectura
Location: México DF, México
Design Team: Esteban Suárez, Emelio Barjau, Sebastián Suárez, Marcell Ibarrola, Christian Morales, Montserrat Escobar, Jorge Alcántara
Collaborators: Fermín Espinosa
Environmental Advisor: Juan Casillas
Area: 300 sqm
Photographs: Sebastián Suárez

Courtesy of Gow Hastings Architects
Courtesy of Gow Hastings Architects

Durham College Centre for Food / Gow Hastings Architects

Expected to be completed in September 2013, the  Durham College Centre for Food will distinguish itself in the highly competitive field of culinary education by taking advantage of its rural setting on a large suburban campus in Whitby Ontario to…

Call Center Querétaro / Studio Lamela Architects

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Architects: Studio Lamela Architects
Location: Queretaro, Mexico
Area: 93,578 sqm
Photographs: Rafael Gamo

Courtesy of Hans van Heeswijk Architects
Courtesy of Hans van Heeswijk Architects

New Museum for Realistic Art for Hans Melchers / Hans van Heeswijk Architects

Located in the heart of Gorssel, in the east of the Netherlands, the new Museum for Realistic Art for Hans Melchers by Hans van Heeswijk Architects… will be housed in the former town hall of Gorssel. The museum will be

In Progress: Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects

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Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: 218th Street,
Architect In Charge: Steven Holl, Chris McVoy
Design Team: Marcus Carter, Christiane Deptolla, Peter Englaender, Runar Halldorsson, Jackie Luk, Filipe Taboada, Dimitra Tsachrelia, Ebbie Wisecarver
Associate In Charge: Olaf Schmidt
Area: 4,459 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Chris McVoy, Andy Ryan

The Glass House: “Conversations in Context”

The Glass House just concluded their second annual Conversations in Context, which presents visitors with the opportunity to join in a weekly evening tour and intimate conversation with industry leaders, including Robert A.M. Stern, , and more.

Since the 1940s, The Glass House has served as a place of inspiration, education and conversation across creative disciplines. Its 49-acre landscape, 14 architectural structures and world-class art collection continue to draw members of an international creative community to participate in its rich story. Conversations in Context continues Philip Johnson’s legacy of using the Glass House as a place to conduct ongoing seminars with architecture students and present emerging and established architects the opportunity to discuss the current state of the industry.

The video above features Architect, critic, and historian Kenneth Frampton, along with Dean Mark Wigley from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Follow us after the break for a few of our favorite conversations from this year’s series.

Kiarong House / Moh Hack & Partners

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Architects: Moh Hack & Partners
Location: Kiarong, , Darussalam
Area: 348 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Marc Tey

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© Doug And Wolf

Japan National Stadium Competition Entry / Jackson Architecture

Designed by Jackson Architecture…, their proposal for the Japan National Stadium is a new stadium in a park, where nature is apparent and can be integrated. Car parking, buses, community and service facilities exist below the park: neighborhood recreation

Salmtal Secondary School Canteen / SpreierTrenner Architekten

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Architects: SpreierTrenner Architekten
Location: Salmtal, Rhineland-Palatinate,
Area: 1,122 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Guido Erbring Architekturfotografie

Sustainable Market Square Second Prize Winning Proposal / PMG Architects

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Designed by PMG Architects, their second prize winning proposal for the sustainable market square competition in lets itself be admired, but only reveals itself partially and gradually in using a variety of different architectural elements. Beneath the immense arched galleries, as airy as they are luminous, the architects try to grasp the thousands of riches of this place, so many vibrant fragrances and unknown colors, enticing flavors, and colorful spices. From one arc to another, from one vendor to his counterpart, from one ambiance to its contrary. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Corpo Santo House / Rui Cerqueira Barros

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Architects: Rui Cerqueira Barros
Location: Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos,
Design Team: , Cesar Barros, Joaquim Barros, Paulo Duval Sobreira, Fernando Barbosa, Eugenio Pinto
Construction: JCA Construções
Area: 160 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Campos