Courtesy of Kokkinou - Kourkoulas Architects
Courtesy of Kokkinou - Kourkoulas Architects

Regeneration of Part of the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) Coastal Zone Competition Entry / Kokkinou – Kourkoulas Architects

Kokkinou – Kourkoulas Architects… shared with us their proposal in the competition for the redesign of the existing cereals stock house building facilities (SILO) and its surrounding open space into a Museum for Underwater Antiquities. This also includes the regeneration

Hoogvliet / VMX Architects

© Christian Richters

Architects: VMX Architects
Location: Alverstraat, Rotterdam,
Architect In Charge: Don Murphy
Client: Vestia Hoogvliet / Estrade Projecten and Ambap BV Projectontwikkeling
Area: 18,860 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Christian Richters

BASE / Komada Architects’ Office

© Tomohiro Saruyama

Architects: Komada Architects’ Office
Location: Setagaya-ku,Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Takeshi Komada,Yuka Komada
Area: 65.61 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tomohiro Saruyama

Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano - San Telmo / © Roland Halbe
Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano - San Telmo / © Roland Halbe

Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano Lecture at Portland State University

Taking place at 6:00pm PST on Friday, March 1, internationally acclaimed architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano… will deliver their fourth presentation in the “Placing” lecture series offered by the Department of Architecture at Portland State University, which is free and

Friedrich-Ebert-Schule / kreiling rosner architekten

© Ralf Heidenreich

Architects: kreiling rosner architekten
Location: Am Eichelbaum 67, 35396 Giessen,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ralf Heidenreich

St Leon 10 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

Courtesy of SAOTA

Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Location: Bantry Bay, ,
Architects In Charge: Stefan Antoni & Philip Olmesdahl
Interior Design: Antoni Associates – Mark Rielly
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of SAOTA

Hyttgardsparken / 42architects

© Robin Hayes

Architects: 42architects
Location: Falun, Sweden
Area: 6,000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Robin Hayes,

Suzhou Industrial Park Sports Center / NBBJ

Stadium View from River ©

NBBJ has shared with us their latest design in sports architecture, a multifunctional industrial sports complex for the residents of Suzhou, China. Designed as a community asset, the sports hub will include a commercial center, aquatics facility, gymnasium, arena, professional sports stadium and more. All facilities will be integrated within a lush “Sports Garden” that features an abundance of pedestrian walkways, gardens and sport fields.

The architects’ description after the break…

AD Round Up: Flickr Part LXXXIX

Photo by Klaas Vermaas –

It’s time for another Flickr Round Up! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Klaas Vermaas in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Check the other four after the break.

Hörsaalzentrum / HH+F Architekten

© Peter Hinschläger

Architects: HH+F Architekten
Location: ,
Area: 5550.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Peter Hinschläger

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Aberdeen Garden City Proposal Nixed

Courtesy of DS + R

After winning the Aberdeen City Garden competition in early 2012, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro‘s ‘Granite Web’ design was rejected over the summer in a 22-20 city council vote for being overly expensive. Despite public approval the proposal, which totaled a whopping £140m, was rejected in favor of a collection of more fiscally responsible city projects, such as refurbishing the Art Gallery and redeveloping the site of the St. Nicholas House.

Just recently, the City of Aberdeen announced a £300m city-wide plan of improving roads, schools and buildings, with only £20m allotted for the city center, which will be pedestrianized but not much else. Thus, confirming the “final nail in the coffin“ for DS+R’s ambitious web of lush gardens and cultural landmarks.

Read more after the break…

Edgeland House / Bercy Chen Studio

© Paul Bardagjy

Architects: Bercy Chen Studio
Location: , Texas, USA
Design Team: Thomas Bercy, Calvin Chen, Dan Loe, Ryan Michael, Brad Purrington, Agustina Rodriguez
Area: 1,400 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paul Bardagjy

Situ Studio’s ‘Heartwalk’ Opens in Times Square

© Ka-Man Tse, Times Square Alliance

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Situ Studio has unveiled the fifth edition of Times Square’s annual Heartwalk – a heart-shaped “room within the city” made of salvaged Sandy debris. Inspired by the “collective experience of Hurricane Sandy and the love that binds people together during trying times,” Heartwalk begins as two weathered ribbons of wooden planks that gradually lift to form an illuminated heart enclosure in the middle of Duffy Square.

People are already falling in love, as you can see Instagram’s #heartwalktsq is filling up with images of elated New Yorkers standing within the “heart of New York City”.

More images after the break…

Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge / Rosales + Partners Architects

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Architects: Rosales + Partners Architects
Location: Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge, , TX 76102, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Rosales + Partners Architects

Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity
Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity

Architecture Love Cards

With love in the air this Valentine’s Day season, there is undoubtedly no better way to express your feelings to the architecture enthusiast in your life with these one of a kind architecture love cards. Made especially to share with…

The Top 5 Earners of 2012 (And How They Did It)

“The World’s 100 Largest Firms Have Been Ranked…But Does It Matter?”

That was the question I posed yesterday, in response to our publication of The WA100Building Design’s ranking of the world’s largest architecture firms. My conclusion was that ranking, by size, tells you very little about the success of the world’s largest firms. But ranking by income and efficiency? Well, that tells you quite a bit more.

By looking at the Top 5 Fee Income Earners and the 5 Most Efficient Firms of 2012 – and their strategies – we can understand far more what it takes to be successful in this tough market.  Since The WA100 is much more than a list of rankings, but also a compendium of information, I went back to the source to investigate these firms more.

The big guns (Aecom, Gensler, etc.) have aggressively pursued a diverse range of projects on an international scale (particularly in and the Middle East) – a stance that is far from surprising, considering how competitive they are.

More interesting, however, is that the most “efficient” firms (those firms that, while nowhere near the size nor clout of the Big 3, have earned higher fee incomes per employee), have either stayed in strong markets or diversified internationally, creating a niche for themselves in these markets (a strategy discussed at length in “The 7 Things You Need To Know Before Doing Business Abroad”).

Learn the business strategies of the top income earners and most efficient earners of 2012, after the break…

The Exhibition Hall / OMA

Courtesy of OMA

OMA is designing a new department store concept in Kuwait City. The Exhibition Hall, in the popular 360° Mall, will showcase the creativity of the region alongside international fashion brands through a flexible curated retail space, featuring programs, exhibitions and installations. The project is led by OMA partners Iyad Alsaka and Rem Koolhaas, in partnership with Tamdeen Real Estate Co.

Architects: OMA
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Project Architect: Alessandro De Santis
Architects In Charge: Iyad Alsaka, Rem Koolhaas,
Collaborators: Tamdeen Real Estate Co.
Area: 9,400 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of OMA

CFA Quimper / Atelier Arcau

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Architects: Atelier Arcau
Location: Quimper,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Arcau