AD Classics: Inmos Microprocessor Factory / Richard Rogers Partnership

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Having made his name with the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Lloyd’s building, Richard Rogers – who turns 80 today – was commissioned in 1980 to design the Inmos microprocessor factory in Newport, Wales. The factory’s design was targeted for the delicate process of microchip assembly, which requires a clean and controlled space. Built at the time of the computer-chip boom, construction had to be completed within one year, a factor which would greatly influence the design.

Rogers’s response, based on his previous high-tech designs, was to move the services to the outside of the building and split the interior into ‘clean’ spaces for microchip assembly and ‘dirty’ spaces for other tasks. Moreover, Rogers opted for an off-site prefabrication of parts, which not only increased the speed of construction, but would also allow for the factory to be easily replicated as a model.

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North Carolina A&T State University / The Freelon Group Architects

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Architects: The Freelon Group Architects
Location: 1601 East Market Street, North Carolina A&T State University, , NC 27411, USA
General Contractor: D.H. Griffin
Structural Engineer: Stewart Engineering
Mep Engineer: Harrell, Saltrick & Hopper
Landscape Architect: Lappas + Havener
Civil Engineer: Stewart Engineering / Timmons Group
Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Inc
Area: 88000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mark Herboth

One Wybelenna / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Brookfield, , Australia
Design Team: Shaun Lockyer ,Shane Marsh, Lucy Hyndman, Richard Pain, Corinne Bolton
Area: 1,012 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Richard Rogers Honoured at New London Awards

The Shed by Haworth Thompkins, one of the 17 winners of the New London . Image © Helen Binet

The New London Awards, which recognize the best projects in London – both recently completed and on the drawing-board – were held at London’s Guildhall on the 12th of July. Richard Rogers took the top prize of “New Londoner of the Year” in recognition of his life-long commitment to raising the quality of urbanism in the UK capital. The award coincides with his 80th birthday and a major retrospective at the Royal Academy.

See all the winners of the 17 different awards after the break.

Courtesy of AIA NY Global Dialogues & AIA NY Women in Architecture
Courtesy of AIA NY Global Dialogues & AIA NY Women in Architecture

Leaning Out: Women in Global Practice

As part of the 2013 AIA Global Dialogues, (un-covered) Connections, ‘Leaning Out: Women in Global Practice‘ will discuss what it means to be a woman in the construction industry practicing globally in our time. Taking place this Thursday, July 25th, from…

Critical Round-Up: Reactions to the Stirling Prize Shortlist

Most critics agree that this year’s shortlist for the Stirling Prize is more “modest” than in past years – which is not to say that they didn’t have plenty to say on RIBA’s selection. Check out the critical responses from The Financial Times Edwin Heathcoate, The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright and The Independent’s Jay Merrick, after the break…

Dalian International Conference Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Location: , China
Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
Project Partner: Paul Kath (until 2010), Wolfgang Reicht
Project Architect: Wolfgang Reicht
Design Architect: Alexander Ott
Design Team: Quirin Krumbholz, Eva Wolf, Victoria Coaloa
Area: 117,650 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

In Progress: Jinan Cultural Centre / Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + BIAD

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + 
Location: Jinan, China
Design Team: Katharina Kriener, Stephanie Boufflet
Area: 70,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte

A Moving Question: The Beauty of a Broken Silo


Compelled by its utilitarian structure and its run in with a tornado, well-known photographer Tim Hursley came across a damaged grain silo while spending 16 years in Hale County, documenting the work of Mississippi architect Samuel Mockbee and his Rural Studio project. The structure quickly became more than just another object to see and photograph, so he eventually bought the silo after documenting it periodically over a span of three years. Hursley is currently thinking about moving it around – from one place to another – through means of digital media and technology. As he puts it, he simply, ‘encountered and saw it,’ and by moving it from one place to the next, he leaves discovery up to the observer. More images and a video after the break.

El Rengle / Manuel Ruisánchez arquitecto

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Architects: Manuel Ruisánchez arquitecto
Location: Barcelona,
Team: Pere Fuertes, Susana Toyos, Miquel Burguet, Eulàlia Gómez, Ivan Martínez, Eduard Álvarez
Consultants: BOMA (Structure) , SEDNA (Systems), Roger Ríos (Tech. Arch.) , GPO (Systems), INTEGRAL + SGJ (project manager)
Area: 30,289 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Ferran Mateo, Shlomi Almagor, Courtesy of Manuel Ruisánchez arquitecto

Miami Beach Convention Center Winning Proposal / South Beach ACE


South Beach ACE, the collaborative team made up of Tishman, a national real estate development firm led by Dan Tishman; international architecture firm OMA, led by Pritzker Prize winning architect Rem Koolhaas; and developer Robert Wennett, were just announced by the City Commission as the winning team in a competition to redevelop the Convention Center and the surrounding 52-acre site. Looking forward to bring the project to fruition, the team firmly believes a renovated convention center, adjacent hotel, and re-imagined convention center campus are critical to ’s ability to maintain and grow its desirability as a tourism and convention destination. More images and the team’s description after the break.

Elysium Playground / Cox Rayner Architects

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Architects: Cox Rayner Architects
Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland,
Client: Pearson Property Group
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

House H / Smartvoll Architekten ZT KG

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Architects: Smartvoll Architekten ZT KG
Location: , Salzburg,
Area: 170 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Smartvoll Architekten ZT KG

Messner Mountain Museum at Plan de Corones Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Zaha Hadid Architects recently announced they are building the sixth and final Messner Mountain Museum at Plan de Corones, , which is set to be completed in the summer of 2014. In collaboration with Reinhold Messner, one of the world’s most renowned mountaineers, as well as Kronplatz, the largest ski resort in the region, the Messner Mountain Museum (MMM Corones) is embedded within Mount Kronplatz. A composition of fluid, interconnected volumes, the 1000 sq. m. MMM Corones design is carved within the mountain and informed by the geology and topography of its context. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Baan Moom / Integrated Field

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Architects: Integrated Field
Location: ,
Area: 550 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Wison Tungthunya & IF

First Peoples House / Formline Architecture + Urbanism

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Architects: Formline Architecture + Urbanism
Location: , Canada
Architect In Charge: Alfred Waugh
Design Team: Ken Wong, Adam Slavinski
Area: 1,196 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Nick Lehoux

King’s College / Spillman Farmer Architects

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Architects: Spillman Farmer Architects
Location: King’s College, 133 North River Street, , PA 18702, USA
Managing Principal: Daniel L. Harrigan
Design Principal: Joseph N. Biondo
Project Architect: Michael J. Metzger
Project Team: Salvatore B. Verrastro, AIA CCS CCCA FCSI; Wayne F. Stitt, AIA; Joseph Balsamo; Clint Newton, III; Patrick B. Ytsma, RA; Randy Galiotto, Jr.; Kirk Koehler; Mark Piell; Elliot Nolter; Deirdre Kwiatek, LEED AP; Henry DelVecchio, IIDA; Kate Carter
Area: 31800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Warchol

AD Round Up: Schools in the UK

In honour of the royal baby’s birth, we rounded up a selection of schools in the . If architecture was your only criteria – where would you send the third in line to the throne?