Chalco Community Center / Solis Colomer Arquitectos

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Architects: Solis Colomer Arquitectos
Location: Colonia del Carmen, Valle de Chalco,
Area: 1,320 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Solis Colomer Arquitectos

Duncan Terrace / Courtesy of DOS Architects
Duncan Terrace / Courtesy of DOS Architects

DOS Architects Win Renzo Piano Foundation Prize

London-based DOS Architects …were just announced as the winners of the Renzo Piano Foundation Prize, awarded to the best young Italian Architectural practice. Founded by the Italian-Spanish partnership of Lorenzo Grifantini and Tavis Wright in 2006, the award-winning firm has

A Conversation with Academy Award Winning Set Designer Catherine Martin

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The work of a Production Designer has many parallels with that of an Architect. Both are tasked with bringing to life a conceptual environment, keeping true to that concept through budgets, time pressures, logistics and regulations. Both share a similar creative process, developing the ideas and then collaborating and coordinating with a team of professionals to give those ideas physical form. However, Production Designers are concerned with creating environments to be captured on only for a matter of moments. Not something a standard Client is likely to request from an Architect.

While the freedom of not having to fully resolve building details – just making it look that way (not to mention the added bonus of avoiding the inevitable callbacks for defects), may seem appealing, consider having to dismantle everything you have created at the end of the process. Somewhat of an anticlimax you would think.

Not so, says Catherine Martin, veteran Production Designer, two time Academy Award winning Art Director, and the creative force behind the sets and costumes of Baz Lurhmann’s films.

Trevox 223 / CRAFT Arquitectos

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Architects: CRAFT Arquitectos
Location: , Mexico
Collaborators: Alan Rahmane Azar, Michelle Cadena, Solt Studio
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of CRAFT Arquitectos

The BIG LEGO® House Reveal

The ® House / BIG; Courtesy of The ® Group

The design for BIG’s highly anticipated LEGO® “experience center” – a.k.a. The LEGO® House – has been released! Located in the heart of The Lego Group’s birthplace and home town of Billund, , the 7,600 square-meter building resembles “gigantic LEGO® bricks” that are “combined and stacked in a creative way to create an imaginative experience both outside and inside.”

True to form, the 30 meter-tall structure will feature several exterior and multi-level access points that will remain open year-long to its estimated 250,000 annual visitors. Aside from its roof-top gardens and 1,900 square-meter public square, attractions will include a series of exhibition areas showcasing the “past, present and future of the LEGO® idea”, a cafe and an unique LEGO® store.

Take a video tour through the building after the break…

Black Magic House / T2.a Architects

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Architects: T2.a Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Bence Turányi
Year: 2012
Photographs: Zsolt Batár

Qasr Garden Museum / Experimental Branch of Architecture

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Architects: Experimental Branch of Architecture
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Arash Mozafari
Area: 14000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ali Daghigh


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Architects: NRJA
Design Team: Uldis Lukševics, Ivars Veinbergs, Linda Leitāne-Šmīdberga
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of NRJA

Loft Space in Camden / Craft Design

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Architects: Craft Design
Location: Camden, ,
Design Team: Hugo D’Enjoy, Armando Elias
Construction: Craft Design
Area: 56 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Armando Elias

Cite des Arts et de la Culture / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Besancon,
Principal: Kengo Kuma
Project Manager: Sarah Markert
Area: 11389.0 sqm
Photographs: Nicolas Waltefaugle

Courtesy of Kubota & Bachmann Architects
Courtesy of Kubota & Bachmann Architects

City Culture Center Competition Entry / Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Designed by Kubota & Bachmann Architects…, main purpose of their proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center (TCCC) is the integration of the Gateway Park and the best practice implementation of green architectural policies. Aiming to be the new landmark

The Nest / a21studio

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Architects: a21studio
Location: , Vietnam
Area: 40 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

IFSante / WONK architectes

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Architects: WONK architectes
Location: , France
Engineering: Projex Ingénierie, Diagobat, Daniel Caucheteux
Area: 3,200 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Julien Lanoo

360 HQ office / edg Corporation Ltd.

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Architects: edg Corporation Ltd.
Location: , China
Chief Designer: David Ho
Designer: Echo Zhang, Serena Shu, Tian Ren
Area: 36,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Ho

Frank Gehry to Design New York Office for Facebook

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Shortly after winning approval on their Frank Gehry-designed, Menlo Park headquarters in California, has announced plans to once again commission the Los Angeles-based starchitect to design a new office for their team. By early 2014, Gehry is expected to refurbish an existing 100,000 square-foot, two-story office space – nearly twice the size of their current home at 335 Madison Ave – on 770 Broadway. 

Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School / Iredale Group Architecture

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Architects: Iredale Group Architecture
Location: , BC, Canada
Design Team: Kendall Jessiman, Stefan Walsh, Laura Hildago
Architect In Charge: Peter Hildebrand
Client: Penticton Indian Band
Year: 2011
Photographs: Andrew Doran

First of May Neighborhood / CBAyA

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Architects: CBAyA
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Griselda Bertoni, Eduardo Castellitti, Carlos Castellitti, Jose Ignacio Castellitti,
Collaborators: Ricardo Matias Silvero, Paul Jaramillo, Diego Villar, Mariano Tellechea, Estanislao Niklinson
Structures: Ing. Sala, Rubén
Site Area: 329 sqm
Area: 1,246 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Federico Cairoli

2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto

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Sou Fujimoto’s 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, now complete and standing on the front lawn of ’s Serpentine Gallery, has opened to the press and we are now able to see Iwan Baan’s photographs of the temporary pavilion. Fujimoto will be lecturing to a sold out crowd this coming Saturday (June 8th) when the pavilion opens to the general public. The semi-transparent, multi-purpose social space will be on view until October 20th.

Fujimoto (age 41) is the youngest architect to accept the Serpentine Gallery’s invitation, joining the ranks of Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012)Peter Zumthor (2011)Jean Nouvel (2010)SANAA (2009)and more. He described his Serpentine project as “…an architectural landscape: a transparent terrain that encourages people to interact with and explore the site in diverse ways. Within the pastoral context of Kensington Gardens, I envisage the vivid greenery of the surrounding plant life woven together with a constructed geometry. A new form of environment will be created, where the natural and the man-made merge; not solely architectural nor solely natural, but a unique meeting of the two.”

The Guardian has posted both print and video reviews by Oliver Wainwright.

More images by Iwan Baan after the break. See also In Progress: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto.