The Crystal / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Location: London,
Design Team: Alex Kyriakides
Project Year:
Photographs: Courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects

St. Josef Parish Centre / Frei + Saarinen Architekten

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Architects: Frei + Saarinen Architekten
Location: , Switzerland
Design Team: Barbara Frei, Martin Saarinen; Nicolaj Bechtel, Stefan Wülser, Corina Trunz, David Winzeler, Bastien Turpin
Client: Roman-Catholic Church Zurich
Build Area: 1,200 m2 Usable Area
Finishing Material: Floor / Wall / Ceiling
Floor: Brushed, Coloured and Sealed Parquet (Oak)
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Hannes Henz & Frei + Saarinen Architekten

Stripe House / GAAGA

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Architects: GAAGA
Location: Leiden,
Design Team: Esther Stevelink, Arie Bergsma
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

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Venice Biennale 2012: O’Donnell + Tuomey

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Vessel is a site-specific response to the theme of Common Ground – a wooden structure, composed of a stacked planks, that works in conversation with the layered brick construction of the Arsenale. Irish architects O’Donnell +  Tuomey have created a contemplative space,  hollowed out of solid matter, that is at once a light funnel, a lantern chamber, and a passage. 

Beaux Arts Ball 2012: Tender

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This past weekend, we were invited to attend The Architectural League’s Beaux Arts Ball 2012: Tender at One Hanson Place.  Despite the unforgiving weather forecast, hundreds came to share in an evening of great company set within the beautiful 1929 Halsey, McCormack & Helmer’s landmark Williamsburgh Savings Bank.   In typical architectural fashion, the former main banking hall was a complete sea of chic black outfits (okay, okay, there were a few dashes of color), underneath a silver pillow-like floating installation designed by SOFTlab.

More after the break.

In Progress: Logytel I+D / Alarcón + Asociados

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Architects: Alarcón + Asociados
Location: Avda. Punto Es, 4. 28805 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
Associated Architect: Cristina Álvarez
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Pablo Cruz, Luis García Craus, Courtesy of

Casa de la Cultura / Daniel Mòdol

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Architects: Daniel Mòdol
Location: Plaza Pere Torrent S/Nº ‐Girona‐Spain
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jordi Bernadó

V&A at Dundee / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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In November 2010, we announced that Kengo Kuma & Associates was selected over a competitive A-list of international architects to design ’s landmark building, the V&A at Dundee. Well now, the £45 million, waterfront project is moving forward as it has just been approved by the city council!

As reported on BDOnline, Philip Long, director of the V&A at Dundee, stated: “This now allows us to move further with elements of the design and building program, including procurement and tendering, and we will be doing that in due course.”

Continue after the break to learn more about Kengo Kuma’s design for the museum.

Call for Proposals: A Master Plan for Bulnes Ave in Santiago, Chile

To commemorate Chile’s Bicentennial, President Sebastián Piñera Echenique has developed the “Legado Bicentenario” (Bicentennial Legacy) program to create, revitalize and consolidate public spaces/buildings of great urban/cultural importance to Chile. As part of this program, the President has decided to revitalize ’s Civic Quarter, particularly Bulnes Avenue (Paseo Bulnes) and the area around it.

The Housing and Urban Development Ministry has therefore launched the “International Public Competition: Master Plan for the Bulnes Urban Axis” and is calling for urban design / architectural proposals to complete, update and revitalize Bulnes Avenue and its surroundings. The goal of this initiative is to develop a Master Plan for the area, located in the heart of the Municipality of Santiago, and revitalize its public spaces to create a suitable abutment at the southern end of Bulnes Avenue.

The First Prize Winner will receive about USD $50,000.

More info, after the break…

AD Interviews: Reiser + Umemoto

Since it’s founding in 1986, Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture P.C. has become a widely published, internationally recognized practice with a diverse collection of projects ranging in scale. On multiple occasions, the firm has been awarded for their contributions to architectural practice and theory – the most recent being The Cooper Union’s 2008 Presidential Citation and the 2011 John Hejduk Award – as they treat “each project as the continuation of an ongoing inquiry, delving into relationships among architecture, territory and systems of distribution.”

The City-based practice is led by it’s founders, architect Jesse Reiser and designer Nanako Umemoto. Both partners have taught and lectured at a number of academic institutions throughout the , Europe and Asia. Reiser is currently a Professor of Architecture and director of graduate studies for the M.Arch program at Princeton University’s School of Architecture.

More about Reiser + Umemoto’s work:

Cassia Coop Training Centre / TYIN Tegnestue Architects

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Architects: TYIN Tegnestue Architects
Location: Sungai Penuh, Kerinchi, Sumatra,
Design Team: Gjermund Wibe, Morten Staubo, Therese Jonassen,Kasama Yamtree, Andreas Gjertsen, Yashar Hanstad
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Pasi Aalto, Zifeng Wei, Wenzel Prokosch

UPDATE: Progress in Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Effort, Signatures Needed!

The David S. Wright Home in Arcadia, Arizona. Photo via Curbd LA

As we’ve reported over the last two months, efforts have been underway in Arizona to preserve the David Wright House, one of ’s “ most innovative, unusual and personal works of architecture,” from demolition by developers. No intact Wright building has ever been intentionally demolished, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC) has been hard at work to make sure this one isn’t the first.

Well, good news! Last month,the FLWBC posted an online petition to the City of Phoenix to bestow historic preservation/landmark designation upon the house. After gaining over 16,000 votes (many from you ArchDaily readers), the Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to recommend Landmark designation for the building last week.

But it’s not over yet! The recommendation still has to go to the City Council in November – if it is approved, an automatic three-year delay on any demolition will be granted to the house.

So what can you do in the meantime? The FLWBC has a new goal of 25,000 signatures  (as of now, they’re only 8,000 votes away), so sign the online petition and spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, etc. now!

For more information or to get involved, check out the SAVE WRIGHT page.

Micrograph picture of cellulose nanocrystals combined with PMMA fibers. Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service
Micrograph picture of cellulose nanocrystals combined with PMMA fibers. Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service develops Wood-based Nanomaterial

A wood-based nanomaterial composed of cellulose nanocrystals and cellulose nanofibrils is being evaluated at the Forest Products Laboratory, in support of a project at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland. The material, presumably stronger than Kevlar, is being produced…

The Indicator: Imbued with Silence

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By Sherin Wing and Guy Horton

Utah’s red rock country is sublime in a Martian Chronicles sort of way. Its geologic folds, wrinkles, bridges, and domes compose a forbidding yet stunningly beautiful world of rock and sky. It’s the sort of landscape John McPhee would lyrically traverse in his book Basin and Range, in what he refers to as a “physiographic province.” It is also the psychological province of vision quests, the kind of vast and mystical space that Jim Morrison might have experienced. These are just some of the images that emerge from this landscape.

The work of Imbue Design, the Salt Lake City-based, three-person firm made up of Hunter Gundersen, Matt Swindel, and Christopher Talvy, is inserted here to form a meditative that rises out of what McPhee would describe as a “silent world of austere beauty” (1). The project is captivating not merely because of its form or material, but because of its program as a meditation for practicing Buddhists or others seeking to enter a silent world. It’s also a home away from home.

Read the interview with the Imbue’s design team after the break

Almere with MVRDV selected for Floriade 2022!

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Today the Nederlandse Tuinbouwraad (NTR) announced the City of Almere, along with it’s MVRDV-designed proposal, as winner of the prestigious world horticultural expo, Floriade 2022. The event takes place once every ten years in and is currently ending in Venlo.

The MVRDV plan for Almere is not a temporary expo site but a lasting green Cité Idéale as an extension to the existing city centre. The waterfront site opposite the city centre will be developed as a vibrant new urban neighborhood and also a giant plant library which will remain beyond the expo.

The ambition is to create a 300% greener exhibition than currently standard, both literally green and sustainable: each program on the site will be combined with plants which will create programmatic surprises, innovation and ecology. At the same time the site will be with a vast program such as a university, hotel, marina, offices and homes more urban than any other Floriade has ever been before, it is an exemplary green city. Continue after the break for more!

Endesa Pavilion / IaaC

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Architects: IaaC
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Life Architecturally, 2011; Director, Britt Arthur
Life Architecturally, 2011; Director, Britt Arthur

Architecture and Design Film Festival

Featuring more than twenty-five films from eleven countries, public programs, and an architectural driving tour of Lower Manhattan, the fourth season of the Architecture and Design Film Festival is taking place October 18-21. Returning to Tribeca Cinemas, in New York…

Kamppi Chapel / K2S Architects

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Architects: K2S Architects Ltd
Location: Simonkatu 7, , Finland
Head Designers: Mikko Summanen, Kimmo Lintula and Niko Sirola
Design Team: Jukka Mäkinen, Kristian Forsberg, Abel Groenewolt, Tetsujiro Kyuma, Mikko Näveri, Miguel Pereira, Outi Pirhonen, Teija Tarvo, Elina Tenho, Jarno Vesa
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 352.0 sqm
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Marko Huttunen