Nirvana Film Office / SJK Architects

© Pallon Daruwalla & Shimul Javeri Kadri

Architects: SJK Architects
Location: , India
Design Team: Shimul Javeri Kadri, Sarika Shetty, Roshni Kshirsagar, Poonam Sachdev
Area: 8,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Pallon Daruwalla & Shimul Javeri Kadri

Three-Family Home / Romano Adolini

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Architects: Romano Adolini
Location: Nepi,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Romano Adolini

Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse Rooftop to Host Contemporary Art Center

Restored Rooftop Terrace of Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse ©

When the gym and solarium on the 20-century’s most famous rooftop terrace – elevated 18-stories above Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse - went up for sale in 2010, French designer of Ora-ïto immediately jumped on the opportunity and purchased the space. With the support of the Foundation Le Corbusier, Ora-ïto initiated a campaign to restore the 1950‘s structure to its original state, by removing an addition that blocked the spaces 360-degree views of the city, and transform it into a contemporary art center, named the MAMO for “Marseille Modulor” – as a nod to New York’s MOMA.

More about MAMO after the break…

IFC Guangzhou / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Location: ,
Structural Engineers: Arup
Hotel Operator: Four Seasons
Hotel Fit Out Designer: Hirsch Bedner Associates
Area: 448.371 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Christian Richters, Jonathan Leijonhufvud, Will Pryce

Herzog & de Meuron Breaks Ground on Public “Bathing Lake” in Riehen


In 1979, just a year after founding their practice, Herzog & de Meuron won a competition to design a public swimming pool for the Swiss municipality of . After developing several unrealized iterations over the following years, the project was put on hold indefinitely in 1982. Twenty-five years later, in 2007, Herzog & de Meuron were commissioned to rethink the project and proposed to abandon the conventional pool concept with its mechanical and chemical water treatment systems in favor of a pool closer to natural condition with biological filtration.

House in Matubara / Fujiwarramuro Architects

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Architects: Fujiwarramuro Architects
Location: Osaka,
Architect In Charge: Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
Area: 30.43 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design
Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design

‘Research as Practice’ Symposium

Taking place this Friday, April 12th, from 4:00pm-8:30pm, the Doctor of Design program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design is inviting you to ‘Research as Practice’, their annual Convergence symposium. As the traditional boundaries of design practice are increasingly questioned, broadened, and blurred,…

Why China’s Copy-Cats Are Good For Architecture

Wangjing SOHO: Northwest Aerial © Zaha Hadid Architects

When we see another Eiffel Tower, idyllic English village, or, most recently, a Zaha Hadid shopping mall, copied in , our first reaction is to scoff. Heartily. To suggest that it is – once again – evidence of ’s knock-off culture, its disregard for uniqueness, its staggering lack of innovation. Even I, reporting on the Chinese copy of the Austrian town of Halstatt, fell into the rhetorical trap: “The Chinese are well-known for their penchant for knock-offs, be it brand-name handbags or high-tech gadgets, but this time, they’ve taken it to a whole other level.”

Moreover, as Guy Horton has noted, we are keen to describe designers in the West as “emulating,” “imitating,” and “borrowing”; those in the East are almost always “pirating.” However, when we allow ourselves, even unconsciously, to settle into the role of superior scoffer, we do not just do the Chinese, but ourselves, a disservice: first, we fail to recognize the fascinating complexity that lies behind China’s built experimentation with Western ideals; and, what’s more, we fail to look in the mirror at ourselves, and trouble our own unquestioned values and supposed superiority. In the next few paragraphs, I’d like to do both.

The Brick House / Hiren Patel Architects

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Architects: Hiren Patel Architects
Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat,
Architect In Charge: Hiren Patel
Area: 335 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

5468796 Architecture Receives First Emerging Architectural Practice Award from RAIC

Bohemier Residence / 5468796 Architecture + Cohlmeyer Architecture © 5468796 Architecture

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada has announced 5468796 Architecture Inc. as recipient of the inaugural Emerging Architectural Practice Award.  The firm is a Winnipeg-based collaborative studio of 12 young professionals with Johanna Hurme, MRAIC, Sasa Radulovic, MRAIC, and Colin Neufeld, MRAIC leading the office.  The firm operates under the principle that each project, while keeping to the parameters of cost, client expectations and site restrictions, must “advance architecture in some way”.  

Join us after the break for more on 5468796 Architecture and their recent award.

Añorbe Municipal Cemetery Extension / MRM Arquitectos

© Mikel Muruzabal

Architects: MRM Arquitectos
Location: Añorbe, Navarra,
Project Architect: Miguel Alonso Flamarique, Roberto Erviti Machain, Mamen Escorihuela Vitales
Area: 1,917 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mikel Muruzabal

© Agnieszka Wyrwas
© Agnieszka Wyrwas

Operlab Competition Entry / Rafal Oleksik + Krzysiek Stepien

Inspired by the movement of the curtain, an element inherently connected with the theatre, this second prize winning proposal for the Operlab competition focuses on this movement to induce the emotions of the viewers. Designed by Rafal Oleksik and Krzysiek …

Courtesy of Mateo Arquitectura
Courtesy of Mateo Arquitectura

‘Panta Rhei’ Exhibition / Mateo Arquitectura

On view until this Saturday, April 13th, at the Galerie d’Architecture in Paris, the ‘Panta Rhei’ exhibition by Josep Lluís Mateo… of Mateo Arquitectura is a tour through time: the past, present and future of the practice’s work. Highlighting projects, materials and moments that tend to

Hangar Artistic Creation Centre / Yaiza Terré + Arantxa Manrique

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Arantxa Manrique + Yaiza Terré
Location: Can Ricart, Barcelona
Collaborators: Static ingenieria s.a.p., Aia installacions arquitectòniques, Sergi Perez Cobos, Fpa ferran pelegrina i ass, I2a.
Area: 82884.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Municipalidad de Utebo Sports Center / Basilio Tobías

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Architects: Basilio Tobías
Location: Utebo, Zaragoza,
Area: 6,291 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Courtesy of Toshihiro Oki
Courtesy of Toshihiro Oki

2013 ‘Folly’ Competition Winner: tree wood by Toshihiro Oki

Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York recently announced the selection of Toshihiro Oki architect… for tree wood as the winner of this year’s “Folly” competition – an extraordinary opportunity for emerging architects and designers to experiment

Municipal Leisure Center In Tordesillas / ENTREARQUITECTURA

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Location: , Spain
Architect In Charge: Javier Arias Madero, Susana Garrido Calvo
Construction Company: CONTRATAS Y OBRAS ENRICAR S.L.
Area: 56,825 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of ENTREARQUITECTURA

2G House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura

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Architects: S-AR stación-ARquitectura
Location: , Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Team: César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza, María Sevilla, Carlos Flores
Engineering: Jesús González Sáenz
Technical Supervision: + Gonzalo Taméz
Construction: Gonzalo Taméz, Enrique López, Jesús Galván
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal