Whitney Studio / LOT-EK Architecture & Design

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Architects: LOT-EK Architecture & Design
Location: Madison Avenue, , NY,
Design Team: Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
Project Architect: Virginie Stolz
Area: 700 sqft
Photographs: Danny Bright

Cahier d’Exercices / Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

© Marc Cramer

Architects: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes
Location: Old Montreal, Montreal, QC,
Client: Cahier d’Exercices
Area: 1,600 sq ft
Photographs: Marc Cramer, Gilles Saucier

Courtesy of TEX-FAB
Courtesy of TEX-FAB

TEX-FAB 4 APPLIED Research Through Fabrication Conference

Going back to where it all started, TEX-FAB… will be holding their Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication Conference at the University of Texas Arlington School of Architecture from February 28 to March 3. The event will include their largest selection of workshops

Crystal Bridges Museum Store / Marlon Blackwell Architect

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Architects: Marlon Blackwell Architect
Location: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, , Arkansas 72712, USA
Design Team: Marlon Blackwell, Meryati Johari Blackwell, Michael Pope, Bradford Payne, Jonathan Boelkins, Stephen Reyenga, William Burks, Angela Carpenter, Casey Worrell
Year: 2011
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Poona House / Rajiv Saini

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Architects: Rajiv Saini
Location: , Maharashtra, India
Architect In Charge: Rajiv Saini
Design Team: Suprio Bhattacharjee, Kalyani Kale, Neeraj Singh, Ruchi Sharma
Area: 12,000 ft2
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Rajiv Saini

Villa S2 / MARC architects

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Architects: MARC architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Marc van Driest, Taco van Iersel
Structural Engineer: BREED Integrated Design
Building Physics: Nieman
Photographs: Raphael Drent

The Menil Collection selected to receive AIA Twenty-five Year Award

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The Menil Collection Houston, designed by architect Renzo Piano, has been selected for the 2013 Twenty-five Year Award. Recognizing architectural design of enduring significance, the Twenty-five Year Award is conferred on a building that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years as an embodiment of architectural excellence. Projects must demonstrate excellence in function, in the distinguished execution of its original program, and in the creative aspects of its statement by today’s standards. The award will be presented this June at the National Convention in Denver.

More on The Menil Collection after the break.

Bridge House / 123DV

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Architects: 123DV
Location: , The Netherlands
Area: 825 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Christiaan de Bruijne

Superkilen masterplan designed by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex Honored by AIA

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At almost a mile long Superkilen wedges through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark creating a truly unique urban space with a strong identity on a local and global scale. The park is divided into three zones: the red square, the black market and the green park and is conceived as a giant exhibition of urban best practice – a collection of global everyday objects from the 60+ home countries of the local inhabitants. Initiated by the City of and Realdania Foundation, the project started construction in 2009 and opened to the public in June 2012. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Superkilen as one of the winners of the 2013 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design.

7 Units Housing Building / Metaform Architecture

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Architects: Metaform Architecture
Location: ,
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Steve Troes

Steven Holl Architects complete Sun-shaped Micro-City in Chengdu

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Four years after breaking ground, Steven Holl Architects have completed the Sliced Porosity Block in the heart of , China. Rather than being designed as object-icon skyscrapers, the three million square foot complex identifies itself as a metropolitan public space with large plazas and a hybrid of different functions. The five towers stimulate a micro urbanism by offering offices, serviced apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants.

More on Steven Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block after the break.

Clottu Villa / Andrea Pelati Architecte

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Architects: Andrea Pelati Architecte
Location: , Switzerland
Project Team: Andrea Pelati, Raphaël Fromaigeat, Anna Popek-Schmalstieg, Sandy Erlebach
Project Consultants: GVH SA – Civil Engineers
Area: 219 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

INABA Completes Skylight

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INABA has completed Skylight, a permanent installation for KORO Public Art Norway. The 6.6 m (22 ft) diameter, 11.5 m (38 ft) long structure hangs from the foyer of the New Concert Hall in , Norway. It is visible from the adjacent public plaza, and surrounding neighborhood and harbor, serving as a light beacon for the complex.

Responding to the region’s extreme atmospheric conditions, Skylight emits a range of pure color light patterns that contrast and complement the blended luminous tones of the dawn and twilight Nordic sky. Conceived of as an inverted chandelier, Skylight’s light fixtures are mounted to face inward and illuminate the structure’s interior surface. Its programmable LED system is animated to change in brightness and hue, and produce distinct patterns during arrival, theater calls, intermission, departure, and after hours.

Video, images and more information on Skylight after the break.

Bacopari House / UNA Arquitetos

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Architects: UNA Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo,
Architects In Charge: Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
Project Team: Ana Paula de Castro, Carolina Klocker, Eduardo Martorelli, Fabiana Cyon, Gabriela Gurgel, Enk te Winkel, Igor Cortinove, Marta Onofre, Miguel Muralha, Sílio Almeida
Project Area: 504 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Video: Artek, Designer Profile


To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Finnish design company Artek showcases its latest lighting project, “White,” devised by the company’s design director Ville Kokkonen. Since forming in 1935 by husband and wife team Aino and Alvar Aalto – the father of modern Scandinavian design – the company has stayed true to its original values of producing modern furniture that is humane and inspired by nature. Here, Kokkonen talks us through ’s collaboration with Comme des Garçons and tells us why their new Bright Light is actually good for your health.

Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects, Henning Larsen Architects, ADEPT
Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects, Henning Larsen Architects, ADEPT

‘In Dialogue With the World – Give More’ Exhibition

Opening tomorrow, January 17, at the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) in Copenhagen, Denmark, the ‘In Dialogue with the World’ exhibition, which runs until March 10, will show how architects today engage far beyond aesthetics when designing buildings. schmidt hammer lassen …

SEEDoc: Maria Auxiliadora School

On August 15th, 2007 a powerful earthquake hit the region of Ica, Perú, destroying the small Maria Auxiliadora School. The first responders left after a matter of months, but the damage remained. Resources were shuffled to the cities, and the small school waited, for years, for the authorities to take on the reconstruction. They never did.

And so, with help from Design Fellow, Diego Collazo, and with funding from the Happy Hearts Fund and the SURA Group, the community decided to take the school’s – and their children’s – future into their own hands. This SEEDoc, the latest installment of inspirational mini-documentaries from the Design Corps and SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design), tells their story.

More after the break…

Family House in Černošice / Studio Pha

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Architects: Studio Pha
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Jan Šesták, Marek Deyl
Area: 136 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Filip Šlapal