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Mianzhu Museum Fianl / Zhenggong Feng

Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng
Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng
  • Architects: Zhenggong Feng
  • Location: Mianzhu, Deyang, Sichuan, China
  • Design: Suzhou Industrial Park Design&Research Institute Co.,Ltd
  • Area: 3100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng

Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng

Dogsalon / Naoko Horibe

  • Architects: Naoko Horibe
  • Location: Usa, Oita, Japan
  • Area: 66.25 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yuko Tada

© Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada © Yuko Tada

Conan House / Moon Hoon

  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: Bangdong, South Korea
  • Area: 105.3 sqm
  • Photographs: Nam Goung Son

© Nam Goung Son © Nam Goung Son © Nam Goung Son © Nam Goung Son

Should Architects Design Prisons?

A video game in which you can design your own high-security prison (execution chambers and all) prompts CC Sullivan, in a thoughtful post on Smart Planet, to discuss the implications of architects designing prisons. You can read the full article here, and read ArchDaily's previous coverage on this issue, "The Architecture of Incarceration," here.

AD Classics: Mivtachim Sanitarium / Jacob Rechter

The Mivtachim sanitarium in Zichron Ya’akov is a brutalist masterpiece set on the forested slopes of Mount Carmel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The simple yet complex design of the serpentine-shaped modular structure makes it appear to be “crowning” the mountain. 

The building was designed by the Israeli architect Jacob Rechter in 1968 and immediately gained world-wide recognition, appearing in numerous international magazines and earning Rechter the prestigious Israel Award for architecture in 1973. Along with other brutalist icons, the Mivtachim Sanitarium was an idealistic, utopian structure, encapsulating the socialist ideas prevalent in 1960's Israel.

Images from the exhibition: The Object of Zionism, at the SAM (Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, 2011). Curators: Zvi Efrat and Hubertus Adam  Images from the exhibition: The Object of Zionism, at the SAM (Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, 2011). Curators: Zvi Efrat and Hubertus Adam  Images from the exhibition: The Object of Zionism, at the SAM (Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, 2011). Curators: Zvi Efrat and Hubertus Adam  Images from the exhibition: The Object of Zionism, at the SAM (Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, 2011). Curators: Zvi Efrat and Hubertus Adam

Horizon Media / a + i architecture

© Magda Biernat
© Magda Biernat
  • Architects: a + i architecture
  • Location: 75 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, USA
  • Architecture Project Team: Dag Folger, Bradley Zizmor, Sommer Schauer, Kate Thatcher, Phil Ward, Chris Evans, Janet Lina, Amy Howell
  • Photographs: Magda Biernat

© Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat

Liège Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis / Dethier Architectures

  • Architects: Dethier Architectures
  • Location: 4102 Seraing.
  • General Contractor: Daniel Stoffels sprl
  • Metallic Structure: Bemelmans Balancier et Fils sprl
  • Interior Woodwork: C. Dethier sprl
  • Area: 333.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2004
  • Photographs: Serge Brison

© Serge Brison © Serge Brison © Serge Brison © Serge Brison

KKA Designs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Sweden

In response to the rising trend of electric vehicles in Sweden, the Traffic Department in Gothenburg has commissioned Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture (KKA) to develop a vision of solar-powered charging stations for electric vehicles, bikes and scooters. With the potential of being distributed throughout the city, the resizable concept was designed with the same formal language for recognition so that the charging stations may stand as a “symbol of a more sustainable city.”

KiTa Schöne Aussicht / Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten

Courtesy of Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten Courtesy of Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten Courtesy of Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten Courtesy of Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten

Public Music School / Wulf Architekten

  • Architects: Wulf Architekten
  • Location: Nordring, 59065 Hamm, Germany
  • Client: City of Hamm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Wulf Architekten

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The Flinders Street Station Shortlisted Proposal / Ashton Raggatt McDougall

Designed by Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM), their proposal for the Flinders Street Station, which was recently shortlisted in the design competition part of the People’s Choice Award launch by Major Projects Victoria. Their proposal aims to create a seamless interface with the city, its streets and lanes, its intermodal transportation, and its future dreams. On the river this seamlessness is not so much a measurement of ease or just intentionality, but rather instead a sudden sense of spectacle, a special realization of the river that’s always been there, even a sense of history and time. More images and architects' description after the break.

GENETS 3 / Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners

© Jean-Luc Laloux © Jean-Luc Laloux © Jean-Luc Laloux © Jean-Luc Laloux

Why Cycle Cities Are the Future

The 2010 launch of the “Boris Bike” - London’s cycle hire scheme, named after mayor Boris Johnson – was the clearest indication to date that cycling was no longer just for a minority of fanatics but a healthy, efficient and sustainable mode of transport that city planners wanted in their armoury. There are now more than 8,000 Boris Bikes and 550+ docking stations in Central London. And the trend’s not anomalous to London: Wikipedia reports that there are 535 cycle-share schemes in 49 countries, employing more than half a million bikes worldwide.

However, the real question is: will cycling actually change the city? Will it result in new urban forms or, as the title of Australian academic Dr Steven Fleming’s new book predicts, a “Cycle Space”? Like Fleming, I believe so. I believe that cycling might just be the catalyst for a 21st Century urban renaissance.

Read how, after the break...

ASB Sports Centre / Tennent + Brown Architects

© Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie
  • Architects: Tennent + Brown Architects
  • Location: Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Project Manager: Sinclair Knight Merz, Davis Langdon
  • Photographs: Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie

An Urban Villa / Pitsou Kedem Architects

© Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron © Amit Geron

Tretyakov Gallery Competition Entry / PAPER | TOTEMENT

Designed by PAPER | TOTEMENT, their competition proposal for the architectural and visual image of the frontage of the new building of the State Tretyakov Gallery encompasses conceptual, imaginary and compositional aspects as well as its relation with the environment (city and the existing complex of the gallery), history and designation of the building. The current space planning design decision also implied some particular limitations and framework. And of course, the main objective was to combine all these decisions in an integral image of the Modern Russian, Moscow art museum. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Oriel College Design Competition Shortlist Announced

Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) recently announced the results of the first stage of the design competition to re-program and re-design Oriel College, Oxford’s social spaces. The shortlist, a fascinating cross-section of British architectural talent ranging from the contextual to the contemporary, is made-up of established practices with extensive portfolios. More than sixty teams submitted Expressions of Interest for the competition, which was launched in late June. The shortlisted teams include: AL_A, Allies and MorrisonCaruso St John ArchitectsPanter Hudspith Architects, and Wright & Wright Architects. More images and information after the break.