Ecole Maternelle La Venelle / Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes

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Architects: Gaetan Le Penhuel Architectes
Location: ,
Year: 2008
Area: 3,283 sqm
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie

Thalia Theatre / Gonçalo Byrne Architects & Barbas Lopes Architects

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Architects: Gonçalo Byrne Architects & Barbas Lopes Architects
Location: Lisbon,
Architects: Gonçalo Byrne, Patrícia Barbas, Diogo Seixas Lopes
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: DMF

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WORKac to design new Assembly Hall in Central Africa

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WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) has won an international competition to design new Assembly Hall in Libreville – the capital city of Gabon – for the 2014 Summit of the African Union. The City firm impressed the jury with their proposal L’Assemblée Radieuse, which offers a self-shading, circular structure that maximizes active and passive design while incorporating the vibrant ecology of the Gabonese Republic.

The new landmark is scheduled to break ground in February 2013 and will be completed in June 2014. Continue reading for the architects’ description.

Trondheim Student Housing / MEK Architects

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Architects: MEK Architects + Link-Signatur (associated office)
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Design Team: Clara Murado, Juan Elvira and Enrique Krahe
Detailing: MEK +
Building Site: MEK + Link-Signatur
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mathias Herzog, Miguel De Guzman

The Offset / Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build

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Architects: Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build
Location: , Ontario,
Year: 2012
Area: 2,000 sqft
Structural Design: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
Photographs: Courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS

SCI-Arc’s Gehry Prize awarded to ‘Phantom Geometry’

SCI-Arc Masters of Architecture graduates Liz and Kyle von Hasseln have been awarded the inaugural Gehry Prize for developing an interruptible method, dubbed Phantom Geometry, that allows designers to make alterations to the design while it is being printed. The Phantom Geometry method is a convenient alternative to the conventional, static 3D printing systems available today. The system’s main components includes a UV light projector, a special photo-sensitive resin, and controlled robotic arms from SCI-Arc’s Robot House.

In their own words, the authors’ describe:

New offices of the Botín Foundation / MVN Arquitectos

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Architects: MVN Arquitectos
Location: ,
Architects: Diego Varela de Ugarte and Emilio Medina Garcia, MVN architects
Project Manager: Santander Global Facilities
Technical Architect: Maria Lamela Martin
Year: 2012
Area: 1,541.95 sqm
Collaborators: Alfonso García del Rey, Laura Sánchez, María Pascual and Alicia Castilla, architects
Interior Design Consultant: Juan Luis Líbano
Landscape Designer: Luis Vallejo Estudio de Paisajismo
Structural And Service Engineers: Ingenor
Contracto: Ferrovial
Photographs: Alfonso Quiroga

Stephen Sondheim Theater / COOKFOX

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Architects: COOKFOX
Client:  Bank of America at One Bryant Park, LLP, a joint venture between The Durst Organization and Bank of America
Location: , NY
Completion:  2009
Size: 50,000 SF

  

Barber Shop / Ard Hoksbergen

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Architects: Ard Hoksbergen
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Ard Hoksbergen

Media Architecture Biennale 2012

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On November 15th-17th leading architects, artists, scholars, and industry leaders from all over the Globe will meet up in , Denmark to shape the media architecture of the future and discuss how media architecture is about to change our cities.

What happens when heat sensitive concrete ‘freezes’ the shadows of passers-by, or when a façade turns into a screen by means of thousands of tiny LED lights? What happens to architecture, people, and cities, when buildings turn into a type of digital media and allows citizens to communicate with each other in completely new ways?

Questions like these are increasingly relevant, as media architecture gains ground in cities all over the World. And they will be top of the agenda when these media architecture experts meet up in Aarhus in November.

“Media Architecture is changing the way we relate to traditional architecture,” General Chair of the biennale, Dr. Martin Brynskov, said. ”It is a field in rapid development, and we’re very much looking forward to hearing top experts’ take on how media architecture affects our perception of buildings and cities.”

More about the activities at Media Architecture Biennale 2012 after the break.

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CASALATA Social Habitation + Documentary / Ângelo Lopes, Helena Gomes, Lara Plácido

Designed by architects Ângelo Lopes, Helena Gomes, and Lara Plácido…, the CASALATA (Tin House) project started with a short film in Mindelo, Cape Verde. The film focuses on the issue of the shortage of housing and on

House at Äpplarö / Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor

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Architects: Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor
Location: Äpplarö,
Year: 2012
Area: 215 sqm
Photographs: Åke E.Son Lindman

Haus am Weinberg / UNStudio

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Our friends from UNStudio shared their latest completed residential project, a villa nestled on the outskirts of  that offers amazing vistas over country vineyards which are juxtaposed with cityscape panoramas.   The sinuous curves of Haus am Weinberg are governed by the idea of creating a “twist” which organizes the programmatic flow of the residence. Ben van Berkel explained, “The Haus am Weinberg adopts a stereovisual spatial effect, acting almost as an optical instrument, whereby not a parallax view, but a parallax experience is created. Moments of parity with the surrounding landscape from inside the house form a constant experiential connection and awareness of its immediate context.”

More after the break, including a great photography set by Iwan Baan.

Sugar Gum House / Rob Kennon Architects

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Architects: Rob Kennon Architects
Location: , , Australia
Area: 210 sqm
Engineer: Yttrup
Photographs: Derek Swalwell, Courtesy of Rob Kennon Architect

‘Embryonic Canopy’ Exhibition for the Sukkahville Design Competition / Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher

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As part of the Sukkahville Design Competition in Toronto, organized by the Kehilla Residential Programme, Craig Deebank and Gina Gallaugher were selected as one of the finalists for his ‘Embryonic Canopy’ exhibition. The project re-images the Sukkah as both a temporary shelter and permanent fixture within the agricultural ecosystem. It challenges the notion of the traditional static Sukkah while creating a sense of wonder, intrigue and connection to the natural environment. More images and designers’ description after the break.

Sustainable Gas Station Avia Marees / Knevel Architecten

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Architects: Knevel Architecten
Location: Havenweg, ,
Architect In Charge: Benjamin Robichon
Design Team: Dirk Jan Schaap, Ramon Acha Valls, Jacques van Adrichem
Year: 2012
Area: 4,290 m2
Stuctural Engineer: ABT
Photographs: John Lewis Marshall 

Veilige Veste / KAW Architecten

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Architects: KAW Architecten
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Beatrice Montesano, Johannes Klimstra
Design Team: Kasper Niezen, Annette Barelds, Dennis Hofman, Reinier Buisman
Installations: Technion
Constructions: EconStruct
Photographs: Gerard Van Beek Fotografie 

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Courtesy of Mjölk Architekti

‘Week in Self’ Installation / Mjölk architekti

Designed by Mjölk Architekti…, a high seat was installed on the main square in České Budějovice where it stayed for a month. It is situated high up so that it does not interfere with everyday life on the ground