Silicon House / Selgas Cano

© Pablo Zuloaga

Architects: Selgas Cano
Location: Madrid,
Authors: Jose Selgas, Lucia Cano
Project Team: José de Villar, Miguel San Millán, Lara Resco, Blas Antón
Structural Engineer: FHECOR
Electrical Engineer: JG
Mechanical Engineer: Isidro Fernández
Year: 2006
Photographs: Pablo Zuloaga, Iwan Baan, Roland Halbe, Courtesy of Selgas Cano

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Finalists for Mies van der Rohe Award Selected

Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan.

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the five finalists who will compete for the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, also known as the Mies van der Rohe Award. Out of 355 works submitted from 37 countries, five have been short-listed, including BIG‘s Superkilen (also up for an ArchDaily Building of the Year Award for best public facility).

The overall winner of the Prize, as well as the ‘special mention’ award for best emerging architect, will be announced in May, with an award ceremony on June 6th at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in , .

See all 5 finalists, after the break… 

Ueberflieger Bridge / Agirbas & Wienstroer

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Architects: Agirbas & Wienstroer
Location: Düsseldorf,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Oiio Reveals Proposal for Guggenheim Expansion

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With many museums worldwide seeking to extend to accommodate larger collections, Athens-based Oiio Architecture Office has asked: “What if we decided we needed a little more of Guggenheim?”

Their solution is to stretch ’s original building skywards, by continuing its iconic ramp, creating an additional 13 floors. 

More on the design after the break…

The West Village / Doojin Hwang Architects

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Architects: Doojin Hwang Architects
Location: , South Korea
Architect In Charge: Doojin Hwang
Design Team: Jeongyoon Choi
Area: 209.83 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Youngchae Park

Foster + Partners To 3D Print Structures on the Moon

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Foster + Partners, in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA), has undertaken a study to explore the possibilities of using to construct lunar habitations on the moon’s southern pole (where there is near perpetual sunlight). The firm has already designed a lunar base that could house four people, and has begun to test the structure in a vacuum chamber that echoes lunar conditions.

The shell of the base, which has a hollow closed cellular structure inspired by natural biological systems, should be able to protect potential inhabitants from “meteorites, gamma radiation and high temperature fluctuations.” According to Xavier De Kestelier, Partner at Foster + Partners, the firm is ”used to designing for extreme climates on earth and exploiting the environmental benefits of using local, sustainable materials – our lunar habitation follows a similar logic.”

The study will also address the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, and is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as regolith, as the potential building matter.

More details from Foster + Partners‘ Press Release, after the break:

Courtesy of United Design Group
Courtesy of United Design Group

Huaihua Theater and Exhibition Center Proposal / United Design Group

With the site of the proposed project characterized by a 7m height difference between the south west corner and the north east one and the fastest way to access to it is from the roads west and north of it,…

The 8 Things Domestic Violence Shelters Can Teach Us About Secure School Design

Flexibility within communal spaces stimulates and encourages a variety of uses. Project Name: Truman High , a Federal Way Public . Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.

In our last Editorial, “Post-Traumatic Design: How to Design Schools that Heal Past Wounds and Prevent Future Violence,” we discussed how architects must conceptualize school design in the wake of the tragic shootings that have affected our nation. Rather than leaning towards overly secure, prison-like structures, the Editorial suggested a different model, one better suited to dealing with student needs (particularly for those who have experienced trauma): domestic violence shelters.

While the comparison may seem bizarre at first, shelter design is all about implementing un-invasive security measures that could easily make schools safer, healthier spaces for students. To further elaborate this unlikely connection, we spoke with an Associate at Mahlum Architecture, Corrie Rosen, who has worked with the The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence [WSCADV] on the Building Dignity project, which provides Domestic Violence Shelters advice to design shelters that empower and heal.

Find out Mahlum’s 8 strategies for designing schools that can improve security and student well-being, after the break…

Sprach und Bewegungszentrum / eins:eins architekten

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Architects: eins:eins architekten
Location: Rotenhäuser Damm 40, , Germany
Architect In Charge: Christoph Roselius, Julian Hillenkamp
Client: GWG Gewerbe
Structural Engineer: Imagine Structure GmbH
Services: Ebert-Ingenieure GmbH
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bernadette Grimmenstein

Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China / Bianca Bosker

Courtesy of University of Hawaii Press

A 108-meter high Eiffel Tower rises above Champs Elysées Square in Hangzhou. A Chengdu residential complex for 200,000 recreates Dorchester, England. An ersatz Queen’s Guard patrols Shanghai’s Thames Town, where pubs and statues of Winston Churchill abound. Gleaming replicas of the White House dot Chinese cities from Fuyang to Shenzhen. These examples are but a sampling of ’s most popular and startling architectural movement: the construction of monumental themed communities that replicate towns and cities in the West.

5.6 House / Avignon-Clouet Architectes

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Architects: Avignon-Clouet Architectes
Location: Sarzeau, France
Area: 167 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Avignon-Clouet Architectes

Courtesy of Miguel Saraiva & Associados
Courtesy of Miguel Saraiva & Associados

‘Almighty Tree’ Proposal / Saraiva + Associados

In an effort to search for the city’s own identity, the ‘Almighty Tree’ concept proposal by Saraiva + Associados… aims to give people the chance to experience the city of Almaty by hovering above treetops. As seen before in Kazakhstan, this unique

Yute’s / Flores Prats

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Architects: Flores Prats
Location: Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona,
Collaborators: Silvia Bianchini, Nina Leypoldt, Els van Meerbeek, Cristian Zanoni, Guido Fiszson, Ellen Halupczok, Inecita Florez, Paula Avila, Eugenia Troncoso, Israel Hernando, Jonny Pugh
Area: 2,000 sqm
Photographs: Hisao Suzuki

Courtesy of OAD
Courtesy of OAD

University of North Florida Interfaith Chapel Competition Entry / OAD

In their proposal for University of North Florida’s Interfaith Chapel, OAD… concluded that the main challenge was to create more than just an impressive chapel, but a place in and of itself that would highlight the unique character and seclusion

Keast Park Community Pavilion / Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Location: Seaford,
Design Team: Graham Burrows, Tim Jackson, Jon Clements, Veryan Curnow
Area: 580 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: John Gollings

Kettle Hole House / Robert Young

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Architects: Robert Young
Location: East Hampton, , USA
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Mara Indra, Marlene Toerper, Shea Murdock
Project Architect: Kiyomi Troemner
Year: 2008
Photographs: Frank Oudeman

Courtesy of SHJ Works
Courtesy of SHJ Works

Fire Shelter: 01 / SHJ Works

Designed by SHJ (Simon Hjermind Jensen) Works…, Fire Shelter: 01 is a personal project located in at Sydhavnstippen in Copenhagen. Taking inspiration from architecture of ethnic and nomadic people, the starting point for the design emerged from a fascination

Dual House / VPA Architects

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Architects: VPA Architects
Location: Ahmedabad, India
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of VPA Architects