Ita House / Taller5 Arquitectos

© Roberto Ortiz

Architects: Taller5 Arquitectos
Location: La Piedad, Michoacan,
Architect In Charge: Octavio Arreola Calleros, Elisa Lerma G. de Q, Mariano Arreola Calleros
Collaborators: René Torres Márquez, Julio Cesar Rivera Pedroza
Construction: Salvador Carrillo C
Area: 680 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Roberto Ortiz

Video: Russian For Fish, Notes From A Small Practice


This exciting architectural newcomer stands out for more than its quirky name.

© Joseph Jiau
© Joseph Jiau

Tower of Colony Installation / Groundwork

Exhibited at the ‘Next Play: Shifting Ground’ Exhibition in Taipei, the Tower of Colony is the Hong Kong project by Groundwork…, which responds to a theme of ‘Displacement’, to transform a one acre site at Huashan, a cultural district

Behind the Scenes of OMA’s Latest Tower with Sustainability Consultant Arpan Bakshi

. Image © OMA

Last month, we reported on OMA’s latest competition winner: the Essence Financial Building, a building that OMA Partner David Gianotten described as “a new generation of office tower” for the city of Shenzhen, China. To talk us through the building’s cutting edge sustainable features, we spoke with Arpan Bakshi, an architect, engineer, and Manager at YR&G, OMA’s sustainability consultants, who led the environmental design for the project.

Learn more about the Essence Financial Building, OMA’s collaborative approach, and Bakshi’s views on the future of sustainable design – for both China and the world – after the break…

ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion / University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

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Designers: University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
Location: ,
Area: 29 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of ICD-ITKE

Video: Bridge of Light

The NY Times published this amazing video of a spectacular art installation on the Oakland- Bay Bridge. Thousands of computer controlled LED lights can be seen during the night with this fantastic display. Enjoy!

Courtesy of Aétrangère
Courtesy of Aétrangère

Event: “Putting Public Space in its Place” / Harvard GSD

Who should design public spaces? Can public space make a meaningful contribution to solving the world’s environmental problems? How should the success of a public space be measured?
These questions, as well as many more, will be discussed by public space…

Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant / LEAD

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Architects: LEAD
Location: Causeway Bay,
Project Management: 4N Architects, Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. ()
Design Team: Kristof Crolla, Sebastien Delagrange
General Contractor: Kin Wah Decoration Co
Area: 25 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dennis Lo Designs

Museum of Nature and Science Winning Proposal / Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture

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Designed by Schwartz Besnosoff + SO Architecture, their competition winning proposal for the Museum of Nature and Science in Jerusalem emphasizes the desire to create an open, absorbent, breathing building – the type of building that communicates with the environment, and not a closed structure with fences and a guard. In accordance with the sustainable planning approach, the building’s external appearance is restrained and modest, on the one hand blending into the environment, and on the other hand enveloping a flexible, multifaceted, and dynamic structure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of NL Architects + WHAT Architecture
Courtesy of NL Architects + WHAT Architecture

Columnar Towers: Colville Estate Competition Entry / NL Architects + WHAT Architecture

The proposal by NL Architects and WHAT Architecture… for the Columnar Towers: Colville Estate competition attempts to mitigate the effects of a large massing of residences by breaking each tower into a ‘bundle’ of seven smaller towers, or ‘columns’. Each

Willebroek Administration Building / BRUT

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Architects: BRUT
Location: Willebroek, Belgium
Partners In Charge: Gunther Slagmeulder, Francis De Wolf
Design Team: Jan Hoffmann, Vincent Van Den Broucke, Dien Wiersma, Lieven Symons
Area: 4,850 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Steven Neyrinck, Thomas de Bruyne

Bar Street of Quanzhou / HYHW Architects

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Architects: HYHW Architects
Location: , Fujian,
Design Team: HYHW, ECOLAND Planning and Design Corp.
Client: Wanda Group
Area: 63,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shu He Photography

Courtesy of White Architects
Courtesy of White Architects

Relocation of the City Center of Kiruna Winning Proposal / White Architects and Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitekter

White Architects, along with Ghilardi + Hellsten Arkitekter… have just been selected as the winner of the competition to relocate the City Center of Kiruna, located in the north of Sweden. Their proposal, titled “Kiruna 4-ever”, creates a sustainable vision

Development Banks of the Meurthe / Atelier Cite Architecture

© Michel Denancé

Architects: Atelier Cite Architecture
Location: Raon L’Étape,
Landscape: ARPAE
Light Designer: Scene Publique (Agathe Argod)
Structure: Groupe Alto
Hydraulic: SINBIO
Area: 20,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Michel Denancé

Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building / Rafael Viñoly Architects

© Bruce Damonte

Architects: Rafael Viñoly Architects
Location: 505 Parnassus Avenue, University of San Francisco Medical Center : Dentistry, San Francisco, CA 94131,
Architect In Charge: Rafael Viñoly
Electrical Engineer : Cupertino Electric, Inc
Landscape Architect : Carducci & Associates, Inc
Civil Engineer: Sandis
 Cahd Browning
Structural Engineer (Design): Nabih Youssef Associates Michael Gemmill
Structural Engineer (Of Record): Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc
Area: 6364.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

McAllen Main Library / Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle

© Lara Swimmer

Architects: Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle
Location: 4001 North 23rd Street, , TX 78504,
Architect In Charge: Jack Poling
Design Team: Leanne Larson, Steven Rothe, Jessica Harner
Area: 125000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Lara Swimmer

Santa Monica Shortlists Three Teams for Mixed-Use Development

Project Site via BING and Architects’ Newspaper

Gehry’s chiseled, 244 foot tower is not the only mixed-use proposal currently being considered by the city of , as officials have selected three international teams led by prominent architects to submit proposals for a “significant” and “signature” development on a 2.5 acre site downtown. Located on Arizona Avenue between 4th and 5th streets, the parcel is currently occupied by a parking lot and two banks. Although the city did not specify a size constraint, the proposed designs will be expected to fit within the surrounding context and include an appropriate mix of of retail, office, hotel and residential space.

The following teams have been asked to submit proposals in May:

Buda Art Centre / 51N4E

© Filip Dujardin

Architects: 51N4E
Location: Kortrijk,
Architect In Charge: Johan Anrys, Freek Persyn, Peter Swinnen
Design Team: Tine Cooreman, Aline Neirynck, Bob De Wispelaere, Karel Verstraeten, Jan Opdekamp, Joram Van den Brande, Marc-Achille Filliol, Chris Blackbee, Emmanuel Debroise
Area: 4,240 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Filip Dujardin, Paul Steinbrück