Snailtower / Künnapu & Padrik Architects

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Architects: Künnapu & Padrik Architects
Location: ,
Structural Engineering: TARI
Builder: Nordecon Ehitus
Year: 2008
Photographs: Reio Avaste

PF Single Family House / Burnazzi Feltrin Architects

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Architects: Burnazzi Feltrin Architects
Location: Pergine Valsugana, Trento,
Design Team: (Burnazzi Elisa arch., Feltrin Davide arch.) and Pegoretti Paolo arch.
Area: 430 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Images are property of architects Davide Feltrin, Elisa Burnazzi, Paolo Pegoretti and photographer Carlo Baroni

© Mirjam van der Hoek
© Mirjam van der Hoek

Nanne de Ru Appointed Director of The Berlage

The Executive Board of The Berlage Center for Advanced studies in Architecture and Urban Design, chaired by Professor Karin Laglas, has just appointed architect Nanne de Ru… as the Director of The Berlage. Partner of Powerhouse Company, de Ru has taught and

Adaptation of The Roman Ruins of Can Tacó / Toni Girones

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Architects: Toni Girones
Location: , Barcelona,
Architect In Charge: Toni Gironès Saderra
Area: 2,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sabem.com i Aeroproduccions, Aitor Estévez

Vacation House in Henne / Mette Lange Architects

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Architects: Mette Lange Architects
Location: Henne,
Area: 118 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mette Lange, Anders Linnet

Office Building / Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten

© Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau

Architects: Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten
Location: Annette-Allee 4, , Germany
Project Manager: Ulrich Schimtenings
Architects Case Study: Olga Ritter, Mathias Astrom, Kilian Jockisch
Architects Realization: Heinz Josef Döpper, Mathias Astrom, Olga Ritter
Area: 1,700 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Günther Wett / FRENER & REIFER Metallbau

OMA Proposes Radical Redevelopment Plan for the Miami Beach Convention Center

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just unveiled their master plan for the redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center site. Currently in a battle with BIG and Portman CMC for the right to overhaul the 52-acre site, national developer Tishman, international architecture firm OMA, international firm TVS, and Miami Beach developer UIA Management comprise the South Beach ACE team. The vision involves bringing to life one of Miami Beach’s most underutilized public sites with a fully-revamped convention center capable of luring major events from around the world, an iconic hotel, inviting green spaces, low-density retail uses, and cultural venues. 

More images and the team’s description after the break…

Guest House / SMNG-A Architects

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Architects: SMNG-A Architects
Location: , Michigan,
Area: 448 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tom Rossiter, Courtesy of SMNG-A Architects

Eggum Tourist Route / Snohetta

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Architects: Snohetta
Location: ,
Project Team: Frank Nodland, Harriet T. Rikheim, Lars J. Nordbye, Maria Svaland
Area: 59 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Jarle Wæhler, Steinar Skaar, Snohetta

Zaha Hadid Architects Selected to Design the King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station in Saudi Arabia

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In order to serve its rapidly expanding population of more than five million, the ArRiyadh Development Authority has commissioned to construct the new King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station in its capital city of , Saudi Arabia.

With six platforms over four public floors and two levels of underground car parking, the KAFD Metro Station will be integrated within the urban context of the financial district, while responding to the functional requirements for a multimodal transport centre and the district’s future vision. The project extends beyond the simple station typology to emphasize the building’s importance as a dynamic, multi-functional public space; not only an intermediate place perceived through quick transitions, but also a dramatic public space for the city.

The Polite House / JVA

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Architects: JVA
Location: Trondheim,
Primary Architects: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Ane Sønderaal Tolfsen, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås, Paul-Henri Henn
Area: 170 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lars Evanger

AD Interviews: Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects

Jarmund / Vigsnæs Architects was the first Nordic practice we featured on ArchDaily after seeing their impressive Svalvard Center, a sharp copper-cladded volume that slowly ages and blends into the landscape.

Since then we have seen many more strong projects of different scales from the Norwegian firm. The firm was  established in 1996 by Einar Jarmund and Håkon Vigsnæs, with Alessandra Kosberg who joined as a partner in 2004.

’s projects range from small cabins in the woods and interiors, to large scale hospitality projects and urban plans. The firm has developed expertise in designing for the Nordic weather as well as creating connections between the buildings and the distinctive Nordic landscape. With the above as their focus, the practice constantly explores how to innovate through the use and experimentation of materials.

Their work has been featured in recent exhibits, and in their recent monograph.

JVA projects at ArchDaily:

The City of Fort Lauderdale Votes in Favor of BIG’s Marina Lofts

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On Tuesday, a sea of green and blue flooded the Fort Lauderdale City Commission chamber to either support or oppose a BIG, $250 million multi-use development planned to infill an industrial gap on the waterfront of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Although the majority of the crowd seemed to be in favor of the “impressive, innovative and even daring” project, concerns arose regarding the Marina Lofts’ density, height and traffic impact – many of which were appeased by developer Asi Cymbal’s decision to reduce the two 36-story towers to 28, which cut nearly 100 units from the project.

Other last ditch opposition efforts regarded the controversial plan to move a giant rain tree that wasn’t within the purview of the board’s review. Despite this, following an hour-long presentation by Cymbal and his staff, the Planning  & Zoning board unanimously voted 9-0 in favor of the project.

More after the break…

Butaro Doctors’ Housing / MASS Design Group

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Architects: MASS Design Group
Location: Butaro
Architect In Charge: MASS Design Group
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Courtesy of Center for Architecture & AIA New York
Courtesy of Center for Architecture & AIA New York

‘Le Corbusier/New York’ Symposium

Held in conjunction with MoMA’s exhibition Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, “Le Corbusier/New York” is a two-day international symposium taking place June 8-9. The event will examine this world-renowned French architect’s ideas on the city before and after…

The Constructivist Project / Natalia Melikova

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In , hundreds upon hundreds of buildings are endangered. The work of making sure they don’t become extinct? That’s in the hands of a tireless few.

One of these crusaders is Natalia Melikova, the author of The Constructivist Project, an on-line web site that seeks to preserve the memory – and hopefully inspire the protection of – Russia’s avant-garde architecture. Although it began as her thesis project, it’s steadily become one of her life passions. In Melikova’s words, “By sharing photographs (my own and others), articles, events, exhibitions, and other resources on the topic of the avant-garde, The Constructivist Project unites common interest and appreciation of Russian art and history and makes it accessible to an international English-speaking audience. This is a way to initiate discussion not only of the perilous situation of Russian avant-garde architecture but also of cultural and urban development in general.”

See 10 of Melikova’s images, snapshots into a part of Russian history quickly being forgotten, with her descriptions, after the break.

House Gulm / Aicher Ziviltechniker GmbH

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Architects: Aicher Ziviltechniker GmbH
Location: , Austria
Area: 235 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Norman Müller

Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece; Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece; Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

Four Firms Shortlisted to Refurbish US Embassy in Athens

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted four design firms for the major rehabilitation of the Athens Chancery project. Protected as an architectural landmark, the mid-century modern building was originally designed by the famed Bauhaus…