16 Social Housing for Granollers Town Hall / ONL Arquitectura

© José Hevia

Architects: ONL Arquitectura - Joan Nogué, Txema Onzain, Felix Lopez
Location: Granollers,
Collaborators: Féliz López, Mireia Marés, Anna Feu, Topo Abe
Structure: BIS Arquitectes
Constructor: Isoluxcorsan S.A.
Installations: PGIGRUP
Promotor: Granollers Promocions S.A.
Budget: € 1,805,660
Area: 2,350 sqm
Photographs: José Hevia

Royal Opera House Production Workshop / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Purfleet Bypass, Purfleet, United Kingdom
Structural Engineer: Arup
Services Engineer: Arup
Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
Client: Royal Opera House
Area: 4,300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hufton + Crow

Law-Court Offices in Venice / C+S Architects

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Architects: C+S Architects
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of C+S Architects

Flip House / Fougeron Architecture

© Joe Fletcher

Architects: Fougeron Architecture
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

IBC Innovation Factory / SHL Architects

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Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Location: , 
Client: IBC International Business College, Kolding
Area: 12,800 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Adam Mørk

Bloomberg Announces Plan For Downtown Brooklyn

32-Story Tower at Lafayette and Ashland, Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos. Via The Architect’s Newspaper

In recent years Downtown Brooklyn has become somewhat of a hub of cultural activity.  Just past the triangular intersection of Flatbush Ave and Fulton Street, a high density of cultural buildings, expansive retail, and entertainment exists.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NYC announced in late November that the city and private companies will be partnering to produce three new projects in this area that will bring affordable housing and additional cultural and community spaces to Downtown Brooklyn.  This last city-owned parcel will be developed into mixed use facilities: a 515,000 square foot building at Fulton St, Rockwell Place and Ashland Place; a 32-story mixed use building on Flatbush and Lafayette to be designed by Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos and a third building currently in the RFP stage of development at Ashland Place and Lafayette.

Join us after the break for more.

Service Station Herverlee / ABSCIS Architecten

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Architects: ABSCIS Architecten
Location: Heverlee, Belgium
Area: 6,194 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of ABSCIS Architecten

Municipal Theatre of Casas Ibáñez / BGAA

© Ángel Baltanás

Architects: Burgos & Garrido arquitectos
Location: ,
Architects: Francisco Burgos, Ginés Garrido
Design Team: Agustín Martín, Javier Malo, María José Arquero, Almudena Carro, Victoria Mateos, Emilio Ontiveros, Rafael Ureña
Structures: Juan Carlos Salvá
Quantity Surveyor: José Santiago
Area: 2,642.7 sqm
Photographs: Ángel Baltanás

Xiqu Center Winning Design / Bing Thom Architects + Ronald Lu & Partners

Street level view of the Xiqu Center, by Bing Thom Architects and & Partners. Photo © West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

As we reported earlier todayBing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners are the winners of the competition to design the Xiqu Center, what will be the first of 17 core arts and cultural venues to be opened at the West Kowloon Cultural District.

The Hong-Kong born pair, who have significant experience designing Chinese cultural centers, won out the Master-planners of the District themselves, Foster +  Partners, with a design that embraces traditional Chinese motifs. As the District’s first landmark building, the Xiqu Center, scheduled for commissioning in 2016, will also be the “gateway of access” to the district.

Mrs Carrie Lam, Chairman of the  (WKCDA) Board, noted that the Center’s unique positioning (“Occupying a prime site of 13,800 square metres at the eastern edge of the District on the corner of Canton Road and Austin Road West”) “will enable multi-disciplinary dialogue and interaction between Xiqu and other performing arts. By building this cultural hub, we are investing both in our future and our heritage, to celebrate Hong Kong’s unique cultural identity.”

Check out more info and images of the winning Xiqu Center design, after the break…

Saint-Eustache Library / ACDF*

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Architects: ACDF* Architecture
Location: Saint-Eustache, QC, Canada
Design Team: Maxime Frappier, Joan Renaud, Laurence Lebeux, Martin Champagne, Marc-André Plourde, Matthew Belaen, Robert Dequoy, Laurence Lessard, Véronique Taillefer
Structure: SDK
Civil Engineering: Marchand Houle
Landscape: Plannex
General Contractor: OPRON Construction
Area: 2,600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: James Brittain

Kindergarden / Cristina García Dorce

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Architects: Cristina García Dorce
Location: Tuéjar, Valencia,
Architects : , José Durán Fernández
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Pablo Vázquez Ortiz

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Architects Selected/Shortlisted for West Kowloon Cultural District

Foster + Partners’ Masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District, entitled City Park. © Foster + Partners, by Methanoia

The WKCDA () has made two big announcements today: (1) the winners of the competition to design the Xiqu Center, what will be the District’s first landmark building; and (2) the shortlist of six architects who will compete to design the M+ Museum for Visual Culture. The Museum and Center are part of a Masterplan, designed by Foster + Partners, to transform Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District into a world-class destination for arts and culture.

Hong-Kong born architects Bing Thom and (of Bing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners) beat out the Master-planners themselves, Foster +  Partners, to design the Xiqu Center, the “gateway of access” to the district, scheduled for commissioning in 2016.

The designer for the M+ Museum has yet to be determined, however, and, judging by the 6 world-famous architectural firms shortlisted, the competition is sure to be fierce.

Find out the complete list of architects, including Herzog & de Meuron and SNOHETTA, who will compete to design the M+ Museum, after the break…

Zamora Offices / Alberto Campo Baeza

© Javier Callejas Sevilla

Architects: Alberto Campo Baeza
Location: Calle Obispo Manso, 1, 49001 ,
Design Team: Alberto Campo Baeza, Pablo Fernández Lorenzo, Pablo Redondo Díez, Alfonso González Gaisán, Francisco Blanco Velasco
Area: 12100.0 m2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Javier Callejas Sevilla, Cortesia de Alberto Campo Baeza

Bergrestaurant / Markus Innauer + Bernd Frick

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Architects: Markus Innauer, Bernd Frick
Location: Bezau, Platz 375, 6870 Bezau,
Site Area: 2,000 sqm
Budget: € 1,900,000
Area: 690.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

Courtesy of Onat Öktem and Ziya Imren
Courtesy of Onat Öktem and Ziya Imren

Çanakkale Municipality “Green” Cultural Center & Municipality Building Competition Entry / Onat Öktem and Ziya Imren

Designed by Onat Öktem and Ziya Imren…, the proposal for the Çanakkale Municipality “Green” Cultural Center & Municipality Building, which won an honorable mention, aims to create a new focal point located at the intersection of two busy pedestrian and

Call for ArchDaily Interns for Spring 2013

is in need of a select group of awesome, architecture-obsessed Interns to join our team for Spring 2013 (January 14th – May 14th)! If you want to spend your days researching/writing about the best architecture around the globe – and find out what it takes to work for the world’s most visited architecture website – then read on after the break…

Staten Island: A Microcosm of New York’s Post-Sandy Controversies

damage north of Seaside, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. © Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen

The power and destruction of Hurricane Sandy made New Yorkers acknowledge just how vulnerable the city is to natural disaster.  The storm pummeled Queens’ and Brooklyn’s shores, destroyed and flooded homes while Manhattan’s lower half was submerged and plunged into darkness for a week.  But arguably, Staten Island, New York City’s Forgotten Borough, received the brunt of the storm and the slowest level of recovery.  In the midst of the controversial clean-up, the New York City Economic Development Corporation decided to plow through the tragedy with pursuant talks of the planned developments on the St. George waterfront in Staten Island.  While some residents may be offended that the subject of the talks was not of the EDC’s recovery programs, the real controversy is the way in which the EDC is planning to go forward with its proposal.  It is planning to build the world’s largest ferris wheel along a vulnerable coast line that just saw damage from one of the worst storms to hit NYC in recent history.

Read more on this development after the break.

Courtesy of NADAAA
Courtesy of NADAAA

Dortoir Familial / NADAAA

The Dortoir Familial, designed by NADAAA…, focuses on merging with the landscape as the slipped court provides simultaneous interiority and exteriority—protected and private as well as extroverted and engaged. The most significant result of this integration of landscape and