Courtesy of IIDA
Courtesy of IIDA

2012 IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America Competition

The 2012 IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America Competition was created to recognize, honor and celebrate outstanding Interior Design/Architecture projects that represent the highest level of creativity, originality and design excellence in the following countries: Argentina, Aruba, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil,…

Clover House / Toru Kudo + architecture WORKSHOP

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Architects: + architecture WORKSHOP
Location: Tokyo,
Design Team: Toru Kudo, KohKitayama, Yukiko Yamamoto
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

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© Andreas J. Focke / architekturfoto.org

Illumination: Palace of International Forums / pfarré lighting design

The Palace of International Forums is a centrally located venue in the cityscape of Tashkent , Uzbekistan for hosting official state receptions, conferences and concerts. With the request from the client for an atmosphere of festive glamour, pfarré lighting design…

House D / HHF Architects

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Architects: HHF Architects
Location: Nuglar,
Design Team: Markus Leixner, Anna Smorodinsky, Mio Tsuneyama
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tom Bisig

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Venice Biennale 2012: Photos of the Japanese Pavilion by Patricia Parinejad

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Photographer Patricia Parinejad has shared with us her images from the Japanese Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. Presenting “Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all”, the exhibition tells the story of three emerging architects collaborating with the exhibit’s curator, , to design for the Rikuzentakata residents who lost their homes during the devastating 2011 tsunami. “The humanity of this project” impressed the Biennale jury and was awarded the top honor of the Gold Lion.

Check out our previous coverage on the exhibit for more information and continue after the break for more images.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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It’s been an exciting week at ArchDaily that you couldn’t miss. But just in case you did, here’s our best of the week: A great project designed by  HHF architects + Ai Weiwei, the Guesthouse located in Ancram, New York. Revisit, Holy Redeemer Church a remembrance of brutalist architecture. Also, check out House KE12 by SoHo Architektur or the interesting extension of Städel Museum by Schneider + Schumacher. But definitely the most exciting news of the week was the opening of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, so do not miss our exclusive coverage.

Steven Holl Interview: Not a ‘Signature Architect’ / Andrew Caruso

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National Building Museum and Metropolis Magazine contributor Andrew Caruso takes you “inside the design mind” of architect Steven Holl. 

This year, the American Institute of Architects conferred its highest honor – the AIA Gold Medal – upon Steven Holl. I had the opportunity to talk with Steven about his sources of inspiration, a mid-career enlightenment, and his recent recognition as one of the most celebrated “American” architects.

Andrew Caruso: Balancing your practice with teaching and art is clearly a part of the designer we know you to be. How do these explorations shape your design point of view?

Steven Holl: Every project is unique: a site and a circumstance, a culture, a climate, a program. All of these forces are unique and you need a concept to hold the manifold pieces together, an idea that makes the project significant in its place and for its purpose. That is always the way I begin projects.

KDR House / I.R.A.

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Architects: International Royal Architecture
Location: Tokyo,
Design Team: Akinori Kasegai, Daisuke Tsunakawa, Seo Jung Hwan
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nobuaki Nakagawa

Courtesy of Kamvari Architects
Courtesy of Kamvari Architects

Leeds Housing / Kamvari Architects

The Leeds Housing design by Kamvari Architects… proposes terraced housing which meets the criteria of modern day living. The proposal refers to the context and the interesting site surrounded by canals and a waterway. This was seen as an opportunity

Donna Karan’s Woman Perfume Bottle / Zaha Hadid

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Zaha Hadid, who has been making her mark in product design, such as with her footwear design, has most recently collaborated with Donna Karan to design the powerful new scented perfume. The scent, which evokes the complexity of a woman, is accompanied by a curving, fluid-seeming container made of ombré charcoal glass. With a shape that is distinctively elegant, the bottle represents a strong sense of femininity, while demonstrating the confidence of a woman. “The bottle’s dark, translucent qualities offer a sense of mystery that awakens our curiosity,” Hadid, the Pritzker Prize winner explains. The perfume, which is sure to awaken many, retails at $85, per 1.7 oz.

 

Adana City Hall and Cultural Center / MTF Proje

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The basic idea of the City Hall and Cultural Center building by MTF Proje was based on the surrounding of the building, which is mostly captured with green areas. Half of the building is designed just under the green land which is coherent due to the topography. Here in Adana Çukurova, the building is designed due to the human scale. The building is consisted of a four story city hall, a culture center which has the capacity of nearly 500 people, a city library, a wedding place, city information center and the ateliers. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Community Centre Wallern / Schneider & Lengauer

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Architects: Schneider & Lengauer
Location: Wallern,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Kurt Hoerbst, Anne Isopp

Sberbank Corporate University / Erick van Egeraat

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Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat recently won the international competition for the new 32.000m2 Sberbank corporate University. As ’s largest and oldest state run bank with over 250.000 employees and 20.000 branch offices in the country, the new Sberbank University will provide education, seminars, and team building programs to the company’s top professionals to continuously improve their performance within the corporate standards. The Sberbank University is expected to be completed in 2013. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre / AFO with Architecture for Humanity

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Architects: Architectural Field Office with Architecture for Humanity
Location: Kimisagara, ,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 200.0 sqm
Photographs: Killian Doherty

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© KPF

CTF Guangzhou / KPF

KPF… recently shared with us their latest design for a 530 meter mixed-use tower in Guangzhou’s Zhujiang Xincheng CBD – the CTF Guangzhou – which is currently under construction.  Joining an already impressive skyline, the new tower will form an

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“Working with the 99%” wins Future Cities Prize in Venice

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At the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, three competing projects have been announced winners of the Future Cities: Planning for the 90 per cent compeition: ateliermob (), Municipal Housing Secretariat of São Paulo (Brazil), and Interazioni Urbane (Italy). The projects were narrowed down from the exhibition’s ten participants, which were selected from more than 100 international submissions. Portugese practice ateliermob has shared with us their winning entry, “Working with the 99%”, a case study on the progress and community work of Lisbon’s self-built PRODAC neighborhood.

The jury, comprised of Anna Detheridge, Joseph Grima, Richard Ingersoll, Fulvio Irace, and Mary Jane Jacob, stated: “Ateliermob, “Working with the 99%” a participatory project in Lisbon Portugal based on a different approach which redefines the architect’s role. Ateliermob have envisaged for themselves a central function stemming from the attempt to answer a basic question: how can architects attempt to solve the many problems they see around them working for clients that do not have the money to pay for their services. The answer they found is to place themselves at the center of a process in which the architect becomes mediator, fundraiser, creating an essential link between the public administration, the financial system and the community enabling the local residents without property or rights to achieve social status and dignity.”

Continue after the break for the architects’ project description. 

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Village Health Works 40-acre Master Plan / Louise Braverman Architect

Traces of Centuries and Future Steps; Courtesy of Louise Braverman Architect

The village of Kigutu in Burundi, Africa is on its way to rebuilding a rural, off-the-grid medical site designed by Louise Braverman, Architect in collaboration with Village Health Works.  The 40-acre master site plan is a feature of sustainable design that includes several new buildings, all of which embody East African cultural elements.  To feature the progress of the five-year plan, Louise Braverman will also be presenting “Kigutu in Formation” at the 2012 Venice Biennale as part of Traces of Centuries and Future Steps event at Palazzo Bembo between August 29th and November 25th.

Join us after the break for more on Village Health Works Master Plan and the upcoming exhibit.

Grove House / Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

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Architects: Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates
Location: Saitama,
Design Team: Jun’ichi Ito, Naoko Ito
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 105.13 sqm
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozumi