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National and University Library NUK II Proposal / Kamvari Architects

The design approach for the National and University Library NUK II by Kamvari Architects… re-evaluates what a library could be in the 21st century. As a result, their concept allows the building to become an iconic symbol for Ljubljana. The

Museum of Arts / FORMA

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The main idea behind FORMA’s design for the Museum of Arts is to fit the building into the fabric of an old industrial neighborhood. Signs of its history, such as the smokestack and the brewery’s facade are present on the project area. This respect to the building’s history consists not only in renovation and preservation of its remains, but also in an attempt to extend the history by bringing the building to life. This is achieved by reconstruction of the brewery’s original volume and involving it in the museum’s daily life. More images and architects’ description after the break.

ESL / Atelier Carvalho Araújo

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Architects: Atelier Carvalho Araújo – José Manuel Carvalho Araújo
Location: Lousada,
Design Team: Joel Moniz, Sandra Ferreira, Ricardo Tojal, Álvaro Pereira, Pedro Mendes, Ana Vilar, Ana Carvalho
Client: Parque Escolar, EPE
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Hugo Carvalho Araújo, José Campos

   

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‘Made-In’ Guimarães 2012 Competition to Transform Public Washhouses

Made-In, an international competition of ideas for public artworks, is destined to reconfigure 5 public spaces in the city of Guimarães, Portugal beyond 2012. This competition is aimed towards art and architecture professionals, to present ideas for 5 specific sites,…

House Nieuwegracht / Rocha Tombal Architects

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Architects: Rocha Tombal Architects - Ana Rocha, Michel Tombal
Location: Utrecht,
Project Team: Igor Lopez de Uralde, Mike Schäfer, Tony Slothouber
Client: Jaap-Jan Boelens en Leontine van Elden
Construction: Pieters Bouwtechniek Delft bv
Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Vrolijk, Amsterdam
Constructed Area: ca 400 sqm
Costs Contractor: 237.000,- euro excl. BTW, excl kitchen and wooden flooring
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Christian Richters

 

Video: Manhattan in Motion

We stumbled across this fantastic video, by Mindrelic on Vimeo, capturing the endless movement of . The maker behind Mindrelic spent a little over a month hotel hopping around to shoot this time lapse. I was particularly mesmerized by the constant play of light and shadow throughout the entire city. Enjoy!

Bicycle Club / NL Architects

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Amsterdam-based NL Architects have been asked to design a Bicycle Club for a large resort in , China. They have proposed a glass enclosed pavilion capped with a rooftop cycling arena that embodies curves reminiscent of the traditional and functional pagoda. Visitors can rent a bike and join the fun in the open-air velodrome or simply visit the club’s cafe and be entertained while sitting on the large staircases found in the middle of the oval structure.

Continue after the break for more images.

Youth Center of Qingpu / Atelier Deshaus

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Architects: Atelier Deshaus - Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng
Location: Huake Rd, Qingpu, Shanghai,
Design Team: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Gao Lin, Liu Qian, Wang Longhai
Completion: 2012
Building Area: 14,360 sqm
Site Area: 10,906 sqm
Photographs: Yao Li

Central Tirana Masterplan / Grimshaw Architects

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Grimshaw Architects recently announced that they have been selected to masterplan a large expansion to ’s capital city, Tirana. Grimshaw proposed a robust sequence of public spaces threaded along the boulevard that responded geometrically to existing patterns of land ownership. Tirana is a Mediterranean city with an outdoor culture. Each space or ‘living room’ was presented with a different use and character; a new ‘symphony of squares’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Can Your 4 Year Old Make Google SketchUp Masterpieces?

4 year-old Jed's Masterpieces. via bleuscape.

According to his Architect Dad, Anthony Rigg, 4-year old Jed is no prodigy. He just really likes playing with blocks.

So when he showed his son how to use Google SketchUp (3D) for the first time, he wasn’t expecting much. He figured that his son, like any 4 year-old, would quickly lose focus and start doing something else.

Half an hour later, Jed was still happily designing away, coming up with these 6 block “mansions.” Dad was “absolutely staggered.” In his words, “I think it is incredible what the unadulterated minds of children can produce.”

Of course, you could take the position that Google SketchUp makes design so easy that even a 4 year-old can do it, but we prefer to think of it as a tool that breaks the barriers making Architecture inaccessible, that lets creativity trump technique, and lets you tap into your inner Jed.

As Picasso once said, “Every child is born an artist. The trouble is remaining an artist when you grow up.”

Thanks to Anthony Rigg of Bleuscape and his precocious son Jed for the tip! 

Green Climate Fund Headquarters / LAVA

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The Federal Republic of recently chose the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) as the designers for their bid to host the Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund [GCF] in Bonn, Germany. With a design inspired by the beautiful setting in the Rhine valley, and with curvilinear forms, nature light wells, roof top gardens and a large sunken terrace for the restaurant, the three level structure will comply with the latest energy and building ecology standards, meeting the highest demands in terms of sustainability (German gold certificate), ecology and energy efficiency (net zero energy). More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gymnasium ‘Palais des Sports de Loudéac’ / Bohuon Bertic Architectes

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Located on the upper part of , , the site for the gymnasium, designed by Bohuon Bertic Architectes is a maximum space which has conserved the beauty of agricultural spaces, contained in planted trees. In the presence of a simple space, with a vast grassland which spreads throughout the south side of a hill, the choice of establishing the sports hall on the plot comes from a clear complementary relationship with the close existing sportive area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hilltop House / Studio HT

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Architects: Studio H:T
Location: , Colorado,
Project Completion: 2009
Building Area: 4,250 sqm
Photographs: Nathan Jenkins

 

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Zaldibar Kindergarten / VAUMM

The proposal for Zaldibar kindergarten by VAUMM… is composed of two buildings, connected by playgrounds. The plan responds to a simple strategy of settlement on the site, which is to get the most out of this relationship between full and

Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect
Location: ,
Project Architect: John Riordan, Leed AP
Completion: May 2011
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie

Wax Revolution Polanco / ROW Studio

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Architects: ROW Studio – Álvaro Hernández Félix, Nadia Hernández Félix, Alfonso Maldonado Ochoa
Location: Polanco, City,
Client: Wax Revolution 
Design Team: Midori Calvo, Francisco Mota, José Manuel Garín
Built Area: 1,399 sq. ft. (130 Sq. Mts.)
Completition: May 2012
Photographs: Sófocles Hernández

   

Finalists of the 100 Mile House Competition

3rd Prize: Won Jin Park (New York, ) - Courtesy of the Architectural Foundation of British Columbia

The Architectural Foundation of British Columbia (BC) has announced the five finalists of the 100 Mile House Competition. Similar to the well-known 100 Mile Diet, the 100 Mile House challenges participants to design a 1200-square-foot home using only materials and systems that are made, manufactured and/or recycled within 100 miles of the City of . Many have questioned whether the 100 Mile House is a plausible solution in today’s modern cities (check out: The 100 Mile House: Innovative ‘Locatat’ or Just Plain Loca?). Be your own judge and review the finalists after the break.

Passive House Plus / Onix & Kunst + Herbert

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Architects: Onix & Kunst + Herbert
Location: Hamburg,
Photographs: IBA Hamburg GmbH/Martin Kunze