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Crux Pavilion / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

  • Architects: Pezo von Ellrichshausen
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
  • Collaborators: Joao Quintela, Tim Simon, Peter Weeber
  • Builder: Kairos
  • Structural Consultant: Luis Mendieta
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Diana Quintela

© Diana Quintela © Diana Quintela © Diana Quintela © Diana Quintela

Residence in Larissa / Potiropoulos D+L Architects

© Charalambos Loizides
© Charalambos Loizides
  • Architects: Potiropoulos D+L Architects
  • Location: Nikaia, Larissa, Greece
  • Architects: Dimitris Potiropoulos, Liana Nella-Potiropoulou
  • Area: 380.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Charalambos Loizides

© Charalambos Loizides © Charalambos Loizides © Charalambos Loizides © Charalambos Loizides

Lotte Amoje, Food Capital / Karim Rashid

  • Architects: Karim Rashid
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team: Juliette Hyunju Lee, Alex Loyer Hughes, Kamala Hutauruk, Mike Gibson, Mana Mohammadkhani
  • General Contactor: Kingsmen Korea
  • Area: 900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Lee Gyeon Bae

© Lee Gyeon Bae © Lee Gyeon Bae © Lee Gyeon Bae © Lee Gyeon Bae

Light Matters: Can Light "Cheat" In Simulations?

In recent years the use of CAD and simulation programs has resulted in a new understanding of light in architecture. The drawing board and its lamp have given way to the self-illuminating monitor. The result is that concepts in architecture are now made of light from the very first mouse click.  In the visualisation process, luminous space now predominates.  

However, this begs the question: has the luminous impression (part and parcel of the perfect, rendered setting) become more important than the engineering or architectural concept itself? With the improved interplay of shades, contrast, and brilliance, can lighting actually obscure the point of a realistic simulation?

More Light Matters, after the break…

Zaha Hadid Unveils New York Apartment Block Alongside High Line

Zaha Hadid has unveiled her first New York City commission: an 11-story, luxury apartment block planned alongside the second section of the High Line in Chelsea at 520 West 28th Street. 

Spearheaded by New York developer Related Companies, the “sculpted” glass and steel residential development hopes to lure buyers with its expansive, double-height entrance lobby, communal garden, generous terraces, private courtyards, and, of course, exclusive views of New York’s most beloved attraction: the High Line. 

Sonoma Residence / Cooper Joseph Studio

  • Architects: Cooper Joseph Studio
  • Location: Geyserville, CA, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Wendy Evans Joseph, Chris Cooper
  • Design Team: Chris Good, Read Langworthy
  • Area: 2849.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Elliott Kaufman, Courtesy of Cooper Joseph Studio

© Elliott Kaufman © Elliott Kaufman © Elliott Kaufman © Elliott Kaufman

RHYTHM and Plum Tree / Keisuke Kawaguchi + K2-Design

© Koji Fujii
© Koji Fujii

© Koji Fujii © Koji Fujii © Koji Fujii © Koji Fujii

Van Buchem House / Siebold Nijenhuis Architect

© Menno Emmink © Menno Emmink © Menno Emmink © Menno Emmink

AD Classics: The Einstein Tower / Erich Mendelsohn

The Einstein Tower, designed by the German architect Erich Mendelsohn, is one of the best-known examples of German expressionist architecture. Designed as an amorphic structure of reinforced concrete, Mendelsohn wanted the tower to represent as well as facilitate the study of  Einstein’s radical theory of relativity – a groundbreaking theorem of motion, light and space.

More on this expressionist monument after the break...

Photo by R. Arlt via via www.aip.de Photo by R. Arlt via via www.aip.de via www.aip.de © Gili Merin

TED: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers / Michael Green

Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, architect Michael Green says build it out of wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it's necessary.

Social Housing in Valleca´s Eco-boulevard / Olalquiaga Arquitectos

  • Architects: Olalquiaga Arquitectos
  • Location: Bulevar Naturaleza, 10, 28031 Madrid, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Rafael Olalquiaga Soriano, Pablo Olalquiaga Bescós, Alfonso Olalquiaga Bescós
  • Design Team: Javier Morales Luchena, Jesús Resino, Luis Cristóbal
  • Civil Engineer: Luis Casas
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

Torremocha del Jarama / Otto Medem de la Torriente

  • Architects: Otto Medem de la Torriente
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Collaborators: Carlos Bernárdez Agrafojo, Laura Portillo Rodríguez
  • Area: 351.0 m2
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Antonio Terrón

© Antonio Terrón © Antonio Terrón © Antonio Terrón © Antonio Terrón

The Cliff / Mangor & Nagel

© Tom Jersøe
© Tom Jersøe
  • Architects: Mangor & Nagel
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Architect In Charge: Mangor & Nagel A/S
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tom Jersøe

© Tom Jersøe © Tom Jersøe © Tom Jersøe © Tom Jersøe

The Elephant House (Villa Kristi) / Vilen Künnapu

  • Architects: Vilen Künnapu
  • Location: Maardu, Estonia
  • Interior Design: Vilen Künnapu, Aet Seire
  • Paintings: August Künnapu
  • Elephant Sculpture: Vilen Künnapu, Vambola Mets
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Arne Maasik

© Arne Maasik © Arne Maasik © Arne Maasik © Arne Maasik

'Sa(ndy)licornia': MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Daniel J Wilson

The 'Sa(ndy)licornia' proposal, which was one of the selected entries in the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas, is a reaction to the fact that in many ways Sandy, effectively, became a brand, and in doing so it provided all sorts of people with various sorts of "meaning". From this point of view, architect Daniel J Wilson focuses on how disasters can be understood to provide a form of social glue, clear-eyed perspectives about "what really matters", and the possibility of rebuilding something from scratch, only better. More images and architects' description after the break.