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Basis Terminal Galzigbahn / Driendl Galzigbahn

  • Architects: Driendl Galzigbahn
  • Location: Innsbruck, Austria
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Driendl Galzigbahn

Courtesy of Driendl Galzigbahn Courtesy of Driendl Galzigbahn Courtesy of Driendl Galzigbahn Courtesy of Driendl Galzigbahn

Daniel Libeskind to Design Physics Building at Durham University

Daniel Libeskind has been selected to design a new “landmark” building for Durham University’s Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics in England. The state-of-the-art facility, which will house the industry-leading Institute for Computational Cosmology and Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, is expected to “complement” the traditional buildings that surround it while serving as an exemplar for sustainable design. Completion is planned for December 2015, depending on planning permission. 

Birdhouse / Takato Tamagami

© Masaya Yoshimura
© Masaya Yoshimura

© Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura

Cellebroedersstraat / a2o architecten

  • Architects: a2o architecten
  • Location: Cellebroedersstraat, Hasselt, Belgium
  • Founder: Haumont nv
  • Contractor: Deholi nv , Centrum-Zuid 2607, 3530 Houthalen
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Niels Donkers

© Niels Donkers © Niels Donkers © Niels Donkers © Niels Donkers

Hotel Bergresort Werfenweng / ArchitekturConsult

  • Architects: ArchitekturConsult
  • Location: Werfenweng, Austria
  • Project Manager: Herwig Zöhrer and Manfred Schuster
  • Design Team: Diethard Susnik, Hans Kaponig, Sue Weigelt, Ingrid Brigant, Annemarie Scheidl, Martina Kletzenbauer, Eva Gugerbauer, Alexandra Nahrgang
  • Area: 6185.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Helmut Lackner

© Helmut Lackner © Helmut Lackner © Helmut Lackner © Helmut Lackner

Mayor of London Suggests Three Potential Sites for Major Airport

Identifying connectivity as the key to prosperity within the 21st century, London Mayor Boris Johnson acknowledged the wider economic and regeneration potential of a new hub airport at a City Hall meeting today. 

In his speech, Johnson recommended three optimal locations for the new airport: the Isle of Grain in north Kent; Stansted; or on an artificial island in the middle of the Thames estuary. These three suggestions come as a result of a year-long, independently peer-reviewed investigation by the Transport for London, which confirmed the inability of London’s current major airport, Heathrow, to meet demands by expanding.

More on London’s future hub airport after the break...

Mies' IBM Building Gets Lavish Refurbishment

Mies van der Rohe's last constructed skyscraper, the IBM building in Chicago, recently underwent a significant transformation: the modernist office building is now a 316-room luxury hotel. An interesting post on the ArchitectureChicago Plus blog weighs in on the building's history and ponders: will Mies' minimalist aesthetic be compromised by its new lavish furnishings? Read it all here. 

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…

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

Van Buchem House / Siebold Nijenhuis Architect

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

RHYTHM and Plum Tree / Keisuke Kawaguchi + K2-Design

© Koji Fujii
© Koji Fujii

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

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.