Courtesy of nARCHITECTS
Courtesy of nARCHITECTS

Wyckoff House Museum / nARCHITECTS

nARCHITECTS is designing a cultural education complex for the Wyckoff House Museum… in Brooklyn on the site of New York‘s oldest house. The Wyckoff House has an immense history as it was the first landmark designated by the Landmarks Preservation

A Glimpse of Hope for Johannesburg’s Forgotten Ponte Tower

The Ponte Tower is a residential high-rise in Johannesburg, with a unique history and now a promising future. It was designed by architect in the 1970′s to be one of the most desirable places to live in the city, with an iconic, hollowed out interior, three-story apartments and rooftop jacuzzis. Over time, however, the building fell into disrepair and instead of serving as an icon of extreme wealth and prosperity, it became an icon of poverty and indifference. In still racially-divided , this was marked by the moving out of whites and the moving in of a primarily black population as property values plummeted. It has been associated with high levels of crime, a lack of sanitariness and even suicides, thanks to the building’s hollow core.

Recently, however, the derelict Ponte Tower has received more attention from investors and the architect himself, who doesn’t necessarily want to restore the building to its former glory but wishes to at least make it a decent place to live. The introduction of stringent security has encouraged more open-minded, middle-class citizens to move in, hoping for a profitable return as the Ponte Tower continues to grow in terms of value. Watch this featured video for more on the building’s comeback and what it will mean for its current and future residents.  

Urban Townhouse / GLUCK+

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Architects: GLUCK+
Location: ,
Project Team: Guido Furlanello, Peter L. Gluck, Thomas Gluck, Jason Kreuzer, Scott Scales, Jeff Straesser, Robert Holton, Shlomit Levav, AB Moburg-Davis, Jason Walls
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates P.C.
Mep Engineer: Rodkin Cardinale Consulting Engineers P.C.
Year: 2009
Photographs: Raimund Koch, Erik Freeland

Courtesy of Daniel Madeiros + Jonathan Schwinge
Courtesy of Daniel Madeiros + Jonathan Schwinge

Millennium Point Visibility Winning Proposal / Daniel Madeiros + Jonathan Schwinge

Daniel Madeiros and Jonathan Schwinge… were recently announced as the winners of the ideas competition organized by Millennium Point and the RIBA to enhance the visibility and image of Millennium Point in Birmingham from the Jennens Road approach. The jury

Harvey B. Gantt, FAIA, Honored with the 2013 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award

ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center / Gantt Huberman Architects and Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture

The American Institute of Architects () has selected Harvey B. Gantt, FAIA, as the 2013 recipient of the .  Established in 1972, the honors architects and organizations that champion a range of social issues, including affordable housing, minority inclusion and access for persons with disabilities. Gantt is being recognized for his efforts as a noted civil rights pioneer, public servant and award-winning architect.

More about Gantt after the break…

Mirador House Punta De Gallo / Rodrigo Santa María

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Architects: Rodrigo Santa María
Location: Tunquén,
Architect In Charge:
Structural Engineer: Osvaldo Peñaloza
Construction: Mario Lecaros
Area: 180 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daniel Corvillón

Courtesy of RE:Site + Metalab
Courtesy of RE:Site + Metalab

Memory Cloud / RE:Site + Metalab

As an update to last year’s post featuring Memory Cloud as the winning commission awarded to RE:site and METALAB… by Texas A&M University for the new Memorial Student Center 12th Man Hall, they have shared with us their most recent images upon the

Sekeping Kong Heng / Seksan Design

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Architects: Seksan Design
Location: Ipoh,
Architect :
Area: 4,000 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Rupajiwa Studio

Tian Tai County ChiCheng No.2 Primary School / LYCS Architecture

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Designed by LYCS Architecture, their newly completed proposal for the Tian Tai County ChiCheng No.2 Primary School focuses on the relationship between architecture and site, site and city, form and function. Striving for a unique design to serve as a model school, their concept provides a beautiful environment for the cultivation of knowledge, culture, physical fitness, art and ethics for elementary school children. More images and architects’ description after the break.

V House / BaksvanWengerden Architecten

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Architects: BaksvanWengerden Architecten
Location: Alkmaar,
Project Architects: Gijs Baks, Jacco van Wengerden
Collaborators: Rui Duarte, Keimpke Zigterman
Structural Engineer: Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Amsterdam
Contractor: Cor Koper Bouwbedrijf, Heerhugowaard
Area: 210 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yvonne Brandwijk

Courtesy of Uri Cohen Architects
Courtesy of Uri Cohen Architects

Day Care Center Competition Entry / Uri Cohen Architects

With the city of Be’er Sheba standing out in the areas of education, architecture and environment, this proposal for the day care center, which won an honorable mention, is an opportunity for innovative thinking in social services and integration with…

Hotel Pupp / Bergmeister Wolf Architekten

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Architects: Bergmeister Wolf Architekten
Location: Brixen, Bressanone,
Architect In Charge: Gerd Bergmeister, Michaela Wolf, Christian Schwienbacher
Project Team: Roland Decarli, Jürgen Prosch, Regina Steinmann
Area: 4,020.4 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Günter Richard Wett, Jürgen Eheim, Courtesy of Bergmeister Wolf Architekten

Fountainhead Quad City: East Moline’s Future Development Along the Mississippi River

Aerial View, Fountainhead Quad Cities; Developer J. Paul Beitler of Beitler Real Estate Services

East Moline, , will soon have an all new, highly developed waterfront mixed use area that will include park space, retail and commercial areas and luxury apartments along its Mississippi River front.  The $150 million development will be a host to 300 apartment units, senior citizen housing, condominiums, storage facilities, a sports recreational center, medical facilities along with a variety of amenities that includes neighborhood retail shops, food courts, banks, pharmacies and restaurants, hotels and a central park with a band shell.  At over 3.5 million square feet, Fountainhead Quad Cities - developed by Beitler Real Estate Services with James DeStefano of LVD Architecture as the master planner – will bring new residents to the area while attracting the thousands of motorists that pass through the region today.

More after the break.

Cathedral Announces Competition to Design Tomb for King Richard III

Cathedral via Wikimedia Commons

Since the remains of Richard III were discovered beneath a car-park near Leicester Cathedral last year, the local church has been left with a perplexing question: what to do with him now? The King’s remains are an important part of English history, and an important tourist attraction, but how should they mark his final resting place?

In response to this issue, Cathedral authorities have launched a design competition asking selected architects to submit ideas for a new tomb for King Richard that will be located in the Cathedral. The brief is an unusually delicate one; the architects submissions will have to consider appropriate symbolism and practicality in their design, not to mention the challenge of designing, in a modern age, the grave of someone who lived centuries ago. They also need to be mindful of the controversy surrounding the King, as the brief states: Richard demonstrated both the honorable and dishonorable characteristics of human beings.”  Some consider him a great English King,  while others, a bloodthirsty tyrant.

Read more about the brief and see an early submission after break…

Video: Sheats Goldstein Residence / John Lautner

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Question: What does Snoop Dogg, John Cleese, Lucy Liu and Jeff ‘The Dude’ Lebowski have in common? Simple, they have all, at some point in time, hung out in the living room of the space-age Sheats Goldstein Residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright-disciple, John Lautner.

Read more about this amazing house and its unique owner after the break…

Hotel Avasa / Nandu Associates

© Bharath Ramamrutam

Location: Madhapur, , India
Team: B. Nanda Kumar, Ankita Gupta, B.H.Ravi Shankar, B.Naveen Reddy
Area: 8179.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bharath Ramamrutam

Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design

Pier 40 Parks and Housing Development Proposal / WXY Architecture + Urban Design

In an effort to saving the crumbling 15-acre Pier 40 on Manhattan’s Lower West Side waterfront, seven downtown youth sports groups have released a concept plan prepared by WXY Architecture + Urban Design… to open up 40% more space for more fields and park

Courtesy of Louis Held © Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Courtesy of Louis Held © Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Neues Museum Weimar Honors Henry van de Velde’s Contribution to European Modernism

The Klassik Stiftung Weimar will present the exhibition “Passion, Function and Beauty. Henry van de Velde and his Contribution to European Modernism” on March 24, 2013 at 11:00am. The press conference will be held at the Neues Museum Weimar in commemoration of…