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Courtesy of McAdam Architects

European International Trade Centre / McAdam Architects

McAdam Architects… recently unveiled their plans for a major Chinese trading and expo center in the city of Metz in Northern France. This feasibility study and outline concept will be an integrated trading complex with a total area(GBA) of over

Laguna Verde House II / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

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Architects: Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Location: Laguna Verde, V Region,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

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Courtesy of HOK

New Global Hub for Biomedical Research / HOK

HOK… was recently selected as lead architect for the Ri.MED Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC) near Palermo, Sicily in Southern Italy. The $269 million world-class research facility at 334,000-square-feet will be a global hub for biomedical research and development.

Arteology / Atelier 37.2

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Architects: Atelier 37.2
Location: Auvergne region,
Collaborators: Anna Checchi, Giorgio Davi’, Pascal Schaller, Christine Vergez
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of atelier 37-2

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© Jigen

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Located at a strategic point within the city of Helsinki, the ‘Shared Dreams’ proposal for the Helsinki Central Library conforms to the proposed massing and urban regulations, while endeavoring to give a coherent response to the program and the environment.…

Leimond-Shonaka Nursery School / Archivision Hirotani Studio

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Architects: Archivision Hirotani Studio
Location: Owariasahi, Aichi,
Architect In Charge: Hirotani Yoshihiro, Ishida Yusaku
Area: 1,018 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kurumata Tamotsu, Noriko Momoi

House P / Heiderich Architekten

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Architects: Heiderich Architekten
Location: ,
Structural Engineering: Lederhose & Wittler
Lighting: LDE Kober
Site Area: 3334
Area: 330 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Castle Winery / Moral Arquitectura

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Architects Office: Moral Arquitectura
Location: , Spain
Area: 255.2 sqm
Year: 2012
Photography: Jorge López-Conde

SANAA Unveils Their Plans for Bocconi University Campus

The new Bocconi University campus by . Photo via Domus.

SANAA has just unveiled their plans for the Bocconi University Campus in Milan, . The design features various undulating structures, forming connective inner courtyards, that wind their way across a 17,500 square meter green space open to both students and neighborhood residents.

According to Paola Nicolin, a professor at Bocconi and writer for Domus, the University is a “playground” for the imagination, using “non-hierarchic compositional elements” to establish a relationship between the campus’ organic forms and the human lives which inhabit it. In Nicolin’s words, the project “speaks of transparency, empathy for nature, and far-sightedness.”

More images and info on the project, after the break…

House Ber / Nico van der Meulen Architects

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Architects: Nico van der Meulen Architects
Location: Midrand,
Interior Design: M Square Lifestyle Design
Year: 2012
Photographs: Barend Roberts, David Ross, Victoria Pilcher

AD Round Up: Pavilions Part II

© ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart

Time for our 2nd selection of previously featured pavilions. We have five great projects that you probably missed! Like the ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 located in Stuttgart, . Or the beautiful SANDWORM pavilion designed by Marco Casagrande. You can’t miss the amazing Jewelbox Houses Historic Carousel in City by the Pritzker laureated Jean Nouvel or Zaha Hadid’s Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion. To end our selection, one classic rebuilt in 2010: the Rietveld Pavilion at the Kröller-Müller Sculpture Garden.

Shipping and Transport College / DP6

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Architects: DP6
Location: Anthony fokkerweg, Rotterdam,
Design Team: Robert Alewijnse, Chris de Weijer Dardo Mantel, Harrie Hupperts, Jimmy van de Aa, Tim Sluiter, Alvaro Novas Filgueira, Sarina Gomez
Consultants: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Nelissen ingenieursbureau, Basalt Bouwadvies
Contractors: Heerkens van Bavel, Wolter & Dros, Alewijnse Delft
Client: STC-group
Area: 7,600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg, Christian Richters

Modular Residential Tower To Be Built at Atlantic Yards

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Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) just announced that they will be partnering with Skanska, one of the world’s largest construction and development groups, for the B2 project. This project is making headlines because it will be the first residential tower that is part of the Atlantic Yards Development in using modular construction. FCRC plans to break ground on the 32-story building on December 18th and anticipates that the building will open in 2014. While high-rise modular technology has been initially developed for use at Atlantic Yards, this new industry has the potential to create modular components for construction projects across City and worldwide, becoming the first major manufacturing expansion in City since manufacturing began its decline over a generation ago. More information after the break.

Water Treatment Plant / AWP

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Architects: AWP
Location: Évry,
Design Team: Marc Armengaud, Matthias Armengaud, Alessandra Cianchetta
Collaborators: Miguel La Parra Knapman, Joseph Jabbour, David Perez
Client: Communauté d’agglomération
Area: 6,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anna Positano

Avery Fisher Hall To Be “Radically” Renovated

Interior of Avery Fisher Hall. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons User Mikhail Klassen at en.wikipedia

About a decade’s passed since Foster+Partners won the competition to re-design Avery Fisher Hall (as part of ’s campus-wide re-haul, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro), and the famous music hall is finally ready to go through with it – just not necessarily with Foster+Partners.

After Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic failed to raise the $300 million they needed to cover construction costs, and due to concerns that displacing the orchestra would jeopardize potential revenue, Foster+Partners’ plans languished. However, the Philharmonic is now under new leadership, and its young directors are anxious to transform the conventional music hall, hence why they’ve decided to solicit new proposals for the building.

As the Orchestra’s new executive eirector, Matthew VanBesien, told the New York Times: “If you’re not thinking about the way in which our art form and music and audiences are evolving, you’re not serving the art form long term. You really want to build this next great hall in a new way, to do the kinds of things you maybe are doing but want to do in a more compelling way or maybe can’t even imagine yet.”

More info about the proposal for the new Avery Fisher Hall, after the break…

Irene Joliot Curie Residences / BE Hauvette + DATA [Architectes]

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Architects: BE Hauvette + DATA [Architectes]
Location: Maison Blanche,
Economist: Cabinet Lemonnier
Structural Engineering: Malishev-Wilson Ingénieries
Fuids Engineering: Icofluides
Landscape: David Besson
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of DATA [Architectes]

Encounters 2 – Architectural Essays / Juhani Pallasmaa

Architecture is fundamentally existential in its very essence, and it arises from existential experience and wisdom rather than intellectualized and formalized theories. We can only prepare ourselves for our work in architecture by developing a distinct sensitivity and awareness for architectural phenomena.” With these declarative words, Finnish architect, educator and critic resounds the call of his 2005 volume, Encounters: Architectural Essays, in this second volume of essays, Encounters 2.

Courtesy of AllesWirdGut Architektur
Courtesy of AllesWirdGut Architektur

Visionary Concept for Science Campus / AllesWirdGut Architektur

AllesWirdGut…, together with the German climate engineering experts Transsolar and the Dutch-born urban planning avant-gardist Ton Matton, recently developed their concept for the BIO Campus. The project consists of a huge site just outside Istanbul that is becoming one