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GRAFT Wins Competition to Design Resort in Lofer

GRAFT Architects has won first place in a competition to design a “premium common good resort” in Lofer, Austria. Located in the Pinzgau region of Salzburg, the resort will include a hotel complex, staff building, workshop based on “the economy for the common good,” “café villa” and a premium residence area. GRAFT’s design was highly lauded by both the client and locals, all of whom were fully involved in the decision process. 

C. Sant Cugat House / RTA-Office

  • Architects: RTA-Office
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain

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Warehouse “Magasinet” / Metro Arkitekter

  • Architects: Metro Arkitekter
  • Location: Malmö, Sweden
  • Design Team: Claes R Janson, Rafael Palomo (responsible architects), Mikael Dankull (engineer), Henrik Troedson, Jens Ekander
  • Developer: Wihlborgs Fastigheter AB
  • Builder: MVB Syd AB
  • Engineer: Danewids Ingenjörsbyrå, Mikael Gullberg
  • Area: 7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Rafael Palomo

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House Refurbishment in Silleda / terceroderecha arquitectos

  • Architects: terceroderecha arquitectos
  • Location: Silleda, Pontevedra, Spain
  • Arquitecto a Cargo: Jorge Álvarez Rúa, Laura Arias Pardo, Jose C. Álvarez Rodríguez
  • Area: 215.0 m2
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Baku Akazawa

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Midvale Courtyard House / Bruns Architecture

  • Architects: Bruns Architecture
  • Location: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
  • Interior Design: MANI & Company
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tricia Shay

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Restaurant Koi Sushi / Grupo Spazio

  • Architects: Grupo Spazio
  • Location: Galerías, Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge: Carlos Fernandez Musacchio, Ricardo Chacon Ibarra, Erick Arellano Gutierrez
  • Partnership: René Arellano Marchand, Brenda Martin del Campo Mora, Alice García Malo, Paulina Gutiérrez Hoyos, David de los Ríos Juárez, Ernesto López Romo, Natalia Gutiérrez Romo, Lorena López Martínez, Raphael Montoya
  • Area: 528.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Oscar Hernandez

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Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Dürig AG

Another noteworthy proposal for the Central Mosque of Pristina in Kosovo; this time, from Zurich-based architecture firm, Dürig AG. They envision the new mosque as an interplay between the individual and the community. "Mosques are places of worship for the Islamic community where the single believer joins a larger body for the ceremonial act of worship and prayer." Singular elements combine to make a larger, more meaningful, whole. "Thus, [our proposal] stands as a materialized representation for the individual within the Islamic community of Kosovo."

Natural daylight softly descends through the modulated plenum, creating a uniform prayer hall. Perforations throughout the facade and interior wooden panels enable a visual transparency that, Dürig AG expects, should spawn a dialogue between individuals inside the mosque and pedestrians in the city.

Secret Google Project Could Transform Construction Industry

Google's secret development department, Google X (responsible for Google's very cool, although non-core initiatives, such as Google Glass and driverless cars) is reportedly working on a new technology that could transform the construction industry - as well as architecture itself. It goes by the name of "Genie."

According to Globes, a report from Genie's development team, addressed to Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, describes the invention as a cloud-based collaboration platform with "planning applications to help architects and engineers in the design process, especially for skyscrapers and large buildings. The platform includes planning tools of expert architects and engineers and advance analytics and simulation tools." 

The report also emphasized Genie's potential to transform the conservative construction industry, one of the most profitable and the most wasteful, by making it more efficient and environmentally friendly at the level of design, construction, and maintenance. The report suggests the invention could save 30-50% in construction costs and 30-50% of the time spent between planning and market; moreover, it could generate $120 billion a year.

TED: Ingenious Homes in Unexpected Places / Iwan Baan

Iwan Baan’s curiosity for the built environment has led him to be one of the world’s most preeminent photographers whose skills are in constant demand by architectural elites worldwide. Constantly on the move, Baan has found himself documenting fascinating testaments to human ingenuity. From the informal vertical community of Torre David in Caracas to the floating Niagara slum of Makoko, Baan’s encounters with thriving communities in some of the most unexpected places has led him to believe that there is “no such thing as normal” and humans can truly adapt to anything. 

Vias Cultural Center / Estudio SIC

  • Architects: Estudio SIC
  • Location: Avenida del P. Isla, 48, 24002 León, Spain
  • Project Area: 800.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photography: Esaú Acosta

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Turn the bend and the foreignness of the thing reveals itself, with its gunmetal-colored facade, surfaces jutting at oblique angles, and curves and lines that suggest automotive racing streaks or cooling pipes at a power-generation facility. It would fit right in with a fleet of Star Destroyers blasting some unfortunate rebel ship with turbolasers. -- The Atlantic Cities’ John Metcalfe, describing Zaha Hadid’s Library and Learning Center in Vienna

When architecture and Sci-Fi are mentioned in the same breath, it’s usually only to achieve an amusing, surface-level comparison. Zaha’s library? A “Star Destroyer.” OMA’s Casa da Música? A Sandcrawler. And while these unlikely likenesses certainly speak to Sci-Fi’s hold on architecture’s imagination, they don’t really delve into the potential Sci-Fi holds as a source of architectural inspiration. 

Enter CLOG: SCI-FI. As does each issue of CLOG, SCI:FI “slows things down,” taking a good-hard look at architecture and science fiction’s long, fascinating relationship. And while it certainly provides many entertaining meanders into comics, literature, and film (including a peek into 2001: A Space Odyssey by ArchDaily contributors INTERIORS), SCI:FI really shines when it’s digging below the surface, exploring how both architecture and sci-fi reveal the dilemmas, fears, and desires of our society today.

Shortlist Announced for Oslo's July 22 Memorial Sites

Eight candidates have been selected for the second phase of the international competition to design two national public art memorial sites to commemorate the 2011 terror attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utøya. Selected from over 300 artists and architects from 46 different countries,  the Art Selection Committee have shortlisted the following candidates:

BIG Selected to Design Mixed-Use Complex in San Francisco

In an effort to reestablish Mid-Market as an arts district in San Francisco, developer Joy Ou has commissioned BIG to design a mixed-use arts, housing and hotel complex on 950 Market St. As the San Francisco Business Times reports, Group I is collaborating with the Thacher family and the nonprofit 950 Center for Art & Education to develop the project, which could potentially include a 250-room hotel, 316 residential units, a 75,000-square-foot arts complex, and 15,000 square feet of retail. The project will be BIG's first in the Bay Area. 

Talking With Thom

Despite what you may think, Thom Mayne isn't the "bad boy" of architecture - at least, not according to Thom Mayne. He sees himself more as a skilled negotiator than a starchitect (a phrase he hates) - after all, he reasons, how else would he have completed so many buildings? In this interview, originally published on Metropolis Magazine's Point of View blog as "Q&A: Thom Mayne," Andrew Caruso and Mayne discuss Morphosis, SCI-ARC, the early days of his career, and his architectural ethos.  

Andrew Caruso: Your professional career began in the discipline of planning. What led to the shift toward architecture and your eventual partnership with Jim Stafford?

Thom Mayne: I started working at the Pasadena redevelopment agency doing low cost housing, and that’s where I met Jim [Stafford]. Coming out of USC, I had no background about Mies, Khan or Corbusier, for example. USC was very strong in being anti-historical, looking forward instead of backward. I was essentially naive.

Jim was a year ahead of me at USC and had part of the older regime at the school. When I met him at the planning agency, he started introducing me to history. I got fascinated by [Paul] Rudolph; and then it just took off. Jim guided me through this thought process, reestablishing me in the tradition of architecture.

Family House / Office Twentyfive Architects

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Kindergarten St. Johann-Köppling / Reitmayr Architekten

  • Architects: Reitmayr Architekten
  • Location: Sankt Johann-Köppling, Austria
  • Owner: Community St. Johann-Köppling
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Paul Ott

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