Zaha Hadid Installs Ultra-Thin Shell Structure at London’s V&A

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Zaha Hadid Architects has constructed an experimental structure on the grounds of ’s V&A Museum, just in time for the London Design Festival. The temporary installation is the practice’s thinnest shell structure to date, testing new design and construction technologies for achieving minimal material thickness while “investigating the relationship between formal arrangement and structural performance.” 

Incuboxx The Business Incubator / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi

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Architects: Andreescu & Gaivoronschi
Location: Timișoara,
Architect In Charge: Ioan Andreescu, Dan M. Munteanu
Area: 6311.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ovidiu Micsa

AD Interviews: Will Bruder / Will Bruder Architects

A self-trained American architect residing in Phoenix’s urban desert, , FAIA, has built a reputation for being one of ’s most prized place-makers. For more than 40 years, Bruder has refined his craft with the completion of over 500 commissions ranging from large-scale civic and cultural projects to private residences and multi-family housing.

Trained first as a sculptor with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Bruder pursued the art of building with an architectural apprenticeship under Paolo Soleri and Gunnar Birkerts. In 1974, Bruder opened his first studio in Arizona, Will Bruder Architects, where he still serves as a community-based architect and student mentor, while often participating in a number of visiting chairs and lectures at universities nationwide.

His most notable project is the Burton Barr Central Library; not only has the structure played a significant role in the evolution of downtown Phoenix, but it serves as an exemplar of Bruder’s heightened awareness of movement, materiality and light.

Learn more about Bruder’s design philosophy in the interview above and check out his projects on ArchDaily:

Residential Building DMT / [tp3] architekten

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Architects: [tp3] architekten
Location: 4490 Sankt Florian,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mark Sengstbratl

The Modern Art Museum of Fortworth. Image © Liao Yusheng
The Modern Art Museum of Fortworth. Image © Liao Yusheng

Spotlight: Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando (13 September 1941), the 1995 recipient of the Pritzker Prize, turns 73 today. Ando, a Japanese architect based out of OsakaJapan, is highly regarded for his unparalleled work with concrete, sensitive treatment of natural light, and strong engagement with nature.

Jardim das Amoreiras Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos

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Architects: João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Architecture Collaboration : Renata Vieira, Ana Caracol, Ruben Mateus
Area: 175.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Rodeneck Kindergarden / pedevilla architekten

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Architects: pedevilla architekten
Location: Rodeneck, Bolzano,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gustav Willeit

Gemeinde / Stefan Forster Architekten

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Architects: Stefan Forster Architekten
Location: Hafenstraße 5, 60327 ,
Area: 2880.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lisa Farkas

C-House / Yasuhiro Sone

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Architects: Yasuhiro Sone
Location: , Gifu,
Area: 382.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hideo Mori

Construction Begins on Miami’s Tallest Tower

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Construction has begun on Miami’s tallest tower: SkyRise Miami. Standing 305 meters above the Biscayne Bay, the waterfront tower will offer three viewing decks, a restaurant, nightclub, ballroom, exhibition space, and even the chance to bungee jump off its upper floors.

It’s designers, locally based arquitectonica, hope SkyRise will achieve LEED Gold upon completion in mid-2017.

Malaca House / Mario Martins Atelier

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Architects: Mario Martins Atelier
Location: Sargaçal, 8600 , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Mário Martins
Team: Sónia Fialho; Filipa Santos; Sónia Santos; Rui Duarte; José Cabrita
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

National Building Museum Honors Charlie Rose with Vincent Scully Prize

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The National Building Museum has announced Charlie Rose as the recipient of the 2014 Vincent Scully Prize. The American talk show host and journalist was honored for his exploration “good design, the growth of cities, and the shape of the urban form through his insightful and substantive conversations with leading thinkers of our day.”

“One of the great joys of spending twenty-five years at the table is meeting a cross-section of the best in culture and science and technology,” said Rose. “I have a special place for the men and women who inspire us with the buildings they create. Architecture is a passion of mine and I’ve been proud to know not only architects but also those who teach, assess, and love great buildings. Architecture is one of the reflections of the permanence of a civilization. I am indeed honored to be the recipient of the , named for a man I have known, admired, and interviewed.”

Constitución 8 / Proyecto Cafeína

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Architects: Proyecto Cafeína
Location: , ,
Project Area: 1159.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Patrick López Jaimes, Leonardo Neve Sánchez

Jump Off A Cliff and Land in Bed in this Edgy Australian Home

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Picture yourself waking up daily to a 180-degree view of the ocean without leaving the comfort of your living room. The owners of the as-yet-unbuilt Cliff House have teamed up with Modscape of Australia to design their compact dream home, delicately perched above open water, hanging off the cliff’s edge. Cliff House redefines “living dangerously” with its vast floor to ceiling windows and slender steel supports acting as the only separation between watching Jaws and actually being in Jaws.

Dive into Cliff House with images, plans and more info after the break.

Mediateca de Carballo / Óscar Pedrós

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Architects: Óscar Pedrós
Location: Rúa Pontevedra, 15100 Carballo, A Coruña,
Area: 1570.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Héctor Santos -Díez, Courtesy of

Amazon to Occupy Stalled Foster Scheme

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Amazon has confirmed plans to move more than 5,000 of its employees into a Foster + Partners-designed office building planned for Shoreditch High Street. On hold since January 2012, the £290 million mixed-use scheme will compete with Amazon’s Farringdon office to serve as the online retailer’s new UK headquarters.

Las Delicias House / FWAP Arquitectos

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Architects: FWAP Arquitectos
Location: Córdoba, , Argentina
Project Architects: Federico Weskamp, Federico Arguello Pitt, Javier Zanotti, Gustavo Ostoich
Collaborator: Belen Mari Arq.
Project Area: 550.0 m2
Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte

AR Issues: Who Needs Architecture Critics?

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ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this post, we take you back to AR’s June 2014 issue, which examines the state of architectural criticism in our age of online media and ever-present PR. Here, AR Editor Catherine Slessor argues that “more than ever, architecture is in need of provocative, engaging and entertaining critics.”

Ambrose Bierce, the great 19th-century satirist and author of the The Devil’s Dictionary, once defined a critic as ‘a person who boasts himself hard to please because nobody tries to please him’. Critics occupy a curiously parasitical position in the modern cultural milieu, and an architecture critic perhaps especially so. But in an age when architects can easily find obliging PR minions to dispense their gospel and biddable publishers to churn out infinite, anodyne oeuvres complètes, who still needs critics and criticism?