LANDHAUS / Thomas Kröger Architekt

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Architects: Thomas Kröger Architekt
Location: Uckermarkstraße, ,
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Thomas Heimann, Courtesy of Thomas Kröger Architekt

TOP store / ARHIS ARHITEKTI

© Indrikis Sturmanis

Architects: ARHIS ARHITEKTI
Location: , Salacgrīvas pilsēta, Latvia
Design Team: Andris Kronbergs, Madara Gibze, Paulis Gibze, Evija Runce, Vilnis Uzors, Kristaps Sulcs, Uldis Jaunsubrens, Helvijs Savickis
Area: 6989.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Indrikis Sturmanis

URALCHEM HEADQUARTERS / Pedra Silva Arquitectos

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Architects: Pedra Silva Arquitectos
Location: , Russia
Architect In Charge: Luis Pedra Silva and Maria Rita Pais
Design Team: André Góis, Dina Castro, Hugo Ramos, Hugo Ferreira, João Alves, Paulo André, Ricardo Sousa
Area: 3370.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Façade Renovation for No. 8 Building / Atelier Archmixing

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Architects: Atelier Archmixing
Location: Hengshan Road, Xuhui, , 200031
Architects In Charge: Zhuang Shen, Ren Hao, Tang Yu, Zhu Jie
Area: 274.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tang Yu

Under the Attic / ahaa

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Architects: ahaa
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Andreas Heierle, Cristina Trofin
Area: 74.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of ahaa

Jesuit High School Chapel of the North American Martyr / Hodgetts + Fung

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Architects: Hodgetts + Fung
Location: JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL, 1200 Jacob Lane, , CA 95608, USA
Area: 10478.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

5 Proposals Reimagine Toronto Ferry Terminal and Waterfront Park

Harbour Landing / KBMP Architects, West 8, Greenburg Consultants. Image Courtesy of WATERFRONToronto

Waterfront has unveiled five proposals for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park design competition. The finalists were tasked with transforming Toronto’s waterfront by revitalizing the existing ferry terminal and park through an extensive gradually-implemented masterplan. See all five proposals, including designs by nARCHITECTS and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, after the break.

Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days

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“Three floors in a day is China’s new normal,” says a representative for this 57-floor skyscraper that was built in just 19 days. Known as the “Mini Sky City” tower in , the 180,000-square-meter mixed-use building was built in record speed with , “LEGO-like” blocks. The process also claimed to have required less materials and significantly reduced the amount of air pollution commonly caused by dusty construction sites.

A time-lapse of the construction process, after the break.

Matai House / Parsonson Architects

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Architects: Parsonson Architects
Location: , New Zealand
Architects In Charge: Gerald Parsonson, Craig Burt
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul McCredie

Smiljan Radić’s Serpentine Pavilion Relocates to Bruton

Serpentine Pavilion / . Image © 2014 Iwan Baan

Chilean architect Smiljan Radić’s shell-shaped Serpentine Pavilion has been relocated from Hyde Park to the gardens of Hauser & Wirth Somerset in . Just under three hours from London, the new site positions the translucent fiberglass structure in short proximity to a main gallery complex designed by Paris-based Argentine architect Luis Laplace and within an lush garden designed by Dutch landscape architect Piet Oudolf.

National Open Acceses Scholarly Communication and Information Center / Paleko Arch Studija

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Architects: Paleko Arch Studija
Location: Saulėtekio alėja 5, 10221,
Project Managers: Paleko arch Studio
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Ergolain Group

Sierra Ballena I / AFRa

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Architects:
Location: Punta Ballena, grutas y ruta panorámica, Camino a la Ballena,
Project Architects: Pablo Héctor Ferreiro, Saturnino Armendares, Joaquín Ignacio Leunda, Andrés Gomez Muñoz, Roberto Félix Dufrechou
Project Area: 1500.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Federico Kulekdjian

Renzo Piano’s Columbia University Science Center to Open Next Year

Northeast corner. Image Courtesy of Field Condition

The first phase of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Renzo Piano Building Workshop‘s (RPBW) expansive Manhattanville Campus plan for Columbia University is making significant progress; completion is nearing on a highly-anticipated portion of the project – RPBW’s LEED platinum Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which is scheduled to open in Fall of 2016 just six miles North of the practice’s soon-to-open Whitney Museum

More on the mixed-use structure after the break.

Montee Karp Residence / Patrick Tighe Architecture

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Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Art Gray Photography, Bran Arifin Photography

Tim Franco Captures the Overscaled Urbanization of Chongqing

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These days, many of China‘s largest urban areas are easily recognizable to people from all over the world, with the skylines of coastal mega-cities such as Shanghai and Beijing taking their place in the global consciousness. Far less known though is the inland city of Chongqing - another of China’s five top-tier “National Central Cities” – where in 2010 the Chinese government embarked on a plan to urbanize a further 10 million of the region’s rural population, with around 1,300 people now moving into the city every day.

Since his first visit to the city in 2009 photographer Tim Franco has been on a mission to document the rapid change in what he believes is “maybe the most widely unknown megacity in the world.” The result is Metamorpolis, a forthcoming photographic book by Franco with text by British journalist Richard Macauley, which documents the colossal scale of development juxtaposed against the people of – many of whom still live an incongruous rural lifestyle among the concrete sprawl. Read on after the break for more images from the book and an interview with Franco about the experience of documenting one of the world’s fastest-growing cities.

Writer’s Retreat / Architectare

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Architectare
Location: Itaipava, – RJ, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Flavia Quintanilha, Rodrigo Fernandes
Area: 31.0 sqm
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

French Artist Levalet Inks Imaginary Scenes onto Parisian Buildings

Décrue. Image © Levalet

A curved street grate becomes an umbrella for a shepherd and his sheep, and a construction site is transformed into a fortress for mop-wielding guards in the interactive of French artist Charles Leval, better known as Levalet. Seeking inspiration from the Parisian streets, Levalet is known for his site-specific, India ink drawings that playfully interact with their surrounding architecture. “Topography is very important for me, this is why I always check a place out before I work on it,” Levalet said in an interview with Underground Paris. “I try to mix the world of representation with the real world by playing on the physical cohesion of the situations I put up. Architecture supports my work. Then I work on staging the artwork with photographs.”

See a selection of Levalet’s work after the break and check out his personal website and Facebook page to learn more about him.

Atelier Thomas Pucher’s European Music Center to Open in 2020

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The winning design of an international competition in 2010 to house the world-renowned Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Austrian firm Atelier Thomas Pucher’s Sinfonia Varsovia European Music Center has been approved to begin construction. As part of a larger campaign to revive ’s historic character and inspire cultural exchange, the Music Center has ranked high on the priority list of the Renewal Program, and is slated to open in 2020.

Read on after the break for a closer look at the Music Center.