Training Center in Cambrils / Víctor Pujol Hugas

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Architects:
Location: , Spain
Technical Architect: Aleix Sanz Capdevila
Photographs: Mikel Muruzábal

Winning entry "Circus for Construction" by Ann Lui, Ashley Mendelsohn, Larisa Ovalles, Craig Reschke, and Benjamin Widger. Image Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture
Winning entry "Circus for Construction" by Ann Lui, Ashley Mendelsohn, Larisa Ovalles, Craig Reschke, and Benjamin Widger. Image Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture

WorldWide Storefront Winners’ Two-Month Program Begins September 19

Starting September 19th, the ten winners of WorldWide Storefront (WWSf) – an initiative by Storefront for Art and Architecture to create alternative spaces for the expression/exchange of art/architecture – will open across the globe for the next two months. While one winning proposal invites artists to travel the world on commercial freight ships, another will host exhibits and events out of a traveling semi-truck in the United States. For the full list of winners and more information, click here

Mk-Ck5 Production Office / Agaligo Studio

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Architects: Agaligo Studio
Location: Samut Prakan,
Area: 3,023 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Spaceshift Studio

AD Round Up: Smiljan Radic

Copper House 2 / Smiljan Radic. Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Although previously unknown except in his native Chile, architect Smiljan Radic has recently received international attention for his design of this year’s pavilion for London’s Serpentine Galleries. His latest and largest undertaking yet, a winery outside of Santiago, has been featured in this article by the New York Times. And now, his Mestizo Restaurant has been named one of the seven most outstanding 21st century projects in the Americas. If you’re unfamiliar with Radic’s unique works, we’ve compiled a round-up of some of our favorites for you to explore, including his Serpentine PavilionCopper House 2, the Mestizo Restaurant, a bus stop for the town of Krumbach, Austria, and his renovation of the Chilean Museum for Pre-Columbian Art. Enjoy!

Nuestra Señora del Rosario School Renovation / Martin Lejarraga

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Architects: Martin Lejarraga
Location: , Murcia,
Project Area: 1,309 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: David Frutos | BISimages

MASS Design Group’s Latest “Beyond the Building” Video: Building Better Builders

In their fifth Beyond the Building video, “Building Better Builders,” MASS Design Group goes behind the scenes of their projects in Haiti to speak with local architects and metalworkers and show how incorporating local talent can engage the local community to develop innovative solutions.

“I am happy that Haitians are constructing it,” says a local engineer working with MASS. “The best way for a person to appreciate it is to participate in the making of it.” Watch the video above and share your thoughts on how architecture can go #beyondthebuilding in the comments below.

Puerto Vallarta Seafront / Trama Arquitectos

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Architects: Trama Arquitectos
Location: Puerto Vallarta, JAL, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Jaime Castiello, Héctor Santana, Edgardo Sandoval y Carlos Haro
Co Workers: Livier Miramontes, Manuel Haro, Carmen Espinosa, Jorge Ignacio Gutiérrez, Jaime Castiello Gómez Verea, Fernando Castiello, Carlos Rodríguez, Miguel Martínez, Héctor Lozano, Beatriz Orozco, Mario Rodríguez, Hugo Yáñez, Susana Cortés, Juan Carlos Barriga
Landscape: West8 urban design & landscape architecture + Estudio 3.14
Urban Furniture: West8 urban design & Estudio 3.14
Structural: Constructora Cautín S.A. de C.V., Ing. Roberto Dávalos
Construction: Géminis Internacional S.A. de C.V., Vifeg S.A. de C.V. y Duo S.A de C.V
Area: 20000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Alejandro Cartagena

Hong Kong’s International Commerce Centre Wins Inaugural CTBUH Performance Award

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates‘ International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong as the winner of its first ever Performance Award. The new award recognizes the project with the lowest measured environmental impact on the urban realm, as measured using actual data from the completed construction.

The explains the need for the prize, saying: “Most programs focus on design intent, as opposed to actual performance – often well-intentioned projects are not revisited, and thus not held accountable.” KPF‘s 484-metre tall office tower won the prize based largely on its policy of collecting and sharing performance data.

Read on after the break for more on the award

House for Viewing the Mountain / Kawashima Mayumi Architects Design

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Architects: Kawashima Mayumi Architects Design
Location: Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Architect In Charge: Mayumi Kawashima
Area: 109.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Interview with Rocco Yim of Rocco Design

Guanzhou Museum. Image Courtesy of Rocco Design

In the ancient culture identity is a touch of spatiality. Our use of space is psychological, you line up sequences of courtyards and buildings in order of importance so it prepares your mood, they get a sense of anticipation. We could reuse this spatially in today’s different types of buildings to achieve different purposes, but it originates from the past — that makes it Chinese.” – Rocco S. K. Yim, , 2013

On the 38th floor of the AIA Tower, Rocco Yim’s office faces the bay, from which you see the quintessential view of the city: the Hong Kong skyline. Rocco Yim is the founder of Limited (founded in 1982) and responsible for the design of iconic buildings like the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong. In this conversation he talks about the importance of the density created and supported by the urban flow in China, and his unique point of view on iconic architecture in relation to ancient culture.

Childcare Centre in Lomme / Colboc Franzen & Associés

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Architects: Colboc Franzen & Associés
Location: ,
Partners In Charge: Benjamin Colboc, Manuela Franzen, Arnaud Sachet
Design Team: Ulrich Faudry, Guillaume Choplain
Area: 1,277 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stephan Lucas, Olivier Wogenscky

Steven Holl’s Maggie’s Centre Gains Planning Permission

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Steven Holl‘s designs for a Maggie’s Centre at St Bart’s Hospital in London have finally been approved, after a tense debate among the City of London Planning Committee which culminated in a vote of 11 to 10 in favour of the design. The approval puts an end to a year of controversy, after Holl’s first attempt failed to gain planning (the first time a Maggie’s Centre has ever been declined permission) and a protest group commissioned a rival scheme by Hopkins Architects which gained planning permission in April.

More on the decision after the break

Foster + Partners Designs Headquarters for Copper Company in Russia

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Foster + Partners has revealed designs for the headquarters of RMK, one of the world’s leading copper producers based in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The 13-story building is designed to complement the company’s working style, splitting office spaces into two-story modular units which provide comfortable and flexible work spaces.

The facade of the building features triangular panels of bronze-colored , a motif that is inspired by the color and chemical structure of copper. These panels also express the modular offices within the building, with each ten by six-meter panel corresponding to a single office module, and regulate the building’s temperature by shading the building in the summer but admitting winter sunshine.

Read on after the break for more on the design

Te Kaitaka – The Cloak / Fearon Hay Architects

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Architects: Fearon Hay Architects
Location: Airport (AKL), Ray Emery Dr, , New Zealand
Architects In Charge: Tim Hay, Jeff Fearon, Doug Weir, Matt Roberts
Area: 180 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Simon Wilson

Perforated House / Piotr Kluj + Paweł Litwinowicz

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Architects: Piotr Kluj, Paweł Litwinowicz
Location: Poznan, Poland
Area: 177 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jeremi Buczkowski, Anna B. Gregorczyk, Courtesy of Pracownia Projektowa

Photos of Álvaro Siza’s Fundação Iberê Camargo, by Fernando Guerra

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 “A painter is a magician that immobilizes time.”  - Iberê Camargo

The Fundação Iberê Camargo, which received a Golden Lion at the 2002 Venice Biennale of Architecture, is Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s first project in Brazil. It serves as an architectural exemplar not only for the city of Porto Alegre, but also for the entire country of Brazil. Defined by Siza as “quasi-arquitecture” — with careful explorations of light, texture, movement and space–the building cultivates a direct relationship between the viewer and the artwork, and, in turn, allows visitors to richly come into contact with Iberê’s (one of the great names of twentieth-century Brazilian art) work.

“Architects don’t invent anything, they just transform reality.” - Álvaro Siza

The first in Brazil to use white –seen around the entire exterior– the building does not use any bricks. The visitor is guided through a trajectory of descent throughout the building via ramps in the nine exhibition halls. The monolith is supported by massive slabs, pillars and beams. No detail escaped the hands of the architect; the furniture and signage were also designed by Siza.

Last week, the project was nominated as one of seven finalists in the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP). Now in its first edition, and with a distinguished jury (Francisco Liernur, Sarah Whiting, Wiel Arets, Dominique Perrault, e Kenneth Frampton), the recognizes exceptional architecture built in the first 13 years of the 21st century.

With this news, we are presenting an extensive set of photos of this important project, realized and generously shared by one of the world’s most important architecture photographers: Fernando Guerra of FG+SG - Últimas reportagens.

Story written by Joanna Helm for ArchDaily Brasil. Translated by Becky Quintal.

Scroll to see Guerra’s beautiful images of the Fundação Iberê Camargo:

Flinders Lane Apartment / Clare Cousins Architects

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Architects: Clare Cousins Architects
Location: Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Interior Designer: Dita Beluli
Graduate Architect: Jessie Fowler
Area: 75.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lisbeth Grosmann

Palazzo Zen / O-office Architects

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Architects: O-office Architects
Location: Cannaregio, 30121 , Italy
Architect In Charge: Jianxiang HE & Ying JIANG
Design Team: Thomas ODORICO, Yang LIU
Area: 390.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office