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Double Helix House / Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki Architects

  • Architects: Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki Architects
  • Location: Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo 110-0001, Japan
  • Area: 88.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Kai Nakamura

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura

Cornerstone / designband YOAP

  • Architects: designband YOAP
  • Location: 5 Ha-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Design Team: Hyun Bo Shin, Inkeun Ryu, Doran Kim
  • Area: 131.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ryu, In Keun

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BAAN 0.60 / Integrated Field

  • Architects: Integrated Field
  • Location: Thanon Bang Khun Non, Khet Bangkok Noi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700, Thailand
  • Area: 340.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Wison Tungthunya

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Dental Clinic with Coved Ceiling / Hiroki Tominaga

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October ABI Remains on Solid Ground

As reported by the AIA, this month's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has shown a slight reduction in construction growth in October, dropping by 0.6 points from September's mark of 53.7, but still in solid positive territory at 53.1. The Project Inquiries Index also dropped for the third straight month, falling to 58.5.

“Allowing for the possibility of occasional and minor backsliding, we expect healthy business conditions for the design and construction industry to persist moving into next year,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. “One area of note is that the multi-family project sector has come around the last two months after trending down for the better part of the year.”

Montesanto Station Refurbishment / Silvio d’Ascia Architecture

  • Architects: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture
  • Location: Montesanto, 80135 Napoli, Italy
  • Design Team: Silvio d'Ascia Architecture (Silvio d'Ascia, design lead / Team members : M.Boenders, R.Camarda, A.Cossin, D.Dorell, A.Rocca , T.Raynaud, A. Cornuau, F.Levêque, M.Roggwiller, E.Macor Rosa, J.Edwards-Ibarra, V.Benini, A.Dubouz, E.Seif, C. de Sainte Marie)
  • Engineering Team: Tecnosistem SpA (Marco Damonte, lead engineer) / Filippo Cavuoto, structural lead / Falconio, station security
  • Area: 4690.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo

Chipperfield and Herzog & de Meuron Among 6 Teams Shortlisted for LSE's Paul Marshall Building

The London School of Economics (LSE), working alongside the RIBA, has announced six teams in the running to design their latest high-profile building project: the £100 million redevelopment of 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields, which once complete will be known as the Paul Marshall Building. As the third of the LSE's recent run of major campus transformations, the Paul Marshall Building will follow in the footsteps of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' “Center Building Redevelopment” which received planning permission earlier this year and O'Donnell + Tuomey's highly-acclaimed Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Stirling Prize. Read on to see the full shortlist.

Oakville View Estate / John Maniscalco

  • Architects: John Maniscalco
  • Location: Oakville, CA 94558, USA
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of John Maniscalco

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Arup’s Singapore Sports Hub Deemed Best in Structural Engineering for 2015

The Singapore Sports Hub, designed by DP Architects and Arup Associates, in collaboration with Arup as the structural engineer, has been awarded the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence, the highest award given out by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) at their annual Structural Awards. The award honors the best example of structural engineering design entered during the year.

The sports stadium features the largest free-spanning dome in the world, stretching 310 meters to cover the 55,000-seat stadium, and uses a “third of weight of steel normally used to span this size,” writes Arup in a press release. To provide shade during sporting events, the dome roof structure is retractable and features “an energy-efficient cooling system that delivers cooled air to every seat.”

World of Food / Harvey Otten + Ted Schulten

  • Architects: Harvey Otten, Ted Schulten
  • Location: Develstein, 1102 Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, Netherlands
  • Architects in Charge: Harvey Otten, Ted Schulten
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Luuk Kramer , Klaarlicht

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The Future of Architecture Visualization: An Interview with Morean Digital Realities and Zaha Hadid Architects

Above: The final presentation video for Zaha Hadid Architects' Danjiang Bridge entry, with construction sequences provided by morean digital realities and atmospheric shots provided by Studio MIR

In this age of lightning fast response rate, it is more important than ever for architects to be able to provide clients with a clear idea of what is to be built. Luckily for us, there are firms out there that specialize in aiding that process. Take morean digital realities, for example, a visualization firm that works in conjunction with architects to create renderings and animations that help explain how a project will work. These visualizations can be geared toward clients, competitions or used as material for fundraising. Their recent work includes a video for the Danjiang Bridge Competition, in which morean provided a dramatic construction animation accompanied by atmospheric shots by another visualization company, Studio MIR. Together, these two visualization studios helped Zaha Hadid Architects come away with the project commission.

ArchDaily spoke to three members of the team on that project - Saman Saffarian, a Lead Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects; Karl Humpf, Director of International Bridges at Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner; and Gonzalo Portabella, Architect and Managing Director at morean digital realities - about the role of visualization within architecture and where the field may be headed.

Christian Marin Community Center / Guillaime Ramillien

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Muji Unveils Tiny, Pre-Fabricated “Huts” at Tokyo Design Week

Following the release of their “Vertical House”, a prefabricated home designed for the tight, urban spaces of Japan, Japanese design brand Muji has showcased another set of ready-made habitats, this time a series of three minimalist “huts” at varying scales. Each hut, designed by a different designer, is intended as a retreat from urban activity and can be set-up in rural terrains.

The huts each explore a different material: an aluminum hut by Konstantin Grcic, a cork hut by Jasper Morrison,  and a wooden hut by Naoto Fukasawa.

MKPL Architects Wins Two Projects in Singapore Rail Corridor Competition

After competing with a strong shortlist of firms, which included  OMA, MVRDV, West 8, Grant Associates and Olin Partnership, a team comprising MKPL and Turenscape International has been selected for not just one, but two, of the three projects planned for the Singapore Rail Corridor – the Choa Chu Kang affordable housing development and the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station renovation. Read more about the two projects after the break.

LMH Headquarters / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

  • Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
  • Location: 425 Boulevard Gambetta, 59200 Tourcoing, France
  • Architect in Charge: Dietmar Feichtinger
  • Design Team: Stephan Schwarz, Ulli Gabriel, Philip Knauer, Arne Speiser, Claire Bodenez, Lucie Holopirkova
  • Area: 10910.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

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Kickstarter Campaign to Fund the Forthcoming 'Real Review' Nears End

Tomorrow the Kickstarter campaign launched by the Real Estate Architecture Laboratory (REAL), which surpassed its funding target earlier this month, will come to an end. The Real Review, an independent bi-monthly magazine led by Jack Self and Shumi Bose which intends to "revive the review as a writing form" to a general readership within the architectural sphere, is slated for launch in early 2016. In an interview with ArchDaily, the editors stated that "the original crowdfunding target of $24,994 (or £15,990) was set at the [basic] cost of print." Having since surpassed their first goal by almost £10,000 to date, every new donation or subscription adds to the financial feasibility and longevity of the project. Following the announcement that Self, Bose and Finn Williams will be curating the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, a new reward was added to their campaign.

Perro Viejo Restaurant / Donaire Arquitectos

  • Architects: Donaire Arquitectos
  • Location: Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Design Team: Juan Pedro Donaire, Carlos Iglesias, José Fco García Guitérrez, Pablo Baruc García Gómez, Estela María Quintero Peralias, Óscar Manuel Ortega Pacheco, Sara Sylvie Fontaine, Carlota López González
  • Interiors: Persevera Producciones
  • Area: 580.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda