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Zaha Hadid: Has International Fame Come at a Cost?

From "Paper Architect" to employing over 400 staff working on 950 projects in 44 countries, Zaha Hadid has proven that her avant-garde ideas are not only buildable, but also the most popular architectural brand in the world. China, Russia and Saudi Arabia are among the countries first in line to commission Hadid icons. Rowan Moore, however, claims that her recent accolades have come at the cost of her original ideals, becoming trapped in her own public persona. Read the full article, Zaha Hadid: queen of the curve.

Zero Energy House Lokeren / BLAF Architecten

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Qatar National Convention Centre / Arata Isozaki

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido

Technical Building in La Fouillade / V2S Architects

  • Architects: V2S Architects
  • Location: La Fouillade, France
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of V2S Architects

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Architecture City Guide: Tel Aviv

This AD Architecture City Guide is dedicated to the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, originally established as a garden-city on the sandy shores of the Mediterranean in 1909. Although widely known as “The White City” for boasting the world’s largest collection of International Style Buildings, Tel Aviv is not merely a monochromatic Bauhaus colony: it presents a rich mosaic of locally interpreted styles, from Eclectic to Brutalist to contemporary, which are the result of foreign and locally-born architects who adapted to the local cultural and climatic conditions.

Join us for our architectural city guide through the "Non-Stop City" after the break…

The Pagoda House by Alexander Levy, 1925. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons El Al House by Dov and Ram Karmi, 1963. Image © Justin Kliger Rubinsky House by Lucian Korngold, 1937, (Renovated by Bar Or Architects). Image Courtesy of Bar Or Architects Tel Aviv Museum of Art – Extension by Preston Scott Cohen, 2010. Image © Amit Geron

Social Housing In Ceuta / IND [Inter National Design]

© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 
  • Architects: IND
  • Location: Ceuta, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: Felix Madrazo + Arman Akdogan
  • Design Team: Beatriz Zorzo Talavera, Angela Martinez Lago, Alvaro Novas Filgueira, Meritxell Rovira Pueyo, Elena Chevtchenko, Jose Manuel Franco, Michal Gdak, Melissa Vargas, Emin Balkis, Marta Koziol, Jorrit Sipkes, Inge Goudsmit, Harm Scholtens.
  • Area: 22000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda 

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Biscarosse Emergency Centre / Debarre Duplantiers Associés Architecture & Paysage

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House in Pedrogão / Phyd Arquitectura

  • Architects: Phyd Arquitectura
  • Location: Pedrogão, 2350, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: Paulo Henrique Durão
  • Model: Alexandre Calado
  • Area: 285.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Montserrat Zamorano

© Montserrat Zamorano © Montserrat Zamorano © Montserrat Zamorano © Montserrat Zamorano

Data Centre In Cerdanyola / ACXT

  • Architect Office: ACXT
  • Location: Avinguda Parc Tecnològic, 08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Tono Fernández Usón
  • Team: Magdlena Ostornol, Fernando Rial, Elida Mosquera, Manuel Lópes Periquito
  • Area: 25000.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Edouard Decam

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Southbank Centre Releases Proposals for Urban Skateboarding Space

Ever since London's Southbank Centre and Feilden Clegg Bradley revealed plans for the new ‘Festival Wing' earlier this year, the plans have come under fire - and by no group more vociferous than London's skateboarders

The original plans proposed converting the space under Hungerford Bridge, used by skateboarders for years, into a new riverside area for urban arts. In response to skateboarders' outcry, Southbank Centre has decided to alter the design of the space so that skateboarders' needs will be taken into account. The Centre commissioned Iain Borden, skater and Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and Rich Holland, skater and architectural designer at Floda31 to prepare a draft design brief earlier this summer; now, three architectural practices with skate-space experience have responded to the brief with three potential designs.·

An expert panel of skaters, including Borden, Holland, and film-maker Winstan Whitter, will then be responsible for "selecting the architect they’d most like to work with, finalising the design brief and developing the design." 

Check out the proposals from 42 Architects, SNE Architects and Rich Architecture, after the break... 

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's Latest Apple Store Opens

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the architectural firm behind Apple's iconic 5th Avenue store, has returned to the tech brand to design their latest store in Palo Alto, California.

Although the new store maintains the glass storefront typical of Apple, the new store - which will be the prototype for stores opening next year in Portland, Oregon and Aix-en-Provence, France - distinctively features a "floating" roof design as well as a stone wall that hides half the store. 

The store's opening may be in preparation for the increase in sales that will follow the unveiling of two new iphone models (today, purportedly). 

More info on the new Apple store design, after the break...

Tawharanui House / RTA Studio

  • Architects: RTA Studio, Richard Naish
  • Location: Northland, New Zealand
  • Architect in Charge: Richard Naish
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

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Chaoyang Park Project / MAD Architects

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© MAD Architects

As a continuation to his “Shan-Shui City” concept, which envisions a “city of mountains and water,” Ma Yansong of MAD Architects has proposed an interpretation of China’s ancient natural philosophy in the contemporary city: the Chaoyang Park project. Situated in the world’s second largest city park and surrounded by a typical Chinese business district, the Chaoyang Park project seeks to infuse the “vigorous Shan-Shui culture” with a new urban typology that unites architecture and nature as a single entity. 

Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law / Architectus + Guymer Bailey Architects

  • Architects: Architectus, Guymer Bailey Architects
  • Location: Queensland, Australia
  • Design Director: John Hockings
  • Project Director: John Grealy
  • Project Architect: Henry Hancock
  • Architectus Team: Ashley Beckett, Juan Benavides, Kelly Burke, Mark Burrowes, Stacey Carroll, Nadia Casati, Kalene Cassie, Stephen Chandler, Sam Charles-Ginn, Lindsay Clare, Patrick Clifford, Craig Earley, Kirstie Galloway, Katia Gard, Adrian Hanby, Juliana Hannah, Glen Hartman, Matthew Herzig, Brett Hinze, Mark Hogan, Andrew Jones, Georgia Kirkwood, Quelia Kleemann, Klara Kormendy, Min Kyu Lim, Stephen Long, Ashneel Maharaj, Cherissa McCaughey, Bill Mcllwraith, Fedor Medek, Anya Meng, Simon Moisey, Melinda Morrison, Angus Munro, Jessica O'Shea, Robert Ousey, Rohan Patil, Kurt Piccardi, Michael Ray, Kirk Smith, Ray Smith, Richard Stone, Erik Sziraki, Janina Thieme, Anna van Hecs, Keith Ward, Mark Wilde, Erin Wheatley
  • Guymer Bailey Team: Ralph Bailey, Phil Jackson, Nick Josephsen, Anthony McKibben, Angela Morton, Christina Renger, David Toussaint, Joel Sim
  • Managing Contractor: Lend Lease
  • Area: 64000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Architectus

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Motuoapa House / Mark Frazerhurst Architect

  • Architects: Mark Frazerhurst Architect
  • Location: Lake Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
  • Project Team: Mark Frazerhurst
  • Area: 215.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Sam Hartnett

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One Family Dwelling / Rob Dubois

  • Architects: Rob Dubois
  • Location: Pals, Girona, Spain
  • Technical Architects: Jordi Fontanella & Clara Artero
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Rob Dubois

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